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[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 / 25d 23h 2m 13s
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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 / 45d 7h 15m 26s
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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 / 48d 6h 18m 41s
[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 / 50d 5h 46m 3s
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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 / 57d 23h 26m 46s
[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!]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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?]]

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[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 / 64d 21h 13m 3s
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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!]]

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[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!]]

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[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]]

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[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!]]

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[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 / 73d 22h 54m 50s
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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.]
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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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.]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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!]]

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[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?]]

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[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]]

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[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]]

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[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.]]
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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.

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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.]
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[center [h3 Home Sweet Home?]]

[center [b Kanzaki had looked over to Mally as she talked with Kyuti. Her horns hurt her sometimes? He had, of course, sat next to her came time to eat as he looked over to Mally.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey boss I didn't think they hurt you like that. Maybe we should ask if the queen has any resources to help you out with those? Ya know?]]

[center [b Kanzaki had than saw Kita give the queen a bit of an introduction. The queen looked at Kita blinking a bit before smiling softly.]]

[center [#2a425a I suppose you all are more experienced than you looked. I just didn't want to put you through any more of that stuff. I can keep it simple such as small beast around the area things like that.]]

[center [+darkblue Awe! That sucks do we have to lay low? I was ready to charge to Germania's frontlines! See Alvin you may have been famous before but it's my chance to shine!]]

[center [b Alvin had turned to Kanzaki offering him a somewhat nervous smile as Kanzaki wiped under his nose with a grin. The group had begun to eat Alvin was unsure of how to approach his food. Kanzaki however? Went straight in no questions asked.]]

[center [+darkblue But if the captain and the queen suggest we keep it small time for a bit I guess I have to understand.]]

[center [#2a425a I know your lovely friend with the horns only asked for shelter but if you need anything let me know.]]

[center [+darkblue Just one thing! I don't actually meet the requirements here in terms of education and age but... Well, can you get me a license to work around as a mercenary? Oh and any of my friends that want to do the same too? I'll go ahead and ask for Alvin too cause I know he wants to just as bad as me he's just too shy to ask.]]

[center [+green I-I!]]

[center [+darkblue Oh come on you know it's true wielding sword for home and country? Even if isn't exactly our home... But still! I know you love the idea.]]

[center [#2a425a Umm.. are you sure? I know you're experienced but I'm just afraid of how casually you're taking this job. It is very dangerous and it's not what it always is cracked up to be.]]

[center [+darkblue I'm positive and whatever you do for me I'd like to pay back double! Starting with this food!]]

[center [b With that Kanzaki began to chow down again as he nodded agreeing with the doctors check up.]]

[center [h3 Ahoy Land]]

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[center [b Styles had walked through he was not used to being trusted so close to any castle. The queen had to have told from his appearance what he was. Not that who he was before really mattered he decided not to ponder on it. Instead, his mind drifting on something Raine said last night the queen looking his way and at Raine. Like he kidnapped her ha it was funny considering what she said. Though the sweet girl didn't realize what she implied by such a statement.]]

[center [b Though more pressing matters had occurred such as Raine coming to Ren's aid as well. He knew they had good heads on their shoulders as they helped explain the situation Kyuti surprisingly smiled and nodded. To trust a former enemy so quickly? No wonder Romalia was considered a paradise but he also wondered if that was why they were considered the weakest kingdom. Styles was the type to cheer for the underdog anyway. Ren had looked to him and Raine with a grateful expression as Styles gave a smirk back his way with a soft nod. Ren was part of the crew after all. Who knew the captain had such a sappy side?]]

[center [#2a425a I'm sorry for the accusation I've just been wary of late. Now you mention it I think they did have a replacement as for the units rankings? Tristania tends to be very secretive about those three distinct factions. Considering where I can guess they came from I get why. I feel a bit bad helping them in this war hiding how I really feel about the whole thing. I'd understand if any of you are upset with me on my shortcomings as a ruler.]]

[center [b Wow a modest queen too it seemed Eric had than spoke up a bit with his usual bright smile.]]

[center [+brown It's okay majesty I think you are doing the best you can. What's right for everyone and I don't think anyone blames you for that.]]

[center [b When Kanzaki had asked for his friends to receive such passes if they had wanted Styles raised a hand himself.]]

[center [+blue Aye, I could use some work to get by myself though we can't stay forever. I know our captain here has great plans of changing the world.]]

[center [+brown I... I think.. No I know I'd like to try too.]]

[center [b Eric had than raised a hand and to Zack's surprise so had Claire and Rose. What had gotten into the lasses?]]

[center [+purple I know I'm more of a backline fighter and I doubt I can do any jobs alone. Regardless I do wanna take this chance to get stronger to help everyone around me. I don't have the experience the fighters have. That arena was my first time it's true I'm a prodigy with my abilities but combat experience is still something I lack.]]

[center [+lightblue Same err.. Minus the prodigy part, I don't really have much. I've survived one "battle" royale and I was always into gymnastics but that isn't always going to cut it. I.. Don't think I can do any jobs alone either but I'd like to take this chance to work on myself.]]

[center [b Styles had whistled and clapped a bit he never thought he'd see those two eager to get on the battlefield. Claire always ran away from conflict and Rose was terrified of it matter of fact despite Eric being a fighter? To see him try this shocked Styles he had the heart of a lover, not a fighter.]]

[center [+blue Well well who'd figure you two and Eric would ever ask for that job. Tread carefully this life hails dangerous waters.]]

[center [+darkblue Well if either of you two lovely ladies needs me for a partner I can-]]

[center [+lightblue No way in hell.]]
[center [+purple No thanks.]]

[center [+darkblue At the same time!? I didn't even finish come on!]]

[center [b Kanzaki gave a small sigh as he shrugged and continued eating that boy was like a bottomless pit. Least he bounced back easy enough that's for sure.]]

[center [b Ren had even chimed in lecturing Kanzaki on how he shouldn't tease Raine and himself over the age difference. It hadn't bothered Styles the boy meant no harm. Still, it gave Styles a smirk anyhow to see Kanzaki look at Ren and Raine and flail his hands.]]

[center [+darkblue Nononono I mean I didn't mean any disrespect by it I swear!]]

[center [+blue Haha, aye mate buy me a drink after your first job and all is forgiven "savvy?"]]

[center [+darkblue You got it! Again, Raine, I'm sorry and I'm happy for you two I really am!]]

[center [+brown Mhm, I think we all are.]]

[center [b Eric had smiled and nodded Styles was glad she had so many people looking out for her. Raine than herself had begun to start eating and she held nothing back. Styles had let out a hardy laugh it was cute, to say the least. Life on the sea would suit his sweet little raindrop well. "Raindrop?" oh boy the former captain may have it worse than he realized.]]

[center [h3 Poor Humor]]

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[center [b Claire had walked in beside Alex not that she had meant too. Right? It just happened that way while they were walking in right? Regardless as she made her way in she heard Alex make a comment. She had seen recently Mally be a little more social. Attempt a few jokes here and there and she kept slamming doors in Alex's face. So maybe she'd try and do something nice for him. She looked at him pondering for a moment to his comment he said most likely to himself. As she pointed a finger up looking at him.]]

[center [+lightblue That's what.. She said? No wait.. does that even work? Damn it!]]

[center [b, Of course, one of Kanzaki's stupid jokes would be one of the only ones she thought of. Now he was going to stare at her like she was crazy. It wasn't like she cared? She shook her head looking down. Of course, she cared but didn't change the fact she felt like an idiot.]]

[center [h3 Night Before]]

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[center [b Alvin had smiled at her reaction to ever watching well yeah. It was really cute god she was really cute he knew he was going to feel like a broken record. Still, he couldn't help it maybe that was normal? To feel helpless? To feel wrapped around? Guard lowered? Was that normal in love? Or was that just the sorta person he was?]]

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[center [+green M-Manga?! Really? I-I love those!]]

[center [b He smiled as he listened and then nodded. He knew a perfect show with beautiful fantasy and the main heroine herself had gone through a lot in her childhood. Drama? Fantasy? Yeah it was a good start if not a bit slow but he felt she wouldn't mind.]]

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[center [b Ancient Magus Bride, he never had finished it himself. He had looked over to be surprised her lack of judgment. He admitted his hobbies were a bit strange and hard to show someone. It took an episode or two but he finally found the courage to lightly put his arm around her. As he looked away fidgeting shyly as his face burnt red. She didn't stop him though this too was something he wasn't used too. He smiled and found himself laughing and making jokes like he used to with Vincent. Like when she the heroine was sold off for an obscene amount of money. As he explained the old countries and old currency of the world before the great collapse. Alvin wasn't an academic he just was really obsessed with the world before. He began to joke about how creepy it'd be if some skeleton looking dude decided to try and buy you! Though the concept of the show was meant to be creepy it was surprisingly touching.]]

[center [h3 Time Skip]]

[center [b It had been a few days and Alvin spent it hanging out with Peyton, Eric, Raine, Kita he was learning more about those four. He wasn't ready to branch out even further yet but if he was spending the most time with anyone? It was Peyton for sure he wondered even if the others noticed. Spending time with Eric was awkward at first but Eric wasn't really mad nor did he blame him for anything. It made Alvin remember himself with Serah and Vincent how poorly those three handled it. Alvin admired Eric's resolve he felt there were other fish in the sea. That wasn't to say that Peyton didn't mean a great deal to him. Eric was still even nice to Peyton and Alvin felt he should be jealous but he wasn't. If anything he was glad Eric was kind to her and didn't avoid her like the plague. Nor has Eric been scarce to be around minus the first night he took to himself. It went a lot better than Peyton or Alvin could hope for he was honest but at the same time pushing forward. If anything it made Alvin admire the guy that much more. Course he'd always be too shy to admit that out loud.]]

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[center [b A few days later and they had landed Alvin had hidden behind Kita a bit. He was rather shy and Kyuti was giving Kita and himself a lot of attention. His cheeks were pinched too and he blinked unsure what to really say. As they walked down he drifted close to Peyton while to being behind Kita. As the righthand man, he felt it was his job to have her back. It was strange to think he had thought he may have liked Kita. She was a lot like a sister to him after all. Without much realizing it he had reached out to grab Peyton's hand. He was glad about the choice he made this felt right to him like they were meant to be. As cheesy as that sounded he'd have trouble saying something sappy like that out loud. He had seen Styles and Raine being awfully close as Kanzaki teased the two he was soon shut down. Alvin had taken a deep breath to garner courage as he gave Raine a smile.]]

[center [+green I-I-I'm g-glad R-Raine... Y-You've been honestly done so much f-for us. Especially m-me I'm glad you get to be happy too.]]

[center [b What a sappy blessing but well.. Despite not knowing Raine as long as Kita? She felt like a sister to him too she was sweet and nurturing but at the same time? As much as she guided him he wanted to protect her too. Alvin had heard Peyton snicker a bit after Kanzaki had his epic fail. Alvin had looked over and giggled a bit himself. They all noticed Styles and Raine pretty quickly he wondered how long it would be before they figured him and Peyton out? Not that he was hiding her or anything. He just knew he'd pretty embarrassed if anyone started teasing him too he might not handle it as suave as Styles had.]]

[center [b Alvin had let go of her hand as the two sat down and he had begun to eat beside her. Kita at his other side and Eric even beside her. As Kanzaki spoke up about getting jobs Alvin listened as he threw him into the mix. Alvin spoke up stuttering but Kanzaki cut him off. He hated that Kanzaki knew so well what Alvin wanted. He was afraid to accept this that he'd seem easily swayed or that he was just in it for blood and glory. He had used his sword for... the wrong cause for far too long. In that arena to become a replacement for Zero sure, his memories were messed with. However, before they were? He was sure that taking Zero's burden and ending this war was his ultimate destiny his duty. The blade Alvin was given the Durandel Tristania's second finest blade. Made from metal from all other kingdoms even Albion. This blade represented the hope Zero had for him. Alvin couldn't fight with the lab going on he wouldn't be the hero who apologized for his sins. The hero that suffered that darkness for the world. Logical or not he'd cut through fighting for a brighter future than that. He'd never be able to sleep at night if he just stopped now. So with that he gave a nod and looked at the queen.]]

[center [+green Yes, m-my friend is right I'd like to s-sign up too.]]

[center [b Eric had even spoken up so had Claire and Rose even. When Eric said he'd surpass Alvin and that Kanzaki would be the next one to be famous. Alvin realized the two had meant it, it was strange he never saw himself as someone to admire. To aspire too he always thought he was just a killing machine. He... no, he refused to fall into that despair no more of that from now on things would change. He'd be someone he could be proud of.]]

