Tempus Infinitum

110. Moonlit blessing

“I’m going to check on her.” Ray said before quickly following after Misa.

“Is she okay?” Eleonor mutters.

“She’s fine. The liquor didn’t suit her that’s all.” (Arnos)

“Nee Arnos what happened to Misa?” Sasha said to me while nursing a glass of demon king sake.

“The liquor hit her a bit too hard. She’s fine, Ray’s gone after her.” (Arnos)

Sasha gulps her demon king sake.

“I’m worried. Should I go check on her?” (Sasha)

She’s still drunk.

“It’s fine. Rays gone.” (Arnos)

“Nee Misha, aren’t you worried?” (Sasha)

Sasha sticks to Misha and coils around her.

“….More worried about Sasha…..” (Misha)

Misha’s also drunk but she’s in a much better state than Sasha.

“I’m still worried. I’m going to take a look.” (Sasha)

Apparently, she hasn’t listened to anyone at all and heads for the door.

“Wait. Where do you think you’re going with those unsteady steps?” (Arnos)

“I’m alright. I’m not that drunk.” (Sasha)

With a smack, Sasha hits her head off the door.

“……It hurts…..” (Sasha)

Sasha crouches down cradling her head.

After a couple of minutes, she stands back up.

Has her pain gone?

“I’ve recovered. I’m going now.” (Sasha)

A noisy sound can be heard. Sasha can’t open the door.

“Eh? This doors not fit very well. It’s stuck” (Sasha)

“The door won’t open unless you turn the handle Sasha.” (Arnos)

“Oh…..” (Sasha)

Sasha’s face goes even redder but with shame this time.

“Do you think I’m drunk Arnos?” (Sasha)

“If you’re not drunk then there are no drunks in this world at all.” (Arnos)

“So you’re saying I’m drunk?” (Sasha)

“Walk straight then.” (Arnos)

“Fine. That much is nothing. Please look!” (Sasha)

Sasha walks in a perfectly straight line. So much so you wonder where her earlier tottering steps went.

Sadly she ruins it by banging her head off the door again and crouching down in pain.

I thought this might have made her understand but she stood up as if nothing had happened and smiled gracefully.

“Do you understand now?” (Arnos)

“You’re totally drunk Sasha-chan.” (Eleonor)

Eleonor delivers a straight jab and Misha nods.

“Uuu…… Why? I’m fine but everyone’s treating my like I’m drunk. I’m worried about Misa so I’m going to check.” (Sasha)

Sasha faces the door.

“Stand aside. Why are you obstructing me? Aren’t you worried about Misa?” (Sasha)

Sasha talks to the door in a serious tone.

“Are you a door?” (Sasha)

It’s a door.

“Say something.” (Sasha)

The door remains silent.

“Sober up Sasha?” (Misha)

Misha offers her detoxification magic.

“What? Tonight’s a free for all party. I’m drunk and in a good mood. I don’t want to dampen this feeling. I might feel a bit better with a bit of fresh air though.” (Sasha)

I stand up and walk over to Sasha.

“Sasha.” (Arnos)

I call out to Sasha and her eyes fill with tears.

“Uuu…..Arnos….. this door fellow is being stubborn. I’m worried about Misa but he won’t let me through……” (Sasha)

“Don’t worry I’ll sort it.” (Arnos)

I open the door.

“It opened.” Sasha says happily before jumping out of the house.

“Don’t run or you’ll fall over.” (Arnos)

“I won’t fall over. I’m not a child.” (Sasha)

Sasha immediately falls over before looking up with tears in her eyes again.

“Uuu……Arnos…… The ground just jumped up and attacked me.” (Sasha)

“There are many enemies outside so don’t let go of my hand.” (Arnos)

I hold my hand out to the fallen Sasha.

“Yes.” (Sasha)

*Fufuu* Sasha laughs and takes my hand before tightly clinging to my arm.

“Where’s Misa?” (Sasha)

“Close.” (Arnos)

I follow Misa’s magic power and it leads to my garden.

Similar to last time Misa is sitting at the root of the tree while Ray stands beside her.

“Have you calmed down?” (Ray)

“…..Yes. I’m sorry I surprised you…… It really didn’t suit me after all….. I thought it wouldn’t….. ahaha…..” Misa laughs weakly.

“But I felt like drinking.” (Misa)

She hugs her knees while staring at the ground.

“…..Your previous life 2000 years ago…..” (Misa)

Misa buries her face in her knees.

“You remembered it all didn’t you Ray-san?” (Misa)

After a brief silence, Ray speaks.

“I’m sorry I lied.” (Ray)

“……I was happy when Ray-san gave me half of the necklace….” (Misa)

Misa picks up the necklace.

