Guess who's back!

2. june 2017 at 23:36 | Lucy-chan |  Moje keci :D

Čusky, ako?
Áno, viem, vyparím sa niekam na 4 mesiace a prídem si späť akoby sa ani nechumelilo. ALE! Konečne si môžem povedať, že maturita - formalita, lebo ju už mám za sebou. Samozrejme, že klamem, ten stiahnutý žalúdok, nervy v troskách, hlavne z toho, že máte pocit, že nič neviete a u niektorých to neostáva len pocitom, diéta pri ktorej som schudla asi 2 kilá počas akademického týždňa, lebo tým, že jednoducho to nestíhate a pritom ste jasne vedeli, že si máte na to vyhradiť 2 týždne, aby ste to postíhali sa všetko a hlavne v pohode naučiť a zopakovať - nie. Ja som boss a ja to dám rýchlo, hento dva dni, hento deň a slovinu dokonce týždňa, anglinu deň predtým.
Well... No jasné. To som stíhala, ne?
 

Hlášky II

2. june 2017 at 23:36
2.časť, lebo ani za páno mi nechcelo to dať na 1 článok

Prepáčte, dočasná prestávka na blogu

19. february 2017 at 22:29 | Lucy-chan
Ahojte,
ako je spomenuté v názve, s blogom trochu viac nepohnem. Teraz ma v škole naháňajú s prihláškami, nedávno to bolo s polročnými známkami (a prísľubom, že áno, dostaneš tú 1 na polrok, ale na mature ti nepomôžem a neprilepším... thanks) a o chvíľu to budú písomné. Pripadám si teraz ako najlenivejší človek na zemi, verte mi, radšej si čítam ako sa učím, a to idem na medicínsku vetvu (všade naokolo mňa sa oháňajú s tými testovnicami ako s Bibliou, sa na nich kukam jak puk) :D ale som trochu rozmýšľala a musím opraviť mangu, trochu som aj písala, takže až tak lenivosť nado mnou nevyhrala úplne. Možno v najbližšie dni niečo pridám (ak, tak v piatok), ešte vybavovačky sú nejaké, takže prepáčte mi za moju nezodpovednosť ohľadom blogu. V najbližšom čase sa to pokúsim vynahradiť :)
Lucy
 


Happy New Year 2017!!!

1. january 2017 at 15:35 | Lucy-chan
Ahoj! Okrem toho, že som sa neozvala dobré 2 mesiace Vám chcem zapriať všetko najlepšie do nového roka, aby to, čo sa stalo v tom starom tam aj ostalo, to dobré nech pretrvá, veľa šťastia, zdravia, lásky, peňazí (lebo tých je vždy málo), jedla a mnoho iných. Svojim SB prajem veeeeeľa návštevníkov, aby zavítali na ich blogy, ktoré sú nádherné, zábavné a zaujímavé. Všetkým zablúdilcom, ktorí sem prídu, chcem poďakovať, že si našli čas sem prísť a prečítať ten príbeh-dva, reakcie a podobne, samozrejme veľmi ďakujem za komentáre a hviezdičky, tie ma stále posúvajú napriek mojej lenivosti ďalej, aby som písala a kreslila. Ďakujem a šťastný Nový rok prajem!

Lucy Silver

Cantarella [Sinbad x Hakuei - Magi]

23. october 2016 at 16:30 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky
Hm... Ja... Ako to povedať...
Prepáčte?
....
....
Dva mesiace som bola preč od blogu, ale ja to napravím! Tým, že som začala maturitný ročník, a idem na farmáciu, resp. chcela by som ísť, tak som si zháňala podklady na chémiu a biológiu, k tomu som si dala do ročníka 4-hodinovku fyziky - oľutovala som to, viem, nebol to práve najmúdrejší nápad, ale keď ju treba, tak je treba *zazrie na ňu*. Okrem toho som písala túto poviedku, ktorá je po anglicky - nezabite ma! Ako po anglicky na slovenskom blogu, vôbec nie je čudné, vôbec, ale k tomuto páru je minimum poviedok a ešte menej obrázkov, tak som k tomu ešte kreslila, ale je to už dokončené celé, takže snáď to nahradí ten dvojmesačný výpadok :)
Prosím, nevšímajte si tie gramatické chyby, pre vlastné dobro. :D
Možno urobím aj epilóg, ale nie som si istá... Epilóg by bol po tie-skipe 3 roky, čo je v mange a zatiaľ je to tam také... ako to povedať... neviem čo sa stane so Sinbadom a neviem, čo je s Hakuei, takže nemôžem písať o nich. Nejakú predstavu mám, ale nechcem predbiehať udalosti, a vymýšľať si, keď vlastne aj tento príbeh je tak trochu ohnutý,aby mi to pasovalo do páriku :D Aby ste boli v obraze, je to po občianskej vojne v Kou, kedy Hakuryuu je cisár a Hakuei nie je ešte posadnutá Arbou.
... tá Sinbadova ruka v tom obrázku mi ušla... Predstavte si ju menšiu, nie takú lopatu, dobre?

ENGLISH A/N:
Hello, welcome here. This is a story I've written for ship SinbadxHakuei, unpopular, but still few people found it interesting and me as well. The story is in english, so don't worry about the Slovak introduction up here. I will post it on my DeviantArt too, because I think you can find it there sooner than here. Enjoy the story, it's complete, maybe I will write an epilogue, but I'm not sure about it. In manga so far nothing is sure, if the main characters will survive even, not to mention what will happen with Sinbad and in what condition is Hakuei. AND IGNORE THE GRAMMAR MISTAKES - I know there will be some, but don't mind them, okay? I'm still learning English.


CANTARELLA


After the Kou war, Hakuei is being attacked by Kouen's followers so in order to keep her safe, Hakuryuu, curent Emperor and her brother, sends her to ally country - Sindria. Displeased with the decision her brother made and even more with the King of Sindria - Sinbad, who is unable to keep his hands to himself, she still sails to his country. But after few weeks spent there, the King's attitude had changed and now he's nicer, less womanizing and even ... possessive? Not to mention, not only her body, but also her mind is under attack - Arba, ancient witchof Alma Torran, needs her body in order to bring Il Illah into the world. Her djinn is trying to protect her, but will she succeed or will Hakuei fall and Arba win?
Sinbad, well known for his adventures and greatest success - his own country, and then for lady-killing, is forced to welcome Kou princess in his country again. The little incident that happened in Kou few months ago is keeping the first imperial Princess in his mind. After learning what brought her here, he wants to keep her closer, but is it a good idea? She obviously doesn't want to have anything in common with him, but something within him wants the princess. Now David in his mind encouraging him to court her, for his own reasons of course, then unseen plotting of his generals to bring them closer, secretive shopkeeper - how long would it take him to fall for her completely?


Disclaimer: I don't own Magi nor Cantarella as a story. I own just this fanfiction and the picture above.
Rate: T-M (M-rated in 10 chapter, lemon)

1.chapter [cantarella -sinei]

23. october 2016 at 16:27 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky
~~۞۞۞~~
…It seemed so easy…
…He was with so many women, such experiences… She should fall for him easily…
…But yet….


2.chapter [cantarella - sinei]

23. october 2016 at 16:26 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky

2.