[center [h3 Feeling Better]]

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[center [b Rose had hopped off the ship beside Shiloh and Styles as she looked around in awe.]]

[center [+purple Wow it's so pretty!]]

[center [b She was feeling much better after her talk with Shiloh the night before. She admired the beauty around her as she viewed the area with her clairvoyance. She scanned ahead to see around the castle it wasn't she hadn't trusted them but she wanted to be safe. She saw... was that? Vanessa Alvin's mother and Vincent and Serah even. She kept quiet reading through the queen's mind. Hmm.. she meant no harm she wanted to wait the right time to show Alvin probably during dinner or after even.]]

[center [b The king too had introduced himself he and the queen looked rather young attractive even. It was almost like a fairy tale story he had a booming but comforting voice. He too seemed like a kind man at heart. He hadn't even scolded Kanzaki yes he was a kind man indeed. She had come up and shaken his hand tilting her head.]]

[center [+purple Thank you truly for everything your highness.]]

[center [+darkblue Yeah man it means a lot!]]

[center [b Kanzaki added in as she tilted her head giving a smile to the king. She had nodded agreeing to his rules as they enjoyed their meals. He had then excused himself he must have had a busy day he was a king after all. She could pry but she saw enough to see he was truly a good man. She had this secret worry that Jessica was here blocking her power or altering it but she didn't feel a disturbance at all. By all accounts it truly seemed safe here.]]

[center [h3 Introducing Ken!]]

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[center [b It wasn't much later that Romalia top guards had arrived a bit late but here they were. Ken had walked up giving a wave while skipping the formalities. Ariadna was quiet but more social than Erna. She had taken some food said hello and left. He gave a nervous chuckle as he rubbed the back of his head.]]

[center [#a51d29 Heh heh.. you'll have to forgive Erna she isn't exactly the social type. Hey there! The names Ken Takakai!]]

[center [+brown Hello Ariadna and Ken it's a pleasure to meet you.]]

[center [+darkblue Holy hell THE Ken!? World-renowned fighter?! You always win the hand to hand tournament known as the Iron Fist! No weapons no armor just fist! I used to watch you and your dad on TV! They get fighters from everywhere but with the war, it's harder for fighters to come for the tourney. Still, you like never lose! I gotta fight you! Hope you don't mind I bring a sword though I'm sure you can use something like gauntlets maybe some Magitech to make things fair.]]

[center [#a51d29 Fair? Oh yes, the infection right so what they say about the labs is true? Here I expected to see traumatized children but you all seem rather lively! I'll take you up on that umm... What's your name?]]

[center [+darkblue Kanzaki! Kanzaki Muller! My name will be famous here one day!]]

[center [h3 Introducing Shirudo]]

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[center [b Shirudo had too entered the room giving a soft bow and a warm smile. Ken had already hit it off pretty well with one of them. She gave a soft chuckle as Erna made herself scarce it was nice to see somethings don't change even here in wartime.]]

[center [#eb99ca Hello my name is Shirudo Gadian you can just call me Shirudo.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had looked over to her giving a smirk and a soft whistle.]]

[center [+darkblue Wow let me guess her title is Romalia's most beautiful woman?]]

[center [b Shirudo had blinked her cheeks a light pink as she tilted her head at the strange man.]]

[center [#eb99ca Hm?]]

[center [#a51d29 Hey eyes off lady Shirudo!]]

[center [+darkblue Heh heh.. oh wait I think I missed someone a possible rival for that title! The commander Ariadna a pleasure to meet you too beautifu-]]

[center [b It was then Claire had stepped up grabbing him by the ear as she yanked him down.]]

[center [+darkblue Ow ow ow Claire that hurts!]]

[center [+lightblue It's supposed too! If you get us kicked out I swear! Ugh, I'm sorry my names Claire and he's an idiot so you can just ignore him.]]

[center [b Shirudo had giggled lightly as Claire sat Kanzaki down and the two began to bicker like family. They all seemed so close and so much happier than she expected them to be. She had walked over to Kita and Alvin as her smile softened she had to ask. Where they just as happy? Even after what happened?]]

[center [#eb99ca This may seem untoward of me but may I ask. How do you two fare? Are you all right?]]

[center [b Alvin had blinked looking away after giving a soft nod. He seemed timid but it wasn't like he was upset just nervous. She hadn't come off too forward, had she? She hoped maybe Kita could maybe share a little more on how she felt. Shirudo was glad to help and protect whoever she could. It was in her nature after all.]]

[center [h3 Moving Forward]]

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[center [b Eric had spent his days spending time with the others. Kita, Raine, Alvin and even Peyton though it didn't stop there for him. He spent time talking with Rose and Styles. Sure it still hurts but day by day he was pushing past it. It didn't change the fact that he and Peyton were friends and Alvin too for that matter. He hadn't treated them any different they had followed their hearts. Eric was, in fact, grateful for how honest they were. He was getting through this easier than he had expected he took the time to reflect on himself. Even talking with Kita and Raine about how he felt. He was new to this talking about how he felt but Raine showed him that part of being a friend is relying on others. He was new to this concept but Kita has proved to be a good friend. He always let them know that they needed an ear he was there. It was nice to have people willing to let you help them and willing to help you through something hard in turn.]]

[center [b Eric may not have realized it but he had grown a bit matured just that little more. Taking the time to ponder and think on things but his childish goal never did change. To make everyone around him smile he was just finding new and different ways to go about that. He thought on the future for those around him and even for himself. Before he knew it a few days had already passed and they had landed. Rose had commented how beautiful it was he gave her a smile and a nod. When they had taken a seat he bowed his head to the queen and king as he sat beside Kita.]]

[center [+brown Thank you guys it means the world to us.]]

[center [b He had begun to eat diving right in maybe not as brash as Kanzaki but still. It was then more friendly faces had appeared through a woman named Erna had made herself rather scarce. Guess she was just busy? Eric had smiled looking at Shirudo and Ken.]]

[center [+brown Hello! My name's Eric it's a pleasure to meet you all thank you for having us.]]

[center [b Eric had thought about accepting the job he had. The beast from unclaimed lands? Eric would have an easier time fighting those than people. As a country boy, he knew sometimes you had to hunt animals to survive. He'd always pray in their stead he believed that one day when he would die and become one with grass they would, in turn, eat that grass. A circle of life kinda deal it helped him handle this fact so maybe he could practice his sword skills against mad beast trying to hurt people. He meant what he had said he was going to surpass Alvin so he could protect those he cherished. So that Alvin and Kita wouldn't feel so pressured to play the role of hero for everyone else. Here this woman Shirudo was worried about those two with what happened on TV? It had made sense Alvin had stuttered a bit as Eric put a hand on his shoulder.]]

[center [+brown Are you okay bud?]]

[center [+green I uhh.. y-yeah I am.. W-We've all been through a lot though not just m-me or K-Kita..]]

[center [+purple That's true Alvin but I think she was just worried considering what happened on TV.]]

[center [#eb99ca Oh of course! I'm sorry I am worried about everyone here and I do hope everyone can feel at home.]]

[center [+brown I know I do!]]

[center [b Eric had smiled as she returned his kind smile with her own. With that the queen had clapped her hands together giving everyone a chance to settle in.]]

[center [#5d194f I need your attention for a moment, if I knew you all better or rather if you knew me better. I would ask for Alvin in private for a moment. Because this may be emotionally overwhelming for him but I don't want to try separating anybody and make you all feel uneasy. I do however have important news well... I'd rather show you, hun, you can enter the room now.]]

[center [b Important? For Alvin? What was it? Was it bad? Who can come in? Someone Alvin knows?]]

[center [h3 Reunited]]

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[center [b Vanessa had stood at the door as she heard the queen called for her to enter. She was ready to burst in before but now? She was unsure what if her son seeing her so soon upset him? The last thing she wanted was for him to feel guilt. It wasn't his fault he ran off she understood why it hurt but she understood. The poor kid had been through so much and he always felt like such a burden. Vanessa had taken a deep breath as she entered the room.]]

[center [b Alvin had looked at the queen to see the door open. He had shot up his eyes began to water almost instantly.]]

[center [+green M-Mom..?]]

[center [+darkblue Mom!?]]

[center [b Alvin stood shaking a bit as he thought of everything. What she must have seen on TV? What she learned living here in Romalia? That he was a monster nothing more than a killing machine. That he was a criminal that he just ran away. He did it for her too but now seeing the effort she put to find him he felt the pang of guilt crush his heart as he turned to run. He bumped into Peyton taking a step back he bumped into Eric too. He looked at her than to him and took a deep breath as they gave him a look of reassurance. He took a deep breath and decided to pull them both in for a tight hug. Tears trickling down his face he wouldn't run away from his problems, not this time. His stomach was doing flips and flops but at the same time, his heart panged with remorse and relief. He had missed her so so much as embarrassing as it sounded he did. He walked up to her ready to explain himself.]]

[center [+green Mom I'm sorry I-]]

[center [b Before he could even finish his mother had pulled him in crying as she stroked his hair holding her baby tightly. Alvin had blinked as he slowly reached up to hug her as she clung to him. As he patted her head hugging her close tears trickling down.]]

[center [#5d194f I know, I know and I don't care it wasn't your fault. It was me your father and that godforsaken country taking advantage of lost souls. I'm so proud that you found your way from that darkness that you found that light. I know you've always felt like a burden but I was a wreck without you there. Even with Serah and Vincent checking up on me.]]

[center [+green I-I.. heh mom stop crying it's okay honest! I-I didn't find my way by myself actually. They helped me.]]

[center [b Alvin pointed behind him as Vanessa smiled she saw the man and woman he embraced before he walked over as well as the woman who fought beside him on TV. She came over pulling each one into a different hug as she fell to tears. As she shook their hands crying.]]

[center [#5d194f Thank you so much for watching my son all of you thank you.]]

[center [+brown No problem but he did his fair share of watching out for us to miss.]]

[center [#5d194f Oh god excuse my poor manners I'm a wreck I must be embarrassing poor Alvin. My names Vanessa what are all of your names if I may ask?]]

[center [+brown My name is Eric and me and Alvin have been pretty close actually he and everyone here has come to mean a great deal to me.]]

[center [+darkblue The names Kanzaki! Yeah, he's been the badass! Though he never mentioned how pretty his mom was.]]

[center [+purple Kanzaki ew! Stop that's his mom come on!]]

[center [+darkblue Huh?! No, I didn't mean it like that! Haha maybe that just comes out naturally for me.]]

[center [+purple Oh good grief my name is Rose it's a pleasure to meet you. He's been a little timid but he's a sweetheart.]]

[center [+lightblue Err.. yeah he's been umm.. Nice? The names Claire.]]

[center [+blue Aye lass the lad has been selling himself short he's helped man the sails fine as well.]]

[center [#5d194f Oh wow it seems my boy has made quite a few friends! That's such a relief he's always struggled to talk to others especially pretty young women. He just freezes up my poor bab-]]

[center [+green Mom! They don't need to know that!]]

[center [b Vanessa had than grinned and chuckled a bit as she ruffled his hair. When did she become the embarrassing mom?]]

[center [#5d194f Well consider that payback for running off! I understand but don't ever think I don't need you again got it?! I'm not done embarrassing you yet though. So which one of these lovely ladies is going to be my daughter in law hm?]]

[center [+green Mom! I..]]

[center [#5d194f I didn't hear "it's not like that mom" well I'm sure she's a sweetheart. With a lot of patience.]]

[center [b Alvin had rolled his eyes and shoved her playfully as the two laughed a bit. He had gotten swept up in the moment with his cheeks plastered red as he picked up Peyton by her small hand. Rubbing the back of his neck shyly as he looked at her than Vanessa. God this was so embarrassing but better this than her mom prying around. That and he didn't want Peyton to think he was trying to hide her. He wasn't ashamed he just was easily embarrassed was all.]]

[center [+green Peyton this is mom Vanessa and mom this is Peyton my... My.... My..... Girlfriend.]]

[center [b Alvin had never really introduced Serah before at least not as a girlfriend. He always had this weird feeling not to and now he understood why. Though this? As embarrassing as it was it felt a lot more right. Vanessa had opened her mouth with a gasp as she shook Peyton's hand taking her in for another hug.]]

[center [#5d194f Oh wow she sure is so pretty! How did he ever manage to talk to you? Also, can I ask why he's decided to dye his hair white?]]

[center [+darkblue Wait that's dyed?! The legend said the white swordsman was born with snow-white hair. I guess that couldn't be true huh? Well he was wearing orange contacts too weird I wonder how that happened.]]

[center [+green Mom it's not a big deal it's j-just hair!]]

