The boxing ring the city boys had set up was nothing more than four corners comprised of long sticks and strings. But you have to give it to them, from dawn till dusk they remained there with a fight always going on. It usually made a good spectacle for you and Erina to watch from afar.
But today with JoJo and Dio's foolish endeavor to team up for the Saturday match. You both would be watching in the front row for the first time. You never suspected it to be possible but Dio actually appeared to be making amends with JoJo. Unless this was the start of a new plan to get the Joestars fortune. Which either option could be likely but since you still had a bit of a cough from your sickness still, you decided to ignore the later option for just a bit longer.
The boys they were going up against were older, stronger and taller than the two of them put together. Farmhands were known for getting told off frequently for harming the livestock.
And knowing Jonathan's previous track record for fighting, you didn't know how the situation would be playing out.
The fight begins and is lost to you within a single blink. Dio gains the upper hand right away, sending the redhead a good blow to his head. Jonathan holds his own well enough but he's got nothing close to the fighting prowess of Dio.
Erina looks away at the first drop of blood that streams down Jonathan's nose. Somehow this gives Jonathan the strength he needs to knock out the other boy out before he can even blink.
And of course, there's lots of cheering, Dio was becoming more known as a champion of the ring. You and Erina sway through the crowd to get to the boy's side which takes longer than you'd expect. But once the two of you get there Jonathan spins Erina around. And for a while you feel so happy you could sing.
The few minutes of celebration, however, is soon ruined when you all overhear one of the city boys talk a little too loudly.
"Are you sure the Joestar brat didn't put a good luck spell on their gloves? He couldn't have one otherwise right".
Jonathan leaves quickly after that obviously pissed off with the boy's remarks. Erina follows him not knowing what else to do.
While Dio leans close to you, his breath tickling your ear in an odd way.
"What did they mean by that Y/n?".
You back up a bit from him and try to hide your obvious goosebumps.
"Mrs.Joestar was believed to be a witch by some of the locals".
You say not sure how he was able to live here for so long without hearing the rumors
Dio might have as well have been a cat with seven canaries in his mouth. His smirk was completely devious and you knew there was no way you'd get out of the trouble he had planned out. Whatever idea he got into his head wouldn't end well.
Dio stuffs the remaining money in his pocket before he runs up to where Erina and Jojo had left to. While you take your time to catch up.
"We shouldn't let those ruffians ruin our perfect Saturday". You say.
"I have an idea".
Jonathan says with a wry grin finally coming back onto his face.
"I know a game we could play in over there near the edge of the forest".
He says with no intention of elaborating on his game any further.
"My parents don't like me being so close to the woods".
Erina says worriedly looking to the forest as if she went any closer it would swallow her up whole.
"Oh, why Erina with such strong men as myself and Dio around there's nothing for you to fear!".
She seems dejected but agrees to go along with it for Jojo's sake. The closer to the woods you get the quieter Erina becomes.
The oak tree Jonathan picks for you all to sit under is an absolutely perfect wonder, hiding you all from the sun's hot rays.
"So what game have you dragged us here for JoJo?".
Dio asks sitting against the base of the oak tree.
"It's one that I hear is popular in the dormitories.".
"Then why don't you start us off ".
"Never have I ever thought to be a lawyer before".
When Dio ends up flipping him the bird, JoJo just laughs and says it's your turn next
"Never have I ever…".
You stop not entirely sure what to say, this isn't a game you had ever heard before.
"Come on Y/n I know your pretty little mind can come up with an even better question".
"Never have I ever kissed someone".
You say at a loss for words, Jonathan and Erina both put a finger down. It eases your slight shame when you realize that Dio is in the same boat as you.
Four questions go by quickly after yours until Jonathan gets stuck trying to think of an easy one.
"Never before have I ever killed someone".
Jonathan says casually expecting the question to be a useless one. When Erina Pendleton puts a finger down however it shocks everyone of you.
"It's not funny to joke like that Erina".
"I'm not lying". She says with deadly seriousness.
"It's not good to lie in the woods where fey can hear you after all".
Its quiet for an unbearably long and odd moment until Dio speaks up.
"Maybe it's time we just head back for today".
He says a little too happy to leave the woods with his own secret left unknown. However it turns out Erina's paranoia was right, you did feel something follow you and the boys back home to the manner.
Over the next three days, Dio seems to run into a slew of things caused by bad luck. First one of his shoes goes missing and then just before noon one of the vases nearly fall right on top of Dio's head.
The crash puts both him and you on edge. You especially because you caught a glimpse of what caused the vase to fall. So despite every part of you trying to turn away, you continued to look for what you saw. You end up following it to the gardens
"Why are you hurting Dio he did absolutely nothing wrong!".
