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Chapter Eight

After I had blacked out a light appeared before me and out stepped mother and father. While they smiled at me I just stood there gaping like a fish. Am I in heaven? I thought. Am I dead? As I looked at my parents I saw that they were truly happy. Not that they weren't happy before just that it seemed like something was tormenting them. And that something was the advisors. I continued to look at my parents and soon enough my attention was drawn to mother as she spoke.

"Hils-honey," she said with a warm smile, "there's something that your father and I have to confess."

"We want you to keep an open mind." Father said.

"Okay." I said.

"Well," mother began, "when you were three you met this boy. . ."

"Uh-huh."

". . .and this boy is the son of our closest friend."

"Wait so you mean I met Kai before?" she nodded her head. "Where?"

"It's best if we show you. . .everything."

With that she moved her right hand and in a circular thing images appeared. I saw a woman who looked like my mother and a male who looked like my father and a little girl no more than three years of age. Mother told me that that was us. She said that for three years I lived in the palace. Then a limo came and out stepped a male, a female and a boy no more than three years of age. I recognized immediately that it was Kai and his parents. I saw that my parents and they began chatting when I looked away from them. Then I moved away from them by a few feet.

I did something and the white horse stopped. I helped down the boy as much as I could and called for mother. I noticed immediately that it was Darren. So Darren's not my brother? I asked myself. A few things happened and then came people who claimed they were after Darren, who did a crime and was trialed for execution. I stuck up or him, but they persisted. Then suddenly, I summoned Black Dranzer. Everyone was left with mouths wide open. Black Dranzer got them to leave. Then Kai and his parents had to leave. Then another time began. Mother told me this was a few days later. I saw that we adopted Darren and that he and I hit it off like any blood related siblings would.

Then I saw my parents, Darren and I getting attacked. The horse that I was on with Darren got scared and I fell off and hit my head. When my parents and Darren managed to get who ever attacked us to leave they came to where I was at. By that time our Royal Doctor had come and was already bandaging me up. They took me to my room and two hours later I woke up and didn't remember a thing.

"So," I said, "I lost my memory?"

"Yes." Father said. "From there on we made up everything that you were told."

"Darren and your grandfather went along with it because we all knew that you were the reincarnation of Ancient Hilary when you were born and that you were in danger but we decided to give it a shot and remain in the palace, hoping that nothing will happen and it worked for three years. . ." mother said.

". . .until the attack." I said. They nodded their heads. "Well at least now I know the truth."

"So you're not mad?" mother asked.

"Why would I? I perfectly understand why you did what you did. So no that we got that out of the way how am I going to get back?"

"As soon as you are done talking to me." I turned around and saw Ancient Hilary, my ancestor. "I have to make you realize something."

"What about—" I began to say when I saw that my parents had disappeared. "Never mind."

"Okay then." She said. "Come; let's sit and relax."

I followed her and we somehow ended u[ in a place that looks like a garden with a stone bench in the middle. We sat down on the bench and I waited until she was ready to speak.

"So how is the bond going?"

"Honestly, the others are having better luck than me. Even Julia! And she has Tala! The second emotionally constipated guy."

At that she laughed and so did I. "I know what you mean. But I know for sure that he cares about you; he's just having a hard time showing it. I mean you disappeared suddenly out of his life after he met you for the first time."

"I see." I said looking ahead and avoiding her stare.

"And I know you care for him. More than you know."

And with that she disappeared. Soon o felt my eyes fluttering open. My vision was blurry, but as soon as it cleared I saw. . .

Kai:

The rest of the school day I was able to pay attention in class. When the bell ending class rang I got my things and went to my locker. I got everything I needed and headed to meet up with the others. When everyone was accounted for we went into the limo. Before we entered someone called Julia's name. We stopped and turned around to see who it was. I immediately began glaring when I saw that it was Nate.

"Julia, how come Hilary hasn't been in school all this week?" he asked.

"None of your concern." I said coldly. "Let's go."

"Nate," Julia said, "all you need to know is that because of you she got hurt. It would be best if you stay away and give up on her. Her destiny's with another and not with you. Even if it wasn't, she wouldn't choose you."

