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Mally took her time showering, while the pool had felt nice, the shower felt even nicer.
When she looked around, she knew that all the other girls were naked and showering. But there were blocks that covered mostly neck down.
She could tell some girls looked a little uncomfortable with this still.
Peyton was still in her swimsuit, while while the rest of them appeared to be naked. She slightly chuckled for a moment, Raine's head could be seen but the wall of the block covered the rest of her.

Mally for some reason, felt an urge to comfort Peyton. Lately she was feeling more and more emotions herself, but it was always followed by the toll. Right on Que, she wiped her nose, watching the red on her fingers be washed away. Turning her face up to the water, she rinsed her face real quick, getting herself in check.

She wondered if the nose bleeds would continue once the the doctors fixed her. Would she be able to feel like a normal girl? She couldn't even remember what that was like.
Lately her mind focused more and more on it. She wondered if people thought her odd. Mally knew she must be odd, being so robot like.
She felt left out now, what she could feel.

Everyone was making these emotional connections with each other. She was behind, and didn't feel the same as everyone else. Sometimes she wasn't even sure why she was here.
She wasn't sure if this even bothered her or not.
It was like watching a movie in first person perspective, and having it on mute. She never understood what was going on.

Eventually she stepped out of the shower, not wanting to hold everyone up. She got dressed, slightly upset she was putting dirty clothes back on. Though it would only be of a moment, Ariadna told them they had spare clothes and pajamas in their rooms.

She took a paper from Shirudo, and read it. They'd have to report in early. She had a week till she could return to the doctor unless he called her back in early.
Mally wanted to go on her own, and with no one asking to partner up with her, she made the plan to be her own team.
Though before she escaped to her room, Kanzaki asked to partner with her. [#EC871C "Sure."] she said softly.

Well never mind to working alone. Why didn't she just say no?

Walking into her bedroom, they all had their own rooms. They were decently sized, and there was a dresser, a lamp, a T.V and a bed.
It was all pretty basic.
Besides their own rooms, they had two bathrooms, and a like lounge area. Filled with couches, and another T.V too.
There was also a mini kitchen area. Before Ariadna had left she explained that it was stocked with supplies in case they had to stay down for a couple days if Tristian officials were ever visiting. So they shouldn't eat the food in that kitchen, save it for that scenario.

Opening the dresser, she found clothes. All her size, she wondered how they knew her size.
She pulled out sweats and tank top, she got dressed in that and then laid down on her bed.
Everything was clean, and soft. Her eyes felt heavy, and it didn't take long for her to pass out.

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Alex blushed when Kanzaki had said something to him. Which caused him to hesitate for a minute, he wondered if this was why they lost. Because soon Claire was knocked down by Mally.

He shrugged it off though, just a game.

He had followed everyone and showered. Then followed everyone again, he took his own paper and much like Mally, went straight to his room. He also changed into some clothes to sleep in.

Quickly collapsing in his bed he was so tired.

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Her face flushed when the girls caught Alvin in the locker room with her.
Though Rose told them all Alvin was being honest, they weren't fooling around.
It took her a minute to be able to get into the shower, taking off the cover up she was using but stepping in with her bathing suit on.

She was insecure about her body. Not that she needed to be, but even now with all the weight gone she still didn't like herself. It was ironically funny to her, because she used to wish for her body to look the way it did now, but with a bigger chest.
Maybe that was the issue, but she saw Mally, who was even flatter than Peyton was nude entirely without care. Even being surrounded by all the other girls, who had well, huge chests.
Though she remembered then Mally can't really feel emotion, because of her RA.

Peyton sometimes wondered how that felt, to not have to deal with the complications of feelings. Sometimes she thought she had way too many, and it would just frustrate her.
Trying to control them all at once...which reminded her she needed to talk to Rose.

She got dressed behind a privacy curtain after showering. When exiting she joined back up with Alvin, and just quietly took his hand. Every now and then glancing at Rose, trying to figure out when she'd be able to tell Rose that she needed her help.
Maybe Rose already knew, and was just waiting for her to ask.

Once they go to their place, she looked around. The ceiling was cave like, but they seemed to have built walls and floor, around the rest of the room. She remembered this used to be a bunker to an escape route. She noticed the sealed off door, apparently that tunnel would lead right out into the wastes. It must be a really long tunnel.

Peyton didn't take a paper from Shirudo because, well she wasn't going to be running missions.
Alvin had asked her to be his partner though, and she frowned.
[#8A2BE2 "Alvin, I-I am not gonna go on the missions just yet...I have something else I've got to do first."]
She stammered softly, she didn't want to disappoint him, or tell him that she was going to be asking Rose for emotional training.
For some reason she felt embarrassed.
Though they all knew what could happen, if a secret weapon had lost their mind.
They saw the events of it happen in the Arena.
Peyton's first kill.
Now she could kill easily, but even when her life was in danger back then it was hard.
Now someone could insult them and she might blow up.

She was losing more and more control of herself.
[#8A2BE2 "R-rose!"] she shuffled away from Alvin after Rose, because it was now or never.
[#8A2BE2 "Can we talk?"] Peyton didn't give her a chance to respond when she grabbed Roses hand and looking at the doors, she noticed they all had names next to them, so they knew who's room belonged to who.

She pulled her into the one labeled Peyton. Then stood their for a moment letting the girls hand go.
[#8A2BE2 "I-I..."] she stammered stubbornly staring off at a wall.
[#8A2BE2 "I need your help with something..."] she swallowed the lump in her throat. She knew Rose could just read her mind, and know what she was thinking.
Though she wanted to actually say it, because maybe it will help her to acknowledge it out loud.

[#8A2BE2 "Do you r-...I know you remember what happened to your older partner."]
[#8A2BE2 "I..."] she sighed. [#8A2BE2 "I am still sorry about that...by the way..."]

[#8A2BE2 "B-but look...I uh feel myself losing more and more control over myself, especially when I am using my abilities, and...w-we know what happens....if..."]
her fists were clenching and unclenching, she was nervously fidgeting her foot against the floor also.
[#8A2BE2 "I don't want to...I don't want that to happen to me..."]
[#8A2BE2 "A-and...I was told you might be able to help me...because y-you know...we're both..."]

She threw herself back onto the edge of her bed sitting down.
[#8A2BE2 "I know that you know, I probably don't deserve your help...I am not the friendliest...and I certainly wasn't nice to you when we first met."]
[#8A2BE2 "B-but...please."]
her voice shook almost the whole time and even cracked a couple times.

It shouldn't be this hard to ask for help, but it was. She wanted to get better, but she couldn't figure out how to on her own. She was taking the advice she was given and just running with it.
She wasn't sure what she would do if Rose told her no, maybe go back to her original plan.
Run away.

So none of them get hurt by her, and she doesn't have to force any of them to kill her when she goes crazy.

Though she didn't want to leave them, but she wanted to keep them all safe.

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Raine rolled her eyes and laughed at Rose a bit. [#6495ED I'll do my best at a piggy back ride...but your legs might still drag on the ground."] she made a crack at her own short stature. Rose wasn't the tallest here, but compared to Raine she was almost a tower.

Raine was slightly relieved she was barely taller than the shower stall walls. The others couldn't see all the scars on her stomach. They were all in a row, and progressively got smaller and smaller. It was from testing, when they used to stab her and see how fast she'd heal.
The first one was long, and slightly keloid, the second was flat but almost just as long. The third one was slightly smaller and less visible and so on for about five more scars. Till where the last on would be, was nothing. All along her lower stomach.

She didn't like them, but it wasn't something was secretive about, she'd just rather not have people looking at them.

Getting dressed quickly, she was fast to do this then bounced happily out into the group of waiting people till everyone was together.
Off they went.

She hung out in the lobby with those who stuck around, she curiously watched Peyton slip away privately with Rose. She pointed it out to Zack.
[#6495ED "They're friends now?"] she quietly asked, so only he would hear her.

A few moments later she cleared her throat [#6495ED "Okay guys, I won't be going with you all to your missions, Ren won't be either...so please try not to get too hurt because you won't have access to healing right away."] she wanted to announce to make sure everyone knew to be careful, but she wasn't too worried.
They were just bounty hunts after all, how bad could the criminals in Romalia be? The place is rumored to be one of the most peaceful places.

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Shiloh and Ren both had been quick to just go to bed, they were both tired. Being older it made it harder for them to keep up with the younger ones, they had so much energy.

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Kita hopped up when everyone else seemed to be getting up to go shower and leave. It was about that time, after a good wrestling.
She was glad to have won with Shirudo, she smiled and high fived the pink haired woman. Maybe Eric should train with her.
Kita would see if she could arrange that, because it would make the most sense.
They're both tanks, and he doesn't wield a shield, but it'd make more sense than him wanting to train with Alvin.
He shouldn't focus on trying to be something his isn't, he isn't fast or meant to be fast.

Maybe he thought being fast and offensive was the best way to protect his friends. Kita would show him that being defensive and unmoveable was just as effective in protecting.

Moving on, she showered and got ready. Then traveled with everyone, this was the most relaxed she had felt since they incident in losing all her people.
They entered the room eventually and she took her paper. She was ready to get out there, she would figure out her partner in the morning, but then Eric had approached her and asked for them to partner togethere alone.
She blushed a little, but knew he just meant it friendly but still, she was flattered. [#EC0E37 "Sure thing!..."] he wanted to catch up to Alvin.
Kita remembered she wanted to talk to him about that, she'd do it tomorrow. It would be a just them conversation.
[#EC0E37 "I wanted to talk to you about your fighting anyway."] she smiled and nodded her head. [#EC0E37 "We can do that all tomorrow."] nodding her head, she stretched out a bit and yawned.

[#EC0E37 "Bed time, we have an early morning, well some of us. See you tomorrow Eric."] she smiled and went to her own room then.
Changing into some shorts and an over sized T-shirt, she curled up comfortably and passed out.
It wasn't until her bed hit the pillow that she realized how tired she was.

[i She was in field, looking at her feet, they seemed smaller, like she was a few years younger. They were bare, and covered in dirt, the ground looked like that of a field. Blinking, she looked up the familiar sound of a howl sounded off in the distance. Other farmers looked up and started to run. She looked around, where were her parents? Everyone seemed to be running around her.]

[i She heard the howls getting closer, she panicked and ducked into the nearby tall hay. Scared, shaking, she tried to get as small and hidden as possible. Taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes. It was silent now, no howls no more screaming. She slowly turned her head up and peaked out the hay.]

[i Suddenly her heart stopped, two big paws were before her. Snow white, in contrast to the green and brown ground. She slowly peaked her eyes up without moving her head. It was a white wolf, one of the sick ones. It peered down at her, she tried to move but found herself frozen in fear. Kitamari's heart raced and she was sweating, slowly she raised her face up to it, and really looked at it.]

[i What a beautiful creature, for something sick with a virus. Kita couldn't move, but she was terrified. She didn't make a sound though, her throat was dry and her mouth was welded shut. The wolf began to growl and ....]

Kita shot up from the bed, sweating. She felt cold, but was sweating. Clammy.

She got up from the bed and went out to the kitchen, grabbing a cup she ran some water into it and chugged a full glass. Then refilled it and sat down, drinking it much slower this time.

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Midori found her face turning redder when he let her in on his secret, she crossed her arms and pouted, looking the other way. What a guy!
Though as he laughed, she almost started laughing too. Chuckling a little bit she huffed then scoffed.

Uncrossing her arms she looked around where they were.
[#F741B4 "Well, I was thinking of maybe heading in, kinda tired now...but the food and ice cream were lovely. Thanks for coming along."] she smiled and tucked her hair behind her ear a bit.
It was the first time she seemed slightly shy, her usual out going demeaner fading for a moment as she steered them towards the castle again.

Looking up she saw Zero, and waved. [#F741B4 "It's your brother, actually outside..."] she chuckled a bit. Zero never left the office.
Here he was though. She waved bye to both of them and turned on her heel. Heading up the castle steps and inside. Time to go take a nap, the best nap in the world.

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Felicity blinked her head and nodded [#FBB004 "Oh okay, that is fine then too."] She couldn't enter the HERO'S garden without a HERO. She wanted her own garden too.

Eyeballing her food once it arrived, her stomach growled. It was obvious she was hungry now. She hadn't eaten once during the war, or the trip their or back. Which really wasn't good for her, it made her power weaker when she was weaker.

Looking up when Yushiro asked his question about her choice of healthy food. [#FBB004 "Well... I've always been one for treating my body with respect...but now it is especially important."]
She was a health conscious yoga instructor before all of this happened.
[#FBB004 "The way I heal takes a very vigorous toll on my body, and I need to keep it in peak condition...As my own health lessens so does my power."]
[#FBB004 "When I heal, I absorb the other person wounds... In the battle we had patients who had lost limbs... When I heal them, my own limb will fall off. Then regrow, as theirs regrows...the whole science behind it is weird...If I touch someone and they have a diseases or virus, I will absorb it from them. They will no longer be sick, and depending on the sickness my body will cure itself in a day or more."]

[#FBB004 "And if my health isn't up to standard, the cells in my body that make this happen, will get weaker. Making it more dangerous for me to operate because I could become unsuccessful."]

She nodded her head as she finished explaining and then continued to eat her food.

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[i She nodded her head, she respected that he so greatly wanted to do things on his own. That he was determined to do his own work, it spoke a lot about his character to her. He didn't seem to want to take from others, even when it was offered. Maybe she could trust him with her identity.]

[i She thought about his questions for a moment, sipping her own drink, she went around the corner, sitting in the bar stool next to him. Stirring the drink lazily pushing her straw with one finger. Her hand resting on her chin. [#56A944 "You just...seem different than everyone else trying to play the political game...You and I seem to have the same opinions..."]]
[i [#56A944 "I was taught to trust my gut...and well you give me a good feeling."] she simply said, her eyes looking towards the liquid she stirred.]

[i She was surprised he hadn't noticed the the fact that the symbols all of the place were the royal sigil. They were on the flags that hung outside the castle, and waved in the parades. On the royal text books in the academy they attended.]
[i [#56A944 "Do you really now know who I am? Or are you playing dumb? Be honest."]]
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[center [h3 Getting Fired Up]]

[center [b Kanzaki was going head to head at Alex. Though the man found himself a bit distracted by something above. Kanzaki had started to give a sly chuckle toward Alex.]]

[center [+darkblue Heh heh... oh I get it, Alex.]]

[center [b Kanzaki gave a chuckle and it wasn't long before the bout was over. He offered a small apology to Claire after the bout. Though the victory was short-lived for Kita had come for a rematch. Although now she had a new partner!]]

[center [+darkblue Let's do it, boss! Shirudo right? I'll try to go easy.]]

[center [#eb99ca I wouldn't recommend that.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had come in charging in as Shirudo offered her radiant smile. Kanzaki clashing into her as she raised her hands up guarding him. She slid back grunting without her royal arm shield or armor? This proved to be though but she managed to keep him back. She wasn't as good on her feet as Ken but she did have more experience then Kanzaki still. She managed to hold her ground against the hulking brute. In time he wasn't even able to push her back though she couldn't really do much to push him back either.]]

[center [b Though it seemed this time Kita had found a way to best Mally. Mally had been sent over flailing and falling the two falling back together. Kanzaki had felt something for a brief moment. Was it... Her... No, it couldn't have been right? Kanzaki had blinked blushing as Mally got up again. Kanzaki wasn't exactly pushy so he didn't follow Mally the first time. Although this time? He wanted to make sure she was all right. He had offered Kita and Shirudo a wave.]]

[center [+darkblue You two were as vicious as you are cute. Good game!]]

[center [#eb99ca Bye Kanzaki and good game!]]

[center [b Kanzaki had gotten out of the pool. He followed Mally at least to the locker it was then he stopped and waited for her. He figured he'd let her get dressed by herself of course. Maybe he should get dressed too? He'd dry off at the least maybe after she got out he'd ask her if she wanted to hang out. He wasn't sure why but he just was a little bit worried about her. It was probably just him being silly though.]]

[center [h3 Free At Last]]

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[center [b Claire had gotten out of the pull herself. She had gotten a seat it wasn't too far off from Alex. Though honestly, she would have dived into any seat she was ready to relax.]]

[center [+lightblue Free, at last, I'd like to do something with a little less exercise. Gotta wonder if this place has gotten something like a home theatre.]]

[center [h3 I Mean..]]

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[center [+purple I do but uhm..]]

[center [+blue You wanted one of us to carry you there didn't you?]]

[center [+purple Heh heh... maybe but at the same time I did want friends to explore with! Using my power is boring! I hate knowing where to go or what people are thinking all the time! I enjoy the mystery!]]

[center [+blue Be grateful you can turn it off at least. Just don't do it so much you forget you have the option lass.]]

[center [+purple Wah! Raine carry me pwease!]]

[center [b Ken had nodded to Raine with his usual dorky smile.]]

[center [#a51d29 Yes well after you all get dressed Ariadna will take you all to your rooms don't worry. I can't promise any piggyback rides though.]]

[center [+purple Awe man!]]

[center [b Ken had than began to escort each of them to a shower. One by one it seemed they were growing tired. Claire herself had even come along with Raine and Rose she seemed ready to get dressed as well. Though before Rose left she looked at Shiloh giving his orders.]]

[center [+purple Okay "Dad"]]

[center [b She laughed teasingly as she went off to go get dressed. Though she was feeling a bit lazy and taking her sweet time getting there.]]

[center [h3 Girls Locker Room]]

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[center [b Alvin had blushed sitting beside Peyton. If he got caught in here hopefully he could explain? Or say something before they started undressing. It may have been a hilarious misunderstanding in Anime. Although in real life? Not so much nope that'd be downright embarrassing.]]

[center [b Alvin had nodded listening to her with a soft smile on his face.]]

[center [+green I-I.. Well, I understand they are easy jobs. Even if they aren't... I couldn't do nothing right? I-If Romalia or Tristania fell? There would be no safe places left to go. N-Not that I-I'm s-saying a-anything as cheesy as the world is relying on me! J-Just that... I-I'd gotta do my part to prevent that f-from happening. They just come from... A more sheltered life they don't mean any harm. A-Also on a side n-note... Me and V-Vincent we have err... A weird sense of humor I'm sorry a-about that.]]

[center [b Alvin had blushed hearing she had loved him too. He reached out holding her hand softly leaning in to kiss her cheek softly.]]

[center [+green Y-You.. Are fine I understand I just want y-you to be happy. It was a s-safe bet I doubt they'll think much of it. T-They probably would just think you've been through a lot. Which i-is kinda true.]]

[center [b Alvin smiled a little more comfortably holding her hand. He normally didn't stutter so much around her. Least not since them hanging out on the ship. This was just... Their first serious conversation as a couple so he was getting a bit antsy. That being said he couldn't help but feel safe around her.]]

[center [b Alvin had nodded getting up Peyton was right. Though as he was beginning to head out. He heard Claire and Rose talking well mostly Rose.]]

[center [+purple I'm beat! I can't wait to get this top off it's way too tight honestly! Hey Claire! I noticed Alex couldn't stop staring at you~]]

[center [+lightblue Ugh shut up and let's just get into some clothes.]]

[center [b Crap! What should he do? Just come out? Say he was in the wrong locker? What if they didn't believe him? They'd think he was going through their clothes?! Oh man, he was always so quiet well... Rose could read his mind, right? See what the truth was? Would the other girls just think Rose was being nice and covering for him? Mally even thought she was interrupting something between him and Peyton. What to do... He thought about hiding but he took a deep breath. No just come out and tell them wrong locker. Rose will know he was talking to Peyton right? He had rushed out of the locker raising his hands to the girls.]]

[center [+green Sorry! Don't get undressed yet! I just needed a moment to talk to Peyton!!]]

[center [b He sputtered out his face plastered red. Claire had raised an eyebrow and Rose was couldn't help but giggle.]]

[center [+purple A moment huh?]]

[center [+lightblue Ugh as long as it was not next to my clothes.]]

[center [+green N-No we were just talking! You can even ask Rose! She'll check! I-I... I'll let you all go now!]]

[center [b Alvin stammered the whole time his volume was loud and not under his control. Loud and nervous he began to walk away as Rose and the others began to enter the locker.]]

[center [+purple By the way guys he was telling the truth. Oh! Hi Peyton! Hi Mally!]]

[center [h3 Tired Captain]]

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[center [b Styles had ruffled Raine's hair before kissing her forehead. That was before getting dressed of course as the men and women separated to go and get dressed. Styles wasn't as lively as he was getting dressed the first time. He was sure Ren and Kanzaki would debate about sizes. It seemed Kanzaki wasn't happy with the quick judgment without "certain" factors. Styles hadn't really the energy to dive into this one.]]

[center [b The men had gotten dressed after a quick shower. It was then the men and women had begun to follow Ariadna to their quarters.]]

[center [b Ariadna had given them a tour with several instructions almost like they were a class on a field trip. Kanzaki had raised his hand to match such atmosphere. Of course, he had begun to speak anyway to the tour guide.]]

[center [+darkblue Question who do we talk to if we want our lovely tour guide to come and keep our beds warm? Do we like sign a form or?]]

[center [b Kanzaki grinned widely as Styles smirked shaking his head. Shirudo and Ken couldn't help but hold their stomach's laughing. It earned the worlds biggest eye roll from Claire that was for sure.]]

[center [+blue Aye lad I'm afraid Ariadna has better uses of her time I'm afraid.]]

[center [+darkblue Awe darn! Okay fine I can settle with her visiting though!]]

[center [b Styles couldn't help but chuckle a bit as he placed his arm around Raine.]]

[center [+blue He's a strange lad isn't he?]]

[center [h3 Lively Kids]]

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[center [b Ken had heard out Ariadna as he gave her a pat on the shoulder. He knew to keep an eye on Mally to make sure she didn't have any health issues. Maybe she was shy about them? One thing he knew was Ariadna wasn't crazy. Shirudo had come over to as Ken waved her way. He knew Shirudo would believe Ariadna as well.]]

[center [#a51d29 Had fun lady Shirudo? Ariadna is about to help our guest to their quarters wish to join us?]]

[center [#eb99ca Sounds fun!]]

[center [b Shirudo exclaimed as they waited for the kids to shower and get dressed. As the "tour" began it wasn't long before Kanzaki was making the moves on Ariadna again. Why was he giving her such a hard time he wondered? Ken was surprised Ariadna hadn't yelled at the boy yet. Though that might change soon.]]

[center [b The one by the name of Claire and slapped his arm as she looked to Ariadna.]]

[center [+lightblue Ignore him he's just an idiot.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey not nice! I just thought if she got bored she could hang out with us!]]

[center [+lightblue Yeah sure and if that was true she's got a job. She doesn't have time to mess around with us.]]

[center [b Ken couldn't help but chuckle at how lively the group was.]]

[center [#a51d29 Well I hope you enjoy your stay here right lady Shirudo?]]

[center [#eb99ca Mhm!]]

[center [b It wasn't long before they dropped the group off of there. Shirudo had given papers to the ones who offered taking missions. A reminder to get up early for tomorrow and report in. Kyuti may have something for them or she may decide to instead let them rest a bit longer.]]

[center [+darkblue Ahh yes our first missions! I'm ready!]]

[center [+brown I am surprised but I feel the same way.]]

[center [+darkblue Really!? All right Eric let's see who can finish their first job first you or me! Though it looks like here we can form squads! At least one partner but you are allowed up to four! Oh man, I wonder... All I know is I don't want Kita or Alvin! Instead, I'll beat you guys to it this time! You'll see!!]]

[center [h3 Back To Work]]

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[center [b Shirudo and Ken had begun to leave the quarters. Looking behind them to see if Ariadna was keeping up.]]

[center [#eb99ca They sure gave Ariadna a hard time didn't they? At least the one male had hehe. Although... I'm worried about them charging back to the battlefield after everything.]]

[center [#a51d29 Kanzaki? Yeah, he did and as for the other thing? It could be bad for their mental well being. I was sad to hear that Re-- Err Alvin's old friends and mother would have to stay somewhere else in the castle. He'll get a chance to say goodnight to them at least. I hope he finds a way to balance and work and giving those three attention. Not all the kids here are so fortunate to have a piece of home. It'll be good for the kid in rehabilitating.]]

[center [#eb99ca Yeah it will as for squads I hope they work together well. I wish we had the manpower to ensure each squad had a real captain. Perhaps an instructor? Just to help them get around?]]

[center [#eb99ca I'm afraid a well-detailed map with directions will have to suffice. I'm sure they'll manage just fine Shirudo.]]

[center [b "I hope so," she thought to herself she wanted them all to be safe. She'd hate them to make it now just to get hurt on Romalian soil. She prayed for all of their safety tomorrow.]]

[center [h3 Time to Relax]]

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[center [b Everyone had made themselves comfortable. Getting into either PJ's or casual clothes Eric had looked around checking up on everybody. He was surprised to find their weapons and armor found in a compartment. Eric had opened up the large compartment and Alvin had bolted right over, taking the blade to his side. He was eager to keep the blade in his room. Even though most of them were fine keeping it in the compartment.]]

[center [+brown Alvin it's okay to keep it in there bud.]]

[center [+green I-I.. What if i-it gets lost?]]

[center [+brown You can always get a new one little buddy!]]

[center [+green I-I..]]

[center [+darkblue A new one! No way that is Durandel! State of the art metal! Tristania technological breakthrough. Second only to Zero's blade "Excalibur" Durandel is light but durable! Sharp and reliable it's not too light though right? A hefty longsword the legends say-]]

[center [+lightblue We get it nice sword just let the kid take it in his room.]]

[center [+green T-Thank you.. C-Claire..]]

[center [+lightblue Huh? Err.. Yeah sure it's whatever.]]

[center [b Eric smiled to see Claire showing a softer side to Alvin. It was nice to see the two of them get along. Kanzaki was pestering Alvin about the sword as he chuckled softly.]]

[center [+brown Alvin we need to get our sparring matches back on track! You gotta teach me remember bud?]]

[center [+green Of course!]]

[center [+darkblue Awe man I need a sparring partner! Well... I need a partner for tomorrow's mission in general! Hey boss! Want to go with me tomorrow?]]

[center [+green Oh yeah! Eric, what say you me and Peyton? I know Raine's not going but it'd be fun right?]]

[center [b Eric smiled to see Alvin talking to him so openly. It brought the tall male a lot of happiness. He ruffled Alvin's hair as he shook his head.]]

[center [+brown I have to decline like Kanzaki I'm trying to catch up with you. I was actually going to ask Kita if she'd go with me. That's if she'd have a rookie like me along. You two take it easy though okay?]]

[center [+green Oh... Okay you too Eric.]]

[center [b Eric had waved at Peyton and Alvin before walking over to Kita.]]

[center [+brown Hello chief can I ask you a question? Tomorrow when we break up into squads. I just want to make sure but could we go? The two of us? I'm sure you could teach me a lot. I'd love to catch up to Alvin as soon as possible. I don't want to make you and him do the heavy lifting you know what I mean?]]

[center [b Eric said as he gave a small laugh chiming like a bell. As he rubbed the back of his neck looking her way with a cheerful smile.]]

[center [h3 "Dangerous"]]

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[center [b Clyde and Midori were laughing and talking as they enjoyed their ice cream. He couldn't help but tease her a bit. Her face was kinda cute all red. All though it seemed she was going to strike back herself.]]

[center [+lightgreen A man without secrets huh? Well here's one secret you drive me crazy.]]

[center [b He tapped her nose as she stuck her tongue out. He chuckled a little almost bursting into full-on laughter. His cheeks were a tint of red, however. He stopped a moment as the two were smiling along. His thoughts caving in.]]

[center [b Clyde had looked back to Midori putting another smile on his face. He wasn't sure what that was. He just... having all this fun reminded him more and more of... "No, it doesn't matter" he decided to kick the thoughts out and try to relax. He kept his guard up but he'd have a little fun no harm.]]

[center [+lightgreen So where to next "Milady?"]]

[center [h3 Healthy Diet]]

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[center [b Yushiro had ordered a salad with water and a small portion of cut chicken. He ate often but kept it light and within the confines of his diet. It was part of his training and staying in shape.]]

[center [+darkblue I took you here I'd feel it poor edicate to leave you in the garden. It's also required a member of "HEROES" be present. Despite you having a higher rank than me it is from a different faction.]]

[center [b He said as he began to eat his food looking back at Felicity.]]

[center [+darkblue I see you too eat carefully is this too keep in shape as well? I never figured you one to favor physical prowess over fine food. Is this to improve as a fighter?]]

[center [b He asked the naive Yushiro had felt that was the only real reason to eat healthily. Things like "looking or feeling great" didn't really cross his mind.]]

[center [h3 Zero]]

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[center [b Zero had scratched his cheek looking away with his stern expression still present.]]

[center [i I was unaware I had acquired a reputation at that time. I had heard of you as well.]]

[center [b Zero had remembered the times she brought up. In that arena the hardships and trials they faced.]]

[center [i I was still a kid learning what to do. You too kept me focused on the task at hand.]]

[center [b That was it and now here he was looking for Clyde. Where could he be? Perhaps Zero could try calling him. Except for the man never kept a cell on him. Zero didn't trust keeping a cell on his person. So he figured he'd scour the area and ask questions. Sadly that turned out to be more of a hassle than helpful. Surrounded by civilians asking him questions and favors. He was a soldier, not a celebrity he wasn't one for signing autographs. Though to get a few answers about the man he was looking for. he had to indulge them. This too was part of the job of becoming Trisania symbol of peace. Though Zero wasn't quite as good at this part.]]

[center [h3 Dreaming]]

[center [b The king had held his beloved close as he let his dreams and thoughts drift to another time. It was important to get rest tomorrow was a big day after all.]]

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[center [b Simon had nodded as she offered him another drink. He was impressed by her knowledge and he didn't hide that fact with his facial expressions. He tried out her new drink not coughing it up this time. He gave her a nod it seemed fine but he didn't think he'd make much of a habit of it.]]

[center [+gold Notes? Thank you but I'm afraid if I can't do it then I'm better off failing. I can't rely on others to advance further in this world. If I do I'm not any better than those who scorned me in our clan. I have to do this on my own pass or fail.]]

[center [b He said sternly though he wasn't trying to be rude to her. When she offered him a sweet drink he had picked up chugging it down as he looked down at the glass.]]

[center [+gold Can I ask why you'd go so far? To help me? I don't really have any way of paying you back. I don't have money or prestige so why?]]

[center [b He let a fraction of a smile curl on his lips as she hit his glass. Hitting hers back he was surprised to see a noble so laid back. Not that even he himself was exactly the most "Casual" man though he was self-aware of that fact.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b I wasn't a hundred percent sure but you meant Kanzaki and Mally kissing by mistake right? If not I'll edit my post ^^]]

[center [b Also for those becoming bounty hunters can handle raiders. Or they can stick with simpler jobs. Or take another day off depends what you want for the characters that joined. Even if multiple squads go to handle the raiders they'll probably be stationed at different task/assignments.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Hiragana / 87d 2h 49m 0s
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Mally just nodded her head, when asked if she was okay. It wasn't like her to draw attention to herself. Besides, she was setting things up with the doctors, it was nothing to worry about.
No one needed to be troubled with it.

She looked around, and that's when she motioned to attack Claire and Alex while Kita and Shirudo took on Raine and Styles.
Their match didn't last as long, but Mally liked that Claire put up a fight.
They were pushing at each other. When Mally suddenly did something pretty fast and out of the blue.
Using her hands she jabbed Claire twice in the chest, then suddenly swiped a leg out at her, swinging it over Kanzakis head, so she was sitting on shoulder. Her foot pressed hard on Claires shoulder and sent her falling back.

She nodded [#EC871C "You put up a good fight Claire."] her monotone voice sounded a little less monotone like she may have been enjoying herself. She turned to Kita and Shirudo.
[#EC871C "I beat you once Kita...do you really wanna do this again?"]
she asked, her head maybe filling up a little bit cocky now.

She gently swung her leg back over so she was sitting on both of Kanzaki's shoulders again.

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Kita smiled at Shirudo, and found herself blushing just a little. This girl just radiated positive energy. Just like Eric.
[#EC0E37 "Let's go!"] she rumbled competitively at Mally, who seemed to be getting a bit full of herself.
She knew how Mally played now, and knew what to do to stop her.

[#EC0E37 "Stand your ground Shirudo, Kanzaki will try to knock you off your balance...he's a little sneak so watch his feet."] she advised her team mate as they moved towards the enemies.
Well, opposite team, not enemies. Just friends, just a game.

Kita came in quick, to try to knock Mally off first, but Mally's flexibility allowed her to move all of which ways, with Kanzaki's sturdiness supporting it. Shirudo was proving to be more steady and balanced than Eric so far, and it was helping her keep up.

Kita jabbed at Mallys side then palmed her shoulder, hard, and watched the girl fling backwards, but she recovered.
Kita held on and took a few hits and pushes herself but didn't slip yet.
This went back and forth for a little while, but eventually Kita got an opening and was able to push both shoulders at the same time. Sending Mally slidding off.

