I must protect her. I cannot let her be consumed by it like her mother was. My poor Kira. Burnt. I couldn’t protect her. Atleast soon I can protect my dear Livana. If their blood mixes, the destruction it will cause. It will be the end of all. This rift I’m stuck in will soon break and set me free. I can feel it. If she is forced to play his sick twisted games, she must succeed. At all costs. She cannot fail. If she were to fail, it would be game over. For us both.
She sat patiently on the wooden bench as she waited for him to arrive. He was late per usual. Livana watched the silver fish leap in and out of the glistening lake in the crisp summer breeze.
It reminded her of the picnics she, her parents and Jin would have when their parents were still alive.
She awoke from her daze as two strong arms wrapped around her.
“You took your time,” she said as the tall tanned figure walked around the bench and sat next to her.
“I had.. business to attend to,” Ares replied, reassuring her and himself. She nodded as she rested her head on his broad shoulder. Little did she know that the business he had to attend to was sick and murderous.
“You thinking about that day?” She nodded slowly as she closed her eyes. As the wind danced around, it tickled Livana's pale smooth face.
“I love you.”
“I love you too,” he replied as he twitched slightly. Ares began to smile as he looked at her deep purple eyes.
“Never, ever, leave me.” Ares said his voice filled with sincerity but his words unstable. Livana opened her eyes. As she looked at him, her purple eyes darkened.
“A-Ares are you okay?”She stuttered as he slapped himself lightly on the head. His expression returned to normal.
“Huh... Oh, uh sorry... I zoned out.” She stopped leaning on his shoulder and stretched.
“I should get going...”
“But I only just got here. Don't leave so soon, please?” He asked. She looked into his piercing yellow eyes. Something was off. It reminded her of that- She shook her head trying to stop thinking about it.
“I guess I could stay longer.” She replied and sat on the bench once again. He laid on her legs and looked up at her. His flame red hair tickled her legs. She laughed a little. Ares smiled as the sun shone down on them.
After an hour of talking, they both sat on the crimson red and white checkered picnic blanket and ate the delicate food under the shade of the old willow tree. The tree leaves swayed in the light breeze.
After eating, they walked around the quiet park, their hands intertwined. Livana was enjoying herself so much, she didn't notice the hooded figure watching from afar, smirking.
Ares sat at the bottom of the stairs as he watched their desperate face as they tugged at the chains wrapped around their battered legs."This is entertaining." He walked over to them and cupped their face in his smooth hands.
“L-let me leave. I won't tell a-anyone. I promise.”
He threw his head back and laughed.
“Why would I let my toy leave? How pitiful.” A menacing smile spread across his face. “I could let you leave, I mean it will come with a price.”
They looked up at his face, eyes filled with hope. “R-really?” They asked, looking even more desperate. He laughed loudly again. “You honestly think I would let you leave?”This made him laugh again. He violently pulled their head closer and let go. As he let go, he quickly pushed their head into the hard concrete floor. The young woman whimpered. He walked towards the rusted metal table where all the tools were laid out.
He checked the leather strapped watch around his wrist for the time. “Now look, I’m late. Now I have to kill you,” Ares said without one drop or remorse in his tone. “What sounds better? Death by bat or by knife?” He looked towards the woman holding them both. She looked at him, on the brim on tears. He tutted as he said, "you shouldn't approach a man with a girlfriend. Even after I said, you threw yourself on me. Bat it is!" He put the knife down and walked towards her. Slowly, he lifted the bat into the air and swung it as he repeatedly beat her head with the bat until her skull was shattered and she was no longer breathing."Such a shame, such a cute face but such a whore." He dragged her lifeless body to the furnace and placed it into inside as he lit it.He put the bloody bat in the corner of the room as he began to walk back up the stairs.What's wrong with a little fun once in a while, right?
As he reached the top of the stairs, he noticed a figure sitting on the doorstep. How odd, he thought, I never leave the door open.
"Beautiful girl isn't she?" The figure said his voice rough yet soothing. "Lucky I didn't kill her years ago. Although it would be nice to get her back, she did put up quite the fight Miss. Nanase did. Told me to stay away from her 'family'." The man chuckled. Ares locked the basement door and placed his hand cautiously on the knife in his pocket. "Who are you and why are you here?" Ares questioned.
"I've got a proposal. I know what your planning and I've come to offer my services. I am simply another person that is interested in the same girl but for different reasons,” he paused, “I go by Sam.” He replied with a menacing tone in his voice.