With that she entered the limo, leaving Nate standing there with his mouth wide open. I kinda felt sorry for the guy. Kinda. As we drove back to the hotel, Mariah kept complimenting Julia and what she said. Julia just said that she just told him the truth and spared him from getting hurt any further. The she went back to staring out the window. When we arrived to the hotel, Julia shot out of the limo and went straight into the hotel. We looked at each other and followed her.

When we reached the door to Hilary's room we saw Julia standing at the feet of her bed. We stood there with her and waited. Soon we saw Hilary's eyes flutter open. I felt my heart miss a beat. After she blinked a couple of times she looked at us and smiled.

"Hey." She said breathless.

Hilary:

. . .I saw Julia and the others at the foot of my bed. I smiled at them and they smiled back. Julia, Mariah, Mariam, Mathilda, and Emily were crying so much while Ray, Max, Tyson and Kenny were smiling. Tala was smiling a small smile and Kai had a look of relief in his eyes.

"Hey." I said breathless.

"Hils!" the girls said and threw themselves at me.

I winced in pain, but hid it quickly. I began to giggle at their words—which I understood, but to others (guys) they're just incoherent mumbles. Then they got off me. They wiped their eyes and smiled again. Once they got off the bed, Ray, Max, Tyson and Kenny came and gave me a hug. Tala came up after them and patted my shoulder telling me that I was real trouble. I laughed at it, but stopped soon. Kai came forwards, but stopped. He looked down while I looked at him confused. Then Julia's face lit up in realization; she told the others that they should give me and Kai some alone time. They nodded their heads and began to leave. She winked at me before leaving and closed the door. Black Dranzer excused himself and disappeared. Now the only people left were me and Kai.

"Hilary," he said still looking down.

"Yeah Kai?" I said looking at him.

"I'm glad you're okay." He said looking at me with intensity in his eyes that left me breathless.

"Thanks." I smiled at him.

He smiled a small smile and sat down at the edge of my bed next to me. What he did next was unexpected. He opened his arms and gave me a hug. I sat there motionless until I hugged him back. He brought me closer to him and I hugged him tighter. Once we broke apart we continued to stare at each other. Before I knew what we were doing we were leaning in.

"You know," he said his breath brushing my face making me breathless, "you made me worry this whole week that I barely paid attention to class."

"Sorry." I said.

"Next time you're going to be with me and the others so we can protect you girls."

"Mm-kay." I said not arguing.

We were still leaning closer. "There's something else that I need to tell you, but I'd much rather show you."

And with that he closed the gap between our lips. The kiss was soft and tender, but soon it became needier and needier. And soon our tender, needier kisses became a full blown passionate make out session. By the time we broke apart we were both breathing heavily. I know what he was trying to say.

"I love you too." I said responding to him.

He smiled—and I mean actually smiled—and kissed me again. Like the first kiss it was tender, slow and sweet but soon it became passionate and needier. When we broke apart again I was left gasping for air and so was he. We sat there in silence until we finally caught our breaths.

"Kai," I said.

"Hn."

I rolled my eyes. "Can you help me to the kitchen? I'm hungry and my legs feel like jello."

He chuckled, but picked me up anyways. He opened the door (I don't know how) and walked out. He closed the door with his foot and walked down the hallway. We were passing the living room when we heard someone call Kai. He stopped and turned us around.

"Hey," Julia said, "where are you guys going?"

"Kitchen." He said.

"Why?" she asked.

"Cause I'm hungry and my legs feel like jello." I said.

"Well you have been 'asleep' for a week, so of course your legs aren't as strong." I nodded my head. "Okay let's go to the kitchen. The staff was released early from work so I'll make Hils' favorite dish."

"Hn." Kai said.

I rolled my eyes. "Thanks Jules." I said. "You're the bestest of friend."

"Bestest?" she asked mockingly.

"Yes." I said nodding childishly. "Bestest."

There was silence for a few seconds until Julia and I bursted laughing. Once we stopped Kai started walking. When we arrived to the kitchen, Kai sat me down and a stool while Julia began getting everything ready. Kai watched her as began preparing my food. He looked at me and gave me a questioning look.

