(Grr! I know! I need to finish a freaking story for once. BUT I HAVE A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS ONE! I just need lots of reviews to keep me going. TT hint hint lol But yeah, you know the drill. I don't own anything!)

Chapter 1: Meetings

Somewhere in the Macalania Kingdom, a scrawny tanned seven year old with floppy blonde hair was waiting impatiently in front of the castle gates with his obviously irritated father, who couldn't seem to keep his son from standing still.

"When's my playmate going to get here, Daddy?" He tugged on his father's hand, desperate for his answer. When his father only responded with a growl, he gave up and searched the woods with his clumsy blue eyes.

The minutes seemed like hours. Finally, a red carriage beautifully decorated with gold trim pulled up carried by a fine pair of golden chocobos pulled up to the castle. The brunette man caught his son by the collar of the back of his shirt before he could go running.

"Remember what I told you, Tidus. Be on your best behavior. You're a prince, so act like one." Tidus shot his father a cheesy grin as if to say he understood.

The blonde stood up straight as he watched the carriage door swing open with eager eyes. His smile was big as he saw a bald Al Bhed man step out of the carriage first, he couldn't wait to play with his new playmate. He couldn't stop thinking about all the things he could do with his new friend. They could blitz, wrestle, hunt, or even box! He had never really had a chance to play with other boys before.

The child's smile immediately faded when he saw the Al Bhed man help a young blonde girl about the same age as him out of the carriage.


"Father!" The young boy whined, clearly appalled, turning to the large man standing beside him. "You said you were getting me a playmate! You didn't say anything about a girl!" He stressed the last word, making it sound like a disease.

"Now you listen to me." Jecht growled in a low, threatening tone. "You treat her with respect and play nicely. You'll be with her all summer."

Tidus stomped his foot and crossed his arms. 'This isn't fair!' The boy was screaming in his head, glaring daggers at his father.

Before he knew it the young girl was standing in front of him and Jecht pushed him forward. Tidus looked back at his father with a pleading look in his eyes, but all he received was a stern, warning glance in reply. The blonde boy sighed, defeated, and feigned a smile, turning back to the young girl who seemed to have that same fake smile painted on her face as well.

He knew what he had to do, and he dreaded it. She even knew what he had to do as he grabbed her hand.

"It's a pleasure meeting you…" He paused, realizing he had never been told what his friend's name was. His father coughed, "Rikku."

"…Rikku," Tidus finished as he twisted his face, looking at her hand in his. Rikku mimicking his look of abhorrence. The blonde boy quickly kissed the girl's hand and quickly turned his head, spitting onto the ground near his feet.

Rikku responded by scowling and quickly wiping the back of her hand on the skirt of her green dress.

'I can't believe I'm stuck with her all summer. I'll bet she doesn't wrestle, or hunt, or even blitz.' Tidus shuddered just thinking about it. The petite girl suddenly raised her hands into fists as if to say that she was going to slug him. The boy's eyes widened and jumped back, momentarily terrified of Rikku.

Unfortunately, the boy's father pushed him forward towards the hostile Al Bhed. He bowed as he said through gritted teeth, "So happy you could come."

"So happy to be here," the girl replied through gritted teeth, curtseying.

Tidus's father, Jecht, walked up to the girl's father, Cid, and slung his arm around the Al Bhed's shoulders. The pair were friends from a long time back.

"We have lots to talk about, my friend," Jecht grinned, and the two fathers walked off, leaving the children behind.

While the Kings walked away Rikku suddenly punched Tidus in the arm. The young prince rubbed his arm. "Hey! What was that for?" He glared back at the petite Al Bhed.

"You kiss my hand again and I'll slug you in the face."

"I'D LIKE TO SEE YOU TRY!!!" The two young children growled at each other, their faces inches apart. Rikku drew back her arm, preparing to punch Tidus's lights out, and the boy tackled her. She fought back fiercely, and they rolled around trying to get advantage over the other.

The ruckus they caused was enough to draw Jecht and Cid back to pull their respective child away from the other.

"Well, would you look at that. They're already eager to play with each other," Cid laughed uneasily.

Throughout all of the summers spent together, the two hot headed children would attack each other every chance they could get.

One summer, the Al Bhed girl lost her temper and kicked the base of the boy's tree house, breaking it down, but in the process they both got hurt, breaking various body parts.

Years passed and at the age of thirteen, as the Al Bhed was leaving, tomatoes were thrown by Tidus and his friend Wakka when she left. That was when Rikku decided that she had had enough. She would find a way to sneak out of the palace when the next summer arrived, so she would never have to return to that so-called kingdom and its so-called prince.

4 years later

As a clever seventeen year old Al Bhed girl finished tying up her bed sheets, forming a rope. She heard her father screaming from down the hallway, his angry footsteps warning her of his approach.

'Cred!' (Shit) The teenager thought to herself as she tossed the makeshift rope out the window and started climbing. Suddenly, the locked door was forced open and five guards pulled her back into the room.

"Oh no you don't! You're not getting out of it this year!" Cid glared at her as she aimed a kick into the shins of one of her captors. He grunted, but didn't let go.

"YOU CAN'T MAKE ME GO!" The lively girl yelled as the guards struggled to hold onto her.

"Oh really? Try me." Cid smirked that familiar smirk that he got whenever he was going to prove her wrong. Oh, how Rikku hated that smirk. She hated it very much.

He got five more guards into the room, packed up her bags, and had all of the guards carry her into the carriage. He had five go in the carriage as he sat down next to his daughter, keeping her still as the extravagant carriage took off. Well, he attempted to keep her still, but she could not be contained.

