Everyone in the party has a huge crush on Ari. This confuses him since people usually aren't very nice to him. Neutral quiet Ari.
The ultimate shipfic gone wrong. Hohoho. This will be fun.
It started off as a normal day for Ari; the boy had been sent into Tenel on an errand by his mother. It was when he was on his way back that things started to get…weird.
Ari turned his head, only to come face to face with Stan. Startled, he nearly dropped the loaf of bread he was carrying. “…?”
Stan grinned, eyes lidded just a bit. “I was looking for you. I have a new evil plan today, slave…come with me, and we can take care of it. Hm~?”
“…..” Ari’s face slowly went red. He took an uncertain step back. Stan blinked, then leaned in a bit, grin widening.
“What’s wrong? Cat got your tongue? ….how about we find out~?”
That did it. The teenager turned around and ran as fast as he could in the direction of his house, eyes wide. Behind him, Stan came charging after him, unperturbed by his slave fleeing.
Ari slammed open the door, chest heaving. Rosalyn blinked and looked at him. “Ari? What’s wrong?”
Before he could answer, Stan burst in after him, eyes gleaming. Immediately Rosalyn intercepted him before he could reach Ari, and the boy felt a surge of relief. But relief turned into horror as she proceeded to pull him into her arms.
“No you don’t! I won’t let you corrupt him anymore!” she shouted at the Evil King before hugging Ari close to her. “Are you okay, Ari? Did he hurt you?”
Ari just gaped, unable to process quite what was going on here. What was this? They weren’t acting like they usually did…
“Hey, back off, blubber butt! He’s MY slave, not yours!”
“No!” Rosalyn squished Ari to her chest, expression defiant. “Don’t worry, Ari. I’ll set you free, I promise you!” Ari struggled before shoving himself free of Rosalyn, wheezing for breath.
“Hey, Cub! You in here?” Big Bull poked his head in, looking around. “I just wanted to know if you wanted to hang out. Bro to bro, you know? Heh!”
“No, he was going to come study with me! Isn’t that right, lad?” Kisling pushed Big Bull out of the way, looking in with a grin.
They all shared the same gleam in their eyes.
Feeling a shiver run down his spine, he went running past all of them, not daring to look behind him as he went. He could hear them running and shouting after him, though…why was this happening?? He remembered wanting a little more attention than he was getting, but this was ridiculous.
Soon the circus tent was in sight, and hope welled up within the unfortunate boy. Epros would know what to do, right? He flew past the tent flaps, about ready to double over. Linda looked over at him, in the middle of preparing for her show. Normally she would be screaming for him to get the hell out, but she just smiled a cute little smile and waved.
“Oh, hi Ari!” she gushed. “This is actually really great timing! Listen, I’ve been wanting to talk to you for awhile about something…um…do you have a minute?”
Ari shook his head, eye twitching. Linda’s eyes widened, and she seemed to droop. “Oh…okay. Well, how about later, then?” Now she was back to smiling like he hadn’t said anything. Before Ari could open his mouth, the tent flaps fluttered, and Epros floated in.
“Hm? What now? What’s this? What could I possibly have missed?” Ari looked to him and was just about to try and explain the situation, when Epros’ hand shot out and caught his face.
The magician stroked it, almost thoughtfully, before getting a soft smile. “Why, Ari…what a surprise. I’ve never really noticed your eyes…”
The boy went numb. Those around him say that what happened next was the loudest anyone had ever heard Ari before.
“I NEED AN ADULT!” he screamed.
In the distance, Beiloune watched Ari chased around the area by his friends, and smiled. It was always fun to play Kick the Deviant. Especially after they’d been ruining your plans.
Behind him, Marlene raised an eyebrow. “What are you doing?”