As Mally fell backwards, she flailed her arms and pulled Kanzaki down with her. In her tossing and chaos of falling, for a moment she thought she felt lips against hers. Trying to open her eyes to see, but it was blurry and soon they both surfaced. Her face was red, and she took a few deep breaths.
Did they just kiss? On accident?
Mally looked at Kita and pushed her own wet hair back.[#EC0E37 "Good game."] she wasn't a sore loser, just a sore winner.

[#EC0E37 "I think I am done with the pool."] she stated as she climbed out and walked to the locker room.
Where Peyton was sitting talking to Alvin.
Mally stopped, dripping wet and looked at the two.
[#EC0E37 "Did I interrupt something?"] she turned her head a bit then blinked.

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Alex honestly wasn't focusing much when Mally and Claire were battling. He had mistakenly looked up, and saw something he liked. His face flushed as he quickly looked back down. Kanzaki probably saw that, and if the kid said anything he'd kick his nuts.
Alex started shuffling his feet under water, to dodge and get at Kanzaki. Neither of them were standing still.

Soon though they lost and, and Alex giggled a small bit as Claire tumbled. What a supportive team mate, he chuckled.
[#D23F0B "Hey, we tried."] he smiled and shrugged before he pulled himself out of the pool, and sat down on a bench. His long hair was dripping wet now. He was kind of tired, and hoped they would wrap this up soon.

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Raine nodded her head and smiled, looking at the sleepy Ren next to them all.
[#6495ED "You have the powers to find our room, do you not?"]
[#6495ED "tsk tsk...Lazy lazy."]

Raine turned her head to Ken [#6495ED "Ken, can you show us the way to where we will be staying. It's the under ground bunker is what Kyutie and Silas said."] She asked in her sweet voice.

[#6C80A3 "We should probably all get dressed..."] Ren chimed in through a yawn. Pointing out everyone was still in dripping wet bathing suits.

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Shiloh had laughed at Raines exchange with Styles.

He agreed with Ren on changing, and headed to the locker room, everyone else had joined.

[#8147A0 "Shower off the pool chemicals everyone."] he said, almost a little fatherly. The locker rooms had showers and baths in them.

He stepped under a shower head and turned it on. He left his swimsuit on, no need to take it off. That way the swimsuit also got rinsed off.
He wrung his hand's through his hair and it was nice to shower. The pool was refreshing but nothing beats a hot shower.

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Peyton sat up right when she heard Alvin, and saw him sit down.
He just waltzed right into the girls locker room.
Her face red, she was embarrassed he noticed, and embarrassed he followed her.
She listened to him then sighed.
[#8A2BE2 "I don't like that she's trying to tell you what to do...I get it's because she's your friend and she cares but..."] she growled a little bit.
Was she being jealous? Over-protective?
[#8A2BE2 "S-she has no right...You're capable, you're strong. You wouldn't be here if you weren't...And some bounty hunting jobs are walks in the park compared to what we've had to fight through."]

She sighed, she wasn't even too sure how to explain why she was upset. [#8A2BE2 "I-I...I feel like I can't explain it the right way no matter how I try to word it..."]
Looking to the floor, she moved her foot back and forth anxiously.
[#8A2BE2 "I-I love you too...and I want to like your friends...I-it just takes me a while to warm up to people I guess..."] she bit the inside of her cheek.
[#8A2BE2 "A-and I walked away because I am trying to work on this anger thing...because it messes with my powers."]

She looked up as she heard Mally's voice suddenly. Her face flushed.
[#8A2BE2 "N-No! We were just talking."] she quickly yelped and then stood up.
[#8A2BE2 "Alvin... you should get out...this is the girls locker room...We can finish talking later..."] she said softly pushing him out of the locker room, but gently.

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She had crossed her arms and pouted. Mally was playing innocent, and now Ariadna looked crazy. Her cheeks puffed out a bit, and she stomped her foot.

Ken had come and talked to her though, her face flushed a little. She liked his reassurance but wouldn't admit it. [#2A058C "I-I know I saw something..."] she at first was loud, but then suddenly veered off quietly and continued to pout for a bit.

Sitting off on the sidelines, she blinked when it was finally over, it was time to go to bed. They all moved to the locker rooms together and that reminded her of something.
[#2A058C "You all have changes of clothes for you in your rooms. Pajamas, and a casual set of clothes. Donations from Kytuie she picked them all out herself. If anything doesn't fit, you can just tell her. She tried to guess her best what your sizes would be. She did the same for the boys."]

[#2A058C "So you can shower here, get dressed but once we get you to your rooms in the bunker we've arranged for you guys, then you can change into Pajamas and we can have your current clothes washed for you."] she smiled and changed herself back into her usual uniform, after a quick rinse in the showers of course.

Stepping outside of the locker room she waited for everyone else. Then they'd escort them, and she'd find herself in bed as soon after.

They guards and captains quarters happened to be all on the same hall, as the underground entrance bunker, in the back hall of the castle.
It was rather advanced looking because, it was built after the war with funding from Tristania.
They'd have their own showers down here too, kitchen, large living room, and a room for each one of them. The rooms weren't super huge but consisted of enough walking space and queen sized bed. The kitchen was stocked, and the living room had games, Tv and other things in it.
So when they weren't working on jobs, they could relax down here. It was their own space. Plus with the war, they may have to hide here for a while at time in case Tristania has to come back to Romalia.

Ariadna clasped her hands once everyone was present and lead the way with Ken and Shirudo.

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Midori rolled her eyes and laughed. [#F741B4 "Well a man with no secrets...What a dream."] she scoffed a bit, and smiled. Everyone has a secret they don't want anyone to know about. Though her face had flushed and she was also trying to play it off. Hoping what she said would distract from her pink face.

Though he made another comment, and before her face could even turn it's normal color again it got hotter. Redder now she just rolled her eyes and then smirked at him. What a little sly dog his was, but no one else was around. It was safe for them to flirt a little right?

He insisted on paying her back, and as she opened her mouth to protest he had leaned in and licked on her ice cream. She made an "O" face as her eyes glared playfully. [#F741B4 "Woah...Well no not necessarily, if I can just do this..."] she grinned evilly.
Grabbing his ice cream cone, her fingers wrapped around it and on top of his. She pulled the cone close, pulling him a little bit closer simultaneously.
She stuck her tongue out and stared at him as she took her own lick of his ice cream. Making hers slow and exaggerated and once she was done she stuck her tongue out.
[#F741B4 "Meeeh!"] she teased a bit.
[#F741B4 "Now we are even again."]

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[#FBB004 "I am glad you understand."] she said softly with a smile.

He had brought her then to a place in the castle grounds. She didn't know a place like this existed in the barracks but she hadn't been here long. She entered and it wasn't super busy, but definetly some chatter was going on. That was fine with her, it wasn't obnoxiously loud.

A woman had come over to chat them up, and she blinked. Not keeping up very well. [#FBB004 "I work with him."] she added at the end of the conversation, responding to who she was and that she wasn't his sister.
[#FBB004 "Soup, Salad, and bread please."] she was a light eater. Healthy and small frequent portions. It kept her immune system up which helped her power.

[#FBB004 "I'd like to see the Gardens when we are doing eating...You don't have to stay with me, but I'll be going there."]
she said softly glancing at the double doors. She'd love to see this garden, gardens where something she always loved. Plants, and wildlife.

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She nodded her head [#F64408 "I joined your squadron late and you had a reputation already...I was impressed and so I worked really hard to make you notice me...It didn't always go as planned and a couple times you had to rescue me."] she chuckled.

Placing her hand on her chin as she listened to him, with adoring eyes. She smiled when he left, and placed a hand on her heart.
That man has her heart.

She couldn't really place when and how she fell for him, but she did know she had always liked him. From the start, the day they met and he was so happy to talk to her. The hard times the went through in the arenas together. He was always there, always protecting her.

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The King and Queen were cuddled up together under blankets, and snoring.
It was always nice to get to relax together.

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[i Evelynne nodded her head when Simon shared his fun fact. [#56A944 "This I know yes, I was there for that council...So you wish to be in charge?"] she cocked her head.]
[i Maybe she should keep her identity to him a secret, who knows what would happen if he became aware she was next in line to the throne here.]
[i She smirked watching him drink, maybe she'd start him off on something light then. Pitting that he wasn't a big drinker. Neither was she, but she had gotten into it a little bit lately. She more liked tastier drinks, then just getting drunk.]

[i She pranced around the bar, and loosened her tie and collar, rolling her sleeves up too. She grabbed an ale for him instead. Handing it to him, she popped the top with a bottle opener.]
[i [#56A944 "This should be easier to drink, it's got a low alcohol content and is pretty tasty."] she offered a small smile and then sipped on her own drink.]

[i Evelynne tilted her head to look at the man when he went on to talk about his class. [#56A944 "Yeah don't mind my servants, I have worry wart parents...so they're under orders but they listen to what I say still."]]
[i [#56A944 " Interesting, I one day hope to be apart of solidifying alliances between all kingdoms one day...I took that class a year ago. If you need any help with it...Let me know, I Aced every quarter of it. I may still even have some journals...I keep excellent notes."] she spoke of her own dream, but kept it less detailed. If she included that she really had an in to that kind of power, it'd reveal who she was. She couldn't decide if she wanted him to know or not. Part of her was suspicious of being used by him. Another part thought it may be good for him to know, they could work together then later down the road, they seemed to maybe had similar goals and be on the same side.]
[i Sipping her drink, she finished and bounced around to a bottle of wine. Opening it, she poured two glasses.]

[i [#56A944 "Here, this is also an easy drink. It's a sweet wine, and it's one of my favorites."] she smiled cheer's a little she tapped his glass with hers and threw a few gulps back.]
  Lypophrenia / 89d 59m 36s
[center [h3 Concern]]

[center [b It was a hard struggle and Ken had managed to stay one step ahead of Kanzaki. However, Mally had eventually found a strange opening. Ariadna had exclaimed she was bleeding. Kanzaki had his cocky smirk to Ariadna and Ken cut short when he looked up to Mally. Her usual "no it isn't" it appeared to be gone too. Was Ariadna imagining it? Kanzaki had still decided to ask Mally.]]

[center [+darkblue Are you okay sweeth- I mean cutie?]]

[center [b He looked away before looking back at her. Sweetheart? The boy was a flirt sure but.. Well had he called a girl sweetheart before? So why did it feel strange calling Mally that? He does try to stay away more intimate name calli-]]

[center [b He shook his head to kick the thoughts out. He looked back to Mally with a flirty smirk. It was then she headed over to Kita offering an alliance. Sounded like a pretty damn good idea! Kanzaki had given a nod looking at the other team.]]

[center [+darkblue What do you say, big guy?]]

[center [h3 New Partner]]

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[center [b Shurido had nodded with a soft smile as she charged forward toward Zack and Raine. Styles had tried a surprisingly straightforward charge as he slammed into Shirudo's body. It was almost like hitting a brick wall as he fell a bit dazed Shirudo had given a playful giggle as she shoved at him. Styles using his ability to slow his own perception of time he barely managed to avoid a humiliating defeat. It didn't take long before Kita had found ground on Raine however before he knew it Kita had knocked Raine over.]]

[center [+blue Aye you are as sturdy as they say on the sea's lass. "Guardian of the South"]]

[center [#eb99ca Hmm?]]

[center [b Shirudo had heard the title before but she didn't think her name had ever spread past Romalia before. She crossed her arms a bit curious as she tilted her head. Styles had made his way to Raine chuckling softly.]]

[center [b Shirudo had given a soft smile as she looked up to Kita and forward. She would stand on standby she wasn't sure how competitive her partner was. So she didn't wanna ruin her chances of winning by not giving it her best. Though Shirudo herself was actually having fun. It'd been awhile since the young woman got to focus on such things.]]

[center [#eb99ca Good work!]]

[center [b She said flashing her bright smile up at Kita.]]

[center [h3 Can't Win Em All]]

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[center [b Raine had come out the pool with that Styles had himself taken a dip out. He took a stretch as he saw her head to the sauna.]]

[center [+blue A sauna sounds nice right now doll.]]

[center [b He ruffled her hair to see that her brother was in the sauna. Following her, he saw the real reason she had come over. Doting as always she was.]]

[center [b Styles had given a soft chuckle as he leaned against a nearby wall. If Raine needed his help she would ask but he wouldn't get in the way of family matters. Styles was possessive however he knew when to give a young woman to herself if she so required it.]]

[center [h3 A Team]]

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[center [b Eric had smiled as Erna made her comment about games. Shirudo had tried to apologize in her stead as Eric shook his head smiling.]]

[center [+brown It's a lot to admire that you work so hard. Romalia is lucky to have all of you. Though even heroes like you all gotta relax sometimes.]]

[center [b With that Eric gave a wave and headed to the sidelines of the pool. Eric was on the sidelines as he continued to cheer Kita on. She was his partner before after all. She had managed to knock Raine over as Eric jumped up cheering Kita on.]]

[center [+brown Nice work!]]

[center [b Though as Raine passed by to the sauna Eric had given her a smile and a thumbs up.]]

[center [+brown Good fight Raine!]]

[center [b Eric had stretched to look around. Styles and Raine were heading out but he wondered why Peyton and Alvin hadn't played either much or at all. He saw they were over at a table talking to Alvin's old friends. Eric had begun to walk over with a smile on his face. He wanted to make sure the two were okay. Maybe he'd go hang out with Raine after too if she was free. After all the four had started off as a team right?]]

[center [h3 "Kick Her Ass"]]

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[center [b Kanzaki had come in charging like a bull. As he slammed into Alex with what felt like full force she felt a shake. She only knew two guys who could stand there and try to match up to Kanzaki head on. Alex and Eric even Alvin would simply avoid him and try a more aggressive tactic. She was surprised to see Kanzaki had pushed Alex back a bit. Why was she so surprised? W-Was it because she was starting to admire him? W-Well yeah! A-As a fighter I respect him! She felt her cheeks blushing as she shook her head.]]

[center [b Claire scoffed softly when he told her to kick her ass. It was an "I'm out of my league scoff" but here he was tackling a titan of a brute. She could at least try, right? Literally, the only two people she didn't wanna ever have to go against was Kita and Alvin. She could maybe take Kita by surprise and go for a more aggressive move she had flexibility. She had ducked and tried pushing at Kita. As she backed up hanging on Alex's neck with a single leg using the other to push at Kita's stomach. Then was her final gymnastic feet. Unlike Alvin, she couldn't guarantee something like this would work but it was all or nothing. She had jumped off of Alex taking her feet on Kita pushing with all her might to flip off of her. Landing back on his strong shoulders she stumbled and hung on his face with a shriek. She almost had fallen into the water.]]

[center [b Why was she trying so hard? Seriously what was the point? She looked back at Alex and his usual dumb smile. "Well... It'd be unfair to him if I didn't at least try"]]

[center [h3 Directions?]]

[center [b Rose had given a hefty sigh before returning to her usual peppy smile. As she hopped out of the pool taking a towel over her chest. As she shivered a bit she wasn't sure? She had saw Styles and Raine head to the sauna she had grabbed Shiloh's hand as an idea struck her.]]

[center [b She followed and had heard something about a bed. She had chirped in with her usual chipper tone.]]

[center [+purple Maybe we could find someone to give us some directions?]]

[center [b She said as she put her arm around Raine and Styles giving a wide grin. Styles had rolled his eye at her. He knew she was dumping all the work of finding where to go to Raine and Styles.]]

[center [+blue Nice work lass if you can't find your course stowaway on another ship aye?]]

[center [+purple Oh come on no more pirate comparisons! Please I just need a wittle help!]]

[center [b She pouted as she hit his chest as he started to laugh. The two were like siblings he had been looking out for her for some time now. It was probably how Styles understood Raine. How someone could be your sibling even if they aren't blood-related.]]

[center [+blue I'm sorry doll Rose can be a bit of lazy bum.]]

[center [+purple Hey!]]

[center [b Rose flailed further hitting him in his chest more as he laughed.]]

[center [h3 Discord]]

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[center [b Alvin had noticed that Peyton had raised an eyebrow at their strange humor. "Ways of the retard" Alvin knew how insensitive that could come off. He began to wave his hands frantically.]]

[center [+green N-No it's just a j-joke I-I'm sorry if we come off r-r-rude I--]]

[center [+pink Oh Peyton don't blame him he's just been hanging out with us for too long. I'm sorry if we come off a bit... Weird.]]

[center [b Vincent had followed with a nervous chuckle himself. She had commented on watching anime and Vincent had shot up asking "What shows" and ect though this was before Serah had started to lecture him. Alvin had noticed Peyton made a terrifying face toward Serah.]]

[center [b "Why? Was it cause Serah was... Lecturing me?" he thought to himself. He was flattered Peyton cared about him so much but worried she wouldn't like Serah. He supposed in comparison Serah was more of the worrier and Peyton was a bit more laid back. Course Serah had only seen the timid boy he was before sure he got into fist fights often but that was different than the arena. Eric had come over than wrapping an arm around Alvin as he ruffled his hair. Alvin had laughed softly a bit surprised by Eric. Most people Alvin would get nervous around but Kita, Peyton, Raine, Eric he felt.. Safe around them. Vincent had playfully quirked his brows.]]

[center [+blue Alvin did you... Replace me? Was I nothing to you? But our love and here you find... A new man? Is it cause he's tall and charming?]]

[center [b Alvin had giggled even more so as Eric extended a hand introducing himself to his friends.]]

[center [+brown Hello the names Eric it's a pleasure to meet you!]]

[center [b Though in the midst of all the chaos Alvin could tell Serah hadn't realized Peyton gave her a... Terrifying look. Serah was a bit ditzy and unaware and Vincent was extra excited too. Alvin noticed it though which what made her say next only worry him more. She had asked for a moment and everyone could tell she was not doing so well. Her tone spewed a venom about it. Alvin wasn't sure what was wrong not entirely anyway. She had taken off and Alvin wanted to rush by her side. Instead he slowly with caution had followed her. She had gone to a locker was this for the girls?! He shook his head as she sat down. She wasn't getting dressed she was just... Sitting there? Lost in thought? That isn't a good sign Alvin knew what happens when your thoughts come and take over. He was surprised to see that kinda thing happened to other people. Alvin had timidly entered the room almost flinching. He was afraid he'd be accused of peeping on her or she'd get angry for him being nosy. Sure he was her... Boy.. Boyf- wow that was even embarrassing to think. Though he was glad to have her he just was so shy at that aspect. He had stepped in sitting beside him. He had looked at her offering a timid smile.]]

[center [+green U-Umm.. I-I'd ask if... Y-Your okay... B-But I think we b-both know the answer to that. I'm k-kinda bad at this thing I admit... B-But what's wrong?]]

[center [b Wow skip the "What's wrong?" part? "Alvin are you crazy? That is an easy way to upset a woman right? No one wants to feel read like an open book. He wasn't trying to read her he just wanted to help her. Generic he knew but he did. He held at his arm as he looked away and then back at her.]]

[center [+green I know they are a-a-a bit goofy b-but I p-p-p-promise.. They don't mean harm ya know?]]

[center [b He took a deep breath this... Was his lover. He needed to turn the part of his brain off that kept his thoughts to himself. He couldn't be so reserved and stuttering everywhere when it came to her.]]

[center [+green C-Can I.. say what I'm thinking? I-I should right? I shouldn't stutter like an idiot in front of the girl I love. I trust you.. I feel safe around you. So I'm going to shoot.. From the hip here okay? I don't think anyone noticed but when Serah was lecturing me a bit. You looked... Well angry. I'm not entirely sure why though I have a few guesses but I can only know I guess umm.. God, I feel so awkward I wish I was smooth like Kanzaki ya know? Or had a tougher personality like Alex! Or more straightforward like Eri- Ahh I'm getting sidetracked. I just.. I know I'm not the smoothest guy around... B-But I'm here if you wanna talk about it and... I... I love you.]]

[center [b He looked at the ground waving his feet around as he looked back at her offering another shy smile. He took a deep breath holding his arm around her as he held her into his shoulder. He was a bit stiff and a bit sweaty but he wanted her to feel she could rely on him. He really hopes he didn't put her off by being so cheesy or mushy.]]

[center [h3 Earth To Aridna]]

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[center [b Ken had waved in front of Ariadna's face as she watched Mally and Kanzaki.]]

[center [#a51d29 Earth to Ariadna! I know they beat us but don't gotta stare. Or are we studying how to beat them next time?]]

[center [b Ken playfully teased her as he bumped his elbow into her.]]

[center [#a51d29 By the way... About that nosebleed? I believe you sure I didn't see anything but these kids have strange powers. Hell, the boy she's standing on can turn his body into a black metal like substance I've never seen. They gave her horns and despite most people would feel like monsters at that point. The two are here playing making the most of it. What I'm saying is with how crazy things are? I'm sure you saw you something I just wanted to let you know that pal.]]

[center [b He smiled as he patted her shoulder. Though it wasn't like an older brother Ken had seen Ariadna as his equal. She was a capable commander on the sea. He knew she didn't need reassurance she was plenty strong-minded. He just wanted her to know that her comrades believed her was all. That and not to think anything isn't impossible when it comes to these two.]]

[center [h3 Debates]]

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[center [b Midori had continued to debate on why her ability made her an undesirable choice. Clyde had chuckled as he leaned in whispering.]]

[center [+lightgreen What if a man wanted you to find out who he was?]]

[center [b His voice flirtatious and his tone hushed. Though his eyes had widened as he backed up rubbing the back of his neck. What was that? He was normally so good about staying professional but friendly. To be fair since his time in school. He hadn't hung out with anyone outside of work. Was he starting to let his personality crack because he was having fun? Well, this is why he made himself look like a total joke. It didn't help despite his pretty face he was actually pretty argumentative when a pretty girl was hard on herself. He felt he had to prove something to her. "You aren't the guy for that I mean the person for that. Leave that to Jessica or someone you got way too much baggage to expect anyone wants your advice. Just try and be calm okay Clyde?"]]

[center [b Clyde had laughed as she commented on dying or turning to stone. He had nothing to worry about right? No matter how he complimented her she'd just curb him anyway. So maybe it was okay to be himself? If just for a bit? It was tiring to always have to act a certain way.]]

[center [+lightgreen Well than here's one guy who'd turn to stone looking at you milady.]]

[center [b He laughed as she nudged him. He didn't owe her huh? He nudged her back and shook his head.]]

[center [+lightgreen Not fair I gotta pay you back!]]

[center [b He laughed as he leaned over taking a lick of her ice cream with a "hmph" afterward.]]

[center [+lightgreen Now I gotta pay you back for taking some of yours right?]]

[center [b He chuckled a bit as the two continued to talk.]]

[center [h3 "Relax Knight"]]

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[center [+darkblue I believe I understand what you are trying to say.]]

[center [b Yushiro had nodded surprised the lady was content with the knight's barracks. He had begun to walk her there and it wasn't long before the two had made it Yushiro had shown his crest. Usually, those aside from "HEROES" or Knights were welcome aside from royalty of course. Yushiro had taken a seat along with Felicity. It was a tavern with stone and metal it was barren in the courtyard were practicing dummies. As many young squires practiced while others mediated and others ate. A few older gentleman sharing in older tales. Yushiro had pointed had two large doors in the courtyard.]]

[center [+darkblue The garden known as "Radiance" is that way.]]

[center [b It was then a waitress had walked up with a smile.]]

[center [+red Yup Yushy here loves that place only "HEROES" are allowed to go there. Though only Yushy really goes there. So are you having the usual Yushy? I know it's part of your strict diet but don't you get tired of the same thing Yushy?]]

[center [b He simply shook his head no to wanting something else. The waitress had peered over at his company as she chuckled.]]

[center [+red Ahh you brought a lady friend huh? We may serve food here but we aren't exactly a real restaurant here. I normally serve burly men in armor. Though I don't mind she has a pleasant face. I didn't see you being enraptured by the pretty flowery type. You think you know a guy-]]

[center [+darkblue Stop teasing her she just wants to eat. Felicity feel free to order whenever you want.]]

[center [+red Ouch! Shut down! Well knowing you Yushy it's probably something boring like your sister. So Felicity is it? What a pretty name! What do you want dear?]]

[center [h3 Impress?]]

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[center [i Impress.. Me?]]

[center [b Zero had tilted his head by her statement. She had wanted to impress him? He was surprised by that statement he knew he was not the most exciting man around so why him? He was always told he lacked "personality" though when he was around Nimue. She managed to make him feel that he was not a blank slate with power and responsibility. More than a blade and more than a duty he was a man under that armor. If a man was to have hopes and dreams and desires. Was it truly fair for them all to reside in another? For her to be his dream? His hope? His desire? Is such a longing possible? Is this what that saying means? "You complete me?" it wasn't long before Nimue had taken to planning the wedding. Zero had taken a bow for his bride to be.]]

[center [i I shall find my brother to see if he can help me with a few plans today darling.]]

[center [b He had leaned in kissing her cheek. His lips rough as usual he pressed deeper even planting a second kiss upon her cheek. It was then he had taken off to make as many appointments and plans he could today. Though before going he left one more sentence for her.]]

[center [i If it's any constellation you impressed me the first time we've ever talked. When we were in that dark and scary place you still.. Talked of dreams. I couldn't understand but I think I finally have come to see hope. To see a dream a desire you long for. For me that abstract concept is. Much more simple. It's simply you Nimue.]]

[center [b He said with a straight and forward tone as he made his leave.]]

[center [h3 Resting]]

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[center [b Afterwards Simon had found himself fast asleep. His wife had always found a way to tucker the young king out. As he held her to his chest fast asleep.]]

[center [h3 Memory Lane]]

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[center [+gold No I've never really drunk much I'm afraid.]]

[center [b He answered when she asked she had told him he'd write his professor? He frowned a bit he didn't want to imply he was here because she had status.]]

[center [+gold Don't worry about an excuse I'll figure something out. Close huh? Sounds like the prime minister to me. Fun fact did you know soon Romalia is going to change the conditions for their prime minister being put into power? Here one must have noble blood. Soon in Romalia even a commoner from another nation could become the prime minister. Though I doubt it'll actually happen.]]

[center [b It was then the woman had laid on thick. "A Royal Flush" she put a lot of extra emphasis on Royal. Before he really thought of it much he had taken a drink. As he started to cough a bit placing the drink down.]]

[center [+gold And to think father always found himself drinking. I suppose it's harder than it looks.]]

[center [b It was then that Evelyn had asked what class that was so important to take.]]

[center [+gold Your servants seem... Eager as for my class it's foreign politics. I plan to leave here one day. Maybe even land a job in Romalia. The Queen seems the reasonable sort with a good head on her shoulders. Her daughter Kyuti seems capable despite her young and naive appearance. If only Tristania realized the importance of aiding Romalia. I realize we, not the power to help others right now. Though Romalia's holy army is beginning to dwindle. One day we may have the stronger army at this rate. If they fall were all as good as dead. Course that might not even happen in my lifetime unless Albion makes a few more technological breakthroughs.]]

[center [b Sure there was a logical reason to help Romalia but Simon had taken the class for more reasons. He wanted to one day find a way the five kingdoms could live in peace. At least at one time that was his dream maybe even those who lived beyond the walls would be welcomed in. He wanted to help others but he knew such a thing was a child's fancy and nothing more.]]

[center [h3 Meanwhile]]

[center [b Back at Romalia Alvin had talked with Peyton for some time. As the group had played games for about two hours. Alvin and Peyton had kept on talking though it was then. The queen had sent guards looking for those who'd had enlisted to hand each of them a paper. She hadn't wanted to but if they wanted this life they had deserved to see what it was.]]

[center [b It had read]]

[center [i "Hello newly recruited mercenaries. You have been recruited to the royal Romalia task force. It appears raiders have taken a few outskirt supply routes during our battle with Germania. Though for those just joining us that not be your concern at the moment if you feel ill-prepared. We have more simple jobs as domestic forces are spread thin in handling crime and beast who've snuck past the walls."]]

[center [b Sincerely yours the head of mercenaries. "Ken Takakai"]]

[center [b It had stamped times one could report in. It seemed one could hold it off for another twenty-four hours before reporting in for duty.]]

[center [h3 It Begins]]

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[center [b On the top of Romalia castle had sat a small petite woman as she began laughing to herself. Her eyes glowing blue as she used her clairvoyance to scout ahead.]]

[center [+teal Bothersome Raiders never learn. All thoughhhh~ this may be my perfect chance to talk to Rexy.]]

[center [b Her laughter had vanished as she growled. She had used her clairvoyance to keep an eye on him and she wasn't pleased.]]

[center [+teal Love?! Love?!?!?! Her? Over me?!?! First that wolf tempts him with a nice rack and then he chooses her?! Grr!]]

[center [b She stomped as she took a deep breath showing a straight and monotone expression.]]

[center [+teal Calm Jessica calm, for now, we gotta work together. Remember the mission it won't be long. When this is all done and over with Rex will be yours. Maybe if I save his cute little face on his next mission. Awe or maybe I can play the damsel I've always wanted him to save me! Ooo so many ways to do this!]]

[center [b She squealed and giggled happily. She couldn't wait till it all began.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Hiragana / 115d 1h 6m 34s
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Mally found herself shocked to have Ken and Ariadna approach them so boldy. She hadn't expected it, which had her already off guard. She also knew nothing of the two, which made this a bit harder.
Part of her wanted to check out their stats, but she felt using her royal arm might be cheating.

Biting her lip, she almost lost balance a few times. The fact that they were wet made this harder, as their skin was now slippery. The boys were pushing at each other below them as well instead of staying still. Each time Ken moved, so would Ariadna. Sometimes it wasn't beneficial, but Mally had the same problem with Kanzaki bellow her.

Mally felt herself, get some what jealous. The bit of her that could still sometimes feel. As Kanzaki yelled things at Ariadna, it slightly irritated her. Her head began to hurt, as she felt her emotions trying to come through. It felt like a battalion was ramming a wall inside her head. Trying to focus on the situation rather than what was going on in her head, she felt Kanzaki slip under her, she tried to adjust but Ariadna had given a strong push. Mally let go of the girls arms, and took a moment to regain her balance.

She looked up at Ariadna, her nose actually began to bleed. Something that happened when her emotions tried to come through the blocking her royal arm caused. [#2A058C "H-hey..."] Ariadna began to comment on it. When Mally just continued to charge, no one else had noticed her bloodied nose.
The blood on her face was distracting her opponent. Which gave Mally a new upper hand.

She came in fast, and pushed at Ariadna's shoulders, knocking the girl clean off Ken's shoulders.Taking the moment to wipe her nose before the girl resurfaced. [#2A058C "I-I was distracted her nose is bleeding!"] the short blonde pointed up at Mally, but blinked in surprise to see the blood gone.
[#EC871C "No it isn't."] she droned back in monotone.

Who was left? She looked around. Kita was with Shirudo, Alex and Claire, Raine and Zack.
Alex and Claire, Raine and Zack were making no effort to attack each other.
Mally had already defeated Kita earlier, it'd be no fun to fight her again.

[#EC871C "Looks like they've formed a team...Kita let's team up now."] she said, with virtually no enthusiasm in her voice, but she always sounded like that.

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Kita had smiled a bit, [#EC0E37 "Eric don't worry about it, it's just a game."] she laughed and patted his shoulder.

Soon she was teamed up with Shirudo, who had been quick to call put Kita on her shoulders. She had even gasped at suddenly being up in the air as Shirudo had gone between her legs under water. A slightly blush on her face, she simply smiled though and raised her fist in the air.

Shirudo asked where too, and just then Mally called for an alliance with them. Nodding her head [#EC0E37 "Let's get Raine and Zack. Mally you guys go get Claire and Alex."]
When Kita pointed Shirudo had charged forward, and the half wolf girl was bearing down on Raine. No matter what Raine was at a disadvantage because of the girls height, even on Zacks' shoulders.

But the small girl was stronger than she seemed, however it didn't take her long to knock the short girl off her captain's shoulders.
[#EC0E37 " Sorry lovies."] she frowned at the two losers, but followed up with a smile. [#6495ED "No fair...You have a height advantage."] Raine teased a bit, but she was laughing and smiling still.

Kita just smiled and laughed right along. Soon though she took back to focus. [#EC0E37 "Let's sit back, and take on who ever is left standing."]
she smiled to Shirudo, and was actually surprised at how sturdy and balanced the girl was. She was definitely sturdy than Eric. Maybe Eric could work on his balance with Shirudo while they were here.

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Raine had agreed to an alliance with Claire and Alex, but it didn't matter because soon they were charged by Kita and Shirudo. Mally was distracting Claire and Alex so they couldn't come help.
She wobbled a lot, and while she was able to push back and stay on for a bit, it didn't take Kita long to get in there and knock her off.
Plummeting into the water, she came back up, whipping her wet hair out of her face.

She had pouted at Kita, but still laughed and cheered. Raine was just a good sport, and had no competitive side to herself. It was all about having fun. Growing up in a large house filled with children of all ages taught her that.
She smiled at Zack [#6495ED "We did our best!"] She clapped her hands as she climbed out of the pool.

Where is Ren? She wondered looking around, she saw the Sauna, and guessed her brother may be in there.