“Will you tell me the truth?” (Misa)

“About 2000 years ago?” (Ray)

Misa shakes her head.

“About Ray-san. I already know the answer but I want to hear it from your mouth Ray-san.” (Misa)

She stares at the shellfish necklace.

“….You thought you were going to die Ray-san…..” (Misa)

Ray started to say something then closed his mouth.

“At that time did you intend to say goodbye to me…..?” (Misa)

“….Yeah….” (Ray)

Ray looks up at the night sky in thought. The moon shone brightly nestled amongst the clouds.

“I was going to die for peace. As a hero I had to settle the war that had been going on for 2000 years. I was prepared and didn’t intend to leave any regrets behind. However……” (Ray)

Ray strongly clenches his fist.

“I wanted to see you again.” (Ray)

Ray looks at Misa.

“If we were reborn together I wanted to make you happy.” (Ray)

“….Ray-san….” (Misa)

Misa looked sad as she looked at Ray.

“…….Happiness in the afterlife? I don’t need that…..” (Misa)

Tears formed in her eyes as she looked at him.

“I don’t expect you to make me happy. I fell in love with Ray-san and wanted to be near you no matter what’s happening and whatever the situation is. (Misa)

Misa appeals to him.

“Why didn’t you take me with you?” (Misa)

Ray’s at a loss for words but doesn’t break his gaze with Misa.

“….You had nothing to do with that 2000-year-old war……… I couldn’t drag you into in my circumstances….” (Ray)

“….I never considered myself dragged in at all……” (Misa)

Misa clearly informs him.

“So if I had a heavy fate like Ray-san or Arnos-sama should I say that Ray-san has nothing to do with me?” (Misa)

Ray shook his head.

“……I would definitely help you.” (Ray)

With a clear tone, Ray strengthens his voice and continues.

“No matter where you are or what happens I’ll help you.” (Ray)

“I’m also the same. Unlike Ray-san I have no power, however, even if you are a 2000-year-old hero willing to die for a 2000-year-old war I’m willing to fight with you.” (Misa)

“…..You could die.” (Ray)

Misa laughs and smiles sweetly at him.

“What would you do when the person you love is about to die but you’re afraid to die yourself?” (Misa)

Ray’s eyes widen in surprise.

“What?…… Maybe I’m just being stupid but Ray-san was going to die and I couldn’t do anything about it nor did I have the strength or the trust from you to tell me. I only found out after the fact. That made me a little bit sad…..” (Misa)

Misa expresses her feelings of frustration.

“What do you think the most important thing is Ray-san?” (Misa)

“….When you can laugh from the very bottom of your heart and no one is threatening you. I think that’s real freedom.” (Ray)

“My freedom is being near Ray-san.” (Misa)

Eyes filled with both strength and kindness stare at Ray.

“Please don’t take that away from me.” (Misa)

Ray nods.

“I promise.” (Ray)

Misa laughs in satisfaction.

“Will you sit?” (Misa)

Patting the ground next to her Ray sits down.

“I thought you were angry.” Ray says quietly.

“Me? Oh I am angry. Angry because you didn’t tell me anything.” (Misa)

Misa teases him.

“What Ray-san wished for and worked so hard for for 2000 years was peace. I don’t think that feeling is wrong so the only thing I’m angry about is the fact you didn’t tell me.” (Misa)

“Sorry.” (Ray)

“I’m not mad at you anymore okay? You came back.” (Misa)

“What if I didn’t come back?” (Ray)

Misa thought about it a little before answering.

“I’d make sure to beat you to a pulp in the next life.” (Misa)

Misa laughs while Ray smiles wryly.

“Misa.” (Ray)

“Eh?” (Misa)

Misa stared at Ray in surprise as he called her by her name with no honorifics.

“I love you even more than I did before.” (Ray)

“Ah….” (Misa)

Misa looks down shyly.

“Me too…….. All this time……. I’ve been in love with you Ray-san.” (Misa)

Ray gently puts his hand over Misa’s

“Wa…was it like this at that time?” (Misa)

“Before going to war?” (Ray)

“Yes……” (Misa)

Ray and Misa are both absorbed in each others eyes.

“…..I’m a little bit worried about what’s going to happen from now on.” (Misa)

“Nothings going to happen anymore.” (Ray)

“Really….?” (Misa)

“Shall I prove it?” (Ray)

Misa nods slightly and closes her eyes.

Their hands move and they intertwine their fingers.

“I love you.” (Ray)

“I love you too.” (Misa)

They keep whispering I love you to each other before Ray slowly approaches Misa and his lips overlap her pale red ones.

The moon came out from behind the clouds to softly bless the couple.

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