"Is that what you think?"
The fey asks sneering all its pointy little teeth at you.
"He lied during a game of truth and if you can't make him tell you by tonight there will be consequences for all of your friends".
You hurriedly run until you are out of breath in front of Dio's room. While you know you knocked upon his door louder than you should have the matter was absolutely urgent.
"During the game did you lie or bend the truth even once?".
Upon your question, Dio's curious look fades to a distressed blank one and he closes the door.
"I think it would be better if you just left it be Y/n".
"Dio please if you don't tell me then something awful will happen!".
When he chooses to remain silent you know it's inevitable that something bad is going to happen soon. You walk away slightly peeved off unaware that the poor boy was trembling on the other side of the door.
For the rest of the afternoon, you slack on your chores to read the hidden book upon fairies in the library.
As wild as they were it seemed the one that was tormenting you was on the weaker side of the scale.
As long as you did whatever they requested and you timed it just right you could save yourself and your friends.
So when your feet begin to move on your own and there's nothing you can do to stop them, it doesn't surprise you. Your friends, however, were not faring so well and they all had fearful looks across their faces.
It hurts that you have to keep quiet but it was for their own good in the end.
The magic brings you to the edge of the woods where you played the game a few nights ago. And of course, the ugly little blue mushroom rat is awaiting the four of you on the closest tree branch.
"What a fun show this will be~ and it's all thanks to you dragon born".
"Who is he talking about?"
Jonathan shouts casting suspicious looks to the rest of you.
Dio, of course, has that angry look across his face which gives him right away. Before Jonathan can yell at him Dio takes the knife out of his pocket and tries to throw it at the fey. It is sent right back his way however and despite his quick reflexes it still knicks his cheek.
The fairy laughs at the useless attempt to kill them.
"How pathetic! the very truth you tried to conceal will now be heard by the ones you wished to never hear it most!".
After a few more too high pitched giggles, the fairy tells the four of you the rules for the 'game' they had planned for you.
"Tell your darkest truth or else a fairy ring will surround you and you won't be coming back. But I don't think there are some things a few of you are willing to share even if your life depends on it".
Because you have no other choice you try to keep your voice from shaking, fey were just as fickle as humans and if they could hear your fear they would be after you like wolves.
"If you don't think we are capable of doing so than I would like to make a wager with you".
Its beady little eyes gleam at your suggestion and it jumps from the branch.
"What do I get if you lose?".
Fairy's had only one thing that came from humans and they craved it like candies.
Your friends all gasp and Erina tries to tell you to stop what you are doing. This would make there be no choice but for them to say their truths. At least you could only hope that would be the case now….
Instead of shaking your hand to seal the deal they bite down on it, as they continue smiling as your blood drips down their chin.
Erina sniffles even louder now, while Jonathan tried to comfort her as well as he could.
"Let's start with you Lady Y/n!~ And get the easy truth out of the way".
You thought about it deeply and it took even longer to get those words out of your mouth.
"Sometimes I think about how awful and boring my life is going to be as an old maid and it makes me hate both of you".
Dio didn't hear a single word you said and Erina and Jonathan don't look as surprised as you thought they would be. Maybe they knew those true dark thoughts of yours all along.
Erins turn is next, which is then followed by Jojo's both of which you aren't able to hear despite their lips clearly moving.
So when Dio Is the last and takes the longest to speak it begins to worry you. Once he looks at your shaking form however he confesses shaking knowing that this truth had the potential to destroy his whole life thanks to whoever who heard.
"I lied when I said I have never killed anyone. I killed my father by slowly poisoning for months. ".
By the look on JoJo and Erina's faces, you know that his confession was only heard by you. Which you don't have time to think about the full meaning behind what that exactly meant.
"We played the game and since you are the loser I am able to claim my reward".
"Your cleverness will be the undoing of you one day".
It mumbles, the grass beneath its feet beginning to smolder.
"Your reward shall, however, come to you all the same now what did you decide as your reward?".
"I want you to tell me your true name".
If the fairy could have killed you right there they surely would. A name was a fairy's lifeline but after your research, you knew better than to trust a Seelie fey.
The blue little mushroom rat creature finally reveals, the words being spat out of their mouth with such hate.
"Vane you are never to cause harm to anyone I care about ever again, now run along".
You command not happy with the situation that occurred in the slightest, but at least it is over now.
Your heartbeat finally returned to its normal pace.
"I think it would be best if we all declare secrecy on everything we heard from each other tonight".
Is all you can manage to say while the others are too frightened by what had just occurred.
With that, you all agree and head to your home's. Erina was far too frightened to be by herself so Jonathan offers to walk her home.
So it leaves you and Dio to walk home slower than you had ever done so before.
