--1st Anniversary Special (day 4/7, page 2/4)--
To Emiliana’s eyes, the reaper was a glowing blue wisp, a kind of floating ball of cerulean flame. With eyes. And a mouth.
She didn’t like it at all.
But apparently, they were supposed to become friends now.
Chergoa hovered around the room. ‘You really like the color yellow, don’t you?
It was true. Emiliana’s room was distinctly brighter than anywhere else in the house for that reason. She especially liked sunflowers. The one standing in a vase at the foot of her bed was easily the most precious ornament in her room. She used to have a second one, as her lord father had given her two for her seventh birthday, but Marcos ruined that like he did everything else.
She wasn’t interested in telling any of that to Chergoa, however. “Why did Mama and Papa choose you?” she asked instead.
‘A good first question. They chose me because I am an old friend of your father’s reaper, Axiolis.’
“Is that all?”
‘Understand that they did not pick me lightly. They are entrusting their beloved daughter to me, and that is no small thing. Despite my friendship with Axiolis, your parents still corresponded with me for over a year before they became convinced that I would be a suitable partner for you. Us reapers are already rather difficult to come by, but when family is concerned, it is best to be extra picky. Wouldn’t you agree?’
“I guess so...”
From there, Chergoa explained at length about how the regeneration would work, how the enhanced strength would work, and how their souls were now bound together. Emiliana, more or less, knew all of this already, but she just listened quietly until the reaper was done talking.
“Mama said you wouldn’t make me join the Vanguard.”
‘That’s right. Your father asked me to let you live whatever life you wanted for yourself.’
“And you agreed to that?”
Emiliana breathed. “Thank you...”
‘I will still be making you train, however. That is not up for debate.’
Emiliana wasn’t exactly thrilled, but she supposed she couldn’t complain.