Zerho: *he neatly folds his last article of clothing and puts it into his traveling pack. he looks around to find Alexis and Hamza all ready to go. gesturing for them to go on outside, he turns his attention to Skye, who was sleeping peacefully on his bed. he walks slowly over to Skye, his eyes tracing over his body and coming back to rest lovingly on the other bunny's face. he sighs and stops beside the bed, kneels down, and rests his hand gently on Skye's head.*
Skye: *he breathes evenly as he sleeps, his hair splaying over his pillow and his long lashes casting delicate shadows over his soft cheeks. his ear twitches slightly from the other's touch, but he otherwise remains undisturbed.*
Zerho: *he stares at Skye, his heart throbbing and his eyes beginning to sting as he thought of what he was about to do.* Skye... my love... I hate to leave you like this... *he leans his forehead against the other's and squeezes his eyes shut against the wave of emotions that threatened to overtake him.* I... just love you so much... *he chokes on the rest of his words and whimpers slightly, afraid to make any noise.*
Skye: *his lashes flutter slightly as Zerho's voice sounds right next to his ears. he makes a very soft noise as he reflexively tilts his head towards the older bunny's even while he was still asleep.*
Zerho: *he freezes reflexively and gazes worriedly at Skye's face, before making a soft noise at the back of his throat and nuzzling the other bunny.* baby... I'll be back... I swear... just please... don't think i left you... I love you with all of my heart.. *he picks his head up just enough to place a soft kiss on Skye's forehead.* ...t-take care mi amor... and know that you will always be in my thoughts... *he quickly leans back as the tears start to overflow and spill over.* ...crap... *he turns away and hastily brushes away the tears with the back of his hand before standing and looking back at Skye. he bites his lower lip before taking off one of his favorite rings and tying it to a single rose he'd brought with the blue lace ribbon that made a bow around its stem. he kisses the rose's petals and places it on the pillow next to Skye. he gazes down at the other bunny, and before he could stop himself, stoops down to press a light kiss on his lips.*
Skye: *he sighs softly in his sleep as his mind slowly rises into consciousness, his lips forming to Zerho's. he smiles sleepily and murmurs against the others lips, blissfully unaware of what the other bunny was forcing himself to go through.* morning babe...~ *he gives him one more light kiss before bringing a hand up to stroke back a lock of the other's hair.*
Zerho: *he lets out a soft, disbelieving breath and whispers soothingly to the other bunny.* didn't mean to wake ya'... go back to sleep doll... ain't time to get up yet... *he blinks a couple times to get rid of the tears that again threatened to spill, twitching as he feels an unfamiliar tightness in his chest. he gently strokes Skye's hair back and kisses the other bunny's forehead, his grief stricken expression conveniently turned away from the younger bunny.*
Skye: *he immediately realizes something is wrong, his smile disappearing, blinking as Zerho kisses his forehead. he reaches up and places a gentle hand against the older bunny's cheek, his tone soft and serious.* what's wrong, Zerho...?
Zerho: ... *he smiles and sits down on the edge of the bed before gathering Skye in his arms, bringing the other bunny close for a hug. he buries his face in Skye's shoulder and clenches his teeth, not wanting to cry and make it harder for both of them.* Skye... I-- *he nearly breaks down and has to swallow hard before being able to continue.* Skye... I... have to go... *he tightens his hold on Skye, not wanting to ever let go of yet another person that he loved.*
Skye: *his eyes widen and his brow furrows with worry as Zerho held him tight; he wraps his arms around the other's shoulders and holds onto the fabric of his shirt as his heart begins to pound with terrible foreboding. he blinks at Zerho's words, not completely understanding though at a deeper level he knew exactly what was happening. his breathing gets slightly faster as he rests his cheek against Zerho's hair, hesitating before speaking, his voice barely audible.* ...what do you mean... you have to go...?
