Context Free Fiction: Valentine's Day EditionI went looking for Elicia as soon as I woke up, searching through the dorms, classrooms and Maze for an hour or so. I knew from experience that asking anyone else about her would be a waste of time, as no one else ever seemed to notice her, but for once I couldn't find her. It was frustrating, I'd never had to look for her before, I just seemed to run into her whenever I wanted to (and sometimes when I didn't). It was only when I'd finally given up looking and returned to my room, that I found her lurking outside my door.
Elicia: Nice to see you too.
Amicula: I've been looking for you, we need to talk.
Elicia: I thought we might have a picnic.
Amicula: We need to talk.
Elicia: We can talk while having a picnic. I've got muffins.
Amicula: Where did you get muffins?
Elicia: Stole them from the Home-Ec rooms.
Amicula: And am I meant to be reading something into your choice of snack?
Elicia: If you decided to read something into it, I'm sure I wouldn't object.
Elicia: I know I am.
Amicula: So I eat your muffin and then we talk?
Elicia: Careful, you'll make me blush.
Amicula: You don't know how. Where are we going for this picnic?
Elicia: Just follow me, you'll like the spot.
Amicula: Fine, but no biting.
Elicia: You know I can't promise that.
I followed her out into the Maze, where she led me through a twisted series of paths that I'd never seen before. I thought I had a pretty good handle on the Maze's layout by now, but it seems that a month just wasn't long enough to begin to compare with the knowledge of a native. I was beginning to grow impatient when Elicia finally pulled me through a gap between two walls and into a small courtyard.
I examined it while Elicia pulled a blanket out of her bag and began setting up. It was open to the sky, but surrounded by high windowless walls. The ground was paved, and if you were willing to risk the damp, a small stone ledge build into one wall could serve as a seat that faced across from a small garden overgrown with that looked to be dormant rose bushes, leading me to wonder if they got enough sun there to bloom come springtime. The entire little garden courtyard was burred in shadows, if the sun ever kissed the ground here it wasn't for very long.
I turned to look at Elicia and the bare leg she was showing past her rainbow pleated skirt, and had to repress a shiver of empathy. I was cold enough in my coat and full goth-girl outfit, she must have been freezing. She finished setting out the food and turned to look back up at me, stretching her legs out, and I realised I'd let me mental barriers drop, but I wasn't picking up anything from her.
Elicia: Sorry, I didn't bring any tea. Couldn't figure out keep it hot while bringing it out here.
Amicula: That's okay, I'm not that big a fan of tea.
Elicia: Oh? I just thought that, well because of the club-
Amicula: You mean the club that the school made me join?
Elicia: Right. Good Point.
Amicula: Aren't you cold?
Elicia: Nothing unbearable. Food is ready.
She patted the blanket covered ground next to her, and I dropped down onto it, suddenly becoming very aware of the warm body besides me.
Amicula: It's very quiet here.
Elicia: It's isolated and hidden. I don't think anyone else even knows about it.
Amicula: Ah, the truth comes out, you've lured me to your secret garden to sacrifice me to your foul gods.
Elicia: Blast, you figured out my evil plan. But it's too late for you to escape, I'll still have my virgin sacrifice! You are a virgin right?
Amicula: One-Hundred percent virginified. Wait, does it still count if you're drunk? Or he's really cute? Or someone dared you? Or you want to get backstage at a concert?
Elicia: And that's enough on that topic.
Amicula: Okay honestly, not that a mind, but why use this out of the way place instead of your room?
Elicia: You always seem more relaxed when there aren't any other people around, I thought you'd like it.
Amicula: You don't count as a person huh?
Elicia: No. I don't.
As much as I enjoyed flirting with her, I couldn't keep dancing around the issues having over us, so I took a breath and plunged right into it.
Amicula: You were in my dream.
Amicula: I don't mean I dreamt of you, you were in it. This you, the real you.
Amicula: That's it? Fuck! After everything that has happened, after all this time, you walk into my dreams and that's all I get? 'Yes.'
Elicia: You already know I was, what more is there?
Amicula: What more? Fucking hell. How? Why? What?
Elicia: You seem to have some questions, so ask them.
Amicula: How did you get into my dream?
Elicia: I don't know.
Amicula: That isn't funny.
Elicia: I'm not joking. Do you know how you do it when you enter someone's dream?
Amicula: You uh, you know that I can do that?
Elicia: Yes, we've been running into each other in dreams for a while now Little Shadow, I honestly surprised it took you this long to notice me.
Amicula: Shit. Okay, when I do it, sometimes when I fall asleep I find myself on this foggy plain filled with shadowy figures.
Elicia: Fog? Now that's odd.
Elicia: Never mind, go on.
Amicula: Well, I think the shadows are people who are asleep nearby. Basically when I'm there I find myself being pulled towards them, and if I touch one I end up in their dreams. Sometimes I'm not even aware that I've been there until after I end up in someone else's dream.
