Eva let out a sigh but the stress was still felt on her body after hearing what her son and daughter told her about Princess Mai.

'So she thought that she would just waltz right in here and just take my husband away from me?' Eva asked inwardly before feeling Aikka takes his place in their shared bed.

He places his arm across her shoulder and gently pulls her in to his chest, "Why does she want what I have?"

Aikka knew his wife was having a hard time processing what their children told them a couple of minutes ago. "On Noursaia, princesses are a dime a dozen but princes are extremely hard to find. Not only that but a women want a loving and dotting husband."

Eva glanced up at him when she heard him said that, "So you're just the hot ticket then? How lucky am I to have you?"

Aikka look towards his wife before answering her question, "How lucky am I to have you?"

That caused a wide smile to appear on her face when Aikka could feel a kick from Eva's stomach, "They seem rather eagered to come out in to the world."

Eva winced at the pain she just felt, "So am I, so am I. " she repeated when she felt Aikka gently rubbing her stomach, which helped to ease the pain.

"What are we going to do about Princess Mai?" Eva inquires about the thorn that was currently in her side.

"We will continue on as if we don't know anything about her true intentions for this family and our kingdom." Aikka states as he displays his resolve to his wife about the following days to come.

"I will be with you every step off the way then." Eva claimed before she placed her head on his chest as she enjoyed the beating sound of his heart.

0000

Kieran and Kiera was warmly welcomed back to the group that they were proud to call their friends…well that is all except for one.

"Its good to have you two back." Raul greets them first since he was the first person to acknowledge them by their names Kieran and Kiera instead of twins or the children of the Royal Family.

"Same here." Kieran responded after Kiera exchanged a friendly hug with Raul.

"So what has the group been up to?" Kiera inquires about the activities that they miss due to the incident between her and Morose.

"We have been aiming at moving targets now." Raul provides an answer to Kiera's question.

The twins exchanged looks with one another, "Are these the regular targets or something like the hunter and deer game?"

"Regular targets. I have a feeling we won't be playing that game for a while." Raul explains to the twins as he cuts his gaze over to Kiera, who merely smiles at the notion.

"So did my enemy come back while we were gone?" Kiera suddenly inquires about the presence of Morose, who was not present at the moment.

"I think she has two more days before she can come back to train with us." Raul mentions before he kicks a rock across the ground's surface.

"Nice kick there." Kieran compliments his friend of his action, who quickly chimes in with a "Thanks"

"Good," Kiera answers before finishing her sentence, "that gives me a couple more days away from her."

"Shush you two, Master Canaan is coming." Raul suddenly warns the twins by placing one of his fingers over his lips causing them to seal their lips and end their current conversation.

"If everyone is finished with their warm up exercises then its time we start working on today's lesson." Master Canaan announces once he approaches the minors that he acknowledges his students.

'It feels good to be back.' The twins shares the exact same thought with each other as a small smile appears on each other's face.

0000

Natalie and Minato were left together in the tearoom with a piping hot cup of tea that Canaan had some of his servants make for them.

There was silence in the room the moment Canaan left the couple to themselves in order to start his lesson of the day with his students. "Why did you tell the twins about our past?"

Minato took a sip of his tea before answering Natalie's question, "It fit the situation that Princess Kiera was going through."

She shakes her head at Minato's logic of the situation, "It was completly inappropriate and irrelevant. Not to mention, you didn't ask me whether or not I wanted to disclose that information to the twins."

"What is your problem? You're making a big deal about something that already taken place years ago." Minato states, which causes Natalie to quickly down the hot liquid.

"You just don't get it do you?" Natalie mentions to Minato after completely downing her drink.

"What is it that I don't get Natalie?" he fires at the young woman in front of him. "Clearly, I thought you would have at least told me that you viewed me as a rival instead of finding out when we are freaking twenty years old!" Minato made sure not to raise his voice at Natalie but it was getting harder by the minute.

Natalie could not believe what was coming out Minato's voice, "You're not as innocent as you are making yourself out to be Minato! You knew all to well how badly I wanted to become a Knight of the Round. Yet you had failed to tell me that you were going to training with them."

'Is that why she stopped talking to me?' he inwardly asked himself.

It was true that he knew she wanted to share the same title as he had, but he knew from personal experience that the organization was not too keen on permitting females in their ranks. However, from his own opinion, Natalie could just as easily beat some of the knights, who currently held the position.

"I didn't find out that Master Namikaze began my campaign to secure one of the available seats. I was eagered to continue our visit with you and Master Rick for a long time but that wish didn't come true. Instead I was enrolled in one of their training courses to become a knight." He confesses to her since he felt obligated for her to know that he was just as surprised as she was.

Natalie felt a lump developed in her throat that left her unable to respond to what Minato just told her. "During the training course, I felt awful that some of the boys our age wasn't on the level as you were. I hated how you were cheated on your opportunity to become a knight alongside me."

Natalie still did not supply an immediate response to his question like she normally would instead she stared out in front of her.

"So can you forgive me for being insensitive to your dreams?" he inquires since he was finally able to lift the burden he held onto for seven years.

The expression on her face was one of awe, "All this time…we wasted holding on to a childish grudge we held for one another."

