Ash was walking May home with many questions to ask her. Why did that boy intend to harm May? If she didn't know him, how did he know her? And the most important question was who May was.
"Ash, I know this whole situation might be a little weird right now, but it's best that we talk about this at my house. My father will help shed more light on this. He's probably very worried about me."
"Who's your dad?"
They stood in front of a large wooden house with high windows which was built by a modern architect. Ash marveled at this obviously expensive "mini-mansion."
May took out her keys and unlocked the door. Ash walked through the threshold admittedly nervous about meeting May's father after only two days of knowing her.
"MAY! I was so worried about you."
"Sorry, Daddy. I know I should've called."
"As long as you're ok, that's fine with me."
May's father was a few inches taller than Ash and had the build of an athlete. Needless to say, Ash was a bit intimidated.
"You must be Ash. The school called and told me that a young man stopped that man in the hall from hurting May. You've earned my gratitude, Ash," said May's father as he extended his hand.
"It was really nothing, Mr. Maple. I just acted quickly. It was nothing special."
"Saving an ambassador's daughter is indeed something special Ash. And what's with the Mr. Maple? Call me Norman."
"Yes, sir," Ash said feeling a bit of shock.
"You'll stay for dinner of course. Won't you?"
"Um, sure, Norman. I'll just have to call and let my mom know."
Norman stepped out of the room and called out to them from the kitchen.
"I'm going to get some lemonade. Make yourselves comfortable."
May took his hand and lead him to the living room, making Ash blush. On the way there, they passed through a doorway guarded by two large men in suits. Both of them had earpieces in their right ears and looked as rigid as statues.
The men stood still not uttering a word.
Ash and May found their way to a large leather couch. It was very calming for Ash to sit on a comfortable couch. Not only had he just met May's father, but he was an ambassador complete with his own security team. He hadn't imagined that meeting a girl's father would be this stressful. Ash felt as though worry lines were already forming on his forhead.
May could sense him worrying, so she moved a bit closer to him to whisper something in his ear.
"Don't be so tense. I'm about to give you a nice little reward for saving me."
Ash immediately blushed and felt a slight chill at what she could possibly mean.
She moved away as Norman entered the living room. He put three glasses of lemonade on the table in the middle of the room.
"Here you go, guys. I think there's still a few cookies left. That is if Max didn't eat them all."
Norman again left to look for them.
"How about that reward," May said somewhat seductively.
She reached for a glass of lemonade and handed it to Ash.
Ash let a slight sigh of relief.
"Haha. What did you think I meant?"
"You were just so tense. I figured that that would distract you from whatever you're worried about."
"Sorry, but it's not every day that you find out that this girl you like...."
Ash stopped himself, not believing that he had just confessed.
"Girl you like?"
"Um, girl you like just met is practically a princess."
Ash mentally criticized himself. Yeah, nice recovery there, genius.
"So, you think of me as a princess?"
"Well, I just mean that you've kind of got a castle, a father that negotiates with foreign countries, and your own 'royal guards.'"
"Hm..sounds like all I'm missing is a handsome prince to rescue me so I can fall in love with and marry him and live happily ever after," she said with a wink.
With impeccable timing, Norman walked in and placed cookies on the table.
"So, Ash. How did you know to react the way you did when you saved May?"
"It was more of a reflex. I've been taking self defense lessons since I was eight years old."
"Ah, so you could probably flip me if I attacked you."
"Haha, I don't think I'm that good."
"Well, don't be modest. Regardless, you were good enough to protect May. There's something I haven't told you about that assassin. When he was apprehended, he confessed that he was working under someone who wasn't exactly my biggest fan."
"Dad, you never mentioned anything about this."
"Well, this was before you were born. A while back, I represented our country in a meeting to try to diffuse a situation before it lead to war. I was successful, and we saved millions of innocent lives that would've been caught in the cross fire."
"So why is he after you Norman?"
"He wanted the war so that he could sell arms to both sides in order to make himself rich. Obviously, that didn't happen so he swore revenge on both me and my family. He was under investigation and was eventually indicted, so I didn't think I would have to worry until I found out that he had escaped the other day."
"So what are we going to do?"
"The school said that the police would start checking people with metal detectors, so fire arms aren't a problem, but still I am worried about my daughter's safety."
Norman looked intently at Ash.
"Will you protect my daughter?"
This question made Ash's nervous kick back in.
"Of course, but I'm not in all of her classes."
"May, would you mind dropping some classes and taking up the ones that Ash is in?"
"Sure! We're already in a few classes, so it would only be a couple of them."
"So it's decided then. Thank you Ash. I'm indebted to you."
"Um, no problem. Norman."
"Well, I think I'm going to have my chef get dinner ready. You like Japanese food Ash?"
Ash continued to drink his lemonade as he tried to take everything in. So this girl that I like is the daughter of an important ambassador who's got someone coming after both him and the rest of his family and I'm going to protect his daughter. Good thing she's really pretty.
"Dinner's ready guys!"
As the two of them got up to go to the dining room, May tapped him on the shoulder and said, "I never got a chance to properly thank you."
"Don't mention it. You're wel-"
May kissed Ash on the cheek before he could finish his sentence.