I'm lying down on my parent's bed watching Ronin Warriors on
cable wearing my Mudd jeans, a silver belt and my pink baby shirt with flowers on
it that shows my belly button when I hold my arms up..
As a close-up of Rowen comes up, I sit up on my knees and pull myself closer to the corner so I can get a look.
"He's so cute!" I murmur.
Then suddenly, without warning or explanation, the cable went wacky and I could no longer see Rowen.
"Hey, where'd he go?" I demand out loud. "This didn't happen on satellite!" I jump up and try fixing it, "Rowen, come baaaaaaack!"
I couldn't really explain what happened after that.
"Hey, are you okay?" I hear a familiar, deep
"I'm fine," I say, "thanks Rowen."
"How do you know my name?" I hear him ask everything goes black.
I feel as if I'm floating.
"Uh, what happened?" I groan and look around the
room, "Hey, this looks like Mia's house!
"Hey, Rowen, she's up," I hear another warrior's voice and I recognize it immediately.
"Kento," I mutter.
I turn around and smile faintly, "Um, hi, Kento." I say.
"How do you know my name?" he demands.
"Because I saw you," I reply.
"I'm on TV?" he starts looking around for cameras.
I groan and rub my head.
"Hey, did you sleep okay?" Rowen asks.
"Yes, I," look up and get flustered, "I-I-I."
"Please don't faint again," he says.
I find myself acting like a valley girl.
"What's so funny?" I hear an English guy demand.
"Sai!" I shout.
"How do you know my name, love?" he asks with a
"Actually, yes!" I can't keep myself from
"Kento, did you tell her a joke?" Sai asks Kento.
Kento shakes his head, "I don't know, but she's scaring
"That's a first!" both Sai and I shout.
"Why are you always making fun of me, Sai?" Kento demands, "I'm going downstairs, maybe I can find the courage to eat something!"
Sai takes a deep breath to keep from laughing.
"Sure!" I exclaim and run up to grab his
He blushes, "um, right this way, love."
I feel a bit stupid.
Rowen follows us downstairs to meet with the others.
"Has anyone seen my skateboard?" I hear Yuli ask.
"Whoa!" I feel something give under my foot and
fall on my face.
"Are you alright, love?" Sai asks, pulling me to
"Yeah," I say, trying to keep myself from
Sage picks up Yuli's skateboard and hands it to him,
"you'd better be more careful where you put your things, Yuli."
"Sage!" I scream before he can continue.
I look at Ryo and point at him, "Ryo!" Then I point at Mia, Yuli and Whiteblaze, "Mia, Yuli, Whiteblaze!"
"She knows our names!" Kento gasps, "she's a spy!"
"No I'm not, you dork!" I mutter defensively and
cross my arms as I step closer to the table, "I'm a fan!
"We're on TV?" Sai whispers and looks around for
"We don't know where this girl came from!" Kento shouts.
"She fell from the sky," Rowen says in my defense,
"she doesn't look like a spy to me."
"From the sky?" Sage mumbles, "She must be an angel!"
I bite my lip and blush, "naw that's not it, I--"
"Maybe the dynasty sent her," Ryo says, cutting me off.
"Come on, Ryo," Sage says, "does she look like a dynasty soldier?"
"The girl looks like she hasn't eat for days," Mia
says with a frown.
"Oh, I ate like only twenty minutes ago," I say.
"But you were asleep for an hour," Rowen tells me.
"Come on, love," Sai pulls on my hand and leads me
to a chair.
Moments later, Sai puts a yummy English dish in front of
"So, what's your name?" Sage asks me.
I smile and look up.
"Haley, huh," he says, "that's really
He laughs, "I like that."
"See, Ryo," Sai says, "how can she be from
the dynasty with a name like 'Haley'?
I nibble on the fish sticks.
"Can you tell us a bit about yourself?" Mia asks, "You seem to know a bit about us."
"Yeah," I say and take a sip of milk, "well,
I'm 19 and I live in America. I work for Round Table Pizza and I'm a
"You work at a pizza restaurant?" Kento exclaims, "awesome! A girl that makes pizza can't be bad!"
"A writer, huh," Sage says in interest.
"Well," I pause for a second.
"How can a writer be from the dynasty?" Yuli mumbles.