They started walking around Sindria, guards taking her luggage (with a few clothes, she hoped she didn't have to stay here for longer time than two weeks). First to introduce was Ja'far, who was then taking Sinbad to his work (Maybe she just imagined it, but did the King sighed from relief?), next then Masrur, Sharrkan, Yamuraiha, Pisti, Hinahoho, Spartos and Drakon with his wife. She found herself with girls in cute café, men went back to palace.
"Princess Hakuei? Can I ask you question?" started Yamu.
"Sure, but without that princess, I'm far from that. You can call me Hakuei; I really don't mind the formality."
"Okay, how do you like Sindria?" she started innocently.
"It's a really beautiful country, although I'm here for 10 minutes. I can see why some people call it paradise," she smiled as she drank her drink. It was hot here, so non-alcoholic mojito wouldn't hurt. And her dress will have to stay in her closet, one layer is too much, not to mention she had more.
"Do you like King Sinbad?" asked Pisti.
"Hm… At first I didn't like him, because of what happened in Magnostadt after the battle with Medium, but now I'm thankful he helped my brother," she answered honestly. It's not like her to lie about something or somebody. She just hid the fact she still didn't like him, but they don't have to know about it.
"What do you think of him, as a man?" Pisti asked again, big hopeful smile resting on her face.
"Hm… He's handsome. But so are other men," definitely not the answer Pisti hoped for.
"Pisti, stop it. Don't you think it's impolite?" Yamu scolded Pisti.
"It's all right, I don't mind. It's not a secret, he is handsome." Hakuei smiled. Pisti threw at Yamu victory smile. "In Sindria it's so hot, do you mind helping me choosing some lighter dresses? I have few with me, but I think I would melt in them," she asked girls. Pisti squealed and Yamu just smiled.
"Follow me! I know the best shops in this town!" Pisti got up.
"I really think she's just 10 years old…" Yamu muttered. Hakuei laughed. "I hope she didn't scare you."
"Why? She's happy and I personally I think I need someone who is into fashion, like you two, because I'm rather poor excuse of princess. I don't like when people call me like that, I a-… I was a warrior, a general, in the first place, not a princess. And I'm not ashamed of it, or of my scars." Hakuei spoke as she walked with Yamu right behind Pisti.
"I don't agree with that excuse. When Aladdin told me about one pretty girl he met at his journey, he spoke of you as of somebody great. And it is Aladdin, he can't lie," Yamu smiled.
'Maybe this stay won't be so bad,' thought Hakuei.
"And you didn't fall for Sinbad's charm, that's something," she snickered.
Hakuei didn't want to tell her that there's something wrong with Sinbad. She didn't know what but the feeling she gets around him whenever she sees him. No, it's not love or crush, not anything romantic, it's more like…. He had his other, dark, persona that he didn't show anybody. Dark secrets surrounded him like clouds before the storm. Not a pleasant or safe feeling.
"Look, were here!" Pisti dragged her into smaller shop, which had really pretty dresses. Hakuei, or rather Pisti, had chosen three white with pink or purple flowers, the other one baby blue with white and dark blue pattern and the last one was, Hakuei didn't know about this dress, because Pisti bought it for here behind her back, white and lavender with golden patterns. Pisti knew that it wouldn't take long before her King will fall for the beauty here. Just to make her stay for as long as possible and maybe the little Sindrian princes will run around the palace within a year. She was sure. Her plan had never failed.
…..
Okay, it had. Once.
………
Don't look like that!
……….
Fine, it was many times, happy?! But now she is so sure it will work out, she's sure Yamu will help! …. Maybe.
*Sitri is also one of demons that might be used as djin in Magi(from Lesser Solomon's Key, there are all demons/djins), I think 12th Dungeon it is or would be in Magi; "It is said that he can make both men and women fall in love, but I believe it would be more accurate to say that he can make any man or woman lust after one another. One of his trademark powers is that he can influence people to bare themselves naked and uses this power primarily on women. He can also make people (again, usually women) bare their secrets."*
*Meanwhile in Sinbad's office*
"Tell me to never agree with doing work willingly with you. It's never ending story!" complained Sinbad. "How can you do it all the time?! It's beautiful-"
"Don't you DARE to start with beautiful sunny day, Sinbad. You asked for it. Didn't want to share time with Princess because of I-don't-know-what and rather take care of these papers and documents… I should be proud of you, but seeing you non-stop complaining and grumbling, I really want to do it all alone." Ja'far hissed.
"But! You saw her! She's-"
"Nice and polite, something you should work on."
"Ha-ha, funny, that's not something I meant. Rather-"
"Pretty AND with a great body?" added Sharrkan behind his back.
"When did you get in?! And no, she's not!" he exclaimed. Sharrkan laughed on the window when he saw Sinbad's reaction.
"You don't think she's pretty? You of all people? You, who said he likes every kind of women?"
"She may be pretty and everything but in Kou she was too proud-"
"Are you sure? Just because she didn't fall for you back then and knew who you really are?" Ja'far arched his eyebrow.
"What do you mean?" he narrowed his eyes.
"She saw right through you, you have to give it to her," said Ja'far. Sinbad didn't know what to say.
"Not only that, but she looks gorgeous," dreamed Sharrkan, just to make Sin angry. He LOVED to make fun of people. "Have you seen her body? It's great!"
"Well, she does look good, but what about it?" Sin seemed unaffected, but he will show his true colours. He just has to push the right buttons once or twice…
"I mean it, she's really cute. Right now she's with girls shopping or whatever they do when they're alone-"Sharrkan waved, but noticed Sin's face expression on 'whatever they do…'. Pervert. "And when they come back, most likely in few days they will have girl night, you know, pillow fights, sleeping next to each other… Then Maharajan, few men will notice her and try to seduce her - You should get laid soon or it won't end up well. AND since you obviously like the Princess-" He made a face, but his inner self chafed hands. Sinbad doesn't like this -unrealistic- idea, he got him! Hakuei was somebody his King would appreciate to have.
"What do you mean…?" Sins face darkened. "I do not like her, why are you still implying I do?"
"Well, she's beautiful, and the way you looked at her before, what else you would expect?" he recalled her arrival and when he was with him in Kou.
It was only Sinbad, Ja'far, Yamu and him, representing his country as well as Yamu. After one evening, their King would always look at Princess when she actually showed herself. Or when they saw her with her household, Koga clan; women, kids, men, no difference; she would laugh with them, play with kids. His face would soften, as Yamu had said when they hadn't fought each other because they were tired of the fellow fight. 'Like she was his wife, with their children,' she said. 'My father looked at me like that; I can see lovers and families look at each other like this. The King may not be aware of it, but she charmed him, not the other way around.'
"Every man would think of her in that way if he saw her, like would she look like in bed? Hm…" he said with creepy face, trying to act as he really imagined it. "You see, I, or any other man here, still have at least minimal chance with her, you… lost your chance to be even friends with her. I can be her boyfriend or even a lover-" Sin prepared his Metal Vessel, angry more at him, furious even. Ja'far was hiding his laugh behind the documents. He never thought Sin would react to Sharrkan's teasing so badly, as if he was jealous.
"Shut up, Sharrkan… I warn you…" The purple-haired man hadn't caught the teasing, but the serious thing. As Sharrkan would really snatch the Princess away. Not that he was jealous or anything - she was a princess, being lover meant to be in marriage with her and Sharrkan is just like him - a playboy. He would get her drunk and use her - no, he won't have it…
"Oh, jealous? Why? I thought you said you don't like her. That just means I can have her-" Sharrkan started with false hope in his eyes, but Sinbad stood from his chair.
"What, what, what? Don't like the idea? You have to care for her deeply then, you would let me otherwise." He provoked. Maybe not the best idea.
