Operation Lighthouse: Nexus
Perched high above the crashing waves of the Pacific, amid the pine trees and rocky formations characteristic of the Oregon coastline, stood an archaic structure. The white lighthouse towered over the rocky cliff, a steadfast sentinel of a simpler time. A time before seaborne ships relied on sophisticated sensor technology to guide them away from the dangerous protruding rocks near the coast. A time when all ships were merely seaborne. Now the lighthouse stood only as a landmark, the vision of a past all but forgotten.
Built more recently next to the lighthouse, but looking very much from the same time, was a high school. Aptly named, the institute was known as Lighthouse Academy.
Rather than using more modern construction techniques, the high profile school mostly utilized wood and stone. It was built somewhat similarly to a medieval castle, though the high walls and guard towers characteristic of such a structure were not present. Rather, the perimeter of the school was surrounded by a stone wall that nearly encompassed entirety of the campus, save only for the area along the edge of the cliff, which only had a shorter iron fence so as not to obstruct the view.
This particular Tuesday morning was rather cold and foggy, but as usual students were up early to attend their classes. Since Lighthouse was such a prominent and expensive institution most of the students were of the cultural elite. As such, it was a relatively small campus, and the number of students absent on this morning was even smaller. Many of the youths were destined to follow in the footsteps of their wealthy parents, whether they be headed for politics, big business or the medical community; good attendance was a must. Lighthouse Academy looked very good on a college application, and it was for that reason why tuition and other fees were so high. It was also for that very reason why students rarely, if ever, missed class. However, there were two students this morning who were truant.
In honesty, the two weren’t much missed because of their relative unpopularity. Oh yes, even to the high class, wealthy students of this academy, popularity was just as important as it was in any public high school. In fact, it may have been even more important. However, the two students who were marked absent this morning didn’t much care about such trivial things.
Despite being unpopular, Elise Laraway was very well known throughout the campus. In all likelihood, there probably wasn’t even one student or teacher who didn’t know her name. She had become quite famous, or rather infamous, after her hidden condition, her deep dark secret, had been leaked to the public. The fact was that Elise was helplessly incontinent. Even at the age of sixteen she was forced to wear diapers, and that made her the target of much teasing and ridicule. In a place where reputation was everything, Elise had without a doubt the lowest of all.
Even despite her downfall, she was a very lovely young lady. Adorned with feathery blond hair that reached to the middle of her back, eyes so deep that one could lose themselves in them for hours, and fair, nearly flawless skin; Elise was easily one of the most beautiful girls in attendance at the school. She was also a very talented violinist, and very intelligent while retaining the charm and innocence of a little girl. And yet, even though she was probably the very picture of a perfect girl to many of the boys, the single flaw of being incontinent somehow disqualified her from all of it. As young people can be quite fickle and cruel, Elise was shunned from the social circles of the school the moment her secret was out in the open. And for a long time she was left with nothing but bitter and utter loneliness.
Then, all at once, everything changed. When Elise was dragged into the boys bathroom by a few of the male students who had the intent to cause her harm she thought that she was having her worst day yet. However, before she knew it, it had turned into the best day of her life. Before the boys who had assaulted her could do any real harm, a new and mysterious student known by the unconventional moniker of ‘Aileron’ showed up just in the nick of time. In an amazing display of skill and utter superiority, the boy managed to subdue all three assailants in a matter of seconds. Invariably, as Elise’s skirt had been taken from her, the new boy would soon learn of her condition. Against all odds, the sight of a girl his age in a diaper didn’t perturb him as it had others. Not even the sight of her in a wet diaper seemed to put him off in the slightest. Unlike her peers this new boy didn’t in any way mistreat or make fun of her, nor did he try to hurt her. Instead, he offered his hand to help her up. After their strange first encounter their relationship quickly grew, and before Elise had realized it were even possible, they were in love. And even after many terrifying challenges, the two of them were to this day still together.
