Norio stretched as he sat up in his bed. He looked to the sleeping child next to him, smiling as he gently stroked her hair.
As he stepped out of the bedroom, he sluggishly walked to the living room. Just as he was about to sit, he heard a scream.
"Vera!?" He cried as he hurried down the hall.
As he got entered the room, he saw Vera holding her eyepatch.
"Oi, oi, are you ok?" He panted, kneeling.
"N-Nori..." Vera whispered, looking at him.
Norio looked at her, then down at the eyepatch.
"Don't worry; we can just get you a new o-"
Vera quickly shot him a look.
"I can't do that!" She cried.
"This isn't just any eyepatch; it's..."
Before she could finish, she began to quiver.
"H-hey!" Norio cried, grabbing her by the shoulders.
Vera looked down.
"W-we're not alone..." She whispered.
Norio raised his hand to her forehead.
"Well, you don't
As she said that, Norio's eye widened."W-What do you mean...?" He whispered.Vera looked at him nervously."W-well...there's a man here, and he's claiming to be L-"Suddenly, Norio burst out laughing."Nori!" Vera cried."I'm not dealing with him or this situation right now," Norio said as he rose."C'mon, let's go out and get some breakfast." He said, extending his hand out to Vera.Vera stared for a moment, hesitantly grabbing ahold.*"One coffee, please," Norio said."How about you, sweetheart?" The waitress asked Emersyn."Blueberry pancakes!" Emersyn beamed."How cute!" The waitress smiled as she walked away."You really should eat something..." Norio frowned, turning to Vera."Mm..." Vera mumbled as she gazed out the window.*As they were about to leave the café, a hand grabbed Norio by the shoulder.Caught off guard, Norio spun around.
"A girl born with the ability to see spirits, and yet..." Larkin began muttering, then paused, turning to Cole."Boring!" Cole cried."I wanted to talk to Rick!" He stuck his tongue out in annoyance.Larkin chuckled in amusement."Yo, boss," Mim began.Larkin turned around."What's up?" He asked."There are a lot of spirits haunting Four Eye’s house.""Well," Larkin began."Are they harmful?"Mim shook his head."Not necessarily, but they're pretty...angry." He chuckled.Larkin sighed and turned to Cole."Why don't we go and investigate?"Cole's eyes twinkled."Really!?" He shouted eagerly.Larkin nodded with a smile.*As they arrived at Rick's house, Larkin's eyes widened."What the-" He turned to Mim."You weren't kidding!?"Mim let out a sigh."Afraid not, boss.""That poor girl must be scared to death right now...
As the three were about to approach Vera, Norio got up."It seems you're not feeling too hot; we'll get going now, big brother.""A-are you sure...?" Rick asked weakly.Norio gave a nod, then stretched."Damnit, Bandages!" Mim huffed.Larkin quickly covered Cole's ears."Language, Mim."Mim looked at him and let out a sigh.Cole quickly removed Larkin's hands from his ears and looked up at the adults."What're we going to do!?" He cried."I suppose we have no other choice other than to follow," Larkin said, letting out a sigh.*"Why'd we have to leave?" Emersyn whined."I wanted to play with Maru more..."Norio ignored her, looking at Vera through the rear-view mirror."Oi, Vera."Vera quickly looked up."Tell me what's going on when we get home, okay?"Vera looked at him, then nodded her head.*As they arrived home, Norio stepped out of the c
Vera looked at him hesitantly but nodded."Thank you," Larkin said, smiling."About the troublesome spirit..." He began."This spirit has been known to possess those who are still living; he's kind of like...an outlaw of sorts in the spirit world, so to speak." Larkin looked at Vera as if to make sure that she was still following along."W-What can I do to help...?" Vera asked.Larkin closed his eyes and gave a smile."Ah..." He looked at Mim and chuckled nervously."W-What is it?" Vera looked at him."He can cause great harm if he possesses just the right person," Larkin paused."You may or may not be aware, but your ability permits you to...get rid of him, so to speak."Vera looked at him."H-how do I know that I can trust you...how do I know you're not just saying this...?"Larkin shrugged."I suppose that's fair… I wasn't the most trustworthy during my time spent alive.""Oi.
"Tch," Larkin clicked his tongue."Y-you're..." Vera whispered."Exactly right!" The spirit cried."After being killed by that brat, 246- whatever, I became a vengeful spirit." He spoke."If I don't get my way with that little pest, I will take this vessel down with me; so be it!"Cole's eyes widened."D-does he mean...?" He whispered."Doesn't matter!" Mim cried."We have to get him out of a physical body before he can cause any kind of harm!" Mim shouted as he readied himself."Mim, wait!" Larkin called out, grabbing his shoulder."We also cannot cause harm to Norio's body." He stated firmly."Tch." Mim clicked his tongue in annoyance."Vera!" Larkin shouted.Vera quickly turned to him."Ready yourself; you have to banish him before he-" Larkin was suddenly cut off by a kick to the abdomen."Boss!" Mim cried.However, Larkin was able to stand his ground, panting as he he
"Vera..." A voice called."Vera!" Vera slowly began opening her eyes.As she did, she was greeted by Norio, who was holding her in his arms.She lethargically lifted her head."Did I do it...?" She asked, looking around."Hah...?" Norio looked confused as he helped her stand up."Where's Larkin...?" She asked."Maybe they left?" Norio suggested."But I..." Vera looked down."Never mind..." She whispered."C'mon, why don't we go home?" Norio said, smiling softly.Vera looked at him, then nodded.He placed his arm around her as the two set off toward home.*As they got in the door, Emersyn was standing there with her arms folded."Hah, what is it?" Norio asked.Emersyn gave him an icy stare.Norio couldn't help but chuckle."You were gone for three hours!" She cried.Norio and Vera looked at each other."Eh, that long!?" Vera cried."What
As night fell, Mikael was tucking the two boys away in bed."Sweet dreams, boys." He smiled."Goodnight!" They chimed in unison.As Mikael gently closed the door to their bedroom, he walked to the kitchen and sat down."I thought you were going to take a nap?" He asked as he sat down at the kitchen table. Larkin, who was washing dishes, shrugged."I couldn't fall asleep," he said."Ah, that's a shame,” Mikael replied."Maybe I'll go for a walk, just to clear my head," Larkin said, turning off the faucet."Mm, that's not a bad idea," Mikael said, opening the newspaper."Alright, I'll be back." Larkin gave a wave, closing the door behind him."Be careful!" Mikael called out.*As Larkin was walking, he looked around the forest.He then looked up at the starry sky, smiling."Ah, it sure is a beautiful night..." He whispered to himself.Suddenly, he heard the crackling of tree
Larkin stared at the woman for a moment, then hustled over.The woman was pale and completely soaked in blood.However, in her arms, she cradled a blanket."What happened...?" Larkin asked cautiously."Please..." She breathed heavily."I-I don't have much time left, and they..." She stumbled."What's in the blanket?" He questioned."M-my, daughter..." The woman looked up at Larkin, her eyes glossy, brimming with tears."A-and who are you talking about? He asked."They...?" Larkin asked, placing a hand gently on the woman's shoulder."Those monsters at Experiment Labs..." She whispered as she collapsed against a nearby tree."O-oi!" Larkin cried."S-stay with me...!" He shouted.The woman gave a weak smile as a tear trickled down her cheek."P-please, mister, take care of her..." She whispered, gently placing the blanket onto the ground beside her."Iris Azalea..." Her eyes began