Elicia: You get better at controlling it as you practice more. I can usually tell who the shadows are, and I can find a particular person if I'm looking for them.
Amicula: Is there anyway to stop it?
Elicia: Why would we want to stop it?
Amicula: Because it's horrible! Every time I go to sleep I risk having to suffer through it again.
Elicia: You just need to learn how to control it, I can help.
Amicula: Elicia, what are we?
Elicia: We're better.
Amicula: Better than what?
Elicia: Than the little people. Tell me you don't feel it when you're around people. Feel it deep in your heart that you're better than they are, more important than them with their drab, boring, pathetic little lives.
Amicula: I … I guess, maybe.
Elicia: You feel it because we're beyond them. We're Dreamwalkers. We can see, feel and do things their tiny little human minds couldn't even begin to understand.
Elicia: It's my term for what we do.
Amicula: Dreamwalkers. Yeah that makes sense. Are there any other, umm, 'Dreamwalkers'?
Elicia: I don't know. I thought I was alone until I found you.
Amicula: Don't you think that's odd? That we're both like this and just happen to end up going to the same school.
Elicia: No, us meeting was destiny.
I stopped talking to try and figure out if she was being serious, when I noticed that she was shaking from the cold. Her outfit, while flattering, was showing a lot of skin and she was clearly starting to suffer for it. I scowled at her, took off my coat and held it out.
Amicula: Stupid girl, you're freezing.
Elicia: I'm fine.
Amicula: Like hell you are Rainbow Girl, put on the coat or I'm going to get mad.
She took it and stood up to slip it over her shoulders, giving me a small pleased smile that had my stomach doing flips. When she sat back down, it was closer than before with her bare leg pressed against my own.
Amicula: So, umm, yeah. What about other stuff?
Elicia: What kind of other stuff?
Amicula: Well, for me I get these sensations off people, like I can feel emotions, only they're different. Like when people are angry I feel heat, or I feel a pressure when someone is looking at me.
Elicia: Can you tell what I'm feeling?
Amicula: No, not you. With most people I have to work to keep their feelings out and stop myself from going crazy from it all.
Elicia: So that's why you act that way around large groups, or when someone is talking to you?
Amicula: It's a nightmare, I just wish I could stop it.
Elicia: But you don't feel anything from me?
Amicula: No, you're a blank, even if I open myself up and try to feel something, there's just ... silence from you.
Elicia: The term is empathy, by the way. For what you just described. I can't do that, but I do something else. I'm not sure how best explain it, but uh, I can turn invisible.
Amicula: No you can't.
Elicia: I don't mean like, transparent. If I concentrate on it, I can make it so people don't notice me.
Amicula: That uh, that actually makes a lot of sense. It explains most of the strange things I see going on with you.
Elicia: That's the thing, I can make anyone overlook me but you. You always see me Little Shadow.
Amicula: I'm glad I do, you're worth seeing Rainbow Girl.
She abruptly dropped her eyes from mine to look coyly at her hands as a rosy blush erupted across her face. I hadn't quite meant it like that, but found that I wasn't upset that she had taken it that way. She looked back up and leant towards me so the warmth of her breath caressed my face and I could smell the faint trace of the dye she used in her hair.
Elicia: I'm glad you saw me too.
Elicia: Also, I'm going to kiss you now.
She crossed the small distance between us, brushed her lips across mine, and kissed me, her lips both firm and pliable as they played against my own. I kissed her back, wrapping my arms around her slender frame and she pushed her body hard against my own. For several long minutes we just sat there, enjoying each other until the lack of air forced us apart. She remained in my arms and buried her face in my neck.
Elicia: So, do you maybe want to go get a coffee or something, sometime?
Amicula: You're suddenly in the mood for coffee?
Elicia: Or we go see a movie?
Amicula: Are … are you trying to ask me out?
Amicula: We've already done the whole kissing, groping, lesbian thing, but suddenly you're shy about this?
Elicia: Just because you let me play with your tits doesn't mean you want to be my girlfriend.
I drew her face out of my neck and out to where I could see her.
Amicula: Girlfriend? You're asking me to go steady? Like, a relationship?
Elicia: Is this how annoying it is for you when I don't answer questions?
Elicia: So ... will you?
Amicula: Will I what?
Elicia: Don't make me bite you again.
Amicula: Tell you what, kiss me some more and I'll think about it.
And that's how I ended up with a girlfriend. I'm not sure how to react, this was a massive day. First of all I found out that I'm not alone, that there is someone else out there who doesn't just understand me, they're the same as me. And bigger than that, I've somehow stumbled into a real, serious relationship with a girl who drives me crazy.
I've been walking around smiling all day, and I'm getting a lot of odd looks from people because of it. It's all very weird, but is this happiness? It's been so long I don't really remember. I feel like I'm a hundred pounds lighter, my heart is going to rise out of my chest and fly away, and I keep getting the random urge to laugh.
It's horrible. But I think, maybe, I don't mind it too much.
Just buy the book already.
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