A/N: Hey everyone! As hard as it is to believe: I UPDATED! I am ever so sorry for leaving everyone hanging like that! Please check my profile if you want to know what happened. Basically, it's 'cause I was busy. I was looking through my stories when I realized that I hadn't posted this chapter up although I was done with it a really long time ago. Maybe it was because I wanted to do one final edit. Anyway, I'm glad I never posted it. There were somethings I wanted to change. And when I did, I realized that my writing style had somewhat changed. Don't worry as I think that it actually has improved! Hehehe! That kinda makes me happy about my break.

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I've made you all wait long enough, so here you go! Hope you like it!


First Impressions

Knock, knock.

Sano opened his eyes and glanced at his bedroom door. Then another glance at the giant navy-blue clock at the far end of his room told him that it was 6pm. Who could want him at such a late hour? He closed his eyes and tried to go back to sleep.

He heard another knock but didn't bother to go and open the door. His brothers, Gilbert and Shin, didn't usually knock before entering his room. They just barged in with no care in the world for privacy. It couldn't be his parents either, as the last he heard, they had had their hands full with the royalty of the Sakura Kingdom. So, who in the world could it be?

He heard the door swing open and knew for sure that it was one of his brothers. But why the hesitation?

Despite knowing who was in the room, he didn't open his eyes. He pretended to be asleep hoping they would just go away. He knew that it was pointless from past experience, but somehow he never seemed to learn.

He heard the light footsteps halt and mentally frowned.

Light footsteps?

That didn't sound right. That and the caution.

Maybe it wasn't one of his brothers.

After a few minutes, he felt something long and silky fall on his face. It smelt sweet and it took him a moment to realize what it was; hair. The next realization that there was a girl in his room and that that girl was leaning over him came as quite a shock. It was either a girl or a guy with long hair. The second possibility was frightening and he decided to give up the sleeping guy act and opened his eyes.

His eyes met big brown ones that went wide with shock. She had long brown hair with two ribbons in it. Her face was just a few inches away from his.

He had never seen this girl before, although she did look somewhat familiar, and it wasn't everyday that he woke up with a cute girl leaning over him. And that was when he said the first thing that came to his head: "Who are you?"


Mizuki gasped and fell back on her butt. She immediately stood up and she felt her face burn with embarrassment.

"I… I am…" she trailed off as she saw Prince Gilbert sit up.

"Well, who are you?" he repeated, but this time a little more firmly.

"He's kinda rude," she thought to herself. "No way am I marrying such a rude person."

Mizuki took a deep breath and tried again, "I am –"

At that moment, the door to Prince Gilbert's room burst open. Both of them looked to see who had made such a rude entrance.

A tall handsome blonde guy stood there, smiling.

"Are you Princess Mizuki of the Noble Kingdom of Sakura?" the person asked, walking into the room.

"Yes, I am," Mizuki replied.

The person walked up to Mizuki and knelt down on one knee. Then, taking her hand in his, he kissed it.

"I am Prince Gilbert. It is a pleasure to meet you," he said and stood up.

Mizuki gasped and looked down at the other person in the room whom she had assumed was her fiancé. He stood up.

Prince Gilbert laughed.

"This is my younger brother, Prince Izumi," he said, "I overheard Princess Rio telling her sister that she met a girl on her way to meet her and that she had given the girl directions to 'Prince Gilbert's room'. Princess Rio often confuses Izumi with me. That's how I knew you'd be here. Please forgive Princess Rio on my behalf."

"Ah! Of course. It was an accident, so I don't mind."

"He's not that bad of a person. Plus, he looks good," Mizuki observed.

Prince Gilbert looked at Prince Izumi.

"You weren't impolite to her, were you, Sano?"

"Depends," he replied.

Inside, Mizuki was fuming.

"What a jerk! I'm glad he's not Prince Gilbert!"

"Is she your fiancée?" Prince Izumi asked, looking at Mizuki.

"Uh-huh," Prince Gilbert wrapped an arm around Mizuki's shoulder. "Cute, isn't she?"

Mizuki blushed and tried not to think about the warm hand on her shoulder.

"Whatever," Izumi replied.

He turned around and walked to the door. Then, he stopped.

"Hey, don't do anything in my room," he said without looking back and walked out the open door.

"He is such jerk! Jerk! How can Prince Gilbert and that jerk possibly be related?" Mizuki asked herself.

She heard Prince Gilbert laugh.

"Don't worry about him. He's not such a bad guy. Anyway," he turned to Mizuki, "We aren't gonna do anything that fast, are we?"

Mizuki felt her face heat up even more. She vigorously shook her head.

"I… I want to go back to my room. I got lost and…"

Prince Gilbert's hand slid down to hers. He tugged on it.

"Come on; I'll take you to your room. You'd better rest before dinner, Princess Mizuki."

"Please, call me Mizuki," she heard herself saying.

"Of course, if you agree to call me Gilbert," he replied.

She smiled. "Hey, maybe coming here wasn't such a bad idea, after all."


Well, what did you think? Was it too short? Let me know. Hopefully the next update will be soon!