Zerho: *he swallows again, suddenly finding himself unable to speak. he clears his throat in an attempt to get the words he needed to say out of his mouth.* I... I... have to go... as in... leave... *he lowers his ears further and bites his lower lip, squeezing his eyes shut and bracing himself for however Skye was going to react.* I r-really don't want to leave you mi amor, but... if I stay any longer... *he takes in a deep breath and finishes his sentence in a rush.* I will endanger you and myself. I just can't put you through that... I have already overstayed my visit so I must must must leave now...
Skye: *his eyes immediately begin to fill with tears as Zerho's words sink in, helped along by the other's emotional state. he swallows as his cheeks flush, feeling panic beginning to grip his chest, his breath hitching a bit.* ...y... y-you're leaving me...? *he blinks as the tears already start spilling over, his throat tightening with fear and a crushing despair that seemed to grow heavier by the second, his hands clenching in Zerho's shirt though it seemed he couldn't hold the older bunny tight enough.* ...but... *he blinks as his eyes flit back and forth as if searching for something to say, but in his heart he knew it wouldn't be fair to beg Zerho to stay, and would only make it harder for him. nevertheless, he lets his sentence hang in the air, hoping against hope there might be some shred of a chance that it didn't have to be this way.*
Zerho: *his breath hitches in his throat as he feels Skye's tears fall onto his shirt, opening his eyes and blinking away his own tears as he willed himself not to cry. he strokes Skye's hair and nuzzles into him, but the fact that the other bunny thought that he was leaving him was something that he couldn't stand.* no no no honey... I'm not leaving you... I just have to go because... of who I am and what I do... please don't cry... I promise I'll be back... I swear on my honor-- no-- on my life that I will come back to you Skye... *he pulls away a little to look into the younger bunny's eyes as he says this, willing Skye to understand that this was for the best and that there was really nothing that either of them could do to stop it no matter how badly they both wanted to.* my love... I just... I wouldn't be able to live with myself if something happened to you if I stayed... please understand...
Skye: *he bites his lower lip as he desperately tries to control himself, but it was impossible to keep the tears from falling as he listens to the other. he forces himself to loosen his hold on Zerho's shoulders as he pulls back to look in his eyes, his expression deeply pained as he sniffs and hics slightly, tracks of tears streaking his face though he didn't bother to wipe them away. he blinks as the other explains, not wanting to believe it, but he trusted Zerho's word more than reality itself and knew it must be so. he gazes longingly into the other's eyes as if the fact that he was there now meant he always would be, but only a moment passes before he is overwhelmed and loses control, grimacing as he leans forward to bury his face in Zerho's neck, his shoulders shaking with quiet sobs as he wrapped his arms around him again. his breathing is shallow and ragged as more tears spill over, mentally cursing the immovable force of fate every way he knew how as he desperately clung to the only person that had ever stolen his heart, and was now whisking it away...*
Zerho: *his own tears begin to stream down his face as Skye finally loses control and sobs into his neck. he ducks his head and bites his bottom lip to keep from sobbing as he held the other bunny as close as he could, but couldn't help the small whimpering sounds that escaped past his lips.* I-I'm so sorry Skye... *he nuzzles into Skye and tightens his hold on him, trying desperately to keep the other bunny close, but to his despair he finds that no matter how tightly or how close he held the younger bunny, it would never be enough to close the abyss that seemed to grow between them with every word.* I'll call... and I'll send pictures when I can... and... I... well I don't know... but you will see me again... *he chokes on fresh tears and has to swallow to continue.* and when I come back, we can go on a date or something... *he forces himself to smile and nuzzles Skye some more, stoking the other bunny's hair.* would you like that? *he sighs dreamily, already thinking about what they will do and where they will go.* I know I would...
