By all definitions, Admiral Alfonso's job was easy. Mid Ocean was a nation-less area populated with small island communities: fishermen, merchants, and the like. Simple people for the most part. Of course like in every known part of the skies, they encountered small-time air pirates. Lowborn scoundrels who attack vessels and steal whatever scraps they could get their grubby hands on; they were nothing the invincible Armada couldn't handle.
It wasn't rare to fall into skirmishes with air pirates in these areas. However, their wooden ships were so primitive they often ended up sinking in the deep sky below, getting crushed in that bottomless darkness before the ruffians could even do any real damage. Other times, the Armada concealed the bulk of their crew in the decks below to encourage the bolder pirates to come aboard. These rogues were then overwhelmed and captured, the Armada demonstrating their superiority to the world at large. Arresting notorious raiders and bringing them to the Valuan Coliseum often meant prestige and grand rewards. Simple work for high gains.
Alfonso smirked to himself as he tilted his chin, emptying a glass of loqua, only of the finest quality. Tonight would be another easy job. His patrol shift was drawing to an end, the dark blue skies slowly changing hue, indicating the sunrise in the coming hour. It was around that time that the vessel traced its course toward homeland, Alfonso's day peacefully ending as Mid Ocean's daytime traffic began.
Feeling in a particularly good mood, partly induced by the drink slowly numbing his nerves, the admiral poured himself another glass.
'' Your Excellency… Is it wise to drink so much?" His Vice-Captain piped up.
'' It will take more than that to make me even slightly tipsy.'' Alfonso guzzled down the sparkling golden loqua. Most nobles of his station would have savored the fine vintage, but instead, he drank greedily, wanting only the pleasant tingle on his tongue and the warmth in his extremities.
'' ...I thought Vice-Captains were meant to follow orders instead of questioning their superiors.'' He added, his tone sour as he glared at him.
Alfonso was not an intimidating man by himself. Handsome and elegant, his frame was slim. At a glance, he hardly looked like a man who possessed any real physical strength. He was, however, the last remaining son of the Valdez family, the duke of his own keep, and his birthright protected by close ties to the Imperial lineage. His influence alone could determine someone's life or death.
'' O-Of course! My apologies, your Grace!"
The Duke of Valdez smirked with satisfaction. He was sitting aboard one of Valua's finest vessels, he was one of Valua's highest-ranking officers, and his crew was kept firmly under his thumb. How could it get any better than this?
Alfonso gazed out onto the horizon, surveying his skies in smug satisfaction. He raised his glass again to drink when something caught his eye. It was just a blip, hidden against the dark blue of the deep skies below, but it was unmistakable. As if the Moons themselves were showing him a sign, he saw the silver metal of a small ship, highlighted by the soft moonlight, for just a moment before it disappeared into the darkness below.
Leaning over the glowing control panel, Fina gazed into the great abyss. How strange... The void always felt so distant. She thought, for a moment, how easy it was to grow blind to something so immense. And yet here she was, surrounded in deep blue darkness, making her feel small and so far away from home. She averted her eyes, feeling as if staring any longer would make the sky swallow her whole. She felt a thrilling sense of wonder and fear in equal part in this new world. How often she had read about and heard the elder's teachings of the world of Arcadia… Now she was there, the warnings of her guardians still echoing in her mind. The silver moon was smaller than she had ever seen it, growing further with each passing moment. But knowing it was there, high above in the sky, gave her some sense of security. It felt like the elders were watching over her.
Alone, sailing in a world unknown would have had anyone insecure and afraid more than anything, but her duties pressed her forward. As her green eyes took in the sight of the Mid Ocean, she saw a shadow in the distance.
'' Ah! A sailing ship! He used to tell me about these all the time…" Fina muttered to herself, a ghost of a smile forming on her lips.
It was just as majestic as he had shown in books and his enthusiastic descriptions. It was still far away, peacefully navigating the skies, winds swelling its sails. Fina reluctantly looked away. She had a mission to accomplish- and someone to find. That thought made her heart ache.
"How long has it been...Seven years?" She murmured to herself.
She didn't have time to let her thoughts linger, that vague silhouette forming in her mind dissipating like dust as she realized she wasn't alone.
A vessel she numbly recognized as a battleship, overwhelming her own ship, was right behind her, sailing in increased speed. There was no way it didn't see her.
''No! ...They're chasing me?!"
