Fayt sat at the worn down table, working on his communicator. It had started to malfunction making it hard for Fayt to understand the people on Elicoor. Putting down his communicator Fayt gave out a sigh.
"What are you working on?" a bored voice spoke. Fayt nearly jumped out of his seat from the shock. Looking behind him in a panic he realized whose voice it was.
"Oh, Albel, why do you always do that?" he asked sounding a bit irritated. Albel gave no reply nor seemed to be notice Fayt's edginess. Fayt wasn't sure if he was even aware of people or their feelings. Then again Albel did surprise Fayt when he had helped defeat Luther. Fayt turned back to his communicator.
"My communicator has been acting up lately, so I was just fixing it." He responded. Albel peered over his shoulder to get a better look.
"I see," he said not sounding one bit excited about it. Fayt shot a quick glance at Albel; he was unusually close to his face. Fayt shifted more in the opposite direction. Albel raised an eyebrow, sighing he turned around and started walk away. Fayt quickly stood from his chair almost losing his balance.
"Wait!" Fayt half way yelled. Albel turned and stared at Fayt in shock. Fayt's mind went blank, he had wanted to know why Albel was here but the question didn't seem to form right.
"What is it, fool?" Albel asked breaking the silence. Fayt fidgeted about, too nervous to speak now that he had made a fool of himself.
"I-I um, were you bored?" Fayt finally blurted. An odd silence entered again. "Is that why you came here?" Fayt said, his voice fading out near the end.
"I suppose you could say that." Albel answered. Fayt's heart sunk; of course Albel wouldn't come to see him. Albel waited to see if Fayt would say anything else, a moment passed and Fayt was still silent.
"Later." Albel said turning again to leave. Seeing Albel leave Fayt gave out a small sigh.
"Bye…" He said sadly, Fayt looked back at his communicator. He didn't feel like fixing it anymore. Going to go sit down a sudden pain shot through him, it was so intense the air was knocked out of him. Fayt started to fall, he reached for the chair but his hand went straight through. What's going on?
Albel really had wanted to tell Fayt he was there to see him. Albel had been thinking about him a lot lately. What was the reason why he wanted to see Fayt so much? And this weird warm feeling that would emerge whenever he was around him; what was it? A loud crash echoed down the hall, Albel upon instinct drew his sword and dashed towards Fayt's room. Entering he noticed Fayt laying on the ground. Sheathing his sword he moved quickly to Fayt's side and crouched down.
"What happened?" Albel asked as he lifted up Fayt into a sitting position. Fayt slowly opened his eyes; his expression was pained. He was fine a minute ago?
"I-I went to work on… the commun-" Fayt cut off as he cringed in pain. Albel shook him slightly. "The chair- It was like it wasn't there…or was I n-not there?" He cringed in pain again, a small growl escaping this time. Albel looked at him in a confused expression. It was true since the moment he had meet the earth boy he never was able to understand his thinking nor his technology. Fayt's breathing became abnormal.
"Albel…. Are we sti-ll just data?" Fayt asked. He looked as if he had to force out the words or else they wouldn't have come out.
"What are you talking about? Hey!" Albel became frustrated, he wasn't able to do anything and he didn't have the slightest clue to what was going on. Fayt grabbed Albel's shirt, his hand was shaking, Albel could tell by his expression he wanted to say something. Albel froze; he had just noticed that he could see right through Fayt, on to the ground. Fayt's grip loosened and he lost consciousness. "Wake up fool! Hey!' Albel yelled at Fayt, "Damn it wake up and explain this." He demanded.
Hearing shouts Maria exited her room and headed down towards the shouts. Peering into the room she found Albel holding Fayt shouting at him to wake up.
"What's going on here?" she asked fully entering the room. Turning his head Albel looked up at Maria.
"Good, come over here." He demanded. Maria paused before walking over to the two and crouching next to them. Now seeing Fayt up close Maria could see why Albel was in a panic. Fayt looked as if he was a hologram.
"What caused this?" Maria asked. Albel shrugged.
"How the hell would I know?" He replied harshly. Maria sighed; Albel's attitude had always been a problem.
"Don't get like that; I'm trying to get some more information that's all." She placed her hand under her chin as she thought.
