DC: hey people! How you been? I've been good. Got some term-oil im in right now and still not able to wash it off me. XD Don't you just hate it when 2 friends of yours get into a fight and they both end up pulling you into the middle? GoD! not only that but jealous friends too, work overload (I actually did that on purpose and now im beating myself for it), getting ready for my dad to come home, etc, you name it I got to do it. So I know for a FACT updates will slow…for a month or so.

BUT don't worry I will soon be back on my normal update schedule of a new chapter every week/every other week.

T'laloc paced back and forth across the sand worn stone floor. He was in deep thought as his mind searched what he knew and the book in front of him. He had so many problems on his hands but one stood out above the others. Where was she? Why wasn't she home yet? Was she not as obedient as he had raised her to be? If she did not come home she was going to end up missing her ceremony. If she decided she was going to be late, then he would have to go get her.

-BREAK-

There was a knock at the door. Homay looked up from a lap full of vines and flowers that she had grabbed on her way back from Chicken Island. Tak stood there, nervously looking down at the ground. She laughed at his fidgeting.

"Hey Homay. What's up?"

"Oh, nothing much. Messing around I guess."

Tak crossed the threshold of the room and sat next to her on the bed. Homay paid him no mind and just continued to lace stems and vines together to form pictures in flowers. She had made a bird, a Nurble, and a Sun.

"Tak, I must thank you for letting me stay here with you and your friends. I've had a lot of fun over the past few weeks."

Tak smiled.

"Your welcome."

"I have never had so much fun growing up as I did, so you have no idea how grateful I am."

"Its no problem."

Tak's heart sped up and he wondered what he should do. Homay could sense his nervousness. She turned her head to look at him and found him too close for comfort. She put a hand over his mouth before he had a chance to try and kiss her. He regarded her with a questioned look.

"Mi sai basory." She said in her native tongue. "About the trip…it was too much."

The look in Tak's eyes changed.

"Ok…" he sadly mumbled from behind her hand.

"I do not intend to hurt you, I still technically just met you, though you have been a good friend to me in the time that I have been here when I was supposed to be somewhere else. Can we still keep that friendship for a little while longer?"

Tak nodded and she could feel him smile against her palm. Homay took her hand away and hugged him in thanks.

"Thank you for understanding, comali."

Tak hugged her back. Perhaps things did go a bit to fast that night. He had only known her for a little more than a month. He understood how she felt and as the kind person he was, he'd follow her boundary lines. Tak hugged her tight and played a bit with her loose hair till she let go. He cleared his throat before he spoke again.

"Well, I waned to tell you that today is the Day of The Sheep, so there's going to be a celebration. I wanted to know if you would be interested in attending."

Homay smiled.

"I would love to go!"

"Great! It starts in a few hours on the south side of the village. I'll be there helping with the rest of the preparations if you need anything."

-BREAK-

Homay hummed to herself as she laced vines through her hair. It was going to be a wonderful day. A good majority of the people were out helping with the party which was do to start in 2 hours so she had plenty of time to get ready. She tied the last string on her sandal and stood up, confronted with a flustered looking Concord.

"Forgive me if I came unannounced, but I just thought I'd check up on you,"

"Why are you? You have nothing to worry about."

Homay turned her back to pick up a cape that Jibulba lent her when Concords voice came more worried.

"That's why I've come. I am afraid you might be in potential danger."

She froze.

"I am afraid that danger may lay with your friends"

Were her ears deceiving her? The plants words came floating back to her mind. No, it was not true. It couldn't be. She had never felt safer than with her friends.

"If I may ask…which one of my friends do you refer to?"

Concord was silent for a moment before he spoke, fearing the tone in her voice.

"The one they call…Tak."

Homay was disgusted. Why was she being told this again? All she heard from those words were lies. Her friends meant a lot to her, they were the only friends she had. How COULD they be dangerous? She knew they were strong and brave, especially Tak, but they would not dare to harm her.

"I don't see what you do. How is it that he's not safe to be around? Tell me!"

Concord recoiled at the sharpness in her tone.

"It's hard to explain, child, but it goes back years-"

"That was a long time ago, then. What ever he did back then, its different from what he does now."

"I'm afraid it's not that simple."

Homay sighed. Concord was her friend too and she has known him longer than Tak or the others. It was hard to hear him say such things about her judgment in other people, how ever indirect it may have been. She didn't want to believe it and won't, yet at the same time she wanted to believe her friends words and not hurt his feelings.

"I don't know what to do anymore. Everything contradicts everything else. I don't know what to believe anymore. I am at a stalemate."

"I'm sorry if you feel that way, but you must come with me to where you are safe."

"I am staying here with Tak."

Homay's eyes glowed with yellow light as her energy flared in anger. She took a deep breath and let it go, the light fading instantly.

"You love this boy…don't you?"

Homay's breath caught in her throat and she turned tomato red.

"Of coarse not!"

"Then why do you defend him so?"

Homay could not find anything to say to come back his question. If she was denying it, saying that was false then why was she blushing? She just couldn't find anything to say.

"You do…"

Concord could see that she had made up her mind by her silence. She wasn't going to come with him.

"If that is what you wish…"

Concord walked up to her and embraced her, kissing her lightly on the forehead.

"Happy 16th Birthday, my child."

With that said, he turned and took a step toward the door when he heard her speak again.

"I am grown now and wish to decide for myself. Please, as my friend, don't speak of what you know nothing about. You do not know Tak the I do."

There was an uncomfortable silence. Then he spoke in a whisper that only he could hear.

"But do you know his enemies?"

DC: again I am SO sorry for the long update. I know you hate it when authors do that, I know, I hate it too. Please don't hate me for it. Like I said before ive purposely got myself into a tight spot (I guess you can yell at me for that, I need the kick in the behiny) and am trying my damndest to fix so I wont have this problem in the future. Review, let me know what you think! Hang in there for part 2!