Chapter 1: A new face, a new problem
It had been a few days since Elise had been herself. As with the previous few mornings, this day Elise awoke to an unsettling feeling in her stomach as well as assorted pains all throughout her body. As she painfully rolled onto her side to hopefully resume the peace that was sleep, Elise remembered the troubles of the previous night. She cringed at the memories and hoped in earnest that Aileron wouldn’t be put off of her by the terrible experience.
Last night, well after lights out, her illness had reached a peak. Thankfully, Aileron had been there. If he hadn’t, Elise had no idea what she would’ve done. As she threw up everything that was in her stomach, the uncontrollable urge to relieve herself in another way suddenly overcame her. She tried to hold it back, but even before she knew she was losing the fight, she lost it. An involuntary spasm, the feeling of strained muscles being pushed passed their limits, and suddenly everything was forced out of her and into her diaper. Aileron, who had been holding her hair and trying his best to comfort her, was just as surprised as she was when it happened. He was used to dealing with her wet diapers, but an accident like this was uncharted territory. To say that Elise had been embarrassed would be an understatement, and to make matters worse, she was just too sick to take care of it herself. Aileron, however, was there for her like he always was.
He took off her diaper, cleaned her up as best as possible with some wipes, then gave her a warm bath. Thankfully this semester she had been lucky enough to get a room that had a full bathtub in it rather than just a shower. Although, taking into account how her friend Lina had taken care of bathing her once before, Elise curiously wondered just how Aileron would’ve handled such a situation. Would he have gotten into the shower with her? It was something she had been thinking, as well as dreaming, about ever since. After the bath, he dried her head to toe and got her dressed in another diaper and a tee shirt, the very same items she was wearing now. Even though she was still sick, and her body ached, the feelings of being cared for were enough to coax her to sleep.
The events of last night had indeed been very, almost unbearably, embarrassing, but because that had happened, Aileron had for the first time given her a bath. Rather than dwell on the shame of messing herself in front of her boyfriend, Elise instead focused on the memories she had of his soft touch, and the pleasant warmth of the water in the bathtub. Her thoughts made her feel warm and… wet? Elise realized that she was wetting her diaper, and immediately rolled onto her back. This way, when she wet herself the absorbent material of the diaper would be able to most effectively soak it all up. If she stayed on her side it would be much more likely that the diaper would leak, and she didn’t know how long it would be until she would be changed. She could probably do it herself now, but as her body ached quite a lot, she preferred that Aileron do it. A quick look at her alarm clock told her that it was still early in the morning, and she probably wouldn’t see her boyfriend for another few hours. However, it was close to break, and Rachael sometimes came to the room. Maybe, if Elise asked nicely enough, Rachael would change her. Immediately after thinking it, Elise shook her head and smirked. That was a silly thought, but somehow it appealed to her.
Her thoughts were interrupted by the sound of a pair of feet softly hitting the hardwood floor to her left. Elise gasped and jumped a bit in surprise, but she wasn’t scared. She knew exactly who it was that had just come through the window. There could be no one else at this school who could, or even would, pull off something like this.
“How ya feelin’?” Aileron asked as he walked over and sat down beside Elise on her bed.
“Aile… what are you doing here?” Elise asked as she calmed her breathing, which was a bit rapid from being startled so soon after she had awoken.
“Coming to check up on you, of course,” Aileron replied. He held up a small container. It was a cardboard cup with a plastic lid, and in the cold air it was gathering a fair amount of condensation. “I brought you some soup, if you’re up to it.”
“No, thank you,” Elise said, then sighed. “My insides still feel…” Elise searched her vocabulary for the right word to describe how she felt. Aileron, however, knew what it was like to be sick, and immediately finished her thought, albeit with his own kind of twist.
“Like a small plane hit by a big missile?”
“…Yeah,” Elise nodded with a bit of a smile. “Kind of like that.”
“You gotta eat something, though. It’s been a while since you’ve had anything,” Aileron said with a troubled look.
“I know, but… well, this is at least a really good diet, right?”
“You don’t need a diet, beautiful,” Aileron replied as he ruffled Elise’s disheveled hair with his free hand, “you need something to eat.”