I feel a warm furry head in my lap and I hear a low growling
"And Whiteblaze likes her," Mia adds.
"How do you know us?" Ryo demands again.
"I told you, Ryo of the Wildfire,"
"I've watched you on TV," I continue, "I know
you're Ronin Warriors and I know that Tulpa is the bad guy you fight.
"Could people be watching us right now?" Yuli asks.
"Well, I don't know," I say, "I was watching
you guys on TV and then the cable went out.
"What?" Rowen mumbles.
I smile, "but I'm certain the show's over so no one can
see, you know.
All the lights flicker on and off then everything was
"Mia, did you pay your light bill?" I ask.
Suddenly, the computer came on and Mia sat down at it.
"It looks like a poem," Yuli comments.
"Can you read it to us?" Kento asks.
"Okay, it says, 'It is her job as the heroine of the
valley to protect its beauty from those that will harm it.
"Wow, that's pretty deep," Rowen says.
"The heroine of the valley?" Kento mumbles, "Who's she?"
"Must be a legend," Sage suggests.
"I don't think so, Yuli," she sighs, "there were only 9 armors from Tulpa's body."
"She sounds to me like a loner," Sage says, "so she can't be one of us."
I can't really hear what the others are saying.
"Let's find this valley," Ryo commands, "maybe she can be helpful in our fight against Tulpa and his dark warlords."
"I wonder if this heroine of the valley is a real
valley girl!" Kento jokes and erupts in laugher at his own silly
"Mia," Ryo says, "you'll come with me."
"Why should we split up?" Yuli asks.
"We can cover more ground that way," he answers, "Sai, you go with Sage,"
'Put me with Rowen, don't put me with Kento!' I think, hoping it would go into Ryo's head.
"Rowen, look after Yuli, and Kento, bring Haley with you."
'Nooooo!' I wanted to scream. 'Why didn't you put Yuli with
"Well, babe," Kento wraps his arm around me, "looks like it's just you and me!"
"Great!" I plaster on a fake smile.
The guys changed from their street clothes and into their
sub armors before heading out side.
"Wow, it's sure a long way down from here," Kento comments as he looks over the side.
"Kento, be careful," I say, "You might…."
Kento leans far too over and falls down, "fa-aaalll!" I reach for him
but he's already half way down.
Why did Ryo place me with Kento? Why not Rowen or Sage or
I start sidestepping safely down the hill then I figured I would
get to him faster if I rolled down after him.
"Don't worry, ouch, Kento, I'm, ouch, coming!" I
cry out as I'm rolling down after him.
He's lying down on his stomach dangerously close to a
He groans but does not stir.
I cup my hands in the stream water and splash it on his
Kento groans and blinks eyes.
"You're okay!" I shout and fall on his chest,
"I was so…" I clear my throat and sit up, "you idiot, you almost
I grab his hand and pull on his elbow for leverage as I help him to his feet. I look his head over, "It's amazing you didn't crack your head open!"
"I didn't mean to frighten you," he winces and
rubs his head.
"You saved my life," he mumbles.
"I did, didn't I?" I grin, "Well, it was
"And you don't even like me!"
"Of course I do, Kento!" I smile, "you're the funniest guy of the group!" 'I just like Rowen more' I think to myself.
"I could have died."
"There's been other times, Kento, where you cheated death," I remind him.
"Ghuh!" I gasp out.
My chest heaves and before I know it, I'm bawling just like
"Wow," I mutter, "this is so pretty."
"Haley, are you alright?" Kento asks in concern.
"Yeah." I sneeze.
Kento lifts me up in his arms.
"Kento, what're you doing?" I demand.
"You just saved my life," he says, "and you look tired."
"I'm fine, I can walk, really!" I giggle but he continues to carry me away anyway.
About an hour later we meet the others in a dark gloomy
"Well, any luck?" Sage asks us.
Kento shakes his head.
"I'm fine," I tell him.
"Haley saved my life!" Kento announces. "I fell into a gorge and she went in after me!"
"It was nothing," I say, feeling the warmth go to my cheeks.
"It's so creepy here," Ryo says.
"Why here?" I ask him.
"I'm not sure," he replies.
The others shrug.
A dark slash of black lightning spreads through the
"To arms!" Ryo shouts.