"Run, you shit," growled Sin.
"Everybody fights when they want to hide the truth-" stated Sharrkan with his shit-eating grin and ran away through the window, not daring to face Sinbad's wrath.
"SHARRKAN!"
"Sharrkan?" heard Yamu. Then she saw lightning bolts around palace.
"What, dreaming about him?" Pisti grinned evilly.
"No, I just heard Sinbad yelling it," stated Yamu.
"Sure, sure~," waved Pisti.
"Really!" she puffed her cheeks.
"But I heard it too," saved her Hakuei. "What did he do?"
"Probably messed with Sinbad and he got mad," said Yamu.
They walked through the main gate and saw the said man running through the garden and past them. Following him was Sinbad with furious face and behind him pissed-off Ja'far trying to prevent the catastrophe and Masrur, secretly hoping they won't destroy anything and he won't have to save people from falling buildings. They ran past them, not even registering them.
"I heard right, Sin is angry at him. Let's find out how it ends!" Yamu took Hakuei's and Pisti's hand and followed them on her staff. Pisti called her pet to carry her and Hakuei, since the staff wasn't that big. They flew after them, Sin throwing lightenings after Sharrkan who barely dodged, Ja'far was preparing for tying the head of Sindria down with his red strings just to save citizens. Masrur made sure nobody was hurt.
"What's going on down there? Is Sinbad really trying to kill him?" asked Yamu.
"Is this really Sinbad?" asked Hakuei.
"No, no, of course not, just… that idiot down there likes to anger people and this time, since I wasn't around, he just had to make Sinbad angry." She pointed out on Sharrkan.
"Oh, hey, Metal Vessels are forbidden, right? Why Sinbad has it?" Hakuei was suspicious. King isn't following his own rules…
"Huh? Ah, well, I don't know, all are locked up, as what I know of," said Yamu puzzled. Another lightening cut the island. Next thing they knew was Sinbad in ropes, the same fate went for Sharrkan, Ja'far was really angry as he dragged them and Masrur was behind them, unaffected by that.
Yamu got off the staff. "What happened?"
"Sin overreacted," said Sharrkan.
"Says you," growled Sin. "And let me out of these things, Ja'far!"
"No way in hell, you're going to kill him and for nothing," said fellow assassin.
"I'm not and let me out! I order you, as a King!"
Ja'far looked at him with his dangerous eyes. "If you haven't noticed, you would nearly destroy your own country for Sharrkan's teasing."
"I… Ehm… It wasn't teasing, from what I saw."
Sharrkan let out quiet but devious laugh. He got him where he wanted. Sinbad couldn't forget about her. And he made him always jealous about her when she talked to Kouga boy. From that little incident in Kou when they were there because of Hakuryuu, Sin always wanted to talk to Hakuei, something about the deal with Emperor, and once he had luck, but ended up worse than bad. He was actually pretty surprised that Hakuei didn't kick him out of Kou after that or tell Hakuryuu. And even agreed to come here?
"You're just easy to break, Sin," said Sharrkan. Sin shot him with deadly look.
"You and I are going to have a talk."
"Yes, mother," teased him Shar. Yamu hit him with her staff.
"Idiot swordsman, what did you do this time?!"
"Shut up, stupid magician, why are you even here?"
"We saw lightening and King chasing after you, though, finally somebody understood what kind of idiot-"
"Yamuraiha, Sharrkan, shut it. Let's go to palace, this time without those special effects," Ja'far shot Sin with dark look.
Hakuei just stared at this comedy. She has to survive here another month -or so-, will she be able to do it? Or maybe call brother to get her out of here?
"Miss Hakuei? What is going on?" asked Masrur. The only one who was able to notice sudden change of behaviour in her through her mask of smiling girl.
"Oh, nothing. It's just… quite lively here." She answered, hoping it was enough for him to let it go.
"Hm…" He wasn't persuaded with it but asked nothing after.
"But Ja'far, it's embarrassing, what would girls think of me?" started Sharrkan.
"You had to think of it sooner before you pissed Sin off," came out reply.
"Come on, Ja'far… I will not make any inappropriate thing."
"Uhm, sure," He unaffected continued to walk through the gate.
"Shut it, baldy, you asked for it. Shame I don't have anything to make a picture you in ropes," Yamu came to him flying on her staff.
"Shut up, bitch," he growled.
"It's a witch, old man, or better, a magician," she corrected him.
"Don't you have anything better to do?!"
"Well, maybe, but it would be such a waste to not be able to see you helpless," she teased. Oh, how she loved it right now!
"Listen up-"
"No, you listen up, if you don't cut it out right now, I swear, I will make your life a living hell," stopped them Ja'far.
"Does it happen often?" Hakuei asked Pisti, as they were walking behind them.
"Well, what exactly?" Oh, so there were more situations like this? "Sin ditching his work or being chased by Ja'far or common teasing of Sharrkan?"
"Ehm... All of it?"
"Yes, nearly always but only inside of palace ground… Okay, once in a time it is outside of palace, but only because of Maharajan." Sure they were talkative about their king.
"What is that Maharajan?"
"It's a festival; when Sindria is being attacked by a sea monster, few of us, generals, go kill it. It's a lot of meat, so we make a big party and invite whole island!" she laughed. "Do you have in Kou festivals?"
"Yes, of course, just the traditional ones, such as New Year, weddings or birth of new Emperor's heir."
"Not much… Here is more fun. Would you like to live here?"
"I don't know, I'm here for one day, few hours to be precise. And I like Kou, more parties I have with Kouga clan."
"The ones Aladdin told us about? Wait, those are the ones who came with you here?"
"Ah, yes. Every one of them is my- or were my Household Vessels. They are good people." She sighed.
They stayed quiet for few seconds. Then Pisti asked. "Hey, Kou is quite traditional country, right?"
"Yes, why?"
"I don't want to dig in it but… Were you engaged with somebody? As the first princess, I mean… Don't mind it."
"Oh, no, I wasn't. It was because I was at first General, then Princess, our country had other Princesses to be wed for alliance. I wasn't interested in that. Never have been, not even now I am."
"I'm sure you had a lot of suitors, you're really pretty," genuine as Pisti was, were her remarks.
"Hm… Not really. Maybe one or two, but I refused them," she thought about what kind of game was Pisti playing at her. Her innocent questions weren't as innocent as she maybe thought. It wasn't bothering her, no, not that; though, it was a little bit rude.
Pisti looked like she was thinking about something. "Would you refuse them even now?" she asked.
"What do you mean by that?" Hakuei was not offended, just wanted to know.
"The suitors. Would you refuse them if they asked again? Doesn't have to be the one from your past, but if somebody showed up?"
Ei thought about it before answering. She hadn't even thought about marring somebody because of her status as General of Kou, not to mention her scars that wouldn't be the best view for her husband. "I don't know. I really don't know. I mean, I'm a warrior, not a princess," They went to garden, just the two of them. "And men want women just to be at home and do the things they supposed to do, nothing else. No learning new things, not fighting, not… swimming or whatever else. Just cleaning, cooking, sewing, bearing children and other things. I don't think I would be a good wife." Hakuei sat down.
"Why do you think men want just these kinds of women? No, as what I know of, not every."
"Those I would have to marry were like this, maybe that's why I rather let my cousins marry them. Being a doll isn't for me." Pisti wanted to change the topic, seeing how personal the questions were, but Yamuraiha stepped in.
"Hey, I thought I won't find you… Pisti, you should see it NOW!" Yamu looked excited.
"Huh?" Pisti didn't get it. Yamu just grinned, evilly. Oh-oh. Pisti shot off to see it herself.
"What is going on?"
"Nothing, just Ja'far is scolding both idiots and now Sinbad's shouting at baldy swordsman. They kicked me out, let's see what they do about Pisti," Yamu said in matter of nothing, but smiling. Pisti will surely tell her. "Don't worry, nothing will happen, as always, they will feel guilty for few hours and then they forget it. And now… Do you want to see my new magic tools?"
"Sure, why-" she didn't get to end her answer because Yamu was already dragging her through garden to her tower full of potions, gems and books. "-not?"