[center [#5d194f Why are you stuttering so much around me young man? You've never done that before- Oh it's because your pretty girlfriend is here huh? I see oh boy I got a ton of questions for her!]]

[center [+darkblue Wait a second... It just hit me... Girlfriend?! Peyton!? Alvin? I always thought he might've driven her crazy. I remember her telling Alvin he was going to kick his ass when we had those sparring bouts. Why didn't you guys tell us sooner!?]]

[center [+blue Aye I've never expected it either the lad always seemed so timid and to himself.]]

[center [+purple Way to go Alvin! Your mommy's even proud!]]

[center [b Alvin sighed and hung his head as his cheeks burnt red as he looked to Peyton. His face blushing even hotter red.]]

[center [+green I'm sorry Peyton m-my mom can be a little... Embarrassing b-but she means well.]]

[center [#5d194f Hey mister I'm right here!]]

[center [+green I know that is why I said it!]]

[center [b He said jokingly to her as she hit his arm playfully sure she was his mom but for the longest time? She was his best friend and in a way she still was. It was weird to call your mom a best friend sad even but they were awfully close. That actually reminded him to ask.]]

[center [+green Wait! Does that mean Serah and Vincent are here too?! I doubt it but-]]

[center [#5d194f They are they'll meet you all in a bit. They wanted to give you time to digest seeing me first they are very sweet. I couldn't believe it when I got here I'm sure you have questions on how I got here but I want you and your friends to relax for a bit first. Also, I heard about you taking dangerous work around here. I know we can't go home but... Well, I thought I'd get somewhere nice here we can call home when things settle down. I never imagined you'd want to keep fighting not after everything you went through dear.]]

[center [+green I... I have got a lot to atone for and I-I no that alone wouldn't be reason to push forward. Even if I had nothing to if I felt I had the power to help others and did nothing? I'd never be able to sleep at night besides that I can feel it. I can feel this is my calling what I was meant to do remember that incident? Where I was bitten I-]]

[center [#5d194f I know I realize you and everyone here is special. You and Kita most of all you weren't born that way into this. You... were.]]

[center [b Vanessa had sighed as she gave a weary smile to her beloved son.]]

[center [#5d194f You've made up your mind huh? Well, all I ask is you stay for a bit and visit me got it! Don't do anything too reckless and you got no choice but make it back. You are lucky your eighteen or I'd probably drag you back but I'll settle for lecturing you instead!]]

[center [+green Haha o-okay mom okay! I'll be okay and I'll visit I promise.]]

[center [b With that she gave him another hug as she sat down. Giving Alvin a bit of silence to process all of this. To let them see their new home whenever they were ready too. Alvin too had sat down a bit silent but he did, however, have a lot on his mind. At least he was smiling sure he seemed embarrassed but happy all the same.]]

[center [h3 Laying Back]]

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[center [b Clyde had talked with Midori as she told him the pants and the boots come off. He chuckled as he began to tease her.]]

[center [+lightgreen Ooh la la.]]

[center [b He bumped his shoulder against her playfully about her stripping as she added that she was also much shorter.]]

[center [h3 Time Skip]]

[center [b They had landed and it'd be a hot minute before they'd be prepped for the invasion. To let the chaos settle in and to make preparations it was better to let Germania lower their guard think they might not even plan a counteroffensive. Nah that kinda thinking was way too hopeful. Midori had come up asking if anyone wanted lunch Clyde had nodded and looked back to Felicity.]]

[center [+lightgreen Sure! Can you come to boss? I think we'd have fun, hey and you too Yushiro you gotta come, man! Loosen up a bit!]]

[center [b Clyde had knocked on their doors as Yushiro had come out giving a soft sigh looking down at the shorter male.]]

[center [+darkblue Hmm... perhaps but first I must speak with Felicity allow me that and we will catch up.]]

[center [+lightgreen All right big guy just don't be too long!]]

[center [b Why did he need to talk to her? Knowing Yushiro it couldn't be anything of that nature so why the privacy? She wasn't his commander even. It confused him but he went up to walk beside Midori anyway.]]

[center [+lightgreen Yushiro and Felicity will catch up I wish my brother would come with his fiancee. They will probably be busy though and I'm sure Jessica is on covert operations. So I guess it's just us two for now huh? So what do you wanna get?]]

[center [b He smiled as he walked beside her he wasn't sure what to eat but he knew one thing. Behind that pretty boy smile of his he was starving with a capital S.]]

[center [h3 Needed Talk]]

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[center [b Yushiro had knocked and waited for a moment in case she wasn't decent. Before walking into her room as he stood in front of her giving a bow of respect.]]

[center [+darkblue Milady before the battle that had taken place on Romalia soil. You told me you had needed to tell me something that it would have to wait till later. We were then split off soon afterward and it has been eating at me. What was it milady?]]

[center [b He asked as he knelt in a sign of respect. This was due to him barging into her room and if she was to punish him for that he would accept whatever punishment she offered.]]

[center [h3 Before Landing]]

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

[center [b Zero had let Felicity heal Nimue though the wounds were harsh on Felicity he hadn't expect it to be that hard. He had come to her side to offer her support. Despite his usual harsh expressions he would watch for those around him and under his command.]]

[center [i Are you okay?]]

[center [b He asked almost as if it was a demand to know her well being. She had then offered to heal him of his wounds as he looked away for a moment.]]

[center [b She had offered to heal his wounds and Nimue was willing to let her go off. He had looked to Nimue he was proud of her vigilant behavior but Felicity was the new chief of unit Ray. He would share a bit of his condition perhaps however not in great detail. He would add this is confidential information.]]

[center [i The wounds inflicted by my enemies you may heal. The wounds caused by my own power? I understand how your power works and even then? You could possibly prolong my death but even your power would hit a limit. The backlash of my power after years of use can cause you to shorten your lifespan. If you were to take it in and that is not a burden I wish to put on you. Also, the effects of my power are to be kept confidential is that understood?]]

[center [b It wasn't a burden he wished to share on anyone but he knew one day Nimue would have this power. The first few years it wouldn't have much effect on her to use it freely as long as she didn't go overboard constantly. Maybe the power would refine from person to person. However, hopefully, he could help this war come to a close so when she steps forward she won't have to use it long. Zero had let her heal his wounds caused by those he was fighting which were minor cuts and scratches. Maybe allowing her that duty would ease her mind. Zero may seem like the "heartless hero" but he had trusted Felicity. He couldn't waste time in doubt even with Ren's betrayal he would need to place faith in her. Even if he was aware of the chances of that turning on him.]]

[center [b Then it was time for the three to talk. Jessica had listened to Nimue as her thoughts got to her. It was clear Nimue affected Jessica the two were close after all. Zero, in fact, could tell this would shorten Jessica stay in Tristania to return and reassure Nimue that she wasn't out being a loose cannon. "If only she listened to me like that," the man thought.]]

[center [b Zero had looked at Nimue and her plan as he spoke up.]]

[center [i We can for the sake of keeping me and Simon working on the war front. I will however not let them execute the head of the labs.]]

[center [+teal Oh god care to explain why Zero? Are you going to share that piece of info now? If I couldn't read your mind I know I'd be mad if I was just now hearing this.]]

[center [i When this secret is brought to light and when it's pinned on the head of the lab. I will hold them in prison, yes but I won't let them die not until the war is over. Simon and I have agreed to share with the world our sins if we are still alive. He will step down and give his queen his power and if she see's fit? To slay him so the people can trust him. I, in turn, will let the world believe I have lied to my second Nimue so when Nimue and the queen step into power. The world will be able to trust Tristania again that is when we can shut the labs down for good. I have a list of families that we've hurt even if we are to perish that does not allow us to not atone for our sins.]]

[center [+teal I hope you know that is a stupid idea the world is going to "thank you" for trying to be noble. It will eat you up and spit you out it will ignore the fact that you two sacrificed everything for this war. You most of all literally tore apart your life force for these people. They'll paint you in history like some damn demon when they wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for-]]

[center [i It doesn't matter this is the path we have chosen to follow. I will make this world right again. That includes even the sins I have incurred. In this, I understand Kita's plight but I do not agree with how ineffective their tactics are. It's childish to believe we could have fought back without those training grounds. That doesn't change the fact that I stand in the wrong just as well.]]

[center [+teal Ugh... guys look I won't kill our former spymaster least I won't push to that point but Nimue can come up with a way to pin our favorite lab head. Honestly, this sucks its hard to feel like the good guys when you gotta lie your asses off all the damn time. I'm sure you never thought you'd hear that from me but even I get tired of it all. Nimue I hope you can talk Zero out of this. Also... after I find the spymaster which won't take me too long. I'm going to talk with Rexy one more time okay? I thought I'd go ahead and be honest since you guys were thinking it I'm sure. If he doesn't come to his senses this time I'll finally give up on getting him back. I honestly thought he was a great candidate for taking Zero's place. Not that Nimue's not like badass I just... I don't know he seemed so eager and naive to really change the world. Remember when Zero used to be kinda like that? Shy but like such a nice guy? Isn't that when you started liking him? That was like years ago wow.]]

[center [b She nudged the two playfully as Zero shook his head softly he was relieved she would take more caution on this mission. To retrieve subject Rex was her mission but to handle the spymaster would actually be helpful. Zero had thought about those years before when he was Rex's age. Timid but strong eager to change the world with ideals and his own two hands. How naive he was those days perhaps that is what made Rex... Alvin a poor candidate.]]

[center [b Jessica had listened to Nimue as she nodded and shook her head.]]

[center [+teal We had tried other options we tried training subjects like we had Eric. Carefully and they didn't.. Well, you see Eric compared to other subjects they weren't ready for that level of combat. We could have tried other things but we didn't exactly have time and they weren't guaranteed this was. That doesn't change the fact I know it's fifty levels of fucked up but we were kids thrown into those arena's too ya know. We did the best with what we were given when I got out I was so mad I thought about telling the world when I have been placed a commander. They had told Zero we could do that and crush this country or we can actually do something with it and take this country and lead it to victory. Zero knew we were being played that wasn't to say I know the queen and king care for us. We were still played like a fiddle but if we had taken off cursing this place well I'm sure Germania would have won this war by now. I think you and Zero are way too hard on yourselves we were dealt a losing hand and we played it the best we could. I'll try and be careful... For your sake, I'll stick to Rex and the spymaster I won't do anything brash I'll even be back to relax a bit okay? First comes the spymaster and I know where to look.]]

[center [b Jessica had then listened to Nimue as she spoke her feelings to Zero. Despite his expression staying firm, a tear had begun to slide down his face as he raised his hand to his face a bit of confusion. It had been so long since. What was this? This pain? Yes her words had they managed to wound him? It wasn't his backlash pain, right? Jessica then had spoken up.]]

[center [+teal I think he should still answer your question but I'll help out a bit. Sure he's bad at the whole feelings things but he had plans of marrying you even if Rex had taken his place. He broke rank and order to rush in to save you. He risked his life which he pledged to home and country for you. To answer that question he adores you.]]

[center [b Jessica had hugged Nimue and waved off before taking off.]]

[center [b Zero had looked to his fiancee as he pulled her in by his hands. His voice softer than usual with a course tone held behind his shaky throat.]]

[center [i I suppose social interaction is lacking. If I've failed to express interest then that is my downfall. Because I too have had my goal since that arena to make you my own. To offer myself to you that was before I knew my life would be serving this country. When we cursed that place and even our home. You had stood beside me my partner through it all. If I am, to be honest, you were possibly just as good a candidate as Rex. However, I had chosen him because you were the last person I wanted in this hardship. You are strong and by no means helpless so I couldn't understand why. I looked into the matter to this feeling to discover it was because despite your strength when a man loves a woman he throws logic to disregard and finds the urge to protect her regardless.]]

[center [b He had reached out to grab her hands as another tear escaped his eyes looking at her with a stern and somber look. He could see the pain in her eyes though he hadn't realized the pain in his own eyes. As he leaned in to kiss her forehead softly.]]

[center [i If you doubt my feelings or they prove to appear too weak. You may call off our wedding and our arrangement. Or even if you wish to remain engaged but simply give up that burden? I will find someone else if that is what it takes to prove my fondness for you. I see not why you would have an infatuation with a shell of a man. That does not, however, change the fact that I have come to terms that I am indeed in love with you. Or as I once read stated I am "madly in love" I do things that aren't always the best decision. Even now I feel pain when there is no wound and I cannot explain it. Perhaps I spent too much time to myself before the arena away from the world to understand these things. Perhaps my mind was so empty of human interaction that like subject Rex I was easy to mold into a perfect commander. However, if there is one part of me that was failed to keep empty. It was the only thing they ever truly gave me and that was you. That and my brother was given back to me. There are some things the higher-ups keep even from Simon that is a pandora's box for another day, however. I will do whatever you ask of me Nimue.]]

