Kaze thought for a moment. "If you wish to swim your more than welcome too. Although you will have to ask one of your sisters for something to swim in," He said look back toward the castle. "If you wish it I could find her, and ask as well as bring it to you. She may end up joining you."
"What a great idea Kaze." Valentine said. "You should also tell the cook and have them pack a lunch."
Kaze nodded. "Consider it done." Vanishing in the blink of an eye.
"I hate it when they do that," Valentine said annoyed. "All the ninja do that and I can't figer out how." She then turned to Azura who had stoped singing and taken notice of them.
"O I'm sorry I didn't hear you approached," Azura said shocked to see another person.
"You get so lost in your singer you wouldn't notice a dragon behind you," Valentine laughed.
Azura puffed her cheeks out at the comment. "Don't say that." She then looked at Arora. "I'm sorry what your name. O so your Arora"
"Azura was a Nohr princess kidnap shortly after you were. In hopes for a trade. How every they never noticed." Valentine said. "So after a while your mother took her in."
Azura seem a little off put by that. "Didn't your parents teach you manners." She huffed.
Valentine shrugged. "Mother was too busy and I don't know my father. So no plus she has a right to know."
Azura sighed. "I guess your right. Any way tell me how is Nohr?" After a while Kaze returned with a swim suit for AroraArora.
Arora followed, making a note of the path in her head so she could find it later. The lake, when she glimpsed it, made her gasp and she picked up her pace. It was lovely. “It’s beautiful.”
Swimming there would be fun, and she definitely wanted to try at some point. But they weren’t alone, she heard someone singing. She had such a pretty voice, that Arora was slow to follow Kaze for fear of interrupting her.
So the girl singing was Azura, and the other one was Velentine. Arora smiled and gave a little bow,”It’s nice to meet you.”
She waved her hand as if to dismiss Valentine’s concerns,”Oh, it’s quite alright. I’m afraid I don’t remember much about what happened myself. Thank you though. Everyone’s been so kind.”
Almost everyone. Arora’s smile faltered a little, remembering how Takumi had been at dinner the night before. She wondered if maybe he just needed some time, or if he might never like her. The thought of having to choose came to her again, and she shook it off. She thought she would have a few days to think it over at least, but for now she should enjoy things here.
“So, you said something about swimming, Kaze? Would we be able to do that today, or save that for another time?”
Kaze lead Arora down a path out a back gate of the castle. The path lead thought some woods until it opened up on a huge lake. On one end was a small cliff that reached out over the water. The water itself was clear blue. The sun shined off the water giving it a shine look.
"Your sister use this whenever you wish to go swimming as well as a few of us retainers on are days off," Kaze said. Suddenly a voice could be softy hear from down the shore. "You are the oceans gay waves," came a sing voice.
Kaze smile as he look over seeing two people standing near the water. "It would seem that Lady Azura and Valentine" He said walking over. Azura was a tall woman with long blue hair. While Valentine was talk younger looking girl with light green hair.
Valentine smiled when she saw Kaze apporaged. "Master," she smilled waking up to them. "Who is this person with you?" she asked tiling her head. For almost half a second she made a wired face but the covered it up so fast Kaze didn't noticed.
"Valentine this is Lady Arora our lost princess. Lady Arora this is Valentine the only outside to be a retainers for the royle family. She quite skill in the way of the blade."
Valentine just smiled. "I still have a lot to learn in the ways of fighting and Kaze has been teaching me in the way of the ninja." Valentine looked over Arora it looked like she was tring to figure somethink out. "I sorry but I don't much about you or what happen year ago as I'm still new. But if you ever need anything let me know"
“An event? Oh. Speak to people? I could do that. Yes. If you think it will help.”
Arora knew she probably sounded a little nervous, and she was. She wondered what sort of rumors were going around about her, and what she could possibly say. That was for later, for the moment she let herself enjoy breakfast and pushed thoughts of that evening aside for later.
Then breakfast was over and Arora nodded to her mother,”Of course. Until this evening, then.”
She was just wondering what to do next when Kaze showed up, startling Arora,”Oh. You startled me. Thank you. The lake sounds nice.” She smiled,”I’d like to see it. Also, how are you doing? You made it out of Nohr alright, was it very hard?”
"You were fine dear," Mikoto smiled. "I was just planning an event this evening. I plan on address the rumors about your return." She then took Arora hand. "I hope you don't mind, but this evening I want you to speak to the people and let them know you have returned."
She then led her to breakfast where she told Arora what had happened in the last few years in Hoshido. After breakfast Mikoto had to dismiss herself. She was called to deal with her every day duty. "We will speak again this evening." She smiled before leaving.