Skye: *he grits his teeth and swallows hard as he tried as hard as he could to keep it together as much as possible, not wanting to let the other know how badly this was tearing him apart inside and how much he was panicking about what he was going to do without him. he sniffs and whimpers as his body trembles with hopeless despair, taking a breath and lets it out as slowly as he was able as he nodded at Zerho's hopeful words, though something like that seemed so distant at the moment that he couldn't even picture it. his face is hot and his voice is soft and strained, cracking with the occasional soft sob.* ...please, ple-ase be careful Zerho... wherever you go, you ca-ant be careless, I n-need you to come back to me... *he grits his teeth again as his body starts shaking with more sobs, the potential pain of losing the other bunny forever agonizingly clear in the back of his mind.*
Zerho: *the tears that kept filling his eyes seemed to have no end, even as he tried his hardest to pull himself together. he pulls back a little so that he was able to look down at Skye's face, smiling at the other bunny lovingly and uncaring of the tears that slid quietly down his cheeks.* I promise I'll come back love... *he leans forward to gently touch his forehead to Skye's, closing his eyes.* I swear I will... *he tips his chin up and gently presses his lips against the other bunny's, tasting the salt from both of their tears. he pulls back and looks into Skye's eyes, willing the other to be strong and hoping that against all odds he will be able to hold the love of his life again some day.*
Skye: *he holds his breath to calm the sobs that tried to escape and reaches up to wipe the tears off his face as Zerho gazes down at him, his own eyes sliding slowly up to meet the other's, afraid that seeing the tears in his love's eyes might shatter what little control he struggled to sustain at the moment to keep the overwhelming grief at bay, his throat aching terribly from the strain of holding back. he blinks as their foreheads touch, his lashes wet as fresh tears well up in his eyes and spill down his face. he sniffs slightly and kisses Zerho back sweetly and lovingly before looking up into his eyes again, swallowing hard as he looks down, ashamed that he seemed unable to find the strength that Zerho wanted him to have. he sniffs and blinks, his voice soft and somewhat rough from crying* where are the kids...?
Zerho: *he reaches up to wipe away his own tears; he'd never been a big cryer in the past and he wasn't going to start now... even if it killed him. he urges the other bunny to look into his eyes again.* would you like to say goodbye to them?? *he pulls away a bit more and lets out a small bird call, not even waiting for Skye to answer. he leans forward to rest his head against the younger bunny's neck.* they should be here shortly love...
Skye: *he looks up, startled, as Zerho calls the kids, feeling panicky again as he rests his hands on the other bunny's shoulders* Z-Zerho, wait, I-I... *he whimpers as the tears start falling again and his body trembles slightly, the thought of having to say goodbye to the kids too was just too much. he clenches his fingers in the other's shirt as he leans forward to rest his head on the older bunny's shoulder.* I-I don't think I could h-handle it babe... *he flattens his ears further as he continues to grapple with the emotions that threatened to overwhelm him inside; he truly did love the children and he wanted to say goodbye, but right then he didn't think he could take any more grief. if pushed any further, he was sure he would either pass out or break down completely. everything was pain and chaos and endless voids of darkness and desolate nothingness just beneath the surface of his conscious mind. if Zerho weren't there to ground him, this level of stress and despair would've surely driven him over the edge already.*
Zerho: *he looks down at Skye in surprise, wondering what was wrong before understanding dawns on his face as the other spoke again. he lets out a long, low whistle to let the kids know that they should wait, his ears twitching as he hears footsteps receding down the hall. he nuzzles Skye once again and squeezes his eyes shut.* it's okay Skye... it's okay... *he scrambles for something else to say, but feels lost at having to deal with both his grief and Skye's. he lowers his ears as he comes up short.* I... uh...
Skye: *he sniffs and inhales sharply, trying to catch his breath as Zerho nuzzles him, weakly nuzzling the other back to try to let him know he was okay... even though he wasn't.* I-I'm sorry... tell them I love them... and I'll miss them... a-and... *he grits his teeth as he wraps his arms around Zerho's waist and buries his face in the other's shoulder. a protective numbness had just begun settling over his mind, but the crushing weight in his chest was still nearly unbearable, and he felt he had to let just a little more out as he cried into Zerho's shirt, unwilling to let go though he knew he couldn't stall forever. the time they had left together was running out, far too quickly.*
Zerho: *he squeezes Skye, not wanting to let go but knowing that the longer they prolonged his departure the more danger he brought to the other bunny. he nods instead of saying anything for fear that he might start crying again. after a little while of letting Skye cry, he gently pulls away and brushes the tears from the younger bunny's cheeks. he smiles down at him, loving, supportive, even though he was worried about how Skye will fare once he was gone.* I love you, Skye. *he gently takes Skye's hands and kisses the other bunny's palm, closing his eyes and whispering against Skye's skin.* don't you forget me... okay?