[center [b He had slowly and painfully let go of her petite and beautiful fingers. As he looked to see her sad expression his hand reaching out to her face. His stiff hand rubbing against her cheek as he wiped under her eye.]]

[center [i I want to create a world where a person like you with a beautiful heart can find happiness. If the world can't even do that then I will do what I can to correct it. I made that decision the day we met even if I was too timid to ever share that with you. It's the path I have chosen to follow the one you've helped me find when I was indeed lost.]]

[center [b Zero had come to terms with himself with his old self. The whole reason he even started this path. To make the most logical conclusion every time to better the world. Was so that people like her people with beautiful hearts and souls could live in a world deserving of that beauty. It was a childish ideal but one he'd even drag his name through the mud for.]]

[center [i If I feel anything besides this weight it's the love of those close to me. I feel the love that you have graciously shared with myself. Even if that is hard to see even if I don't even have a way to prove it. That is the truth, my beloved. Or Nimue if that is what you prefer.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b I can't do a time skip for Zero either till I see how this goes.]]

[center [h3 Royal Welcome]]

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[center [b Simon had canceled a few appointments and meetings when he had heard his wife had returned today. He had wished the royal arms were more compatible with himself however they were not. He had wished he instead could have gone in her stead. He had entered the room to knock on the large door to the tub. Yes, she was indeed his wife but Simon was not one to barge in on her unclothed for the respect he had for. Perhaps he was a bit old-fashioned.]]

[center [+gold Love? Are you there? I thought that maybe we could spend the day together if you weren't too worn out.]]

[center [b He knew he had other things to worry about sure but not before his queen. Despite the lies he had told her he loved her very much he hated to have Jessica provide a mental block. Or even precautions if she was to ever check out the labs. Even if they were Jessica's precautions the child only did it to help him. When this was over he'd accept his punishment he hated that Zero that poor child felt it was his duty to accept it beside him. He couldn't talk him out of it but until then he would spend what time he had left in this world beside his wife's side. As he waited memories began to encroach on him of another time. The time when the two had first met in their younger days.]]

[center [h3 Memory Lane]]

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[center [b A younger Simon had looked to see a woman had crashed right into him. He had told her it was fine but she insisted he'd go to her flat. He had scoffed a bit as he begun to walk with her reading through some of his notes while the two walked.]]

[center [+gold You know you should be more careful where you walk.]]

[center [b He told her in a quiet but stern voice. He went to her flat as she let him in he looked around as he wondered.]]

[center [+gold Come to think of it I can I dry or clean this off? I doubt you have a spare change of clothes that can fit me.]]

[center [b The boy hadn't made too many friends or rather none with that sparkling personality of his. He kept to himself he got himself into this school with a scholarship wasn't like his family would help but they were happy to have him gone. It didn't matter he'd come here get an education and make something of his life. This was an academy that usually only nobles went to he bet she was one too. Pampered and loved by her rich relatives. He wouldn't let that affect how he treated her he just couldn't waste time here not focusing on his studies. That might as well have been the boy's life.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 93d 20h 55m 28s
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Mally scrunched her nose up, and then relaxed her face. Kanzaki mentioned out loud, that she had spoken more, than ever before really.
It kinda of silenced her, back into thought.
[#EC871C "I didn't mean to discredit Rose...She has the part of the puzzle I don't."]
She understands what they were talking about, but if it was something like joking, or required emotions, she'd be silent as ever.
It dawned on her how much of her life had been taken away by the Royal Arm. Her socializing...Was she ever social before the lab?
Even though she tried desperately to remember she couldn't.
If she got all her memories back, and the ability to feel emotions again...Would she be a completely different person?

After her conversation with Riuku, she turned and left with Kanzaki.

Mally tilted her head at him, what would the others talk about?
His flirting going right over her head, as she gave him a confused look.
[#EC871C "What would they possibly talk about?"]

Ducking around him she yawned and stretched. [#EC871C "Get the light wont ya?"] she monotonously mumbled as she crawled into the bed, tucking herself under the covers.

Time Skip

As they landed in Romalia, Mally had been looking out the window of the ship. They were finally here...It felt like it had been forever...
Forever ago, she was in the labs, escaping, and running for her life.
It had only been a couple short weeks, but it felt like it had been years of this stuff. The lab sure, she was there from the start. Though the rest of the ordeal, she wondered why it felt like so much time had passed. When in the spectrum of time, none had passed at all.

Mally didn't rush off the ship, she had nothing to pack. Just her Axe, but yet she still carried a bag of supplies that had been given from the Galian elders. It contained mostly food, and some first aid stuff. They probably didn't realize they didn't need the first aid supplies, they had healers.
Soon Romalian soliders were unloading the ship for them.

At first Mally was taken aback by the rush of affection and worry, being delivered from the Queen, Kyuti. She blinked in shock but then shook her head. [#EC871C "T-Thank you...The horns are... well yes real, but they're part of my royal arm... So less like real horns, more like disguised computer towers."] she bluntly explained as she thought about the other half of her questions. [#EC871C "...They hurt me sometimes."] she thought about what happens she she tries to retrieve her memories, also what happens when she feels emotions. The headaches, the nose bleeds, the lack of normal human interaction.
So she answered honestly, as she always does with anything.
[#EC871C "I don't need anything more than the shelter you're providing, but thank you."]

Elegantly she curtsied, even though the Queen insisted it wasn't necessary, she still wanted to pay her homage.

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Kita had bowed to Riuku, showing her the door after they were done.
They exchanged thank you's, and Riuku gave Kita a way to contact her in emergencies. Riuku told her she had learned some interesting facts about Jessica, and the illegality in her actions to the way she tried to use Eric. It would hold as good leverage. If Jessica didn't already know Riuku was missing, she'd know soon.

Riuku also informed them this would be a slow mission. That she'd need to stay in hiding for sometime, as well as her spies. She had recently sent an order to go hide.
The location was unknown, and she was keeping it a secret. But she assured that if Kita tried to contact them, she'd get a response.

[b (OCC: Riuku is going into hiding with all her spies, in the Outerlands, so her remaining living spies and her can't be found at all for a few weeks actually...Just so you know!"]

Kita had waved goodnight to Eric before heading off to bed. It was beyond easy for her to fall asleep the moment she closed her eyes.

Time Skip

They had spent a couple days traveling, but once they got there she was a mix of emotions. Excited, nervous, unsure.
Sticking her chin up, she knew in her gut they were safe here. So whatever happened, she'd have to accept.

Once they landed they were greeted by soldiers, shortly after the Queen, Kyuti, herself, and Silas the King. Giggling at the banner, she smiled a bit and already felt very at home with the place.
She smiled very politely and stuck her hand out to meet with the queen.

Kita blinked, nodding her head. Her mind needed to catch up, it was time to play leader. Represent her fellow team mates.
[#EC0E37 "It is such a pleasure to meet you... It is true we came for shelter... However, we don't wish to go MIA...for a long time. We are used to hard work, and most of us don't mind it... So don't go too easy on us on the jobs... I plan on going back to continue fighting for my cause at some point... Though I think it's best if we all laid low for a little while... We can talk about all of that at another time."] she waved her hands in a friendly dismissal.

[#EC0E37 "As far as health concerns go, I can promise you we are all in top shape... We have a number of skilled healers. However, if it makes you feel better I am sure none of us would mind a quick doctors visit."]

Her cheeks hurting from the smile on her face, for once she felt safe. It had been a long time since she felt this kind of relief. Though she knew she couldn't stay for long. The idea that she was safe while others suffered, destroyed her heart. Whether the others followed her or not, she'd be back to her mission soon.
For now, she'd relax.

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Raine giggled along with Zack's chuckles, rolling her eyes a bit at his dispute of her compliment.
[#6495ED "I wouldn't mind being tied up and taken away, if you were the one to do it."] she poked his nose and smiled innocently. Her own implications, going right over her head.

Sooner though, they were both wrapped up in each other and fast asleep. Safety, and warmth surrounded her, and it made it easy for her to sleep when she felt like this.
So calm, so relaxed.

Time Skip

When they landed, it didn't take long for Kanzaki to begin hitting on the Queen. Raine had chuckled when he got shot down, and called "Son" by Kyuti.
Soon though the attention was on her, her face flushed from her cheeks being pinched up.

Raine was just as quick to jump to Rens aid, just like Zack.
[#6495ED "He's my foster brother as well... When he learned I was in the labs, and that well I escaped the labs... He no longer wanted to take part in what Tristiania was doing. He defected to come with me and my friends!"]
[#6C80A3 "Kyuti, did you not notice my absence in place of the new chief of Ray when they were here a few days ago fighting for your border?... Or have they just not replaced me yet?"] Ren chuckled a little bit, he didn't feel alarmed or worried about the confusion at all. He nodded at Raine and Zack, in appreciation of how quick they jumped to his defense.

Kanzaki was now noticing her and Zack were now together. Raine wrinkled her nose, she was bit uncomfortable with Kanzaki so loudly pointing out their age difference, but Zack had a quick comeback. It also seemed everyone else supported it.
Ren even butted in [#6C80A3 "Kanzaki, she's an adult... They're just two adults who are together. None of that too young or too old crap."]
Ren would rather Raine be with Zack than anyone else here.
He was the most mature of all the other guys, besides maybe himself and Shiloh. Zack was protective, and reliable. He might have a drinking issues, but as long as it remained nonviolent and unproblematical...Ren would look past that flaw, because everyone has flaws.

Raine smiled and returned to her giggling along with everyone.

Once the food was presented in the kitchen, she was practically drooling, her stomach rumbled and it was no secret she was hungry.
She began to dig in almost immediately.

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It happened, he was back here. Somewhere he never thought he'd return.
He didn't have bad memories here, or anything he was trying to hide or run from. Alex just never pictured himself making it back home.
He stared out the window, he wondered if he had any family left here. He knew most if not all of them had plans to move away, just like he had. Did they do it?

He always regretted not keeping in touch, no writing, no visiting. He said goodbye and that was the last he heard from any of them.
Did any of them try to contact him? He never gave them a contact address when he left. Would they be mad? Would they understand?

The ship landed, and as he walked off he was greeted by the King and Queen, Silas and Kyuti. He smiled respectfully and gave a friendly wave. He wasn't going to say thank you, the queen was insisting it wasn't necessary but everyone else seemed to be doing. He decided he wouldn't, well just because everyone else was. A simple man with simple reasons.

[#D23F0B "This place is huge on the inside..."] he commented, not really to anyone it just slipped out of his mouth.
He reminisced in his mind about being a kid, and looking up at the castle from the family store. He remembers imagining what it looked like on the inside. Well, now he gets to see.

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Peyton chewed at her lip, she felt like rocks were sitting in her stomach.
She was glad to see him...react humanly. She might've felt worse if he just smiled for her. Though it still hurt to see him so... distraught.

Peyton let go of Alvins hand to hug Eric, [#8A2BE2 "Thank y-..."] she felt him retrieve the letter, as she tried to say thank you. It changed suddenly [#8A2BE2 "I-...am sorry"] she whispered even softer.
The reminder that she didn't even open it, would that hurt him more?
She did mean to read it...but never gave herself the opportunity.

She waved goodbye, and walked away. A pit of guilt in her stomach.

Though the second Alvin answered her and said he wanted to hang out still, she felt some of the rocks turn to butterflies when he smiled that wide.
She chuckled along with his giggles.

They went to the room together, and she blinked. Sitting down watching him retrieve the computer. Her face flushed red at his question, had she ever watched porn before? [#8A2BE2 "N-no!"] she yelled a bit flustered, but her answer wasn't really the truth.
Relieved to hear him say he was kidding, her lips pouted and she blew air out of her mouth in relief.

Peyton blinked a bit, listening to him confess his interests in "Anime". It's from the old world apparently. She smiled lightly and giggled a bit.
[#8A2BE2 "Well, my parents were strict about my access to the internet and television...I did read quiet a lot...what where they called...'Manga'."]
[#8A2BE2 "Like backwards comic books! My best friend growing up showed me them... She'd print them out for me."]

Waving her hands a bit [#8A2BE2 "That was a long time ago though."]

Putting her finger to her bottom lip, she hummed a bit as she thought. What was her favorite genre? [#8A2BE2 "I like...Drama...Mysterious...Fantasy! Action is a big reminiscent of my real life now."]

She blinked ready to watch whatever he put on.

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At some point during the trip, Peyton had changed back into her other clothes. Not then? She was watching anime with Alvin.
She's liked what he's shown her so far, she's also liked the relaxing trip.
No fights, no drama, no enemies, just sitting around relaxing.

