A/N : Spoilers for... up until the duel with Arietta, I guess. If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't read. English isn't my first language and this is the first time I work up enough confidence to write something in English, so if you see any errors, do tell me please.

Disclaimer : I disclaim!

It hadn't been planned. It hadn't even been wanted. But here they were, tense and ready to jump out of the way of an attack at any given moment.

Neither Asch the Bloody nor Largo the Black Lion wanted to fight the other at the moment. Once allies, now enemies, both had things to do and both wanted to do them as fast as possible. So they were standing in silence, waiting for the other to make the first move.

The oldest man was the first to relax slightly, and spoke in a deep voice : "I am busy, and I am sure you are as well. If you're not looking for a confrontation, I shall be on my way."

The former noble nodded, hand leaving the hilt of the sword he had been clutching. "I'm not looking for anything from you. I'll be going too. But..."

"Yes." Largo interrupted. "Next time we meet, it will be as enemies."

The two warriors started to walk away from each other, but the green-eyed youth stopped after a few steps. He turned his head slightly to the side, not quite looking back.

"I heard. About you and Natalia. I know why you reacted that way at the Zao Ruins. She's your--"

"My family was taken from me many years ago. She is the princess, and I am her enemy. That's all there is to it."

There was a few seconds of silence. Asch broke it first.

"Once, in another life, I proposed to her."

The blue-haired man turned around, meeting the eyes of the redhead. He seemed to be looking for something. After a few moments, he nodded, apparently satisfied.

"In another life, I would have approved."

A few more moments of silence, and they both turned around and headed their separate ways.