[fancypost='margin: 0 auto; max-width: 650px; text-align: justify; font-size: 8pt;']✧ // the heavens above and hell even higher
he had lead mikoto into the castle proper, for it’s stone walls were the only fireproof thing that came to mind. he had decided to avoid his own room, which contained flammable paper and books, and settled on an empty bedroom that no clan member had claimed yet. once they were both in, he eased the door so that it was a sliver away from being closed, to both ensure more privacy and to make sure that should things turn violent he had a path of escape that wasn’t jumping out the window. although that might be a better method, considering mikoto’s lack of wings.
he took a moment to gather his thoughts once they had settled in, maintains a good distance from his long-lost brother. he was not yet sure whether he wanted to have a talk with him regarding their past troubles or to yell at him for showing up and nearly burning down his entire home. the home that he was partially responsible for as an enforcer. “it’s been long,” he started and then paused for a good ten seconds. his mouth felt dry.
“there was no way to reach you through the fire.”
and all the threads came undone, all the memories that his young mind had suppressed, but if archangel’s heart normally skipped with every event that came along and felt so deeply that it was capable of reopening scars from the simple reminder of the sky, it was something different now. his eyes were cold. no longer the crystal blue of summer horizons, but the waters of the bitter north, icicles, prisms. sharp. anger simmered, because now his mind was processing what had happened. mikoto just showed up at his clan, on his territory, and nearly burned the entire thing down—nevermind having tried to kill him. and he had the gall to blame him for what had happened? as if he was not the one who had started the fire? as if he were not the one that had damned their parents to a fiery death, screaming, terrible dance, red tongues lapping their existence into ashes.