Skye: *he sniffs as Zerho pulls away, avoiding the other's eyes and taking a deep breath and holding it before letting it out in a ragged sigh as the other brushed his tears away. he was starting to feel quite dazed, his surroundings beginning to blur together around the edges of his vision. his heart throbs as Zerho's words cut through the haze, slowly looking up at the other bunny's face, his lips slightly parted as he slowly shakes his head.* ...never... *he takes his hands from Zerho's to place them on either side of the other's face as he leans in and kisses him passionately, hoping desperately to properly express his feelings in this moment so that Zerho may carry this with him always, that he could recall and feel this connection between them no matter how far his travels took him from where Skye would stay and await his return.*
Zerho: *he melts all of his emotions and puts them into the passionate kiss, wrapping his arms around the other bunny's waist and pulling him close. the feeling of finally being loved came to him in a rush as the thought of never coming back to Skye made him realize all that he had here and what he was about to leave behind. he bites back a whimper and instead allows the warm feeling of love that Skye was offering up to blanket him in an aura of happiness. he sighs softly through his nose as he pushes the depression away, even if only for the few intimate moments they shared.*
Skye: *he slides his arms around Zerho's neck as he deepens the kiss, not wanting this moment to end as the fact that there was no telling when he'd be able to feel the other's lips against his own again nagged at the back of his mind. he pushes the thought away with great effort and instead focuses only on the other bunny, on the feeling of pure love that swept through them and enveloped them in their embrace, on all the memories they've shared and everything they'd been through since Zerho had walked through Skye's door and changed his life forever all those months ago. he pulls away just enough to whisper against Zerho's lips, his cheeks flushed with passion and his voice strained with emotion* I love you Zerho... *he sighs as he kisses him again.* I love you so much...
Zerho: *he smiles and strokes Skye's face lovingly, his eyes tracing over the other's every feature, trying to perfectly memorize Skye face so that he would be able to recall it whenever he needed to in the coming months of loneliness.* I love you too Skye, so much... which is why this hurts so bad... *he takes Skye's hands and pulls away a bit, hesitantly putting some space between them. he has to bite his lower lip to keep from crying again.* ...just know that I do this because I love you...
Skye: *he slowly opens his eyes and smiles softly back up at Zerho, letting his arms slide down from his shoulders to rest one hand on the other's chest and gently stroke Zerho's face with the other. his smile slowly fades as Zerho takes his hands and lowers them, letting his gaze fall from his love's face as he takes a slow, deep breath, the pain not quite as crushing as before though he still found it hard to breathe against the pounding of his heart. he slowly hangs his head, a barely audible whisper escaping his lips.* ...I know... *he holds Zerho's hands gently, wanting to hold tight but knowing he somehow had to let the other bunny know he'd be okay on his own, even if he himself didn't quite believe it. he keeps still and silent, knowing what was next but not wanting to be the one to set the final stage of Zerho's departure in motion.*
Zerho: *he looks down at Skye with another smile, though it slowly disappeared as the other bunny lowered his head. he gently squeezes Skye's hands, willing him to have the courage to say goodbye for a little while.* it wont be for long my love... I'll just cause a bunch of ruckus on the other side of town and put up some false leads... *he chuckles, hoping to lighten the mood.* it wont take long for the fuzz and that idiot brother of mine to take the bait.
