Chapter Ten: Prison Of Broken Memories

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"I love you!" He had frozen in his spot, a light purple blush starting to bloom on his face. I squeezed my eyes shut and balled up my hands, feeling my entire body tremble from anticipation. It was silent for a few moments, and right as I was about to turn and run away, I felt a hand rest on top of my head.

"Young rabbit of hearts, you realize how heavy the meaning of those words are, right?" His playful tone was gone, replaced with the caring one he used to comfort me when I was hurting.

"Yes I do, mama and papa say it to each other all the time, and that's how I feel about you!" I forced myself to open my eyes and meet his, which seemed to be glinting with sympathy and pity. He sighed and shook his head, the bells from his hat letting out their pleasant chime as he did so.

"I hate to pull the least favorite card, but you are far too young to know what it is you are talking about. I only say this because I do care dearly for you, and I do not wish for you to get your hopes up for something you may not even be feeling." That hurt, but I knew he meant well. He always wanted nothing but the best for me, no matter what happened.

"And... what if I my feelings are real?" He was quiet as he thought my question over, shrugging as he answered.

"Even so, I am too old for you. It's quite the taboo for those 14 and 8 to be together." I lowered my gaze to the ground, feeling tears starting to well up in my eyes. The Jester took my face in his hands and wiped them away before they could fall, a worried expression on his face.

I forced myself not to cry, keeping my tears trapped in their (E/C) cages. He looked away from me for a moment, his lavender tail swishing behind him as he thought something over. His tail froze in place as something clicked in his mind, turning his attention to me once again.

"I hate for you to feel upset about this, so let us make a deal. In fifteen years time, when we are both much older and a six year gap is no longer a horrid proposition, we will see if your feelings have withstood time. If they have no, we may simply remain friends, if they have, we will try something more. Does that sound fair to you rabbit of hearts?" My eyes lit up at the idea, my heart soaring with joy. I know my feelings weren't going to just go away, and if I had to wait fifteen years to be with the most important person in the world to me, then I'll do it.

"Deal!" He smiled at me and messed with my hair, his playful demeanor returning.

"Now then, let us return to the main plaza. Your mother may be there and worrying about you."

"Oh that's right! Okay, let's go!"

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"That was really easy to catch her."

"I know, but did you see her wounds? Poor thing must have been fighting for her life."

"Look, none of us like it, but it's what we're paid to do. I honestly don't care as long as I get my paycheck."

"Yeah yeah. I'll take first watch you go check on the Lightners. The purple one won't stop making ugly noises that hurt to hear."

My head was swimming as I slowly started to open my eyes, groaning in pain as I sat up, only to feel some strange material wrapped around me. I lifted my arm and saw bandages wrapped around it, looking over the rest of my body showed more of the bandages around me as well. My injuries had been treated while I was out. How thoughtful of them to make sure I wouldn't bleed out when they stuffed me into a prison cell.

I huffed and stood up, with great difficulty mind you, resting my hand onto the wall as an extra support.

Great. The one fucking place I never wanted to end up and it happens on the shittiest day of my life.

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