She approached it and opened the door, she found him sleeping in the hot box. She smiled and shook him awake [#6495ED "Maybe we should find where we are staying soon and get you to a real bed."] she laughed a bit. Ren ruffled her hair as he yawned, and just simply nodded in agreement.

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Alex laughed when Claire insisted she was fine a top his shoulders.
It didn't take long for them to ally with Zack and Raine, but shortly after Mally finished of Ariadna, the duo came for them. They lost their back up because Kita had over powered Raine quickly, with no real struggle at all.

Alex wasn't surprised because Mally had seemed to be the attacker with Kanzaki this entire time. So he was ready, he was fairly sturdy, but balance was something he knew he lacked. So he tried his best to maintain some distance from Kanzaki because he knew the guy had quick dancers feet.

Putting all his and Claires weight in his legs, so it'd be hard to move them. He's strategy was to just basically be like a bolder, even if Kanzaki tried to get him to move, he'd do his best to just stay put.
[#D23F0B "Kick her ass Claire!"] he called up, but kept his eyes on Kanazaki not paying a whole lot of attention to what was happening up top.

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Shiloh flushed, realizing they were playing elimination after Rose mentioned it. [#8147A0 "Oh! I didn't know it was that serious...I would've tried harder."] he laughed it off and shrugged his shoulders.
[#8147A0 "Another time I am sure."] he said with a thumbs up.

Climbing out of the water he grabbed a towel near by and began to dry off. He was getting pruny now anyway. The exhaustion of travel was now kicking in. He looked to Rose and asked [#8147A0 "I know they said where we'd be staying but how do we even get there?"]

Underground, it felt odd. To have to hide like that, but it made sense. They were wanted fugitives of Romalias allies and also there was so many Refugees here any way. There probably wasn't room any where else anyway.

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Peyton was quick to move on from the subject, but after her eager journey over to his friends, she just found herself in another awkward situation.
She wasn't excited to see how eargerly Vincent was to talk speak well of Zero. But Serah had kicked him under the table, and Alvin had even said it was okay.
Peyton just remained silent though, and she stared at them all as they spoke and interacted.

At one point, Vincent had called Alvin and retard and made a joke of his stuttering. She seemed to take it more personally than Alvin did.
Be it a joke or not, she didn't like it. Though again, she just remained silently, trying to figure out how she felt about the two.
They were Alvins friends, so she did want to like them. But she still felt weird.

Peyton at one point raised an eyebrow. [#8A2BE2 " 'Ways of the retard?'"] she remarked. She didn't find that a super nice way for any of them to refer to each other or their shared interests like that. However, she couldn't make much judgement, but it seemed to be their thing.
She just didn't agree with it.
[#8A2BE2 "We watched some Anime on the way here."]
she shrugged her shoulders, they hadn't done any gaming. The most gaming experience she had, was she went to an arcade once.

Soon the subject changed to home, and him going back or them staying. Alvin mentioned he had a new job here has a merc.
Peyton felt herself glaring when Serah stood up and started to lecture him. One of her signature scary glares, that screamed she'd hurt the girl in a second. Her own fist clenched, and she wanted to stand up and knock the girl down.
But she didn't, she did her best to control herself. These were Alvins friends, and she needed to be nice.

When Serah apologize, Peyton just turned her head to the side and looked away from them all. Unclenching her fist, she needed to make sure she was calm before she spoke up.
This whole controlling herself thing, was hard.

Clearing her throat, she stood up
[#8A2BE2 "Excuse me."] she said in a cold voice, as she got up and headed to the locker room. The last thing she wanted to do was blow up at his friends.
They were coming from a place of concern, she knew that.
However, they didn't need to baby him.

Suddenly they're back in his life and they want to tell him what to do?
He survived for a long time without them, he didn't need to prove himself to them either.
It bothered her to see people doubtful of him and his abilities. She knew how capable he was, she knew he'd be fine. If anything, he'd be the protector of the others who were taking the jobs with him.
Did they not believe his reputation he had? Did they really want to see him in battle? Was not seeing him on the TV broad cast enough?
She remembered the first time she watched him fight. It was terrifying honestly, now she was used to it. She was even more violent herself now.

She walked around the locker room, pacing back and forth. Walking off her anger in a private place so she didn't look crazy or dramatic.
As she was finally calming down, she suddenly became anxious because how was she going to just walk back out there and sit down?
She'd have to explain herself right? Then she'd probably get angry all over again.
She thought about what words she'd use as she came back out
"Sorry, I needed to take a minute because you pissed me off."
"I have anger issues, sorry about that."

She shook her head and sat down on a bench.
Now what would she do? a long sigh escaped her lips.
Why was this so hard?

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Trudging out of the water she crossed her arms. Trying to get the fact that Kanzaki had called her cute and adorable all in one go. Trying to ignore that fact that Mally totally kicked her ass. As well, trying to figure out why the girl got a nose bleed, and just ignored it.
These people made no sense.

Dripping wet, she crossed her arms over chest and chewed at her lip. Watching the two in the water, she was jealous how good they looked together.

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Erna rolled her eyes when Shirudo said she'd scare them away. Then the man, she believed who went by Eric, offered her a chance to play.
She scoffed and turned to walk away [#8D33A7 "Games are for children."] she said in a cool tone, as she left and went into the locker room.

She ignored the girl on the bench, she believed her name was Peyton. Getting redressed in her own clothes, she then left again all together.
The rest of her evening would consist of walking rounds around the castle's inside then the outside. Around the refugee camps, to make sure everyone was okay.

Erna was the one who begged to over see the refugees. While Kyuti had a huge heart and wanted to let them in. Erna was the one who fronted the program. Erna was a refugee herself once, so her cold heart had a weak warm spot for these struggling people.
One of the reasons she could at least stand the fugitives they welcomed into the castle.

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Midori scoffed a bit. [#F741B4 "Most secrets can be kept just up in your head...but I could look up anything in public record. So criminal history, any history that you're apart of. Even if it's in the locked records, I could find it."]
[#F741B4 [b "If] I really wanted to."] she shrugged her shoulders.
Old her used to look up stuff about everyone she met, but she learned not all people could be held accountable to their pasts. So she stopped that habit, she wanted to know about who the person was now. Not who they were before.
It wasn't like she didn't have a shady past herself either.

As they walked out of the shop, he called her drop dead. She laughed and shook her head. [#F741B4 "Drop dead in a sense that if you stare too long you'll die or be turned to stone."] shaking her head. Though she had known what he meant, she refused to acknowledge it.
She didn't think herself pretty or attractive, by any means.
Despite frequent cat calls, and flirts trying to entertain her.
She just didn't see what every one else.

[#F741B4 "You owe me nothing, got it?"] she nudged him back as she licked at her ice cream.

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Felicty nodded her head. [#FBB004 "Well what is normal and exciting to a spider, is chaos to the fly."] she adjusted the metaphor a bit. Trying to explain better what she meant.
He might be dull, or not as exciting as the others but she preferred that. Rather than the loudness, and over bearing personality some people could have.
Simplicity was easier than complexity.

[#FBB004 "Then there we shall go."] she nodded and then let him lead her there. He had recommended the knights barracks, on the grounds it was quieter and there was also a garden.

Her stomach growled, letting them know it was time to get moving.

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The female pouted with a small frown looking at her own hand writting for a moment. [#F64408 "Really? It's awfully messy."] she chuckled a bit but then moved on.

Nodding she was happy to hear he'd ask Clyde himself to pick out a tux with him.

She giggled with a small tint of red on her face at his rant. She laughed [#F64408 "I wanted so deeply to just impress you back then."]

Though soon she was frowning again as he said once the war was over they'd start a family. She knew that wasn't true because he'd have to pay for his crimes.
Though she wouldn't let her mind think about it now and instead she'd be distracted by their up coming wedding.

[#F64408 "I will call around the high end places to find the caterer..."] she opened up the computer on his desk, and began to look from each restaurant that served traditional foods.
Placing phone calls to figure out pricing, and dishes. She'd settle for the best deal.
While they had the money to just go all in, she'd prefer not to.

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It didn't take long for things to really heat up, maybe she should disappear for a few days at a time more often.
She was a devious fiend in the bedroom after all, despite being such a gentle Queen.

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[i Evelynne moved on from the matter, and ignored his bold comment about her being strange. He simply had things to learn it appeared, and well she'd teach him.]

[i She didn't often brag, or show her things off. It was foolish really, but she was trying to get a reaction out of him. Much to her surprise he didn't put it together that he was talking to the princess.]
[i She even laughed a bit at his comment.]

[i [#56A944 "Oh yeah, they're really close."] she said sarcastically, and soon found herself rolling her eyes again. Sucking her teeth she waved her finger [#56A944 "No no... it's saying. Do you know anything of alcohol and consuming it?"]]

[i She herself stepped behind the bar, and rolled her long uniform sleeves up. Looking among the shelves, she found her favorite ingredients to make her favorite drink. [#56A944 "You're going to still attend your later day class?....Nonsense. You owe me a drink, and I won't come back again later. I will write your professor you'll be excused just fine."] she waved her hand.]

[i Then she proceeded on to mix her drink together. [#56A944 "This is called a [b Royal Flush."]] she said trying to drop another hint on who she was. Now it was just a game to her, trying to see how long he'd remain ignorant to her status. Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, Raspberry Liqueur, Cranberry juice, and then cherries. She mixed it all in one of the metal shakers bartenders use. If she wasn't going to grow up to become queen, she'd bar tend instead.]

[i Pouring two shots she slid one over to Simon. [#56A944 "Try it."] she smiled, and did her own. Before just pouring the rest of into a glass for herself. [#56A944 "Water is such a bore, pick something more exciting. Like even just an ale or a lager."] she teased at him a bit.]

[i Soon the door to the speak easy opened again, she saw Royal staff before her. They stopped and bowed to her [b "Sorry Pri-"] she cut them off quickly [#56A944 "It's okay, no need. What are you here for?"]
[b "To see what needs to be stocked up again."] she nodded them in and let them do what they needed. They bowed again before they left. Evelynne acted like it was no big deal.]
[i [#56A944 "So what class are you taking that's so important you can't relax for a few minutes?"]]
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[center [h3 Nice Shot Cutie!]]

[center [b Kanzaki had yelled out to Mally. "Nice shot cutie pie!" however he wouldn't have long to celebrate. A new challenger had approached! Mally had found herself locked in the wreckage. Ken and her charging head to head. Kanzaki had started to push Ken back as he grinned surprised he was pushing back the king of Iron Fist. Ken had blinked a bit surprised changing his tactics as he slid his foot under water tripping up Kanzaki. Stumbling a bit he almost dropped Mally while giving Ariadna a bigger opening. As Ken went in for some more fancy work Kanzaki had shifted his feet backward underwater to play more defensively. All that dancing had paid off huh? Had he been Eric he had fallen for sure. Though Ken had more experience then Kanzaki that was for sure. Even if he could overpower him in brute force it wouldn't be that easy. All he could do was stop Ken from pushing him back no longer could he pressure the man backward. It was different than charging Eric. Kanzaki hated to admit it but he couldn't even move Eric an inch! And Kanzaki pushed to his max in his metal form could topple a tree. So how the hell did Eric just hold him back and smile? Had he played more aggressive and not as friendly Kanzaki's not sure he wouldn't have fallen and dropped Mally. That the thought frustrated him he already wanted to surpass Kita and Alvin was Eric a rival too? He had the same goal as him... For different reasons, he wanted to be strong enough to protect Alvin. All of them right? Well actually wasn't it the same? Kanzaki wanted to be a hero right? He shook his head he can't get distracted with such fierce opponents in front of them.]]

[center [+darkblue We got this sweetheart! I believe in ya!]]

[center [b Kanzaki and Mally had one thing in common and that was the spirit of competition. They both took this surprisingly serious even if it was just a game.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey Ariadna you're pretty cute when you get vicious! That doesn't mean we can hold back though!!]]

[center [b He smirked giving the cutie on Ken's back a wink.]]

[center [#a51d29 If you think you can distract Ariadna that easily than good luck!]]

[center [+darkblue I wouldn't wanna distract that adorable face I like seeing her give it her best!]]

[center [b He said giving Ken a smirk as Ken blinked giving a shrug and a wry chuckle at Kanzaki's strange behavior.]]

[center [h3 Sounds Good Kita!]]

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[center [b Eric had laughed softly as he rubbed the back of his head looking her way.]]

[center [+brown Sorry I let you down back their fearless leader. Perhaps I wasn't the best horse.]]

[center [b He commented as he smiled her way. She had swum over to Shirudo as she offered her to play. Eric's smile had gleamed brighter as he swam his way over. He looked at Shirudo and nodded.]]

[center [+brown Yeah I think you two should play. I don't mind watching the second round actually I'm a bit tired.]]

[center [b He smiled again swimming wasn't really his strong suit nor was the water. He was glad Kita had also thought about others. He would have probably asked Shirudo the same even if he didn't realize it himself. He had gotten out of the pool as Shirudo looked at the two of them with a soft angelic smile.]]

[center [#eb99ca Sure Kita I would love that may I ask to be the horse instead? I think I wouldn't fair well as a rider. I may not seem it but I am fairly sturdy.]]

[center [b She said as she maintained her smile making her way into the pool. As Eric decided to watch Kita from the sidelines he looked her way.]]

[center [+brown I'll be cheering for you Kita! Show them who's top dog!]]

[center [b As Eric was about to take a seat and cheer them on. Erna had come over asking what was going on. Her authoritative tone had gone right over the boys head as he smiled.]]

[center [+brown Shirudo is about to partner up with Kita while I take a break. If you wanna play a round I could go a bit further.]]

[center [b He said as he offered her a smile followed by Shirudo's winsome giggle. She flashed a fetching smile as she shook her head giggling.]]

[center [#eb99ca Erna you're going to scare them off!]]

[center [b She teased playfully swimming over as she tapped Erna's nose coming right back over to Kita. Scare them off? Eric wondered how? Was Erna scary? She seemed nice enough she did seem like a good person. Eric was a bit confused but he continued to smile all the same.]]

[center [h3 Lurking In The Water]]

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[center [b Having Raine struggle getting on the captains back caused him to smirk. She was awfully precious he couldn't help but just get an urge to claim her. The captain was already possessive but seeing her helpless side had only brought out that side more so.]]

[center [b Styles had chuckled and shook his head as he watched the brawl. He had a feeling Mally and Kanzaki would take this thing so seriously. He wasn't sure he could really win this but he'd try for Raine's sake. He looked over at Alex preparing himself to make sure they didn't take the chance to charge them. He wouldn't charge first if it turned into a head-on crash? Styles could use fancy footwork and quirky movements to outmaneuver Alex but a head-on charge to charge? Alex would run Styles over no doubt about it. Alex seemed like he had more experience then Kanzaki and Eric maybe not that brute level but besides those two? His brute strength would probably be the craziest here. In fact, Styles would rather fight Kanzaki or Eric it'd be easier to move around them due to being slow and a lack of experience. Alex would be more aware of being slower than Styles. He'd try his best to play around that rather than wildly charging in. He'd make better use of his power. For some reason Styles was reminded of his fight with Alvin. Both of them, in fact, it's true Kanzaki had foughten a crazy amount of one on one fights and free for alls in the arena so he wasn't inexperienced. However, Alvin seemed to have more under his belt no from Rose's reading Styles knew he had an insane amount of matches. He didn't have Alex's brute power but he was very physically strong. His tactics were on instinct and even if he wasn't a strategist he adapted quickly and could fight directly and indirectly at the drop of a hat. Styles wondered if Alvin would be good at this game. Luckily he'd finally have a different opponent Alex seemed to not take things as seriously luckily for the captain. He was getting tired of being that kids personal punching bag. He found himself chuckling softly. If it wasn't for his ability to perceive time in a slower manner he'd hardly stand a chance to either Alex or him. He'd use his stamina drain through physical touch too. He wasn't sure where Alex's stamina was but his drain was more powerful based on the force of the touch. So he wouldn't throw punches just light brushes and touches but the drain would help all the same. Considering it restored Styles own stamina? Yeah, it'd help the normally lazy captain to keep energized.]]

[center [b He'd be aware of the tactic of Alex pretending to be more worn down than he was. To only charge him head on a lesson he learned his first fight with Alvin. Who purposely takes multiple hits from that sap? Only to lower the enemies guard? His stamina probably only had one rival here and that was obviously Kita. That thought had crossed him before. A fighter can only have one or two powers making them more expendable. A secret weapon has three to five right? A healer usually has one extremely powerful one. So how come Kita and Alvin have three? Yet were labeled as fighters? Stamina? Speed? Strength? Not to mention you could argue the two have a fourth one. She can turn into a massive wolf and Rose and Mally have confirmed. That his mindset? Can surpass his usual strength and speed to possibly be the only man to match Kita even in that form. The two were far more unique than usual fighters. So why were they not regarded as secret weapons? Well, had they been they'd have less combat experience and honestly would be a hell of a lot less scary in that scenario. It's a thought Styles couldn't shake what was Tristania thinking?]]

[center [b Out of the arena and in a child's game Styles couldn't shake these thoughts still. There was time to worry later. Besides, it wasn't like the laid back captain anyhow. Whatever the reason it worked out to their advantage. They'd be dead without Alvin and Kita so it worked out for the best.]]

[center [b Styles had heard Raine laughing a bit as he smiled softly.]]

[center [+blue Mind we call a parley with Alex lass? Perhaps if we could convince the lad of an alliance against the other two teams we are at least guaranteed second place aye?]]

[center [b It was playing awfully dirty for a silly game but Styles hadn't minded it if Raine was game for the idea. If the two worked together and the others tired themselves out this could be pretty easy.]]

[center [h3 A Plan?]]

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[center [b Claire had squeaked as he picked her up. He teased if she was scared of heights she only hit his shoulder with a soft pout and sigh. It was a bit scary, yeah but she wouldn't tell him that!]]

[center [+lightblue I-I'm fine!]]

[center [b He seemed to be okay she couldn't help but let out a warm smile. It was unlike her to give such a friendly smile. "Well it was only fair, right? He was nice to me I should be nice back right? It doesn't mean-" she stopped her thoughts there. She wouldn't go down that rabbit hole instead she'd focus on the game.]]

[center [b He asked her for a game plan she crossed her arms thinking as she listened to the captain as best as she could. Styles tried to be quiet but she focused as best as she could thinking about it. It was hard to think on top of Alex wearing such little clothing. A red blush entered her face as she huffed slowly puffing her cheeks out.]]

[center [+lightblue I-I... I think Styles wants an alliance. Against the other two teams. I-I'm pretty sure you could t-take Styles afterward right?]]

[center [b Though she hadn't realized she really underplayed Styles. His powers didn't seem all that useful to her. She hadn't realized despite Styles laid back and modest behavior he was one of the best tacticians in the group with more life experience than most if not all of them. He had sailed the seas even saw the outside world and its beast. Things Claire hadn't really thought about it was that and whether she realized it or not. She felt Alex was a pretty crazy fighter maybe even more than he himself thought. So she was being a bit arrogant in acting that Alex could push Styles aside like a fly. Sure Alex was plenty stronger but it took more than that to win.]]

[center [h3 H-Huh?!]]

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[center [+purple H-Huh?! Here I thought we were playing elimination!]]

[center [b She admitted embarrassed as she heard a few others laughing at her. Well, no one clarified they'd be playing for points! She looked back to Shiloh and giggled nervously. She didn't stand a chance if this was for how many people you knock down. She'd only ever win this knocking down the last man standing if they were tired. She had leaned into Shiloh's ear whispering her misunderstanding and what her game plan formerly was.]]

[center [b She could have read their minds to see what they had meant! She was so flustered she hadn't even thought to read their minds now. As she got closer and closer to them reading their minds became something more and more taboo to her. She enjoyed being able to act like a normal girl. Though her confidence she had before was pretty shot. She pouted softly she at least wanted a tiny chance to win! "Awe darn it sauce!" she crossed her arms maintaining her childish pout.]]

[center [h3 Catching Up]]

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[center [b Alvin had listened to Peyton explain that she couldn't swim. She asked him not to tell anyone as he nodded a few times to show he wouldn't. She seemed in a hurry to forget about the topic. He wanted to pull her back into him and whisper. "I wouldn't tell a soul" he wanted to tell her something like. "I'd do anything for you" it was so sappy and embarrassing. Sure they were dating but he was afraid she'd cringe at something like that. He wasn't exactly the smoothest guy around. Maybe later he'd reassure her it was nothing to feel bad about. You only know what you are taught right? He knew he wasn't just being biased cause of how close the two were. He couldn't tie his shoes until a certain age his mom and dad were too stressed out figuring the other had already taught him. In fact, even now he didn't make a very good knot and he was eighteen now.]]

[center [b He blushed as she held his hand she pulled him her way. His face was bursting red as he let out a soft squeak. What?! Alvin come on be a man for once! He held on to her hand tightly. The feeling was so... sweet she had such a soft hand he liked her holding on to him. She made him feel so special.]]

[center [b He had come over as Peyton and he sat a bit awkward and Vincent and Serah were even more quiet than usual. It had taken a bit but Vincent had finally spoken up.]]

[center [+blue So.. Alvin did you know they might start making games finally? They might replicate that tech and start moving ahead. The war has the nation so focused.]]

[center [+green R-Really!? Things from the old world? Pre-collapse?]]

[center [+blue Yeah! It was cause of Zero's victory the nation got some breathing roo- Ow!]]

[center [b Serah had kicked him under the table and given him a look. Vincent scratched his head before covering his mouth. Alvin understood they used to talk about Zero and his unit before. He was the coolest hero ever at least to Alvin back when he was younger. He wanted to be just like him. Everyone told him Zero was blessed by the gods to be greater than a simple man. Now he knew that wasn't the case, not even the slightest.]]

[center [+green N-No... Serah it's okay Zero's is... The reason things got better right? Him a-and his friends... In fact, I-I know... He's pretty amazing that doesn't change the fact were not exactly... On the same side. I-I... It's fine don't worry about me.]]

[center [b He smiled nervously as Vincent wrapped an arm around him with a smirk.]]

[center [+blue Here I thought I was the smart one!]]

[center [+pink Since when?]]

[center [+blue Hey come on Serah!]]

[center [+green Hehe how have you two been?]]

[center [+blue Miserable!]]
[center [+pink Miserable!]]

[center [b Alvin couldn't help but laugh at their unison as they chuckled right along.]]

[center [+green Hey Vincent's been the smart one ever since... The aliens took his brains and swapped them out.]]

[center [+blue Huh?]]

[center [+pink Oh my lord you remember that Vincent? Hahaha oh my god we acted like retards.]]

[center [+blue Oh yeah! Are you kidding? We still do! We just were missing our biggest retard! Mr. Stutters a lot!]]

[center [b There was an awkward silence as Vincent looked at Alvin awkwardly. As Alvin held a frown before bursting into laughter hitting his arm.]]

[center [+blue You scared the crap outta me!]]

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[center [+green Haha! Serves you right!]]

[center [+blue So what about you Peyton has he shown you the ways of the retard? The ways of the nerd?]]

[center [+pink He may seem quiet but get him talking about any game and he's wild. When they made servers for older multiplayer titles he went wild with them! I would have too if my parents weren't so strict. "They'll rot your brain," they said. So I never was as good as Vincent or Alvin.]]

[center [+blue No one played like Alvin! He'd always play the most competitive mode and climb the ladder so fast!]]

[center [b Alvin had looked at Peyton and away blushing dark red. He didn't want her to think he was king of the nerds! He fiddled his fingers blushing as Vincent laughed bragging on Alvin waiting for Peyton to answer.]]

[center [h3 Charge Ahead!]]

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[center [b Ken had listened to Ariadna's orders as he charged ahead. He tried a head-on more frontal approach but Kanzaki had pushed him back suddenly. Without a royal arm, Ken couldn't match a host of the virus. Least, not one who was so powerful. Ken was surprised by his sheer force so he had instead changed his tactics. Being a well-renowned fighter in hand to hand he had some fancy footwork.]]

[center [#a51d29 Not bad.]]

[center [b Ken could tell from Kanzaki's movements he had experience he was a bit clumsy at times but from the way he moved? He knew he had been through his fair share. Ken felt bad for the reason why but was impressed with Kanzaki all the same. However, it seemed Kanzaki wasn't the type who'd want pity or someone to feel bad for him anyway. He was surprisingly upbeat. Surprising due to what he had been through. Ken couldn't gain any ground on the boy but he was at least able to hold him back. He didn't want to leave Ariadna to be forced to make a move to win this by herself. He had managed to trip Kanzaki once to give Ariadna an opening but he wasn't able to gain much more ground after that.]]

[center [h3 Let's Do Our Best]]

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[center [b Shirudo had smiled as she went other water pushing Kita on her shoulders as she looked up at her. She gave her usual feminine smile as she asked in her usual sweet tune.]]

[center [#eb99ca Where to first?]]

[center [b She asked content going wherever Kita had wanted. She was glad she was able to help them have a bit of fun. Though she was content from watching on the sidelines she just wanted to see the kids here smile. It was the whole reason she fought after to see people like them live a peaceful and happy life.]]

[center [h3 Laughing Together]]

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[center [b Vincent was so glad to finally have the chance to laugh with Alvin. He never saw him let his guard down around two females. This Peyton girl must have been something special. He was still a bit timid but he was still as open as ever. Vincent had laughed along content to have his friend back.]]

[center [+blue So does this mean you're coming back home Alvin? Oh, wait... Maybe we can just live here right?]]

[center [+pink Yeah we could even help you get a job!]]

[center [h3 "Relief"]]

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[center [b Serah had nodded along with Vincent she was so glad. He was safe now no more risking his life everything was going to be okay. She felt so relieved to have what felt like her little brother back. Though she noticed he started to squirm as he looked at the ground.]]

[center [+green I umm.. G-Got a j-j-job..]]

[center [+blue Oh cool what is it?]]

[center [+green Umm.. A... A... A-A m-merce-]]

[center [b Serah had sighed loudly as she stood up with a worried expression on her face.]]

[center [+pink You can't! You just got back and you wanna fight a war that has got nothing to do with you? I know Romalia helped you and all but the king and queen wouldn't want that! You can help without having to fight!]]

[center [+green I-I...]]

[center [+pink Alvin please you can't just leave us again! You just got here!]]

[center [+green I-I'll visit!]]

[center [+pink If you don't die first!]]

[center [+blue Serah please calm down we have to respect his decision. He's capable and probably even more so since we've seen him. I think I'll feel more at ease if I see you in action.]]

[center [b Serah bit her bottom lip as she began to tear up letting out a long sigh. She wished she could go with him. That she could help but she knew she'd just get in the way. She wanted to fight by his side. She knew Vincent had to of felt the same way.]]

[center [+pink I'm... I'm sorry I lost my cool Alvin, Peyton. I just... I worry you know?]]

[center [b She sat back down as she looked at the two a bit embarrassed by her outburst. Alvin was quiet and this time he wasn't going to burst with a joke.]]

[center [h3 Watchful Eye]]

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[center [b Vanessa had watched her son and his friends from the sidelines. She saw Serah stand up getting upset and by the way she lectured. Vanessa had a feeling she just found out the same thing Vanessa had. That little Alvin was going to head off into danger. The thought panged her own heart he was an adult sure but. To her? He was still just her baby timid and frail. He's never asked to do anything before stood up for something he's wanted so strongly. Whether she wanted to accept it or not he'd go. So she had to believe in him and support him. Vanessa knew that Serah after calming down would come to the same conclusion.]]

[center [h3 Secrets]]

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[center [b He chuckled at her comment about not being so tall. He had really noticed her shoes before. He had stood there listening to the rest of what she had to say.]]

[center [+lightgreen Smart and nerdy? Well, a lot of guys wouldn't mind that! As for the secrets that's why... You keep them in here.]]

[center [b He pointed to his brain with a sly chuckle. He was kidding of course if a guy was to show real interest in a girl and in reverse. They should be honest with one another obviously. Sure he had a secret or rather his past he had to hide but in this scenario, it wouldn't really be a problem that he hid it right?]]

[center [+lightgreen Besides those skills make it easier to find an honest guy right? Also, you're kidding, right? You're drop dead.]]

[center [b He said implying she was drop-dead gorgeous. He said as he pretended to stick his tongue and fall over as if he. "Died" as he scrambled back to his feet with a light smile.]]

[center [b He wasn't normally this goofy he tried to hold a bit more composure. He had regained his composure a bit calming down. As the two ate ice cream heading back to the castle as he looked her way.]]

[center [+lightgreen I think I owe you one now thanks "pal"]]

[center [b He nudged her playfully again as he gave her a soft smirk.]]

[center [h3 Getting A Bite]]

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[center [+darkblue Exciting to another?]]

[center [b Exciting was not one-way Yushiro would have described himself. That aside though he was told she wanted somewhere quiet. He had nodded as he understood.]]

[center [+darkblue I'm not sure if it's exactly a pretty place. I'm not sure what kinda thing girls like but the knight's barracks compared to the guards is very quiet. It's peaceful with a garden pretty close.]]

[center [b Yushiro was a bit old fashioned to presume simply because she was a girl she wouldn't like it. Though he wasn't exactly sure he lead her around showing her many restaurants and there were even a few festivals. Probably in honor of Lord Zero's success.]]

[center [h3 Crafting The Future]]

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[center [b Zero had let out a weary but sincere smile as she scrawled to write it all out. Had letting his guard down finally let his exhaustion show on his face? He had looked over to see her write. Almost like a father giving a child a soft laugh. Her writing was unlike most women though Zero was a fan to see it none the less.]]

[center [i I enjoy the way you write beloved.]]

[center [b He said his voice weary still a bit serious but it had softened if not by a single octave. It wasn't long before she was kissing him back as she had given him a hushed and sincere confession herself.]]

[center [b He had held on to her hands his smile had lacked experience appearing a bit strange on his stern face.]]

[center [i I do not mind asking Clyde, beloved.]]

[center [b He had held on to her hands tightly as he looked her way. Such excitement such a loving stare. He wanted to please her the best he could he continued in his usual commanding monotone voice. Despite the words he was using.]]

[center [i I remember when we were first introduced. Into a team how I could not even look you're way due to the clothing you wore. I was a much more timid boy back than. Your massive appeal had left me speechless. As I tried to stay focused on the mission before me your personality had distracted me more. I found it frustrating and difficult. I think now I understand that "distraction" means you "like" someone yes? Or rather love. I apologize it has taken me some time to understand this.]]

[center [b He said openly admitting his attraction to the woman. Though his infatuation went much deeper than her appearance. Something about her had always drawn the stoic man in.]]

[center [i I promise to survive this war and to start a family with you. This I swear on my title as a knight. More importantly my title as your partner.]]

[center [b He said as if he was making a serious arrangement. Like signing a contract almost as he pulled her close to his chest before letting her go. He didn't want to stop her from writing down plans for the future. He'd give it his best shot even if they survived the war she'd one day need his power. The world had more problems than just that. The outside world for starters and how those out there along with its creatures prevented humanity from growing. He knew that Nimue would one day become this worlds hero. She would guide this world just as she has served as his own guide for his own dreams.]]

[center [h3 Lovers]]

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[center [b Simon had let out a soft smile again appearing more to be a devious smirk. Even if again that was not the intent. As he kissed her neck holding her tightly whispering sweet nothings in her ear with his gruff voice. Sharing a night of passion with the woman that despite his actions. Despite the means to his ends she was the woman he lived for and loved from the bottom of his heart.]]

[center [h3 Going Out?]]

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[center [b Simon had crossed his arms lost in thought to her reasoning.]]

[center [+gold Is my mind lacking discipline? I suppose I do not understand the word perversion as well as I thought I had. Though I do not read much outside of my studies. As for talking to others, I cannot claim to be one who uses the proper wording. I've been told to be "crass" or too "blunt" perhaps why politics weren't my specialty. Hmm? Did I wear it loosely?]]

[center [b His face was even more puzzled by her behavior. She had told him than not to worry about her face as it flushed even worse. He'd respect her wishes and not push the issue as he took a step back and slight bow to the woman.]]

[center [+gold Hmm? You still wish to drink with me? Even after showing such displeasure? You are one strange woman.]]

[center [b He said rather bluntly as he followed beside her though it was hard to tell he wasn't exactly complaining about it. He simply nodded and let her take the lead. He was a bit curious on how she ticked. She was confusing, to say the least, and he wasn't used to not understanding something. Not that he'd let this feeling distract him too much from his studies.]]

[center [b She had bragged wait till he saw the place. He raised a brow at her cocky attitude it was a bit unexpected from what seemed like a more innocent young woman. He had stepped in to look around even his usually stoic face showed a bit of expression. He had looked around to see a crest.]]

[center [+gold Isn't that the royal families royal crest? You're father must be very close to the king to be allowed to bear such a crest.]]

[center [b Was that why he found her so strange? Because she was such a well regarded noble? Had she enjoyed showing her money off? Her families money? For once the man had kept this thought to himself. She hadn't seemed like a terrible person and he swore not to make direct judgments.]]