3.chapter [cantarella - sinei]

23. october 2016 at 16:26 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky

3.


Unknown to her, Sinbad was listening to the previous conversation. Now he was really ashamed of himself. How could he be so naïve and fall for Sharrkan's teasing? How old is he, 10?
But what really got him was the last thing she said. 'I'm a warrior, not a princess.' What did she mean by that? It's obvious she's princess before warrior. Her manners are lady-like; she's kind and caring, strong willed, pretty and… someone like Serendine. Before she died-
He didn't want to think about it. It brought the pain of his past back now, when everything was going on the right path. There will be united world, again, peaceful, without wars and battles, cries and mourning, without evil, without Al-Thamen. Right now is not the time to think about anything else than this, not about woman who could be-
Stop it, brain! Think about work!
What is it, Sinbad?The voice in his head asked. David.
Nothing.
I'm sure it's something, he said in calm tone. Sin could feel him smiling.
It's nothing and stop reading my mind!
It's not my fault. I can't help it, he laughed. But let me get this straight - if you let me, you would get the world unification AND a wife. A pretty wife. David saw the chance. If only Sin would ccoperate.
Stop it, David, I like to be myself. And I don't want any wife. I'm good.
You only think it. But I can see the way you secretly look at women and children. I. Can. See. It. He was taunting him, to let him fully possess his body to achieve his dream. But he will not.
Says you. I only care about world without war.
Hahahaha~, you're funny. Really funny. But what about the future? WHO will lead Sindria once you're dead?
My generals.
Are you sure? Because I don't think so. But if you only care about work and Al Thamen, let me tell you one thing. You thought you all had killed 'The Witch'? Do you think she can be killed that easily? Arba was Gyokuen, but she can easily possess anybody from her bloodline. Her first and second sons were 'accidentally' killed in fire because they were born when she didn't possess body of fellow Empress. Hakuryuu is already off of it because of Kouen's limbs, mixed Magoi is flowing through his body, but what about-
You can't think-! NO, it cannot be! Sinbad screamed in his mind.
Yes, it is. Hakuei is on the bat. She's looking for her-
NO!
Sinbad threw everything off of his table with one hand. It wasn't possible, Hakuryuu killed her with Judal! David wasn't answering anymore, so he didn't know about a secret smile on his face. Sin looked in the garden under his window.
"Sinbad, what has happened?!" Ja'far threw through the door.
"Nothing," calmed down Sin.
"Sure, nothing, that's why the work flew off of the table," he said in I-believe-you tone.
"I just got angry because of so much work."
"Bullshit." Ja'far wasn't buying it. It was written all over his face and it has to be something important, otherwise these documents wouldn't be flying all over the office.
"It's not."
"Tell me."
"What?"
"Stop being a kid, Sin. Something's eating you inside."
"It's nothing. Get back to work," he said still with his back to him. Ja'far still didn't believe him, but choose not to dwell in it.
"As you wish, my king," he excused himself and left. After few seconds Sinbad called out his djinns.
"Look after the Princess, the Witch may take over her."
After the dinner Hakuei was walking to the room they prepared for her. Replaying her crazy day in the liveliest country, she didn't notice Sinbad behind her. He was walking like a cat, quietly and elegantly. She was about to open the door when he asked her, his voice too close to her ear: "Do you have time, General Hakuei?"
"Ah!" she shrieked and turned around with smaller dagger in her hands. Sinbad was way too close to her. "Don't scare me like that again! I could've hurt you!" she was breathing deeply at first, but calmed down quickly and hid her dagger under her belt. Sin followed the trail of it. "Yes, I have. Is something wrong?"
"No, I just wanted to know … few things." He said as he gave her the letter he'd received from Kou. She read it quickly.
"Sorry for my impoliteness, King Sinbad. I would like to tell you about it in more… private place."
"Yes, of course," he opened the door of her room and let her step first, closing the door behind him. She stood in front of the bed with white and lavender sheets. "Please, start."
"When I was at Rakushou, some of Kouen's followers were really startled with my betrayal to help my brother and at first they sent me some letters, few smaller threats, but three and half months ago it rose into assassinations and attempts to kill me. Not once or twice, many times. My brother was afraid of my security in the Capitol. I thought I would be sent back to Tenzan plateau, my men would surely protect me, but brother wasn't so convinced and asked for your help."
Sinbad was listening closely. His first thought was she's going here because of a treaty between Kou and Sindria or something alike, political things in general. Not that she would be attacked. In the Capital. In her room. This situation wasn't something to be taken lightly. Hakuryuu surely believed him for entrusting his sister. "Is there anything else? I have a feeling there is."
"Just a petty thing. It's just my problem."
"You could say that these assassinations were your problem as well." He stated and she was about to glare at him, but hid her emotions. "Your brother is worried about you and if it's something dangerous like this, I will gladly help."
Hakuei thought about if she will tell him, but decided against it. "Nothing else. Do you have some questions?" she asked with smile.
"Yes. How many attempts were there?"
"To be precise, ten of what I know." It surprised him she is still calm after those incidents.
"Did something happen on the way here?"
"Not anything I and my men couldn't handle." Hakuei was not some kind of weepy little princess who has to be babysat.
"Do you have the slightest idea who can be the attacker?"
"No. Many liked Kouen's idea of world. And please, do not accuse any of my cousins, they wouldn't do it."
"Hm… Thank you. I can see the situation is serious." He stepped closer to her and put his hands on her shoulders. "I can assure you here, in Sindria, you're safe. If anybody dares to lay a hand on you or your men, I will immediately take care of them." He smiled with his lady-killer smile, but his eyes were serious ones. He really meant it. The ocean blue bore into pure golden eyes. For few seconds there was a silence. Then Hakuei decided to break it because she was losing herself.
"Thank you, King Sinbad, I really appreciate it," she bowed lightly in Kou style. The King may have changed from their little meeting in Kou to better. Unknown to her, the said King thought the same.
"You're welcome. And now, rest, I'm sure you had had a long journey to make." He turned around and left the room.
As he walked through the open hallway, David spoke. Hm… Somebody is after the princess? Tell me something I didn't know! He laughed. Every royalty has adversaries who want them dead.
It is something bad if Hakuryuu sent her here. He's the Emperor; he could've taken care of it.
You're starting to defend him. Not few hours ago you were nearly ready to explode.
I wasn't just expecting it that soon.
As Ja'far says, do your work.
Shut up, will you?
I will if you let me-
No.
Gah… Hard to crack.
Still thinking about overpowering me?
Sometimes.
Won't work.
I know. But to let you know, I noticed strange shadow; southwest, around 30 meters.
Sinbad slowly looked there. The strange shadow was definitely a human, maybe a man, in black clothes, looking over the window of Hakuei's room. That sent Sinbad on alert.
Slowly, he stepped off of the hallway behind the bush and sneaked behind the said man. The stranger was walking carefully in the shadows of trees, right underneath the Hakuei's chamber. Then he threw a rope with a hook at the end of it. The black-clothed man started to climb to the window. Sinbad was sure she wasn't asleep because he left her not 5 minutes ago.
Who could it be? He was sure the prin- ehm, General could handle it herself, but he couldn't shake off the feeling to protect her. The stranger finally climbed up to window and looked into the room and then around himself and at the garden beneath him. Sin hid himself good enough to see the man but not be seen by him. The man stepped into the room. Sinbad acted immediately, climbed up the rope and jumped into the room. Hakuei was probably in the bathroom because the man was right behind the door of it.
"Well, well, what do we have here?" asked Sinbad with a little laugh. "An attacker? A thief? A secret lover?" Black-clothed man prepared his weapon - black dagger with golden ornaments, something was leaking from the blade. Probably poison. "Definitely not the lover." Sin hummed.
Man rushed to the King, hoping to give him surprise attack, but it didn't work. Sin noticed it could be a beginner, the way he was trying to stab him was desperate, not precise like professionals.
"I never thought somebody would dare to even think about something like that - stepping into my country, my palace, to hurt somebody close to me. Now tell me, stranger," Sin walked closer to him, "Who are you and what are you doing here?" Stranger was either stupid or too courageous to attack him again. The King swerved the dagger easily. Just then Hakuei entered the room in white thin strap nightgown.
"What is going on?" she asked, closing the bathroom door. Stranger noticed her and threw her way smaller knife that Hakuei barely dodged. It incensed Sinbad.
"Enough!" said Sinbad calmly and quietly, but dangerously. Black-clothed man looked back at him and threw the poisoned knifes, main dagger still in his hands. One smaller knife cut the cheek of the King, he barely noticed it. The stranger visibly smiled through the black scarf that hid his face from neck to middle of nose and continued throwing knifes his way, forgetting dark-haired woman.
Meanwhile Hakuei crumpled to her night table. She drew a bag with her belongings and got one little bag. She lit one kerosene lamp and stepped to Sinbad with something in her other hand. She whispered to him, "Hold your breath," and when the stranger ran to them, she threw the grass she had in her hand into the fire and smashed the lamp right in front of attacker. The smoke of the grass quickly rose to stranger's nose and suddenly his legs abandoned him and he fell to the ground. Hakuei moved to the door to hallway and called the guard that was already alarmed by the noise coming from her room. The guards secured the limp man.
"I told you I will personally take care of them," said Sinbad wiping the blood from his cheek. Hakuei said nothing; instead she gave him a handkerchief. "What was that grass you threw in that lamp?"
"Paralysing plants, the Kouga girls taught me few non-sword-fighting tricks." She smiled.
"Still, he could have hurt you." He glared at the door. "General Hakuei, from now on, you will be put into my personal quarters seeing the fact that those … followers have the courage to attack you in my country. I want to keep an eye on you during your stay here." Hakuei wanted to protest, but Sinbad cut her off, "Your brother would do the same, and as I want to keep good bonds with Kou Empire, I do not wish for you to get hurt in my country."
"Thank you, but as you saw, I can defend myself just fine. If anything, I can call for my men to help me. Moving me to your quarters would cause more trouble." Hakuei tried to persuade him, not wanting to be near him. Not that she hated him or anything, he… scared her, to be truthful. Something about him scares her and she doesn't know why.
Sinbad looked at her with folded arms at his chest. "I know you can. I'm not underestimating you; they are just precautions to prevent any more situations like this."
"What if there will be more serious situations in your quarters?"
That woman just can't agree! "I don't think they will be, you can be sure. Masrur will hear if somebody dared to sneak into the chambers."
"My men will too." Through forced smile she hoped she doesn't have to go there. He could "visit" her anytime he wanted if he was so close - on accident or not.
He turned his body fully to her, hovering over her. "As you wish, General." He backed down in that, whether he liked it or not. She was a proud royal woman of another country and forcing her into this would only throw bad light upon him. "But one more time they try to do something like this, and be sure you're moving in." He said before he turned away from her and left.


