Janus doesn't know why Virgil left; maybe he'll never know. It all happened so suddenly. But despite his undeniably impressive capacity for lies and repression, he can't bring himself to forget the friendship he used to have.
Even if Virgil seems to have forgotten completely.
So Janus grieves for the things he never knew he'd lost until it was too late, regrets the things he never knew he'd done until they came back to bite him, and remembers the things he thought he'd never have to miss.
As the oldest among them, Virgil tried to teach the Others, to support them and help them grow. But he was always separate. He was the darker power, the thing that had lurked before there was anything. And so, no matter how much he tried to make their little group feel like a family, the Others grew closer and closer, and he drifted farther and farther to the side. He became the thing that none of the Others could quite put their finger on, the boogeyman that they tried to save humanity from.
The last time Roman and Remus officially shared a birthday, and the first time they spent their birthday apart, was when Thomas was eight. Remus goes on about their birthday for weeks, convinced that even though they live on opposite sides of the Mindscape now, light and dark, they're going to have the best birthday yet.
Here are some facts: All forests are connected. Some stories demand sacrifices. Nature has the strangest tendency towards uncanny symmetry. And none of the Sides are really prepared for a musical, magical, high-fantasy rescue mission, but it looks like that's what they're going to have to do anyway.
That is to say - Thomas seems to have been kidnapped by fairies.
Someone should really do something about that.
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07 Sep 2020