"Yo!" a voice spoke snapping both Maria's and Albel's eyes to the door way. Standing there was Cliff, looking like his casual and usual self.
"What is it?" Maria asked. He crossed his arms.
"It's Nel and Sophia." Maria stood, there had to some connection between them.
"What about them?" she asked sounding more urgent.
"It's like they're disappearing." Cliff stated. Albel getting a hold on Fayt and lifting him up, he turned and showed Fayt to Cliff.
"Like this?" Albel said taking a few steps forward. Cliff's eyes widened.
"Oh crap! It's happening to Fayt too." He said loudly. Maria took a step forward.
"Albel bring Fayt with us, we'll go and see how the other two are doing." Nodding all quickly went to the other room that held Nel and Sophia. Entering Albel placed Fayt on an open bed hoping he wouldn't fall through. Nel sat in a chair near the window next to Sophia who lay in the other bed. From the looks of it Sophia had the worst condition. Nel from her shoulder down on her left side faded in and out. She looked exhausted.
"What's going on? Does Fayt have it too?" Nel asked, Albel sighed and finished making sure Fayt was in the bed.
"Isn't obvious?" He said harshly. Cliff put one of his hands on Albel's shoulder. Albel turned to Cliff.
"We all are confused and frustrated. However, it doesn't mean we should pick fights among ourselves." Cliff paused, and then continued in a low voice to where Albel could only hear. "If you must, only worry about Fayt." Albel stared at Cliff wide eyed. What was he implying? Albel was about to speak when he was interrupted by Nel yelling out to them.
"Look! They're gone!" She said frantically. Albel quickly turned to where he had just placed Fayt. It was true. Fayt nor was Sophia anywhere in the room.
"Did they fall through?" Cliff asked aloud. Maria shook her head.
"No, we would have heard something." She replied. Nel gave out a small sigh as she stood.
"They didn't fall through," she paused, "It was as if they faded away. That's all." Maria crossed her arms as she shook her head.
"All this doesn't add up." Maria began to pace throughout the room; looking for something to help. Cliff gave out a big sigh.
"Whatever it is, took Sophia and Fayt. Could it have been the people in 4d space?" Cliff asked.
"Bah, try to think a little hard you worm. We defeated that scum." Albel growled with anger. Cliff took a quick glance at Albel before turning back to Maria. There was a long silence before Maria spoke.
"We will have to wait." She said. Cliff raised an eyebrow while Albel spat out a curse word. However as crazy as she sounded Maria was serious. Cliff shrugged; it was true after all they really couldn't do anything.
"I agree." Albel said, shocking Cliff. He turned and faced the red eyed man.
"You do?" Cliff questioned. Albel shook his head while crossing his arms.
"I don't need to repeat myself to a worm like you." He replied back. Cliff shrugged again; he wasn't in the mood to make a comeback. Out of the corner of his eye he could see Nel standing.
"The mysterious event seems to have past." She announced showing her once affected arm. "Whoever this was has what they wanted in the first place."
"I don't know. I mean could this have been the Vendeeni?" Cliff turned back to Maria, who shook her head.
"No, after our battle with Luther, the Vendeeni disappeared. Even so, I would have been affected too." She responded. Cliff nodded.
"Also true. They would have known that you were also altered." Albel gave out a sigh before walking out of the room, leaving no chance for anyone to say something.
He had to get out of that room; it was just too much for Albel to take in. The Vendeeni, Luther, 4D space. It was all so confusing, if only Fayt was here. The blue haired boy never judged Albel for his frustration towards his world. He always knew how to explain to Albel how everything was used without him feeling stupid. Albel, exiting the inn, took in a full breath of the cold, refreshing air of Airyglyph. Damn the fools for making him so frustrated, they were all useless.
"Myuuu~" a high pitched sound came from Albel's right. Casually looking down, Albel meet the glaze of a light yellow colored cat.
"Ah! I see Crème has found you." A man's voice spoke. Sighing Albel turned and faced the man.
"And why am I graced with your presence, Van?" Albel sarcastically questioned. Van smiled and picked his beloved cat up from the ground.
"My, my. You still have quite the attitude there, brother."