Here you go!
Lost in the Rain
When Ukaberu was done, they continued to walk down the long hallway. Terra’s bitter surroundings made her shiver, as she had done before. Without any type of conversation, Terra and Ukaberu walked to the very end of the hall. Terra could now see the inn’s dim lobby. This entrance had no welcoming gestures- it lacked any significant lighting. Also, the walls were very similar to the ones in the hallway. There were two slide-doors at the entrance of this dreary lobby that had no glass, which made it so that the heavy downpour from outside could seep into the vestibule.
The floors were made of flat, cold stone. The only form of life in the room besides Ukaberu and Terra was an old man sitting in a small chair. The old man wore long jeans and a plain, white robe. He sat with his legs crossed, holding a clipboard in his right hand and a green pencil in the other. He had grey hair and deep wrinkles which drew attention to his dark, beady eyes.
“Checking out?” the old man asked in a forceful tone.
“Yeah,” Ukaberu stated while reaching into his cloak pocket once again. Ukaberu pulled out the same type of violet coins and presented them in front of the old man. He quickly inspected them and within a second, a small gust of wind took the coins. The strange wind migrated to the old man and hovered above his head. The man casually wrote something on his clipboard. Eventually, when he had stopped writing, the old man put down his clipboard and grabbed the purple coins.
“Thank you and come again,” The man said without looking up from the coins.
“Come on,” Ukaberu said while pointing to a store across the street from the inn. “We can run across the street and take cover from the rain at that shop.”
They slid open the windowless doors and swiftly dashed athwart the cobblestone road to the small, bright store. The shop had many fluorescent lights that illuminated the whole building. It also had several white tiles on the floor. The walls were wooden, but had been painted a pale blue color. There were lots of unfamiliar people there, many of them wearing long cloaks. A somewhat portly women sat at a counter left of Terra with a large grin on her face.
“Come again,” the woman urged as a man holding large bags passed Terra and Ukaberu. The unfamiliar man opened the door and stepped into the downpour, lifting his hood over his head as he did so.
Terra and Ukaberu walked past the same counter that the women was sitting in. Ukaberu made a hand gesture that meant that Terra should follow. They stepped into an aisle that had many blue and red cloaks hanging on small hooks. The cloaks were very similar to Ukaberu’s, except some of them were different sizes.
Ukaberu took a quick glance at them and turned to Terra. “Someone started this weird style.” He began to smile without showing his teeth. “It seems that all of the guys are wearing red,” he used his right arms to point to the red cloaks, “and all of the girls are wearing the blue ones.” He used his left arm to indicate the blue cloaks.
Terra stared at the clothing. “So, I guess I’ll be getting a blue one?” She reached to one and felt the sleeve. It was much more soft than any kind of clothing that she had ever touched. A smirk wrapped around Terra’s face. “This is so soft!”
Ukaberu smiled. “Okay, we’ll buy a cloak.” Ukaberu took a short pause. “Wait here for a second, I need to find something.”
Terra nodded as Ukaberu walked down the aisle and around a corner where Terra could not see him.
A few minutes afterwards, Ukaberu came back to the aisle with a petite, rectangular box. He held it at his side, and almost seemed to be hiding it.
“Have you found a cloak that’s your size?” he asked in a positive tone.
Terra grabbed the only cloak that was the same size as her. They walked to the same woman that they had seen as they entered the shop. The woman looked at Terra and Ukaberu.
“Hello. What may I do for you?”
“We’d like to buy these.” Ukaberu placed the box on the counter as Terra rested the blue cloak next to it.
“Let’s see,” the woman said as she pulled a small scroll out of one of her pockets. She opened the scroll, looking through it, and then at the items. Terra guessed that the scroll was used to list the prices of the items in the store.
“Okay,” she said while placing the scroll back in her pocket. “Twenty amethyst please.”
Ukaberu used the same violet coins, as Terra finally realized that the coins where made of amethyst. The lady excepted the coins with a wide grin.
“Thank you and come again!”
As they left the warm store, Terra pulled the blue cloak over her shoulders and tied two strings, as if she was tying a cape. Ukaberu and Terra both put their hoods over their heads at the same time. As soon as they walked out, Terra expected to feel the heavy raindrops to hit her cloak, but surprisingly, she didn’t feel anything hit her at all. Strangely, both she and her cloak were completely dry, even though they were standing in the rain.
They walked down the wet, cobblestone road, nearly unable to see because of the harsh shower. Both the stone and wooden houses became a thick blur. The power of the downpour caught Terra off guard, probably because the rain had not been so powerful before.
Suddenly, a figure appeared in the distance. It was vague at first, blurred along with the rest of the area. Once it came nearer though, it was much easier to see. When it was only a few feet away, Terra could clearly see that it was girl. She had long hair, and wore a white, blank mask. Her posture was slouched. Her arms hung down from her shoulders lazily and swayed as she stepped. The strangest thing about her were the spiked chains that clung to her ripped clothing.
Terra had been so mesmerized by the girl that she hadn’t noticed that both her and Ukaberu had stopped walking. The wretched girl walked past both of them without looking up or showing any sign of seeing Terra or Ukaberu. Terra turned around and stared at her until she disappeared into the rain.
“Who was that?” Terra asked as she directed her attention to Ukaberu.
“I don’t know. I wonder if those chains hurt.”
Terra pondered at the statement as they turned back to the road that they were walking on. As they stepped through the town of constant rain, Terra began a conversation.
Terra paused for a moment. “Why have you been so nice to me? You’ve done many things for me already, but I haven’t done anything for you.”
“I’m not sure. You just seem familiar to me. I know I haven’t seen you before, but it seems like I know you.”
Though she didn’t say it, Terra felt the same way. Unexpectedly, Terra’s head began to ache sharply. She put her hands to her ears and stopped walking. The pain was unforgiving, and gave Terra a deep frustration.
“What’s wrong?” Terra heard Ukaberu say before she fell on the ground. Then, she heard another familiar voice, but not Ukaberu’s.
“I will give you the memory.” The voice haunted Terra, but soon she fell back into reality.
“Are you all right?” Ukaberu asked with a worried face while helping Terra stand again.
“I-I’m fine,” she said though she was still dizzy.
When he had completely regained her balance, the began to walk down the long road again.
“What?” Terra asked in a low tone.
“You’re a shadow.”
Terra thought about it, and after she did for a while, Terra realized that he was right. But, what troubled Terra is how Ukaberu had figured it out.
“But,” she stuttered, but didn’t get to finish.
“I can tell. In this world, only shadows have violet eyes.”
She felt awkward, mostly because that the last time that she’d seen herself, she had blue eyes.
They continued walking for a while before speaking.
“Well, I guess I’ll have to teach you a lot of things about this world,” Ukaberu said calmly.
Suddenly, the rain began to settle down to a point where it was hardly raining at all.