Though it came time for them to land, and when they did the Queen and King were there, with soldiers of course. Though, they were welcomed very warmly.
She snickered when the Queen called Kanzaki her son, it was quiet funny to see him be shut down.

Peyton blinked looking around, Alex had just mentioned how big it was in here. They were just in the landing garage. What does the rest of the place look like?
They walked the halls to a dinning room, just as big as the landing garage. Three long tables filled the room, the ceiling was very high and decorated with lovely draped ribbons. Things shimmered, and glittered. The windows were huge and revealed a lovely view of the little kingdom below.
It occurred to her then how different every one of the nations was, you could tell in their appearances.
Romalia looked like a lovely bustling old city. With cobblestone streets, and lovely brick, wood, or cobblestone buildings. It was the closets to resembling old world cities, it mimicked them well. They also had the least technology of every country. The most welcoming, the most homey looking.
Galia was small, they were the poorest country, but they still had more technology than Romalia. This country is the only democratic country with a council, rather than a King or Queen. They were strict, but fair, and not evil. This country sticks more to itself, it's the least politically involved.
Tristania was a technological, modern mix. They're the second most advanced in tech, you could find technology everywhere. It is a vast city, in the middle of a surrounding desert. The city even has widely controlled air, for outside on the streets. It's not a rich super power city, but it's a modestly wealthy city.
Germania, an industrial smog country. Miles and miles of woods, forests and in spots in between were towns, and factory's. All of their money went into their military. Technology was reserved exclusively for government and military. The castle was a hug fortress surrounding by military bases. The stricter of all the countries, all citizens were required to have industry based jobs. Building machines and things for the military and government. The environment was horribly polluted, nicked name "Smog Land", due to it's always foggy air quality.
Lastly, Albion. The Computer City on The Island. Albion is a purely made of technology city, the floors even have computers in them. The buildings are long tall towers, and at night the city is still brightly light everywhere because of the technology everywhere. They're the richest and some consider them the smartest. Not much is known about the country, they aren't covered much in the texts at school.

Peyton had thought about all this while she ate a lovely meal, it was the first real meal she had in a while. It made her miss home again, the whole time she ate she stared at her bracelet.

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Blushing as very faintly, as Rose grabbed for him. A soft smile on his face, as he gently held her.

Shiloh listened and pet her hair comfortingly, he understood how Rose felt. He too was uncomfortable most times just like her. He thought himself a coward for it.
Though that thought aside, he nodded his head.
[#8147A0 "It's okay to feel the way you feel...Just don't let yourself feel like that for too long."] he smiled softly and held her to comfort her.

[#8147A0 "You're smart...You'll figure out how to be okay again."]
He watched as she fell asleep, he followed shortly, his own heavy eye lids closing.

Time Skip

The few days of travel was nice, to relax and just sit around with everyone. He smiled and bowed as he got off the ship, the place seemed very pleasant. No one seemed to be in a bad mood either, Shiloh normally always felt comfortable but now he felt at peace.

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Silas smiled and greeted everyone just as kindly as his wife, with less hugging though.
[#E02301 "It is such a pleasure to have you all here! Safe and sound. It is very true, we were expecting you."]
Silas clasped his hands togthere and smiled.
[#E02301 "You will meet the team at dinner, which we will escort you to now!"]
He said excitedly in a booming voice.
Pushing up the large doors, which lead into a large long hallway. A brief walk, and the second turn left, they arrived.
[#E02301 "We weren't sure what foods you'd all like or dislike, so we made it buffet style...Help yourselves, and you can sit anywhere you'd like."]

He then clapped his hands and looked to his wife. [#E02301 "They've made it, I am so glad we were able to make this work..."]
Silas looked at them all and let everyone eat for a bit first before speaking again.
[#E02301 "Well, now that your all full I am sure you'd like to get comfortable somewhere...Well we unfortunately have no rooms left...but we have another arrangement for your guys prepared."]
[#E02301 "The castle has an underground emergency bunker, and it's where you'll all be staying...It has a living room, a kitchen, a dinning place, and just by luck...12 rooms. The rooms aren't huge, but the living space is nice...Also there is a boarded up doorway...We only ask you do not take the boards down, or open the door. It's an old emergency exit tunnel, from predate the war. It leads out to the outside lands, that entrance has been blocked so need not worry about anything coming in either."]
He chuckled awkwardly and smiled.
[#E02301 "The Basement entrance is just down this hall, large door all the way at the end. You're free to roam the castle, and explore...All we ask is you stay out of the rooms that are locked, They're crown exclusive rooms. Otherwise, enjoy yourselves."]
Silas had pointed to his crown when he spoke and chuckled a bit at himself.
With that he excused himself away, and left for his room.

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Ariadna had come quietly with the others to dinner, she wasn't sure how to feel about meeting these people.
They had just fought with Tristania, and they were allies now...But we were harboring their war criminals.
Ariadna did believe they were still in the right, because of what Tristania put these kids through...though it was still odd to her.
The whole political game confused her a bit. She mostly did as she was told, and let the others worry about why she was doing it.
Though she didn't question things from time to time, if they really seemed wrong but that was really never. Kyuti and Silas was so fair in ruling.

She had quietly introduced herself and politely bowed.
[#2A058C "I am Ariadna...top rifleman, navy commander."]

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Erna didn't like the amount of people she had been meeting this week. She didn't like guests, or visitors. She didn't mind helping them though, just didn't want to be social. She didn't enjoy talking like the others did, she didn't enjoy people trying to know her. She'd be alone, practicing, reading, doing something else.
Most conversation bored her too.
All she wanted to do was improve her own skills, all day if she could.

Erna had quickly introduced herself, and did not bow.
[#8D33A7 "Erna...Second in command of the Military."]
Grabbing an apple, a slice of cheese, and a piece of bread she turned and left. Taking her food out to the military yard, eating it quickly and then got back to practicing on the hay dummies.

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Midori smiled a bit when Clyde asked about the heat in her computer room.
[#F741B4 "The pants, and the boots come off...I am also actually 5 inches shorter than this..."] she chuckled as she marched forward with him, joining the others.
Felicity eventually caught up as they all boarded the ship and got ready to leave.

Time Skip

Midori stretched her arms a bit, yawning. She had fallen asleep reading about new computers and technology coming to the market in the fall.
Awaking she realized they were finally arriving back home.
Taking a moment to let herself wake up, before marching out of her cabin in the ship.
[#F741B4 "Ahhh Home sweet home..."]

Looking around, Jessica was missing now. Midori had spent the whole trip back not noticing. Shouldn't superiors and students be more connected? She shrugged, their powers were so different anyway it's not like Jessica had stuff to teach her really.
Midori was really more there in case Jessica was absent, or something happened to her.

Her stomach rumbled and before even settling back in her room, she waved to everyone.
[#F741B4 "I am going into town, I want lunch...Stay or join me if any of you want.."] she shrugged her shoulders and began to stroll off.

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Felicity waved off Clyde and Midori, and got back to her job. Healing the last of the wounded on her own. By the time she was finished her mind felt the way static on a television looked. Just blank grey fizzing.
She had never used her power this often or fast before.
All the tests she had been given pre-lab, was her being injected and then time did it's thing with her Royal arm.
She had also of course been subjected to wounds. Oddly enough with her royal arm, her own wounds don't heal.
She can only heal others, and has a super charged immune system. So she can never get sick, or killed be a disease. Unless maybe she took to much on her own.
Healing other wounds get's tricky for her. The only instance in which her body heals it's self of wounds, is right after she absorbs someone elses wounds.
When she touches someone, her body creates a wound mimicking the other persons. Then heals them both together at the same time.

She felt like a bug in a video game. She wondered why she had been chosen. What made her the best choice for new chief?
She thought about this, the whole way back. Which she had traveled alone.

As she was arriving Zero took Nimue to her for healing. Nimue wondered what would happen with Nimue's wings. Felicity's body didn't have wings to mimic healing that wound with. Would her power work here?
[#FBB004 "S-Sure."] she nodded and took Nimue's shoulder. Her hand illuminated that light yellow glow. Felicity could feel her back burning, then what felt like ripping, then bones breaking, she almost collapsed when her spine suddenly jerked. Though she didn't scream, even if the pain was intense, she didn't even whine or whimper. Silence.
No wings sprouted, but soon Nimues began to visibly heal, and Felicity began to heal too.
It took longer, maybe because the injury was harder to mimic, without wings.

[#FBB004 "L-lord...I know earlier you told me not to heal you, ever...but you look worse for wears again...I-it's my job...and I won't without your consent but...It isn't as big as burden on me as you think."]
her voice was very soft, and she looked paler than usual. She was so tired, but if people were still injured her job wasn't done.
[#FBB004 "Is anyone else injured?"]

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Felicity had spent her time traveling back reading. Something she always liked doing, even post lab. She remembered they'd give her books to read while she fought contagious diseases.
It was more stimulating to her than anything else she did.
It let her escape her current situation, and her self doubting thoughts.

She didn't spend anytime with anyone else, she mostly avoided being social. She still felt new, despite just winning a battle together. She didn't want to celebrate with everyone.

Upon landing, she silently walked off to her room to go read more.

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Nimue blinked watching Felicity heal her, she almost gasped when she saw Felicitys back breaking and bleeding. Then healing itself immediately after.
Felicity had offered to heal Zero, despite the earlier no.
Nimue softly put a hand on Felicitys face.
[#F64408 "No dear, you've worked so hard...For reasons we can't explain healing Zero would be dangerous to you...You look so tired please go rest, we are all okay now. Thank you."]

She ushered Felicity to the girls room on the ship, and helped her in bed before fluttering back to Zero. Now turning her nose up at Jessica's suggestion of thanking Ken. Shaking her head. She didn't responded to Ken or Shirudo's kind thank yous.
Except with just a [#F64408 "Was happy to help."]

She didn't like them pointing out they knew about the fucked up thing they were doing. That being the labs.
[#F64408 "How long can we keep Evelynne fooled about this whole thing?"] she asked once it was just the three of them.
[#F64408 "She isn't dumb...Every nation knows we are lying about it just being rumors. We have escapees fleeing and telling their horror stories every where."]
[#F64408 "It's a matter of time before she finally figures it out...How do you think she'll react to all of us lying to her?"]

Nimue sighed, her heart hurt thinking about these things. On top of that Riuku had gone rouge to release the information to the Queen.
Nimue sighed, Jessica wanted to run off and was already calling orders to kill the nations former spies, some successfully already gone.
[#F64408 "Let Riuku tell Evelynne..."] she mumbled.
[#F64408 "What if... we could convince Riuku to go to the Queen and tell her that none of us knew the lab was taking people against their will? We could work a story to pin the blame on The Head of Lab. Say that he went power crazy down there experimenting and wanted more subjects...It's isn't the full truth, it's a bit of a white lie...but it's the easiest truth to tell. One man would go down for it... we could bring that to the people. It keeps blame of the Crowns and Us. It keeps our people together with us."]
[#F64408 "It's dirty...but politics is a dirty game. The Head of the Lab is creepy enough, and menacing enough to make that whole story believable...Jessica I plead that if you run into Riuku....You should try that route first. Anything else would be too messy...You know Riuku, if you go to eliminate her there will be an ace up her sleeve somehow, even in death she'd win...You both know she's trying to do the right thing...Maybe we should try to meet right and wrong half way...make things a little more correct...but still crooked enough to have an advantage."]

She sighed a bit and shrugged her shoulders. [#F64408 "It wouldn't hurt to try that, it'd surely bring better results forward than Riuku's plan of brash exposure."]

Nimue felt confident about Jessica going off. She bit her lip anxiously and hoped she'd be okay.
[#F64408 "I know you think you're doing everything the best way possible, and it's the only way to bring peace to the nation but...we're hurting our own people trying to do it the way we have been. Have we even alerted the families of the deaths of their children and relatives in the lab? I mean the ones who didn't get to sign consent forms. The parents of the kids we kidnapped, the families of the people we promised care to, do they know their children are dead because of us?"]
[#F64408 "How many of the kids of the missing posters posted around our city are in our labs, dead or alive?"]
[#F64408 "I want you to think and consider the amount of pain our people are in...It wasn't our only option and I am sick of pretending it was...I will never betray my orders or my people... I am too deep in to turn my back on it now...But if we could find a way to fix our mistake...I'd like that."]
She said this with her back to Zero, because she couldn't say these things while facing him. She worried his reaction, if he'd even listen.
[#F64408 "Y-you...didn't just ask me to marry you to take your burden when you die.... right?"]
her mind began to slip into all the doubts she'd been trying to keep buried deep.
[#F64408 "I mean... you never expressed interest in me much before...we had never gone on a date or...and I-I just...said yes because I am so infatuated with you..."] she laughed, but it sounded like a sad laugh.
[#F64408 "Zero, do you feel anything other than the weight of the world on your shoulders?"]
Her voice was filled with worry, tones of sadness underlying them.

