Kira: Finally ! You finished the next chapter!
Me: Yeah the only reason I haven't worked on it until now is because I have been busy with other stuff.
Ahtrun : What kind of stuf?
Me: You don't need to know.
Athrun: Darn it.
Kira: *sweatdrop* Anyway, enjoy.
After realizing that Kira really didn't want to talk Athrun sighed and absently started messing around with his powers. No one was really looking at him so he didn't think anything of the fact that he wasn't supposed to do anything stupid like using his powers. Normally he would have cared but he was really bored and couldn't reveal his identity to anyone.
After a while the place guards came and surrounded him. Releasing the water he had summoned Athrun tried to get away but they had already surrounded him. Two of the guards came from behind and put his wrists in shackles. When they did his green eyes blazed defiantly as he glared at them.
Without even thinking about it he used the glare that he always had whenever he felt like defying Lillya or anyone else. His eyes flashed around and it seemed that only Kira had noticed the glare. Too bad it seemed that he was lost in thought. The king had ordered the troops to take him away but before they could move very far Kira stood up.
Everyone seemed really surprised to see him move the way he did. Even his father was surprised to see him move. Without any warning at all he opened his mouth.
"I exercise my right as Crown Prince and take this man into my custody." he said in a confident voice, pointing to Athrun and looking at his father at the same time.
The room went silent. No one had ever expected that their prince would ever use his rights and powers as the Crown Prince at a time like this. King Ulen looked closely at his son's face; there was no trace of any kind of joke. He was dead serious about what he had just said. The king stepped closer to his son and turned him away from the people.
"Are you serious? Why do you want to have him placed in you care?" he whispered quickly.
"I have my reasons, Father. Will you let me have him or not?" Kira hissed back.
"Fine I will give him to you." his father sighed before turning back around.
He nodded to the guards and they turned to the prince. Kira waved his hand and they looked at each other, confused. A seriously annoyed look slowly developed on the prince's face as they tried to figure out what he meant. Then one of the younger guards who had been hanging back stepped forward with a sigh and released the shackles on Athrun's wrists.
"Thank you. I can't believe that it took the youngest and most inexperienced to figure out what I wanted." Kira sighed shaking his head.
He stepped forward and took Athrun be the arm. A shocked look took over his face as the prince lead him away for the rest of the party. Everyone looked very surprised by his actions. Even the king was surprised by his actions. Once they were out of the hall Athrun turned to Kira.
"Why did you do that? Technically I am you enemy. So why did you save me?" he asked still looking surprised.
"Well, it should be obvious…Athrun." the prince replied with a glance over his shoulder.
Athrun froze; Kira had figured out who he was. At first he was confused then he understood. Kira had been his friend since they were small children. It would be easy for him to know who he was even if he was disguised as an old man in rags. Smiling he stepped up beside his friend.
Then Yuri came around the corner and saw Athrun slip his arm across Kira's shoulders. He came forward cautiously. The midnight haired young man said something to the brunette and he stared at him with a look of total disbelief on his face. The other young man nodded seriously. Kira looked closely at him for a second before shrugging.
"My Lord?" Yuri called as he stepped closer.
"Ah, Yuri. Come here," Kira said waving the blond over, "I understand that this might seem weird to you but this is Athrun, the son of King Patrick."
"I don't see how it could be, my Lord. The Prince Athrun went missing six years ago and his father posted the cover that he was on an extended vacation. How could it be him, my Lord?" the blond asked looking very confused.
"This is going to take both of us to explain it to him, Athrun. Help me out?" the brunette asked looking at his friend.
Athrun smiled and nodded as they walked down the hall, Yuri following reluctantly behind them. Kira directed them toward his room and Yuri scrambled forward to open the door for them. Athrun blinked in surprise when he did. He wasn't used to being treated like a prince any more. It felt kind of strange; especially because of the strange look Kira's servant was giving him.
Both of them stepped easily into the room with Yuri trailing behind them. As soon as the door was closed Kira began ditching all of the finery of a prince in favor of the simple clothes that he always wore when he was alone. He stretched his arms back behind his head and relaxed. Walking over to the nearby couch he flopped down and motioned for Athrun to join him. A smirk crossed Athrun's face as he joined his best friend on the couch.
"Yuri, come here." Kira said, waving his servant over to them.
