They stood there in the door way, bruised and bleeding. Walking into the house they sat at the table, looking at each other. Crying. They once again tried to walk freely in the real world with no worries, but again were disappointed. They wished to walk in light, with their friends and family. To be able to hold hands in public and to show affection towards one another. When they did these things they would be mocked almost as fast as they got outside, they would get stoned, or worse torn away from the other and beat one after the other. The second would watch the first bleed, when she would bleed it was the other's turn. This has happened many times before. And has now happened for the fourth time. The girls were getting sick of it. They vowed their lives would change soon, little did they know, it would change more then they wanted it to.
“Shall we try again. Liliai?” Aeryn asked her love with a smile.
“How are you always so cheerful? How can you forgive them, their words? Are their words not poison to you as they are to me?” Liliai walked out from the bedroom.
“Yes they are poison, more than anything. That’s why we should forgive them. People can’t accept weird, strange, and new things. And we are all of those things.”Aeryn walked over and wrapped her arms around Liliai. “We must try to forgive them at least.”
“I don’t want to. They hurt you and me too many times to forgive.” Liliai wrapped her arms around Aeryn as well and then kissed her on the forehead.
“Well then, can we at least try one more time?” Aeryn squeezed Liliai’s waist. “Please?”
“I...I don’t know, what if they hurt you again? I couldn’t take that.”
Aeryn smiled and then walked into the bedroom to grab something.
“Ok, we can go now.” Aeryn grabbed Liliai’s hand which was shaking.
“...ok, let’s not be too long, ok?”
Aeryn smiled as Liliai looked worried as she asked.
Aeryn and Liliai walked hand in hand. They had never been able to go for this long before getting stoned, yelled at or teased by someone. Something was wrong about this day.
“We should’ve stayed inside, I don’t like this.” Liliai was trying to walk backwards, back home. But Aeryn would not let her.
“No, it will be fine trust me. I have something for you but you have to wait till we get to the town square. Ok hun?” Aeryn leaned up and kissed Liliai on the cheek.
“Fine, I’ll wait.” Liliai still looking worried and nervous, now more nervous because of the present she was about to get from Aeryn.
They walked a good half hour before they reached the square. When they got there no one was there, not even a child. This was odd because usually the square is full of people, young and old. Aeryn took Liliai to the fountain and had her sit down.
“So, why are we here? What was so important we needed to come here, of all places?” Liliai looked up at Aeryn who was now starting to cry. “What’s wrong?” Liliai went to stand up but was softly pushed back down.
“You have to stay sitting for this. Promise you will sit.” Aeryn smiled, tears running down her face.
“I promise.” Liliai smiled.
“Ok, how do I do this?” Aeryn got on one knee and Liliai automatically started to cry.
“Liliai, I have loved you since we were children. I love you now and I always will. I want you to be mine forever...”There was a pause for some brief crying. “Will you....” But before Aeryn could get out the words, there was a long stick coming out her back into her chest. Right into her heart.
“Liliai what’s wrong?” Aeryn didn’t even notice.
“You...you have and arrow..through..your chest....Baby?” Liliai was shocked as her one and only love fell into her lap, bleeding onto the ground. “Aeryn? Aeryn wake up! Don’t leave me! Baby?...BABY!!” Liliai was now screaming as tears poured down her face. Aeryn’s limp body was now going cold. The tears that had already been in her eyes were now drying. Liliai kissed Aeryn one more time and as she did the town’s people were all coming out of their houses. Cheering.
“She’s dead! There love is dead!” The towns people cried that over and over.
Liliai tried to grab up Aeryn and take her back home but was denied by two giant hands.
“You will never be together, never again...NEVER!” As one of the men screamed this at Liliai, they grabbed Aeryn and pulled her away from Liliai, there hands were the last to touch. Pulling away Aeryn’s ring, soon to be Liliai’s wedding ring fell into Liliai’s hand. Liliai clutched it tight.
“Where are you taking her!” Liliai cried out. “Please don’t take her from me.”
The towns people laughed as Aeryn’s body dragged in the sand and rock, getting completely dirty.
“Don’t! Your getting her dirty!” Liliai’s eyes had now gone mad.
She too was now being dragged away and didn’t even notice the crosses on either side of the square. Then in a rush of pain she noticed them, and realized their purpose.
“Don’t hurt her. Please, do anything to me. Just don’t hurt her.” Liliai tried her hardest not to mention what they were doing there. But it was to late, someone noticed the ring.
“Take the ring! Take it! She can never have it! Just like their love!” Liliai fought to keep the ring but out of the middle of no where, a knife as sharp as the pain in her heart, cut her hand. Liliai screamed in pain and opened her hand. The ring dropped to the ground. Liliai tried her very best to get it back, but she could not move.
“Don’t please! Don’t take that!” Liliai screamed at the top of her lungs. “Please forgive me baby! I failed you!” Liliai continued to scream. She looked over at her lost love and witnessed the most horrific sight ever. Her body was being nailed to the cross, her hands and feet. The arrow still in her body. The blood had stopped flowing. They raised the cross and cheered.
“Sinner’s! Blasphemy!” All the town’s people were yelling and throwing rocks at Aeryn’s already dead body. Liliai couldn’t watch anymore. It was to hard to watch her love be stoned after death. Liliai didn’t even realized that she was being lowered to her very own cross. Liliai didn’t even fight anymore. Tears rolled down the side of her eyes, and into her ears. The towns people all laughed as the hammer went into the air and then back down again. Throwing rocks again. Liliai screamed as the nail was driven into her ankles.
“Aeryn...” The hammer smashed down again. “I love...” Again. “I love you!” Liliai screamed as they went at her hands. The pain in her ankles had almost gone numb. She could not hear the crowd. A sharp pain was found in each of her hands. They pushed her cross up, and it landed with a jerk. Which pulled at the nails. Liliai screamed.
Days, turned to weeks, weeks turned to months. Aeryn and Liliai were still nailed to their crosses. Liliai was still alive, to the town’s people wonder. Still every now and then she would get stoned by the odd child. Aeryn’s body was starting to turn rancid, the birds had been at her and Liliai could do nothing but watch. Liliai hated not being able to do anything about it. The final day came. Liliai dropped her head and cried one last time. Liliai’s body went limp and she closed her eyes. It was over finally, it was done. The Pain. The fear.
“I will be with you my love, even after death I will never leave you.” Liliai’s cuts had opened. The nails slipped through her hands and feet. Her almost dead body fell to the ground. Dust flew everywhere. Her body twitch one last time. Liliai realized that there was something shining on the ground next to her, it was the ring. Liliai reached over and grabbed it. Holding in her cold fingers. She smiled one last time. Then nothing. Silence.