--1st Anniversary Special (day 4/7, page 3/4)--
‘I hear you are already dreaming about marriage,’ said Chergoa. ‘Is that true?’
Emiliana just averted her gaze, unsure how to answer that.
‘Fourteen is a bit young to be focusing on that, don’t you think?’
She would have liked to tell the reaper that it wasn’t any of her business, but unfortunately, it very much was. Emiliana understood that their lives were bound together now, and throwing a fit about it wouldn’t do any good. Her mother had certainly made sure to hammer that much into her.
Still, she found it difficult to say anything. Of course fourteen was young. She was under no illusions that she was older than she really was. But that didn’t change the way she felt.
‘Hmm,’ the reaper hummed, suddenly with the echo that indicated privacy. ‘Could it be that you already have someone in mind?’
Her eyes widened, and for a moment, she forgot to breathe.
‘Ah. Is that really how it is? You can tell me. I promise not to tell anyone else without your permission.’
Emiliana blushed and looked at the ivory carpet. “Yes...”
‘Who is it?’
She exhaled a heavy breath. “Don’t make me say...”
‘Do you know if they have feelings for you, too?’
“I... I believe he does...”
‘Hmm. Is there a significant age difference?’
“Ah... well... he is two years older than me.”
The reaper paused. ‘It’s not Cisco, is it?’
“What?! No! Cisco is my brother!”
‘Is it one of Cisco’s friends?’
Emiliana abruptly lost her fervor.
‘Oh boy. And Cisco doesn’t know, I take it?’
“If Cisco found out, I’m afraid he would kill him...”
‘His reaper wouldn’t let him do that. Might let him break a few of the boy’s bones, though.’
Emiliana just frowned.
‘Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell them. If this boy really is such a big part of your life, though, then I would like to see him.’
‘Does he have a reaper as well?’
“No. But he does know about them... I think Cisco showed off to him once, maybe.”