Nervously Yuri stepped over to stand in front of his prince. After a moment Kira pulled his legs up into a crossed position and waved for Yuri to sit down. The blond sat down feeling very confused and looking at both boys in the same wide eyed manner. Athrun looked at Kira and the brunette shrugged. Sighing the midnight haired young man told the wide eyed servant the whole story. When he finally stopped talking the sun had begun to disappear below the horizon and his small audience was staring at him in amazement.
"Wow… I had no idea that that could even happen. They really taught you how to control an element? Just like that? Amazing…" Kira sat back, awestruck.
"I still don't see how a non-Elementalist could learn the craft. How is that possible?" Yuri questioned, clearly believing every word of the story.
"It was really hard at first but I got it eventually. They even said that I had the ability already and I just needed someone to teach me how to harness it." The green eyed teen said folding his arms onto his lap.
Kira put a hand to his chin as he considered what was going on. It was really impressive that Athrun had learned how to control an element. The strange thing was that the Elementalists had said that he could do it all along. That actually worried him a bit; it had to mean that someone in his family had to have been an Elementalist. He was about to say something when the midnight haired teen stiffened suddenly.
After shooting him a questioning look the brunette prince followed his gaze. His eyes widened as he saw a man step from the darkest shadows in the far corner of the room. Athrun got up slowly, grabbing Kira's arm and pulling his friend with him. The Elementalist from the shadows stepped all the way into the room and looked around. Spotting Athrun he smiled.
"Well, I thought that you had been captured." The stranger said playfully.
"I was but then I was saved by my old friend," Athrun said staring the man down, "Why are you here, Lee?"
"I was a little worried about you is all. After all I am your mentor." Lee said tilting his head to one side and smiling lightly.
"I don't care about that. Get out of here." The midnight haired young man hissed throwing his left arm out to the side.
When he did a chill descended on the room and Lee's eyes narrowed. Athrun made it perfectly clear that he wasn't going anywhere at this time. He was willing to fight his old mentor in order to stay. Lee shifted his weight from one foot to the other and ran a hand through his black hair.
"Fine." He said turning to fade back into the shadows but before he vanished completely he looked straight at Kira and said, "You're also a special little bugger aren't you? I hope I'm around when you blow up."
After he vanished Kira dropped back down on the couch, a shocked look on his face. Somehow he was related to all of this too. His friend reached out and put a hand on his shoulder. Glancing up the brunette prince saw the concerned look on Athrun's face and he shook his head.
"I wonder what he meant by 'you're a special little bugger'… It made me really nervous." Athrun said looking at the corner where his mentor disappeared.
"I don't want to know. It made me really nervous as well. Especially the last part, 'I hope I'm there when you blow up.' That had me really freaked out." Kira whispered wrapping his arms around himself.
"Don't worry about it. He was probably just referring to your temper." The midnight haired young man said in an attempt to cheer his friend up.
Kira took it exactly as he meant it and in moments was chasing Athrun around the room like he used to when they were younger. It was easier for the brunette to keep up with him but only because he knew the layout of the room. Normally he would be far behind trying to keep up with him. Then Athrun tripped on the leg of a chair.
As he fell his body twisted slightly and his hands reached out for whatever was close by to keep himself from hitting the ground. The only thing that was in reach was swathed in shadows but he reached for it any way. Once his hands made contact a jolt ran up his arms and a chill ran down his spine. Lee was still there and he was determined to bring Athrun back with him. Kira stopped short as his friends hands disappeared into the shadows.
"What's going on?" he asked looking concerned.
"It's Lee! He's hell bent to bring me back with him. Sorry Kira, I can't fight him. He's too strong for me." Athrun said as his arms disappeared up to his elbows.
"No way!" the young brunette cried, eyes widening.
"Don't worry. I'll find a way to come and see you again. It won't be like last time. I won't just disappear on you and not come back. I promise!" Athrun cried back as he vanished into the shadows, leaving Kira alone once more.
Ahtrun: You had to do it.
Me: *innocent look* Do what?
Ahtrun: Send me away again!
Me: Oh, that. Yep, I sure did.
Athrun: *glares at me and the room temperature drops 3 degrees*
Kira: Hey relax. She'll fix it (I hope).
Athrun: Fine. *room temp. returns to normal*
Me: Thanks Kira. Anyway please riview to see if Athrun keeps his promise!