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unreasonable by purplekecleon unreasonable by purplekecleon
Was he always this unreasonable?

She wondered if unreasonable was an accurate way to describe him. Many things fell into this category, so it was mostly out of habit that she arrived at that particular word. Food being underseasoned was unreasonable. Uninvited guests trespassing was unreasonable. Servants going against her will was most certainly unreasonable.

He was never a servant, though, was he? It was hard to remember that. It wasnít her fault, really. She hadnít had anyone around her in such a long time that was able to defy every aspect of her charms, her guile, and most of all, her outright power. How long ago was it, anyway? Surely the better part of a century, although she didnít really want to believe it had been that long. Putting it out of her mind had always been the easiest and most sensible way to deal with her losses, as she was never one to show weakness around servants. Besides, it just wouldnít be proper.

He wasnít a servant, though, and they were alone. Appearing proper wasnít an issue she was concerned about at this point in time. The feelings that had been sealed off and long since forgotten for nearly a hundred years threatened to cut off her ability to think and speak coherently, and she knew she had to remain strong. At least, for just a little while longer. This encounter was to end soon. She wanted to remember these moments.

ďMerlot, I cannot stay here. Everyone in this castle would be placed in the path of unnecessary danger, and for what? For a companion that is little more than a shadow? You now know everything I know, and yet you still ask? Please, Merlot, you should know better.Ē

She did know better, and had already thought of those things. Unfortunately, he turned down the idea of removing the servants from the castle permanently. She didnít have any proposed solution for his second point, and that saddened her. He didnít care that she didnít care, which was just.. unreasonable. She didnít know how to deal with anyone turning her down, and she wasnít sure she liked that.
The wind blew through an open window near the both of them, and he seemed to fade a little. He seemed to be struggling to simply exist in this place, and no one else but her would probably be able to tell. She wondered, briefly, if that Gabite would have been able to. Probably not. That fellow didnít seem too bright, from what little she had heard of him. No offense intended.
The bout with the gust of wind finally over, he once again become a bit more visible and stood straight up, looking directly at her. She couldnít get enough of that. It was ridiculous! How could anyone stand before her in all her might, amidst all her servants, in her very own place of power, and still stand, unflinching and unwavering? He could, evidently. Even in his poor state, he hadnít lost any of his own pride.
He was just so impersonal and detached, though. He really wasnít like this before, and it was unsettling. It was probably because of his current condition, being a ghost and all. There were glimmers and traces of what she viewed as his actual person, but those were few and far between. The old him wouldnít have been so far away, much less turn her down.

She knew that last thought was just wishful thinking, but it was all right to wish. She had done much of that over the last century, with little results to show for it.

ďMerlot, I need to be going, now.Ē

Was it really over? Sure, he wasnít quite himself, and sure, everything that made him what he was seemed to be faded, but still! This shadow of someone she used to know was better than nothing, right?

Even though she thought so, he didnít. Thatís what it came down to, really. He would do what he wanted to do, no matter how many people attempted to stop him, physically or otherwise. He was always like that. She wanted to take comfort in the fact that at least that aspect of him hadnít been lost, but it was difficult. That facet of him was the only thing preventing her from getting what she wanted. It wasnít fair.

She wished that she could get the old him back. This would be her last wish, so that made it special, right?

ďWeíll have lunch when Iím finished, Merlot. Even though I may not eat as much as I used to.Ē

Just as she was realized what he had just said, he was gone. Did he have to make the same promise? That was too much for her to bear.

So she didnít. It was fine to cry, sometimes. As long as no one could see.

He really was unreasonable.

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Short by :iconmarlkitty:

(This took place during M5 epilogue)
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:iconfanaticalpokeblack:
fanaticalpokeblack Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Artist
merlot + yin the lugia = ?????? i don;t know like the pic and story
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HeartGold12 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAAAMNNNNN i knew that he was the captain. Nibbled at the back of my mind all the time. Just some facts didn't work later and i started doubting myself, but damn... I was right!
Ten points for me, PK. But figuring it out, it's a total shock.
Makes me want to get into this story so badly again... To bad i would completely ruin whatever attempt i might have.
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Wanderer619 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Well Done
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EpicAaron Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Has anyone else figured out who devonshire really is? I thought it was obvious, but HAVE been spending waaayyy too much time reading up on these comics and stories.
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sithwolf Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
makes me wonder about those two
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momokairox Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
looks... abstract. i like it. :D
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Teavian Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I love what you did with the style here, it really fits with the story somehow. I was excited to see more of these two interacting.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
The light coming through the window looks so nice.
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Niyla Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
:c
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SpringDragonfly Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like the style here, very nice, especially the background and Merlot's expression.
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