"She's making a chicken parmesan sandwich." I said.

"She knows how to cook?" he asked.

"Kinda." Julia said. "I only know how to cook a few dishes and some basic foods. Things that'll jot let me starve. It's not a lot, but it's not a little either. The one who mostly cooked for us when Rosemarie and Aiden weren't around was Hilary."

"You cook?" he asked facing me.

"Yeah; it's not as good as mother, but it's passable. She taught me for cases like when she and father would be away for days, weeks, months or maybe even years." I said.

"One day," Kai said, "you have to cook for me."

"Did I miss something between you two?" Julia said waiting for the chicken and sauce to cook.

"We. . .uh. . ." I said looking at Kai; asking, silently, if I could tell her. He nodded his head. "Well Kai and I kissed."

"You. . .kissed?" she asked in disbelief. I looked away and blushed while Kai looked unfazed. "Finally." She said. "It's about time the two of you got together."

I blushed harder. I was about to say something when Kai beat me to it. "Don't tell the others. We'll tell them when we're ready."

"Okay." Julia said handing me my sandwich. "I won't tell them. It'll ruin the fun."

"Finally!" I said smiling childishly. "My samich."

Julia laughed, rubbing the top of my head affectionately while Kai chuckled. I glared at Julia half-heartedly and began eating. When I finished, Julia took my plate and cup and placed it in the sink and began washing them. When she finished I got off the chair and wobbled a little bit. Kai and Julia were at my side instantly. Kai was about to pick me up, but I told him I want to walk. He understood and wrapped an arm around my waist. He guided me gently as I walked on wobbling legs. As we walked I felt my legs getting stronger, but not enough to walk on my own yet. When we arrived to the living room everyone stared at me and Kai. The girls, Ray, Max and Tala had knowing smiles while Kenny and Tyson looked confused. I shook my head and told Kai to head to the love seat. He sat down first and then he placed me in his lap.

"Eep!" I squealed. He chuckled in my ear and I blushed.

The others just stared at us, but then went back to the TV. Then we heard the door to the suite open; followed by a 'We're home.' Julia got up and went to them. Then we heard shuffling and soon Kai and the guys' parents were entering the room with a female doctor behind them. I recognized her ans my family's doctor. She looked at me and smiled.

"I see you're awake, your highness." She said bowing.

"Yeah I am." I said. "Please don't bow. I'm not used to it and even if I was I wouldn't like it."

"As you wish."

"Thank you.'

She nodded her head and came my way. "Your highness,"

"Hilary." I said.

"Lady Hilary, how do you feel?" she asked taking out a chart.

"Like always—healthy. Just, I can't walk on my own yet." I said.

"I know, but if you take it little by little you will be able to walk like you did before."

"Kay." I said. Then looked at Julia. "Does grandfather know?' she nodded her head. "Tell him that I know everything."

She understood and left the room. I began getting up and so did Kai. He looked at me and I told him that I was going to follow Julia in case if grandfather wanted to talk to me. He nodded his head and guided me out of the room. Once out I told him to let go.

"No."

"Kai," I said, "let go so I can walk on my own. I have to."

"Fine." He said forcefully.

I smiled and began walking slowly. After walking a good distance my legs began wobbling and I almost slumped to the floor that if it wasn't for Kai catching me I would have hit the floor. I looked at him and saw worry in his eyes. I touched his cheek lightly and smiled at him—reassuring him that I'm fine. He nodded his head stiffly, but let go. We began walking again until we reached Julia's room. I knocked and opened the door. We entered Julia's room and I saw her sitting in her computer chair talking on the phone.

"Old Tatibana," she said, 'Hilary's here. I'll put you on speaker." She pushed a button and said, "you're good."

"Hilary?"

"Yeah grandfather?"

"Now that you know everything I think it would be best to introduce you and the girls into society as the missing princesses."

"I agree." I said. "But if we do then what about school?"

"You'll still go to school, just that you're going to get unwanted attention and with the revelation of you girls the advisors will attack out in the open."

"I see." I said. "We can handle the advisors, but the unwanted attention we already have."

"How?"