4.chapter [cantarella - sinei]

23. october 2016 at 16:25 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky

4.


The door closed.
Hakuei sat at the bed with a loud "thud" after their little encounter. She was angry.
"How dare he-!" she fumed. How dare he come here?! How dare he try to force her into living near him?! No way in HELL she's going to share her privacy with that… that womanizer! How come he knew about that attacker before her? Does he spy on her or what?
Suddenly, her djinn, Paimon, showed herself fully, not with that smoke under her waist.
My queen, what is going on?
Hakuei was shocked. "Paimon? What is it? How come you're here? Every Metal Vessel is locked up who knows where."
You're restless. It's only natural for me to care about my queen. After all, I love you~! Paimon was about to hug her but Hakuei stopped her.
"Paimon, it's not a time for your jokes. How did you do it, that you're here?"
It's a little trick. Tell me, what's going on? The djinn sat in front of her.
"That King is going on." She hung her head.
Hah?! Does he want to steal you away from me?! No way! That put her right on her feet.
"Calm down, Paimon. He doesn't and he won't. It's just… He's so... impudent! He dares to come here in the night!"
He what?! The djinn was infuriated. I'm gonna tell him piece of my mind! She turned to the door to really tell the King a piece of her mind, but Hakuei stopped her.
"Paimon, listen. Just listen. He actually saved me, but it's still… Gah!" she ruffled her hair. "I can save myself! I don't need a babysitter behind my back to watch over me! And how he could know about that man?!"
There was another one?! Are you cheating on me?! Paimon was shocked. What happened!
"What? NO, I'm not cheating on anybody! Argh! Just listen, without interrupting me. I was in the bathroom to change my clothes and to wash myself. I heard few voices so I stepped into the room. There was Sinbad and that… attacker or whoever he was. The man started throwing knifes in my direction and Sinbad defended me. In that time I found those plants from Tenzan Plateau, the paralyzing ones, and lit the lantern, threw the plants into the fire and smashed the lantern. But I could do it alone!"
Paimon was quiet for a moment. …You know, my queen, hearing that, you couldn't do it alone; you wouldn't have had enough time. This time I have to take Sinbad's side. You could've been hurt. What if the King wasn't here in time? That man would hide here and you could've been killed!
Hakuei grunted, defeated. Her own djinn is favouring Sinbad over her. That much to her jealousy. "On which side are you?"
Yours. But I'm really worried about your security. I couldn't do anything in your home country, because you were too far away and now I've got few minutes left. I've… watched him while you weren't here, to see what kind of human is he. I… trust him, little bit I'm worried about what's going on in his head and the way he treats women, but until now he hasn't done here anything bad.
"I don't trust him. I'm scared of him." She confessed quietly. "It's something… wrong with him, something dark. That scares me." Her djinn hugged her.
If you're going to stay here, then I will visit you as often as possible. I have one minute left; this is maximum of time I can be here now. I believe him with you and that is not something you hear from me often. Your men help you, too, but please, if possible, stay close to him. Those attackers are afraid of him, this one was just stupid. Please, he will protect you when I'm not around. Goodbye for now, my Queen~, She disappeared. Hakuei sighed. 'If you believe him… I'll try.' She thought for herself.
~~۞۞۞~~
"Ja'far! Where is guard keeping the intruder?!" called Sinbad after fellow assassin. He just left Hakuei's chamber in a… let's say it is annoyance. She may be Princess-General of Kou, but here is his territory, his country and his palace. He commands here. She's just a guest.
"In prison, where else, my king?" said Ja'far in ironic voice. Sin shot him with dark glare.
"Concretely."
"Guards will tell you, I'm not watching over them. I look after YOUR work."
Sinbad growled. "Fine, let it go. Come with me."
"You're not going to … ask him few bad questions, right?"
"What bad questions?" He was lost.
"You don't intend to torture him, do you?" He put it straight.
"No, we've never done it before, why now? And if he's not going to spill it, then you're here." Ja'far looked at him with disgusted face.
"I'm not torturing him."
"Who said you will? Just give him your scary face and he'll say everything."
"Really? I don't think so, because it's not working on you. Otherwise you'd be in your office and signing last paper."
They stepped into a prison which wasn't even used. Everybody knew the rules, instead of throwing them into some cold cage they threw them out of the country.
"Where is that man?"
"What man, Your Majesty?"
"We have only one man here right now, don't we? Tell me where is he." He was more than annoyed.
"At the end of the prison, Sir." He saluted.
"Thanks." The King mumbled and walked into the darker corridors. The light wasn't needed her while nobody except one man from guard sometimes was here, so nothing was nearly seen.
With Ja'far, who somehow got the torch with fire, they turned right and saw the end of the prison. They walked up to a cell and ordered the guard to let him in.
The man didn't move. He was wearing the same, except the mask on his face, or scarf. Sinbad stepped closer to the intruder and kneeled down.
"We met few minutes before and I believe I didn't hear the answer, so I ask again - who are you?" He asked with serious voice as his eyes bored into the attacker's. The prisoner remained quiet.
"Look, I don't want to kill you or hurt you badly, but if you're not going to cooperate, you'll regret not telling me."
Prisoner wasn't even showing the interest of telling anything. Sin waited, scanning the intruder, then he lost his patience. He shoved his sword into his side, and that woke the prisoner enough to make a sound.
"And here I thought you're mute. Now, feel like talking?" he smiled. He felt his dark side move in him, calling to him to torture the man more roughly.
The prisoner stayed quiet, so Sinbad answered the call of his depravity and dig his sword into man's stomach.
"Gah!"
"And now?" Stubborn attacker glared at him. Right now he knew this won't do anything. "My patience is big, but right now is as thin as string. This is the last warning; say something and I won't kill you or torture you more, till your death." The King said with a sword under man's chin. He looked at Sin with disgust, but finally answered.
"She betrayed us and betrayers will be eliminated! Emperor Kouen will come-"
"I don't want to burst your bubble but Kouen is dead." He revealed the information to him. "Emperor Hakuryuu sentenced him to death, and I saw it with my own eyes." He wasn't lying, Kouen was dead in papers, just not in person; he lived on an island that belonged to Kou.
Attacker looked broken. "Y-you're lying!"