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Evelynne had retreated to her quarters the fastest she could. The ship was an auto to take them home. She lied down, the ringing in her ears still loud. The weightlessness in her knees, the trembling of her hands.
Closing her eyes she also drew the curtains around her bed. Breathing in and out to calm down.
Eventually she started to feel normal again, but couldn't bring herself out of bed.
There she slept for almost the whole duration of the trip.

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Evelynne was eager to get home, eager to see Simon, eager to take a bath.
Eager to find out the answers to some questions she had, except she'd be finding the answers herself instead of asking someone else.
After the ship dropped the others off, she took it to the castle. Arriving she let herself in silently.

Straight to her bathroom she went. It was extravagant, a huge heated tub in the middle of the room, to the left was a ceiling shower with three shower heads. The floor was made of marble and stones, decorated gray with real plants every where.
This is was all her request, it was remodeled from the original palace royal bathroom.

Slipping out of her clothes, she tied her hair up and then sunk into the bath. It felt so good, she sunk so her nose was just above the water. Her muscles were finally intensifying. Once she was clean and relaxed, she could go see Simon.
Tomorrow she'd make her own trip to the labs, unannounced and by herself.
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[center [h3 Playful Debate]]

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[center [b Kanzaki had listened to Mally about her thoughts though he believed her and Rose would know best. Rose could view their past memories and so forth while Mally had plenty of data, in fact, it had made Kanzaki chuckle a bit as he stepped forth.]]

[center [+darkblue As much as you are my favorite boss I think Rose's opinion is just as helpful being able to view ones past and current thoughts. I'd say even if you two differ in opinion no one person is exactly wrong I'm surprised how caught up you've gotten into this conversation.]]

[center [b He smiled her way he was glad to see her talking this much. He wondered two who had superior stamina between the two but he knew he was being childish in this. No point in wasting Mally or Rose's power to sate his childish curiosity. Even he had his moments of responsible responses if a bit on the rare side. Kanzaki had crossed his arms as Mally begun to talk now about a strategy he wasn't the one to come up with this kinda thing. With Eric being as quiet as he was he knew it wasn't his either. so he decided instead to call it a night. However, Mally had put a finger up to ask him to hold up a minute.]]

[center [b Kanzaki had blushed as the two headed into the room as he closed the door behind him looking at her.]]

[center [+darkblue Making a habit of heading in here huh boss? As much as I don't mind the others might start to talk.]]

[center [b He teased leaning in with a grin as he let out a flirtatious chuckle. She was such a treat so forward and demanding, of course, he didn't mind these traits if anything he adored them. Whether he realized that fact or not.]]

[center [h3 Casual Knight]]

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[center [b Eric had noticed her ears the way she moved her arm as she gave him a rather sociable hug he smiled softly. He hadn't ruffled her hair like he had to Alvin or the others instead hitting her shoulder gently as he gave her a reassuring smile. He had a lot of respect for Kita he wondered if it was because of his subject name but he liked the idea of having someone else in charge.]]

[center [b Eric chuckled and raised her hand beside Kita.]]

[center [+brown As will I! Who's a sweet thing? You don't eat us, do you? I see you are trying to lure Rose in to eat her yes?]]

[center [b Eric said with a soft and sunshiny voice as a moment of silence hit the air. He crossed his arms realizing that it didn't come off like he was joking as he rubbed the back of his head chuckling somewhat nervously.]]

[center [+brown Haha I was just kidding I guess I'm not as good as Kanzaki at joking around. Ma always said I always seem to be the straightforward type.]]

[center [b Rose had given Kita a soft smile blowing a playful kiss to Kita before trudging on. Eric felt something... was Rose okay? He was very apathetic he always felt... pain when others around him were going through it. Why would she be upset? Eric couldn't understand what was wrong or why Kita seemed a little off herself. Though it wasn't long before she asked the spymaster if she needed anything he nodded and smiled.]]

[center [+brown Yeah if you need anything we'll help out!]]

[center [b Eric had nodded and smiled as Kita told her she didn't mind him there. It caused his smile to burn a little bigger it was plastered across his face it made him happy she trusted him. He was a simple man to make happy he heard her answers as his smile began to weaken a bit. He was sad to hear about her past part of him had wished they had found her first. Of course, everything happens for a reason right? Did Alvin go through something like that? Or maybe he still was? Would that explain his violent nature? It was hard to tell and Eric wasn't so good at thinking these things through. As they went through Eric had patted her shoulder.]]

[center [+brown It was hard and you went through a lot but I think it's what made you so strong you know? I wonder if that means one day Alvin will be a little less violent? Or if he was that way even before? It's hard to tell. ..Hm? Do I mind if she's here?]]

[center [b He turned to her as Kita spoke up asking if he'd want her to stay or go. He smiled closing his eyes as he tilted his head.]]

[center [+brown I don't mind you being here I like having you by my side.]]

[center [b He said without realizing how friendly something like that could imply. He had turned over thinking over the questions she just asked Kita it was his turn right?]]

[center [+brown Hmm.. well surprisingly I grew up in Eastern Tristania too. Out in the country, no less near the Germanian border at times beast grew to be a problem. So I and father had to handle them but nothing to what Kita went through in that regard.]]

[center [b Time for the next question how was he brought to the lab? He scratched his head as he begun to think about it.]]

[center [+brown We lived on the outskirts of the kingdom so we were alert for bandits and things like that. Though one day a young woman had approached the farm her name was Jessica I know that now. She had a few others with her I didn't realize it then but they had used something a mental power I think? I'm honestly unsure what to call that kinda thing. My family had faded out I had tried to escort them off the arm next thing I knew I was on the ground bleeding. I remember her saying that I was perfect for the job. She took me and my family to a mining ground. Looking back on it she hid it from her co-workers she was very... Secretive on it I'm not sure if Simon allowed these. I worked hard I tried to do my siblings share as well as my Ma's. Jessica would come in and share stories with me. Her personality was wild and all over the place she loved to dub me as a "Knight." Perfect for "him" almost as if I wasn't in the room. I tried to keep everyone smiling but they worried when she took me alone for these talks. She showed me a lot about a woman a woman she'd feel I'd feel rather bad about. She wasn't wrong huh? I knew what she was doing it didn't change the way I felt about it. Peyton, she had a pretty rough life I think she even grew up in Galia. She eventually told me about the power I had that I could learn to use it to protect what really mattered. That if I complied I could protect her not only that she'd let my family go. In exchange, I'd have to protect someone by the title of the White Swordsman. The way she adored him? Described him? I imagined him to be a heartless killing machine. I feared her as much as I did this unknown figure. I tried to keep smiling though for everyone's sake and when she offered this to me? She told me she'd give me plenty of lovely memories and get rid of my pain. Said my smiles could be real but even if she could see my mind? They were real not because of what we went through but because I knew one day. Somehow and someway we would make things right again. She didn't share my thoughts on that matter, however. So she had a few others alter my memories and placed me on a team with Alvin and Peyton she even let my family go. I requested that she alter their memories so they wouldn't have to worry about me. She had laughed but she agreed to those terms. Thinking back on it I think Raine was just there by chance but for me Peyton and Alvin? The man I learned wasn't just a cold killing machine. We were meant to be a team but what she didn't really realize was just how much of a team we were going to be.]]

[center [b He looked to the ground for a moment as he raised his head up offering another smile. It was true Peyton was a carrot for him to nip at but he leaped in willingly. He knew they were going to take her too and she wanted to be by her side. Even if she was a stranger no one deserved to suffer that much alone. Even if his feelings to Alvin were altered to protect him when push came to shove and Jessica wiped that away. He realized fake or not the meeting Alvin was someone he too wanted to protect.]]

[center [b The next question being was how was he treated in the labs? He crossed his arms as he tilted his head thinking on this one.]]

[center [+brown I hadn't fought any life or death battles actually I was pretty well fed. I was forced to fight several spars mostly to hone my defensive capabilities while allowed to even keep my coat and other things. No one really talked to me much however nor was I allowed to leave without my memory I was a bit confused. I was told I was on vacation and I couldn't leave till I had some fun. I think I realize now that was a lie. The spars were explained as healthy "exercises" to stay in shape my opponents smiling no matter what. I wonder now if they had a choice? I never had to kill anyone though one day I was thrown in a dirty cell. Told I was playing "Jail Break" by now what I realize was Jessica. That is when I met Peyton and the others. They all seemed on edge I remember when we awoke in the prep room for the arena. I heard things about teams and elimination I wondered how intense this game really was? It wasn't till Peyton got shot I realized this wasn't a game. I smiled to keep Alvin and Raine calm but if I have to answer honestly? I panicked I was worried about her I knew that I'd have to take things seriously if I wanted my friends to make it. Though I wasn't really eager to kill anyone either.]]

[center [b Eric answered rather directly as he kept a smile on his face. This was his first time really backtracking thinking about how he really got here in the first place. Thinking and saying it all out loud made him a lot less confused on what was real and what wasn't.]]

[center [b Eric had waved to Raine and Styles as they went off to bed.]]

[center [+brown Night you two!]]

[center [h3 Scruffy Captain]]

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[center [b He blushed a bit rolling his eyes playfully as she joked about them being interrupted. It was hard to imagine such an innocent girl could really imply something like that. She had denied her obvious appearance while commenting on his own. As he shook his head chuckling.]]

[center [+blue Me? Handsome? Scruffy at best lass you know in a fairy tale I'd be stealing a pretty thing like you from your home.]]

[center [b He grinned playfully at the contrast between the innocent appearance of Raine and the scruffy appearance Styles himself had. He had blushed blinking as she so purely stated how handsome he was her stare. As she cuddled him close like he was some worn teddy bear wrapping her legs around him. He chuckled deeply as he played with her precious hair as he returned her sweet kiss. She was too tired for him to tease her besides he found himself caught up in her sweet affections. He never imagined himself to be so entranced again but here he was grinning like a fool who struck gold. He pulled her in as he held her to his chest letting her sleep against him as he whispered into her ear.]]

[center [+blue Goodnight my dear sleep tight.]]

[center [b It was simple but a pretty big step for the captain as he stroked her hair letting her sleep today away. As he kissed her forehead joining her soon to slumber.]]

[center [h3 Passing Thoughts]]

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[center [b Claire had hugged her pillow as she thought about Alex's response. He seemed happy right? How could he be? She was so bad at this kinda stuff making friends was not her strong suit. All the others spent so much time together and she was kinda limited to only so much social interaction. She kinda wondered if Alvin was like. Weird.. where did he come from? It wasn't like she coddled him like Eric or Peyton had oh she seemed harsh on him but she could tell that wasn't the case oh no. If anything he hated her for good reason she was extra hard on him and Eric. Though he was making a lot of progress speaking up something Claire still struggled with. Plus she felt her and Peyton had a lot in common talking to her came pretty easy which was strange. If she saw something in Alvin maybe he wasn't a bad guy. She knew he wasn't but his timid nature urked her. She was just as bad on not saying how she felt. Just in a different way right? Maybe she'd try making it up to him Alex did say to take things at her pace right? Well, she was a do things sooner rather than later kinda person after all. It wasn't long before she passed out dreaming about a certain idiot for the first time in a long time. It wasn't one of her troublesome nightmares.]]

[center [h3 Childish Alvin?]]

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[center [b Alvin had reached out slowly at first as he jerked his hand sudden grabbing her own. Letting a bright smile invade his face as he started to make his way back nodding rather excitedly. He wasn't excited about hurting Eric no he was excited however to try all kinds of stuff with Peyton! For the moment... he wasn't as afraid of her judging him. She always heard him out right? Maybe she'd give his dorky stuff a try.]]

[center [b She had gone to Eric as Alvin took a deep breath. He was going to speak up for her. As her... Her partner he felt it was his job to step and protect her. Even if he was... Terrible at this stuff what can he say? "Sorry, pal the best man won lol haha" seriously what could he say? She took the reins pretty fast however as Eric sat there and nodded listening he had started to smile. Instead, however, he shook his head wiping that smile off his face.]]

[center [+brown No I don't think smiling is the best way to handle this I'm sorry it's just a habit. I know though I mean I understand I know I'm dense but I could tell it wasn't the same for you that it was to me. Ma always told me there are plenty of fish in the sea right? Easy to say harder to do I don't think getting past this will be easy for me. That aside I don't want you guys to feel like you betrayed me or hurt me. You did the right thing and followed your heart even told me how you felt. I'm proud of you guys and I only ask that we all keep being friends that we don't let this change anything okay?]]