"DREC EC PIMMCRED! OUI'NA GETHYBBEHK SA!" (THIS IS BULLSHIT! YOU'RE KIDNAPPING ME!) Her voice was surprisingly loud and thunderous for her size, though it was somewhat shrill when she was angry. And she was very angry. There was no way in hell she was going back to that place, and she was DEFINITELY not marrying that spoiled, egotistical prince.

"Oui'mm tu fryd e damm oui." (You'll do what I tell you.) Cid spat testily, quieting his furious daughter. She knew he had won, but that didn't mean she wasn't going to make this ride hell for him.

Six hours later they arrived at the Macalania Castle. She saw those familiar blue eyes watching for the carriage, and then she noticed three other carriages arriving as well. When the choccobos finally stopped, the guards grabbed her arms and Cid just smiled.

"See you in a couple of months," her father grinned as she glared at him. It finally took five guards to yank her out of the carriage, and eventually she admitted defeat and walked to her "execution." But this time was different than it had been in the past. She wasn't going to plaster a fake smile on her face like she used to. Oh, no. She was a big girl now.

Tidus' P.O.V.

The blonde young man scanned the area with his now masculine features, his jaw clearly defined and his eyes a seemingly deeper blue than they had been at childhood. He had become truly handsome.

Tidus didn't just have one girl trying to marry him; he had three. And at the arrival of this new carriage, he had four. He watched curiously as a girl was dragged out of the fourth carriage. She was walking miserably towards him, and he tilted his head, looking the girl up and down. She had a perfectly tanned, slender body, her shimmering blonde hair slightly hiding her exotic green eyes.

He was about to say hi, to say anything, but she just brushed past him like he was nothing. Tidus frowned, unsure of why this girl was so cold. She was familiar, but he couldn't quite place her…

The prince was about to stop her when a brunette with skin that seemed a little too tan came running up to him, only to be pushed away by a blonde that looked much older then him with a very revealing dress. Then another brunette with brown hair and highlights pushed her aside as well.

"Well, uh … hello… Dona, Leblanc, Rinoa." (Editor's Note: Haha, Rinoa is one of his bitches.)

He smiled his charming smile and turned to watch the retreating form of the stunning blonde he has seen only a few seconds ago. Her walk was so demanding, he had to just stop and stare, secretly admiring her nicely shaped rear end.

The dazed prince was suddenly brought back down to Spira when a pair of chocolate-colored eyes demanded his attention.

"What were you looking at, Tidus?" Dona pouted.

"Oh… erm… nothing…" The blonde rubbed the back of his head uneasily, hiding his nervousness with a cheesy smile.

"Well I call the first dance at the ball with you tonight!" came Leblanc's sudden demand, making the other two girls glare at her and start to argue about who got the first dance with Tidus.

"Unfortunately, ladies, I have already promised someone the first dance." He looked back in the direction of where the blonde had disappeared.

"Who?!" All three angry girls asked simultaneously.

"Heh… your guess is as good as mine," he said softly, continuing to look in that same direction, wondering where that goddess could have possibly disappeared to.

At the Ball

Rikku sat by herself, sipping a glass of wine delicately, looking somewhat refined. She scanned the area, looking for an escape route, when her planned escape was suddenly interrupted by a certain blue eyed prince. The first song had started playing. It was "Sway" re-done by Michael Buble.

"May I have this dance?" He smiled his most charming smile, holding his hand out to the petite Al Bhed girl. She was about to say no when she spotted one of her father's guards glaring at her. She tried not to vomit when she saw that stupid smile on his face.

"It would be my honor," she said through gritted teeth, faking a smile as she took his hand and he led her to the dance floor.

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Rikku could feel Tidus hold her a little closer; she just rolled her eyes at this act. The teenage boy whispered into her ear. "What's your name?"

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease

The young prince gently dipped the girl, looking in her eyes, searching for some sort of answer.

"You should know," Rikku hissed venomously.

When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

A confused look played on his handsome face as he pulled her back up and she whispered into his ear.

"Here's a hint: you threw rotten tomatoes at me the last time I left this hell hole." His blue eyes widened as realization dawned upon him.

Other dancers may be on the floor

Before the poor guy had time to say anything else, the hot tempered Al Bhed suddenly stomped a high heel right into his foot as hard as she could.

He leaned forward a bit, his mouth opening a bit with a pained expression on his face, letting her go.

Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

Rikku smirked, satisfied and turned to walk away when Tidus miraculously recovered and grabbed her hand, twirling her into his arms. She glared at him and he glared right back. Icy blue eyes clashed with venomous green ones as they were brought close together.

"Rikku." He growled out her name.

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Tidus twirled her away again, but putting his foot out so he tripped her, he knew that she would land on her face, but he decided to have a bit of mercy. He just wanted to scare the young girl anyways. He turned her around in mid air and caught her by the small of her back, pulling her back up.

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

He felt immense sympathy for her when he felt her cling to his shoulders, a scared look on her face which quickly changed when she got over the shock of what just happened. She smirked and suddenly whispered softly and sarcastically into his ear, "Cunno." (Sorry.)

Tidus had a confused look on his face, but then Rikku quickly brought her knee up kneeing him in the nuts as hard as she could. The pained blonde immediately let go of her and fell to the ground, cupping his precious jewels in his hands. (E/N: ((points and laughs.)))

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now
You know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

The Al Bhed girl looked down upon the helpless teenage boy writhing in pain with a twisted grin. She didn't say anything to him. She turned, her glamorous blonde hair swishing in the air as she moved, a satisfied look on her face.

Tidus glared at her retreating form as he lay there on the ground. But what made him even angrier was the fact that he still found her amazingly breathtaking even as she walked away after kneeing him in his most treasured area.

Of course Dona, Leblanc, and Rinoa came to his immediate aid, helping him up. After a couple of minutes he stood there weakly, supported by all three girls, watching where Rikku had made her escape. "This…. Means… War."