Life for a typical teenager was mundane. You wake up. You go to school. Maybe hang out with friends afterwards or just go home and study.
Now imagine doing all that, but as a ghost.
You would think being a ghost gave you a lot of freedom. Well yes it really did but after a while it just gets stale and you are reminded of why you're a ghost in the first place.
Being a ghost means you have some sort of desire or unfinished business.
For Orion that desire laid in a living human by the name of Albel Rioa.
What led to this you ask?
While alive, it was an unfortunate situation Orion found himself getting into. The details he wished to forget but remembered because it was their first interaction.
During some hard times for his family through early high school years, Orion ended up borrowing money from suspicious lenders who at the time seemed like his only option. He was desperate. Unable to pay up come collection time, the poor boy tried his darn best to escape the small group sent to track him down but was cornered in an alley. ‘If you can't pay with money, pay with your body’ they chanted. In the midst of screaming for help, Albel found Orion, quite literally with his pants down. Around his ankles to be precise.
With tears flooding his eyes Orion felt shame and hope as their eyes met. Once their eye contact broke it amazed and astonished him how fast the body hovering over him was roughly yanked off and smashed head first into the wall. In a matter of minutes each of the aggressors was pummeled and demanded they never seek out the victim again otherwise they would end up in the hospital with worse. To which they all agreed and scrambled away with lumps and concussions. Money was never worth the risk of losing it all in hospital bills.
Frozen in shock and more shame, Orion pulled his legs to his chest to cover his ripped shirt and uncovered crotch. “You'll catch a cold like that. Cover up.” Discarding his own jacket, Albel threw it and turned away as the other scrambled to catch it and clothe himself. Struggling to stand, he stumbled forward and into the helpful arms of his savior. Face increasingly burning red at the contact, he pushed them apart and fiddled with the jacket zipper.
“Thank you so much. You saved me. I don't know how to thank you…”
“Albel. My name. And don't worry about that. How could I leave someone alone to be raped?” His eyebrows furrowed in anger only to relax after a second and ruffle the others hair. “Just don't let that happen again.”
“O-of course!” Orion stuttered an answer and watched his savior leave the scene.
He had a beautiful, striking back.
Unfortunately or fortunately that was not their only meeting. They met a few times later in the forms of Orion tripping down a set of stairs and into the arms of Albel. The day he acquired a burn to his skin where Albel just so happened to be beside him during their shared Chemistry class with a wet rag for such occasions.
Wasn't that just his luck? If Albel at all remembered him it would be just as the clutz.
Floating in the air beside Albel as he walked to campus this present day, he twirled a bit and stretched gloriously taking as much space as he wished.
Dancing through the air. Only that is until he slammed face first into a tree.
Wait a second.
Oh right he just floated through. There was no pain. It was more of a reflex.
Scratching his head, Orion darted his head back and forth in search for his beloved and stopped when a pair of eyes seemed to stare right into his own.
Hold on a minute.
Orion pointed to himself in confusion. It was probably just a fluke. To normal humans he was no more than blank space.
But the other male nodded. He looked familiar...Oh right! This was Albel's best friend, Roxas. He was everywhere. But he also hadn't noticed him before so why now?
About ready to fly towards the other, he stopped when Albel walked back and gave his friend a strange look. “Come on Rox, we'll be late.”
“Ah yes. Right. Coming.”
One more look was sent to Orion before the two made their way to class.
Well that was new.
Maybe he could have a little fun with this discovery.