[center [+gold Poison? Oh yes, perhaps I'll hold off anything like that till next break. A water is fine for now.]]

[center [b He didn't want to relax not yet he wanted to keep his guard up. Perhaps for a lot longer than just till next break he was fine drinking just a water.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b Don't be afraid to get a bit time skip-esque with the game but it's up to you! I'm having fun either way. ^^]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 134d 9h 19m 47s
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Mally had simply nodded at Kanzaki saying he could get her second round, but soon Claire had actually changed her mind and chose to ride with Alex instead. She simply shrugged her shoulders.

It didn't take Kanzaki long to pick up her and put her on his shoulders. She felt so tall now. Looking around at everyone, she watched as Kita and Eric took out Rose and Shiloh. Mally could read their weaknesses, so if she could get Kita where her balance wasn't as strong she could send them tumbling.
[#EC871C "Charge."] she exclaimed in monotone, once Kanzaki got her close enough, it was about dodging Kita and trying to get one in on her left shoulder.
Mally wouldn't reveal this secret out loud, because then everyone could just win. Mally wanted to be the only winner, she was a bit competitive to say the least.

Almost falling off a few times, Kita had pushed her hard, but Mally locked her legs around Kanzakis neck and instead of falling, she just slunk back like a slinky. Flexibility at it's finest, she used her core muscles to pull her body back up to the sitting position on her "horses" shoulders.
[#EC871C "Got ya."] she smirked and quickly with both hands dove in at Kita's shoulder, knocking it hard, she watched as the half wolf dove off Eric's shoulders and into the water.

Leaning forward and down she looked at Kanzaki, [#EC871C "We won."]

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Kita had called for an all out brawl, so chaos broke out quickly after Eric asked what the plan was. Mally and Kanzaki came for them first, and well to her surprise she was knocked off.

Kita came up from under the water and took a gasp for air. [#EC0E37 "H-hey!"] she remarked a bit but then found herself laughing.
She looked at Eric and cracked a half smile. [#EC0E37 "Good job."]

Looking around everyone was pairing up. She noticed Peyton and Alvin weren't in the water anymore, and then saw Shirudo was gonna be left out. With an odd number of people. Kita swam over and offered [#EC0E37 "You could play a round on my shoulders, or Erics too I am sure he wouldn't mind, I know I don't."]

[#EC0E37 "So you don't have to be totally left out, we can take turns!"] she offered her friendliest smile and waited for a response.

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Raine didn't understand why Kanzaki had whistled when she hugged Rose. So she ignored it, and turned her head to Zack.
Almost with stars in her eyes, she nodded with determination as Zack gave her a game plan. They'd play it cool and save their strength, they'd strike when it wasn't expected for them too.

She needed help getting on top of the man, she was the shortest thing here. Though soon she watched as Mally took Kita out. Well, their went the game plan, but they'd have the opportunity to do it again.
Just play defensively till then.

Raine had found herself laughing as they all talked smack.

Soon however the game was on, and she had her arms up defensively ready to be charged at any moment. She was sure however that she'd end up falling. Though that didn't matter, it was about having fun.

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Alex was prepared to sit this one out, or partner up with someone else. However, soon Claire actually came around and was gonna ride with him.
He gave a goofy grin, and a thumbs up. She had whispered to him about her frustration and he nodded. [#D23F0B "I get it."] he said softly.

Soon they brawl was gonna start and he picked Claire up by her hips, lifting her over his head, placing her own his shoulders. He was pretty tall, just like Eric. So she was high up there, and he made a joke out of it too [#D23F0B "Hope you aren't scared of heights."] he chuckled a bit.

Standing back a bit, he'd wait for them to be challenged. He saw Raine and Zack were doing the same thing. Carefully watching as Mally took Kita down, he was surprised but not too surprise.
Sure Kita and Eric were powerful. Eric was a tank, and Kita was somewhat tanky. Powerful was great, but balance is what was really needed in this game. Something a dancer and foot fighter like Mally would have lots of. Kanzaki was pretty lucky to have her up top.

[#D23F0B "So, what's our plan?"] he asked looking up at her. He'd let her call the shots since she'd be the one actually attacking or being attacked.

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Shiloh hopped someone would be keeping track of the scores, who was winning and who wasn't. As they lost, he laughed a bit.
He picked Rose back up, the same style Alex had done to Claire.
[#8147A0 "This isn't over yet."] he laughed.

He felt childish now, and maybe actually more his own age. He wasn't very old. Not a kid, but definitely not old.
[#8147A0 "Who shall we charge next?"] he asked in a mock business voice.

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Peyton had been sitting alone on the sidelines, when Alvin had joined her. She leaned her head against his shoulder, she felt so bad. She wanted to have fun with him and the others. She also wanted to see him have fun too.
She felt so stupid.

He soon asked her what was wrong, and she sat up straight again, her face flushed she looked away. Though he began to ask another question and didn't finish. He didn't need to finish, her eyes widened and she quickly turned to look at him with a worried expression.

As she worked on an answer, an easy way to tell him she couldn't swim. She could trust him right? He wouldn't tell anyone.
Serah had called them over though, but Alvin told them to wait a moment.

Peyton's face flushed, she got closer to him and made a funnel with her hands covering her mouth and the other end covering his ear, she whispered very softly [#8A2BE2 "I-I...I can't swim...please don't tell anyone."] her whisper carried her shame in it as she pulled back and looked away.

Wanting to just let it go, and move on she stood up. Nodding her head over to Serah and Vincent [#8A2BE2 "Lets go sit with your friends, they wanna talk to you."] she grabbed his hand, and actually pulled him over herself.
Though once their she wasn't sure what to actually say so she just sat down quietly, and awkwardly next to Alvin.

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Ariadna smiled a bit, while she was a bit stiff at first, it was only because of her long time military duty. Commanding officers couldn't be all smiles and jokes all the time. Though some how, Shirudo didn't need the firmness to lead like Ariadna did.
Maybe sea men were different like that.

Ken had been quick to drag her into the water, and almost pushed her under the water pretending to climb a top of her. She rolled her eyes as a small chuckle escaped her lips. She jumped onto his back then and climbed up on top of him. Well, this could be fun.

She wanted to go after Mally, and Kanzaki. The jealous feelings coursed through her, and while she knew it made no sense since they had just met... she let it take over.
[#2A058C "Charge them."] she pointed at the pair and Ken followed her orders. He probably didn't realize Ariadna actually had malicious intent. Not like she'd actually do any physical damage or harm to them, but it'd be fun to bully them a bit.

Also seeing how they just took down what was the threatening duo, they were the next threatening duo anyhow.

Ariadna had taken Mally for surprise, because well Mally didn't expect to be attacked by someone she had just met. Though soon, they were going at it. Both petit girls pushing and dodging each other.
Ariadna had grabbed Mally's arms, and Mally had grabbed hers back and they were now in a locked stance just pushing each other.

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Erna had her eyes closed for a while, the sauna was almost noise proof so the rough housing out side in the pool, was hardly heard. However, soon Ren began to snore.
sighing she stood up, and turned the heat down to low, so Ren wouldn't over heat himself in here while he took his old man cat nap.

Erna didn't want to be around all the noise, as she opened the sauna door steam emerging from it as she stepped out.
Looking around she noticed everyone was in pairs, and Shirudo seemed left out. Her first, her captain, her leader was just sitting on the sidelines.

Talking to Kita, and Eric. Erna walked over and crouched down.
[#8D33A7 "What's going on here?"] she asked, and while it wasn't mean to sound serious and authoritative it did.

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Midori chuckled, remembering her boots were on and Clyde had no idea how short the woman really was. In reality, she was just two inches taller than Jessica. Making her 3 inches shorter than Nimue.
In these plat form boots she was 6 inches taller than she really was.
[#F741B4 "You do now I am not really this tall right?"] she entertained a bit before returning to the subject. [#F741B4 " I am also nerdy, and insanely smart and could hack into any of your devices like your phone, or computer...Men always had secrets they like to hide...they don't like a woman who could find them out in a matter of minutes."]

She then also rolled her eyes a bit and made a "pft" noise with her mouth. [#F741B4 "Also, I am not gorgeous."] her face was slightly pink when she said it.

At the ice cream place, he asked if she was sure and she just gave two thumbs up with a nod. [#F741B4 "Whatever you want pal."]
She herself picked out some plain gourmet chocolate ice cream.
Once he picked what he wanted, she paid and they began to walk back to the castle, eating their ice cream the entire way.

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Felicity nodded her head, she'd rather not go somewhere loud and rowdy. [#FBB004 "I don't really know what's around, I haven't been out of the labs for very long and I am not from the city here, nor have I ever actually been here before the labs."] She lived in a neighboring suburb just outside the impressive city before all this.

She shook her head at his apology. [#FBB004 "Don't think so lowly of yourself. What is dull to one, is exciting to another."] she softly said as she tried to think were they could possibly go.

[#FBB004 "Well, we could go far a walk around, and see what catches our eye."] she suggested and then began to walk forward out of her room, taking him with her as they began to leave the castle.

[#FBB004 "You should probably guide us around, I don't the directions of this place well...at all."] she corrected her sentence at the end, as she let him take the lead.

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Nimue had nodded her head a bit, she loved the traditional dishes. Everyone was always trying to be so fancy and modern and futuristic. It'd be nice to throw it back a bit for their wedding. She used to love the simplicity of old Tristania. [#F64408 "We need to be writting this all down!"] she flew around the room, and grabbed paper and pen, sitting at Zero's desk for a quick moment she began to write everything down.

Her scrawl was almost illegible, but she could at least read it and know what it meant. She'd be fine as far as that's concerned then.

She had gotten back up then shortly after, hovering around him, before she had embraced him.
[#F64408 "I'll even ask Clyde for you, so you can skip an awkward conversation with him. Or I could just go find a stylist somewhere in the city I am sure. "] she mumbled.

Laughing a bit when he said she had strange taste.
Leaning into every kiss, she matched his intensity. It was nice to have such a closed off man be open with her. It felt more personal, it felt more genuine. To have him express himself to her, and only her. She could never be with a charming or flirtatious man, she'd burn every other woman out of jealousy.

Then he said it, those words. Her eyes flew open and she blinked a bit in shock. Though a wide smile broke out on her face, so wide it hurt her cheeks. [#F64408 "I Nimue Locklead Love you too."] she said, it was hushed but excited like she was talking to a newborn puppy and did not want to startle it.

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Evelynne had smiled, and gasped when he threw her onto their bed. She didn't care that the sheets would have to be changed later, she laughed an excited laugh.

She had played with his hair, and for a moment forget the possibility of him ever lying or hiding anything from her. She forgot she was Queen of an entire nation. She forgot the war.
She had just forgot.
It was just them, right there, right now.

[#56A944 "I love you too."] she murmured back in a hushed tone, holding him close as well.

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[i Evelynne rolled her eyes, was he so dense to not see how his undisciplined mind made him a pervert? [#56A944 " No, if you weren't perverted the length of my skirt wouldn't be able to distract you."] she said in a very "matter of fact" tone. [#56A944 "However, you just admitted it did, your mind is so undisciplined you can't see a girl in skirt and not be distracted by it."] Her arms stayed crossed against her chest and she huffed and puffed. [#56A944 "And even if it was ill fitting, you couldn't tied it a bit better, instead of so loosely."]]

[i The female was so frustrated, she rolled her eyes. He had asked if he should just go home then, and she was about to turn and answer him. Just then however, he had approached her and put a hand on her forehead. She froze and went pale for a moment, then just her cheeks turned pink very slowly till they were red again and she was obviously blushing.]

[i His words then confused her further. So far, she had gotten coffee all over his clothes, made him delay his studies, and called him a pervert, still he wanted to check up on her well being. She didn't understand him very well, but something about the way he was, she wanted to understand it. She wanted to figure him out. Reaching up, she softly grabbed his hand off her forehead and let go. [#56A944 "N-no, I am not sick, just forget about it."] she said in mention to the fact that she had been red all over. Grabbing her coat, and her bag she began to walk for her door.]

[i [#56A944 "Well? You owe me two drinks now."] she remarked as she opened her front door. Even though it would be her providing the drinks, and they'd be free, she made it seem like he must drink with her. Leading him off campus, she had walked past the security gates and guards no problem. Simply nodding to them, they let her off campus. Nor did they question Simon, simply because he was with her. Being the daughter of Royalty came with many perks.]

[i Evelynne silently lead him through the city and then down an alley way not far from the castle. Opening a metal door with a key she had in her pocket, she let Simon into an elevator. [#56A944 "Just wait till you see this place."] she smirked. Young Evelynne did like showing off all the perks that came with royalty, like the finer things she had access to.]

[i When the elevator opened up, a large elegant and extravagant speak easy was before them. Her family crest was largely hung behind the bar counter. No one else was in here, and the royal green colors decorated the place in banners, and ribbons. A huge wall of shelves lined behind the bar with the worlds finest and most expensive alcohols. It was probably a no brainier that she wasn't just noble, but actually royalty.]

[i [#56A944 "Welcome to my Fathers Speak Easy."] she smiled, still not mentioning or bringing up she was the Princesses of Tristania. Casually she dropped her back by the door and even kicked her shoes off. [#56A944 "So, what's your poison then?"] she hopped behind the bar counter looking at all the drinks she could choose from.]
  Lypophrenia / 137d 8h 23m 2s
[center [h3 Gotta Share The Boss?]]

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[center [b Kanzaki laughed as Alex teased him about stereotypes.]]

[center [+darkblue Well if they exist for a reason then you must really be the grizzled war type huh? Smoke a cigar and say in a deep voice "War... War has changed"]]

[center [b Alvin giggled in a soft feminine tone at Kanzaki's reference. As Kanzaki wiped under his nose. It wasn't easy to make the timid white swordsman laugh. He took a bit of pride in that though he'd really like to make Mally laugh. It was then Mally had given her answer.]]

[center [b Kanzaki shrugged with a chuckle]]

[center [+darkblue A reasonable answer as expected boss. I can have the second round good things are worth the wait right?]]

[center [b He said giving a sly wink to the petite cutie.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey wait Kita and Eric is cheating! Alvin, Kita, Eric should not be allowed to team up with each other!]]

[center [+purple Awe whiny for a hero isn't it?]]

[center [+darkblue Ugh... Fine! Alvin, we gotta partner up! We might stand a chance to those two come on! You'd be a strong rider!]]

[center [+green I-I...]]

[center [b Alvin hadn't given much an answer Kanzaki patted his shoulder as he shook his head.]]

[center [+darkblue Maybe I'll see if Ariadna is good to go! Don't worry bout an answer!]]

[center [h3 Living Tower]]

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[center [b Eric laughed as she climbed upon his back.]]

[center [+brown Here I thought I'd climb you!]]

[center [b He teased playfully as he looked at his first opponents. In a game? Eric was willing to not hold back nearly as much as long as no one got hurt of course. Kita had teased Claire a bit as she flailed her arms a bit.]]

[center [+lightblue I-I'm not trying to hurt anyone's f-feelings! F-Fine we can partner up the first round! You okay with that.. Alex? I'd hate them to make up you're mind for you..]]

[center [h3 Next Challenge Aye?]]

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[center [b Styles had chuckled playfully as she hit her hip against her own. He should've warned as far as partners go? He was a hand full and he was fully aware of that fact. He placed his hand on his head as she asked to team up. Kanzaki had whistled before when Rose and Raine had touched chest to chest. He simply shook his head at Kanzaki's antics. He gave Raine a soft smile as he pointed to Kita and Eric.]]

[center [+blue Those two will be tough to beat luckily Kanzaki let the pretty lass catch his eye over Alvin yes? Let's avoid Eric and Kita and let the others tire them out. Then little sweet lass we can swoop in and seize victory!]]

[center [b He said a bit louder than his usual laid-back tone. As he picked her over on top of his shoulders looking up at her with a grin.]]

[center [h3 Is It Me?]]

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[center [b Alvin had talked to Peyton before the competition. She had said she wasn't going to compete. He leaned in a bit desperate as worry set in.]]

[center [+green W-What's wrong..?]]

[center [b He wondered if he had done something wrong. It was hard to play happily with Kanzaki and the others now. He was too worried about Peyton he barely focused on the first contest. He felt his stomach sank as he walked off but in the last second he decided to awkwardly walk back. As he sat beside her inching closer. He was afraid he'd seem too clingy or needy but he wouldn't have any fun without her. He scooted a little closer as he looked away blushing. Even though they were together now he wasn't sure how to ask her all the things he wanted to. "Is it me?" "Did I upset you?"]]

[center [+green I... I d-don't know how to ask... S-So I'll be... I-I'll.... Ask did I... Do something to...]]

[center [b He trailed off too embarrassed to ask the entire question he wasn't sure how to. He had looked around to see his mother sleeping and Serah and Vincent? They were cheering his friends on. They looked tired emotionally exhausted Alvin was surprised he was fairing off better than them. He was normally the easily emotionally exhausted one. Perhaps everything he had been through? Even a soft boy like him toughened up a bit. At least he was soft when it came to emotional drain. Honestly, it was because of the people he had met they became his strength. They acted like he saved them back in the arena but he never thought of it that way. No... They saved him there was no doubt about that.]]

[center [h3 Embarrassed?]]

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[center [b Claire had Peyton stand up for her as Rose teased at Claire. Kita had joined in saying she was going to hurt Alex's feelings. Was she? Would he really care that much? Sure he looked like a tough guy as Kanzaki pointed out. Claire knew otherwise that he had insecurities which surprised her. He was strong he could hold his own even with people like Kanzaki and Eric with even more experience. She was sure he could even give Alvin a better fight then the boy would expect. She knew his insecurities went past being a soldier underneath Kita. She gripped her arm she screwed up, didn't she? She warned others that she was a thornbush and to stay away. Cause she had no idea on how not to hurt others! She pushed when she got scared sure Kita was joking but to Alex? That face? Sure he was smiling but she didn't need to read minds to know she messed up. She had told him they could team up if he wanted to as she quickly and meekly added.]]

[center [+lightblue You aren't a b-bad partner okay..? I just don't handle being teased well.]]

[center [b She leaned in to make sure only he heard. Was that really fair? She embarrassed him in front of this huge crowd of friends. Ugh! She warned him! "I did! I warned him like a million times!" it didn't make her feel any less bad. She figured she'd team up with him both rounds if he even still wanted to. If he didn't feel "Screw that bitch" she'd ask him the second round nice and loud. So he could... Feel a bit better about himself. He really sold himself short she knew if push came to shove he could rise to the occasion more then he could ever realize. If Kita was in trouble? She knew he'd surprise himself with his potential. He was so hard on himself and even if she wouldn't admit it? It frustrated her to see that.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had taken the chance to speak up as he scooped up Mally on his shoulders.]]

[center [+darkblue So I do get the boss to myself huh? Heh heh!]]

[center [h3 Do Over?]]

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[center [b Rose had hugged Raine as Kanzaki whistled at the two. Rose had rolled her eyes sending a chilly wind his way. As he covered his arms shivering a bit she giggled mischievously.]]

[center [b Rose had pouted at Peyton as she stook her tongue out at her.]]

[center [+purple Awe does that mean I can't grope you next! Oh wait I wouldn't want to make Alvy jealous!]]

[center [b She teased sticking her tongue out at the two lovebirds. Alvin was like a lost puppy by Peyton's side it was kinda cute. She was glad Eric was doing fine too he was a sweet little apple tart. She was surprised to see Kita and Eric team up. They seemed like an unlikely duo but a scary one. As Eric charged through despite his peaceful expression she knew him and Kita? Made a scary powerful duo. Sure her and Alvin were the scariest but honestly? Alvin and Kita would make the best riders and Eric? The sturdy horse. She waved her arms a bit scared as she playfully squealed.]]

[center [+purple Wait wait wait!]]

[center [b It was one-sided with Kita and Eric's prowess combined Rose tried to fight it for Shiloh's sake with the effort he gave. However, Eric had pushed Kita forward with sheer size and force. Kita herself was already overpowering Rose plenty without the extra help. The two ran her and poor Shiloh over as she shrieked flailing.]]

[center [+purple Do ooooovveeeer!]]

[center [b She swam in the water pouting she really wasn't ready for such a turn of events. Funny given what her powers were.]]

[center [+purple Would it be cheating if I froze the water in round two? Huhuhu~]]

[center [b She giggled evilly as she clasped her little hands together.]]

[center [h3 Sweet Sentiments.]]

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[center [b Shirudo smiled at Kita's offer as she looked among the group she wasn't sure who her partner would be. The White Sw-- Alvin had taken a break himself. So she and Ken along with Ariadna would make one of them an odd man out surely. She had laughed softly as she spoke up. Her voice soft and seraphic as she looked at her friends.]]

[center [#eb99ca Perhaps Ken and Ariadna can join in as partners.]]

[center [#a51d29 Really? I thought the one laying it thick on Ariadna was going to ask her. Are you sure lady Shirudo?]]

[center [b She had nodded as she called back to Kita.]]

[center [#eb99ca My friends would love to join I'm afraid without Erna we can't both have partners.]]

[center [b She said offering Kita a rapturous gleaming smile. Ken had rubbed the back of his head looking at Ariadna.]]

[center [#a51d29 Well I'm game if you are but now Ariadna I'm here to smoke the others!]]

[center [b He pointed to himself with a grin as Shirudo offered a soft fit of giggles. He was as childish as ever.]]

[center [h3 Let's Go!]]

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[center [b Ken had dragged Ariadna into the water. As he pretended to start climbing her shoulders.]]

[center [#a51d29 Wait... I'm not going to be the rider?]]

[center [b He grinned as he offered her a spot on his back. He expected to partner up with lady Shirudo but he was disappointed with his partner they were friends after all. Even Ariadna was a bit more stiff he knew she meant well.]]

[center [h3 Watchful Care]]

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[center [b Vanessa had rolled around her mind going from place to place. She dreamt of Edwards cold gaze his attitude toward her and his only child. That, however, was showered over with a warm feeling. The reunion of her son his smile to be surrounded by those who care for him.]]

[center [b She awoke to look around to see her son beside the women he introduced as his girlfriend. As much as she wanted to dote on the boy and talk to him she didn't want to embarrass him in front of her. He was such a shy and timid boy she didn't want to turtle him up, even more, he knew how he was. She smiled as she gave him a soft gaze. As she continued to relax happily to know he was simply safe and sound.]]

[center [h3 Talking Things Out]]

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[center [b Vincent had cheered their buddy on till he decided to check on his girl. A strange thought huh? Alvin with his own girl? He was normally so shy? Vincent and Serah had sat down at a nearby table to get a quick something to eat. Somewhat near Alvin in case, he wanted to come over and talk. In fact, Serah had screamed at the two.]]

[center [+pink Hey Alvin! Do you think you and... Peyton yes? Could come over? We got so much catching up to do!]]

[center [b Vincent chuckled she wasted no time he almost wanted to give Alvin and his mother a chance to catch up but it was best not to crowd Peyton. That girl had to have been through a lot she seemed quiet damaged and reserved. Kinda similar to Alvin really they did go through something pretty scary. Vincent knew he'd have to be careful not to upset them. Though their friends seemed so happy and outgoing despite all the horrors they faced.]]

[center [h3 Come Join Us!]]

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[center [b Alvin had chuckled nervously putting one finger up as he whispered to Peyton. Probably asking if she was okay to come over. If they didn't come over Serah would understand. Peyton seemed so damaged so afraid. She could see how the two got along so well. ]]

[center [b She swung her legs under the table as she huffed at her hair waiting for an answer. She wanted to catch up with him and learn about Peyton. At the same time she didn't want to scare either of them off.]]

[center [h3 Having A Blast]]

[center [b Kanzaki had scooped up Mally with a grin on his face.]]

[center [+darkblue, Of course, I'll be picking you up cutie! All right Kita! Eric! I know you two are pretty tough but prepare to go down!! We can take them right Mally?]]

[center [+brown I wish you luck Kanzaki.]]

[center [+darkblue Oh come on Eric that's no fun! You have to get fired up! Or tell me you'll kick my ass! Where is the fighting spirit in that? All right, Alex! I hope you can make up for that! Every hero needs a rival after all!!]]

[center [+blue Aye mate you'll make a fine rival for our hero Kanzaki.]]

[center [+darkblue Damn straig-- Wait no Styles you got it all wrong damn it!]]

[center [+lightblue Is the captain trying to butter him up to make an ally?]]

[center [b Claire accused Styles with a sly smirk.]]

[center [+blue Ahh so the sea vixen can smile can she? Perhaps this captain could use a parley between mates.]]

[center [+purple Awe captain go down the ship with honor! I faced my storm head on cap!!]]

[center [+blue I would but I can't let my precious cargo fall now can I?]]

[center [+purple Wow what a sappy ladies man line! Raine if you break up with him I'll understand!]]

[center [b Rose giggled she was just kidding of course as Styles chuckled softly. Kanzaki had taken the chance to charge into Styles and Raine to let Mally handle Raine as he charged into Styles head on!]]

[center [+darkblue You ready cutie? Let's go and take the gold!]]

[center [b Eric had laughed softly at his friends as he looked back at Ken and Ariadna. They hadn't really made much of a move yet. Eric noticed they were waiting for an opening a bit out of character for Eric but even he had his moments.]]

[center [+brown What's the plan captain, my captain?]]

[center [b He gave Kita a playful salute waiting for her orders rather than charging on ahead. He had a lot of fun working together with his friends when well... No one's lives were at stake.]]

[center [h3 Intimidating huh?]]

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[center [b He raised an eyebrow at her reasoning to not be hit on. Was it her tomboyish tone? Her height? Could those factors really stop someone?]]

[center [+lightgreen Sure you are a bit tomboyish and tall but that's part of the charm. You are super gorgeous but at the same time relatable and down to Earth.]]

[center [b He said rather straightforward he didn't get it. He stammered a bit looking away she'd surely tease him for that statement but she wouldn't think much of it. Clyde, what are you doing? You shouldn't be making it look like you are hitting on your co-worker.]]

[center [b She had told him to be quiet "idiot" she didn't strike him as the more childish type. It was cute but he'd keep that to himself as he simply chuckled. They went off to go get ice cream she offered her treat? He wanted to make a joke how the woman was the one to force something in his mouth. He chuckled a bit he was too much of a gentleman to say such a thing, however.]]

[center [+lightgreen Are you sure?]]

[center [b He looked over to point at the vanilla ice cream. Basic? Sure, though he didn't need anything to fancy despite what his composure and his appearance might tell. He seemed the picky type he knew that someone with noble taste. He was mistaken for a noble often with his appearance. Though if Midori had teased him for being a pretty boy he'd know that she hadn't any ill intent right? Strange thought but at that, he smiled her way.]]

[center [h3 Dinner]]

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[center [b Yushiro nodded as she agreed to go with him. As she asked where to go he crossed his arms as he closed his eyes deep in thought.]]

[center [+darkblue I normally eat rations at the pub or in the barracks. The men and women there are... Normally a bit rowdy. Where do you wish to dine lady Felicity?]]

[center [b He asked willing to follow her lead on this. Yushiro wasn't picky and as long as he could accompany his comrade in arms. He wouldn't much mind where they headed to as long as it was a legit business.]]

[center [+darkblue I am aware and have been informed to be a very "dull" man. I apologize for my lack of aid in this endeavor my lady.]]

[center [b He said as he offered the woman a soft bow.]]

[center [h3 Wedding Day]]

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[center [b Zero had listened to her talk happily of the wedding as a soft smile crept upon his stern face.]]

[center [i Perhaps food from Tristania from the former era.]]

[center [b His smile remained as he remembered his childhood a bit.]]

[center [i You seem very knowledgeable in this. As for a tux, I suppose I was given one from time to time but on the war front and the war room? It hasn't much crossed my mind I'm afraid.]]

[center [b Zero had remembered the last time he let Clyde use that "Flair" to set him up with a mate. Or even to simply make friends.]]

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[center [b It helped hide him as the commander Zero but he didn't learn much about the common people. His stern face remained even with contacts and his entire appearance changed as much as possible.]]

[center [b Zero wasn't sure if he should let Clyde take over.]]

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[center [b He did remember his smile being less standoffish and the white he wore seemed more approachable. However, it had felt off to him perhaps he'd go for a similar approach? Hadn't the white swordsman done such a thing? To vastly change his appearance?]]

[center [b His smile had turned into a small laugh as he looked her way.]]

[center [i You have a very strange taste.]]

[center [b He said in a forward straight tone. Though he had proposed to her he was surprised to see such a cheerful woman with so much charm agree to marry a man such as himself. He had leaned in roughly kissing the smaller woman as he held on to her arms tightly looking into her eyes.]]

[center [i You are indeed very charming.]]

[center [b He said again with another straight face as he kissed her again and again roughly holding on to her. Was this what it meant? To let ones desire to control their actions?]]

[center [b He thought on her words about the bad luck to see her before. How she found such a man to be charming. He rested his weary head into her own placing his forehead against her own. As the man known as "the cold hero" showed his weariness for the first time in years. He felt his body relax as he began to expose his vulnerableness. Despite the public seeing him as a god blessed with unstoppable power from the heavens themselves. He was just a man and though he'd never admit it he hit his limit ages ago.]]

[center [i Nimue, I believe this is where I state that I Frederick Sieghart love you.]]

[center [h3 Just A Man Just A Women]]

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[center [b Simon had felt her bit his lip as he gripped around her hips. As he suddenly jerked her head back kissing her into her lovely neck. Pulling back out of the bathroom door laying her down on her mattress. Despite the fact she was soaking wet from her shower as he kissed her relentlessly like he wouldn't get a chance to ever again. At this moment? He wasn't a king he was just a man. A man that loved his wife dearly how she brought that side out of him.]]

[center [b It was in these heats of passion he knew that all he did? Everything he did? His whole motivation? Was the precious jewel he held in his arms.]]

[center [b He squeezed at her tender hips as he began to bite at her neck softly as he chuckled softly. How she brought such a different side of him one he'd normally scorn if not for her kindness.]]

[center [+gold I love you.]]

[center [b He whispered in a hushed tone into her ear as he held onto her tightly.]]

[center [h3 Oblivous Simon]]

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[center [b Simon had crossed his arms and nodded on his judgments were to be made too quickly. True first impressions were important but she had a point.]]

[center [+gold Fair enough if I am not sold you aren't naive with such a dream. I should give it more time to get to know you even with such a towering goal. Even if borders on impossible I'll give it more of a chance before passing a judgment.]]

[center [b He said offering her a handshake on that matter. However the next matter? Had completely blown up on his face as he tilted his head. Was the skirt like that here issued? Perhaps he simply never noticed before? Or simply her body type was different? Or had they gotten her skirt too short?]]

[center [+gold I was simply asking I do not see the big deal. Perverted?]]

[center [b He tilted his head, scratching at it.]]

[center [+gold Were that the case I'd have asked you to maintain that attire. I thought we agreed on no quick accusations yes? I'm not sure what has you all flustered. As for the towel robe you gave me this I wasn't given much of a choice.]]

[center [b He had begun to get dressed it wasn't long before he was in full set again. Placing his glasses upon his face. Setting out of the bathroom as he pushed them up the bridge of his nose. Still, a confused look plastered all over his face he wasn't sure what upset others. It always seemed when he spoke his mind it upset others. That hasn't much changed since being on his own.]]

[center [b He'd apologize but he'd have to ask why he was to make it more sincere. Of course, if he asked why he was sorry? She'd simply get madder, wouldn't she? Wait a second why did he care if she hated him? He was trying to get her to hate him at first anyway. It'd maybe be better for her to focus on her studies and leave someone like him alone anyway.]]

[center [+gold So should I return home then?]]

[center [b He asked presuming that the offer for the drinks to be gone. He wasn't really a man to make too many assumptions but from her attitude? It was a safe bet, however, he saw her face flustered red. He leaned in placing a hand over her forehead.]]

[center [+gold You seem to be red all over are you sick? Am I so oblivious to have missed that too? I can go out and get you something before I go home if you wish.]]

[center [b Even if she sent him home for the effort she gave he could do at least that for her. Even if she was the reason he had the mess? He had a respect for her to try and clean it up.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 139d 7h 50m 24s
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Mally just stood expressionless, like she didn't understand what he meant.
She surely didn't feel like any of those things he said, but well she didn't feel anything.
Letting it be, she moved on.

She didn't try very hard in the race, mostly because it was a bit crowded with them all next to each other. Raine won, and Mally was a bit surprised by that, she had never read the girl to be fast. Though she had never seen her in the water. Raine had expressed loving swimming, but she had a lot of weight that should have held her back. Though she carried it just fine, maybe she was stronger than she looked.

Soon they were talking about playing Chicken, blinking her eyes she nodded her head. Claire wanted to be her partner, and so did Kanzaki.
[#EC871C "I can do both of you...It's two teams at a time right? So one round with Kanzaki and another with Claire."]
She was being her usual honest self, not realizing that the others were trying to get Claire to pair with Alex.
Though her honesty then went [#EC871C "Which one of us is strong enough to carry the other?"]

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Before the race her and Eric had been joking around. Kita laughed at the boys and lined up next to them.
Kita hadn't won, but Raine had. She smiled and congratulated her.