[center [b He reached his hands out as he ruffled their hair like they were a couple of kids. As Alvin looked back at Eric as he came behind Peyton reaching for something what was he.. A letter? Did he grab a letter? It had a heart on it was it from him? It wasn't opened but it seemed he was taking back.]]

[center [+brown I think it might be better if I take this back if that's okay? Hey, Alvin, I was told to give you a break tonight but I do wanna continue our training. Weird timing I know huh? It's important to me I'll tell you why though later. Normally I'd hang out with you two but I think I might just take a night break if that's okay? I swear I'm not mad or anything it just hurts a bit and I gotta find a way through it you know?]]

[center [b Eric had given a weak smile with a wave as he went to head to bed. Why was training so important for him to bring it up now? It wasn't like he enjoyed fighting right? Regardless Alvin was shocked he took it so well he gulped and waved back as he took a deep breath yelling back.]]

[center [+green This is embarrassing but I'll say it anyway! Eric, I'm sorry I hurt you! I but... Ugh, this sounds s-so cringey but... Well, I'll only admit it once b-but I... N-No quitting on being my brother! Got it?]]

[center [+brown Heh, what's a sword without his shield? Were brothers no matter what Alvin. That goes for you to Peyton were still friends okay? In fact, I hope one day you too can see me like a big brother.]]

[center [b He gave the two a more sincere smile as he rubbed the back of his neck. He began to head back with Peyton she had asked if he wanted to hang out. He nodded again smiling as he answered like an eager child.]]

[center [+green Yes!]]

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[center [b He giggled excitedly it was a bit on the feminine side and were it anyone else? He'd be dying from embarrassment but he was just too excited to really worry about it. He noticed how girly his giggle was as he covered his mouth blushing looking away.]]

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

[center [b He looked back at her to see it didn't really bother her he gave her a smile and sighed in relief. She really wasn't that judgemental was she? She made him... feel safe and that was no easy task with Alvin. Alvin had entered his room the one beside Kanzaki's as he took his jacket putting it back on. He felt weird exposing himself for that long
as he looked back at her with a gentle smile.]]

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[center [b He had looked around as he tried to find some electronics there was nothing he told her to give him a moment. It wasn't long before he returned with a laptop. He had opened it up to see they were looking at a broadcast from Tristania. He'd check that out later he didn't wanna worry about that. Instead, he looked up a few sites of finding lost culture from the Old World. They were a bit niche but he knew where to look after all he turned the laptop away from her.]]

[center [+green So have you ever... Watched porn before?]]

[center [b He laughed softly his cheeks a bit red at his own dorky joke as he waved his hands a bit.]]

[center [+green I-I-I'm kidding!]]

[center [b He was starting to joke a bit more around wasn't he? Thinking of improvements he was shocked to see Eric was so... Honest with his feelings. He didn't smile it away like normal did he? He handled it... So well did he really love Peyton that much? No Alvin could tell he adored her but he was taking it well wasn't he? Or rather he chose to be reasonable about it and to work on himself. For a goofy guy he could be really mature when it came to emotional stuff he was a simple guy but emotionally he was actually a pretty mature and smart guy. This surprised Alvin how fair and reasonable he was yet honest about how it hurt. Sure he felt bad but Eric really made him feel that yeah it'll take a bit that everything will be okay. Hopefully, Peyton felt the same way. He looked at her to say what it really was.]]

[center [+green I guess it's umm.. S-Sharing time huh? To be honest... I'm kinda a nerd. I'm not sure if you've looked up much about the old cultures but I did at least in the old World's media before the great collapse. They had a kingdom or rather a country called Ja-pan. It was actually kinda cool and I'll be honest at my school this thing was kinda made fun of apparently it was back then too. Even having unique and hurtful terms but the media I am referring to is called "Anime"]]

[center [b He took a deep breath as his hands trembled a bit. Hopefully, he didn't think he was a complete weirdo.]]

[center [+green I-I umm.. T-This and V-Video games were kinda... W-Well I-I loved to spend my time like this you know? What do kinda things do you like? Action? Romance? I mean... T-They differ a lot so if you don't like one maybe you'll like another?]]

[center [b He wasn't sure where to start if she said romance he had an Anime in mind. "Say I Love You" action? Maybe "My Hero Academia" or if she wanted a real emotional rollercoaster "Rezero" worked too. He looked at her waiting for an answer as he looked away a bit shy.]]

[center [+green I-It's okay if you think it's.. A-A bit weird... I.. I admit I-I'm a bit well... W-Weird...]]

[center [b He shuffled his feet looking down at the ground rather shy. His heart was racing and he was beginning to sweat he never shared this kinda stuff. Not with anybody really! Now here was in such a rushed explanation putting everything on the table it was a little soon wasn't it? Maybe it was? "Oh god I hope I didn't mess this up already..."]]

[center [h3 Twisted Rose]]

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[center [b Shiloh was talking to her as she listened. Commenting on how is Royal Arm wouldn't let her feelings go. Or rather they couldn't hide she listened to him as he reached his hand out to her face. It wasn't long before he pulled it away but the young girl reached out grabbing it as he pulled it to her own cheek. As she begun to explain her feelings she wasn't the type to hide them or shut others out when they really made the effort.]]

[center [+purple I guess I know I'm being petty but I'm unsure about Tristania... No, it's not that we can trust her it's just when I see her? The face of Tristania? Or rather a face from that place I imagine my sisters killer. To be honest I did the same thing to Alvin and in time I'll be fine. I'm just... moping around for the moment ya know? Like with Alvin I'll find a way to past it all and realize, like him? She just wants to make things right.]]

[center [b Normally she'd make a joke or jab at him always knowing if she was upset or not. Instead, however? She pulled him in as she snuggled against him almost like a little girl seeking shelter. As she took a deep breath she wasn't exactly crying but she did find herself trembling. As she whispered to him "thank you Shiloh"]]

[center [b It wasn't long but the scared little girl soon found herself in peace in his arms as she passed out. Snoring softly as she snuggled against him.]]

[center [h3 OOC]]

[center [b Yeah skip the travel but we can post the past conversations almost like flashbacks if that makes sense. Yeah skipping to Romalia.]]

[center [h3 Home?]]

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[center [b Yushiro had looked to her as she smiled at her answer home. He bumped shoulders with his comrades in arms with a warrior's smirk in return.]]

[center [+darkblue Then you too have survived much I can commend that. It was an honor to fight by your side and I plan on it again if you ever require my aid. You have the heart of a true warrior Erna I am however sorry if you had to go through much to get where you are. Though the result is a strong dependable young woman.]]

[center [b He said as the two made their way back to the castle.]]

[center [h3 Tired]]

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[center [b Midori had come out rather pleased as she commented on how tired they were. As he chuckled softly responding in a teasing tone.]]

[center [+lightgreen Well Felicity here wore me out all day.]]

[center [b He jested giving her a playful wink as the team began to head back after everything. He looked back to see she really was going to handle everything.]]

[center [+lightgreen Well don't take too long okay? I'd offer to stay behind but I'll be honest I'm still growing used to this power. I wouldn't wanna slip up and heal somebody up the wrong way.]]

[center [b It sounded like an excuse but the man was at his mental limit and he was likely to make mistakes the way he was right now. He patted her shoulder with a reassuring smile as he made his way back to the castle with Midori.]]

[center [+lightgreen How do you handle things in that room? Just opening the door I could feel the heat coming out! Yikes I'd die sweating to death yeesh.]]

[center [h3 Important Talk]]

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[center [b He looked back at her as he grabbed her hand leaning in he kissed her. Roughly and rather abruptly as he let out a gruntled sigh.]]

[center [i You must be more careful had Ken not pushed the line before you and me? Might not have made it back in one piece. You can't handle too much on you're own you have to survive more importantly then I. My time is finite love. You are the successor to my power and though I fight hard to make you not have to take this stead. You may be the one to end it. You must think of yourself as a high-value target for the enemy and one important to our kingdom. With the ring, I've given you and the DNA I've shared in our oral exchanges. If I am to die this power would find it's way to you.]]

[center [b He grabbed her hand as he stood up taking her to Felicity to receive treatment. Before taking his fiance to the castle and reporting to the king and queen how the battle went down.]]

[center [i This payment is not required we aid because you are our ally not for pretty trinkets your highness. Also, we will stay in touch and though we wish to charge soon we will return to your defense whenever it is needed Germania has received a crushing blow today.]]

[center [h3 Farewells]]

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[center [b As the others made their way to the airstrip Zero had accepted the king to keep the reporters. Ken had run to Zero and Nimue as he took a bow to the two of them.]]

[center [#a51d29 I see why they call you a Heroes! I wanted to be... Well to be honest with you two! That I know what's going on and that we may all smile and pretend not to know. You know we know and I thought honestly... I'd hate you for everything. I can see now Zero and you Nimue it may not have been your idea the labs. You took the situation you were put in the power you were given. To help a desperate king who I still believe made the wrong call. Try to do right by his people even if he believes he is a lesser evil. I know you two are trying to do all you can and I can just tell... You hate them as much as we do don't you?]]

[center [i ... Hate them or not I still will burden my sin. Whether I created it or not I will pay the price for allowing it to continue. I, however, will deny fate that chance till I make things right in this world. Not because of a title or because of duty solely because it is what I desire.]]

[center [b Without Zero turned and headed to ship a bit slower than usual as thoughts began to fill the man's head. As Jessica turned around with a giggle.]]

[center [+teal Oh don't let Zero's harsh response get you down kid. He may not admit it but you got through to him more then he lets on. Also Nimue besty I know you're mad at Ken but the boy did kinda come through. You could say goodbye huehue a smile from a cutie would brighten my day!]]

[center [b She hit Nimue's arm playfully as she skipped back on to the ship.]]

[center [h3 See You Again]]

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[center [b Shirudo had than stepped forth to give a bow much like Ken's.]]

[center [+purple I agree with Ken though on Simon I do not. On you two, however? I do I was wrong about you guys even more so Zero a man I believed to be a monster till this day. I realize he may come off cold but he really has kept us from destruction with much sacrifice. As have you and for that even if the world comes to hate you for it? I will not to whatever little comfort that may bring you. I'll see you again at the invasion and hopefully? Even past that.]]

[center [b With that Ken and Shirudo gave their farewells as they begun to head back.]]

[center [h3 As Expected]]

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[center [b As the ship began to take off Jessica had figured the king and queen would keep the reporters. The queen had spoken very little this time though Jessica had peered why. Zero and Nimue could tell the king weren't their biggest fans. She knew the softy the queen was she would take Rexy's dear friends in that's why she's decided to have Midori whether she realized why or not. To help Jessica have access to those camera's for "PR" purposes but really she wanted to see when Rexy would show up. What he would say to his friends and how he was doing mostly she'd have to find a chance to talk with him again and maybe she would. This was the time however that she would tell Zero and Nimue of the spymaster's disappearance she could read minds after all she knew what was up. She, however, could not risk them thinking about it during this battle it'd prove to be too distracting. Jessica had gone to the two as she spoke up.]]

[center [+teal So I'm just going to be blunt with a piece of info I kinda held onto.]]

[center [b She grabbed the two taking them into a room.]]

[center [+teal Let me start by saying I didn't tell you guys so we could focus on Germania which to be fair? Is a greater threat than Kita's little rebellion. Our spymaster has left to go share with Kita all the information she could. I made sure she didn't have anything too hurtful being able to teleport has its perks. Also, I'd like to stay behind in Romalia keep an eye out for things. I can get a disguise with some of the money and with my powers? Lurking around isn't exactly hard to do. I can gather information see if she goes there next to turn Romalia against us. I leave an ambush to you and Nimue here my branch of command is already on the lookout. Set unit Ray and Hero's to do the same if she returns she'll be caught she has a number of spies loyal to her and I have a sent signals back to Tristania to have a few of them arrested she's yet to notice. A few have been held on trial and even executed and so this is actually going pretty well. Brash of her knowing that I'm around but perhaps she knew what would happen and decided it was the best way to go. I didn't really look into her ideals just her plans to be honest.]]

[center [b She had left out the part that Rex's group would probably be in Romalia soon. Fighting them before she knew this was their goal sure Zero might know but that was the real reason to stay behind. Get a conversation with Rex. She'd handle the spymaster all the same if she had too. Zero had looked to her with a bit of concern in his eyes he didn't seem eager to let her go.]]

[center [i I know it's not a good idea to leave you behind, you may think the sins we are doing makes us some underhanded snakes. That we can pry into our allies affairs because we are at an impasse. That we put up a false front but Romalia is our ally don't mistake that Jessica.]]

