gainst the shut exit and gradually, the ivory metallic gates started to open.

The sound of the gates wailing was the sound of my unexpressed sadness for my oniis departure.

I waved at my onii to bid him another farewell and he twisted a bit from his seat to wave back at me. The light from outside the gates shone at him, calling him to come back to his altruistic duties.

At that point, for some peculiar reason, I realized how much I disapproved of his departure. It wasn because I felt that something bad would happen to him, yet I didn understand it well enough to speak out loud.

”Arrivederci Onii! ” I shouted.

Argo galloped out of the gates, and I heard onii shout:

”Arrivederci Lucian! ”

The pegacorn flapped its wings and soared up high. The doors then shut themselves after and the ippótes put themselves back into their stern positions like statues waiting for a lawbreaker to assault on.

”Okaa, when will onii come back? ”

She looked down at me with gloom in her blue eyes, pursing her lips in the same dissatisfaction as she gave to onii.

”I do not know Lucian…well just have to wait again. ”

I glanced at the gates in great wonderment and set up my excitement for my oniis next homecoming.

I miss my onii already.

”Okaa, why can we go out? ”

She grimaced from my inquiry but tried to form a smile. She attempted to structure an answer that would make me understand her side. She squatted and kissed my hand in adoration.

”Its dangerous Lucian. ”

I looked at the gates again and back at her.

”Why? ”

When onii told me his tales, nothing seemed dangerous at all.

She released a breath of exasperation because of my persistence but answered, nonetheless.

”The world is dangerous and… we cannot die any further Lucian. Although our kind is the source of life, we are also the source of death. ”

I gave her a puzzled look from her vague explanation and pushed on. ”I do not understand, please explain further? ”

She cupped my cheek and closed her eyes as if to push away memories that haunted her for the longest time.

”Once we die Lucian, we become the very death that lives to destroy others. ”

She opened her eyes once more and great trepidation was instilled in them.

”We become the Catastrophes. ”

Nightfall came and otou tucked me under the sheets of the bed. He placed a kiss on my cheek, and I rubbed my hands against his stubble causing me to laugh from the prickling yet tickling sensation.

He chortled in response. His deep baritone voice resonated in the room. His skin showed a soft glow in the blanket of darkness, but my skin was abnormally much brighter than anyone elses. I asked my otou once why I was like that, and he answered with:

You
e special. You possess so much life in you that no one can match.

”Kalinihta Lucian. ”

”Good night otou. ”

Before he could stand up, I remembered a question I saved up for the day and grabbed his sleeve.

”Whats a Catastrophe? ”

His eyes widened. He cleared his throat once his composure returned. He laughed a bit, stroking my hair.

”Why do you ask, tesoro (sweetheart)? ”

”Okaa mentioned it when I asked why we cannot leave. Will you make them go away, otou? If they
e gone, can I come with onii whenever he goes out? I want to help others like what onii does! ”

Otous eyebrows scrunched up from my statement. My smile slowly faltered when I saw how negative his expression became.

”This is our home, Lucian. We stay here for as long as we live, ” he whispered. His eyes glared hard on mine.

”But… ”

”You are not allowed to go out of those gates, I forbid it. ”

I was well aware at that time that I wasn talking to my father. He was ordering me as a King of our race, and I was required to obey it no matter how much it upset me.

It was still nighttime when I woke up. I left my room and walked towards my parents room in hopes for asking for refuge. I stopped by their door when I heard them arguing with my mother sobbing.

”What if…what if he decides to leave like Lucius when he grows up? I can have that Lohann! I… I almost lost him when he was born, and I can lose him again! ” she cried out. My father groaned in frustration.

”But you can just decide on putting him under that training Meria he is our son! ” he snapped.

”I know that! ” she shouted back.

There was a long pause after that outbreak, and I waited for them to continue. My heart pounded strongly against my chest. My parents were fighting because of me, weren they? What did I do wrong?

”But I will do anything to protect him! Lucius is too compassionate because he knows how to empathize and sympathize. If we can train Lucian to become emotionless and loyal to our kind like the ippótes, he will have none of that. ”

”I can believe this! ” Father gritted out. ”This training system…will turn our son into something we don want. You do understand this, don you? ”

”I know that my love. I am prepared. If this will make him safe from the rotten clutches of our deceased people, then it must be done. ”

The door opened and I froze in place from being caught eavesdropping. Father was startled to find me there, but his expression softened as he knelt to level with me.

”Lucian… ” he softly spoke.

I looked down in shame and rubbed the tears off my eyes.

”Please don fight with each other anymore, otou, I get scared… ”

I took a peek from under my lashes and found him visibly gulp.

”Then, how would you like to no longer feel any fright? ” he asked.

I did not like it when I felt fear.

I did not like it when I felt sad.

I had to be brave like my brother for a price.

And so, I was trained.

I felt no remorse.

I felt no anger.

I felt no compassion.

I did not know how to love or feel love.

They eradicated the memories I had of my brother.

I lost myself.

I lost my heart.

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