@Lelouch vi Britannia | 8/22 | notes: halp
"Hah? My family? I don't remember anything about them. You'll forget soon too, you know. And you'll be better off that way. Just don't let him know you asked such a question. He'll kill you for it."
Which Lower Moon had said that to him a few years ago? Does it still stand? When he returns to being a demon, will he forget his parents again? Even worse--will he forget Euphemia's kindness and Xingchen-gege's hospitality?
Rui wanders the halls of the mansion he's come to reside in with Akechi's insistence. At first, he'd been a prisoner, threatened and not allowed to leave. But slowly, slowly, as he got to know the residents... he'd come to grow fond of them. Well. All of them except Akechi, of course. He still loathed him with a passion. Either way, what would he know of his plight? Soon enough, their abilities will swap back to normal. He's been told that this is a staple of Pandora's magic. Akechi has experienced needing to hide from the sun and craving human flesh... but he has not experienced the grief of forgetting a loved one's face... being okay with killing them... eating them...
Rui feels himself turning green at the memory, growing sick as he looks around frantically. He's not allowed to disturb Akechi in his study, so perhaps he should look to one of the upper levels to find parchment? Perhaps he can ask... someone to write down his story for him. He's not good at writing--but he wants to remember. He desperately refuses to forget. He starts to climb the stairs, growing breathless as his weak lungs work overtime to compensate for his efforts. Rui sniffles quietly to himself, imagining the lonely existence that awaits him after he returns to being a demon.
But you deserve this. This is your punishment. You'll suffer in your life, and then you will go to Hell.
Rui reaches the top of the steps before his legs give out. Between his sniffling and asthma, he can barely catch his breath. He doesn't recognize it himself, but it's panic that's setting has him completely floored where he is, gasping and hiccuping pathetically at the top of a winding staircase in the middle of a mansion.