[center [+teal I don't think dear I know we've lied to Romalia for how long? Silus? He hates us he'd kill us along with Germania if he could.]]

[center [i Doesn't change the fact we are allies besides you have lied to our queen. You don't feel this way about her.]]

[center [+teal She's different! She's like our mother that's to protect her not ourselves okay? I trust her I don't trust Romalia though.]]

[center [i You are to stay with us after the invasion you may stay behind. ...Is what I want to say but I know you'll go either way and if you disobey a direct order you will be labeled a war criminal we can't play favorites. Take what you need and go but if you are caught? We will deny any affiliation with you.]]

[center [+teal Well duh I'm glad you know me so well by the way. Oh and don't worry I'll make it by the invasion no problem!]]

[center [b She leaned over and hugged Nimue rubbing her cheek against her own.]]

[center [+teals Zero's a meany! Calling me a snake! I'm just being caweful cutie! I'll misses chu!]]

[center [b She was teasing about her feelings being hurt however the hardest part about this plan? Was being away from the queen and Nimue.]]

[center [+teal As for mental blocking? Don't worry about that a lot like Eric I've rearranged your brains as well as the queens. Not to the same degree heavens no she just won't be able to read anyone's thoughts. You could tell her that royal arms disrupt the signal. Since the excuse was what lack of control over my power? ... Also Zero I know you think I'm being a snake but I may not have a shiny title like hero. I may sometimes be a selfish teenage girl that wants something else even. I do however care about this country hell more than our king seems to. I know you feel he was pinned to a corner and yeah I agree the strongest survive the weakest die. That's how the lands outside of the kingdom work he's not wrong about that. Doesn't change the fact he plays it off like he had no choice. So if anything I care more than Simon does!]]

[center [b Zero had given her a soft scowl before offering a sigh. She knew he cared about her but the two never saw eye to eye on that matter. It didn't matter she sighed to as she gave the two a wave before heading off taking what she needed before literally jumping ship. With her teleportation powers she'd have a safe landing anyhow.]]

[center [h3 New Arrivals.]]

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[center [b Kyuti had let her husband some time ago to handle the farewells to Tristania. She had written the queen and king a kind letter. As well as to Nimue and Zero expressing her gratitude and to a degree? She was grateful but at the same time? Well... it was obviously complicated. The girl had spent her days in her room and around the castle rather bored at first it was excitement and anticipation. Hell, some time ago a woman by the name of Vanessa had come! She was given VIP entrance by a man running for Prime minister! He was winning the polls too the Prime Minister was a powerful position indeed. Though she talked with this woman and it seemed she was the White Swordsman mother! The poor kid goes by the name Alvin she wouldn't share much about his father beside he left at a young age. She didn't share Alvin's last name but it was different from her own name it seemed she reverted to her maiden name recently that's crazy!]]

[center [b This boy Alvin is what Kyuti imagined about these children as she looked at the window. She knew they were misguided and hurt used and abused and she couldn't wait any longer! It was killing her and they were taking forever! What if they got hurt? What if something bad happened?]]

[center [b She enjoyed lunch with her husband as she sighed poking at her food. Of course, they had the same conversation how she was worried about the kids. She loved kids and she hated the idea of them being out there scared and alone.]]

[center [b She stared out her window for hours on end shaking her behind almost like a dog waiting for its master to come home. Though as usual, she passed out on the sofa.]]

[center [b A few hours later she was awoken by many guards coming to the airstrip to see a damaged Tristania ship. She sighed why were they back? Her and Silus had gotten ready to see what was up Vanessa was even in the hallway hiding from her own government? Yikes, that is kinda saddening to see actually. She had come to the ship to demand.]]

[center [#2a425a What is the meaning of this?! I know we are in your debt but you can't just show up!]]

[center [b She rubbed at her eyes as the thing opened up the guards on edge. To see a girl with wolf ears and tail and at her side was a boy with a mop of white hair followed by her many friends. Kyuti had squeaked as she turned back to her men.]]

[center [#2a425a Just like how we practiced come on men! You know what to do!]]

[center [b The men had begun to blow trumpets and drums as they shot out confetti for the group. With a banner saying welcome "Kita and Alvin with many friends sorry we don't know your names!" it was... A long banner.]]

[center [b Alvin had blinked blushing as he hid behind Kita a bit. As Kanzaki stepped forth with a large grin on his face.]]

[center [+darkblue Well the names Kanzaki! The next hero of Romalia! This is my kinda welcome! Wow, the queen is a cutie! I guess that's why they call her Kyuti am I right?]]

[center [b Claire had come up scoffing as Kyuti tilted her head at the children as she hit Kanzaki over the head.]]

[center [+lightblue Ignore him he's been hit on the head too many times.]]

[center [+darkblue Yeah by you! Ow that kinda hurt Claire!]]

[center [+lightblue Yeah right you've been hit by worse.]]

[center [b Styles had stepped out next with a bit of a chuckle. Kyuti was surprised to see an older man on the ship.]]

[center [+blue Usually when I come into a kingdoms capital I'm greeted with steel and guns so this is kinda a first for me.]]

[center [b A pirate? Kyuti normally wasn't fond of pirates but she felt the man had already been through much and he must mean well to be helping these kids right? He had a sweet girl by his side hopefully he hadn't kidnapped the sweet child. As the others began to come out Eric was next as he rubbed the back of his head with a bright smile. Awe what an adorable child him and the girl next to Styles. Kyuti had come up pinching his and Raine's cheeks.]]

[center [#2a425a Awe you two are just the cutest things!]]

[center [b She grabbed the two along with Kita and Alvin into a massive bear hug as she started to tear up.]]

[center [#2a425a You poor dolls have been through so much!]]

[center [b She wailed and sniffled as she sent her men to help them get everything off board.]]

[center [#2a425a Do you children want anything to eat? You don't have to now but can we do a medical check-up? I want to make sure everyone on board is okay you and Alvin most of all. I saw you on TV you two were fighting on... You don't have to think of it please make yourselves at home. I'm the queen here Kyuti and this is my husband Silus he's a sweetheart even if he looks a little gruff.]]

[center [b She playfully stuck her tongue out at her husband.]]

[center [b Eric had smiled giving a chuckle as Alvin blushed heavily trying to bow to her as she picked him back up.]]

[center [#2a425a Nonono you've been through so much doll don't worry about it. Here my people will help you into the kitchen we can talk about everything in there okay?]]

[center [b She came over and saw Peyton with Rose and Claire she rushed over hugging the three girls and helping them along as well.]]

[center [#2a425a Oh dear you three look lovely! Please come in! Come in! I hope everyone is okay. I know it must be hard to trust anyone after what you've all been through but you are safe here I promise.]]

[center [b Oh she just wanted to keep them forever she always wanted kids and they were just so precious! Not that she'd take them from their parent's heavens no she just thought they were so adorable. Vanessa hadn't come out yet how come? Maybe... she was giving Alvin a second to settle in she didn't want to overrun the boy. He did seem a bit on the introverted side oh gosh he was so precious and Kita she seemed so adorable. Kanzaki had stepped up with a smirk.]]

[center [+darkblue Where's my hug cutie~?]]

[center [b Rose rolled her eyes as Kyuti thought he was simply calling her by his name. As he she pulled him ruffling his hair and snuggling him pinching his cheeks.]]

[center [#2a425a You are such an adorable little thing! Oh gosh, I've always imagined my son being like you. A kind face with an affectionate spirit.]]

[center [+darkblue Son? Wait what?!]]

[center [b Claire and Rose had started to chuckle though Claires was a bit more spiteful as Kyuti pinched his cheeks and patted his shoulder along.]]

[center [+lightblue Wow stud good job your lucky your so young or her husband might have you executed Mr hero.]]

[center [+purple Try and not hit on any important women here okay?]]

[center [+darkblue She said... I would be her.. Son...]]

[center [b Kanzaki stared at the ground shocked in defeat as Claire and Rose laughed again walking ahead. As Kyuti helped Mally out patting her head.]]

[center [#2a425a Ooh~! That dress is so pretty! Honey are those horns real? Do they hurt are you okay? I hope so if you need anything just ask okay sweetheart?]]

[center [b After helping the children or at least younger looking folk off. She looked back to Alex, Shiloh, Styles, Ren a bit more like adults still offering a friendly smile.]]

[center [#2a425a Thank you for helping those youngins here it means the world to us. It really does you are also welcome here however long you want to be. I do hope you stay- Wait... Ren is that you!? The commander of unit Ray? What are you doing with these subjects? Is this a setup?!]]

[center [+blue Whoa calm down lass err highness. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't him he helped us along and took care of Alvin's and Kita's wounds. He's defected he couldn't handle what his crew was sailing so he switched sails.]]

[center [b Styles gave a casual bow as he went ahead with the others holding his arm around Raine. As Kanzaki looked at the two tilting his head.]]

[center [+darkblue Wait a second... Old man are you with Raine now?! Or did you become handsy without me noticing? I know she's cute but aren't you kinda old?]]

[center [+blue Aye funny that is lad, yes me and this lovely lass are indeed a pair till the locker. Better I too old then to be taken as one's offspring savvy?]]

[center [+darkblue Oh touche! You are good! Well good on you two!]]

[center [+brown Wow Raine you didn't tell me! You gotta invite me to the wedding! Styles who gets to be the best man?!]]

[center [+blue Aye that is a valid question though I am sure it will be you lad.]]

[center [+green H-Huh marriage?!]]

[center [+blue I jest but we are indeed a pair Eric I promise to look after your mate lad.]]

[center [+darkblue Isn't she your mate "savvy?"]]

[center [+purple Kanzaki your just jealous cause Raine's a cutie.]]

[center [+darkblue Aye me matey it's time for mutiny I see!]]

[center [+blue You know I'd like to see you say that in a bar off the coast in Albion.]]

[center [+darkblue I would! I'll take on all those scallywags!]]

[center [+blue I don't doubt it I feel bad the lasses Claire and Mally had to handle you as long as they did.]]

[center [+darkblue Hey! It wasn't that bad... Right guys?]]

[center [+lightblue Well if you don't count him hitting on us twenty-four seven bad.]]

[center [+brown Oh you guys sparred too? Alvin did the same with us!]]

[center [+lightblue Uhh.. I don't think Alvin hit on anyone here that way. The boys shy as is but Eric I don't think I should explain that to you. I'll leave that to mother queen here or maybe our fearless leader.]]

[center [b Kanzaki chuckled as Eric scratched his head as Rose patted his head afterward. The lot was taken to the kitchen to a fine meal as the queen and king sat with them.]]

[center [#2a425a If you want something else to eat please let me know and if I forgot to give any of you adorable little snookums a hug just let me know. We've been waiting for ages for you guys and I have a lot of news! For Alvin really in particular but one bit of news is you are welcome to stay here in a bunker my husbands made the arrangements. Though before I share the other news and it is good news it's just a bit emotionally overwhelming I want you guys to take the time to relax. If you have anything you wanna share or vent to me or my husband he'll listen.]]

[center [+darkblue Lady we didn't come here to be coddled! We came here to help out! I'm the hero who's gonna surpass Kita and the White Swordsman! Like I said the next hero of Romalia! We might not be able to fight with Tristania knowing but we can still help! I mean Germania is bad news for us all right? Albion too!]]

[center [+purple Kanzaki you can't just call her lady! Your Highness, I'm sorry ignore him. He does speak truth if not worded poorly I think it's better if you ask Kita about it.]]

[center [b Kyuti gave a worried expression as she looked over to Kita.]]

[center [#2a425a Oh heavens you've been through so much though haven't you? If it's about earning your keep don't worry when we help you recover we have safer easier jobs for you. You don't owe us anything I was under the impression you came for refuge not to try and fight our war sweetheart. Oh, and may I add that more guest are coming? Shirudo, Ken, Ariadna, Erna my four top people. I just want you to feel safe though I don't expect anything will actually happen. I just have to be sure no one comes up right behind you. I thought I'd let you know why they and other guards around I don't want to make you feel threatened in anyway dear.]]

[center [b Kyuti spoke softly as her butlers came to offer them all a drink. She gave the group a warm smile as she let out a breath of relief. They were so polite and well mannered though this Kanzaki was energetic his heart was in the right place and he was a good kid she could tell. She was glad that they seemed so lively and happy she was surprised but delighted all the same.]]

[center [h3 More OOC]]

[center [b Yes they can fast forward to Tristania! And Jessica will have open comms for anyone to call her as well.]]
  Kanzaki Muller / Kudaketa / 102d 18h 24m 51s

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