Panic rose as she returned to her control panel, it lit up as she entered the command to increase speed. Something so big couldn't match her vessel- At least that's what she thought, but her ears ringed as a thunderous noise was heard, forcing her to turn on her heels once again. They were firing at her! She barely had time to be indignant at the injustice of it all. Her ship was stealthy and swift but lacking in the offensive department. There was nothing she could do to fight back against such a giant.
She had just begun her journey and she felt her knees buckle as her ship jolted before she could hold on to anything. Her scalp met violently against the control board. Her vision dimmed as the pain throbbed through her skull, the ship's shadow coming ever closer. All she could do was pray as her consciousness faded.
Aika grinned impishly as they were closing in on their target. The night had been uneventful and she almost thought they would return empty-handed. They didn't just pick any ships to raid. Merchants and civilians were out of the questions, and when targeting armed vessels there was the gamble of if the reward was worth the stakes. Dyne of the Blue Storm was bold and loved challenges but never overly reckless. Seeing such a ship alone in these skies, no doubt filled with riches and much-welcomed resources?
That Valuan frigate was just begging to be looted. Aika was at her post, ready to maneuver the cannons along with the other raiders. At the chief gunner's signal, they engaged the ship.
"Lower Hull successfully hit!" Aika cheered, ready for the Valuans' responses… which strangely enough didn't come.
"What, did we really take them by surprise?", Boris the Gunner arched an eyebrow.
Matthew the Deckhand brought more cannonballs, yawning in the process.
"Their gunners fell asleep on duty?" He ventured a guess, rubbing lazily at one of his eyes.
"Haha, you're confusing them with yourself! Sounds like we're boarding them!" Aika grabbed her boomerang, running to the deck.
Knowing Vyse was in the crow's nest, she didn't have a moment to lose. Her best friend never passed a raiding opportunity, and never did she. Ever since childhood they were near inseparable and made one great team during their heists.
As she ran to the deck, she glanced up seeing her friend's shadow as he jumped from the nest, without a care in the world. Anyone not knowing him would have gasped in horror at that stunt, but all Aika did was watch in amusement as Vyse zip-lined along with one of the rope, connecting the two vessels, using the hook on his cutlass' pommel.
"Tsk, show-off." She muttered with a smirk before her eyes widened in realization.
"Hey wait for me!" Aika yelled, not a moment sooner as soldiers stormed the deck.
"Vyse, you left without me! I'm not going to let you have all the fun!"
The soldiers surrounding them were no doubt scowling under their helmets, their swords ready. Her smile impish, Aika addressed them.
''Oh hi, I'm Aika! I'm a Blue Rogue like Vyse...And we're robbing you." She added, like an afterthought.
Young as they were, Vyse and Aika were born and raised among air pirates. She had been on ships since as soon as she could walk and was allowed on missions for nearly seven years now… They knew the routine. Piss off a few Valuans, fight them off and more than anything, steal their treasures! Aika loved her job.
''Taking us all by yourselves? You're either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid! We'll be tossing you overboard!"
"Go ahead and try!" Vyse taunted.
They exchanged a complicit gaze before the young man charged ahead. As he was the one fighting close-ranged, he was always the one opening the hostilities while Aika covered him.
Soon came the clashes of metal, red blade against yellow, the colors of their respective equipped moonstones shining under the searchlight nearly blinding them, the static electricity almost visible to the naked eye.
While Vyse held off his assailant's weapon, he used his second cutlass, slightly shorter than his main one, effectively planting it in the unprotected part of the soldier's leg. The man backed off with a yelp as others were ready to close in on the blue rogue.
"Not so fast!" Aika called out, her boomerang thrown in a graceful green arc.
As if on cue, Vyse buckled his knees, letting the weapon pass over him. He was not the only one though, by all appearance, Aika's attack was a miss.
The soldier merely snorted.
"Yourself" Aika grinned as the Valuan unceremoniously face-planted, the boomerang resuming its course and returning to its rightful owner.
"I thought they had boomerang contests in Valua, why do they always fall for it?"
Another enemy down in one fell swoop as Vyse got up from his position.
"There's no point in resisting. Throw down your weapons and hand over your ship. " Vyse spoke up.
They were pirates but not bloodthirsty, no matter what the enemy. Of course, even their hands were not stain-free, but for what it was worth, they were not the ones pursuing battles to the death. Here was hoping these men wouldn't do anything stupid.