Skye: *he slowly smiles again as Zerho's words filled him with at least some hope as he picks his head up to smile sweetly at the other bunny, offering a small grin as the other laughs even with the tears still in his eyes. he presses his lips together and nods in agreement, squeezing Zerho's hands back.* yeah, you're right... you'll be b-back-- *he clears his throat as he ducks his head to press his hand to his face, a waver still managing to creep into his voice.* back before we know it... *he sniffs and takes a deep breath, trying his best to be strong and accept the comfort the other bunny was trying to provide for him.*
Zerho: *he gives Skye one of his signature crooked smiles.* besides, you've got Oliver so he can take good care of you while I'm gone. *he begins to back away from Skye, gradually putting more distance between them.* and before you know it I /will/ be back, and we can go get some ice cream at that one parlor again. *he chuckles at the fond memory.* wouldn't that be nice? I bet those girls would be happy to see us again. *he shifts his backpack a bit and swivels his ears around, trying to catch any sound of his brother or the fuzz, not knowing if they might be getting closer.*
Skye: *he nods with a weak "mhmn" before moving his hand to look down at the bed, knowing he couldn't stall any longer. he forces a smile as Zerho speaks so hopefully, so brightly, laughing a little as he too remembered that great day they'd had.* yeah... *he straightens up and pushes his bangs out of his eyes without looking at Zerho, deciding he should at least walk him out, to show he was okay with this. he tentatively slides his legs off the bed and stands up, very gently tugging on Zerho's hand to signal him to do the same.* I bet that seagull'd be happy too if we went back to the beach. *he smiles at the floor, trying to remember how carefree and happy they always were, all these tears just weren't like them...*
Zerho: *he laughs, thinking back.* and this time I'll catch that little bastard! *he intertwines his fingers with Skye's and walks with him slowly to the door.* I can't say I've had seagull meat before... it'll be interesting. *he looks over at Skye, a mischievous look in his eyes* you wanna cook it??
Skye: *he laughs and squeezes Zerho's hand as they slowly make their way to the door, wheezing and laughing more as he glances at the other bunny at his proposal, his voice cracking as tears started to spill again even though his tone was joyful.* s-sounds like a plan~ *he lets go of Zerho's hand as they reach the door and slides his arms around the older bunny's waist, hiding his face in Zerho's shoulder as a few small sobs forced their way out of his throat, even while he continued to smile.*
Zerho: *he chuckles and hugs Skye tightly, stroking the other bunny's hair as he smiled sadly.* alright~ *he pulls away and readjusts his backpack.* I'll be off then, love. *he pets the younger bunny and smiles.* be back before you know it~ *he wags his tail, hoping that this kind of easy going final goodbye would help Skye to gather his wits.*
Skye: *he sniffs as he pulls away and looks down, wiping at his eyes, looking up at Zerho warmly as he pet his hair, his spirits lifting just seeing Zerho so optimistic and worry-free. he nods and smiles.* yeah... *he leans up to place a quick but loving kiss on Zerho's lips before hesitantly reaching for the door knob and pulling it open.* be careful ok...? I'll miss you... *his voice is soft and mostly clear though a tear spills over as he blinks.*
Zerho: *he smiles as Skye gives him such a sweet kiss and can't help but to reach over to wipe the tears that were spilling down his love's face.* I will be. *he feels an overwhelming swell of love for the other bunny, the feeling showing in his eyes.* I'll miss you too. I love you.. *he gently kisses Skye's forehead before stepping back and giving the younger bunny a little wave.* see you around~ *he steps through the doorway and smiles at Skye over his shoulder before walking down the hallway.*
Skye: *he blinks as he feels the gentle caress of Zerho's fingertips on his cheek, hoping to remember that touch. he closes his eyes as he's kissed and murmurs sweetly.* I love you too... *he looks up and nods at the other bunny, sniffing as Zerho steps out into the hall, smiling warmly, his voice very soft.* ...goodbye love... I'll see you soon... *he watches Zerho walk down the short hallway until he turns the corner at the end, not knowing at all how to feel. slowly and numbly, he steps back and closes the door. he just sort of stands there for a while, seeing and feeling nothing, unaware of the passage of time, his hand resting on the door knob.*
