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Alteration 2

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Its the second part

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4 min read

Published: 31 Aug 2020

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Eva
Eva
Cy!
Cyko looks up at Eva and musters a small smile.
Cyko
Cyko
Hello, Eva.
Cyko
Cyko
What's got you in a cheerful mood this afternoon?
Eva
Eva
I'm going to get streaks today.
Eva
Eva
What do you think: Blue or purple?
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Yeah!
Eva runs a finger down the side of her hair.
Eva
Eva
Right there.
Eva
Eva
Keito said I should get green, but I don't think that'd look good on me.
Cyko
Cyko
Eva
Eva
That's what I thought too.
Eva
Eva
Thanks!
Eva begins walking away.
Cyko reaches out and grabs her arm.
Cyko
Cyko
Hey, can...
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
Can I come with you?
Eva
Eva
Uh...
Eva
Eva
I'm fine with it, so long as you're free after school today.
Eva
Eva
Why?
Cyko
Cyko
I...
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Your hair is already bright blue.
Cyko forces a chuckle.
Cyko
Cyko
I just...
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Eva
Are you OK, Cy?
Cyko
Cyko
~Yeah?~
Cyko
Cyko
Why?
Eva
Eva
Did something happen?
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Normally you're all smiles.
Eva
Eva
Now you're not.
A bell rings.
Cyko
Cyko
That's the bell.
Cyko
Cyko
See you later, Evs.
Cyko grabs a textbook and hurries off.
After school
Cyko and Eva are walking to the hairdressers.
Eva
Eva
Did you dye your hair yourself?
Cyko
Cyko
~Yeah.~
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
~My parents helped me.~
Eva
Eva
And how often do you redye it?
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
~Often enough.~
Eva smiles at his answers.
Eva
Eva
I've never had streaks before.
Eva
Eva
This is my first time.
Cyko
Cyko
Really?
Eva
Eva
Yep!
She turns to him with a grin.
Eva
Eva
You know, I think you'd look nice with tips.
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Yeah!
Eva
Eva
White ones.
Eva
Eva
It would compliment your bright blue.
Cyko
Cyko
Tips...
Eva
Eva
You don't have to do it today, though.
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
Tips don't sound so bad.
Eva
Eva
But wouldn't you have to ask your parents first?
Cyko
Eva casts him a skeptical look.
She shrugs and drops the subject.
Eva
Eva
How are you liking school?
Cyko
Cyko
Its alright.
Cyko
Cyko
It's a lot more than what I thought it'd be.
Eva
Eva
That's nice to hear.
Eva
Cyko
Cyko
No...
Eva
Eva
Really?
Eva
Eva
You didn't eat any lunch today...
Cyko
Eva
Eva
If you say so.
At the hairdresser
Eva and Cyko sit opposite each other as they wait for their dye to dry.
Cyko
Cyko
So we just wait?
Eva
Eva
Yep!
Eva bounces in her chair happily.
Eva
Eva
I've been wanting a streak for a while now!
Cyko grins faintly.
He wasn't sure why he was having trouble enjoying himself lately.
Not even Eva's mood affected his own...
Eva stops bouncing and flashes him a concerned look.
Eva
Eva
Are you alright?
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
~Maybe...~
Eva
Eva
If it weren't for the dye, I'd give you a hug.
Cyko
Cyko
Really?
Eva
Eva
You look like you need one.
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
~Don't worry about me.~
But he wanted to tell someone.
He just...
...couldn't.
Eva
Eva
You don't look fine...
Eva
She shakes her head.
Eva
Eva
Never mind.
Eva
Cyko
Cyko
I'm sure you'll look fine.
Cyko
Cyko
Purple suits you.
Eva
Eva
Really?
Cyko
Cyko
Really!
He laughs, his first genuine one in the past few days.
Cyko
Cyko
There was no going back the moment we sat down, right?
Eva lets out a small giggle.
Eva
Eva
I guess so.
Cyko
Cyko
What about me?
Cyko
Cyko
I'm starting to have second thoughts now too...
Cyko
Cyko
Thanks, Evs.
Eva
Eva
Lighten up, Cy!
Eva
Eva
Trust me, white will look good on you.
Cyko
Cyko
Says the one who isn't sure about a single purple streak.
Eva
Eva
Oh, you're SO flattering.
The two stare at each other, smiling.
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Keito?
Eva deflates a bit.
Eva
Eva
He's been the same as always.
Eva
Eva
Grumpy.
Eva
Eva
Locked up in his room.
Eva
Eva
He didn't even care I was getting a streak today.
Eva
Eva
"Mhm, good for you."
Cyko
Cyko
...
Eva
Eva
I don't want to talk about him...
Cyko
There it was again.
That guilt.
That shame.
Cyko
Eva
Eva
Cy?
Cyko
Cyko
What?
Eva
Eva
Uh...
Eva
Cyko
Cyko
~YES, I'm sure.~
Eva stares at him for a moment.
Eva
Eva
Right.
Eva
Eva
Sorry.
She shakes her head.
Afterwards
Cyko
Cyko
I'm back.
Ghost was the first to look up.
Ghost
Ghost
Cyko stares at the ground.
Ghost
Ghost
What did you do with your hair?
Alexander looks up from his laptop.
Alexander
Alexander
Cyko?!
Alexander
Alexander
IS THAT HAIR DYE?!
Cyko
Cyko
Cyko
Yes, sir.
Alexander
Alexander
First you go out without my permission,
Alexander
Alexander
NOW HAIR DYE?!
Cyko
Alexander
Alexander
Do you know...
Alexander
Alexander
...how much time I spent...
Alexander
Alexander
...on those hair follicles?
Cyko
Alexander
Alexander
TWO
Alexander
Alexander
WEEKS
Alexander
Alexander
It's only blue because I got something wrong during the synthesis process...
Alexander
Alexander
Alexander
I hope you're HAPPY with those tips.
Cyko
Cyko
...
Alexander
Alexander
Well?
Alexander
Alexander
Are you?
Ghost
Ghost
Alexander, you should just-
Alexander
Alexander
I'm not talking to you, Ghost.
Cyko
Cyko






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