The La-Iin Series
“Events of a Dslellular Monday”
Dosa-Mina sat at the dinner table, trying his best to focus on the book he was reading. It was quite difficult. Though he was interested in the book, he couldn’t erase what had happened just two days ago from his mind.
He hadn’t been able to talk to San-Kyung about it at first, but he should have known that he wasn’t going to get off just hanging up on him. San-Kyung had discovered the truth earlier that day after school, and though he did his best to calm him down, it was still on his mind.
‘But she kept her promise….right?’ Nobody else at school had shown any signs of knowing the truth about his species, and though Lirako shot several sly smirks in his direction during class she never spoke to or about him, not even to Airy-Aekok. In that sense he wanted to trust her and feel that everything would be alright, but a part of him felt that even if she did keep his species a secret he’d never feel quite as comfortable as he had before.
It seemed like each time he finished something interesting those thoughts raced through his head and such memories replayed in his mind.
He only got a break from the mental war when a knock sounded at the door. He was expecting to see San-Kyung, especially as he had seemed as though he was still concerned when he head home that day, but instead who greeted him was Sirlie-Baecho, a wide smile on her face.
“Yo, Dosa-Mina! Good to see ya.” Her smile lessened. “You don’t look so good. Get enough sleep?”
“Aha, not really. What brings you here again, Sirlie?”
“Can’t a girl visit her best friend? You might have San-Kyung too, but I’m still here, remember!”
“Yeah, I know.” Her words made him contemplate talking to her about what happened, but he was reluctant to. He could imagine Sirlie-Baecho cursing Lirako and Airy-Aekok, and he didn’t want them to hold that against him and tell the entire school. ‘That can wait, then…’
“Actually, though, it’s a little more than that.” Her expression became serious. “I finally met pumpkin-boy last week, and he was kind of a jerk.”
“That’s San-Kyung for you,” he chuckled.
“Ever since then, I’ve been feeling super-competitive! What does a jerk like him have over me when it comes to the friend department!? So I’ve decided on two things: either I’m gonna confront him myself again, or I’m gonna show him up when it comes to being your friend!”
Dosa-Mina’s eyes widened. “Why!?”
“Well, he does understand you, yeah. Least it seems that way. I’m jealous, okay!? I don’t get what makes him so reliable! He seems like a big jerk! Didn’t you say you two started out hating each other?”
“Yeah, we did.”
“So why? Why are you so close now?” Sirlie-Baecho sighed.
“We just are. I don’t really know how to explain it. I’ve told you, Sirlie, that doesn’t devalue our friendship at all. It’s just different.”
Sirlie-Baecho gave him a blank stare. “…if you’d tell me if it was that for certain, at least I’d understand…”
“It’s nothing. I just…I just wanna be as important to you as he is,” Sirlie-Baecho said. “And that’s why now I’ve decided for sure. I’m gonna go confront him myself and we’ll see who’s the better friend!”
She spread her wings and head for the door. “What the–!? Hey, Sirlie!”
“C’mon, Dosa-Mina! Tell me where ‘e lives!”
“No! I don’t want you confronting him! You two are both pretty powerful. I don’t want you hurting each other!”
“I ain’t gonna hurt him unless he does something to hurt me first!”
‘And he probably will!’ Dosa-Mina bit back that retort.
“My only purpose is t’ go and see if one of us cares for you more. It’s morbid curiosity!”
“Oh, seriously, Sirlie! I get that you’re jealous, but I’ve told you before, you two are both very important to me. Just for different reasons!”
“I…I know that, but sometimes it just feels like…”
“San-Kyung and I trust each other a lot. We are very close, but we could never have the same kind of relationship I have with you. You’re like a sister to me. And you two are both important to me, so I don’t want you two hurting each other because you don’t like each other. You don’t have to like him just because I do.”
Sirlie-Baecho sighed. “I hear ya…I’m tellin’ ya, though, I wasn’t planning on starting trouble with him. Just seeing if one of us cared about you more.”
Dosa-Mina shook his head. “That’s silly.”
“Maybe it sounds silly to you, but I keep thinkin’ about it…”
Dosa-Mina gave a sigh of his own. “Sirlie, maybe you’ll believe me if I tell you about a little problem I have right now.”
“But you have to promise me that you won’t go hunting these people down to curse them. It’s really important that you hear me out all the way on this.”