Zerho: *he turns the corner, still smiling, his expression strangely blank as if it was just a mask that he had pulled over his face. he walks outside into the near blinding sunlight and looks around at all of the faces of the people passing by. he walks calmly up to the kids and places a hand on each of their heads.* go on ahead... *he watches them leave before going off to an old rabbit hole that he had made for the orphans before he adopted them out. he slides in and looks around, before sitting down in a chair. he leans back and stares at the opposite wall for a bit, a single tear finding its way down his cheek. he wipes it away roughly and sighs sadly.* ...Skye... *his perks his ears up as he hears sirens, the sound getting louder as the police neared the rabbit hole. he rubs his face, the depression from leaving his love and the anger at the POSRA and his brother for being the reason for it causing him to cross over to another state of mind. his body starts to shake with laughter as the fuzz closed in.*
Skye: *very slowly, he comes to his senses just enough to come to the sluggish conclusion that going back to sleep seemed like a wonderful idea, what better way to forget everything than to become unconscious? slowly he lets his hand slide from the door knob and turns to make his way across the room, his eyes on the floor without seeing it. tiredly he reaches out to press his hands on the bed and crawls towards his pillows. he freezes as a splash of bright red catches his eye and holds it, staring dumbfounded at the rose on his pillow. he cocks his head to examine it as if Zerho had magically made it appear right after he left, but the haze of irrational confusion lifts some as he recognizes one of his lover's favorite rings tied to the stem of the flower. slowly he sets himself down to kneel on the blankets, tentatively reaching out and picking the rose up, as carefully as if it were made of sand, bringing it close to him and holding the ring up with his other hand. he takes a moment to turn the ring from side to side, examining it as if to make sure it were real, before carefully setting the rose in his lap and untying the knot that held the ring to the ribbon. letting the blue lace slide down to his lap, he gazes at the ring for a moment before raising his right hand, glancing between it and the ring as he slowly brought the two together, his fingertips trembling as he tentatively slides the ring onto his middle finger. it was a perfect fit.*
Zerho: *he sits there and just keeps laughing as the police cars stop outside the rabbit hole, the shouts of the uniformed men barely registering through the haze of emotions that clouded his mind. he grins maliciously as he heard the first of the policemen coming down the hole. he tilts his head to the side and watches with amusement as the man struggled down.* tch... idiot... *he goes to the hole and points his gun at the man.* hello~ *he smiles sweetly the man turned to look at him, before pulling the trigger and watching the man's blood splatter onto the walls. he smiles, thinking of Skye.* ...he loves me... *he turns to go out through the second entrance, popping up just a couple yards from the police gathering around the dead body they had pulled up. he points his gun at the man in the rear and shoots him down.* ...he loves me not... *he ducks down and runs through the tunnels to next rabbit hole. he then comes up to be face to face with another policeman. Casually he presses the gun to the man's forehead and pulls the trigger, the man's blood and bits of flesh raining down around Zerho.* ...he loves me.... *he pulls himself up and shoots four more men down.* he loves me not... he loves me... he loves me not... he loves me... *he smiles as the policemen start to return fire and set dogs loose.* well would you look at that... *he laughs gleefully and streaks away, leading the POSRA away from the love of his life.*
Skye: *he stares and stares at the ring on his finger, not moving a muscle, slowly, slowly losing his grip without even realizing it, the feeling like a cold sweat creeping down his back and seeping into his flesh. slowly his vision blurs and he begins to find it hard to breathe again, distantly hearing the sound of someone sobbing, taking a minute to realize the sound was coming from his own mouth. suddenly, it just all seemed like too much; the lights were too bright, the room was too big; he felt exposed and vulnerable. his back arches as he reflexively leans forward to curl up and make himself smaller, barely aware of the tortured sobs that wracked his body as he dug his fingers into his pillow. he squeezes his eyes shut as flickers of emotion find their way through to his consciousness, trembling as it all seemed to come crashing down on him all at once, the crushing despair, the sickening sense of abandonment, the horrible pain that felt as if it were tearing his heart in two. he pulls his pillow onto his lap, keening and wailing as he buries his face in it and clenches the fabric so hard that it rips. nothing seemed real, all that existed was darkness and pain, and slowly he forgets why he is even grieving. disembodied sighs and whispers begin brushing against his ears; his skin begins to crawl as he swears he feels hands on his body, picking his head up with a terrified, shuddering gasp as he suddenly felt masses of eyes on him, turning on the bed to face the rest of the room. he breathes raggedly through the cracked sobs as his eyes try to focus on a single place in the air that seemed like it may be concrete before dissipating as soon as he looked directly at it, jumping and shrieking as he felt a sudden sensation against his back. he scrambles across the bed and slumps down next to it, his fingers trembling badly as he clutched his pillow and made himself as small as possible, trying to hide in the space between his bed and his night stand, unable to stop crying.*