Kaze appeared out of no where shortly after. "Lady Arora," He greeted with a bow. "I was asked to guild you around the castle. "And if I may make a recommendation the lake is a great spot to start."
Arora was tired enough that it was later in the morning when she woke. Later than she’d meant to sleep. She slipped out from under Lucien’s wing. She knew he was a heavy sleeper, but still liked to be careful to not wake him just in case.
Out in the sunshine she saw Kaze waiting for her. “Oh, good morning. Yes, of course. Thank you.” She was a little surprised someone was actually waiting for her, but as she followed Kaze inside she realized that wasn’t too unusual. If she wasn’t in her room, her mother would have figured out where she was, and her mother also probably wanted to spend time with her.
The throne room was still breathtakingly beautiful even after seeing it before. It was just so different from the one in Nohr. And her mother looked much kinder and softer than the man she called father who ruled Nohr. Arora gave her mother a smile and approached a little shyly,”Good morning. I hope I didn’t sleep in too late.”
Late morning came around before anyone screamed at the dragon laying in the garden. A maid had seen what she thought was a rock until it moved slightly. It had most of the guard jumping for weapon before Queen Mikoto settle everyone down telling them that it was one of her guest. It took a while, but everyone finally settled down.
Lucien had slept thought the whole thing. Being so tired made him dead to the world. Not even Queen Mikoto shook him, did he stir. She hadn't found Arora in her room so she had left a maid close by if Arora had slept by Lucien. She had wanted to have breakfast with her daughter, but she could understand if the poor girl was tired. She had been thought a lot in the last day.
Kaze had chosen to wait in place for the maid. When Arora finally did emerge for under Lucien he greeted her. "Good morning my lady," He said bowing. "Your mother has asked me to lead you to her when you awoken." He led the way back to the throne room shortly after.
Arora snuggled up against Lucien, glad that he would stay at least. “Thank you. We’ll figure it out later. And I’ll spend more time with everyone here tomorrow.”
She wasn’t sure how much time she would have here. She wished the families could get along and she didn’t have to choose. Father was stubborn, she knew that much. He wouldn’t agree with a truce with Hoshido easily. And Takumi seemed to hate Nohr so much. With a sigh she closed her eyes. Worrying too much about it tonight wouldn’t help. Lucien was right, she could deal with things as they came.
The day had been more draining for Arora than she’d thought. She got comfortable against Lucien and dozed off to sleep without actually deciding to sleep there. She had half assumed she would wander back inside after a while, but she didn’t.
Lucein rapped himself around Arora and cover her with wing. "I can't even imagine what you're going through," He said rest his head so he could look under his wing. "I can't tell you what the future may hold. All I can do is offer my opinion, and tell you that I will follow you no matter the path."
Lucien could already see what may happen with the war and he didn't like it. They would make her choose one side. They would ripe her heart apart and he didn't think he could stop it. "Sleep little one let's deal with things as they come, but for know lets just enjoy each other company," He said closing his eyes. He knew he wasn't going to walk for a few days becasue of all his wounds, but he didn't care. Becasue at the moment Arora was safe.
He seemed calmer, but she knew it was still bothering him. Arora gave him a smile and put her hand on his head,”Don’t be too sorry. Thank you, I’m glad you’ll defend us. And while I treasure my family and spending time with them, I treasure you too, Lucien. So of course I’ll be here.”
Arora went around to go sit up against Lucien and sighed,”Besides, I’m sort of… Worried, I guess. I have two families now, and I don’t know if they’ll be able to get along. So I don’t know what to do. If I stay here, I might never see my family in Nohr again. But if I go back, I might not see anyone here again.”
Lucien hadn't fully fallen asleep when Arora arrived. He had been two angry to just fall asleep so he had spent the time cooling off.
"No little one," He said in a neutral voice. "Should you be inside with your mother?"
He had guessed that she would come check up on him, but he did not want her to. She should spend time with her family.
"Don't worry about me, I will be fine and I'm sorry I should have held my tongue better but..." He stopped for a second almost contemplating on what to say. "Luna has been put thought a lot because of what I am. She never once complained about it or fears about how we will never grow old together. Then to hear someone says such hurt full things about her makes me very anger."
He raised his head and nudged Arora in the chest. "I gave up on my family once, but I never wished to do so again. You and Luna are the most important things in my life so if people hurt your or say horrible things about you I will not go easy on them.
Arora wasn’t sure what to do about Takumi, but perhaps mother and Ryoma were the best ones to talk to him. Arora used the silverware, thanking her mother for them. Though she used the silverware now, she did think she wanted to learn to use chopsticks. Perhaps just not in front of too many people.
