Athrun Zala is an adventurous archeologist who led his team to study the ruins of ORB. Spending almost three years of their lives in the site, they successfully found fascinating relics, artifacts and . . . . The tomb of the ORB princess and her knight, protected with various kinds of seals. As time passed by, Athrun started to be attached to the mysterious princess.

If Athrun Zala is meant for this ORB princess, how can their love flourish amidst the greatest barriers of all which is TIME?

sorry for any wrong grammar, misspelled words, vague scenes due to lack of expertise in descriptive and narrative writing. Just keep in mind that we all commit mistakes... hehe. Just inform me.

hope you'll like this story. It is my first fanfic so I'm hoping for your kind consideration and all. Love lots and May the force be with us!! - AUTHOR – p.s: read. review. It is a must... ok? Pretty please.

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"It's so damn hot!"

Yzak starts complaining about the 'good' frying weather while scrutinizing some artifacts. He carefully lifts a vase made from jade close to his eyes. The vase is only one of the valuable things they unearth in the excavation site.

"These artifacts are somewhat odd. Almost everything in this room has had images of a knight showing respect for a princess. It is really a mystery!! I mean who are these people??"

"How would I know?? Eh?" The low mocking tone of Dearka Elthman made Yzak shot an eye on him.

"Dude, I'm just kidding... ". Dearka wave his hand to his comrade as an assurance that he means no offence. "I think these people are the princess of the ORB and her knight. All royalties have knights. But this knight must have been very important for this civilization or rather for the princess, to put him in almost all stuffs."

"I consider your theory. That's a good one. I think this project is getting at its peak!! So, we really need to thoroughly study every bit of information about this civilization"

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CHAPTER 1: THE LIVING MEETS THE DEAD

Sand sizzles in the excavation site where Athrun Zala and his group of renowned archeologists research. It's almost three years when they start studying the place which is located in a tropical jungle somewhere in south east.

The place is a total wreck the time they arrived. Huge blocks of concrete crushed temples and houses. The weeds, branches of huge thick trees, and moss are all over the constructions. There are places which were flooded by the river and places that are swallowed by the sand. The site even served as a habitat for some deadly animals.

Athrun Zala is just fond of digging and studying whatever it is 10 feet below the ground. Since he's filthy rich, he was able to do his passion. All he wanted is to explore and study more about the Orb. So this is it, he made his move. At the age of 18 he volunteered himself to lead a research team that was assigned to the ruins of Orb. Good thing the team is composed of the 5 greatest scientists who were in to the field of archeology. Namely: Dearka Elthman, Yzak Joule, Meer Campbell, Shiho, and Miriallia. A/N: I can't remember Shiho and Miriallia's surname.

For three years they analyze how the Orb people live, and today is their luckiest day.

"Athrun! Yzak! Come over here" a blonde guy shouts excitedly. He sure found a very fascinating discovery.

The blue and silver haired archeologists hurriedly ran out of the tent leaving their hot cups of coffee just to check out Dearka's 'discovery'.

"Hey! Why shout? You could have awakened all living creatures here" Yzak whined, unaware that he himself is also shouting.

"Man come and look at this. We (he and the workers) were able to dig a hole. . ." the blonde seems to be hyperventilating. He looks flustered as he keeps on pointing a hole around 5 to 6 diameters.

The hole is in the right wall of one of the 10 ft. excavation pit. Athrun and Yzak draw near and peek at the said hole. As both of them set an eye, they were dumbstruck. What they saw is a gloomy eerie room.

Yzak drifts out into his state of shock. In a commanding voice he said "Okay everyone lets get started. It is a good morning and the sun will soon come out. I want you to give me an entrance for this room" he then turned to their superior saying "this must be it"

"Yeah"

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Around noon time the group triumphantly made an entrance for the room. As the five archeologists enter the place cautiously, a gust of wind chilled their spines. They quickly scan the room. It is surrounded by pots, figurines, glasses, gold and stuffs.

"Almost all these things have jade on it" Shiho muttered as she examined closely a pot. The group continues advancing inside. Meer, Milly and Yzak courageously take the lead while Athrun, still astonished, absent-mindedly followed their lead.

As Athrun move closely he tripped over a porcelain jar causing him to fall awkwardly. Meer tried to catch him but it was too late. An echo resounded in the room. Athrun's bare hands hit a huge cold molded thingy.

All froze. No one dares to breathe in what happened. They stand there nearly fainting, looking at Athrun. Half of his body lay on top of the 'thingy' that is made meticulously as observed for there are inscriptions on it.

Out of embarrassment, the green-eyed leader quickly gets up and apologizes for such carelessness. His team weakly smiled at him, He turned and looked on the 'thingy' and he knew why they're upset. All he can think of is 'Damn it!'

The rest except for Shiho, hurriedly get their gadgets and check if there is any damage.

The 'thingy' is in fact a sarcophagus. A coffin. A casket. Therefore the room is a tomb. A sepulcher. A grave. A Burial chamber. And the treasures inside are grave goods.

To ease the tension, Dearka jokingly chided "hey Boss, is that your way of saying 'hello' to the dead?"

Milly pats his shoulder with full force and Meer looked at him with fiery eyes. Looks like Dearka didn't know about 'right timing'.