"Imbeciles! What do the two of you think you can do against the five of us? Take ' em out."
Aika bit her lips as the sound of gunshot resonated, the man had spoken his last words.
"I think you miscounted, I only see four of you."
There was Captain Dyne himself, gun still pointed and smoking.
"Dad!" Vyse exclaimed.
Aika herself bit back a sigh of relief. Reinforcements were always a welcome sight, although Vyse was going to hear about the whole 'Dad' thing again.
"We'll take care of these guys. Make your way to the bridge and shut down the engines. ...And when we're out here, remember it's Captain, not Dad. Got it?"
Yep, she knew it. Vyse only smiled apologetically.
"Aye Aye Captain. Heh… Aika, shall we go introduce ourselves to the captain of this ship?"
The redhead's eyes lit up maliciously.
"I'm ready when you are!"
Alfonso stormed out of the bridge, heels slamming loudly against the metal floor. Away from the eyes of the court and his men, his graceful swan-like walk was gone. All his elegance and calm beauty were replaced by the hunched angry walk, not unlike a displeased child.
"Moons damn them all!" He cursed, his turquoise blue eyes wild.
Of all the air pirates to raid him… It had to be HIM. Dyne of the Blue Storm was not a stranger to Valua, far from it. He reigned atop all other raiders' names on every wanted list.
A Lower City scum could become a Nouveau Riche just with the Bounty on Dyne's head. He made a fool of many officers, even the most capable men of the country, and yet always slipped through their fingers for years.
And now… That same Dyne attacked Him at the worst timing possible.
Alfonso leaned, though slouched probably was the more appropriate word, against the cool metal wall. His head felt hot and was throbbing with the beginning of a headache. For a few moments more, Alfonso forgot himself and his position.
Moons, he needed relief and quiet. He took in a deep breath, calming himself. These soldiers belonged to him. They were specifically bred to die for him should the need arrive. This ship was just that… A ship. He could easily get another and more puppets to defend him.
Under their helmets, everyone looked the same to him, pawns to be replaced. The natural order of the world. Even in his hazed mind, he tried to remind himself of who he was. He couldn't remain slumped against the wall and risk being seen, he had to keep decorum.
With a grunt, he straightened up, brushing his flaxen hair out of his eyes with a flip of his hand. His hand fixed his cravat, his oval red diamond brooch now perfectly vertical on it.
He became the great admiral Alfonso again. Just in time for his Vice-Captain to catch up to him, bringing their most precious luggage yet.
Alfonso blinked and squinted at the white form limp on the Vice-Captain's shoulders.
"I trust that is what we were looking for?" Alfonso said, still squinting but not making a step closer.
"Yes sir! The girl has been knocked unconscious but she's otherwise unharmed. We couldn't successfully capture her vessel, however…"
Alfonso dismissively waved a hand, feeling the discomfort of his headache again.
"It matters not. We are leaving the ship behind. We only needed the girl."
Alfonso stepped forward, his aide moving out of the way. As he passed by, he saw the girl's face, eyes still closed.
A young woman, only slightly nearing adulthood. The Duke couldn't help but frown, not stopping moving as he headed for the lifeboat.
He hoped whatever knowledge the Empire sought was worth kidnapping a child.
His thoughts were interrupted before they could form further, disorderly steps below catching his attention.
"Well... Well… So, air pirates have decided to...infest my ship."
Aika raised her head as she heard the delicate lilt. The voice was elegant, just like the man it belonged to, but what could have been otherwise handsome features were twisted with disgust. She didn't have to wonder who it was, everything about this man screamed importance and bloated ego… and gold. They had found the captain.
"I am Alfonso, Duke of Valdez, cherished son of Valua's most distinguished family, and an Admiral of the Imperial Armada."
Aika's eyes were probably as round as gold coins by now. They really hit a great prize. She couldn't help but snort as he exposed his title and name. Had they been Black Pirates, he would have made himself a prime target for ransom. Were nobles all this naive? She threw a glance at Vyse, her friend unsmiling and not returning the gaze.
He seemed entirely focused on something else. And Aika soon found out what, her brow furrowing. Behind the so-called admiral stood an armored man holding a girl as if she was just a sack of flour, unconscious too. It was enough to make her blood boil.
"Who's the girl? I never thought someone of your… stature would stoop to kidnapping." Vyse's disgust was very apparent in his voice.