Dio uses his handkerchief to tie up your hand where Vane had bitten you.
"Why would you do such a stupid thing Y/n?".
He asks as he stares at the wound still not fully believing what had just happened.
"Even if we listened by the end they were going to steal one of us away into their world..."
It's silent for a good while before you open your mouth to break the oath of never speaking on it again.
"I promise that one will ever know what you told me".
"Aren't you afraid I'm going to do something to you as well?".
"It's probably a very dumb choice in your eyes but you are my friend and I trust you. So next time you should listen to me when I say its a matter of our lives at hand".
He nods not happy for causing such trouble to only have you learn his secret in the end.
Not another word was spoken on what anyone had heard but as you drifted to sleep you wondered what awful secrets Jonathan and Erina were keeping from you.
Due to how the events of last week Jojo kept Danny near you just incase a fey was near. But thankfully Dio sneaks you away from the protective boy to look into supernatural matters before you died from boredom.
On the second floor of the mansion, all of the rooms remained sealed up besides Dio's and Jojo's.
It often troubled your curious mind on what could be within every single room by such heavy locks. You tried not to question it, it was rude to think ill of the dead after all, but the thought was always there.
"If Mr.Joestar sees us he won't be very happy".
From what everyone said Mr.Joestar deeply loved his wife and that the treatment of her possessions was simply what she always requested if something was ever to befall her.
You hope her possible ghost doesn't hate you or Dio too much for breaking into one of the rooms.
The whole room is pretty lackluster filled with dust, at least it seems that way until you come across a box with another large lock. Dio opens it just as quickly as he did with the door's lock.
A mask was in the box along with a few different rings and a set of cards. You can't bring yourself to even touch the odd mask out of fear it would pop up and bite you.
Dio actually laughs at you and sets the mask within another random box where it would be hidden among its contents.
"It's worthless, not even a graverobber would touch it, so don't worry yourself of it".
Dio takes the shiniest of the two rings contained in the box while knowing you wouldn't pick anything he hands you it along with a deck of cards. For now, they would have to due since there were no fairy banishing charms.
Dio props both the locks back up and there was no way anyone could have ever known you were in there.
Dio immediately follows you to your room to figure out what made the items so special they would need such a heavy lock.
The only legible writing on the ring is R. Frost, which did not give either of you any clues to what it could mean or possibly do.
Tarot was something you had never heard of before but when you asked Dio on it he simply said it was popular in London.
'A chance for you to guide and protect yourself from all things natural and supernatural' was how he described it.
"Who taught you all about this?".
You ask as you shifted through the cards grim artwork that almost felt as if it held its own breath.
"There always was someone selling fortunes at a corner, I was always bored so I couldn't help but listen in. It's a nice thought to think we are all fated toward something, wouldn't you agree Y/n?".
It's not just in this stuffy room did you think about what both of your futures would hold. It seemed no matter where you looked the whole world would remind you that Dio surely was going on to better things. Mr.Joestar along with his tutors always spoke at length about him and his intelligence.
You had the oath you bound yourself, you know half of the story but you felt there was a lot more to be uncovered still.
So it only seemed fitting that your first question with the be on what had happened in Dio's past.
You shuffle until one of the cards pop out which you took as a sign to stop.
His past was represented by the V of Pentacles. Which upon your further prompting from Dio it's meaning dealt with poverty and insecurity toward money. Which was something you could have guessed before. However, getting such an accurate card made your confidence in the cards spike even more.
You then moved on to get a peek into what his future held, and you graced with pulling 'The Tower'. Which Dio describes as being a sign of disaster usually due to one's pride.
For your last draw of your own curiosity you decide to ask on your own future.
The card which had shown your future was a reversed Ace of Cups which you didn't bother to ask about. But the feeling it gave you looking at it alone let you know it wasn't something pleasant.
It seemed a lot of awful upcoming things would be in store for both of your futures. Which you weren't quite keen on focusing on.
Mrs.Stanley then comes in to tell both you and Dio to ready yourselves since a guest would be arriving in the evening. Thankfully you hide away the tarot deck from her line of vison just in the knick of time.
As soon as he leaves the room she doesn't wait to start giving you a lecture with an evil stink eye.
"You know that boy is too good for you do you not?".
You nod of course you knew but quite frankly you were starting to get fed up with everyone's treatment of you as a servant.
"Then I suggest you stop humoring yourself now before you make yourself out to be a bigger fool than your parents".
And with that, she leaves the room not even bothering to look at the hurt across your face she knows she has caused you.
You only have your tears stop halfway as you put on your work uniform. Before you leave you put the tarot deck away and slip the ring into your pocket where you would soon forget about it being placed there.