They were quick to move on to the next game, and she cracked her knuckles. Chuckling at how Rose continued to tease Claire, rolling her eyes a bit she laughed. [#EC0E37 "Claire, why can't you just team with Alex hu? Don't hurt my friends feelings."] she teased a little bit, Kita could tell why, not that it was super obvious, but it was like something she could feel. She just knew.
Kita gave Erica thumbs up and smiled, quickly climbing up his back. Both of them being the tallest amongst the group they made quiet the tower.
[#EC0E37 "I challenge Rose and Shiloh first then, everyone else stand back and figure out your partners!"]

She noticed Peyton chose to stay out of the activity again, but she wasn't gonna make a big deal out of it. Instead she called [#EC0E37 "Peyton, you should be our judge!"]
She then looked over to Shirudo, Ken and Ariadna [#EC0E37 "You guys should play too!"] she smiled before turning her attention to Shiloh and Rose who were stacked up together now.

[#EC0E37 "You guys ready?"]

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Alex had laughed at her shriek and then nodded his head.
[#D23F0B "Even if I think I'll lose it doesn't hurt to try, you should too."]
Then with Peyton encouragement as well, she did join them to race.
He laughed when Kanzaki said she was stereotyping Raine and Styles.
[#D23F0B "Well, some stereotypes exist for a reason"] he chuckled out in an attempt to back her up.

Claire ended up being right, those two won, Raine being the actual 1st place winner. He laughed and called to Kanzaki [#D23F0B "See? Stereotypes."]

Soon it was time for Chicken, and Claire was trying to partner with anyone but him. Secretly, it kind of hurt his feelings because he thought they were hitting it off. Scratching the back of his head he just stood back and kept his mouth shut. He wasn't gonna force her to do something like that if she didn't want to.

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Raine found her face as red as ever, batting her eyes she threw a little glare at him and with a pout on her face. Styles had just suddenly grabbed her chest, while everyone was around. Anyone could of seen.
It was...kind of a nice rush. For some reason the possibility of being seen, the embarrassment. It was exciting to her.

He then was able to act like it didn't happen, she bumped him with her hip before lining up with everyone else. She was gonna swim extra fast now, she wanted to kick his butt.

Raine had swum the best she had in a long time. It felt so good, and when she found she won she laughed.
After the race they had swum back towards the shallow end, but she still had to tip toe to keep her head above the water.
[#6495ED "Thank you!"] she said to everyone who congratulated her.
Turning around she jumped up into Roses hug, wrapped her arms around the older girls neck and she giggled. They were touching now chest to chest, but Raine didn't think much of it. It was quick nuzzling hug, before she let go and was under Zacks arms again and they were gonna team up. [#6495ED "Let's do it!"] she cheered, watching as Rose paired with Shiloh and Kita with Eric.
The first match would be interesting, the whole thing would be really.

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Before the race, Alvin had casually said he loved her. Her face flushed lightly and she was gonna call it back but stammered and got nothing out instead. It made her happy to hear him say it like that, it meant he was getting comfortable.

Clapping and cheering while the raced, and continued stayed up out of the pool. She smiled when Raine won, watching everyone cheered even when the lost. It was nice to know she was surrounded by so many good sports.

Afterwards everyone was excited to get right into the next game. Alvin called her over, so they could play together but Peyton looked at the water, a flash of hesitant fear in her eyes.
She laughed a little bit at Claire and Roses exchange and nodded her head [#8A2BE2 "No groping, that's cheating!"] she laughed a little, but still took Claires side. She knew they were all kidding though.
Her face flushed and she shook her head [#8A2BE2 "N-no I...I don't want to play, s-sorry."] she even took a step back from the water.
She didn't want any of them to know she couldn't swim.

Peyton never went to the pool or swam or even went to the beach. Before the labs, she was so insecure about her body, being a bigger girl back then, she wouldn't ever go somewhere she was expected to show so much skin. So she never learned how to swim.
She felt bad, she didn't want to disappoint him or miss out on the fun everyone was having. But the girl also didn't want to admit her embarrassing secret.
She went and sat on a pool chair and just kept watching them all instead. Holding her head in her hands, her elbows propped up on her knees.

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Shiloh hadn't won, but neither had Rose. He clapped for Raine's victory and smiled.

He held Rose on his shoulders soon, he was excited for the game actually. Normally he was calm and quiet, and thought himself too mature to play games. However, here he was with Rose.
She brought out the fun in him.

He laughed the whole time Rose teased Claire, but soon it was time to get serious. He held on to her legs which were hanging down his chest from her place on his shoulders.
Stabilizing his balance, he'd try his best to keep her from falling. He didn't have to worry about Eric, because they didn't need to fight each other. It would just be the girls trying to knock each other off.

Kita had asked Peyton to judge and she nodded, getting up from her spot on her chair she nodded her head.
Then Kita asked if they were ready and he nodded [#8147A0 "Ready."]

Peyton then told them to go. The girls started to play fight up top, he couldn't pay much attention to it as he tried to stay balanced.

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Ariadna wrinkled her nose and watched, knowing even though Raine won Ariadna still would have smoked her.

Kita called them to join and she looked to Ken and Shirudo and rose an eyebrow. Maybe they would join, these people did seem like fun.

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Midori rolled her eyes and snorted a little bit at his comment.
[#F741B4 "I don't get hit on, I am too intimidating or something."] she shrugged her shoulders going back to her food.

Her face was red with embarrassment after she had done what he did but he played off and turned it into a joke. She was relieved he didn't take that seriously. She needed to get her head screwed on better.
[#F741B4 "Ha, I knew it."] she stuck her tongue out, trying to ride the coat tails of his joke.

She had watched him when it went silent, his face had fallen and something was on his mind. As much as she wanted to ask him about it, she didn't. If he wanted to talk about it, he would. She wasn't the type of person to pry. But she would notice, she was very observant. Watching five computer screens at once would build that skill up in anyone.

She watched as he put his mask back on, and pretended like he wasn't just in deep thought. She'd roll with it, the last she wanted was to make him uncomfortable, again.
His comment made her face flush and she rolled her eyes.
[#F741B4 "S-shut up...idiot."] she grumbled looking away.

Once they she done, she got up and led him away to the best ice cream shop in the whole city. [#F741B4 "Pick out whatever you want, on me since I forced you to burn your whole mouth."] she happily insisted as she began to look at selections herself.
Midori had lots of pocket change, she had several of her own computer businesses that made her lots of money outside of her military service.

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Felicity blinked for a moment and shook her head [#FBB004 "I am bit tired of being kept alone with my thoughts...I will catch dinner with you."] she nodded her head.

She honestly was a bit tired of isolating herself, she just won a battle with these people. The girl should work on getting to know them and opening up to them a bit more. She had already started taking the first steps to do so.
[#FBB004 "Where would you like to go?"]

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Nimue blinked her eyes a bit, he really did seem to know nothing. Nimue had spent most her life dreaming of her wedding and planning it.
She realized this was something Zero had never thought about before.

Nodding her head she stopped fluttering around him for a moment, knowing she'd have to slow down and explain some things.
[#F64408 "I can handle the music then, don't worry about that part it's a small detail. As for your tux, you need to get the whole thing suited and tailored. It's a special suit, I am surprised you don't have one Mr. Serious man. You should ask Clyde to take you Tux shopping, he's got some style and flare...He will know what to look for...We also shouldn't see each other in our wedding attire before the ceremony it's bad luck. So we can't go tux or dress shopping together.]

[#F64408 "Yeah a food theme, like maybe only Tristiania foods, or theme them around old world foods, or Romalian style meals. Or we can just get a buffet of everything. We'd be giving ourselves and our guests the most options then. "]

She giggled watching him get so serious over food, she picked herself up off the ground with her wings and hovered over to him, taking his arms and wrapping them around her self. She clasped her hands together behind his neck and pressed close against him. Kissing him she laughed bit [#F64408 "You're just so cute...I couldn't help myself."] she mused softly.

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Evelynne gasped her face flushed as he picked up her, she was dripping wet, soaking his own clothes now. Even after so long, he was still able to surprise her and get her all flustered in the best way possible.
[#56A944 "S-simon!"] she gasped softly as he kissed her neck like he head.
Wrapping her legs around him, she returned her face to him with the same devious smirk on her face.

She liked his direct and suddenness. She loved feeling like she was all his, and the roughness of his touch. In her little experience before him all the sissy men who'd gently kiss her hand and always ask permission bored her. Where was the spontaneity? The raw passion?
Simon showed her it, he most definitely did.
Even after all this time though, he'd still falter and sometimes was unsure. Though for years she'd encourage him, and tell him he was doing exactly what she wanted him too.

It was cute to see he was till so concerned with making sure he did things right with her though, she appreciated it. Putting a hand against his face she pulled his gaze back to hers and kissed him, biting his lip to get his attention.

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[i Young Evelynne chucked a bit at Simons remark. [#56A944 "Not he can't but his Daughter will."] she remarked back but in her own head, she wasn't ready to blow her cover and give up her identity just yet.]

[i Evelynne cleared her thought when he called her young and naive. Young she might be, naive? No. In her own stern voice, she had completely forget he just called her beautiful. [#56A944 "Do not confuse my hope and positivity for being naive. You've known me hardly an hour, don't be so quick to pass a judgement like that. It's quiet naive to make assumptions like that one so early in a friendship. Considering you have no idea what I know, and what my plan is."]
Something about her voice then was very commanding, but not in a demanding way. Almost like that of a fair leaders voice.]

[i The dryer beeped and before the female would rush over to grab his clothes he had given her a request. She rose her eyebrow and almost stared at him in shock. Her face flushed and she clenched her own fists.
[#56A944 "Excuse me? This is the skirt the school issued me. The only clothes I have brought here, are my uniforms. It's quiet rude to request people make such accommodations to you! Instead how about you train your eye to not wander and your mind not to be so perverted!"] she snapped back at him quickly. Stomping over she grabbed his clothes out of the dryer, they were hot to the touch, and she threw them at him.]

[i Pointing then at himself, she commented on his loosely tied robe. [#56A944 "Like you are so modestly presenting yourself right now."] she muttered. [#56A944 "Go change in the bathroom."] she turned her back to him and crossed her arms across her chest. Her face red, she let out a sigh of frustrated air. Maybe she wouldn't take him to drink now, what a crass young man he was.]
  Lypophrenia / 147d 1h 31m 7s
[center [h3 Yeah! A Babe!]]

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[center [b Before Kanzaki had run off he had responded to Ariadna calling him stupid.]]

[center [+darkblue Ha! Impossible! Stupid is my middle name!]]

[center [b Though the conversation would be cut short when he had run to his boss.]]

[center [b Kanzaki grinned and nodded looking at Mally.]]

[center [+darkblue Yeah you are a babe! You know? Beautiful? Gorgeous? Sexy? Hot?]]

[center [b He tapped at her forehead before hopping in the water with her. She was such a dense thing but Kanzaki hadn't minded it. No not one little bit perhaps he liked the chase.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had heard about a race and he was all game for it! There he was at the end of the pool ready for it to start. He wondered who would do the countdown?]]

[center [h3 A Race!]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/UIgpEz2.png]]

[center [b Eric laughed as she slammed water all over him covering his face. As he gave a soft whistle.]]

[center [+brown Impressive but I'm not going to give up that easily!]]

[center [b He chuckled softly as she proposed a race calling them all chickens. As he playfully made farm animal noises her way he was ready to go at it with the gang.]]

[center [+darkblue I'd say prepare to get smoked but swimming isn't exactly my strong suit.]]

[center [+brown It isn't mine either but come on you can't let Kita call you out like that! Let's show them what we got!]]

[center [h3 Spash]]

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[center [b Alex had caused a much larger splash then Claire with little to no effort. She found herself sighing softly it was then she shrieked. "What the?!" he was tickling her?! She shrieked laughing as she kicked at him growling his way as he got back up. She let out another sigh hitting his arm.]]

[center [+lightblue I guess you win that round so you wanna race? I might sit it out I doubt I'd win with Styles and Raine those two love water. She did ask to stop by the lake and he's a pirate after all.]]

[center [+darkblue That is stereotyping!]]

[center [+lightblue Oh shut it Kanzaki!]]

[center [h3 Brash Lass Ehh?]]

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[center [b Styles had found himself laughing at her direct comment. She wasn't wrong if they moved she would too. He shook his head playfully as he ruffled her hair softly. Not like before not like a child it was more... Tender and possessive then before at least that was the intent behind it.]]

[center [b It was of course only natural some things would change between the two. She had whispered softly to him as a small tint of red hit his face. "She has a lot of brass," he thought to himself with a smirk. As he with a swift movement grabbed her chest for a fraction of a moment. So the moments wouldn't catch wind. As he whispered back into her ear in a gravelly tone. His voice gruff as he let the air of his lips touch her ears.]]

[center [+blue That is why they are most distracting doll.]]

[center [b Short sweet quick and simple with that he waved and smiled at the others. As they went to head at the start. Styles hadn't acted so brazenly since he was a younger man. Maybe Raine was helping him realize he wasn't really past his prime after all. He was only in his mid-twenties after all! Perhaps the arena and life on the sea simply made him feel like a tired old man. She was quite literally helping him regain his youth.]]

[center [h3 Me? Cute?]]

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[center [b Alvin had smiled softly as she told him to shut it. Normally he was very sensitive but he could tell she was just being stubborn it was adorable. Eric had offered to catch the two up and join in. Alvin decided to stay behind with Peyton. She had said something, didn't she? It was quiet what was it? Wait... He's... Cute? He blushed stammering as he fell all over his words staring at her.]]

[center [b He gulped looking at her with a look that screamed. "You mean that?" he couldn't help it. At that moment he had pulled her in kissing her lips softly as he pulled off slowly smiling gently.]]

[center [+green I-I'm sorry.. Y-You just... Well.. Y-You, make me happy.. A-As sappy as that sounds.]]

[center [b Peyton was encouraging him to go race! He was eager to he had a feeling he could win Kita Styles and Raine were real threats but he'd use stamina and speed if he had to. However before the race Peyton meeting Serah? Alvin had blushed as she called him cute even squeaking a bit as Vincent teased him. He had run off turning red after her statement. Ugh, he acted like such a shy school girl! Before he got a chance to take off though she had kissed him on the cheek goodbye. "God I love her" he could think that he wanted to be able to say it once casually. "I love you" he decided
screw it." He was going to! As he was running off he waved behind him yelling at Peyton.]]

[center [+green Wish m-me luck love you!]]

[center [b His face burst red oh god did he scream that? Don't think about it Alvin just don't think about it. It's a good thing after all right? Embarrassing but.. "I'm making progress right?"]]

[center [b Peyton had yelled at Claire talking her into it she seemed set on letting Alex race without her till Peyton spoke up. Claire gave a smile with a slight eye roll and said fine. When did the two of them become good friends? It was something Alvin thought he'd ask later. Course to be fair he knew she'd have more questions so it'd be fair she go first they were more important after all. How was he going to do that? Tell her? As he was lost in thought before he realized it the race was over he never even competed. Alex and Eric got to earn last place he just kinda found himself drowning. In his thoughts anyway not the water.]]

[center [b Shirudo and Ken were clapping for them all as Alvin thought about this more and more.]]

[center [h3 Goofy Girl]]

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[center [b Rose had laughed about Kita's big breast complaints Rose wasn't a frontline fighter so she didn't worry about it. Fighting Eric one on one was a bit difficult though for that reason. Well not the ONLY reason.]]

[center [b At the pool Rose had talked to Shiloh a bit before the race. He had teased her spinning her around. She flailed and kicked and blushed vowing to defeat him in mortal combat for his transgressions! She, of course, didn't win the race.]]

[center [b She had given Shiloh and goofy grin before offering a pout]]

[center [+purple Awe dang it! Not even close! All well! Chicken huh? Well, let's form teams of two! Shiloh you are going to be my manly horse! Don't let me down got it?]]

[center [b She grinned climbing him like a small child would as she got on top of his shoulders making grabby hands.]]

[center [+purple I'm sure the riders will all be skilled ladies that just means... More bust for me to grab! That will be how I win this!!]]

[center [+lightblue Touch me and I'll kill you.]]

[center [+purple Awe Claire but maybe this lady likes em feisty!]]

[center [b She chortled laughing as Claire sighed shaking her head looking over to Peyton.]]

[center [+lightblue If you make me play again give Rose a restriction no grabbing.]]

[center [+purple Awe your no fun! How about you let Alex be the rider then haha.]]

[center [+lightblue W-Who s-said him and m-me were gonna team up? Maybe I was gonna team with someone else!]]

[center [+purple Surreeee~]]

[center [+lightblue Grrr... Eric! You're with me get your ass over here.]]

[center [+brown Huh? Oh, I'd love to buddy but I was gonna ask Kita! I gotta beat Alvin when he's really trying! Kita seems like she'd be a super strong rider!]]

[center [+green O-Oh? Peyton come over here we gotta teach them a thing or two!]]

[center [+lightblue Err... Shiloh?]]

[center [+purple Duh I already got Shiloh!]]

[center [+lightblue Uhh... I know Mally!]]

[center [+darkblue No boss partner with me come on please boss!]]

[center [b Rose giggled to herself she knew it wasn't Claire didn't like Alex. She was just too shy to see him as a go-to partner for these kinda things. She wanted to seem independent and strong because otherwise, she'll end up relying on him pretty heavily. Rose had teased her but she felt kinda bad now she'd go outta of her way to prove a point when she really does care about Alex. Perhaps this was for the best that she face this head on besides he knew how fickle the girl could be. Hopefully, if Mally partnered with Kanzaki she'd have to partner with Alex! Kukukuku~ Cupid strikes again!]]

[center [h3 Sidelines]]

[center [b Shirudo and Ken had decided to stay on the sidelines give the kids a bit of space. As Vicent and Serah cheered Alvin on his mother had found herself sleeping a lounging chair. Seeing her son made her really happy but drained she was getting too old for cross country journies and she had honestly been through a lot. She was just glad her baby was okay. Ken and Shirudo had bumped each of Ariadna's shoulders as Ken teased her about getting all the attention from Kanzaki. Ken even stating she was "second" for Romalia's most beautiful woman after all. Behind lady Shirudo of course though he hadn't meant it in a flirty way. He was just the type to say what he meant being kind but always being honest. At least he always tried his best to be.]]

[center [b Before the game of chicken had started Alvin and Eric had come over giving Raine both a high five.]]

[center [+green N-Nice work!]]
[center [+brown You did awesome!!]]

[center [b Even Rose had given her some encouragement hugging her from behind.]]

[center [+purple I see why they call you Raine! Cause you move like water lady!]]

[center [b She laughed booping her nose as Styles wrapped his arm around her looking her way.]]

[center [+blue Wanna team up champion?]]

[center [h3 Sweet Things]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/XURWxNi.jpg]]

[center [+lightgreen Flattering? It's nothing much coming from a simple soldier like me.]]

[center [b He said offering a charming smile as he worked on his meal as best he could. He'd play it down as best he could. He respected her a lot but he had no intentions of growing close to anyone. Even if it's job to look after them and he does care for their well being all the same. After everything he's been through he's decided its best he doesn't get close to others. Luckily she was mad gorgeous so she wouldn't exactly flirt with him even if he was a pretty boy. She was a tomboy he could tell meaning she probably had no intentions of getting close to someone so "frilly"

[center [b It wasn't just her it was everyone maybe the opposite sex more but the only person he really trusted anymore was his brother Zero. He'd trust them on the battlefield that was about it.]]

[center [b She had cut his thoughts off with a statement He laughed softly as she gave a wink.]]

[center [+lightgreen I just hope you don't think I can beat off all the guys who hit on you.]]

[center [b He laughed pushing his meal away he had given up it was too spicy. She seemed amused her kick hurt he didn't have any endurance training or endurance power for that matter. Yeah, it hurt! He chuckled thinking to himself.]]

[center [b She teased him about the heat as he began to drink water sticking his tongue out at her.]]

[center [+lightgreen I handle you that's all the heat I can take. Haha, thanks for the thought. An applause will have to do! I think I matched his tune fine! Course it's easy just go monotone! Hahaha.]]

[center [b He took another drink of water as her leg decided to go up his leg he chocked up on his water beating on his chest coughing heavily. His face exploding into a seam of red. That took him by surprise she didn't seem the flirty type but she was probably just teasing. Well if they were just kidding around what's the harm right? Clyde loved to laugh.]]

[center [+lightgreen Whoa! Maybe I was wrong about the heat! You almost gave me a heart attack! You just might be too much woman for me to handle.]]

[center [b Perfect two birds with one stone on one end he got to make a silly joke without coming off guarded or harsh. While on the other end if he sells himself as not much of a "man" he'll come off less appealing. Perhaps the whole squad in time will see him in that way. He really put a lot of thought into running away and staying guarded, didn't he? Heck, he hardly talked to Mika since what happened. He had these moments where he wondered why he did it. His smile vanishing for a moment as Claire entered his mind. No he had to stay alert switching that switch back on he flashed her a smile and nodded.]]

[center [b Crap he dropped his smile he'd have to get her mind off of it. Well after downplaying himself it was safe to make a distracting flirtatious comment.]]

[center [+lightgreen I do like sweet things that's why I came here after all.]]

[center [b He gave her a wink as he accepted her offered hopefully she wouldn't feel something was off. Though all these guards aside he was having fun she was a pretty fun gal.]]

[center [h3 Comrades]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/QlcgzVj.jpg]]

[center [+darkblue Hmm.. perhaps it was a poor choice perhaps we should have chosen proper conduct over mindless power. I agree with you on that I am unhappy with these choices. However, I still cannot forgive those who ran off for themselves instead of standing for others who are also suffering. Lives being taken from Germania the torture that makes the labs look like... Certainly the white swordsman. He looked me dead in the eye and told me he'd change things and he...]]

[center [b He gripped his fist as he took a breath to compose herself as she offered a sweet tone he composed himself.]]

[center [+darkblue Thank you milady, not I. Though as for heading out. I'm... Not good at social interaction, however, I was wondering if I could appeal you to eat by my side? If you rather be alone to meditate or relax I would completely understand.]]

[center [b He wanted to pay her back for being honest about how she felt. For standing loyally despite the heavy heart. It wasn't simply pity that kept him here. He enjoyed talking to her which was strange for the lad. He was one for the sword not talk.]]

[center [h3 Clueless Commander]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/w6lFv09.jpg]]

[center [b Zero had tilted his head as he tried to keep up. As she put it much thought he had nodded speaking back to her.]]

[center [i The flowers will compliment your radiance elegantly a wise choice I understand. Music? I'm afraid I don't keep up much with music of either the old world or the new. A tux? What would be suited? I'm afraid I know even less of dresses.]]

[center [b He said with a straight face as she held on to him the man known as "The Cold Hero" felt his frozen heart melt over. As he offered her a smile it looked out of place a bit strange to see on him.]]

[center [i Err... Food theme..? Uhh..]]

[center [b He crosses his arms as his stern strategic expression began to show. His eyebrows furrowed his eyes closed as he began to overthink the question.]]

[center [i Hmm..]]

[center [h3 Careless King]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/AiBQzca.jpg]]

[center [b Simon had rubbed the back of his neck with a deep laugh as she commented on his bedroom talk. It was after she told him that she enjoyed it while prompting what course of action they would take tonight.]]

[center [b She was as clever as she was adventurous opposite of the usually dull king.]]

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[center [b He let out a sly smirk it was meant to be a soft or warm compelling smirk. He had the face of a delinquent even at this age when he made such face. His attitude showed on his face in his younger days even worse. Most figured him a troublemaker with such a foul face that or either devious had he found himself smiling. He'd give almost evil smirks while petting animals even it wasn't exactly intentional and it was something he never really fixed so he stopped smiling altogether. He used to not mind if it scared others off but now? As a king, he had to care. He promised to protect her people the best he could after all.]]

[center [b He had lifted up her small frame out of the bath pressing her bare body against his own. He read that one should take time to set certain atmosphere's even when given large hints. He was rather direct and not so good at the subtle steps so he came off as juvenile forceful and possessive. He was shocked it hasn't scared his queen off he would try to explain his thoughts before.]]

[center [b He had kissed her neck softly at least that was the intention as he basically crushed his lips against her neck in a forceful manner. As he pressed his forehead against her own holding that same smirk.]]

[center [+gold Isn't that obvious?]]

[center [b He said as his glance turned away even the stern king could feel shy at times. He was still so poor at this even after being married for years he was getting better at least. It helped that his loving wife had shown him plenty of patience in these matters.]]

[center [h3 Free Time?]]

[center [pic http://i60.tinypic.com/33nvt5g.jpg]]

[center [b He'll have to find out? He let out a soft rumble as he huffed at his hair. He wasn't a fan of guessing games.]]

[center [b He again scoffed as she said only she could change it as he shook his head sarcastically.]]

[center [+gold I don't think even the king himself could fix this mess that is if he wanted too. You do what you feel is right you'll learn like I did you can't help those who run headfirst into destruction. I'll admit your resolve, however, is rather noble.]]

[center [b It was then she had admitted she came from a noble family he raised an eyebrow at her offer.]]

[center [+gold Hmm then a naive noble you are I had a feeling you were far too beautifully elegant. I don't usually converse with nobles but you don't seem so corrupt just young and naive. I wish you luck in this game as for my age? I'm one year away from drinking age but I normally stave the offer to drink. However for my rudeness I'd like to take you up on that offer all the same.]]

[center [b He shook his head to let her know he wasn't missing a class he had however pulled out a black notebook.]]

[center [+gold Hope you don't mind I do some light studying while we drink, however. I do however have another request before we go.]]

[center [b He pointed at her skirt it being a few inches over her high socks.]]

[center [+gold That attire is a bit distracting for me to be able to do light studying. May I inquire that you change to something more modest? So that I may focus? That being said I won't ignore you.]]

[center [b He said rather bluntly admitting her sexual appeal was distracting. He didn't think it was something to be embarrassed that it was merely a fact she had sex appeal and that it was obviously distracting. So if even his light studying was to really be fruitful he'd need her to change. He wanted to reassure that he'd engage in conversation even if she changed to something more modest. Though even giving her attention his conversation skills weren't exactly anything to write home about. Not that he ever wrote home but besides the point.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b I feel I missed something here like it wasn't as big as usual? If you want me to add more to someone's character section. Or respond more to something I forgot? I'm a bit spacey but I feel I'm forgetting stuff so don't be afraid to ask me to add more in certain aspects if I missed out! You can do the placements for "Chicken" if you want. I just have one request that if Eric and Kita team up they win. Lore-wise with his having the most brute power and her being the most badass female it'd make sense.]]

[center [b I couldn't find a way to write much for Serah/Vincent/Ken/Shirudo but if you want more from them just tell me! Vanessa sleeping wasn't for that reason. That one is more just for the sake of realism cause of the stress she has endured to see her son again and the relief.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 153d 23h 17m 24s
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Mally stared, Kanzaki had come running over to her. Blinking her eyes, she looked at herself. A model?
Maybe, she was thing enough, kinda tall but not the tallest. She thought about it literally.
Then she watched him become engulfed by his armor, she looked at him. Kens comment going over her head, she stared.
[#EC871C "A..'babe'?"] she asked.

Moments passed and they had talked about racing, everyone. Mally shrugged and dove into the water, and came out. She swam to the wall in the pool and chilled out there. Waiting for everyone else to line to up to race.
Looking over she had noticed more people were greeting Alvin, his old friends she presumed.

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Laughing with Rose as the girls continued to chat, she smirked a bit. Grabbing her own chest dramatically. [#EC0E37 "Oh it's so hard! They swing everywhere, and knock into everything...I am always so sore after...and I am sure Styles is gonna feel a lot more than lucky"] she laughed a bit, even though it was the awful truth of being big chested, following with a joke that flew over Raines sweet little head.

Bounding out of the locker room, she was the first to jump in.
Eric had joined her too. He was soon teasing her about a cannon ball, and she pulled herself out of the water, standing dripping wet now. Gasping dramatically as she was called a chicken, her mouth agape she pointed a finger at herself.

[#EC0E37 "Me?"] she then laughed and backed up a bit, before running and cannon balling super close to him.
Coming up from the water she stuck her tongue out, shaking her head to dry out her ears.

Kita rolled her eyes at the exchange between Kanzaki and Mally.
He was so for her, he stopped mid flirt with another girl...how cute?

Kita smiled the idea of a race could be fun, a little harmless competition. She lined up on the pool wall with Mally and then waited for the others.
[#EC0E37 "Come on chickens."]

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Alex had bumped into Claire and well found himself blushing. He stared a bit longer than he should have. Though soon she ran off with a smirk on her face. He was turning to look at her as she ran back in and dived into the pool. He found his head flustered again, he had gotten some view.
He looked down at her when she surfaced and smirked then himself.
Backing up her cannon balled in right behind her. Turning underwater he tickled her foot before coming up to the surface whipping his long hair out of his face.
He smiled and gave a hearty laugh.
[#D23F0B "That's how you cause a splash."]

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Raine found herself blushing staring at her captain. Oh wow, her captain, possessive she was. Her own cheeks flushing, looking him up and down when she bounded over to him. He was fit.
She smiled watching him get in, she rolled her eyes a bit when he said she couldn't bounce around.
Leaning over so she could get eye level with him, her chest also eye level with him now.
[#6495ED "I can't help it, If I move they move."] she said in with a pout in her voice. She then sat down on the ledge and dropped herself in the water gently. Even in the shallow end, she was too short, the water going up to her chin. Blushing she stood up on her tip toes, so her neck was now also above the water.

Swimming over to Styles, she hung onto his shoulder.
[#6495ED "Besides, you call it distracting but...I think you like it."] she whispered shyly to him, before diving under water and swimming away.

Coming back up a few feet away from him, she giggled and then saw everyone was beginning to line up for the race. She headed over to the wall and joined them all.
[#6495ED "Hey we need a judge!"]

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Peyton had smiled when Alvin came and joined her. He sat really close, but she didn't mind. She even joined him and scooted even closer, so their shoulders were touching.
Her face flushed, her lips pursing into a pout she looked away shyly.
[#8A2BE2 "S-s-shut up..."] she mumbled softly but it didn't sound like she meant it at all.
A moment later, she looked at him and then rested her head on his shoulder.
[#8A2BE2 "Y-you look...cute too..."] she said this time, even softer and she definitely meant it. Even if he was dressed modestly, he was cute. He didn't need to take off his shirt for her to think that of him. Though she imagined it more often than she'd admit.

She smiled and shook her head nervously when Eric called them to join.
[#8A2BE2 "N-no that's okay."] she waved her hands and then looked to Alvin. She was too embarrassed to admit she couldn't swim. She didn't want anyone to know.
[#8A2BE2 "I-I don't think I'll be getting in the pool, you can go ahead if you'd like!"] she avoided saying why, but wanted to make sure Alvin didn't keep himself from having fun with everyone else, to just sit next to her the whole time.

Raine called out they'd need a judge and Peyton stood up, walking over to the side of the pool that was way deeper. [#8A2BE2 "I'll judge, first one over here is a winner."] she smiled standing about a foot away from the actual pool.
Waiting for everyone to line up at the other end.

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Shiloh had smiled seeing Rose, and felt his face flush a bit. His arm was stuck...He found himself blushing, more than he ever had before. Though he smirked, two could play that game. Picking her up a bit from her hips, but his hands were quiet low. He half spun her around before putting her back on her own feet.

He laughed and found himself being bumped in, he came up and pushed his hair out of his face. Laughing as Rose demanded the race and pool games. She always had cool ideas for things to do didn't she? She had to be the most fun person here.
[#8147A0 "We called it 'Chicken' where I am from."] he laughed but agreed. It'd be quiet fun.

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Ren had laughed and came back for comparison per Kanzaki's request.
[#6C80A3 "Look, if it scares you well, you asked for it."]
In the end, he was correct.

He had seen a sauna in the corner of the pool room, and he headed there instead. Then he wouldn't have to worry about pool chemicals in his hair. The man treasured his hair, seeing it has his best feature.

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Ariadna was excited to get in and swim. Rolling her eyes a bit at Kanzaki, despite her face flushing.
[#2A058C "D-Don't be stupid."] she said in an embarrassed but bratty tone. Swimming circles around him, she glared a bit.
Soon though he was gone, and no longer paying attention to her.
She had just met him, and someone found herself jealous.
Rolling her eyes [i Oh, come on...] she told her self shaking the feeling off.

Ignoring his exchange with his boss, though she had peaked at his creepy armor. It was quiet awesome.

Soon a race was mentioned and she knew this was where she thrived. However she choose to stay out of it, it was a part of her moral code not to show off, and she had the countries record swim time. It'd be an easy win for her, so she sat on the stairs as a watcher.

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Erna panted and she sweat, as she sliced the last good dummy in half. Wiping her brow, she put her sword away then in the armory. The next half of her routine included relaxing her muscles in the sauna.