Zerho: *he keeps running, letting his tears flow freely as the bullets kept whizzing past.* ...I'm so sorry Skye... *he clenches his fists as anger began coursing through him, replacing the grief from leaving his lover. he shoves the people that got into his way aside, uncaring as to what they said or did but strangely able to keep enough of his sense to dodge kids. he rounds the corner and disappears into the darkness of the dead end alley. he turns to face the cops, his eyes flashing with animalistic anger.* ...you drove me away from the one I love... and now... you all shall pay... *he takes out his guns and points them at the police, releasing a shower of bullets upon them, the sting of the bullets returned barely registering in his mind, the cloud of hatred and anguish keeping the physical pain at bay.*
Skye: *he couldn't seem to close his eyes. He couldn't move, couldn't scream, all he could do was gasp and sob as he watched form after form slowly take shape. men, corpses, monsters of all shapes and sizes, blood, ruptured organs, a black, tar-like substance oozing from the walls and orifices of the phantoms. they were all horrifying, deformed beings, constantly undulating and twisting as they gathered in the center of the room, and slowly, gradually advanced towards Skye. his breathing is erratic and hitched as terrified eyes flit around at the huge number of gut-wrenchingly disturbing entities. his breath comes to a stop, his body petrified. he badly wanted to vomit, scream, throw something at the hallucinations, but he was paralyzed, the crushing horror like a vice on his heart, his spine, his mind. suddenly, he was sure in that moment that he was going to die. the things would kill him. he'd never felt anything like the terror he felt in that instant. slowly, his breath comes back to him as the maimed corpses stalked closer, spilling their insides on the floor as they came, dragging their intestines and foul, black blood behind them, their jaws unhinged to show rotted teeth that grew longer as he watched. other, insect-like monsters were rising behind them, growing and stretching into black, malformed centipedes that reached up to the ceiling, burrowing into it and leaving melting, oozing black holes behind them that spread into each other to envelope the entire ceiling. even more shapeless creatures churned into existence to flank the corpses, dragging themselves across the melting floor as grotesque white vertebrae stabbed through their backs, the gaping wounds vomiting congealing, acidic blood that instantly gained intelligence of its own and rushed forward ahead of its vessels to lap like fire at Skye's feet. suddenly he was screaming. he couldn't see, either. his eyes must have closed. he couldn't even hear himself, could only feel the strain on his ribs and the air leaving his lungs. nothing existed anymore. only fear, and pain. darkness. but now the darkness seemed to be the only thing left. he was floating, numb, he had not felt his shoulder collide with the floor as he'd collapsed onto his side. he could not feel the last few tears slipping down his face. he was nowhere. he was nothing. he was safe now, free, one with the darkness, only the darkness...*
Zerho: *he smiles grimly as his bullets caused several of the cops to fall dead to the ground. he sighs tiredly before suddenly jumping up onto the next building to grab the fire escape, ignoring his wounds and flipping off the cops before hauling himself over the edge of the building to the roof. he lays there, staring up at the sky, listening to the shouts of the cops and the screech of cars tires.* ...Skye... *slowly and robotically he pushes himself up to his feet, silently cursing himself for being careless and almost breaking his promise to make it back alive. taking a deep breath to keep the pain at bay, he starts to run again, using the shadows to keep out of sight and soon the sirens of the police and the ambulance fade into nothing, leaving Zerho in solitude. Wincing slightly from the pain, he jumps down from the roof of the last building, landing clumsily and just barely keeping his balance. He glances around and notices a familiar apartment not too far from where he had landed. A small tired smile plays across his lips as he stumbles up to the door and presses the doorbell that would summon Misuki. He leans against the door frame, letting himself slide down to the floor, not bothering to fight off the black curtain that fell over his mind.*