Athrun heard a bit of what Dearka said but it is not the main reason why he immediately left the room not even looking at his fellows. He felt a bit frustrated. That very precious discovery could be really damaged 'coz of his incautiousness.

"Dude, I'm just… I'm just kidding... Sorry!" Dearka apologized but Athrun is so down he didn't hear it.

As for Shiho, she is freaking stupefied! She can't believe what she witnessed. No one else in the room seemed to notice the tomb's shiny shimmering light as Athrun fall. 'Shit' she rubs her eyes gently.

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In the end of the day, as the sun sets, the long pink hair of Meer Campbell glamorously flowed with the breeze. "Still thinking of the 'mistake of the century'?" her high pitched voice snapped Athrun in his deep thoughts.

She sat beside him in an oak bench few feet away from the tents.

"Meer." He delivered the name as if really surprised.

She faced him smiling "Don't be shy to tell what's on your head. What you feel, everything."

Ohh, how she wish she can just embrace him and be at his side forever but she can't do that. They're better off friends.

Athrun said nothing; he simply stared blankly in the dark sky. So Meer decided to state her business and leave 'coz this conversation isn't going anywhere.

She takes a necklace out of her pocket and raises it. Her actions are effective 'coz the bright green necklace caught Athrun's attention. "I believe this is yours right?"

"Ah, yes. Where did you find it?" he said flatly and grabbed the thing. 'Shit' he cursed under his breath. The stone in the necklace is steaming hot. Meer seems to make no notice of it.

"Milly saw it on the top of the tomb. She said it is pretty weird because when she picks it up its cold"

"Cold??" Athrun was taken aback. 'Meer, this thing is hot'

"Yes. Cold." Meer plainly replied. For the sake of a long conversation she asks "um, why is it that that necklace is very important? I notice that you always wear it, er, close to your heart."

Athrun surprised the pink-haired girl when he suddenly chuckled "ahh, heh, an old lady gave this necklace with emerald stone in an antiquity shop and started saying things about my fate. At first I think she's crazy because she knew my name and said that I'll soon be happy with the one I love and I'll meet her here.." he let out a deep sigh.

These words made Meer blush lightly. 'Is that me? OMG'

Athrun continued his story "then all of a sudden the old woman asked for money. So, I think she is just a misfortunate lady that does the foretelling stuff for money. Well, I just keep this necklace for..." He stopped. He didn't know what to say. He can't find reasons. 'Weird. I never thought of that maybe 'coz it calms me'

"Ahh, so that's it." Meer was about to asked another question but Shiho called them for supper.

"Meer! Athrun! Let's eat. I'm the one who cooked the food. Yay!"

"Go. I'm not hungry. And please, say that I am really sorry" Athrun left Meer and headed for his tent with deep thoughts.

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"Who's the owner, eh?" Dearka impatiently asked while poking Yzak's arm with his pen. The latter glared at the tan blonde as he screeched "Baka! You're so noisy. How could I concentrate here?? Just wait."

Silver-haired continues in scanning tons of papers. After dinner, He and Dearka researched thoroughly inside the well equipped tent that is in the center of their place.

"Here!" Yzak smugly handed the information to his friend. It is a photo of a blonde lady with amber eyes. She is wearing a mint green long silk gown.

"Wow. She's cute"

"That is the princess of the Orb and she's the one resting in THAT room" Yzak said gallantly.

These two selfish beings are so ignorant that they're conversing so loud.

"The Orb princess huh," a smirk crossed Athrun's gorgeous face. He was actually trying to sleep when one of two oblivious noisy scientists screamed. Well, that caught his attention causing him to get up and secretly check it out. He hid himself behind a mound of boxes outside the tent, he was about to leave when he saw a dim light coming from the excavation pit where the tomb is.

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The green-eyed archeologist gazed inside the room. He found nothing. No light or anything. 'Must be my imagination'

Remembering the earlier events, he realized that he did not even scrupulously scan the tomb. So with the aid of his handy-dandy flash light he advanced in.

'Shiho is right. Almost all the relics inside the room have had jade on it. Maybe the princess like green stuff'

Athrun crouch, he closely looked at the inscription on the side of the sepulcher. These writings are new to him. Out of the blue, he started reading an inscription embossed in a large bronze plank in the middle side of the tomb. He himself can't believe what he is doing. It reads 'MY LOVE FOR YOU IS EVERLASTING'

After the last words were delivered, Athrun felt his necklace steaming hot, he shivered. He reached for it, the moment his hand made contact to it, he collapsed.

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The two unaware noisy citizens of the universe are very tired in researching so decided to continue the study tomorrow. They were leaving the tent when Yzak asked a very intriguing question.

"Dearka, isn't the tomb too big for the princess?" Yzak has a very puzzled expression when he faced the blonde.

"I don't know. She's not fat wasn't she?" he too is being confused. Dearka's expression becomes stern "And the writings, weird huh, I can't read it."

Yzak pouts a little and seriously raised another question. "do you remember the jars with carved images of a knight and a princess? Do you think…" he wasn't able to finish his sentence because thrilled Dearka reacted immediately.

"Aha! Got it! The tomb is enough for two! Maybe the tomb is for the princess and her knight!!"

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To be continued.

A/N: Miriallia is Milly right? Umm.. please read and review. Is it ok? All reactions/suggestions are welcome. Love you guys!