"If I was lying, he would contact you, or not?"
"N-No! You filthy liar! He lives, everybody says he lives!"
"Yeah, maybe two months ago he lived, but now... hardly. And tell me, why do you want to kill Princess Hakuei? She did nothing wrong, just protected her brother."
"She betrayed the King and helped the other one, doesn't matter, who it was. She swore loyalty to this one. And she betrayed us. She must be killed, eliminated…And I… I will kill her!" he hissed through clenched teeth.
"Wow, what a bloodlust. But unfortunately, you won't kill her, nor your followers. She is protected by me and my country and anybody who tries to do something bad to her, will be - your favourite word - ELIMINATED by me, personally. For now I let you rest, you will have to apologise to her tomorrow." He winked.
Prisoner growled. "I rather die than to apologise to that bitch! For me, she's just like her whore mother - when she saw King Kouen's interest in my sister, she turned her back to him and flew to you. No brother, she saw she has no chance with him! Just like a bitch she came here, she disgusts me. And we'll do anything to make her pay for it!"
"We?"
"Yes, we. Did you think it's just me who hated her? No, at least half of the nation. And we despise this fake treatment, Seven Seas Alliance. She will be dead, even if she's under your care. We have the best assassins and they won't stop until they do what they're paid for - Hakuei's head on silver plate." He laughed madly. Sin remained calm, but his smile fell into serious face somewhere in the middle of this conversation. These people were naïve and mad. To think this man would kill her for such a petty reason was laughable. Other his followers would only think of her betrayal as well, just without this theatre of slave in forbidden love with a king.
"Hm… Interesting idea. But can I ask you one question? What would you do, if a man, you are friend with, starts hurting your sister with his troupe?"
"Call my friends and kick his ass," he answered as 5-year old child would.
"She did the same. Her brother versus her cousin, of course she would help her brother who was at blink of his powers! She needed his allies to come kick Kouen's ass, and me as one of his allies and leader of them, she came to me. Obviously, you don't understand, nor your group of followers of dead prince." He was about to leave the cell but turned around to tell him something.
"And one thing - stop chasing after Hakuei or I will hunt you down. Every one of you, personally see you off to the other side. I'm sure your partners heard this whole conversation through that magic item under your clothes." Sin ended and left the prison. This man won't survive through the night; either injury or coldness would do it. And sure as hell he won't help him - attempt to assassination was good reason for it.
"Sinbad, are you okay?" asked worried Ja'far.
"Yes, why?"
"You were scaring me with your practices."
"You were the same."
"I was an assassin, you are a king. Half-fallen king, to be added, do you want to fall completely?!"
"Don't worry; I know what I'm doing. No need to babysit me."
"I'm sorry, my king."
It was unusual for Ja'far to listen to him without making some remarks, but he let it go. After all, today was a busy day, for everybody.
~~۞۞۞~~
The next day, out of boredom, Hakuei asked Ja'far to help him with his work. At first, he was against it, she is a princess, she shouldn't be doing it, but after half an hour of persuading him he let her. And he did the right thing - his work disappeared quickly and around noon he had most of it done, so he had time to have lunch with everybody in the dining room. The Generals and the King were surprised with him and Hakuei, but didn't comment it. After the lunch Ja'far stopped Hakuei.
"Hakuei-dono, you don't have to come with me, you already helped me enough."
"Don't worry, I really don't mind. I don't have anything to do and I'll be only a burden. So-"
Ja'far smiled genuinely, "I mean it. Go rest, I'll have it done within three hours max."
Hakuei thought for a little while. "No, I'm not tired. And I want to work or else I would go crazy here."
"Fine, but let's make a deal. You'll help me with work till noon and then you go rest. You may visit another general or go for a walk. You're a guest here, this is something I shouldn't be-"
"I'm okay with it and thank you." She smiled at him. Ja'far excused himself to go to his office, but Hakuei stopped him.
"May I at least today go to the gardens and help the gardener? I love gardening, along with sewing."
Ja'far choked on his saliva. "Ha? Oh, yes, you can, but don't overwork yourself; this should be your holiday."
"Thank you, General Ja'far! I appreciate it."
"You're welcome," he waved and went to his office where his King awaited him.
"Were you talking to Miss Hakuei?"
"Yes, Sin, why?"
"I'm just curious. What did you talk about, if it isn't secret?"
Ja'far sighed. Purple-haired man simply didn't know he's somehow jealous over her. "Really Sin? You're acting like her-" He shut it when King gave him dark look. "I mean, she was asking me if she could work here with me. I agreed, because she would be convincing me whole afternoon. Now we just agreed on working till noon, and now I think she's in the garden. I hope she really didn't mean that about working with gardener…" he sighed again. Sin's jaw was on the ground, if not underneath it.
"She what? You WHAT?!" Sin screamed. "Are you fucking kidding' me, Ja'far? You let her WORK?!" he growled. "She saw important Sindrian documents and you've done nothing against it? What?!"
He couldn't believe it. The person he thought is the most reliable about information, duty or simple things like cleaning, gave into a woman from enemy country and let her work with him?!
"What? You're overreacting, Sinbad. She is really polite and hardworking woman, reliable and I was watching over her in case she would do something over the line. You think I'm stupid or what?"
"No, not stupid, but this is just definitely the dumbest thing you ever have done! You know what the consequences are?"
"For now there are no consequences because I know what I'm doing. And she's really helping me, unlike you and your ditching! From what I've seen, she doesn't look like backstabbing person and I know what I'm talking about, my King," he hissed the last words and sat behind his table with the paperwork. He's glad he hadn't shown Hakuei other three stack of paper under his table, because she would immediately come here and do them with him. He's already feeling bad because of the working under him and now when Sinbad had scolded him like a 5-year old child, he's feeling worse. He didn't pay attention to her because he had to fill in the documents and papers, which had his full attention but he didn't have that kind vibe of her.
The door to his office closed and that meant Sinbad war pretty angry over him.

5.chapter [cantarella - sinei]

23. october 2016 at 16:24 | Lucy-chan |  Anime poviedky

5.