“I know…” Elise replied. She reached up and took his hand, bringing it to her cheek. Sighing at his warmth, Elise added in a tone that sounded as if she were dreaming, “…I’ll try to eat something later, okay?” Aileron smiled satisfactorily.
“That’s all I ask,” he relented, then took a quick look around. “Before Ms. Livingston comes back from teaching her second period class do you need anything? I won’t be able to come back until lunch, so if you need… to be changed…” Aileron trailed off. Even though changing his girl’s wet diapers had become somewhat common between them he was still shy about asking if she needed it.
“Actually… I just… kind of… well,” Elise glanced down, blushing a bit. Likewise, even though she was used to having her diaper changed by her boyfriend, Elise was still embarrassed to admit when she needed it.
“Okay,” Aileron got up and moved to the door, opened it and looked both ways down the hall to confirm that they were alone. After closing the door he looked at his watch. They should have about ten minutes before second period ended. Thankfully, the house mistress Ms. Livingston doubled as an anatomy teacher in the morning, and during the first two periods her house was left unattended. In fact, it was the very class Aileron was currently skipping. It didn’t matter, though. Even if he wasn’t in the class he was still technically learning about anatomy.
Using this window of opportunity, Aileron would change Elise and make sure she would be comfortable until he could come again at lunch. He gathered the supplies he would need, including a fresh disposable diaper, from the chest at the foot of Elise’s bed.
As with other times before, when Aileron went to change Elise she just kind of went limp. She laid on her back and just waited patiently for him to get started. Aileron found it kind of strange that she didn’t help with the process, but at the same time he was kind of glad that she didn’t. Somehow, taking care of her every need made him feel very close to her; it was a feeling that he liked. Though he was too shy to ask about it, he suspected that Elise liked being taken care of so thoroughly.
Aileron pulled back the covers, and Elise suddenly gasped as the cold air assaulted her naked legs.
“Sorry, babe,” Aileron said. “I’ll work fast, okay?”
“No, it’s okay, you can take your time,” Elise replied, though her slightly chattering teeth seemed to belie that statement. Aileron smirked; she wanted him to go slow. His suspicions that she liked this as much as he did were strengthened. Even so, as he could tell that she was cold, he went right to work. He unfastened the six tapes and pulled the diaper away from her skin. Wet it was, but the diaper was also very warm. She must have wet herself very recently, Aileron surmised. After setting the wet disposable aside, he cleaned her up with a couple of wipes, then placed the new diaper under her bottom. When he lifted her legs, Aileron noticed a bit of reddening on her rear.
“Lotion,” he said quietly to himself, reaching for a small container. He popped the top and squeezed a moderate amount onto one palm, then looked down a moment at Elise. It would be hard to apply the lotion to her rear like this, so he helped her roll onto her stomach. As he spread the cool cream over her soft skin, he heard Elise sigh contentedly. Aileron smiled, rolled her back over, and applied more lotion between her legs and anywhere else that was normally covered by a diaper. When he looked up at her face, Elise was blushing a little, and had her eyes closed. From the look upon her gentle features, Aileron could tell she liked the feeling of the lotion, or maybe it was his fingertips as they glided across the tender skin of her diaper area. However, at times like this he always made sure that he didn’t let himself get carried away. He didn’t know why, but he was afraid to move on to a higher level in their relationship. In fact, he still hadn’t even kissed her yet. Strange it was that he had seen her naked many, many times and yet hadn’t even kissed her. They were, however, a strange couple. A teenage girl who was still in diapers, and an underage pilot with combat experience.
Noticing that Elise was shivering even more than before brought Aileron out of his thoughts and back into the present. He finished with the lotion, then applied some lavender scented powder as well so that his girl would feel fresh and dry until they next met. After that he pulled the front portion of the diaper snugly up betwixt her legs, pulled the left side up and around front and unattached the tapes from where they were stuck at the time of manufacture. He then fastened the left side tapes to the front of the diaper, and then likewise with the right side. A couple of adjustments here and there and Aileron was satisfied, as was Elise, with the diapers placement on her body. He let his eyes linger on her for a moment, taking in how cute she was like this, and then pulled the covers back up to her neck.