Walking that way she noticed everyone seemed to have ended up here. She sighed a bit, which meant she wouldn't be able to just wrap up in a towel as she normally did.
Going to the locker room, she slipped on a one piece that was black and had a wide open back, really her whole back was exposed. Even some side cleavage could be seen.

Quickly and quietly she walked towards the sauna. Opening it she stepped in and found one of them in there. She recognized Ren from previous meetings between their counties, and from earlier too. She nodded and said [#8D33A7 "Please no conversation, I just came to relax."] Ren nodded and just gave a thumbs up, going back to leaning his head against the wall and closing his eyes.

She had always liked Ren's silence, even when he worked for Zero.

[h3 The Race]

Before the race could start, who she guessed was Vincent and Serah had walked in and well suddenly tackled Alvin. Peyton looked startled as she stared at them. The boy was quiet excited and very chatty. Blinking she smiled at Alvins older pictures, smiling at him when he snatched the picture away from his friend. [#8A2BE2 "Don't be embarrassed you're so cute..."] she laughed a little bit.
Soon Peyton noticed Serah who had hugged Alvin crying. Curiously she looked blinking her eyes. She was sorry for hurting him? What exactly had happened? Though His mom asked and it was dismissed. She'd ask Alvin in private later herself.

Peyton cautiously shook the girls hand, but it was more because she was only confused. The girl was super pretty, and hand long pink hair, like Peyton did when she wasn't in her outfit. Like it was pink now.
She smiled awkwardly. [#8A2BE2 "I-it's no biggie, he took care of me."]

Looking over she saw everyone was lined up and ready. [#8A2BE2 "Go catch up, I am gonna judge their race."] she kissed him on the cheek quickly with a reassuring pat to his back before she bounced up, running to the deep end of the pool.

Peyton stood at the end of the pool and when everyone was lined up and ready.
Raine, Styles, Mally, Kanzaki, Kita, Rose, Shiloh, Eric, and Alex.
Peyton smiled and encouraged Claire to join them too.

Lifting her arm up [#8A2BE2 "Ready...set, go!"] she smiled and brought her arm down. Watching as everyone took off.

Raine took off, despite having quiet some weight to slow her down. Styles was very close behind the whole time. Kanzaki's swimming looked graceful, just like Mallys but it was slow. Kita was on Styles heels at one point, but her swimming technique looked like doggy paddling. Eric wasn't very fast, but that didn't surprise her.
In the end Raine won, Styles was second, Mally was tied for third with Claire, Kanzaki claimed fourth and Eric and Alex tied together for last.
Peyton placed her hands on her hips
[#8A2BE2 "Raine won! Ding ding ding."] she claimed once everyone was hanging on the wall in the deep end.
She clapped her hands for a short moment too cheer.

Next they'd all start their game of chicken, or Calvary or whatever it was called.

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Midori smiled a bit, rolling her eyes a bit.
[#F741B4 "It's still flattering to hear...no matter how many times I've heard it."] [i because I just don't believe it.] Finishing her thoughts in her head instead of out loud, she smiled.
A perfect pretender, no one would ever know how body conscious she actually was. Unless they could read minds, like her boss.

Clyde had commented about her kick and she rolled her eyes.
[#F741B4 "Oh bother, I am not even wearing shoes..."] she laughed and then felt her face flush a bit when he mentioned being alone, and that a beautiful woman meant trouble.
[#F741B4 "Oh jealous...pft...and I won't cause much trouble."] [i Because I am not beautiful.] she smiled and winked again though, once again giving no hint to what was actually going on in her head.

She found herself cover her mouth as she held back chuckles while he mocked his brother in a joking way. Clapping her hands a bit.
[#F741B4 "Bravo, I'd throw a rose but I don't have one."] she giggled and then clapped her hands once again when their food arrived.
He had ordered spicy curry, and she watched as he couldn't handle it. Panting, and drinking his water.
[#F741B4 "Awh, what happened to being able to handle the heat?"] her foot trailed up his leg slowly, but stopped at his knee before she retracted it. It was meant to be a teasing joke but somehow she found her mind going other places.
Her own face flushing slightly, maybe that was too much.

[#F741B4 "Well, I guess I forced you to come here...how about we go get some sweets...like ice cream after this?"]
she felt a little bad, hoping he didn't feel pressured to come eat spicy food with her. He didn't have to come if he didn't want to eat this stuff.

Turning her focus on her food now, she ate it really without blinking. It was super easy, for her.

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Felicity nodded her head, and she felt herself begin to calm down. She did not expect to see this side of him, nor to be this open with any of them this fast.
Covering her mouth she shook her head.
[#FBB004 "I hope I didn't sound like I was speaking ill of our country or who is in charge. I know it was time crunched, and I know it was a last resort...but I am still disappointed in the choice."] she sighed and knew she just had to learn to live with and accept the things she couldn't change.

Soon this would all be over, and it would be worth it all in the end. She had to believe that, or else she wouldn't be able to do her job.
Swallowing the lump that had grown in her throat, she bowed to Yushiro and thanked him.
[#FBB004 "Thank you."] she said softly and sweetly.

He mentioned how she should be the one crying, but it was often anything brought her to tears since the lab. She had to forget how to cry in order to be strong enough to get through what she was put through. While her eyes would water, nothing pushed them to the edge to spill on her cheeks.
Even this heavy hurt in her heart.

[#FBB004 "I don't wish to bother you anymore... you may go if you wish."] she didn't want to keep in any longer, she knew he had been invited to lunch with some others.

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Nimue had smiled and batted her eyes at him. She thought about the location, a church would be so traditional and a beach was sandy and hot. Wrinkled her nose, she always enjoyed the castle gardens.
[#F64408 "Well, I've always liked the castle gardens here...It's close, it's pretty, it has tons of room.... the ceremony can be on the gazebo and the reception in the garden... we can get lovely tea tables and chairs, and oh the decorations could become so lovely..."]
[#F64408 "I will save that part for Jessica and I, we've talked about decor already her and I..."]

[#F64408 "We have to pick music, and food, we should hire a caterer, it will make that part easy... I have to get a dress, you have to get a tux!"] she was excited, her tone was rushed and almost rambling on she had paused when Zero kissed her cheek.
He then complimented in her, in his own way. It wasn't romantic, and smooth like most guys. He wasn't like most guys, and that's why she liked him.

She wrapped her hands around his neck and kissed him softly. Pulling back her eyes full of love, she smiled.
[#F64408 "So, food...Let's go upstairs and look into some wedding caterers."] she took him by the hand and led him to his own office, pulling a tablet out of his desk. Pushing him into his chair, she sat on his lap, throwing her feet off the side of the chair. Turning the device on she began to research them. Showing him all the options.
[#F64408 "Should we have a food theme, or get a little of everything?"]

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Evelynne had laughed at Simon, flicking a bit of water at him.
[#56A944 "S-simon! Such bedroom talk!"] she giggled her face red and waved her hands around like she was cooling her face off.
Her stomach flipped a bit, he hadn't spoken like that to her in well, ever really. It was new, a bit exciting.

She leaned up out of the water, and pulled his face closer by the nape of his neck, kissing him softly.
[#56A944 "It was quiet the attempt, I can't say I didn't enjoy it a bit..."]

Evelynne smiled and then sunk back down into the bath, a blissful smile on her face. [#56A944 "So if our date is tomorrow, tell who..."] she coughed a bit. [#56A944 "I mean...what do you want to do today?"]
her mistake quiet on purpose. Evelynne could be forward sometimes, it was usually only ever in private with him. A bit of an opposite from Simon himself, who was usually quiet gentlemanly.

[i Evelynne had listened to him speak of his family after her. It was much smarter than his relatives. It made sense he wanted to associated separately from them.]
[i Blinking, she found him to be pushing about her social status and why she wouldn't reveal her last name. Shrugging her shoulders, she wouldn't give him any hints or answers. [#56A944 "You'll just have to find out."]]

[i Then he asked about her changing the country. She smiled, this would be the only hint he'd receive. [#56A944 "Well, this is my home. It has done nothing really for me...but it is still my home. I won't leave because I know I am the only one who can change it...Not just for me but for all the people. I won't at least try, it's easy to run away and abandon this places citizens. Though it just wouldn't be easy on my conscious. So instead, I stay so I can work hard to do what I simply must do."]]

[i He had then apologized for his questioning, and assumption of her nobility. Followed by her face flushing rather pink, due to his foward compliments. Though he was on the right track, and if they stayed friends she'd have to tell him eventually who she was... Maybe she'd throw him another bone then, one last hint. [#56A944 "Well you aren't wrong...I am from noble blood."] she shrugged her shoulders. She had played the political game he had just warned her about before too. [#56A944 "I am very careful, I assure you. No one is better at the game we all play, than I."] her face flushed more when he mentioned taking her out. She wasn't sure why, it wasn't like it was a date.]
[i [#56A944 "We can go for drinks...Don't worry about being underage if you are, I know a perfect place it's private and I can get us in."] she was talking of her fathers speak easy. The kings, speak easy. She was allowed to go in and drink as she pleased and even bring guests. Not that she drank much, she just found it slightly eloquent. Royal privileges. He'd probably realize then who she was, because the family crest was all over that place.]

[i The laundry machine dinged, and Evelynne bounced over in her skirt, inches above her high socks. She switched the machines, and started the dryer. [#56A944 "Almost done...I've already become late to my class I am just not going to go. I find it rude to walk in once the lecture started...Yourself, do you still have time?"] she asked a bit concerned hoping she didn't make him miss his studies.]
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[center [h3 Boss You Look Hot!]]

[center [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS4e4ozg0HU]]

[center [b Kanzaki had run eagerly to get to the pool oh he was excited. To see her... The girls in swimsuits! Would the boss show up? Nah she was too busy getting checked up hopefully she was fine.]]

[center [b Kanzaki was laughing and playing around Kita had teased him about being a true hero after all. He was fired up to do the best he could with what he was allowed. Though seeing the girls in swimsuits? They looked well.]]

[center [+darkblue Wow! You guys look like total freaking babes!]]

[center [b He winked at Kita she, of course, had teased him about seeing the boys in swimsuits. He hadn't let it stop him from winking at the team mom.]]

[center [b Though he had come over to Shirudo and Ariadna. Shirudo was a bit more docile staying in the shallow end while Ariadna was more of a swimmer. He kinda liked the chase so he had decided to swim beside Ariadna.]]

[center [+darkblue Wow if you were the head of marines I'd consider the job just to see you! You look hot for days I'm sure everyone works extra hard!]]

[center [b He said offering her a smile however before he could continue with his antics. He had seen Mally come out he found himself swimming over to the shallow end and out the pool running to her. His eyes staring at Mally from head to toe.]]

[center [+darkblue Whoa boss I like your style! You look like a supermodel!]]

[center [b He had whistled at her taking the time to really check her out. Sure she was flat chested but wow she looked... Hot it was then Kanzaki had noticed his breathing was strange. He felt heavy he looked down to his armor had turned on. He struggled with turning it on without excitement he told Kita that but if he felt too much excitement? He could struggle to turn it off unless he had focused.]]

[center [+darkblue AHH! Crap! This voice is so not charming. Edgy demon? No thank you! Go away!]]

[center [b His voice had come out rather demonic though it was not his intent Shirudo looked at him a bit shocked and horrified. So did Ken he found himself chuckling a bit.]]

[center [#a51d29 Talk about a hard-on am I right?]]

[center [b Ken teased as Shirudo shoved him rolling her eyes.]]

[center [#eb99ca Ken that is cheesy even by your standards. It's probably a side effect of the lab try to be respectful you never know it might bother him.]]

[center [#a51d29 I don't know milady he looks fine to me he seems like a fiery spirit. I think my fight with him will be more challenging then I thought.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had taken a deep breath as he looked at Mally and smiled as his armor began to disappear. He had rubbed the back of his head with a clumsy smile.]]

[center [+darkblue I'm sorry cutie pie I didn't mean to do that. You look like an absolute babe though boss!]]

[center [b He had to fight the urge to hold her by her hips spinning her around. Though even a man like Kanzaki respected personal space to some degree. Oh yes, he was glad they went swimming. Best. Day. Ever.]]

[center [h3 Swimming With Friends]]

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[center [b Eric had laughed alongside Kita before swimming. Teasing Kanzaki a few times Eric decided to try joking around with her. Even if he was a bit naive he had his moments.]]

[center [+brown See us? I doubt they'll be much to see. Hopefully, Kanzaki doesn't turn to steel and sink.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey is it team up on Kanzaki day or what!? Haha fine you two win this round. Kita, Eric.]]

[center [b Eric chuckled and was ready to finally have a day where his friends could relax outside of that ship.]]

[center [b Eric had seen Peyton with Alvin as he smiled swimming over waving at them.]]

[center [+brown Come on try the water you two!]]

[center [b He grinned as he swam his way over to look at Kita. As he hollered at her.]]

[center [+brown Come on give us a cannonball! Try and beat me the cannonball master!]]

[center [b He chuckled with a childish gleam in his eyes as he looked at Kita waiting for her to take the plunge.]]

[center [+brown Unless you weren't a wolf all along... Maybe you were a chicken!]]

[center [b He teased playfully as he started to make strange chicken noises flapping his long arms.]]

[center [h3 I'm Not Shy!]]

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[center [b Claire had begun to pout as she came out in her swimming suit crossing her arms.]]

[center [+lightblue I-I'm not shy!]]

[center [b Rose giggled along with Kita at her joke as she looked at her laughing even harder. "Let me guess? Reading her thoughts?]]

[center [+purple Okay Claire can win third place in that regard then.]]

[center [+lightblue Huh?! What are you two talking... Thinking oh nevermind!]]

[center [b It was then that Raine had commented on her breast being cute. Her face was flustered red from chin to the tips of her ears.]]

[center [+lightblue I-I! They are not cute they are just-- What are we even talking about anyway?!]]

[center [b She flailed her arms covering her chest as she looked away beet red.]]

[center [+purple Haha true Raine they are cute and they don't give back problems ya know? Mine kill me too sometimes I wonder how Kita fights like a beast with her rack. Still, Raine, I'm sure Styles feels lucky huehuehue~]]

[center [b Claire had scoffed as they teased along. She had then come out with the girls to see Kanzaki was already checking them out. She was not excluded hell even Peyton and Raine weren't and they were spoken for right? Not to mention Ariadna and Shirudo whom he didn't even know. Vanessa hadn't shown up probably to go find Alvin's friends oh this is going to get emotional and very crowded fun. Sure she thought that but she found herself smiling softly "well it beats life or death battles right?"]]

[center [b Eric had nodded at Kita commenting on its warmth jumping head in all balled up.]]

[center [+brown Cannonball!]]

[center [b It wasn't long before he was taunting her right afterward either.]]

[center [b Claire wasn't surprised to see all the boys were well... In shape even the older gentleman such as Styles. The girls were too and she tried not to give too much of a peak. Clyde always teased her for checking girls out saying he does the same. It made sense they were all toned and fit as a fiddle all things considered. Still, it felt strange to Claire how not one person here hadn't messed their face up. Aside from Styles to a degree and here was Alvin wearing a shirt. Really? He's gotta putting on a show for attention. No way a boy can be that... "No Claire try being nice remember? He might just be that timid and try to understand even if you wanna just shake your head." She had seen Peyton dress rather modest as well she found herself smiling a bit bigger. Those two make a better pair then she honestly expected.]]

[center [b She had circled the pool seeing where she could take a dive it was then she bumped into Alex. Of course huh? She gave him a smirk and without saying a word she had ran off. It wasn't long before she came back in running as she flipped off into the air diving into the pool. She was big on gymnastics after all. She swam to the surface looking up at Alex. You know he was wearing a tank top to and Styles wasn't the only one missing an eye. How come she didn't register his face being messed up? Why would she forget that? "Cause he looks.. good?" nonono not that Claire admitted it to herself but she normally liked pretty boys. Clyde or even back then she might've liked a guy like Kanzaki. She'd NEVER share that dear god he'd have a field day. So why? Did forgetting Alex's eye missing fluster her? It was almost as if she thought he wasn't really messed up either way. He was hands-- "Nonono Claire don't let this atmosphere get to you okay? Be strong girl!"]]

[center [+lightblue You coming in big guy?]]

[center [h3 Bouncing Bounty]]

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[center [b Styles had come out to the bath to see Raine with the others. Kita and Eric were pretty ready to get in already. Though what caught the one-eyed pirate off was something else entirely. He had faced boarding marauders strange beast on both land and sea. Many things that he found himself rarely surprised but to see the innocent Raine bouncing around? To see how busty she truly was? It had caught him perhaps a bit by surprise as he blushed rolling his eye looking away. He stared for a moment before back to her eyes as he ruffled her hair at her sweet nature.]]

[center [+blue You are on lass I won't go easy so no try not hurt yourself.]]

[center [b He was a big swimmer but he could tell Raine was too. He didn't underestimate her just cause she was adorable. Perhaps it was bad boyfriend material not to let her win but he'd give it his best. When it came to water anyhow. He had hopped right in looking up at her ready for her to come in. Styles had thought about her not coming to the bounty hunts. Maybe he'd take it easy on them he didn't want to leave her alone too long. He was very worried about her she wasn't a child sure but he felt protective of the naive girl all the same. Was it really okay? To let the others pick up his slack? Not that Styles ever felt bad for being lazy or leaving work to others before. Unlike the others he didn't have an intention to prove anything to anyone.]]

[center [+blue By the way lass no bouncing with that bountiful bounty. It's distracting and it's playing a bit dirty.]]

[center [b He had smirked looking her way he was sure that might throw her off her game just as much so at least it'd be fair.]]

[center [h3 Two Of A Kind]]

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[center [b Alvin had smiled at Peyton's response she was a bit timid too wasn't she? Why? She was beautiful but he found it really cute at least on her it was. She was conservative and he found it sweet. Course he'd like her, either way, he knew that. He had listened to the others before having his goodbye with his mother. She'd catch up probably with his friends in tow huh? Oh boy well, he had listened to the others tease each other. Raine had given a soft reply and he saw Styles look her way. It was very possible she didn't want to fight anymore. Not everyone was like Kanzaki... Or even himself not everyone enjoyed it. Though Alvin was a bit more ashamed to admit it then Kanzaki was. He did, however, find himself enjoying spending time with Peyton it felt much more meaningful. Though Ren he wanted Raine to know he felt the same way as he offered a nod. Kanzaki had waved his hands a bit defensively with a nervous chuckle as he agreed with Ren. Styles had patted her shoulder and that was quickly resolved Ren was still very good at resolving situations wasn't he? Not that Alvin spent a lot of time with him training with Zero, Nimue, Yushiro, Jessica before the brain wipe.]]

[center [b In the locker Alex had told Alvin it was okay he had looked his way and nodded. He wasn't really sure what to say but he was glad Alex understood. Though he heard Alex tease who the biggest here was. Kanzaki had smirked and shouted out.]]

[center [+darkblue Isn't it obvious?!]]

[center [b Eric had tilted his head to Alex asking "biggest?" sometimes Alvin wondered if he was pretending just to get a laugh. Alvin's face was plastered red he was never really good at this kinda talk. Luckily Styles had jumped in with a chuckle.]]

[center [+blue A captain has to maintain his vast less his crew will lose respect for him savvy?]]

[center [+darkblue Well sorry captain I got you beat!]]

[center [b The two had egged on Alex a bit Alvin was glad they had said something. It'd be awkward if he was alone he'd just give an awkward half smile and silence. He always came off... Ruder, then he had meant too.]]

[center [b Shiloh hadn't said much to it either but rather commented on Kanzaki's fondness for Mally. Did he like her? Or did he just like all cute girls? Alvin kinda went back and forth guessing on that one.]]

[center [+darkblue H-Huh?! N-No just a gentleman realizes a knockout when he see's one! Hey wait, Ren, you can't just claim a winner like that! We gotta compare first!]]

[center [b Ren was awfully bold it took Kanzaki and Alvin even a minute to realize his claim. He didn't seem the type to respond to such strange drivel perhaps he was though.]]

[center [b He got so flustered if this was an anime he'd be the player who found a nice girl and settled down. Mally a nice girl? He imagined her with a stoic face in a wedding gown beside Kanzaki at a wedding. He had to hold back laughter at that thought it was funny.]]

[center [b As they arrived Kanzaki was straight to flirting with Shirudo and Ariadna and Shirudo oh no. He's going to drive them crazy! Styles and Raine were gonna race, later Alvin wanted to tell her not to worry about fighting. He smiled seeing Eric jump right in and he looked to find Peyton. He walked over shyly sitting beside her hanging his feet in as he smiled timidly her way. She looked... so cute! He scooted close to her as he looked to the water. Was this too much? Overbearing? Too clingy? He was new to the whole boyfriend thing but he knew he REALLY liked affection. Honestly her affection he knew he looked like a lost puppy with attachment issues. He just... Couldn't help it.]]

[center [+green Y-You um.. Look... Y-You look.. really cute.]]

[center [b He blushed looking away was that a little much? No, its normal right they are dating yes? He did tell her she was cute like A LOT. Maybe it got annoying? He sure hoped it didn't.]]

[center [b Eric had tried to get there attention Alvin had smiled and shouted back.]]

[center [+green We'll catch up!]]

[center [b Alvin loved to see that despite everything Eric was so full of energy! It was refreshing and he was talking to Kita too. It was strange to think Alvin had liked Kita. Though perhaps he was just confused as Peyton was before. It was strange but he was glad Kita and him were friends all the same. He was kinda surprised to see Eric and Kita get along he could come off direct and blunt even embarrassing. Maybe she liked people being direct? Why did he not imagine them hanging out? It's hard to place a finger on it besides the two being very different. Then again he was from Eric and her and they were still like the siblings he never had. Hopefully, no one teased him on that having just one older sibling figure but two here. He'll be treated even more like a kid! As embarrassing as that thought was he was glad to have them. Though when they form teams? To go hunting? He thought maybe not so much with them he already knew how to fight alongside them. Peyton? Maybe only if she wanted to but Kanzaki and Alex they were powerhouses he could learn how to fight alongside. Come to think of it his teamwork with Kita and Eric was almost surreal. Even at the start he and Kita were always of one mind and though he and Eric disagree on some major factors. Their weaknesses and strengths really balanced the other out. It was amazing how much punishment Eric could take and still be standing. It was like when you play a video game and you have that AI partner that has way too much DEF/HP for their own good? So you kinda hide and let them bumble and fail and pick the enemy off with precise blows? Kinda like that but Eric was coming more into his own. He did have a long way to go though. He'd like to fight beside Mally or Shiloh even but they were so quiet it'd be hard to start a conversation. What about Rose or Claire? Or even Ren? How would they perform as backline members? He hated to admit it but Rose was better off with someone like Kanzaki or Eric and Alex. Alvin moved too much on the frontlines and unless he holds ground Rose would be in trouble. That isn't to say she wasn't helpless just lacking combat experience. Though he should think more on this perhaps later and not at the moment.]]

[center [h3 Come On! Let's Have Fun!]]

[center [pic https://i.imgur.com/nFf4S0v.jpg]]

[center [b Rose had come in to see Kanzaki was checking the girls out as expected. She tried to hide her breast rolling her eyes luckily he didn't focus on her long. He was kinda all over the place least he was in good spirits. She had looked over to Shiloh peering into his thoughts on this and what was on his mind at dinner. Oh, what a naughty boy she figured she'd tease him. She ran up to Shiloh as she grabbed his arm. Holding his arm between her large breast as she gave a childish giggle.]]

[center [+purple Wanna go swimming? Wait! Raine! Styles lets all have a race! Eric! Kita! Alvin! Peyton! Oh, screw it, anyone! Who wants to race?!]]

[center [b She bumped Shiloh with her behind into the pool as she hopped in herself. She was excited to have some fun!]]

[center [+purple Afterwards we gotta have a calvary battle! You know how that works? You take a team of two a rider and a horse and knock each other into the water! Last rider standing on their horse wins that'll be so much fun! That's after I destroy you guys in this race of course!!]]

[center [h3 Watching The Kids]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/dni91zU.jpg]]

[center [b Shirudo had listened to Kanzaki as he commented on how pretty her and Ariadna was. Ken was surprisingly quiet as he liked to defend Shirudo often. He gave chase to Ariadna perhaps because Shirudo had simply smiled and nodded along? Men were strange creatures not that she minded she just wanted them to feel at home. If that was how the boy coped it was okay. It wasn't long before they were pumped to play a few poolside games. Ken had swum over he was eager to get in on the action.]]

[center [#eb99ca You are just as bad as the kids I swear Ken.]]

[center [b She smiled at her hyperactive comrade she was sure that Ariadna would sit on the sidelines for this one. Shirudo too decided to opt out she didn't want to crowd their company after all.]]

[center [h3 I'm In!]]

[center [pic https://static.zerochan.net/Ritsuka.Fujimaru.full.1957959.jpg]]

[center [#a51d29 I know I'm a stranger but I'm up for a race! Unless you guys rather I-]]

[center [+purple Nonsense! The more the merrier! It's just more butt for me to kick!]]

[center [#a51d29 Hohoho! Let's see about that!]]

[center [h3 Return]]

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[center [b Vanessa had entered the pool area wearing her usual attire. She had though brought two more with her. She had seen her baby with that sweet girl as she took the time to walk behind the two and tap their shoulders with a soft smile.]]

[center [#5d194f Hey I was wondering if you two would--]]

[center [b Before she could finish Serah and Vicent had run up. Picking up Alvin up and tackling him to the ground. The two were in tears as Alvin blushed blinking at the two as they sobbed on him. Vanessa had smiled as the two clutched on to Alvin for dear life afraid to let him go again.]]

[center [h3 Old Pals]]

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[center [b Vincent had hugged onto Alvin afraid if he'd let go his best friend would run off again. Alvin looked so confused Vincent could tell he expected them to hate them how everything happened? He would understand but Vincent didn't care about that drama. Though Alvin was a bit tense and stiff he ended up hugging the two before Vincent and Serah got back up smiling. Vincent had started talking first.]]

[center [+blue Wait wait let me go first buddy I know we left things on a pretty bad fight. I won't lie I was pretty upset but I was more upset to hear that you were gone. I hadn't really told your mom about it but we can talk about it later okay? God, I missed you I heard all of this rumors... Wow, you look awesome now! I mean you were always awesome but now you look pretty kickass! However, I was told that was the case I brought old pictures of you to embarrass in front of the new girlfriend! Oh yeah your mom spilled all the beans!!]]

[center [+green I-I..]]

[center [+blue Oh none of that! I'm sorry she spilled the beans and they can't be picked up! You are stuck as the bean master mwhahaha!]]

[center [+green ... Wow you.. are still such a dork!]]

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[center [b Vincent had laughed adjusting his glasses as Alvin shoved him playfully. Serah stayed a bit quiet. He went over to Peyton showing her a few pictures of the old brown haired Alvin with green eyes. A timid looking boy]]

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[center [+blue He dressed like that even when it was summer! Oh yeah, major payback time Alvin! He was shy of his legs I think!]]

[center [b Alvin had reached over and grabbed the picture faster then Vincent had expected. As he blinked surprised.]]

[center [+blue Whoa! You are faster! What happened?! Does that mean it's true? Do you guys all have like crazy powers?]]

[center [h3 Sudden Meeting]]

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[center [b So that was... Alvin? She had a lot of thoughts invade her mind. How was Vincent so calm? What if Alvin was still mad? At her? For hurting him? Had he told his lover? If so she'd probably hate her. Had he really killed people? He seemed or rather he looked scarier now. Yet she was relieved to see him calling Vincent a dork. She tackled him sobbing and now what? Silence? She didn't know what to say she felt a mix of so many emotions. She had taken a step forward with a bow looking back at Alvin.]]

[center [+pink I'm sorry for hurting you... The way I did.]]

[center [+green I-I umm.. I-It's okay I... I'm... Honestly... G-G-Glad to... see... See y-you two.]]

[center [b Serah found herself smiling chocking back tears as she looked at Peyton to shake her hand.]]

[center [+pink Thank you so much for taking care of Alvin I'm not sure if he ever brought us up. My names Serah and that's Vincent sorry about that dramatic reunion.]]

[center [#5d194f Wait you kids got into a fight that bad? What was it?]]

[center [+pink Oh it's nothing miss V it's no big deal.]]

[center [b Though Alvin and she didn't officially date is this how ex's feel meeting the girlfriend? Anxious? A sense of guilt? She hoped she hadn't thought poorly of her.]]

[center [h3 Alone With You?]]

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[center [b Clyde had chuckled at her commenting back with a wink. She was a goofy girl but he that wasn't exactly a problem.]]

[center [+lightgreen Oh I doubt I'm the first guy or woman even to call you hot miss.]]

[center [b He laughed softly as she winked him playfully rolling her eyes. The two had gone out to go eat as a revelation hit here. One he already realized he'd be alone with a cute funny girl. Something he sorta swore to himself wouldn't happen again. He let out a somewhat guarded chuckle as it was broken abruptly by her kick.]]

[center [+lightgreen Ow that hurts I'm not exactly as sturdy as my brother you know. Stuck alone huh? I'm sure the other men in the unit are jealous of me. If they weren't so serious all the time I mean. Though being alone with a beautiful woman usually means trouble.]]

[center [b He playfully kicked back at her shin it wasn't a big deal to relax she was just a colleague right? Maybe he was tired but he'd decide to let his usual rule go for the moment.]]

[center [+lightgreen "Look at me! I am commander Zero! Why Zero you ask? Cause number one wasn't good enough for me that's why! Wait what is that I hear... Laughter? I have never heard of this ancient wisdom before. Please do enlighten me miss Midori. Also, can I ask you to stop being so hot you'll distract the troops! Can't stop you say? Just train and one day you'll look angry all the time just like me!"]]

[center [b He too had decided to order the spicy curry. He found himself laughing at his brother's impersonation even if it was a bit of a stretch. He had taken a bite of his curry to then take a gulp of water panting.]]

[center [+lightgreen You know spicy things aren't really my strong suit. In fact, I'm more of a sweets kinda guy myself.]]

[center [h3 Guilt and Grief]]

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[center [b Yushiro had held the woman possibly too tightly. She had stated a bit about the grief and guilt that ate her up.]]

[center [+darkblue That guilt isn't yours to bear this isn't... Fair on you on many of the people.]]

[center [b Is this why Alvin left? Could he not handle this sin? His situation was hard but Yushiro had still... Hated him for just leaving them to handle it them self. After talking about saving the country? He then leaves to change his mind? No, he feigned anger toward Alvin and toward Ren. He understood but he had felt abandoned all the same. Even if he had to fix this with his own two hands he would.]]

[center [b Felicity had wiped his tears away as he gave a small half smile shaking his head. The usually stoic swordsman had replied with.]]

[center [+darkblue I think it is the widow and not the soldier that should be to shed a tear milady.]]

[center [b He had patted her shoulder giving a heavy sigh. This has to end soon in the invasion ahead he had to crush Germania no matter what. He has to prove they are strong enough without more batches of super soldiers. They have to show results but haven't they shown enough? No, they looked at Zero like a ticking time bomb before his use would be all gone. While Nimue learned to master his power they'd want more soldiers to take the frontlines. It angered Yushiro it was why... He had to grow stronger and fix the country his home he loved so much.]]

[center [h3 Location Location]]

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[center [b Zero had listened to Nimue's talk of her coming to agree with this new strategy. He had held onto to her as she prompted him to say urging Jessica had her ways. He had held onto her kissing his fiance again and again a man with newfound passion.]]

[center [h3 Timeskip]]

[center [b As the two arrived it seemed his bride to be had known better all along. It had managed to steal a very slight if you blink you miss it smile from Zero. She was already ready to go on a change of plans, wasn't she? One to take charge though he did not mind this about her.]]

[center [i As you wish my beloved.]]

[center [b He had hooked his arm to her own he knew Jessica would approach one of the group when they were alone. Most likely the leader of the pack Kitamari it could go either way all things considered. The killing blows dealt to one another. Her his soldiers and him her people thought I pained him to crush that rebellion he was pushed to a corner on the matter. Still, he had decided to devote the day to Nimue rarely had he offered his time to things other than his mission.]]

[center [i Either in a grand cathedral or a more casual setting on a beach with plenty of doves? I'm afraid I am ill-advised in these matters beloved.]]

[center [b He said offering a soft tone of reassurance as she took him away. He had taken the chance to plant a kiss on her cheek.]]

[center [i Before we start today I believe I should inform you of something. Ahem, you look what was it? Oh yes "stunning beyond words today" my beloved.]]

[center [b Despite his stoic voice he had meant every word that exited his lips.]]

[center [h3 Spicing Things Up?]]

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[center [b Simon had found himself smiling as she agreed to spend the day with him. He had nodded as she looked up at him she looked radiant as ever in that tub.]]

[center [+gold Things here were the same as-]]

[center [b No he wouldn't say things like usual. The whole point of him to ask her on a date was to spice things up. Make her feel special again he had actually read a book on this matter. "How to spice a marriage up 101" direct but it was worth a shot. There was a rather direct compliment in there but it's said to garner a reaction if one has failed to give proper attention to one's spouse. He had kneeled looking at his wife.]]

