'Instinct and fear' Yvie thought, as she unwillingly remembered back to the cage where she had first truly discovered her senses as a snake.
"Yvie?" Aqua asked, as she looked worried at her, pulling Yvie out of her thoughts. Her face looked horrified as she looked clearly at the scene in front of her.
"Sorry" She said, wanting to defend herself, but not knowing why.
"Yes, I talk to the moon" Aqua answered, looking at the Lizard, whom the answer was for. It was more of a reiteration than an actual question, which the Lizard didn't know how to react to.
At once, Yvie got an idea.
"It meant, how do you talk to the moon? Right?" She said, first looking at Aqua, after which she looked at the Lizard, who didn't say anything, as it didn't want to admit to having asked a proper question.
"Oh! I just talk to it. Sometimes it's too busy to answer, but other times it responds to me" Aqua was excited to share this. Yvie still didn't understand. However, the expression Aqua had taken on made her feel like it would be okay to ask a bit further into it.
"How does it answer?" Yvie asked, as this was the part she was most curious about. Even if the moon was alive, it would be far away. It didn't look like it had a voice. So how exactly did it manage to talk to anyone?
"Oh, that's easy. I just gaze at it's reflection, and the reflection will gaze back at me" Aqua said, upon uttering this, however, she realized it didn't make much sense.
"I mean… I guess it's a feeling. Instinct. I just know" This was an answer that was helpful to Yvie. The sense of familiarity she had been having, the scales, and now the instinct.
"Are we… Somehow related?" Yvie asked, her every word filled with a tinge of hope, as she was close to crying from hoping too much.
Aqua lightened up at this, ecstatically looking at Yvie.
"We might not be by blood, but in a way, I would say we are. I would be something of a big sister, I think" Aqua said, as she was busy nodding. The nods quickly came to a halt, as Aqua seemed to realize something.
"If… If that's okay with you…" She carefully added. This time, Yvie was the one to nod her head off, as she flew into the arms of Aqua for a real hug. Something Yvie never knew she wanted, but so desperately needed.
As their loneliness got soothed by each other, the Lizard had once again been forgotten, but even though it felt annoyed at this, it couldn't bring itself to ruin this moment.
Yvie turned into a snake without noticing, as a skin shed off her, revealing a new and even more glistening one, as the scales from Aqua's tail joined, shining as brightly as their hearts was feeling, just for a moment.
Even though everything was weird, uneasy, and not much sense could be made, in this moment, Yvie and Aqua both felt like something had returned to them. Like a broken piece had been put into place.
Yvie changed back into a girl, still being held in Aqua's arms.
"Thank you" She said, happiness and warmth taking hold in her, as if it had been there all along.
"Thank you too" Aqua said, smiling down at her little sister, and pulling her closer.
"I think we found our greeting" Yvie said, hugging tighter as well.
"We should just hug" She concluded, without much of a question behind. Aqua nodded, agreeing fully, as the two of them once again made time stand still. This moment was for them only.
Until Aqua looked at Yvie, who had dropped her clothes. She hurriedly put her back on the sand pile, and swam down to get it, drying it on her way up.
"Here" She said, as she put the clothes on Yvie once more. Every touch of kindness made Yvie tear up again, but she didn't cry. This felt different.
"Would you like to come with us?" Yvie asked, but her hopeful eyes soon disappeared as Aqua looked sorrowfully up with clear eyes.
"I'm sorry, Yvie… I want to. But I can't. I'm needed here��" She said. This made Yvie want to cry once again, but she held back. She had shed enough tears for now.
"Yea…" She agreed, wondering how she could make herself utter that, as she felt conflicting emotions rise. However, she had somehow already assumed that would be the answer.
"You can stay until the moon goes down" Aqua suggested, giving a little smile in her one side, as she dried away the tears that didn't come out of Yvie's eyes.
"Yea…" Yvie repeated, with a bit more conviction. She already knew she couldn't stay either. Her journey wasn't ending here. Besides, even though Aqua felt familiar, the place didn't feel like home.
"I'm so sorry Yvie… But if we never parted, we would never get to use our greeting!" Aqua tried. She felt sad as well but tried to come up with something good about it.
"Which reminds me… I need your help for something, Yvie" Her kind and warm demeanor changed in an instance, as she looked seriously at Yvie.
"I need you to find something that has been lost… Can you do that for me?" Aqua asked. Yvie nodded.
"I think you'll know exactly what it is, when you find it" Aqua said with a smile, as she made a hand gesture, bringing forth a bubble of water. She then picked a scale from her tail.
"Can I borrow some of that?" She asked, pointing to the silver thing Yvie had been carrying, which the Lizard was lying on top of. Yvie nodded once again, and Aqua took it out from underneath the Lizard, who got very upset at first being ignored, and then being interrupted.
With quick movements, she threw the silver up into the air, as a small stream of water looked like it sliced through part of it, making just a tiny and slim bit fall off, almost as if it was a chain or a slightly thick thread.
She then made a hole in her scale in the same way, took the silver through, connected the ends, and showed Yvie.
"Here, this is for you" Aqua said, giving Yvie the done necklace, putting it around her neck.
"Thank you" Yvie said, hugging her once again, admiring the beautiful scale that really looked different from her own, holding out her chest proudly, as if to show off her new accessory.
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