'That stupid assassin! What did he think? Would she let the opportunity slip? No!' he nearly run into his office and broke the first thing he laid his hand on. It was a vase from somewhere he was, he doesn't even remember.
You stupid thing, yesterday you were saying something else.
That was yesterday, today is today.
Hm… And I thought you-
Don't you dare to say "like her"!
-worried about her. At least.
Right now she's save. But she's been here for one day and she wants to work? For another country? It's just… suspicious.
Somebody has to work when the other are being lazy.
You're not talking about me, are you?
I didn't name anybody. You said it. And look! That gardener knows how to sway her-
Sinbad choked on his saliva and looked down in the garden where Hakuei was cutting the withered parts of roses and lilies. His gardener was talking to her in a way he didn't with her, because she wouldn't let him. He was a King and she's a Princess-General, so she has to be polite and on top of it, she didn't trust him. It pissed him off really bad.
'Well, I, or any other man here, would have at least a minimal chance with her. You, on the other hand, not.' He remembered Sharrkan's words and shook his head aggressively. It's impossible, why the hell is he so angry around her?!
Right now the gardener kissed her hand and she giggled. Sinbad gripped the window frame, frustrated. Why did she let him?! And why not him, the King? Does she hate him that much?
The gardener said to her few words that stopped her giggle and Sin narrowed his eyes to see her facial expressions better. She wasn't laughing anymore, but smiling. Not the genuine one, but somehow forced. He furrowed his eyebrows. Sinbad didn't know what to do and he didn't want her to know he watched her. And he's no stalker!
Hakuei was slowly stepping back away from the man, camouflaging it as cutting the roses. The man followed her and caught her hand, the scissors fell. That startled her, and Sinbad didn't like it. Hakuei tried to say something, prying that hand from her, but it seemed to tighten harder. Then her eyes narrowed as she felt the pain from her hand, but hid it behind her mask of polite Princess.
"…please…l… go," he heard. He was, at least, two windows above her, but more than ready to jump between them. Suddenly Hakuei drew a dagger she braced herself with when he approached her back then and pointed the blade at his chin with straight face. The gardener grinned and said something to her, that obviously insecured her.
"Sin- wha-?!" Ja'far stepped into the room only to be hushed. Sin was looking at Princess of Kou and the strange gardener.
"Do we employ this man?" Sin asked Ja'far when he came to him.
"No, you should know everybody in the palace." He answered.
"Then how come he is here?" he asked with calm voice.
"I'm going for Drakon and his military for-"
"No, she must not know we saw this. As she said, she's capable of saving herself. This would only mean we're always stalking her." Sinbad was still controlling the situation down there. Ja'far wasn't sure what to think about his King. Right now he looks like he was about to jump down between them but at the same time wants to keep watching. He sighed.
"If she mustn't know about it, then come here and sign these papers, it will be quick." He dropped around two hundred papers and documents on his desk. Sinbad sweat dropped.
"… And when do you want to have them back?" he asked carefully.
"In hm… how much would it take me? Around half of hour, but it's you, so double or triple the time - I want them in an hour!" first he murmured and then he shouted the final time. Sin nearly dropped on his knees. In an hour this?! It's beautiful sunny d-
"Don't you dare to think it's beautiful sunny day, my King, you asked for it. You don't want to spend time with Princess, who by the way is really nice company, and you rather work, well, I should be happy," he said before he closed the door of his office.
"… Does he like her?" he scratched his head and turned back to the garden where Hakuei was walking away from the garden and that man who vanished suddenly in the air. He frowned. She immediately looked around her and he hid under his window. When he was sure she may have walked away, he stood up and looked through the window, but saw nobody. He breathed out the sigh of relief. She can't know about him!
~~۞۞۞~~
As the night approached, he was still in his office. Sinbad finally signed the last paper of his work that Ja'far constantly brought him. Suddenly he heard a knock on the door.
"Come in!"
A person stepped in. Hakuei.
"What do I give the pleasure for you to visit me, General Hakuei?"
"… I was just thinking if you haven't gotten any message from my brother," she asked with typical Kou bow.
"No, I'm afraid I haven't. What's the matter?" He stood up and walked over her.
"… Nothing, I was just curious. Good night." She was about to leave the office, but Sinbad caught her hand.
"I mean it, General. What is the matter?" She looked anywhere but I his eyes.
"As I said, nothing. Please, release me." He didn't do it, instead, he tightened his hold and pushed her to him, but she didn't fall into him. Unfortunately.
"What are you doing, Sinbad?" she narrowed her eyes in warning. He returned her glare.
"I'm expecting the sincere answer from the sincere woman. What is going on?"
"As I said, nothing."
"Liar."
"Womanizer."
"It has nothing to do with it. Tell me."
"It's nothing."
"Every time I hear it, it is Something."
"Well, you heard it anyway." She turned her head sideways.
"What?" he raised one eyebrow.
"You heard it. You think I didn't see you in the window in the afternoon?" He slightly blushed but reclaimed his composure. There goes his secret-watching over her.
"I don't know what you mean, Hakuei."
"General Hakuei."
"General Hakuei. But you called me by my name, without any honorifics." He cracked a smile.
"It slipped. I beg of your pardon, King Sinbad," she bowed even with her hand in his grasp and minimal distance. Of course, she didn't touch him.
"No need, it happens. But back to the topic. Were you expecting a letter or a call?"
"I'm not sure- I mean - it's nothing." He smiled.
"You can tell me, General. I swear I won't tell anybody."
"You already know about it, so why do you keep acting as you don't?"
"Because I don't know, that's why."
Hakuei sighed. He was going to keep pushing until she answers, right?
"My brother should have called or written a letter, and me too. Since I heard few gossips around, I thought you know something."
"What kind of gossips?" he furrowed his eyebrows.
"That he abdicated."
"… As what of I know, he hasn't."
"I see. Thank you for your time, King Sinbad." She turned again to leave but he didn't want to let her go. As some kind of force was keeping him there.
"Please, release me."
"And what if I don't want to?" he asked with sincerity. It stopped her, but then she threw her wrist. Unfortunately for her, it wasn't enough to free her hand.
"You're not telling me something, Hakuei," he held her hand more tightly.
"It's not your problem, Sinbad," she countered him.
"It is, since you're here, in my kingdom," he pushed her.
"As I said, it is not you problem, only mine."
"As I would believe it."
"You have to."
"You're not saying something."
"Stop it."
"I won't until you answer me properly."
"Stop being a child and let me go."
"No," he made a step towards her and she stepped backwards. "What is it?"
"It's really nothing, I was just curious about well-being of my brother." She closed her eyes, defeated. He was too much for her. She has to have a talk with Paimon about him. "And why do you have a Metal Vessel if it's forbidden?" she pointed at his sword.
"Sea monsters."
"We could also say "giant birds" or "flying monkeys" and keep our Metal Vessels." She stabbed her finger of the other, free, hand into his chest. She felt her cheeks blushing, but she was hoping he didn't see it. If he did, she would be a bait number one in his Adventures of Lady-killer.
"You could. But it's my father's sword. That is the main reason I will not give it to anybody."
"Still, you're cheating," she pushed him away from her with that free hand. "And your Seven Seas Alliance should know about it. Or at least my brother."
"You won't tell anybody."
"Isn't it the same thing you said to me back then?"
"Yes, it is. Should we continue like before?"
"As if, you lecher!" she forgot her manners as a princess and threw first thing she grabbed. Unfortunately, it was a vase from Artemira. He let her hand flee and so-so caught it, but she was already leaving. And no way in hell she will tell anybody about his sword and djinn, so he followed her. Too bad for her, he knew every corn and every pit of his palace.
And even if he knew, she somehow has vanished!
Oh, come on, she left a second ago! Really, you can't see her? David's voice was mocking him.
Stop it! I'm trying to find her! He scanned through the hall.
Then he saw her, right behind the wall. She turned there, but did she know it only leads to his chambers and his General's? He ran after her. After all, dead end was waiting for her… Right…
"Damn!"
There.
"My, my, what a language for a lady…" he teased her with a smirk on his face as he cornered her is a hallway.
"I'm a general, King Sinbad. The General of Kou Empire, please, don't forget it next time." She tried to keep herself together. Thinking about her next step and how to escape the player-King she turned herself to him completely.
"Hopefully, I won't, but it's really hard to not forget it in present of such a pretty lady." She decided to play along. How do they say it? Play the player? She may try it.
"Still a womanizer, as I can see. Too bad, I might have got interested in you, but with that reputation of yours…" she said with sad-drama-queen voice. That startled him. He saw a chance. And his inner self took control of this situation.
Hakuei saw it and tried to escape the hallway. Key word - tried.