[center [+gold Without your cute little ass here it's been a bore.]]

[center [b He said with a straight face to his radiant naked wife with a bland and forward tone. A moment of silence ensued as he pulled out the book and threw it behind him.]]

[center [+gold Maybe that's the last time I trust books like that. Zero the lad had asked me about this same thing with proposing to Nimue. I showed him a few educational books but it seems the lad is much like his king. We somehow miss the mark despite using the words we were supposed too.]]

[center [b He had put his hand under his chin thinking on what maybe went wrong. However, he was pleased his kind understanding wife would still accompany him on a date. Even if he wasn't exactly talented at this sorta thing. A shame he ended up giving Zero the same lousy advice. Certainly when the boy was even more hopeless then Simon was in these matters.]]

[center [h3 Lovers Memory]]

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[center [b He had listened to the woman speak as she played with her lovely hair. Surely she was a noblewoman with hair like that. He had sighed hearing about his family.]]

[center [+gold Yup they haven't changed one bit never adapting never changing should be the Hawk's motto. A bird in a cage if you ask me.]]

[center [b He sighed even louder as she dodged the question. Why hide who she was? Was she a big time noble? Or?]]

[center [+gold Let me guess you're a reject too? Why else would you talk to me? I'm sure they'd have taught you better. Certainly, if you have the same childish ideals I had. I'm leaving this country first chance I get it's never done a thing for me.]]

[center [b He said looking at her but his eyes had softened a bit her way. He wondered if she was barred from which family? It made him feel a bit more at ease even if he thought her still caring was a bit naive.]]

[center [+gold You sound pretty discontent with how they run things too. Yet you sound like you might change it. Why? What has this country ever done for you? To make you want to give a damn?]]

[center [b With that he took the moment to cough and excuse himself. He didn't want to appear the barbarian people led others to believe he was.]]

[center [+gold I apologize if that is too personal and I'm sorry for presuming you came from noble blood. It's your attitude and appearance it seems very charming regal and beautiful beyond that of down to Earth so it'd be easy to make the mistake. I'd be careful a few of the nobles or worse peasants who somehow made it in here might make the mistake I did and try to get closer to you for that sole purpose. Though I was raised with some manners if nothing else. I'd like to take you to lunch or dinner whatever to show my apology. I can't guarantee it'll be long because of my studies but its the least I can do for my behavior.]]

[center [b He had made his comment on her attitude and appearance as if it was more of a fact rather then simple flattery. Though he was already sure a woman of her appearance had already heard far worse so he didn't see the harm in being honest on how he made his mistake.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 163d 59m 11s
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Silas had gone to attend to business, Mally was dressed in a patients gown now. Feeling no fear, but her heart beat rapidly. The doctor smiled at her softly, his old eyes sparkled behind his spectacles.
[#EC871C "So I lay down in the tube?"] she asked softly looking over at the full body MRI machine.
[b "Yes dear, I am gonna get a a special sort of X-Ray to check your healthy. I'll also be able to seen then what's going on with your Royal Arm in your head.]
[#EC871C "Alright."]

She had already gotten her blood taken, and some other tests done too.
Her actual check up was already over, this part was for her special requests.
Mally laid down on the tube, and held still. As it whirred and made noises, the bright lights hurt her eyes so she closed them. The lights where so close she could feel the warmth coming off them.

Before she knew it, it was over and she stood back up.
[#EC871C "So, what do you know?"] she asked right away. The old doctor chuckled.
[b "Silly child, it will take me a day to process the images and some more plus time to study them...Once I have it figured out I will send for you. In the meantime, go just try to relax."]

Mally nodded her head, getting dressed again she left. Wandering the empty halls, not sure what direction to go or what her friends where all off doing. Eventually she heard voices, and followed them. Following around some corners she found everyone splashing around in the pool.
This place seemed to be huge and had everything in it.

Blinking Mally saw everyone swimming and she wanted to swim too.
[#EC871C "Where can I change?"] she had asked, and was pointed to a dressing room by Raine.
Mally walked herself in and found the selection of swim suits, flipping through them. Picking for herself, a black triangle shaped topped and her bottom was a min skirt swimsuit bottom, the very edge of it lined with gold.

Walking back out, she blinked as she began to walk into the water. It was nice and heated too. A little smile on her face, it felt so nice.

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Kita giggled a bit at Eric about her eating just as fast. Kita loved food, and she never learned table manners at her home. They typically always scarfed food down fast too, because they'd have to get back to work or rush to bed so they could get back to work the next morning.

Kita blushed a bit still though, smiled some. Her tail wagged softly, barely visible under the chair.
She rolled her eyes when Kanzaki called her mom, throwing him a bone with a short chuckle.
[#EC0E37 "A true hero, doesn't wish for his name to have glory."]
sticking her tongue out she blew a raspberry at him.

Her face flushed slightly when Vanessa grabbed her ears and basically pet her like a dog. More so because if actually felt good.

Her ears perked up when they mentioned swimming, she smiled her tail wagging again. [#EC0E37 "I'd love to come swimming. Check you boys out in your swimsuits."] she wiggled her eyebrows in a joking manner, mocking Kanzaki's style of flirting.
Following Ariadna and Shirudo both to the lockers for them.
She boldly changed in front of everyone, not like they hadn't seen it before, finding a red two piece swimsuit. It was a halter top, and a cheeky bottom.
Tying her hair up, she smiled and gasped in excitement.
[#EC0E37 "Awh, Rose leave Claire alone...She's shy."] Kita smiled softly but tried to hold back her own giggles.
It was funny and cute, but Kita knew Claire definitely wouldn't win the flattest award. Those titles belonged to Peyton and Mally, whom were both literally flat.

Kita was the first to go bounding out of the locker room, with a smile on her face she stared at the pool. Dipping a toe in, she was pleasantly surprised by the warm water.
Also boldly then jumping in, bursting with a wide smile on her face back up through the water. She cheered out a bit and prompted the others to follow her.
[#EC0E37 "The water is warm guys!"]

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Raine's face kinda fell blank when Kanzaki suggest she go along with Styles or a group to bounty hunt. Because she could heal them. Suddenly she felt guilty, for wanting a break from the violence.
[#6495ED "O-oh...yeah! okay...."] she nodded her head but spoke slowly

Soon the subject had been changed and Raine's eyes lit up with a devious little smile.
[#6495ED "I'd love to race."] she giggled, as they set out to go to the pool.
Raine followed Ariadna and Shirudo as they guided them to the locker room. Just like a few of the other older girls, Raine changed out in the open. It didn't bother her one bit.
[#6495ED "Claire has cute breast! They're nice and hand sized...I have to use my whole arm to hold mine."] she sighed a bit, chiming in with everyone.
Raine blushed red when Rose pointed out Raine may have the biggest chest. Kita had giggled and nodded her head.
[#6495ED "I-it's not like I asked for all this chest!...T-To be fair it hurts my back sometimes."] she flustered out.

Raine was wearing a black high waisted bottom, matched to a contrasting white top. She also tied her hair up and back in a ponytail.
She came bouncing out with Kita, she waited for Zack, so they could race.

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Peyton rocked a bit in her seat, she felt nervous, but happy at the same time. She did find herself feeling weird for a moment when Vanessa praised Kita's look to be something Alvin liked.
A moment she was jealous, and then pictured herself with ears and tail.
Would Alvin like that?
Rolling her eyes at herself, she told herself he already liked her, the way she was. That's why they were together.
Her face flushed even redder when his Mom mentioned using protection, she bowed her head a bit, and tried not to make eye contact.

She blinked at Alvins question about wearing a shirt in the pool. She shook her head and leaned in to whisper. [#8A2BE2 "I was gonna wear a shirt too."]
She smiled softly and squeezed his hand.
She felt nice she wouldn't be the only one wearing a shirt.
Though another fear came to her head, she didn't know how to swim.
Maybe she could just dip her feet in and sit on the edge, or stay in the shallow end on the stairs.

Peyton had gone to change with everyone else, and during their conversation she looked down at her own chest. It was the flattest one there. Her face blushed and she took her clothes to change in a stall around the corner.
Putting on a pink one piece, the kind that pulled above the hips, so her hips were exposed. Throwing on a white crop top over it, she also tied a bun on both sides of her head, space bun style.

Coming out almost last, she slowly walked to the edge of the pool and just sat down, dangling her feet in. Her arms crossed across her chest.

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Alex just shook his head and shrugged, as he continued to chuckle at Claire. She was so cute when she tried, even though she was also cute when she didn't.
He nodded excitedly to go swimming, going to the boys locker and changing with everyone.
[#D23F0B "It's cool Alvin, don't worry about your shirt."]
Alex kept his tank top on, but it was to hide the scars on his back from sword fighting. His shorts were a dark red, and stopped above his knee.

Before that though he had changed out in the open, no care of a stall.
[#D23F0B "Haha, hey who do you think is the biggest here?"] he joked boldly, shaking his head bit as he did. Before shrugging his shoulders and getting dressed.
Locker room talk, like when he was back in school before the war. It was kinda funny still.

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Shiloh smiled and nodded his head, of course he'd go swimming. He mostly did want to see Rose in a bikini. He was embarrassed by that being his first thought, more embarrassed that Rose could know that if she wanted. Though he kept calm on the surface and politely accepted the offer to go.

Once in the locker room, he had changed into some trunks that stopped at his thighs, they were black but faded to purple along the bottom.
He waited for everyone else, before leaving. Shaking his head at Alex's question, he wouldn't participate in that conversation. He found it odd.
He did however giggle when Kanzaki said Mally would be a knock out. [#8147A0 "Sound's like you have a crush on your Boss."]
he teased at the younger boy softly.

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Ren had saw Raine's expression on her face change when Kanzaki pushed her to be on a team. Out of concern, her voiced up [#6C80A3 "Raine doesn't need to put herself in danger all the time, I am a healer too. If we are allowed to bounty hunt, I will go...She can stay here, where it's safer....Where she can train, because she should before embarking on any more danger."]
He said this sternly and left it at that.

Ren agreed to swim, mostly because everyone else was. Maybe he should too.
He wore light grey trunks and confidently to Alex's question, with a calm assured [#6C80A3 "Me."] he replied before calmly leaving the locker room.
He wore confidence, that was for sure.

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Ariadna nodded her head [#2A058C "I'd love to swim...I mean I am the head of our marines..."] she smiled softly. Taking the group to the lockers with her. Ariadna wasn't insecure, she changed with everyone else despite the bickering that had just gone on before she got in there about breasts.
She wore a skin tight, deep black one piece. Leaving her hair down, she dove into the pool with hesitation, graceful and quick. She swam all the way to the deep end, and floated over there happily. The warm water super soothing to her muscles.

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Midori gasped, with an open wide smile and rolled her eyes. Pointing to herself with a hand on her chest.
[#F741B4 "Well, sir I believe you just called me hot."] she stuck her tongue out and then winked.
Turning her head she skipped ahead of him, excited to get to this food place, she was ready to scarf down some food.

Once they go their she requested a corner both for them, and happily ordered some wine to drink right away.
[#F741B4 "Oh bother, I just thought...How will the others know we came to ate here? They won't be able to join us if they can't find us...You might get stuck alone with me! I"] she giggled, kicking his shin lightly under the table.

Ordering the spicy curry she wanted when the waiter came through.
She hummed cheerfully as she looked around the place and swung her legs around under the table.

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Felicity felt her eyes open wide as the tall guy moved in behind her and pulled her into a hug. Her heart stopped for a moment, and then she wrapped her own arms around his, as if to hug him too. She could feel the hurt in his chest, like her power was trying to heal it.
[#FBB004 "I believe you Yushiro...Thank you...I see this was a hard choice for them, all of them. It still is... I just pray this end soon, and well...Because if we don't win I won't be able to live with the guilt and grief. "]
she muttered softly.

Pulling away she turned around to face him, she saw him crying. Blinking she rushed over to her night stand and pulled out a white handkerchief, and dabbed his face with it.
[#FBB004 "I am sorry to have made you cry with such pressing questions."] she bowed slightly and stared at the floor.

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Nimue blinked, listening to Zero's new strategy.
It was worth a shot, why not? They had a common enemy, and she thought.
[#F64408 "If they fight with us, we should clear their fugitive names...So they can come back home to their families. Besides, after the war the truth about the lab is going to be revealed...Their charges would get dropped in light of that "new" evidence anyway."]

It hurt her heat to think about Zero dying, or being banished for his sins. Along with Simon too.
She knew they did wrong, the people wouldn't see past their own pain to noticed the benefit it created for them all. It was true they could've tried other things, they didn't because of a time crunch.

Nimue knew it was her sin too. She couldn't give Zero and Simon all the blame. She's known about it just as long as they have, even if she didn't condone it she never tried to stop it.
She dug that grave for herself.

She felt her face flush when he pulled her in, and said he never wanted to see her cry. More heat rising to her cheeks as they kissed roughly, and passionately.
She begged him to stay, knowing he couldn't really leave yet to inform Jessica. Though she was certain somehow Jessica would know.
[#F64408 "Jessica has her ways...I am sure she already knows what's going on."]

[h3 Time Skip]

Nimue nodded her head and accepted her fate to work on the wedding mostly alone then. However Jessica seemed to call right in time. Nimue smiled knowing, she predicted this from Jessica somehow.

[#F64408 "Well, it looks like we've got a new game plan...Let's roll."] she smiled walking along beside him.
[#F64408 "Let's talk location now...."]

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Evelynne bashed her eyelids a bit and looked up with a bright smile. She'd put her worries behind and enjoy time with Simon tomorrow.
[#56A944 "I'd love to go on a date dear."]
Even if she felt weird about putting off the responsibility of her people, she wanted one more pleasant day with Simon, in case the rumors came to be true.
She sat up in the bath, just her shoulders peaking above the water.
[#56A944 "How were things here at home?"]

[i Evelynne smiled a bit to hear him humble his own attitude, admitting he too was in the wrong. Her face flushed looking at him coming out in her robe. It was short, and small. He wore it loosely and she could see his chest. The turned a bit, to avoid looking in his direction. Twisting her hair in her finger a bit.]

[i Nodding her head, she shrugged a bit as he explained his name. Then went into his being disowned and what not because of how he saw the war. She smiled a bit and nodded her head. [#56A944 "Oh yes, I've heard of you...You're family made quiet a fuss at the last citizens circle."] Evelynne ignored his question for her last name and simply said. [#56A944 "I think it's better you not know whom I am."]]

[i She simply said this because every friend she had tried to make, would user her name and throw it around like leverage. She'd prefer to make a friend, a real friend, before them knowing she was the Princess of Tristainia. Princesses Evelynne Dawledge.]
[i Nodding her head, she sat down in a chair across the room, still not looking his direction. [#56A944 "I do however, support your view on the war..."] she herself wanted to hurry up with school and come of age so she could change the stances in the war. Make her army and her people better. She'd do better than her parents could, and if she had to, she'd do it alone without a king.]
  Lypophrenia / 170d 22h 56m 7s
[center [h3 Partners]]

[center [b Ariadna had stuck her tongue out him as he was pulled away he, of course, replied only with a flirty wink. Before the conversation had carried on.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had heard Mally say she'll bounty hunt. That and a theory about her nose bleeding and her horns. He listened lowering his brows showing a bit of concern before answering with his chipper tone.]]

[center [+darkblue You will? Maybe we can be partners take on cool jobs together! That sound cool cutie pie? Wait you have a theory really? What is it?]]

[center [b Kanzaki had introduced herself to Vanessa Alvin's mother. She gave a strange answer as Vanessa let out a small chuckle as Kanzaki wrapped his arm around her. Alvin gave a confused unsure look before taking his gaze to the ground.]]

[center [+darkblue Mally's a bit... direct but I find it charming!]]

[center [b With that Mally was set on getting her examination done first as Vanessa gave her a small curtsey.]]

[center [#5d194f It's a pleasure to meet you Mally thank you for taking care of my son.]]

[center [+darkblue Awe take care, Mally! Wish I could examine you cutie.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had smiled winking as he let her go offering a wave as so did the others. Aside from Alvin who was a bit shy offering a meek. "Bye"]]

[center [b Kanzaki had worried about his future "partner" he hoped she was okay. He'd try to get his mind and focus on the now.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey Raine you could work with a team it might help. In case of Styles gets in trouble or if Eric's too reckless even.]]

[center [+purple Ha says you Mr reckless?]]

[center [+darkblue Oh come on Rose give me a break!]]

[center [b She giggled softly as Raine introduced herself to Vanessa.]]

[center [h3 Introductions]]

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[center [b Vanessa had blinked scrunching her nose at Raine. As she came over to examine the sweetie pie. Offering a worried but grateful smile despite the girl's tone being cheery.]]

[center [#5d194f I hope you two are okay and it means the world to me. My baby's always been the type to help others.]]

[center [b Alvin had huffed a bit looking away as Vanessa laughed softly. After all this time and he still was so shy about being teased. No, he was a little more... Talkative a lot even. She was glad to see others help him out of his shell even if during a dangerous journey.]]

[center [b Styles had smiled wrapping his arm around Raine as he gave a nod and a smirk. Vanessa would normally worry about her son's company but he couldn't be as shady as he looked right?]]

[center [b Though Alvin had nodded and stood beside Raine to bump shoulders with her offering a small smile.]]

[center [+green Y-Yeah she's really... Helped m-me a lot.]]

[center [b Kyuti had looked to Raine as she asked her question nodding with a soft smile.]]

[center [#2a425a, Of course, we have a number of pools if you so desire. Even a few private ones you are all free to take a tour and look around. I want you to feel right at home sweetheart.]]

[center [b Vanessa had given Raine a hug thanking her for everything. As Kita spoke up and Kyuti had nodded adding that she only had low profile jobs of the like for them. Kanzaki had spoken up with a long sigh.]]

[center [+darkblue How can I become a hero if I stay in the backstage? Okay okay, I understand I get it I do. Fine "mom"]]

[center [b He joked chuckling at Kita as he stood up taking a stretch.]]

[center [+darkblue Swimming sounds awesome we could all do that! Then Alvin can go see his friends right? I mean is that okay Alvin? Or with you guys?]]

[center [b Alvin had nodded as Vanessa wondered if she should invite them over. He'd be glad to see them right? It had been some time so maybe give him a minute to relax first.]]

[center [b Though it was then that Kita had hugged Vanessa as she smiled. As she ruffled Alvin's hair and he blushed hitting her hand playfully with a soft red tint on his face.]]

[center [+green C-Cut i-it out I'm n-not a kid.]]

[center [b He protested Vanessa smiled to see how close the two were. She had teared up nodding looking Kita's way with gratitude in her eyes.]]

[center [#5d194f Thank you, Kita, that means the world to me. With you all though he's grown into a fine young man I can tell.]]

[center [b She had then turned to see Ren, Alex, Shiloh introduce themselves awe with a bit to say about her son. She had bowed and smiled nodding.]]

[center [#5d194f Thank you though are you sure you mean my Alvin? He isn't THAT funny.]]

[center [b She commented ruffling his hair as Alvin softly rolled his eyes at her pushing her hand away.]]

[center [+brown He is when he opens up he's like the hilarious little brother I never had. Though I do have a few siblings so maybe that saying doesn't work here?]]

[center [#5d194f Awe that is sweet hun Alvin's always been an only child he could use the guidance.]]

[center [+purple Oh misses V Eric is a big kid himself despite his size! He has really put Alvin before his own though.]]

[center [#5d194f I know I sound like a broken record gosh but I really can't thank all of you enough.]]

[center [h3 Stuffing Our Faces]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/UIgpEz2.png]]

[center [b Eric had listened to Kita's notion as he nodded and smiled.]]

[center [+brown It sounds good mind if I go with you Kita? Perhaps I could learn a few things from you and Alvin. Thank you for the suggestion.]]

[center [b It was then him and Kita began to stuff their faces. It made sense the two came from the country after all not exactly how society. Eric had laughed as she asked if he was all right.]]

[center [+brown Mhm, are you? I never met a girl who eats as fast as I do. I find it rather impressive no need to take it slow after all.]]

[center [b He said openly showing his affection toward her tom-boyish nature. Not that Eric couldn't get along with softer girly types he could. Though a Kita's mannerism made him feel a little more at home.]]

[center [b Eric had seen Shirudo came over, expressing concern. They all seemed to fine Kita even Eric was glad to hear that.]]

[center [#eb99ca I'm glad you are okay Kita, Alvin all of you I apologize for this strangers concern.]]

[center [b Shirudo had than given a bow. Though when Alvin had shared the big news Kita had looked Eric's way. He tilted his head confused but nonetheless offered a smile and a wave. Perhaps he was too bold to ask her for training?]]

[center [h3 Back In The Water]]

[center [pic http://pm1.narvii.com/6368/7d3be7e144f4ce477304afaf8f9aa9079f2fb615_hq.jpg]]

[center [b Styles had laid back and let the others talk as he mostly did. Raine had rubbed his leg as he smirked to nudge her closer. As he leaned against her holding her affectionately as if he was openly claiming her. She had suggested they went swimming and Kanzaki felt it was a good idea. Hopefully, it wasn't for the wrong reasons.]]

[center [+blue This old mate would again like to try his luck in the water. It has been some time since I've gone overboard myself.]]

[center [b He said as he stood up helping Raine out of her seat giving her a playful smirk.]]

[center [+blue Aye perhaps we could have a race love?]]

[center [h3 On The Side]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/V1e9qet.jpg]]

[center [b Claire had sighed with a soft embarrassed scoff as he patted her shoulder. She hit his arm softly with an exhale of breath.]]

[center [+lightblue No need to indulge my poor joke or tease me I'm trying.]]

[center [b It was a bit after that the others talked and Claire avoided speaking up much. Meeting Alvin's mom wasn't something she felt she deserved wasn't like she exactly an angel to the kid. She couldn't a handle a "thank you" that she didn't exactly deserve.]]

[center [b Though when they offered to swim Claire had shrugged and nodded. She could use the time to relax she was sure a few others would come along as well.]]

[center [h3 Embarrassed]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/WKcBuKG.jpg]]

[center [b Before arriving in Romalia Alvin had really enjoyed his time with Peyton. When things settled down again he was sure he'd take the chance to spend more time with her. She was so sweet and open minded he enjoyed even talking to her even if he was learning still how to talk more freely.]]

[center [pic https://myanimelist.cdn-dena.com/images/characters/8/224825.jpg]]

[center [b Though since his mom showed up he was so happy. Though she was trying so hard to embarrass him perhaps he deserved it for leaving her behind. She had even grabbed at Kita's ears and went for the killing blow.]]

[center [#5d194f My son loves to watch little animations with cute wolf girls with tails and ears. I see why you get along so well!]]

[center [b She gave Alvin a devilish smile as his eyes widened before he let out a defeated sigh. As embarrassed as he was he was glad to have his mother back. He felt so at ease and to see Peyton look at Raine and Styles with a smile he did the same. He was glad that Peyton was so understanding he always imagined girls a lot more jealous or even scarier. Because him and Kita, as well as Raine, were very close and he was a bit afraid it'd make her angry. It hadn't she too was happy for Raine he could tell and it made her happy. That wasn't too say if she was ever insecure he wouldn't talk things out. He knew he was at times a bit the same but despite those embarrassing thoughts, he was glad to see everyone so happy and light-hearted. Course Kita and Eric really embarrassed him more but he was glad to see the two eating and smiling. His mom teased already about them being his new older siblings. They were certainly protective as such that was for sure. Those two would always struggle the worst with Alvin putting himself in harm's way for them. He was a hypocrite though because he struggled with the same thing.]]

[center [b As Peyton spoke up Rose had stared at her for a moment before standing up to take her side.]]

[center [+purple Well before I go off and do anything I think I'd like to try these simple jobs with Peyton.]]

[center [b She smiled that was.. bold of her was there something he was missing? Were the two always so close? Or did they need to talk about something important? Did she see something bad in her mind? It worried him but he trusted Rose to tell him if he needed to know. Though it didn't make him less anxious.]]

[center [b Alvin was so glad to have Peyton encourage him to see his mom though he was embarrassed all the same. She too was so shy around his mom the way she twirled her hair? C.U.T.E he almost wanted to tell her that but now wasn't the time. He found himself staring a bit how Peyton. How did he get so lucky? It was clear as day to see she was out of his league no doubt. They had talked about his hair being white and it being about the wolves.]]

[center [+green I-I think it was... I was told it was dye but I'm n-n-not sure.. I-I was gonna try and see..? M-My hair was dark before..]]

[center [+purple So he could have been called the black swordsman?]]

[center [b Rose teased as Alvin thought of an anime with a man wielding a large blade Guts the black swordsman. He wanted to laugh but he held the urge. Alvin had taken time to process Peyton's honesty on how the two didn't start off on the right foot. His mother offered a soft wisened smile. If that wording even made sense in Alvin's mind. Though before she could speak he heard that embarrassing comment. His face flared red as the two looked almost speechless in shock and embarrassment.]]

[center [#5d194f Well.. as long as you two use protection.]]

[center [+green MOM NO!]]

[center [b He screamed without stuttering as she laughed his way. She talked a lot with Peyton to learn about her and comment on her hair and her manners. His mom was smitten and he was glad the two got along so well. Alvin had held her hand as he opened up talking with his mom laughing and cutting up. He was on board for swimming too. He turned over looking at Peyton to whisper in her ear an insecurity of his.]]

[center [+green [size10 Do you t-think.. i-it'd be weird if... I-I swam w-w-with my s-shirt on...?]]

[center [b Showing his arms on the night of the festival almost killed him. He was so insecure about his body he wasn't sure how others saw him. He couldn't judge himself and even he gained some muscle he always saw himself as that scrawny kid. He was afraid people might judge or stare and if the girls Peyton mostly looked amazing at the pool? He'd feel dorkier and out of place, not that going with a shirt wasn't dorky but he'd be less embarrassed. He imagined being the only modestly dressed guy there the girls he imagined more on the modest side. The exception perhaps being Rose she seemed a bit wild and energetic. Though with a girl it was less embarrassing they had a reason to do that. Guys aren't supposed to care about being shirtless right? So why did he? He felt so ugh but once they got up and swimming maybe it'd be less awkward. Besides, it wasn't like they tease him right? Aside from Kanzaki or Rose maybe. If Eric bluntly but naively points it out that may be even more embarrassing!]]

[center [b This was when however Kanzaki made his move changing his seat to Ariadna. Out of the two Romalia officers course, it was the one who agreed to ignore him right? Not the girl who at least gave him a smile. Alvin was convinced Kanzaki liked flirting with the one more likely to shut him down. He had spoken up looking at her.]]

[center [+darkblue So gorgeous I know you two are on duty but could you guys maybe come with us? Give us a tour? We are kinda lost without a little bit of help.]]

[center [#eb99ca We don't usually give tours we work in the military after all.]]

[center [b Shirudo answered Alvin couldn't believe he asked them both to come!! He was basically making a move on the two while looking at Ariadna. Sure Shirudo was being polite but she had to have noticed he was being... Awfully forward. Alvin was jealous of Kanzaki's bravery but not, however, his decision making.]]

[center [b Kyuti had laughed softly before speaking up for the two officers.]]

[center [#2a425a You two are welcome too if you feel they need trained escorts however I can always ask a few others to help them if you so desire.]]

[center [b It was right afterward that Ken had taken the chance to speak up with a brimming smile. One almost as bright and goofy as Erics though not right to that "child" level. At least in Alvin's opinion.]]

[center [#a51d29 I'd like the break too if Ariadna and lady Shirudo are going though if they keep working I'd feel too guilty to go and slack off.]]

[center [b Oh wait Alvin had figured that people wouldn't judge his strange attire at least not strangers. If they go they might or hopefully, they hardly noticed him? No this isn't what he talked to Eric or Peyton about he'd try harder to... Socialize and not hope they leave him alone. God, he just felt he was... bad at this but he had to try right?]]

[center [h3 To The Pool!]]

[center [b Rose had gotten up and stretched it was obvious Kanzaki just wanted to flirt with Ariadna and Shirudo. Though if Ken could take the boys to a changing room and Shirudo and Ariadna the girls that'd be nice. Rose also knew despite Kanzaki's bluffing he only really had the hots for Mally.]]

[center [+purple If it's not too much trouble could you take us to different changing rooms?]]

[center [b Vanessa had opted out on swimming but she wanted to come to check on her son of course. Rose wasn't sure who all would come but she had this feeling Serah and Vincent would come and find Alvin soon enough. Rose had looked to Shiloh before asking.]]

[center [+purple Shiloh you wanna come swimming too?]]

[center [b She was surprised to see Claire had wanted to go herself. Ken and Shirudo seemed to be sure to go albeit if Ariadna was okay with going as well. They were adamant about sticking together hopefully Kanzaki didn't scare her off. Rose could look into her mind about Kanzaki but she was almost afraid what she'd find. Whatever it was it couldn't be good.]]

[center [h3 Ladies First]]

[center [pic https://i.imgur.com/nFf4S0v.jpg]]

[center [b Shirudo had taken a bow as she and Ariadna went to take the ladies to the changing room. Shirudo wasn't sure about joining them she wanted Ariadna to come if they had. Perhaps they could focus more on work after all despite Shirudo being the commander she had cared deeply about what Ken and Ariadna both wanted.]]

[center [#eb99ca We have a large array of swimming attire and other outfits to wear if you wish to try something afterward.]]

[center [b She said after taking them to the changing rooms Vanessa had waited in front of the door. She didn't want to wait for the boys and embarrass Alvin too much. Shirudo had waited for herself to see what her friend wanted even though she didn't mind the idea of taking a break.]]

[center [b Claire had looked around to find herself a white two-piece with black poke a dots. She was quite the fan of the colors and design though she made sure it wasn't too tiny for her. She loved the style she commented but Rose could tell she didn't like how revealing it was. Rose, on the other hand, found one with a tint of purple and cats all over it. It was a two-piece bikini but it didn't really bother her the same way it had Claire. Rose hadn't waited as she got undressed in front of the ladies who had come. Claire had stammered and began to yell.]]

[center [+lightblue W-What are you doing they have changing stalls with curtains for a reason!]]

[center [b Rose had giggled and rolled her eyes as she bounced into her bikini tackling Claire playfully.]]

[center [+purple Fufufufu don't be so embarrassed Claire were all girls come on! I always wanted to know if you're as flat as you look!]]

[center [b She said as she pretended to grope Claire but not really touching her. She was silly but she wouldn't go THAT far.]]

[center [+lightblue You look like an innocent girl but you have the mind of a dirty old man!]]

[center [+purple Awe don't be that way! I'm just teasing flat girls are cute too!]]

[center [b Rose laughed as she pretended to grope Raine next.]]

[center [+purple I always thought mine were big but I think I might be second fiddle to Raine here!]]

[center [+lightblue I-I'm not flat! Just cause they aren't balloons like you two doesn't make me a billboard!]]

[center [+purple Hey I never said you were a billboard fufufu~]]

[center [b Claire sighed and furrowed her brow with a red tint on her face. As she went to get changed by herself. She was adorable all flustered up but Rose was glad to see she was still feisty and kicking as ever. The two had fought before but that felt almost forever ago even if it was just a few days.]]

[center [h3 Lively Bunch]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/dni91zU.jpg]]

[center [b Shirudo had giggled as she heard the girls messing around. Vanessa had chuckled softly as she shook her head. Shirudo wasn't even that lively around that age.]]

[center [#eb99ca Wow it's a relief to see the kids so full of life even after everything huh Ariadna? As for you Vanessa I'm glad that everything has worked out the way you wanted in finding you're son I'm sure that was no easy task.]]

[center [#5d194f No but I'm glad to see he had companions like these. It was hard but I'd do it a hundred times again for him. I know we still have a lot of serious discussions to have but for now? I want to see him and his friends unwind.]]

[center [#eb99ca Of course and for what it is worth mam if it were up to me I'd implore him to never step foot on the battlefield again. That being said despite how bad I feel for him and Kita. Those two have a gift sure it seemed to be a curse but if they use it to help others? I doubt they'll see it as such.]]

[center [b Vanessa had grown rather quiet but smiled nodding. It was clear to see she didn't want her baby out there anymore and Shirudo could understand why even if she never had a child herself. She knew it had been hard to accept.]]

[center [h3 Gentleman With Me!]]

[center [pic https://static.zerochan.net/Ritsuka.Fujimaru.full.1957959.jpg]]

[center [b Ken had lead the men out to their dressing rooms. However, he decided to go in there himself getting dressed on his own however he knew they were strangers so he tried to give some space while being friendly all the same. If Shirudo or Ariadna didn't want to go he'd just get dressed and call it a day might as well relax in some trunks while he could. Grabbing a simple pair of blue trunks with yellow flowers on them he stepped out stretching to wait on the guys outside.]]

[center [#a51d29 Gentleman when you're done with me to the pool okay?]]

