"How did you sleep last night?"
"Fine, thank you."
It's pretty obvious that isn't true just by looking at her, she's just responding to your banal politeness with the same. The awkward silence stretches on for some time after that, but finally you force yourself to ask her a question burning in your head.
"Why did you do it Alice?"
She looks you in the eye firmly, doesn't hesitate or flinch in the slighest but holds your gaze steadily.
"I refuse to let you slip through my fingers, I've lost too much in the past to ever let something go by easily. Marisa could take you away from me, so I'll keep you here to stop that from happening. I regret it has to be this way, but you left me no choice." You're amazed, she actually said that last part reprochfully.
"I want to have you David, I want your love because I love you. But I won't let you love another, that would hurt me too much, so I have to make sure you are mine and that you don't betray me. Ever."
"I barely even know you!"
"It doesn't matter," She waves a hand as she calms down, her eyes no longer wild. "We'll have plenty of time to get to know one another more intimately over the course of our lives. Don't you believe in soul mates?"
Like that, so casually, she simply declares something so earth shattering. She means what exactly?
"What do you mean? What is going to happen to me now?"
She smiles at you sweetly, in contrast to her frightening expression before, leans forward and rests her head on her hand while reaching the other out for yours.
"You said you can't hate me, well in light of that." Her cheery tone chills you more than her previous desperation.
"I will keep you here as my beloved guest until eventually you can't not love me. You see? I will take care of you and be your companion for the years to come, in return you shall love me and father my children one day. Together we will raise a beautiful family together, our whole world shall be this house with just you and I. We won't need the outside anymore."
As if her skin were hot metal you pull your hand back in shock, she sees your horror but continues to smile happily at you regardless and giggles girlishly.
"It's alright, you'll have time to get used to the idea. I can keep you here until you have to talk to me, if you still resist I can just try magic again." Her face drops after saying that.
"Not that I want to! I see now my mistake! I understand, I'm sorry I did that David. I was wrong. I shouldn't of used magic to force you to love me. I can understand if you won't forgive me yet, there will be time for that later."
Finally she adds.
"I love you."
It's amazing, even though she seems to genuinely regret what she did she still can't see the inherent flaw within keeping you locked up until you fall in love with her. She actually doesn't understand that this too is forcing you to fall in love with her by making your world revolve around her.
"Alice you can't just force someone to-"
"Shut up! Don't talk like that! Shut up!"
Before you can even get the words out she cries out, she goes wide eyed and wild.
"It's not the same as last time, it's for the best! You'll understand, I can keep you safe, warm and happy! The outside world is a dangerous place and you could die out there! You're better off with me anyway! So it's okay! You will never get hurt or hungry because I'll take care of you! You can live here with me and I'll look after you! You never have to worry, I love you!"
Silence falls again.
".....Alice, had you just said something to me before."
She looks away, now she can't even look you in the eye but she speaks in a mumbling determined way.
"Wouldn't work, I can't be sure that way. Even if we did it like normal people I'm a Youkai, by the time you make up your mind you could've become an old man already. I have to give you more life for us to be together, can't let you die. And what about Marisa? What if she just threw her self at you one day? Could you resist? Can't take that chance, sorry but I refuse. You are mine."
Another sick smile plays across her lips.
"But you see? Look at what you just said! You're already thinking about me that way? So it won't take long! When you admit you love me it'll all be okay, then we can live happily for the rest of our lives. So it doesn't matter if you take some time now to think about it, we'll be together for ever!"
She sounds almost like a little girl as she says those words "together forever" each time, like a child reciting a fairy tale ending.
But something else clashes with the rest too, the way she insists on saying things like "You're mine" over and over as if to enforce it into reality just by repeating it. Her fear of losing you to another.
It's all very confusing, she's frightening the shit out of you and yet...
Why does something inside you still want to reach for her?
[ ] "Alice, you're not thinking right because of the spells you cast. You've got to snap out of it!"
[ ] "Alice, you are fucking crazy! You can't force someone to love you! Let me go!"
[ ] "Alice, I'll stay. I don't know if you're right, but for you I will stay." >>4787
No just really hard to do right, heck I'm not even satisfied with version but I can't think of anything better.