And certainly not while having so much to talk about. She seemed to find herself at the center of attention, asked to tell of her life and what it had been like in Nohr, and what she liked or disliked from food to color to hobbies. It was almost enough to keep her from worrying if Lucien was alright, but whenever conversation lulled she wondered how he was doing.
When her mother told her to check on him Arora stood up more quickly than she’d meant to,”Yes, I mean, thank you. Dinner was lovely.”
She didn’t learn quite as much about her siblings as she would have liked since they were all interested in finding out about her, and she wished Lucien could have stayed too, but she did enjoy it. It was a pleasant time, despite Takumi and Lucien’s absence.
Once excused Arora made her way to the garden where Lucien had been sleeping before, careful to not get too lost. She had a feeling it would be easy to get turned around if she took a wrong turn. She found the garden, and Lucien under the tree as a dragon. Was he still mad, or had he fallen asleep? “Lucien, are you awake?”
Ryoma was the first to recover from what happen. "Don't worry about Takumi I will have a talk with him latter about his behavior. I'm also sorry for what he said to your friend he had no right to say so."
Queen Mikoto was the next to recover."I am sorry maybe bring him to dinner wasn't the best idea. I was just so happy about having all my children back."
"It wasn't your fault dearest mother Takumi should have known better then to say those things about Arora or he friend." Ryoma said.
Queen Mikoto simply nodded and then laughed at Arora face about the chopsticks. "My apologies dear I forgot that you might not know how to use them." She the waved at a servent to get her some silverware.
The rest of dinner was a lot nicer. Many questions where ask about what things Arora liked or what she had been doing over the last few years. After dinner was over Mikoto turned to Arora. "Go check on your friend I know your worried about him"
Arora was happy with everyone seated, and she thought the meal would be nice. Lucien seemed to be enjoying himself, but that apparently offended Takumi somehow. Arora just watched, frowning deeper as it continued between them.
She flinched at the snap of the chopsticks and looked at Lucien. He was angry, and Arora was worried the two might fight. Instead, they both left and Arora looked down at the table, worried. She considered going after Lucien, but decided against it at least for the moment. Looking at her mother, she thought it might be better to stay. That way their mother at least wouldn’t have more of them leave what was supposed to be a nice dinner.
She did want to go find Lucien after dinner and see that he was alright. Shifting uncomfortably in her seat Arora said quietly,”I’m sorry about that. Did I… do anything to offend him?”
She wasn’t sure what else to say. She looked down at the table again. The utensils Lucien had broken. They were the only ones at the table. Arora looked up again, feeling every bit awkward as she picked them up and asked,”Um, how do I…?”
She was sure she looked stupid, but there was no avoiding it. She had been raised in Nohr, and Hoshido clearly had a number of differences she didn’t understand.
Takumi glared daggers at Lucien as he took his seat next to Arora. He didn't seem to happy about him join in on their little dinner party. Lucien just choose to ignore that man and instead started to serve himself from the vase amount of food. After getting a rather large plate he reached of his silverware only not to find any. Instead, laid two long sticks in their place.
'Chopstick' he laughed to himself.
"What do you find funny," Ryoma asked looking up for his own food.
'Curses I'm more exhausted then, I thought,' He had let the laugh slip out to be noticed. "It nothing really it just that I haven't seen chopsticks since I left home."
"So then are you're not native to Nohr," Ryoma asked.
"No I'm not I'm from far far way," Luccien said looking off.
"It doesn't matter where you're from you are a Nohrian scum." Takumi said angry from his seat. "You choose to serve a man who knows nothing but war and suffering."
"I don't serve any man."Lucien said not looking up from his eating, "My only allegiance is to Lady Arora and my wife."
"So only to traitors and a whore," Takumi yelled. "You are nothing more than a thug probably some bastard son."
A large crack could be heard from the snapping of Lucein chopsticks as he looked over at Takumi. "You may think anything you wish of me. Call me a bastard, a thug, a murderer, but the next comment you make towards my wife. I promise you I will be the biggest mistake of your life." Lucien eyes had turned from their bright green color to a pitch black color.
With that Lucien stood turned to Lady Arora and Queen Mikoto. "If you please excuse me Queen. If you need me, I will be where you found me early." With that he left.
Takumi stood as well. "I'm sorry mother, but I will not sit here as you invite traitor and scum into our home." He then turned and left leave the rest in shock.
Lucein made his way out into the garden. After finding a nice spot to lay down on. He pulled out his dragonstone, and transformed. He had always loved lay down in soft grass and sleeping. Well he did when his angry didn't make him want to rip some one head off.
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