Nobody had spoken a single word on their walk back to town.
"Our house is this way..." Mikael announced, breaking the silence.
"I suggest taking Maru and Emersyn to the hospital immediately."
Rick nodded his head.
"I'll try to visit when I can..." Mikael said, smiling sadly.
"I'm just glad they're safe..." He whispered, stroking an unconscious Maru's head.
"Come now, Iris Azalea." Mikael stretched as he yawned.
"Mm." She nodded.
“See you..." She whispered as she bid farewell to the group.
As they arrived at the hospital, Vera and Norio's sister were seated in the waiting room.
Norio handed Emersyn to Keren.
Hiromi lightly shook a sleeping Vera.
Vera sleepily opened her eyes, looking up.
Her eyes widened as she saw Norio immediately standing up to hug him.
She began crying.
Norio rubbed her back.
He gave a sad smile.
"Hey, Norio," Keren began, then not
As Rick stepped outside of his house, he let out a sigh."Today's going to be a long day..." He muttered."Are you okay?" Chris asked."Yeah, are you sure you're ok with watching Maru today...?"Chris gave a smile."Of course, I am."Rick smiled."Thanks." He said."Oi!" Norio called out, riding upon his moped."Eh!?" Rick cried.Norio smirked."Hop on." He said.*"How'd you learn how to drive?" Rick questioned."My mother," Norio replied."Do you mean..."As they stopped at a traffic light, Norio let out a sigh."I guess we have a lot of catching up to do, huh?" He smiled.Rick laughed, nodding his head.*"Oh, there you are," Mikael began, standing up."Yeah, sorry, we kind of hit a lot of lights..." Rick chuckled, scratching his head."This way," Mikael pointed to a room."Oh, so it really is just us here..." Rick whispe
“Are you sure you don't need any kind of medicine for your hangover?" Mikael chuckled."Nah, I'm good, but thanks," Rick said, letting out a groan."See you at the cemetery." Iris Azalea said as she shut the door."I didn't think you'd be such a lightweight, big bro," Norio smirked."Shut it," Rick grumbled as he put his helmet on.*As they arrived back at Rick's place, Rick hopped off the moped."Thanks for the lift." He said.“Take good care of your girls and Keren; I'll talk to you later." He smiled."Ah, same goes for you." He smiled. He then gave a wave as he drove off.Rick smiled, watching him go.*"Rick!" Maru cried as he entered the house. She quickly ran over to hug him."Hey, kiddo!" Rick said, kneeling to pet her head."Hey!" Chris greeted."Did the funeral take place already...?" He asked.Rick shook his head.“Later in the day," he
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. "It ripped..." 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