Written for FireEye for Yuletide 2012. Very slightly AU as I have
issues with the text that says the house that Rei visits in the
beginning of the game is the Manor of Sleep, and therefore tend to
In the Ruins
Rei couldn't have imagined exploring the ruins of the Manor of Sleep
without Miku and Kei. They'd all experienced the terrible place, run up
and down its corridors, fought ghosts, unraveled mysteries. They'd
saved themselves, and Rei had put Reika to rest, finally. She hoped
that Reika was enjoying a happy ending in her afterlife, with Kaname.
Miku was quietly supportive, as she always was. It was part of her
nature, the steady caring part. Kei said she reminded him of Mafuyu,
out of Miku's earshot. Neither of them were sure that Miku had
completely recovered from that part of the adventure. She didn't want
to cause the younger woman pain, especially since Miku had gotten Rei
Rei had thought about making the trip without Miku, but she felt in the
end that Miku had as much right to go as Kei did. All of them were
still healing, a little or a lot. Miku might be fragile, but she was
Everybody was like that, Rei thought, but she saw it in Miku the most.
She still wasn't sure how Miku's brother Mafuyu had died, just that he
had, and Miku had survived where he hadn't. Miku may not have come out
whole, but she'd come out, and Rei hoped that she'd heal in time.
Kei was in the best shape of the three of them. But then again, the
person he'd been searching for was still alive. His niece Mio was in
worse shape than he was, and in worse shape than Miku. But then again,
Rei didn't know if she could have survived Yuu's loss if they'd been as
close as the twins had been, from what Kei told her of their
He had told her one day that he thought he'd seen Mayu in place of the
butterfly a few times. She would have scoffed, if not for the girl in
the picture. Perhaps Mayu had been a figment of his imagination, but
she'd been enough of a figment to show up on film.
With everything that had happened, it wasn't that odd. She only wished
that Mayu would have been able to bring comfort to Mio. But then again,
she doubted anything in that house was there to bring comfort, just to
cause more pain.
It made her survival, hers and Kei's and Miku's, all the more amazing.
When they arrived at the place, after hiking in, she stumbled a bit.
The house was a shadow of what it had been. There was a crack wide
enough in the front that she could see the ruined room inside; it was
so decrepit that she couldn't identify it even though she was sure
she'd been in every room in the place.
Kei caught her so that she couldn't stumble, and she thought it was a
shame that she hadn't met him before she'd met Yuu. She liked Kei, but
she wasn't sure it was the best time to start something with him. It
wouldn't be fair to Kei and it wouldn't be fair to Mio.
Miku was staring at the place, holding her hands together at her chest
as she tended to do when she was unsure or scared. "Are you okay?" Rei
asked, and Miku looked over at her.
"I... it's not Himuro Mansion...." Miku walked forward, testing one
step as if planning to go in. Rei had to admit that she didn't want to
go in herself. She'd been through the place too much in her dreams to
visit in real life. Miku tested the door, but she couldn't open it.
"It's... locked. Or warped...."
"Let me see." Kei had been the only one to be able to move things in
the shared dream. Since Rei didn't usually have any problems moving a
dresser, she could only assume that something in her assumed she
couldn't move it, so she couldn't. Either that, or it was something
that would have developed had she been in the dream as long as Kei had.
She pulled at the door, but it stayed stubbornly shut. Warped, most
likely. Kei's hands joined hers, and then Miku was on the other side,
and suddenly, the door was open.
There were holes in the foyer hallway, and Rei could see the rooms to
either side. The tatami, was, of course, ruined in the room she could
see. She was aware of Kei and Miku behind her, drawn in like they had
Except this time, they could leave. This time, there were no ghosts
sealing the doors, no tattoo curse drawing them back in.
Kei put a reassuring hand on Rei's shoulder. He was good at that, she
thought. Not too overly close - they still didn't know each other quite
that well - but warm and human. Yuu had been even warmer, cuddling with
her on a regular basis even if it wasn't cold. He was the first person
Rei had turned to when she was upset.
Maybe that was why she'd taken his death so hard. Because he would be
there for anybody who asked, and especially her.
"This is like Himuro," Miku said softly. Rei had never been in the
place, except in Miku's dreams. She never wanted to go there in real
life. "Yuu took me... brought me back from there, once...."
Rei blinked. Had Miku gone there... after? Yuu had brought her back?
There was so much she hadn't paid attention to. So much that Yuu had
known about Miku that she hadn't. She'd never thought to ask Miku what
happened to her relative until the dreams, but she was sure that Miku
would have told Yuu. Everybody talked to Yuu.
"He told me about that," Kei said, and Rei had to wonder. Why would he
confide in Kei, and not her? Maybe because she wasn't listening. Hadn't
been listening, and she should have, for Miku's sake. "A little. At
least that you'd gone."
Miku nodded. "But I think it's gotten a little bit better. It's not as
bad as it was. I wasn't that scared when I went back, because I knew
only Mafuyu was there...."
Maybe this was what Miku needed more than she did. Maybe seeing the
ruined places helped her go on more than words ever would. "Would you
like to go back again?"
Miku nodded. "It would be nice. It's not quite as bad as here, I mean
it's not falling apart as much as this did. Maybe I could see Mafuyu."
"I wonder if I could, now," Kei mused. "Or if I could just see in
It actually sounded like a good idea. She didn't know if she had the
sense either, but she might want to find out. And Miku's brother
shouldn't be too frightening. He looked kind in Miku's picture.
And maybe it would help Miku heal more. She idly wondered if they could
do that for Mio, and then remembered that even if Minakami had
reappeared, it was under water now.
She never thought she'd feel peace in a ruined house's foyer, in a
place where she'd run for her life. But Miku was right, and Yuu was
right. She had a life to live, and a good one, and everything else
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