Challenge #: 18
Fandom: Get Backers
Warnings: A little bit of Ban/Ginji, but no more than what's in the series
Disclaimer: I don't own anything. I don't even own the computer I'm on.
Note: 514 words.
They stood together, looking at the long road. Ginji had never been down that road. He had seen it, seen it many times from the Lower City. It was the road to the other place, the road outside. But he had never been down it. As far as he could remember, he had never been down the road to the outside.
He supposed he had been down it at one point, as an infant with his parents, before they left him in Mugenjou. But he had no memory, not even an idea, of what the outside world was like. The earliest memory he had was being discovered by Teshimine, being taken into Mugenjou's Lower City. All he knew was Mugenjou, and the people he knew there. Mugenjou was his life, and so he never thought he could leave it. The people in Mugenjou were his purpose. He had no purpose in the outside.
But along had came Ban. Ban was different, and not just because he was from the outside. Ban had something else in him, something special. Ginji couldn't name it, but it was something that he liked. Something that made him feel safe, even when he wasn't Raitei, even when he didn't have any of VOLTS by his side. Something that he realized he needed.
And so, out of this feeling, he was here. About to leave the place that he had lived all his life, all for the feeling that Ban gave him. The feeling that overcame his fear of the outside, the feeling that overcame his need to stay in Mugenjou.
It wasn't just that, however. When the thought had first came into his mind to leave, something had agreed with him. Something in his mind, but wasn't him. He had a feeling that he could trust the something, even if he didn't know what it was, because the something seemed very familiar, as if he'd known it all of his life. Ginji had a feeling that this something had been with him for a long time, but for some reason had not said anything until now.
But that didn't matter. What mattered was that in just a few minutes, he was about to leave Mugenjou, possibly forever. Leave all his friends behind. He felt bad for a second. What about Kazuki, and Juubei, and Shido, and MakubeX? What about them?
But, as soon as he asked it, he knew the answer to that, too. They would come, too. They would have the same something that told them it was time to leave, and they would leave. They too, would feel the difference of the outside world.
It felt uncertain. Ginji wasn't sure if they would leave. But he had to move on now, and that meant leaving Mugenjou, being the first one to realize the truth. What the truth was, he didn't know, and wouldn't know for a long time. But he still had to find it, and it only lay down the road.
Ginji turned to Ban. "I'm ready now."
"Well then, let's go."
And so they left.