Aika's hand was already at her boomerang. On Vyse's signal, she wouldn't hesitate to throw it at that fop. She grimaced at the thought of what could happen to that poor girl if they let that guy get away with her.
"Hah! You're very observant for a Rogue. However, I cannot waste my time dealing with you. I simply must get going. I think I shall have you exterminated like the pests that you are."
Moons did that man get on her nerves already! He raised his arm and men came rushing to his aid.
"Can't even fight your own battle?! Coward!" Vyse yelled but the admiral didn't spare him any more attention. The alarm was sounded, indicating their presence in the area.
"This is bad! Captain Dyne is still fighting off the others on the deck! We can't take down the entire crew!"
Aika parried with her boomerang the blade of a sword while Vyse was busy fighting off two others.
"I got a plan but...We got to get rid of those guys and hurry upstairs!"
Aika back-stepped, hitting the soldier back with a spin, the helmet making a dull ringing sound. That was enough to knock him out cold.
Vyse successfully hit the soldiers, his cutlass forming an x as he struck them down.
He turned toward the remaining lone soldier, pointing a blood-stained cutlass at him.
"They're still alive...But I'd hurry if I were you. What will you choose?"
The soldier hurriedly got to his knees, applying pressure to the wound of his companion. Vyse made a sigh of relief. He turned toward the unconscious one, undoing the armor and helmet.
"Already robbing them naked, Vyse?" Aika raised an eyebrow.
"Ha. Ha. That's part of the plan actually, you'll see. Let's go Aika!"
They hurried up the stairs, alarms blaring, just in time to see the "brave" commander making his retreat.
"H-How did you defeat my soldiers?! ...No matter, if you want my ship that badly you can keep it! I'll just get another."
"Right and let you take that girl?! You… Get your fancy butt back here!" Aika raised her fist, ready to bruise the admiral's oh so pretty little face.
" I don't see how that's any of you thieves' business. I am very busy, I simply have no time to be dealing with you. Now if you'll excuse me…"
He retreated in the corridor, closing the door behind him. Vyse patted her raised armed hand.
"All these ironclads look the same, the lifeboat bay is still a walk away, let's get that alarm turned off." As he said that, he donned the breastplate, successfully hiding his sailor shirt and put on the helmet.
Aika's eyes widened.
"Oh! I see."
The alarm was right next to where Alfonso was, all Vyse had to do was turn off the switch. Aika hid behind one of the supply boxes. Hurried footsteps were soon heard.
"Who turned off the alarm?! Where are the raiders?"
"They ran off toward the deck! I'm taking these Sacri Crystals, they injured one of us!" Vyse's voice came muffled by the helmet.
"Blasted air pirates!... To the deck!"
Aika had to bite the inside of her cheek as she watched the soldiers pass them by.
"Make sure you let the others know!" Vyse waved, pocketing some of those sacri crystals.
As soon as they got away he took off the helmet, forehead already damps with sweat.
"Phew… How do they endure wearing that stuff?"
Aika helped him take off the breastplate, carelessly tossing it aside.
"Vyse you're crazy you know? I can't believe that worked!"
"It won't work for long if we remain here, let's catch that guy!"
Of course, the door he went through was a no-go.
"Figures, the bastard locked it from behind," Vyse muttered under his breath.
"Over there! There's another way out!" Aika moved toward the door on the far right, leading to an outside ladder. She blinked as the first rays of the sun peeked through the clouds, shining into her eyes.
Alfonso's eyes squinted as he was greeted by the light of the morning sun. By the time daylight shone in Mid Oceans he was usually back in Valua, having a last drink before drifting off to sleep in his manor. How could the situation devolve so quickly? A groan unfitting him escaped his lips as he rubbed his eyes with a white-gloved hand.
He had feigned the greatest indifference and calmness in front of these rogues. The very figure of being in control but the truth was catching up to him fast. His head was throbbing and his heart pounding. He showed every sign of being inebriated and he was about to abandon his ship to ruffians. His dear mother was probably rolling in her grave.
When she, Valentina Valdez the Crow of the armada, passed away, she left Alfonso with everything, her riches, her estate… and an extremely high standard to fit. She was as powerful as she was graceful. As feared as she was respected. Even the Lord Admiral himself had admitted Valua had suffered a great loss with her premature death.
Alfonso could feel bile burning at his throat as he was overtaken by creeping anxiety and a growing desperate need for another drink. He was still in control. He had the girl… But he had to keep his honor. No matter what.
