The girl seemed uncomfortable. Remnant tried to lighten the mood by opening up to her, then maybe she'd open up as well. He initially didn't plan to take the tea (something about Peles just not liking tea it seemed), but if it contributed to making her more talkative, he didn't mind taking a few sips every now and again.
"You don't seem like a stranger to this place, Ciel. Have you been here before? "
Do you know what death is like, Mr. Pele? Erasure of time? Of memory? The very being that you once were, changed and shifted into something else?
I think you know what I'm talking about, don't you? You've existed before. In another world, another time-line. Perhaps another memory. Well, this is the place that those differences collect. The end of time. The imaginary number.
You and I are beyond death, you see. As the world stands now, we weren't even born. We don't exist.
This tea time... Tea Time, the time everyone knows, yet no one knows when it is?
I'm rambling aren't I? Hahaha.
Mr. Pele, I'm sorry. I'm going on and on and on. To be honest, I...
I don't get out much. Stop me if I get on your nerves.
To be honest, talking's all that's really left for us to do. How's your tea?
Without me in the world, that must mean my sister's alive...
Which mean Juno should no longer exist. I suppose that's good? Not that I'll live to see the day my little sister grows up now.
*sniffle* I shouldn't have brought that up. I'm sorry.
What about you? Do you have any family? What was your life like, before...
The Remnant remained quiet as Ceil spoke her mind. Even during the pauses that invited him to respond, he held his words to let her continue -- they seemed to be words she'd wanted to let out for a long time, but had no one to tell them to.
He took one last sip of his tea as she finished, and set it down slowly to give them both a brief pause before he responded.
"The tea is outstanding, Ceil. And I'm not really a tea person, so that's saying something."
Another pause before he continued answering the rest of her questions. Surprisingly, he was able to relate with her better than he had first expected.
"I had a little sister too, in our past life. And although it's unfortunate that, with my own eyes, I won't be able to witness or affect where the rest of her life brings her, I trust the people that were left behind with her to watch over her now that I'm gone."
"In my life before now, I was already a ghost that existed on a border between life and death. And in my life before that, I was a guardian for my country with a somewhat average life and a wife to be. While the events that led me here weren't the best, they've kept just about everyone I cared about alive, and if my existence ever threatened that balance then it's one I wouldn't hesitate to exchange."
"But for you and I... I don't believe that was the case. I believe that we were just dealt a poor hand and, for now, we can only deal with it and hope that some greater power has something better in store for us."
"...hope that some greater power has something better in store for us."
Almost as if the universe were listening in, Remnant's hopes were answered. Through a flash of white light, the outline of a door was formed adjacent to the tea-table. The door itself was otherworldly, a combination of Eon Grey, with a Greenish-Yellow Vinyl finish.
Slowly, they opened to reveal the campus of ENCS. Birds were singing, flowers were growing. It was a brand new day there.
Ciel looked at The Remnant - no, David Pele, with wide eyes.
Should they walk through that door, they would no longer be man, nor navi, nor ghost. They would be memories reconstituted, brought back to life by hope itself.
"David. I think... somehow, we've just earned our second chance."
Her demeanor changed then, from one plagued with regret to one filled with the joy of being given a second chance, once more. She stood, and ran up to the doorway, beckoning for David to follow.
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There was nothing left to do but follow Ciel through the door. No explanation was needed for David -- a second chance presented itself and he wouldn't hesitate to take it, much like Ciel didn't hesitate herself.
"How" and "Why" didn't matter -- all that mattered was that it happened.
"Let's make this one count."
Through the door, David would find himself in the Real World; an environment he hadn't been familiar with in years. This was more than just a second chance to him -- it was a rebirth into the world that had long since forgotten him.