The Difference between Night and Day – Part 3
After the Finale
An infinite amount of days and nights had passed since the fateful day brother and sister were divided by a god among gods who was simply looking for some peace and quiet. Like clockwork, night and day phased from one into the other without contestation from either side. Even when the weather down poured or hailed or threated to tear trees from their homes in the ground, night and day remained full of cheerful voices and laughter. The people were content, and the gods were content with that.
However, Aleigha could not understand why it as that Sol and Luna were punished so harshly when a more humane solution could have been arranged. She would not have then been separated from her dearest Sol and Luna eternally.
What many failed to realize or, more accurately, admit, is that the great Morpheus was capable of making mistakes, but he did make one when he cast the curse that parted the twin siblings. After Morpheus had left that night, Sol and Luna said their goodbyes and then also parted. When Luna returned home, her friends surrounded her and eagerly asked the outcome of the days quarrel. Luna did not express much remorse for the outcome that Morpheus came to as Aleigha did because he was not bound to someone else as she was. She also knew that informing Luna of the negative outcome the decision created would be pointless. Her friend was not necessarily selfish but she did find it difficult to think beyond herself until all she needed to say was said. Aleigha knew Luna would not be finished for some time, even though she was satisfied by the decision.
The day was still fresh and Aleigha did not know when Morpheus’ spell would take effect. It has been about half an hour since Luna had arrived back home and she still has not ceased speaking. Being driven by the ache of love, Aleigha slowly rose from her from her seat behind Luna and quietly made her way to leave the room. Luna didn’t even notice her friend’s presence leave her, she just continued speaking of the day’s events to a now empty room.
Running out of their home and across courtyards, gardens, and pathways, Aleigha became out of breath a short distance beyond the spot the earlier events had taken place. Slowing her pace to regain her composure, her eyes began searching the surrounding area for Sol. She hoped desperately that the time she had wasted patiently waiting for Luna to cease speaking had not given Sol enough time to wander far away. She quickened her pace once more.
She did not need to though, because there had remained Sol, sitting on one of the stone benches near the edge of the city’s ground. For a sickening moment, Aleigha thought that Sol may throw himself over the edge down the mortal world below before she would have her chance to speak with him. Remorse shrouded his hollow gaze that stretched over the open sky. She cried his name.
The pain in his eyes as he realized who desperately called his name radiated from his face. He stood as she ran to him, his arms opening just in time embrace his love’s fragile body close against his own. He felt weak with her in his arms, helpless to make that embrace feel like anything more than something to lean on. He felt like there was no means to comfort the one person who cared about him more than themselves.
But she did feel comfort in him arms, that there was some sort of hope for them regardless of the decisions that were made for them. The only control they seemed to have was their embrace in this moment, that they knew would not, could not last much longer. When the day ended, their time together would also end and Sol would live in the day and Aleigha in the night with Luna.
“I don’t want you to leave me,” whispered Aleigha barely above her breath. Her sadness was too much to raise her voice any louder.
Sol’s grip on her tightened, “I don’t want to leave you either, but there isn’t anything I can do. I should have said something more, I should have done more for our sake but my damn pride got in the way. For you, I should have moved mountains, but instead I failed you.”
“Don’t, please don’t say such things. Things with your sister, they have never been easy, we shouldn’t have expected this to be any different… The pair of you just have your own way to love each other, and it just doesn’t allow you to be together.”
“But now we can’t be together at all. I should have just conceded to Luna-“
“Yes, perhaps you should have, and then my poor friend, that you say you care so much for, would not be in tears.”
Sol looked in the direction that Aleigha had ran to him from as Aleigha unburied her tear-stricken face from Sol’s chest. Luna had noticed that she was speaking to an empty room, and had known almost instantly where her friend had disappeared to. She had heard rumours that her brother had been romantically involved with one of her friends, but she never thought it was with her best friend Aleigha. Aleigha was her friend, there was no reason for Sol to need her as well.
“Aleigha, sweetheart, you cannot be serious in having feelings for my brother of all people. Ha, he’s my brother, what is there to see in him? You have me as your friend, silly. Come back with me now and I’ll set about cheering you up,” Luna smiled at her friend, a slight pleading in her eyes. She silently hoped she would not need to tell her friend why she truly wanted her friend to come home with her, especially in the presence of her brother.
“No, I won’t. I can’t, I need to stay with Sol for as long as I am able to. I need to figure out how to fix this.” Fresh salty tears began rolling down Aleigha’s soft flushed cheeks. Her eyes softened as she looked upwards at Sol’s face, and a small smile passed over her light lips, “I love him.”
Sol stroked the edge of Aleigha’s face, gently wiping away her tears. This one small act combined with Aleigha’s words broke Luna. Unabashed, Luna’s own tears flowed with heavy freedom down her face as she cried out in her own pain. “Did you ever stop to think about my feelings and not just your own? Why do you think I always tried to keep you so close to me? You’re my best friend. I love you too, you silly girl.”
Aleigha let out a sigh that seemed to have reached down from the depths of her very being. She never realized that Luna honestly cared for her in any capacity other than a fixture in your presence to listen to her qualms about herself. This complicated things beyond repair. Now she could not just find a way to be with Sol, but with Luna as well. Perhaps she could go to Morpheus and have him retract his decision or modify it at the very least. But just as the thought crossed her mind, so did the knowledge that Morpheus had never done such a thing in his history of being the liaison of dreams.
Luna cautiously made her way to the forlorn couple and gently placed a hand on Aleigha’s arm. Aleigha wrapped her arm around Luna and lovingly embraced the two twins. There was a means of being with both of her dearest friends but just as everything else, there would be consequences. The choice would bring further pain to them all but at least it would be fair, and that was the best she could manage with so little time left. One had t learn quickly about the plain they belonged to and about those who influenced their lives with or without their consent. They were no more free living here than any mortal who lived below.
Aleigha took a step back from her friends but held onto one of each of their hands. With more tears in her eyes she smiled at them and took another step back, closer to the edge of their world. Her hands began to slip out of theirs, only her fingers clasping theirs. It is rarely easy letting go of the one’s we love, and even more difficult to do so without them realizing it and attempting to prevent you from doing what you knew would be best. Words were also unneeded, but that gut-wrenching feeling in the pit of one’s stomach makes you feel otherwise.
“Sol, Luna…,” But no other words could Aleigha manage, and she silently hoped her warm smile and bright glinting eyes would voice more than words could.
Aleigha took one last step back. Her fingers slipped out of theirs for the last time. She fell to the mortal world below.
The summer air oiled with immense heat that reached into every crevasse of the day. She could tell he was still angry with her for what she had done, but not so upset to raise the humidity to an unbearable degree. Already the hottest summer on record for these mortals, she knew in her heart Sol only wanted her to be happy, even if he could not physically be by her side any longer.
The nights though, oh how soothing and comforting the cool air felt now that Luna’s temperament had mellowed with her absence. She was glad that she was able to help Luna realize her own inner peace among the turmoil that has been lost in her self-centeredness. Luna was still sad though, the late night thunderstorms filled with her sadness that appeared out of nowhere, which the mortals blamed on the intense heat during the day, dug into her own saddened loneliness more than anything.
This had been the only solution that Aleigha could think of. Although it had caused great pain for all three of them, at least now she could spend equal time with both her great loves.
Perhaps in time, with the changes in Sol and Luna continued for the better, Morpheus would change their fates once more.