His turquoise eyes darkened as he raised them to look at the puppet serving him, blabbing its mouth again.
"Your Excellency, the sun is up and visibility is good. The preparations for your escape have been completed."
"Good work. I have finished my preparation as well..." Alfonso's voice came expressionless, almost mechanical, his hand on the hilt of his saber, drawing it on the unsuspecting pawn.
"..Preparations to dispose of a traitor."
The two blue rogues reached the lifeboat bay without troubles, the ship's hull opening for the admiral to escape. The hostage was lying carelessly on the ground. Aika hurried in concealed steps, lowering her body to reach the unconscious girl. A quick look over to her and a thumb up in Vyse's directions was enough to give him more relief. They were two against two, one unarmed man, the condition was definitely into their favor.
What Vyse saw next, however, stunned him into disbelief.
"I cannot tell the Empress that I lost my ship to the Air Pirates in a fair fight. I am going to need a scapegoat and you'll do quite nicely. To keep my glorious reputation from being tarnished, you must be sacrificed..."
"N...no! You can't do this!"
Vyse's eyes widened in horror as he watched as Alfonso stepped toward the man, his sword pointed at him. But he didn't strike him down, no… He just kept on walking, just like how Black pirates made people walk the plank.
"This is not fair, Sir! P-Please!"
" Shut Up! Shutup!Shutup!Shut!Up! You miserable marionette! " The admiral's delicate voice had morphed into a cold and animalistic growl.
He advanced again, the man back-stepping. In front of him waited the blade, behind him, a bottomless abyss. In his final moments Vyse could see the man turn his armored head toward him, the outside pressure of the wind toppling his already precarious balance, the ground slipping away from him.
...Until the man fell to his doom, crushed by the air pressure below if he didn't suffocate first.
And the admiral… merely gloated about it, his shoulders shaking with what Vyse assumed to be laughter.
"So, this is how Valua treats its people…"
The Valuan turned back, bloodshot blue eyes wide in surprise.
"Now that we've taken control of your ship, we'll be taking the girl as well. There's just one more thing I need to do." He drew his cutlasses, ready to deal with that coward himself.
"After seeing you kill an unarmed man in cold blood, I can't allow you to walk away from this. Draw your blade, Alfonso!"
The admiral's mouth twitched with a rictus.
"Hah… An uncivilized Rogue such as yourself wants to challenge me?"
"You can't send any more of your guards to save you this time!" Aika added, still protectively holding on the unconscious girl.
Alfonso sniffled with derision, still looking down to them with the disdain of someone stepping in dung.
"You vermin aren't worth my effort, but perhaps you'd like to meet one of my pets. Come, Antonio!"
Alfonso pulled out a shimmering golden chain, carefully concealed underneath his pink cravat. A long slim whistle was brought to his lips as he blew it, but no sound came out of it.
Vyse and Aika both exchanged a puzzled look, Alfonso taking that opportunity to step away from the Blue Rogues, getting closer to the lifeboat.
"Oh no, you don't!" Aika threw the boomerang at the fleeing man.
He attempted blocking with his sabre but his moves were strangely slow and sluggish. He landed unceremoniously on his back with a grunt, the boomerang hitting him ended up thrown off course and landed a few steps away.
As Aika got up to retrieve her weapon, they heard the loud rumbling noise, the ship shaking.
"Aika behind you!"
The girl's reflexes were thankfully quick, grabbing the hostage and rolling away from the bursting doorway, just in time to avoid the beast charging through it. Alfonso sat up from his position, his hair disheveled, looking less and less like a noble by the second - the prince turning back into a toad.
"Antonio! Trample the pests and make their deaths as painful as possible!"
Vyse gritted his teeth as the War Bull pawed the ground, breath coming through its nostrils. With Aika temporarily unarmed and the girl to tend for they were both at a disadvantage. And unfortunately for them, the so-called Antonio's beady black eyes were set on Aika.
"Shoo! Shoo you monster! ...Like that'd work."
She glanced at the defenseless girl, gently placing her aside.
"If it's me you want, catch me then!" The redhead taunted running, the beast charging.
"Aika!" Vyse ran, slashing at the beast's side, mostly covered by heavy armor, the blade scratching metal but connecting with the exposed bit of flesh as he pulled the cutlass away.
The beast let out a sharp cry, slowing it down but it still kept up the chase toward the red-haired pirate.