She turns to face him before uttering the words she wanted to tell him ever since they met up again, "I forgive you."

There was a quietness that settles among the pair that the sound of Canaan could be heard issuing out instructions to his students.

"So is it fine if we can start over rival?" he poses, which causes a small smile to appear across her face, "I don't see why not rival."

0000

Jordan decided that the best way for him to think of a well thought out plan was to remain in one place so he could fully concentrate on formulating his plan for Princess Mai.

When he managed to even out his breathing and closed his eyes an image conjured up in his mind. He faced a rather large wooden bulit house that was fit for someone of a high status.

He saw a man had stood on the outside portion of the house. He then walked around the house when the sound of music had stopped and started at different intervals.

When the man slid the door open the music ceased as Jordan interest peaked as he wondered, who the man had addressed.

"You played absolutely wonderful my dear." The man complimented whoever it was behind the shoji door. Jordan had assumed it was either his love interest or a child.

"Thank you daddy. I want to play for you and mommy." A little girl's voice was heard confirming that the man was a father to the little girl in the room.

He noted that the man hesitated in giving his answer but it did not seem to bother the little girl at all. "Daddy will arrange something."

The little girl expressed her sheer delight when she heard that her request would be fulfilled. She eagerly resumed learning her instrument while her father chose that time to leave his daughter alone.

Jordan saw that the man up close looked very familiar to him even though this was the "first" time that they met. 'He looks like someone I know. But who?'

During his inner thoughts, he saw a woman with long curly red hair that remained Jordan of the red roses that bloomed on Earth.

The woman was visibly excited to see the man in front of her that she nearly ran him over, if it was not for him offering his hand to her.

'That must be his wife…' Jordan mentally notes when he noticed that the man observed his surroundings before he dropped his hand and the woman eloped him in a hug.

"My lord its good to see that you're in good health," the woman spoke in a whispered tone.

'I wonder why they're whispering about over there?"

The man leaned forward and gave the woman a peck on the cheek before he responded in a whispered tone, "I told you that we can't do this in front of her."

The woman gently slapped her head with the bottom of her palm, "I am sorry my Lord. I was just excited to see you. It has been a week since we were able to see one another."

He placed the palm of his hand against her cheek as she lovingly grabbed his hand and rubbed her cheek against it. "I miss you as well. I too silently long for another night to spend in your arms."

"Just wait a little bit longer my love. We will have another night shared together very soon." He claims in a quiet tone when she nodded her head to show she understood the agreement.

"Until we see each other again my beloved." She whispered under her breath to him before she walked past him and onto to her other household duties.

The man cut his eyes over to his daughter as she continues to play her sheet music when he decides to turn in the opposite direction that the woman came from.

'Was he having an affair?' he inwardly asked as his eyes wondered over to the little girl, who was unaware of what was going on outside of where she was studying her music.

Jordan felt as if someone had cranked up the heat as he could feel extreme heat radiating on to his back when he turned around to see the same wooden house burning in a fiery blaze.

"You stupid bastard! How could you lie to me? You're still in love with her!" the same woman with the red hair from earlier screamed. She held a extinguished match and a cannister dangles from her hand.

The building appeared as if it had collapse on itself. He spotted the man from earlier trapped underneath a heavy wooden pillar.

"I do! I still do love you!" the man shouted loud enough so that the woman could hear him.

"No, you don't! If you did you would have told me to keep our child instead of convincing me to get rid of it!" she shouted when another addition of the house came crashing down.

Another voice was heard that was filled with rage, "What's the meaning of this? How could you do such a thing to me when I loved you unconditionally! I even gave birth to our bundle of joy without you there and I come to find out that your sleeping with one of our housemaids!"

"I'm sorry that I messed up your family my lady but I fell in love with your husband! I can't control who I fall in love with!" She had screamed her response as the flames greedily licked at the house until its hunger was fulfilled.

"I can forgive you…but this ugh! I wish you could have perished in here without me!" the man's wife exclaimed at the woman, who had set their house on fire to drop the can in her hand.

'What have I done? I only wanted him to suffer not the lady…' she thought to herself.

'You had no other choice but to eliminate her as well or she would have kept you from him.' A voice in the back of her head justified her actions.

'So this lady acted on a crime of passion…' Jordan concluded when he spotted something moving in the corner of his eyes in the far off distance.

Then there was a shadow that emerged from the house that was unknown to the woman who was crying a river of tears while pounding her fist into the ground until her hands became a bloody mess.

She let out an anguished scream that caused goose bumps to appear on his skin. He then makes his way over in the direction of the moving shadow.

"Where are we going? Where's mommy? Where's daddy?" the little girl shouted out questions concerning the location of her parents.

"My lady," a male voice called out as Jordan noticed that the young man had to take his time scaling down the steep slope with the little girl in his grasps while maintaining their stealth.

"You must remain quiet. If you don't we will be spotted and killed." He exclaimed, which caused the little girl to cover up her mouth with one of her hands.

When they were a good distance away from the home, the illumination of the burning building stood out to the pair.

They stood at the base of the mountains when they saw the fire no longer burning a bright color but rather it turned in to a dim light.

Jordan followed them down the mountain side and realized that they had their backs toward him when the servant had spoke to the little girl.

"Your parents are dead, Lady…"