“There you are,” he said. He took the used diaper and balled it up with the wipes and took it into the bathroom, where he disposed of it into the trash can. After washing his hands, Aileron returned to the main room. “Anything else I can do for you?”
“I don’t suppose you could get into bed with me and keep me warm?” Elise asked with a smile. Aileron felt a deep pang of desire. In the past they had shared the same bed only a few times, but it was enough to change Aileron’s whole perspective on sleep. Now, it was difficult to get restful sleep when she wasn’t next to him.
“I’d love to, babe, but I’ve gotta get outta here before Livingston shows up. If they caught us together like this I would be flogged,” he said, then bent down and kissed Elise’s forehead, “but even then it would so be worth it.”
“Well, I can’t have you being flogged,” Elise said with a sigh, “but I’ll at least see you at lunch, right?”
“Yeah,” Aileron replied, “I’ll be here.”
“Then I’ll live,” Elise grinned.
“You’d better,” Aileron replied with a small laugh, then turned to leave, “see ya later.”
He slipped back out the window and hurried off toward his own house. He had to get ready for his first class of the day.
It didn’t take Aileron long to get ready. He was already dressed in his school uniform when he went to go see Elise, and just had to gather up his books and other materials. Of course, always one step ahead, his supplies were already stored inside his school bag and waiting patiently for him atop his bed. Aileron rushed in, snatched up the bag, and rushed back out in less than three seconds.
He was on time for his third period class today, which was actually a bit rare as he always got hung up during the break. However it really didn’t count today as he hadn’t even attended his first two classes. Taking his usual seat, Aileron took out his text book and a pad of paper, along with a pencil. Third period was a math class, a subject he excelled at due mostly to his background in aviation.
A few minutes passed before class began. The teacher, Mrs. Ahern, took her podium and quieted the chattering students like she did every day, but this time something was different. Rather than spouting nonsensical things about parabolas and log rhythms she instead called over a student to the front of the class. It was a new girl that Aileron had never seen before now.
“Class, we have a new student joining us for the first time today,” Ahern said, then turned to the girl and said, “go ahead and introduce yourself.”
Even before she spoke Aileron noticed that there was something different about this girl. The first thing that stood out was the way she carried herself; very different from the typical student even here at Lighthouse Academy. Her posture was near perfection, and the way she moved suggested a confidence that was uncharacteristic of any girl he had ever met. She was tall, probably as tall as he was, and had shoulder length, feathery platinum blond hair that seemed to radiate light. Her jade green eyes were clear, and the look they possessed was like that of a resting leopard. Perfectly calm, yet ever aware and utterly fearless.
“My name is Lucine Arlette,” the girl spoke. Her voice was strong and even, and her manner of speech was very articulate. “It’s a pleasure to make your acquaintance,” she said with a small curtsy. The simple movement showcased unmatched grace, akin to an eagle’s. It also suggested that she was brought up in a proper environment. Aileron could easily imagine her being the poster child for this academy. The rest of the class was so impressed they nearly broke into a round of applause.
“Thank you, Lucine,” the teacher said, “you may take the seat next to Tyler.”
“Thank you, Mrs. Ahern,” Lucine said politely, then made her way down the aisle toward the empty seat as every eye followed. Even Aileron caught himself staring, but quickly shook off the feeling. As Lucine made to sit down she suddenly looked Aileron right in the eye and gave a wink. Aileron, taken completely off guard, flinched a bit at the simple gesture. Lucine sat down, eyes forward, leaving Aileron to contemplate the meaning of the wink. It was strange, but even though Aileron couldn’t remember ever meeting this girl before, there was something about her that was somehow very familiar.
After class was over, Aileron gathered up his belongings and quickly left. He wasn’t sure why, but the new girl was making him feel very uncomfortable. During class she had glanced back at him about seven times, and each time the urge to get up and run away got stronger and stronger. It wasn’t that Aileron didn’t like this Lucine girl, quite the opposite. He found her quite attractive, and because of that, even though it wasn’t something he could really help, he felt indescribably guilty. He dearly loved Elise, and the very thought of being attracted to Lucine made him feel like he was betraying her somehow. Of course, he was probably taking this too seriously, as he often did. Even he knew that feeling an attraction wasn’t something that was deplorable, and it wasn’t like Lucine was the first girl who had tempted him. Not even close. In fact, his friend Katrina, with her constant advancements and generally flirtatious attitude was far worse than ten Lucines could possibly be. Or so he thought.