"Well ever since we started our first year of high school, the upper classmen have taken a liking to us. If it wasn't for Raul and Lee for the past two-three years, who knows what would have happened." I said.

"I see. Well this isn't final. I'm going there in two weeks. I have to get the other grandfathers and we'll talk about it then." He said.

"Okay."

"Well then until the week after the next."

"Bye." I said.

"Bye." He responded.

With that he hung up. Julia put her phone away and looked at us. We all sat there in silence—Julia still on her chair and me and Kai on the floor—thinking about what grandfather said. What if we're not what the people want? I thought. What if we're not good enough for them? What if they think we're only pretending?

Your highness. Black Dranzer said.

What is it Black Dranzer?

Don't worry. He said. The people will love you. They've been waiting for you for a while now. And if they don't believe you, the other guardians and I will make an appearance and show them that you are who you say you are. If they don't believe us then, then you can show then your marks.

Our marks?

Yes; the mark of a crown aflame that has been with you since you were born. You can say that it's a birthmark.

I got up from where I was sitting, with a bit more strength close to having my strength back, and headed to the bathroom.

Where's the mark? I asked.

Inner right thigh.

How would you—I began looking at my thigh. Whoa! There is a mark there.

Told you so. He said childishly.

I rolled my eyes. How did you know that I had a mark?

Ancient Hilary and the others had them so of course you would have them.

Of course. I said. Do the others have them in the same place?

Maybe.

Well, let's find out.

I walked out of the room and told Julia to follow me. As we walked back into the living room I felt my legs gaining their strengths back. As soon as we arrived I told the girls to follow me. They got up and we needed to the hallway bathroom. I told the girls what grandfather said and they asked the same questions that I asked myself. Then I told them what Black Dranzer said. When I finished, they all had a look of surprise on their faces.

"So even if the people don't believe us," Mariah said, "we can show them the birthmark?"

Yes. Galux said.

How come we didn't know about the marks? Mathilda asked.

I guess you just never thought too much about it. I honestly don't know.

I see. We said.

Then we headed back to the living room. Everyone looked at us expectantly and I told them everything. They looked at us surprised except for the Kings and Queens and my Royal Doctor. The girls and o stood there in awkward silence until Mariah spoke up.

"Someone say something." She said.

"Well," began Sky, "we're going to have to wait until your grandfather gets here to decide if we're going to introduce you back into royalty life or wait until the advisors are defeated."

We nodded our heads. I told the girls that I was going to my room. They nodded their heads and said they were going with me. With that we left the living room. Once we reached my room I closed the door while the girls went to sit on my bed. I grabbed my computer chair and placed it in front of the bed. We sat there in silence until Mariah spoke up.

"So Hils," she began.

"What Mariah?"

"What happened between you and Kai? I mean since we met them he always looked at you, but something changed when we left him alone with you earlier."

"What do you think happened?"

"You confessed." Emily said.

"Nope." I said shaking my head.

"He confessed?" Mariah asked.

"Kinda."

"Kinda?" Mathilda asked.

I explained everything to them and they sat there surprised with mouths wide open. I looked at Julia and she smiled at me and we both bursted out laughing. The girls stared at us like we grew another head. Once Julia and I stopped laughing I told them that they should have seen their faces. They glared then asked Julia why she wasn't surprised.

"Because" Julia began, "I had asked her what happened between her and Kai while I made Hils her sandwich earlier. She told me and Kai asked me not to tell a word. That way they can tell you, but I had a feeling that you guys would have figured it out."

"Well," Miriam began, "I think the girls and I are on the same page when I say that we're not going to say a word." The girls nodded their heads. "Now let's see if the guys figured it out."

"I think they might have. Except for Tyson and Kenny." I said.

With that the girls and I caught up on what I missed the past week. They told me everything. Then they me that they wished I was with them when Nate had asked why I wasn't in school for the past week. I asked what happened after that and Mathilda told me that Julia told him off. I looked at Julia and she just shrugged her shoulders.

"Well I told him the truth—even if it hurt; and I spared him from getting hurt further." She said.

"I wonder. . ." I began, "I wonder if he'll leave me alone for good now?"

The girls shrugged their shoulders. Who knows, but we'll find out soon enough.


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