[center [b In the changing room Alvin had gone to a stall by himself. He put on a pair of plain white shorts. Followed by a simple white shirt. He decided it would be a short sleeve but the shorts would run long enough to go over his kneecaps. The more skin he could hide the better. Kanzaki, of course, got dressed with no regard as did Eric even. Kanzaki had picked out trunks for Eric even black shorts with flaming skulls on them. ... Well, than but Kanzaki got a laugh outta of it as he wore his own dark blue shorts. Styles wasn't sure what to wear he decided to grab whatever. A basic lighter blue Eric had come over and ruffled Alvin's hair offering a smile.]]

[center [+brown Why the shirt buddy? Also, do these look okay?]]

[center [+green Err.. I-I'm n-not sure if those are... If t-they.. m-match you.. As for my.. Er... I mean well..]]

[center [+darkblue Oh I kinda expected it! Hopefully, the girls aren't as shy as our boy Alvin here! Who wants to bet? Which the largest are? I think it's a three-way tie between-]]

[center [+blue I already know two contenders mate and even if I lose this battle I guarantee at least a bullet in you savvy.]]

[center [b Kanzaki let out a grin rather unfazed by Styles threat Alvin knew two of them was Rose and Raine. What was the third? Kita? Shirudo? It didn't matter though Alvin knew himself Styles was a bad matchup for Kanzaki. Due simply to the nature of how they fought though Alvin could tell it was simply banter even if Styles had wanted Kanzaki to stop a bit. Kanzaki despite seeming the type to not get a hint had teased back about going one on one but he let it go. Kanzaki was nicer then he let on he wasn't the type to bully others just because he had an edge on them. It was easy for him to come off like a... indecent person though. Alvin was impressed by Styles willingness to stand up for Rose and Raine. He seemed the type who steered from a fight. Alvin could tell that Kanzaki to respected Styles for it.]]

[center [+darkblue I wonder what the girls will wear though... I bet Kita will look like a babe.]]

[center [b Alvin had just hoped Kanzaki didn't look at Peyton. Wait? Was he possessive? He never really thought he was well he's never had much experience. What would he do? He wasn't exactly sure... He'll cross that bridge if it gets there.]]

[center [+darkblue I wish the boss could come I'm sure she'd look like a knockout.]]

[center [+brown Knockout? Wait, Alvin, how come these don't match me again? I guess they do look a bit strange but Kanzaki said the girls and you all would love it.]]

[center [b Love to laugh maybe Kanzaki was already dying himself a bit. It wouldn't be long before Ken would take them to the pool. Hopefully, Alvin wouldn't find a way to embarrass himself. ..What would Peyton wear come to think of it?]]

[center [h3 The Heat Huh?]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/XURWxNi.jpg]]

[center [b Clyde had seen her remove her boots as she spoke of her choice of dish for the evening. She had teased him about handling the heat of some spicy spicy curry as she put it. Clyde had chuckled softly looking back at her.]]

[center [+lightgreen I mean I handle you don't I?]]

[center [b He said playfully implying she brought a lot of "heat" she was a lot dorkier then her appearance would give off. Though it wasn't unwelcomed if anything it made for a more casual atmosphere after a hard long mission.]]

[center [h3 Right and Wrong]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/QlcgzVj.jpg]]

[center [b The young swordsman had listened to the woman her first question being that of how he can handle the sin of lying.]]

[center [+darkblue ..I fear I do not handle it well. I leave the politics to the higher-ups. I strive my best to do the best I can for those around me. Although my goal is one day to become strong enough to turn this country around. To before Simon was shown these methods to use the infection from the fallen Meteor. To defeat those in Albion and Germania and to reform this country with my two own hands if I have to.]]

[center [b He had sat on her bed to lower his tone from that of a soldier and to that more of akin of a man. He heard her pleas and her plight of the pain she endured. Despite his strong and stoic face tears had escaped from his eyes as he maintained his strong expression. The pain she has faced was a great deal.]]

[center [+darkblue ...I am sorry to hear that I understand I was taken at a young age my family had rebelled against this nation. As a small child, they were taken from me. ..From this world and I was forced into that arena I met teammates another fighter a healer and a secret weapon. We had passed but in time even they had died so I decided I'd turn my blade against this country. In hatred and spite despite Simon's just ruling before these labs, I did not care. I had a right to not care after the plights I had faced before myself. Lord Zero had stood in my way ordered to kill me he, however, did not. He defeated me before explaining to his plight. He and Nimue along with Ren and Jessica were all a team in the arena forced here. Zero had the same idea to turn on this country before Simon spoke with him. Explaining his sins and willingness to face punishment that he needed Zero to finish what he started. A way to end this war because as horrifying as the labs were? Albion and Germania's rampant wave of destruction to speed up evolution. Corrupt nobles with sex slave trade routes child slaves and worse. To weed the world of weak wit or body. That one day after he gave his all to correct this world and finally destroy those labs when this is done. He and Simon will bear the sigil of evil itself to be destroyed by another. I had respected the man who sacrificed every happiness even his own life to forgo revenge. To instead do what he could to help this world. In that regard, I am loyal to Lord Zero even I myself detest the evil around me. It has brought sadistic men into power those who enjoy these twisted schemes as more than a burden but rather a pleasure.]]

[center [b Yushiro had stood up and approached Felicity from behind. A menacing step and even a stern face. What could the soldier be thinking? To hear such treacherous thoughts? He reached his large arms to the woman to pull her in from behind. As he let his guard down to embrace her in a hug an action that came stiff and awkward one he hasn't experienced in ages. As tears rushed down his stone cold face. His voice shaking only slightly.]]

[center [+darkblue If I knew the answer I would give it to you but this is almost over. How can I live with this? The answer I give you is that I cannot. All I can offer is stand by your side as a comrade even if I myself do not have an answer.]]

[center [b He refused to ever lose his comrades again no matter what he couldn't let that happen not again.]]

[center [h3 Guilt]]

[center [pic http://i.imgur.com/w6lFv09.jpg]]

[center [i To wipe subjects minds had varied in response some were broken and others like Eric gained a sense of self that fought their fate. I understand why you feel this way as well as Felicity.]]

[center [b Jessica and Zero were not offered a choice to enter the lab he had a choice to rebel after his promotion sure but that'd do more harm than good. Zero had control only over the military, not the labs he couldn't shut them down. Not that it excused his sins of fighting groups that rebelled against his nation that had every right too. Even when deep down he felt the same.]]

[center [b The man had a hollow argument and you could hear it in his voice. That the part of him that was human that crumbled felt the same way as Nimue. It was never apparent he was unsure but in this moment in front of her? It was he had held her hand with his own at her cheek as his expression began to soften. He had wished in his selfish sinful desire to run away with her and to forget this. Perhaps her pleas had belted his resolve more than he ever thought possible.]]

[center [i I will try to end this war before it comes to that and even if you are to take my power I will never let you fall for my sins.]]

[center [b He had pulled her in kissing her forehead with a rough approach as usual. As held her to his chest. He stroked her hair as he waited for them to arrive. He thought could he find a way? To become strong enough? To win this war? Without the labs?]]

[center [i How can I gain the soldiers the power I need without those labs.]]

[center [b She made him begin to turn his wheels to find... an easier out the man was always one to stand firm. Perhaps that is why he had Alvin be in her stead as his successor. Because he knew he couldn't burden her-]]

[center [i Wait that's it... Perhaps it is crazy and I think we will need to work on this without Simon's knowledge or the nobility. Perhaps we can rely on him. His forces or rather her forces it's risky due to the aggression they feel toward us. Oh yes, allow me to slow down Kitamari's forces had to be headed to Romalia yes? If Jessica can inform us if they are not broken down and side with Romalia to fight Germania and Albion. It's a stretch to think they'd choose to fight after running to avoid it. It would be against the law to work with fugitives but I've plenty sins to bear as is. If I can convince Jessica to persuade them. For them to feel it isn't a trap perhaps with the one that can read minds they can feel our true intentions. Though personal grudge may prevent them to see this alliance and they will certainly attack when everything is said and done. If I am to die by their hand so be it. Whatever it takes to end this war. This plan would involve turning against Simon's first idea. He is a fair king but I cannot have him question this steer from the labs to take something certain? On a gamble? He will follow the certain path over uncertainty for the sake of our nation's future even if he to die by that paths end. Nimue I need you to explain the situation to the queen while I go and find Jessica. I need to in-person explain this strategy. I need you to convince her to hold tight and not confront Simon. It is imperative she does not believe Simon has turned into a terrible monster. The truth is he was a man backed into a corner who committed a grave sin. When this is over she may do as she will and he will accept that price. As will I but she must be quiet till it's over we need to tell her however because she can help in destroying the labs understood? I believe you are better suited to persuade you since it was you... To push me to find another path as illogical as it is. This is a future I can fight for I lost sight of why I found this resolve. I remember the reason I wanted to change the world.]]

[center [b He said holding a tone of authority and a firm face. As he leaned in nose to nose with the beautiful Nimue.]]

[center [i Was to never see you cry.]]

[center [b Zero had pulled her in to kiss her madly as his rough lips rubbed against her own. As he held her into his body it was strange to see him say something so sappy. This whole thing was so sudden like something had overcome heart mind and body. Was it her eyes? To see that she cracked her first time to find the resolve to resign to her fate like him? He'll still face his price one day however he will not let her and others suffer in the meantime. It was now he truly understood what Rex... Alvin had fought for. Though the labs were a grave sin they had at least created in a sense the answer. Kita and Alvin's ragtag team of friends.]]

[center [b Zero again had to leave Nimue in charge but this would be the last time until he paid that price. That he would have to leave her alone to lead that was his promise by this kiss. As he whispered in her ear to never again stand away from her side after this. Not till he was forced to pay the ultimate price. Kissing her cheek softly he had bolted off to go find Jessica before she acted on old orders. Though he couldn't not while the ship was in the air. Not without wasting his power on a landing strategy. He had turned to inform her of him leaving after they landed.]]

[center [h3 Time Skip]]

[center [b It was soon when they had landed Nimue had asked him to plan the wedding. This stole a smile from the usually cold commander as he gave her a bow and a salute.]]

[center [i I will gladly plan the details of our wedding when I return. In fact, it will take place BEFORE the first invasion. We can keep in touch long distance and work out some of the smaller arrangements. I am sure my brother would be obliged to help seeing as he'll be the best man.]]

[center [b Zero had leaned in kissing her forehead softly.]]

[center [i I'll be back before you realize it that is a promise.]]

[center [b It was then he heard his device go to ring he saw it was Jessica he had picked it up as she began to talk.]]

[center [+teal Hey Zero I want you to know I'll be making contact soon I called because I know you must have just landed. As you know my clairvoyance works a rather incredible distance. When I first took off I kept an eye on the two of your minds till I fell out of range. I understand the new strategy I think you are crazy for it. That aside... I'll abide by it so you stay with Nimue got it? Let her tell the queen and you work on planning the invasion. Maybe the wedding while you are at it!]]

[center [b It seemed he would be staying here after all. He looked to Nimue as he begun to explain the situation. They'd have a chance to plan the wedding after all.]]

[center [h3 Strange King]]

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[center [b Simon had entered the bathroom she was not however clothed. Despite his serious demeanor, he found himself gazing at his beautiful wife before crossing his arms and looking around. Despite his cold expression contrasted only by the small tint on his cheeks he went to ask her.]]

[center [+gold Are you free tomorrow Mayhaps we could take the day to go on a date of sorts?]]

[center [b He wasn't so good at this kinda thing despite being married. Still, he'd try the best he could with all that was on his mind lately. One day she may be forced or emotionally brought to.. Bluntly put erase his existence. In the meantime he wanted to be the best husband he could despite everything else.]]

[center [h3 Memory Lane]]

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[center [b Simon had listened to her as she mumbled something as he caught the general gist. He let out a sigh realizing his eagerness to push others away has caused him to be a bit unfair.]]

[center [+gold I suppose you have a point I did not have the focus on my task as well. I suppose we both made our mistakes.]]

[center [b She offered him a robe and it was a bit small but he wasn't exactly the shy type. If anything it may scare her off and get rid of social interaction even quicker. Not that he hated her or anything he was simply eager to get back to work.]]

[center [b Wearing the robe a bit loosely he came out as he took a seat on her couch. She had offered a name to him he had looked to her blankly offering his own in return with a blank empty stare.]]

[center [+gold Simon Hawk yes of the noble family and no I don't have any way to pay you back. I've been disowned barred or however, those nobles would explain the matter. It seems my thoughts on the war to take more humane actions in training our soldiers were "naive" and "childish."]]

[center [b No point in hiding it some people already talked about it the idiot who gave up his birthright for a minor disagreement. He didn't care he wouldn't ever get into politics or talk about this stupid war again he only cared about his studies. This country could fall to foreign countries for all he cared and with how they were losing and how Albion was growing in tech? Germania in raw size? It was a matter of time anyway he wasn't shy to say what he thought in front of others. If she thought he was crazy it wasn't his agenda. She's the one who took a stranger to her flat. If she had heard about him maybe she heard the fistfight he got with his father in the debate.]]

[center [b Most nobles here found him to be a poor barbarian a man without culture despite being born into it. A ravenous beast with a big head they were idiots. He admits his ideals made him lose his head but they were no better to follow money and prestige before anything else. He would gain knowledge and that would be his ally he'd go to every nation after this one learning what he could.]]

[center [+gold You seem more... friendly than the usual noblewoman which family do you hail from? I'm sure they've taught you to avoid rejects such as myself.]]

[center [b He said with a soft smirk he's met too many people to realize when they learned the truth? They avoided him and it was a waste of his time being polite. It was better to let her know the situation so she and he could continue their lives with no meaningless distractions. Besides he was doing her a favor if she was seen talking with him? The other nobles children would avoid her no doubt.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b A little random lore but when Simon married her he with her help had greatly changed the meaning of the world noble. Brought not by family name but earned that isn't to say a family name still didn't help despite him not wanting that to be the case nobility was earned by results and the ability of mind or body. Either as a knight or a researcher or a politician. Even in his more ideal approach that isn't to say there aren't corrupt nobles/researchers.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 173d 1h 37m 30s
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[#EC871C "I'll bounty hunt..."]

Mally nodded her head when Kanzaki asked her about her horns.
[#EC871C "You know when my nose bleeds? It hurts...and I have a theory linking my horns to it."] she said monotone and soft, between small bites of food.
Despite not remembering her past, or how she grew up Mally knew all the proper eating etiquette and which utensils to use for which foods. It just came natural to her, and she wondered to herself why she knew these things.

The Romalian crew came to join them for dinner. Erna, Ken, Ariadna, Shirudo. She made sure to catch their names, but was too busy eating to introduce herself. It'd be something she'd make the time to do later. As Kanzaki gushed over this guy Ken. In a snap, Mally used her Royal arm to analyze them discretely. Her eyes moving over them each once, she nodded. They weren't enemies, but it was good to know the capabilities of all the people close to you.

When the Queen moved to make an announcement, and in came Alvin's mother. The boy had a mother? Of course he did, everyone alive or dead has a mother technically.
Mally waved silently at the woman. [#EC871C "I am Mally...Alvin is..."] she drew a blank. Without emotions, she wasn't sure how she felt about Alvin now. The only couple of people she's felt vauge emotions towards were Claire, and Kanzaki...Because she had been with them the longest.
[#EC871C "I am sorry, I don't know how I feel."] her tone was straightforward, and she didn't realize how that all sounded. Even though it was the honest answer.
Turning back to her food, she continued to eat then. Not realizing any social tension she may have created.

Afterwards, Mally finished her food, and got up. Approaching the King before he excused him. [#EC871C "I'd like to get my doctors examine done first...Which way do I go?"]

[#E02301 "I'd gladly show you the way."]

Mally nodded and followed Silas down the hall, she had went alone. Just the two of them.
[#EC871C "Your highness...I told your wife earlier I didn't need anything...but I think I may."]
[#E02301 "Whatever you need, just ask...and you can call me Silas. No need for formalities."]
[#EC871C "Thank you...ahem...Well let me start with an explanation first...The Labs, took away my memories...or rather locked them up in my brain...and my emotions as well. I-I thought I had lost those things forever, I was prepared to resign to whatever fate followed me in the labs and then I well I met all these people. That brought me here."]
[#EC871C "In my journey...I've experienced dreams that seem to real to just be dreams....and I've felt things I never thought I'd feel again...But all in brief moments, it's never for long... When it happens a sharp pain in the center of my head starts and then my nose bleeds. It gets worse if I try to hold onto the feeling..."]
[#E02301 "This is an interesting predicament you're in...You suspect your Royal Arm restricts access to your memories and your emotions? What exactly does your Royal arm do? Where is the implant located?"]
[#EC871C "Ah...In short yes...My Royal arm allows me to analyze and pinpoint all the strengths and weaknesses in a persons combat. I can learn all the abilities and disadvantages of someone in a mere few seconds...."] Mally pointed to her horns on her head.
[#E02301 "It's external?"]
[#EC871 "Not entirely...My Royal arm works with satellite and computers. It can access all the databases of the armies of every nation. That's how I am able to learn everyone's combat styles, etcetera... It connects in my skull. That's all I know about it, they told me this because it's very important I don't damage the horns, my satellite connection would be lost and it the technology where to short circuit under damage, it would fry my brain. I'd die."]
[#E02301 "I see...so what is it that you're asking exactly?"]
[#EC871C "...I...I would like you know if maybe you guys had some sort of...or any possible...resources to help me...feel human again."]
her voice wavered, something was tugging in her chest, it hurt. It felt desperate, and she could feel some water on her cheeks suddenly.
She was feeling now. Soon the sharp pain started and her nose slowly bled.
[#E02301 "Oh dear..."]
Silas pulled out a handkerchief, he wasn't sure what to make of this girl. Her poor circumstances, he knew what she was saying and asking for had to be true, because the second she started to cry, her nose began bleeding immediately. He handed it to her, so she could wipe her face.
[#E02301 "Well we are on our way to the doctor now...Let's see what they say."]

He patted her back as she nodded her head, continuing their journey through the castle. Soon they arrived. Mally walked in and Silas followed, he explained the situation to the doctor.
[b "Well...Let's start with a basic examination... and go from there...We might need more than a doctors opinion in this case...I'd recommend seeing some hackers or technologically capable persons. You mentioned your Royal arm being connected to satellites, maybe they could help if I can't."]
Nodding her head, it began.

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Raine blinked and nodded her head, as Ren laughed and shrugged his shoulders. It didn't bother him to be mistaken as an enemy still. He was glad to see the Queen being inquisitive and cautious. It meant she cared.

Raine giggled at Kanzaki being shut down by the girls left and right.
A bit of concerned furrowed on her face, as the boys and Mally and then Claire and Rose all volunteered for Bounty hunting.
Raine knew she'd be no use doing those things, so she shook her head.
[#6495ED "I won't be doing that...I can't fight...but I'll do whatever else you guys need done around here."] she said cheerfully.

Her face flushed a bit but she smiled when everyone agreed to be happy for her and Zack.
She squeezed his hand lightly, and patted his knee under the table.

Raine blinked in surprise when Alvins mother was revealed. Tears welled in her eyes to see them reunited. Raine had jumped up from her seat, like everyone else had, to greet the woman. Raine smiled
[#6495ED "I am Raine, Alvins bled for me, and I for him..."] she giggled a bit at her pun before adding [#6495ED "Literally."]
While normally such a sentence would sound grave and noble, she made it sound cheery and grateful.
Then Alvin revealed him and Peyton were together. Raine knew this because of talks she had with Eric, the talk she had with Peyton, and she noticed when Peyton started spending more time with Alvin than Eric on the way here.
It still shocked her, because she remembered the way they fought at first when they all met. Raine remembered thinking at one point, they might kill each other. Now here they were, holding hands.

Raine eventually sat back down like everyone else, to finish eating. Mally went off for her doctors examination first, and she asked to go alone. Even leaving Kanzaki behind.
Raine wrinkled her nose, it struck her mind how she didn't get to swim in the giant lake at Galia. Then she wondered, looking to Kyuti she smiled and asked
[#6495ED "Is there some where I can go swimming?"]

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Kita had heard everyone offering to bounty hunt, and bit her lip.
[#EC0E37 "I don't want to rain on any of your parades but...bounty hunting isn't very low key... I don't want us doing anything that could get our location or the fact that we are here out there in the air... If that can be promised then I'll let it happen. Otherwise you all might have to settle for creature hunting."]
She used her mom voice, and proposed the less dangerous, less attention drawing option. Hoping Kyuti or Silas may back her up in this, and advise them, more like tell them, not to bounty hunt.

Wrinkling her nose [#EC0E37 "I will stick to the woods, I will get your critter problem fixed."] she wanted a simple easy job. Kita needed a break from the extreme that had been her life for over a year now.

Kita smiled at Eric when he sat next to her to eat. [#EC0E37 "Hey buddy, how's it going?"] she asked between stuffing her face bites.
Kita didn't eat like a lady, by any means. She did use her napkin frequently though.

She got to meet the members of Romalias officers, she smiled and waved politely, her mouth full of food.
[#EC0E37 " Hello! I am Kitamari, call me Kita if you'd like. It's a pleasure to meet you guys."]
Shirudo had come and ducked down close to her and Alvin. Then she asked how they were doing. Kita blinked and stuck two thumbs up, and smiled. [#EC0E37 "I am better than I've ever been."]

Soon, Alvin was reunited with his Mom. Kita stood up, the others as well to greet the woman. Before she could blink, she was being wrapped into a hug, and of course she squeezed back.
[#EC0E37 "Hello Momma V. , I am Kitamari, or just Kita...You raised a great kid."]
she smiled and reached over, ruffling Alvins hair.

Kita blinked looking over when Alvin called Peyton his girlfriend. It shocked her, and she blinked. How did that happen? When? Kita looked to Eric, he seemed to be okay. Her ears showed her confusion as they pointed in different directions, even though she didn't express it out loud.

However, the topic was soon glazed over, and they all went back to eating. Kita knew soon they'd be meeting two more new people from Alvin's life.
Kita wondered one day if she'd get to go home to her parents.

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Alex snicked at Claires lame joke and rolled his eyes.[#D23F0B "Ohhh sharp"] he laughed and patted her shoulder.
As bad as it was, as much as a fail as the joke turned out to be. He still laughed, because she said it.

Shiloh had been quietly observing, still like always. He followed close to Rose, and even sat next to her. Alex made sure to get a seat next to Claire.
[#D23F0B "Alex... Alvin is fucking killer Momma V. Super funny kid."]
[#8147A0 "Hello Vanessa, I am Shiloh...Alvin's been great..."]
[#6C80A3 "I am Ren, it has been an honor fighting alongside your son."]

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She nodded her head and enjoyed her time with Alvin. Paying close attention to the things he showed her, and explained to her. She liked it too. So it wasn't even like she had to force herself to, she really wanted to. They spent the next couple days traveling basically doing this, with little breaks.

[h3 ]

Peyton had felt her chest flutter when Alvin held her hand. Someone, no one had really noticed them together yet. It relieved that they had their privacy, she'd rather avoid the teasing and what not else that came from the group. Considering Eric had a huge public crush on her, she wasn't sure how everyone would feel about her choosing Alvin.
She wanted everyone to know, she wasn't ashamed.
Just scared, and shy.

She was happy to see Raine and Zack together, they made a good couple. Cute little Raine, and the rough teddy bear Zack.
Then she thought, she never apologized for lashing out at him when he tried to be nice. It fumed her up a little bit, the idea of going to him and admitting he was right.
Though, she'd do it eventually, when she was good and ready too.
She smiled at the two of them.

Soon everyone was volunteering to go bounty hunt, Kita voiced concerns about it. Peyton also thought she'd rather not do anything to rigorous. Thought she wanted to talk to Rose still. About learning to control herself, secret weapon to secret weapon. Though for the moment she nodded her head [#8A2BE2 "I'd like a simpler job too..."]
she didn't want to go beast hunting either, infact she wanted to avoid combat.
She was afraid of herself, what might happen if she gets carried away in any battle. Once she lost control, it was over. She didn't know how many times she could be snapped out of it.

At the time they were all eating, Kyuti presented Alvins Mother. Peyton felt her palms sweating. Though she was so happy inside, looking at Alvin, she encouraged him alongside Eric. He had pulled them into a hug, and she of course hugged back. [#8A2BE2 "Go to her..."] she whispered gently in his ear. Watching them embrace and cry, she wondered if her parents would react the same way.
She hadn't thought about her parents since the lab...They signed her away, and put her in there.

Pushing those thoughts her way, her face flushed when his Mom came and hugged her. It flushed more when Alvin introduced her as his girlfriend.
[#8A2BE2 "O-oh..Hi"] she stuttered out, twisting the ends of her hair with her free hand.
She blushed more at the second hug, and when his mother complimented her again, her face was so red you could maybe see heat waves rolling off it.
[#8A2BE2 "I-I I am not sure, I wasn't very friendly when we first met...Wait, his hair isn't white?"] she blinked a bit.
[#8A2BE2 "I mean, It was when I met him, and Kita's hair was white too...I thought it had something to do with the wolves..."]
Raine chuckled in after Kanzaki adding
[#6495ED "He does drive her crazy...keke... just not in the way you thought."]
Peyton's face turned so red it was almost purple.

Peyton chuckled as they teased each other, her head cocked a little when Alvin asked if two other people were here or not. Serah and Vincent?
Didn't he say their names once when he was sleeping?
She'd ask about it later, or rather meet them soon actually.

Peyton sat down again when everyone else did, and she beamed from ear to ear. She was so happy to see Alvin happy, seeing him here with his mom. It was like watching him gain a piece of himself back.

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Ariadna felt her face flush as Kanzaki proceeded to flirt with her, right after flirting with Shirudo. Right in front of her too!
He was not a gentleman by any means...She kinda liked it.
Chuckling when his partner tugged on his ear and lectured him, she stuck her tongue out, without moving the rest of her face.
Smiling at Claire she shrugged.
[#2A058C "Noted, will ignore."]

Ariadna watched how they all interacted with each other. Like they'd known each other for years. Like her and the rest of her crew. The four of them had been together for a long time, and it took a while for them to get as cozy with each other as everyone else seemed to be.
Was it all the trauma they shared together in a short time?
Ariadna shrugged it off, and helped herself to a small plate of food. She'd didn't like to eat much.

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Midori blinked when Clyde joined up, she nodded her head when she heard Yushiro wanted to talk to Felicity. She let it glide over her head, and shrugged it off.
Looking to Clyde, she held a finger up. Bending over she unbuckled her boots, and left them there in the castle court yard.
[#F741B4 "These hurt my feet, I don't need them here."]
she proceeded barefoot from there, now shorter than him because she removed her boots. Loosing 5 inches of height, almost a half foot shorter now.

[#F741B4 "I was gonna go get some curry, spicy spicccyyy currryy"] she sung the last bit of her sentence, waving her head around excitedly as her hair flung about.
[#F741B4 "Can you handle the heat?"] she asked tilted her head at him and wiggling her eyebrows a bit.

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Felicity blinked as Yushiro came in, she didn't expect to see him. He asked about what she wanted to talk about earlier. Then kneeled to the floor, her face flushed she was confused. She reached down and pulled him up to his feet. Then shut the door behind him.
[#FBB004 "Well, more so questions than just something to tell..."]
she mumbled softly before sitting on the edge of bed.
Inviting him to sit next to her, he did but there was quiet a bit of space between them.

[#FBB004 "How do you deal with the mortal sin of lying?"] she asked, her face straight and looking at the wall in front of her, she wasn't facing him.
Silence filled the room for a moment.

[#FBB004 "I am conflicted...I was raised...to never lie."]

[#FBB004 "Yushiro, I am scared...for our nation...not because of Germania or Albion...I am scared of the internal conflict that will rip our nation apart."]
[#FBB004 "...I wasn't in the labs by choice...I was kidnapped. Yushiro they interrupted my wedding and killed my husband and father before me...Then drug me away and stuffed me in the lab. I still don't know why..."]

[#FBB004 "Why are we lying to the Queen about what is going on? Why are we lying to our own people? How much help are we really providing by doing this... I just can't understand it."]
her grip tightened on the edge of the bed.
[#FBB004 "This isn't the greater good, we are just as evil as our enemies...Forcing our citizens to do things, lying to them about how things are... I feel we are just as rotten on the inside as our enemies..."]

She turned her face towards Yushiro, and it was pale white, her small arms where shaking as she spoke.
[#FBB004 "Why do we pretend we aren't?"]

[#FBB004 "I need help, I don't understand what good we are doing by lying to our queen, hurting our people...I-I am not okay with it and I don't think I can pretend to be..."] she shook her head, her voice had finally started to crack, and she exhaled a breath finally.

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Nimue crossed her arms over her chest and sighed a deep sigh. Listening to the two of them bicker, before her own thoughts in her head exploded out.
[#F64408 "I know we had tried other options, but we didn't explore everything before we started kidnapping children off the streets."]
Nimue glared a bit, reffering to Raine, Alvin, and quiet a number of other subjects.
[#F64408 "We have a large criminal database, lots of people serving life in prison. My suggestion to wipe their minds and place them in the labs, was turned down. It was a viable option we never tried. Most of us here asked to be in those labs. Evelynne gave me a choice when I was caught...Felicity you guys know how she got here right?"]
[#F64408 "We planted the virus on the imported flowers to asked to have at her wedding ceremony. Then we raided it on her big day, killed her father and husband and just took her...I don't know how or why she choose to come serve us...but Jessica I am sure you've seen in her mind...Just how well is she doing?"]

[#F64408 "Yes we were given a loosing hand, and we didn't use that hand. We've played some dirty tricks against our own people, to try to win this war...and if we don't? The guilt will kill me before any enemy does."]

Nimue felt her face flush when Jessica answered her questions that were geared at Zero. Though, she knew Jessica would never lie to her about this.
It wasn't that just was even doubting her feelings with Zero, or cared about his lack of emotion showing. She knew all about his struggles with that, she knew all these things.
Under the stress she felt her brain was cracking, she was coming to doubt themselves. Hearing the way others talked to them. How Shirudo, Ken, Ariadna, Erna...Their "allies" looked at them, and thought so little of them before even meeting them.
Maybe she wasn't ready for this pressure that Zero had to deal with.

Her eyes widened when she saw the tear leak down his face. Zero never cried, and even if was a very little bit of tears...It was something she had never seen before. It shocked her, and brought into perspective how much he did care of her right in that moment.
She listened silently to the rest of his words, and shook her head.
[#F64408 "I don't doubt your feelings now...I believe you...I always have really...I-I just...I had a moment. The stress caught up to me and it made my mind weak...I need to spend more time in meditation than I have been lately."] she held his hand to her face, and then reached up and wiped under his own eye too.
[#F64408 "I love you, I will marry you, and when you do come to pass I will fill your shoes."]
Her voice was strong and firm now.
Her mind now made up, all she needed was just a little bit of reassurance.

[h3 Time skip]

Nimue stretched her legs, finally walking off the ship. Zero was with her, and the others seemed to be eager to go off and do their own thing. Nimue looked to Zero, and then to the castle.

[#F64408 "Hey, we have some down time...How's about we start to plan that wedding?"] she asked quietly, her face a bit flushed.
She originally had planned to just plan everything out with Jessica.
Though Jessica was gone, and Nimue didn't like dealing with things like this alone. Why not ask Zero to help?
He was apart of the wedding after all.

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Evelynne crinkled her nose a bit and wrinkled her toes under the water. Hearing the knock at the door, she sat up in the bath. Blinking she heard Simons voice, and the usual butterflies she felt stirred. Married for all this time, and still she got nervous.
[#56A944 "I am in the bath my dear, you can come in if you'd like."]
she called softly, inviting him into the room.
She loved how respectful he still was of her.
How could this man ever lie to her? Maybe he hadn't, maybe she was just letting the news and media get the best of her.
Her mind drifted and she began to remember all their times together as she leaned back down into the water.

[i Young Evelynne nodded her head, the boys tone was quiet harsh. Even after the piles of apologies that stumbled out of her mouth. Even after he accepted her offer to come to her flat so he could clean all the coffee off him. Though she mentally excused his tone, trying to picture herself in his shoes. [#56A944 "I know I know, I am so sorry...but to be fair as you read and walk right now...are you watching where you are going?" ] she added the last part in a smaller hushed tone, timid and like she was afraid he'd catch another attitude with her.]

[i Nodding her head, she held up a finger [#56A944 "One moment!"] she quickly ran to her bathroom and brought out a robe. [#56A944 "You can wear this while I wash your clothes!"] She gently took his notes from his hands and placed them on her table. Rushing back over to him she ushered him into the bathroom.]

[i [#56A944 "If the robe is too small, you can just wait in the
bathroom... just hand me your clothes."] she said gently through the door after a moments time. Soon she was taking the clothes through the door way, covering her eyes with her free hand. Taking his laundry, she rushed to machines and started them up. Hoping that she didn't stain his uniform, if she did? Well she'd buy him a new one, it wouldn't be a problem for her.]
[i Evelynne knocked on the bathroom door softly. [#56A944 "I've started the washing machine...Your clothes will be done soon...Uh soo...this is probably awkward timing but My name is Evelynne! What's yours?"] she tried making conversation through the bathroom door. Maybe she was too friendly.]
  Lypophrenia / 181d 1h 7m 52s

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