He caught her with such easiness that she couldn't predict the next his action - a kiss. Simple kiss that escalated into fiery deep one. She couldn't shove him away and he was making her mind go white. Slowly, they separated themselves because of lack of breath.
After half a minute he broke the silence.
"You lecher…!"
"You're staying with me."
"What? No! I-"
"I wasn't asking. You are, whether you like it or not. In my chambers."
"I'm not one of your girls for entertainment, Sinbad," she hissed through her teeth. How stupid of her - she let herself fall for it! Of course he would think of her as a girl who will sleep with him for his post as a King of Sindria or High King of the Seven Seas. And she has to gather her last will of nobility and leave as soon as possible. She may be a princess, but still, she's a woman in the first place, healthy woman, and yes, a virgin. It doesn't mean anything in her place - she had Paimon, Djinn of maniacal love and chaos. There goes her innocence.
"I never said anything about entertainment, Hakuei," he purred. He purred as a cat, just with bass. She shivered.
She has to leave.
"You only think you didn't. Your actions spoke for themselves."
"Yours as well," he laughed a little.
"I don't think so. It could be your favourite djinn, Zepar," she brought the memory back.
He laughed again, this time let his head fall at her shoulder and he embraced her. "If you had Zepar planted into you, you would listen to every thing I would have said. Don't you think this was your free will?"
"My free will?" she snickered. "You forced yourself at me." She didn't mean to say it this hard, but she had to. Even though she liked it, - no way in hell she would admit it - she is a Prin- General.
He hardened his stare. "That's what you think?"
"…Yes, it is." She straightened up and tried to sound like it was really embarrassing.
"… Liar. And really bad one." He grinned. She puffed in anger and struggled against him, but it was no use. She may be a General but what can she do to 7-Dungeon Conqueror? It's like a kitten was fighting an adult lion. Stupid and ridiculous. "But so cute one." He straightened himself, but still held her.
"I'm not cute, I'm the General. I can't be cute. I'm a warrior." She said with challenging look.
"Oh, is that so? Then would you mind if I test it? You can choose between magic fight and normal."
She felt the chance to have Paimon back. Maybe if she somehow managed to leave Sindria earlier and secretly, she could have her Metal Vessel back.
"No, I wouldn't mind. I choose the magic one. With my Metal Vessel and Paimon. But I want a fair fight - I have only one Djinn, that's why I would be glad if you used just one as well."
"Very well, then… When and where?"
"You're pretty confident. How about tomo- no, better not, I promised Ja'far to help him and then I want to spend some time with my tribe. Hm… How about on Sunday? And somewhere, where are not people, I don't want to hurt anyone." Either she didn't notice his hand on her back or simply didn't mind. He hoped for the second option.
"Fine by me. I will choose the same as you - a wind djinn of mine, Focalor. A place? Your cousin Kougyoku fought me even here, in the palace."
"But here are many people. I think a little bit further from Sindria, on the wide sea. There is nobody to be hurt."
"Agreed then."
"Now, if you excuse me-" she tried, again, for the xyz-time to run away from him, but he was thinking otherwise.
"Didn't I say that you're staying here?" he arched one eyebrow.
"...No."
"I remember I said yes, you are."
"Why so? Yesterday I managed to save myself easily," she countered.
"And today? I said 'Once again somebody tries to hurt you, you're going to my private quarters,', didn't I?" he circled his arms around her waist more tightly than before.
"I'm sorry, but I have to go-"
"Maids!" he called after them and they showed up within 10 seconds. "Gather all the things of General Ren Hakuei next to my chamber."
Her eyes were twice of their size. "No, just no! Stop it! Bring me my things back!" The maids looked torn. She turned to Sinbad. "Why? Do you think you can do whatever you want to do with me?!" she shoved him away from her.
"Yes, I do. And don't make me repeat myself."
"For you information, nobody tried to do anything to me, Sinbad, only if we're counting you as one of attackers."
"Oh, really? Am I? Very well, then prove it." He challenged her.
Hakuei glanced at the maids. They looked awkwardly anywhere but them. She turned back to Sinbad. And that douchebag was grinning. He got her pretty good.
Then she thought about it. He is known to be a player, so this should be good for her. "You kissed me against my will. Isn't it forcing yourself on me?"
"As a General, you should have defended yourself. With that, it only deepens my decision to keep you closer to me."
Say what? "I can defend myself just fine. Like this afternoon-"
"So somebody did attack you." He didn't ask, just stated. Right then she knew she'd be moving to him.
"No, they didn't. The gardener didn't see my scissors and accidentally brushed it over my hands. Nothing else."
"And now let's be serious. Maids, bring her here clothes, no objection."
"But I'm not wed to you, it's disgraceful to be so close-"
"Only if we slept in the same room and same bed. You're sleeping next to my room and Ja'far's, just in case somebody dared to come even here. You were on the other side of palace."
"It sounds like I'm the bad one - a thief or something."
"I'm sorry it sounds like it. It's for the safety."
"Well, I'm lucky to have Ja'far near me. Otherwise I would be not afraid of a burglar or killer, but you."
"You still don't believe me…"
"Old habits die hard."
"How come Ja'far is better than me?"
"I can feel the jealousy. But to answer your question - he's not a Lady-killer of the Seven Seas, for example." That struck him. She really didn't know about Ja'far's history, hopefully she wouldn't know, and she believed him more than him?
"I'm not jealous and I'm not a Lady-kil- I may be a little bit flirtatious towards the girls and women, but Lady-killer?"
She eyed him suspiciously. "If you haven't noticed, you tried to kiss me twice."
"The second time you were not protesting." He grinned. She caught a vase near her. "Not again!" he scowled. Another vase? Why? He knew the sharps bring luck, but so many times it's not a luck but catastrophe!
"Try to say it once again and I swear, Kougyoku would not be the only one to be the Kou Princess who was harassed by you." She said in silent but dangerous tone. He gulped.
"It's really late, shall we go to sleep? I'm so tired…" He stepped back from her. It was embarrassing when the young red-haired Princess and her … what was he? … The one with that strange name, he can't remember… when they pulled that thing. Fortunately, it was a lie. "And it was a lie, General Hakuei. I didn't do anything to her."
"Says you. I heard otherwise."
"Right now, please follow me."
"I'm going back to-"
"To your new chamber, I know." He caught her hand and dragged her with him.
"You just don't learn from your mistakes, right?"
"Why is it so?"
"You're brave when you think Hakuryuu won't be hearing this. It's my duty to serve Emperor and tell him everything what happened." She didn't pull off her hand, though.
"He won't. I might imprison you for spying on me."
"I hardly see you."
"You work with Ja'far. You have an access to important documents of my country. You should not do it or be anywhere near them."
"And here I thought it's just me not believing you. It goes for the both sides, I see."
"It's not like I don't believe you, Hakuei. But working on this high status might bring the bad things and rumours." He stopped in front of his chamber but didn't let go of her hand. Opening the door, she tried to slip away, but he was strong.
"King Sinbad, I'm feeling rather tired. Now, if you EXCUSE me, I'll be going to MY chamber." She tried to pry him off in a polite way. In her point of view, he was a little bit forceful. She still didn't trust him enough.
"King Sinbad! What are you doing?" Ja'far's voice was echoing through the hallway. Both Princess and King turned to face him, unheard irritated sigh fell out of King. Hakuei looked on the other hand relieved, because she might finally free herself from the High King and get time for herself.
"Ja'far, what is going on?" Sinbad tried to seem surprised, but fellow assassin didn't follow.
"Right now you will let Miss Hakuei go and let her get some sleep. " Then he turned to Hakuei. "My deepest apologise for this shameful King. Hopefully, this won't happen again." He bowed. The General looked surprised, but then felt little bit ashamed.
"General Ja'far, please, rise up. It's really nothing, I assure you." She walked to him, much to unseen Sinbad's displeasure.
"Miss Hakuei, I heard you're moving here."
"Ah, yes. King Sinbad thought my chambers were not so safe for me, that's why he moved me. I don't think it was necessary, though. I don't know where exactly, but-"
"Here." He showed her the door right next to him and opposite of Ja'far's. Assassin sent irritated look to King. He can't just let it go, right?
"There? I… Ehm.. Thank you, but isn't somebody living there already? I mean, other Generals or…"
"No, it's a guest room."
What a big lie. It was another his chamber he had just for himself, the one he was leading her to, was the one he was sharing with his dancers or concubines. He either wanted to visit her at night or… He didn't want to think about it. It's really late.
Hakuei didn't have a chance. "Very well, then. Good night," she wished them and closed the door behind her. Ja'far was already beaten from the work his King was abandoning and telling him their little incident would only worsen it. She decided to let it go, forget about it and maybe survive the whole time on this island. Near the perverted King. And stay innocent. Yes, she will.
Few seconds later the maids brought her clothes, both Sindrian and Kou. Both King and his General weren't there.

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