“Uh…if it’s that important to you, then sure. I’m always willin’ to lend an ear, but are you sure you want to tell me? I know ya don’t really like talking about your problems…”
“I’m sure. But let’s go to my bedroom just in case my parents get back while we’re talking. I don’t want them knowing for now.”
As Dosa-Mina expected, Sirlie-Baecho was utterly furious to learn of the incident, but she held to her promise that she wouldn’t go hunting down Lirako and Airy-Aekok.
“But the moment they tell everyone in the school,” she said, “you call me and I’ll curse ’em with the worst one I know.”
Still, Sirlie-Baecho seemed to believe him now that he valued both her and San-Kyung, so at least that situation was resolved. ‘And I guess I was able to get that off of my shoulders…’
Though it concerned him that Sirlie-Baecho had left his house yelling that she was going to learn more curses.
“We got home at around the same time today. What a coincidence, huh?”
“Hi, Mom. Hi, Dad.” Dosa-Mina said.
“Have you been reading this entire time?”
“Almost the entire time. There’s a lot to learn about Witches, so it’s best to get started early!”
“Witches are really confusing to me. Their powers sometimes seem to defy logic. But at least most of them have a reasonable explanation. The ones that nobody knows how they work, those bother me.”
He turned back to the book. Elai-Riya relaxed in a chair next to him. When she glanced in his direction, she noticed his wrist. A scar was visible on it.
‘Something’s just not right about those scars.’ Ever since she had first spotted one on Dosa-Mina’s wrist, she had been concerned, and she knew Orlin-Aesth was too, though he didn’t bring it up as much in front of Dosa-Mina.
“Hey, Dosa-Mina, is there anything you wanted to do today?”
“Hm? I’m not sure. Why do you ask?”
“Well, you and Sirlie-Baecho seem to be getting along lately. Why don’t you go and see her?”
“Actually, she was over here just earlier. And I think she’s practicing curses right now.”
“How much do you know about curses?”
“I know a bit. I know they’re not the kind of curses you hear about in fiction, for one. Why do you ask?”
“No reason. I was just thinking you should get out. You seemed really down over the Weekend. Maybe you need some fresh air.”
“Um…? Well, I guess I could read my book outside.”
“That sounds like a good idea.”
Dosa-Mina smirked. “Are you trying to set up some sort of surprise for me?”
“No, of course not!”
Dosa-Mina’s smirk turned into a grin. “I see. I guess I will go read outside then!” He took the book and head outside.
“Why’d you send him outside, Elai-Riya?”
Elai-Riya sighed. “I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately, Orlin-Aesth. Dosa-Mina’s behavior sometimes, those scars on his wrists, and that time we found blood on his bed…I’m worried I know what it all means, and I just need to either…prove or disprove those fears, you know?”
Orlin-Aesth’s face steeled. “I…I understand. We should look quickly, though. There’s no telling when he’ll come back inside.”
The two head into Dosa-Mina’s room and began to check his books, pictures and anything that might be hiding an item they hoped they wouldn’t find. Orlin-Aesth had just moved aside a picture when he heard Elai-Riya gasp behind him.
She was staring blankly at a kitchen knife.
Both of them had no idea of how to react to what they had just found. The knife didn’t appear to be clean and had obviously been hidden. Orlin-Aesth noticed that Elai-Riya had started to cry, and he pulled her close.
“…we have to talk to him about this,” Elai-Riya said.
Dosa-Mina came back inside, feeling in a surprisingly good mood. ‘Maybe going outside was what I needed. Mom had a good idea! Speaking of, I wonder if there’s something she wants to surprise me with.’
He spotted both his parents sitting at the table, though their expressions were more serious than he was expecting. He took a seat across from them.
“Is something wrong? ….hey, is Auntie Tebi-Miya alright?”
“Auntie Tebi-Miya’s been fine for a while now, Dosa-Mina. She’d tell me if something changed.” Elai-Riya said.
Orlin-Aesth motioned to the table. Dosa-Mina looked down.
The blade that was sitting there was startlingly familiar.
“Dosa-Mina, you need to talk to us about this!” Elai-Riya said.
“Wha….what?” He tried to force a chuckle. “This isn’t…you’ve got the…”
‘There’s no weaseling out off this one.’
Dosa-Mina lowered his head. He wasn’t sure what to say. There wasn’t even the right kind of fear to prompt some sort of response from him. His parents were some of the last people he wanted to know about this.
How could he possibly reduce the damage done here? There was nothing he could do. They knew now, and they weren’t going to leave him alone until he explained himself.
All he could offer in this situation was an excuse.