"Armor of Hardrock, Tao Gi!"
"Armor of Halo, Tao Chi!"
"Armor of Torrent, Tao Shin!"
"Armor of Strata, Tao Inochi!"
I whistle, as the guys stand in front of me in their full
"We end this now, ronins!" Anubis snarls, "Quake With Fear!" thousands of chains spring from the ground and holds the ronins in very uncomfortable positions.
"Stop!" I scream, "That's enough!" I run up and try to free them away from the chains but a feel some kind of shock send through me and take away some of my energy.
"Stupid move, girl," Anubis mutters.
"Haley, run for it!" Kento cries.
"No way!" I shout at him, "I'm not leaving!"
"Do what he says," Rowen advises, "We can hold them off as long as we can."
"Forget it!" I snap, "I'm not going to leave
you just hanging!" I stomp around the chains and between the ronins and
"Watch your tongue girl," Sekhmet grunts, "or I will remove it!"
"You really are insane, aren't you, Sekhmet?" I
"That's a lie!" Anubis growls.
"NO it's not!" I shout, "It's true!
"I thought I was," Rowen mumbles behind me.
"You are!" I say to him, "favorite
"How kind of you to say I'm your favorite," Anubis says, "now leave before I gut you like a fish!"
"Hey!" I shout, "didn't you listen to anything I just said?"
I see Dais reach for the weapon on his back.
"How dare you talk to me that way!" he growls.
"Dais, I know you have only one eye," I say,
"but you need to see that Tulpa is only using you!
"Second?" he mumbles.
"Because you're the second warlord to become a good
guy, that's why!" I answer with a snarl, "plus, I think you're very
"Their demons," Sai mumbles to me.
"No, they're men!" I scream at Sai and the others,
"they're men, JUST LIKE YOU!"
"I grow tired of your mouth," Kale grunts.
"No!" I cross my arms.
"This girl seems to know who we are," Anubis says. "Finish her!"
'So when you try to help someone, this is the thanks you get,' I think to myself.
"Haley, run for your life!" Ryo screams but I continue to stand where I'm standing.
"Snake Fang Strike!" I see a dancing red chain
come at me and I feel something prick my arm.
"It's you," he whispers to me.
"Whoa," I mumble, "how did this happen?"
"Haley's the," Sai begins.
"Heroine of the Valley," Mia finishes.
I turn and cut the chains. They disappear and the ronins
fall to their feet.
"Alright," I mutter, "you don't want my help,
Vines spring out from the ground and tighten around the warlord's legs. They chop them away but they grow back and rise up their bodies.
"What is this?" Sekhmet mutters.
"Mud and Earth Landslide!" By the rocky part of
the valley, rocks and mud starts to slide down into the valley straight to the
"Rushing Water Streams!"
"The dirt will bury you," I warn them, "and
then you will have to dig yourselves out.
"Not a chance," Kale growls.
"That can be arranged," I say.
The mud and rock are getting closer.
"I wasn't really going to kill you," I tell them, "then the show would be over!" I cut the vines away and step back.
"Let's return to master Tulpa," Anubis says,
"so we can tell them we no longer follow his orders!"
I start laughing, "yes!
"Haley's the heroine of the valley," Kento says, "does that make her a valley girl?"
"Oh, as if!" I hiss.
"Let's go back home now," Mia states.
"Whatever," I mumble.
We're back at Mia's home in street clothes.
"I wonder how we're supposed to get you home," Mia says.
I shrug, "I don't know.
"Then you can just stay here with us!" Kento slips his arm around me.
"Very tempting offer, but….," I realize that I'd rather stay here and be part of the cartoon than watch it, "okay!"
He turns on the TV, "I wonder what channel we're
on," Kento says.
"Oh no," Kento groans.
I stand up, "hey, this is exactly what happened to me
when I was watching TV!
"Don't stand too close," Kento pulls me back,
"it will pull you into maybe another show!
"It might take me back home," I say and then a light comes from the TV and I start changing from an animated character to my real self.
"No, Haley, don't go!" Kento wraps me in a tight
"Don't worry, Kento," I say, "I'll still be
watching you!" I step out of his grasp and peck his cheek just as I
continue to do the other four.
"Haley, please come back!
I fall back into my parent's room.