"Why me?" she cried out, still running, but toward Alfonso's direction.
"N-No! Get away from me!" He stood up clumsily.
Vyse could only watch as it turned into an odd chase. The War beast behind Aika and her ready to make her fists collide with the admiral's face. Alfonso once again brought the whistle to his lips, blowing it again in a sound that the human ears couldn't pick up. However, it visibly threw Antonio into a frenzy, making it stand on its hind-legs.
Vyse ran and slid on the ground, landing a hit on the Bull's completely exposed stomach.
It wasn't enough to do significant damage but it gave him the momentum to retrieve Aika's weapon, throwing it in her direction.
He had seen enough of Aika's training to know how to throw the weapon. Unlike her, he couldn't make it return, boomerangs being out of his area of expertise, however in this case it didn't matter. Aika caught it and in one single move, the green bladed boomerang was pointed at Alfonso's chest.
"A-Antonio!" He didn't have the time to grab the whistle, the pirate slashing, and effectively cutting the chain, the small instrument blown aside, along with the expensive jewel that was attached to Alfonso's cravat.
The noble gasped, eyes widening.
He jumped forward, catching, not the golden whistle but the red gem with flailing and trembling hands. He retrieved the brooch, holding it close to his chest. Aika raised an eyebrow.
"What happened to easily replacing everything we stole, fancy-pants?"
They didn't have time to focus on that however, the beast's legs falling back to the ground, making the ship shake once again. Aika stepped away from Alfonso and the edge of the ship, not wanting to risk meeting that poor Vice-Captain's end.
Antonio was one again fixing its gaze toward the girl.
"Really?! You've got to be kidding me! Do I have an attractive color to you?"
Vyse's eyes lit up. He would have to get creative with this one and hope it'd work.
"Like I have a choice!"
Vyse undid the red scarf loosely tied around his neck, sheathing his dual cutlasses and ran, placing himself between the red-haired girl and the beast.
"Hey Antonio, you like red?"
Vyse waved the scarf, seeing the bull's eyes spark with interest. It looked like he was right.
"You want it, come and get it!" The Rogue back-stepped, watching carefully as Antonio pawed the ground once more. He was getting closer and closer to Alfonso, pathetically struggling to get back on his feet, still holding the brooch like one might hold an injured bird.
"Come on Antonio! Get this!" Another flutter of the red fabric and the bull charged.
"Vyse!" Aika called to him as he wasn't moving yet.
At visibly the last moment Vyse jumped aside, effectively pushing Alfonso out of the way, both narrowly evading the deadly stampede, the beast's bellow swallowed by the wind as it fell down the bottomless abyss.
Vyse's eyes met the frenzied turquoise ones of the admiral, they were close enough for the Rogue to catch a familiar whiff. Loqua.
"You've got to be the most pathetic commander I've ever met in my life." Vyse was appalled.
His reaction gave Alfonso the time to shove him away, making his way toward the lifeboat.
"Ngh! You will rue this day, Vyse of the Blue Rogues! ...The day you stood against the Valuan Empire. We shall meet again."
Vyse's hand rested at his cutlass' hilt but dropped it, shaking his head as the lifeboat took off.
"You coward! What kind of a commander sacrifices his own men and his ship to run from a fight? ...Can you believe this guy, Vyse?"
"The type that also gets drunk on the job… Geez. The armada's standards must have dropped since Dad's days."
Vyse sighed, still in disbelief, Aika's own eyes widening.
"You've got to be kidding! Well, even though he was a coward, he was a coward with gold... "
"True… I suppose that the ship and everything on it officially belong to us now."
They both turned toward the unconscious girl, all clad in white, looking ethereal compared to the two of them. The mysterious golden patterns adorning her dress were completely foreign as well.
"And look at this girl! I've never seen anyone dressed like that before! That veil...She almost looks like a bride or a princess! Or..."
"Aika are you letting your imagination run wild again? ...Still, you're right, she doesn't look like a Valuan or Nasrean for that matter. I wonder why Valua was trying to kidnap her in the first place."
"Hmm… I wonder where she's from..."
Notes: That chapter got some edits just now for corrections. I'd like to extend big thanks to Klayton Vorlick for localizing the game and giving it that spark. And I'm even more grateful for him taking the time to read my work and help with the corrections. Having someone so closely involved in developing the game and liking my fic is really not something I expected ^^