Crownless: The Fallen World - Chapter 61
They arrived in front of the snow-covered cave and there was a beautifully decorated stone just in front of the cave. The entrance of the cave was narrow and tall enough for Aires to walk leisurely into. However, he decided to stay behind as Hale looked around for clues for civilization.
He made Leo enter first along with Garnwyn on the way, and Hale and him were left all alone. However, for some reason, Hale suddenly went 11 o’clock and continued walking there. Aires didn’t know what to do at first but he decided to run after Hale.
“Hale! Don’t just go anywhere!”
Hale hummed as he continued to look around, ignoring Aires. Then he crouched down as he gently traced a scratch on the side of the boulder. He then stood up hastily then ran towards where the scratches increased in numbers.
Aires quietly followed as he felt his mind ache from the sudden influx of deja vu.
“That,” Hale pointed at the place where a ruined city. It was covered with snow but they could tell that the technology in here was much more advanced than what the outside civilization had. Aires could feel his vision blackening but he endured.
They were about to go down when Aires felt his phone vibrating. The phone that he made from scratch using the materials he had in his Holowrist.
“… you left us here. Anyway, we found the tomb of the Aires’. You should come and see; or do you have a prior engagement?”
“We found a city…”
“What?! How—wait… it’s blocked here! I can’t get any signals! Damn it!”
Aires grabbed Hale’s wrist and then said, “Garnwyn found a tomb and it seemed for the Aires family. Where do you want to go first?”
“Isn’t it a decision you have to make? Why ask me?”
Aires’ face turned sullen as he slowly muttered, “I… I don’t know what I should do. Everything is so messed up in my mind. I don’t know what is what right now.”
Hale unconsciously caressed Aires’ cheek. Unexpectedly, the taller male didn’t flinch and just leaned on the warmth of Hale. “Let’s go see your family.”
Aires closed his eyes and then nodded, “Okay.”
However, when they turned around against the city, gold dust came out from the infrastructures and followed Aires. Unbeknownst to them, it was slowly entering its way towards Aires’ body. His eyes flickered with a shade of gold as they walked side by side towards the cave.
The entrance of the cave came into view and they saw Leo sitting at the entrance. He flicked his tail then purred. Hale petted his head but Aires continuously walked until he entered deeply into the cave. Hale tilted his head and then followed Aires, leaving Leo behind to guard the entrance.
The place was dark, but for some reason, it was slowly being lit up.
Aires now stood before many more tombstones and there was a particularly large stone in front. Hale’s eyes went wide when he saw a huge Aires written at the very top and many names were under it.
Questions were formulated in Hale’s mind but then, he saw Aires making one huge energy orb from his palm and the trajectory was towards the huge tombstone.
“Wait! Aires! Don’t do that!” He tried to stop the other male but it went all in vain.
The tomb got destroyed and the whole place quaked.
Each stone disintegrates, turning into dust. But those dusts were flowing rhythmically towards Aires. It danced and swirled until it entered Aires’ body.
Leo quickly arrived and saw the unbelievable scene in front of him. He cried in joy and tried to catch some of those flying dust. When he caught one, it immediately shocked him then escaped. He turned into a naked human as he jumped around, holding his electrified hand—which was his paw. Hale quickly retrieved a thick blanket in his Holowrist and snuggly wrapped him in warmth.
However, there was a sudden energy outburst and it broke every technology present around Aires. Hale’s Holowrist chip was destroyed as it pricked painfully through his skin. The disc in Hale’s possession, which was given to him by Aires, broke and Garnwyn’s holographic figure disappeared.
His trembling eyes focused on Aires again, and the male was still standing in front of the destroyed stone memorial for the Aires. Hale approached him as he tightly held his bleeding wrist.
“Aires?” He called but he didn’t get an answer. He stepped in front of Aires and saw how the taller male’s eyes glowed gold as flares emitted from his body. Some also entered Hale’s body but it wasn’t noticeable.
When Leo saw how Hale’s wrist became filled with blood, he turned back into a white tiger and then tore a piece of cloth from the blanket and handed it over to Hale with his mouth.
“Thank you,” Hale said as he tightly wrapped the cloth just above his wrist. After that, he pushed back on Aires’s fringe and stared deeply into his eyes.
It was empty, dark and cold. He didn’t know what to do to Aires. The other just stood there motionlessly.
Suddenly, the light in his eyes came back and then stared at Hale’s eyes as he found them bewitching. He shook his head and diverted his focus from Hale to the destroyed stone memorial. He slowly said, “What… happened?”
“You destroyed whatever is in front of you. Why did you do that?”
“I’m sorry… even I don’t remember what I did. But… I feel powerful for some reason…”
“Maybe… it’s their gift for you.”
Aires looked at the rubbles and then at his hands. “Thank you…”
When Hale accidentally moved his right hand, he winced in pain. Aires was alarmed and saw that Hale was bleeding internally. Aires immediately grabbed the other’s arm and sat them down. He retrieved his first aid kit, which was almost filled with various tools, and gently grabbed Hale’s hand.
“Breathe for me, Hale,” he gently said.
Hale breathed deeply then felt the prick of a needle. It was anesthesia. Then his wrist became numb. It was a strong anesthetic.
“Hale, just look at me,” Aires ever so softly said. “Focus on me, okay?”
“Then, I’ll start.”
Aires started his operation and quickly removed the Holowrist from Hale’s wrist. Fortunately, there weren’t any ruptured veins or arteries. The operation went smoothly as Aires finally bandaged Hale’s wrist gently. As he felt guilty, he softly kissed the bandaged part of Hale’s wrist and rubbed his hand.
Hale’s cheeks were red, and Aires somewhat enjoyed seeing the other flustered.
“It… it’s fine. It’s okay now,” he said as he shivered from the contact.
“I’ll cook some food for us,” Aires said as he stood up and took out the necessary tools and equipment for cooking. He started a fire and then the white tiger laid near the fire.
“What’s for dinner?”
“I don’t know yet. I will just look in the ingredients section,” then he busied himself.
However, Hale’s mind quickly wandered.
Aires had a huge family and they were all dead. Who knows if there were a few surviving blood or Aires, no, Sebastian really was the only one left. That would be devastating. The burden of the whole clan would be on him—if there was even one.
Then Hale remembered that Sebastian Aires mentioned it when they were in that particular field of wilted flowers. How did he know that he had a family? Was there some kind of premonition? Or did he find something when they were asleep? He didn’t know.