So wrapped up in these thoughts was he that Aileron nearly collided with a girl that had suddenly stepped in his path. Caught off his guard he stumbled a bit, then looked up at whoever had so rudely cut him off once he regained his footing. He was taken aback to see Lucine’s brightly smiling face.
“Hello, there,” she greeted warmly, “my name is Lucine Arlette. We just had a math class together.”
“Ah, yeah… right,” Aileron said, feeling very uncomfortable. He had been careful to leave class quickly so as not to have to talk to her. And even despite her being bombarded by a shelling of male attention at the end of class, she had extracted herself and quickly chased him down. Something was really weird here. After a moment of silence, he realized that Lucine was probably waiting for him to introduce himself.
“Ah… I’m Aileron Phoenix,” he said awkwardly, “it’s nice to make your acquaintance.”
“It’s nice to meet you as well, Mister Aileron,” she replied with a slight bow.
“Um, so I guess you’re new here, right?” Aileron said, not wanting to spawn an awkward silence.
“Yes, today is my first day. It’s a lovely campus, wouldn’t you agree?”
“Oh, um… yeah as far as campuses go it’s really…umm… swell,” Aileron cringed. He really wasn’t good at talking to the opposite sex.
“Listen, I was wondering if I could ask a favor of you,” Lucine said.
“A favor?” Aileron echoed. Somehow, this didn’t bode well.
“Yes, I was wondering if you would show me around. It’s easy enough to find my classes, but aside from that and my house I don’t know very much about this campus. It’s small, but it’s also complex.”
“Oh, um, sure I guess,” Aileron said. In truth he didn’t want to do it, but at the same time he wasn’t the kind of person to just leave someone hanging.
“Perhaps we could get together today, say at lunch time?”
“Lunch?” Aileron blinked twice, “ah, no, I’m sorry.”
“Oh…” Lucine looked a little taken off guard.
“It’s just that my girlfriend is sick right now and I’m going to go check up on her at lunch,” Aileron said. He noticed that for an instant when he said the words ‘my girlfriend’ Lucine looked incredibly distressed. It wasn’t something that lasted long, in fact it was like a flash and then it was gone. Her confident demeanor returned immediately thereafter, so quick in fact that Aileron questioned if he had seen anything at all.
“Oh, I see,” Lucine replied.
“Yeah…” Aileron trailed off, not really knowing what to say. After a very, very awkward moment of silence between them, Lucine asked a question.
“If you don’t mind, what is your girlfriend’s name?”
“Elise Laraway,” Aileron replied with a bit of a smile.
“I see,” Lucine looked a bit thoughtful. “Well, I hope Miss Elise recovers quickly.”
“Thanks,” Aileron replied.
“I’d better get to my next class. See you again, Mister Aileron!”
Aileron watched her as she walked away. She gave him a smile and a little wave, then clutching her books close to her chest, she briskly but gracefully walked away, disappearing around a corner.
“Well… that was… odd,” Aileron said to no one in particular, then headed toward his class.
As she walked she paid very close attention to her pace and posture. She was still confident and collected, even if she had just been shot down. Once she was out of line of sight, however, she could no longer keep her calm.
Lucine faltered just a bit. It was probably not noticeable to any of the students around her that she was upset, but it was all that she could do to keep her composure. She stopped for a moment next to an administration building and rested against the wall for just a bit.
“Damn it,” she lamented, sighing inaudibly. It wasn’t that she had been so easily shot down that was bothering her, but rather that she had been rejected by him. Lucine took a deep breath and continued on to her next class. Though she was feeling dejected, she wasn’t out of the game yet. So he already had someone, it wouldn’t be a problem. She was going to give it her all and emerge victorious.