Hey, sorry for the delay in updating. Was working on other fics, got sick, got better, did some other things, but am ready to write now. Thanks to everyone who reviewed the last chapter.

At the palace a princess was being introduced to Prince Zack.

"This is my son Zack"

"It's a pleasure to meet to meet you sire" she bowed respectfully.

"Nice to meet you too, and please call me Zack"

"Of course, sire"

"I'll leave you two to get acquainted" About thirty seconds after he left them alone he heard a scream and a second later the princess came storming out of the room fuming mad.

"I can't take it!"

"What happened?" his question was answered when, as the princess continued to walk out in a huff, he saw that parts of her dress had been torn up a bit.

"I'll tell you what happened! That brat of yours and his pet lizard are menaces!"

"Zack" the sultan said to himself. "I'm very sorry about this. I'm sure we can work this out"

"Forget it!" she said angrily as she slammed the door never to return. After a moment the sultan went to Zack's room and saw him sitting on his bed petting his pet lizard Komodo.

"Zack, what happened? You two seemed to hit it off so well"

"I don't know, Komodo walked up to her to say hi and she just freaked"

"You know that seems to happen a lot"

"What can I say dad, the ladies just don't understand me"

"I'm sure. Son, you know I'm not going to live forever"

"Here we go"

"It's just that if you don't marry a princess by your next birthday you don't get to be sultan"

"I know dad, it's just that I don't know if I'm ready to get married yet"

"I know it's not easy growing up, but you know how the law works. Frankly it's out of my hands"

"I know dad" About that time Jafargost walked into the room.

"Sire, I may have a solution to the problem" Meanwhile in a secluded alley Wadi was surrounded by several rough looking men.

"Who are you guys?" Wadi asked trying not to sound scared.

"We are but a few embraceries sent by the boss to extend to you an invitation to join the forty thieves" one said making Wadi gasp. The forty thieves were infamous throughout the seven deserts as the most feared and skilled thieves in the world.

"I-I don't know…I'm just not sure"

"The boss doesn't like to hear no"

"Not my problem" Wadi said regaining some of her composure.

"Look, just come and meet her and…"

"Her?" Wadi said her interest peaked.

"Hey, we're equal opportunity bad guys"

"Alright, I'll meet with your leader"

"Alright then come with us" While that was going on Jafargost had just finished explaining how if Zack doesn't get married the rule of the land goes to the royal phazir.

"But don't you have to be married too?"

"Oh don't worry about that your highness"

"Are you sure?"

"Trust me" He said laving the throne room and headed back to his secret lair in a hidden part of the castle where someone was waiting for him.

"I take it that our plan is working?"

"Do not worry Mirage. All is going according to plan. Soon I'll be the sultan and you will have your revenge" said Jafargost as he and Mirage laughed evilly. Meanwhile Zack was in his room talking to Komodo.

"I just don't know buddy. I mean I want to be sultan, but I'm just not sure I want to get married right now" Komodo looked at him sympathetically. "Thanks buddy. I knew you'd understand" About that time the Sultan walked into his room.

"Hey, son"

"Hey dad"

"Look son, I know marriage is a big step, but I'm afraid the law is the law"

"I know dad. It's just since mom's disappearance…"

"I know son, I know" About that time the reps from the 40 thieves and Wadi arrived at the hideout of the 40 thieves.

"Ah, hideout sweet hideout" One said causing Wadi to roll her eyes. It was a dank dreary place hidden in the desert. It wasn't long before they were in the throne room which had torches and animal heads on the walls and a throne made of bones in against one wall where a woman sat in an orange and black robe with the hood up covering her face.

"We have the girl as you requested"

"Good, I hope my boys weren't too rough"

"Not at all" Wadi replied trying to show no fear.

"Glad to hear it. Now to get down to business, I have a proposition for you…"

Meanwhile back at the palace Zack made a rather rash decision.

"I'm gonna miss you buddy. But if I have to get married I should get out of the palace at least once before I say I do" Komodo just growled. "Good bye Komodo" Zack said as he snuck out of his window and carefully worked his way to the ground using the vines growing on the side of the palace. Has he continued his decent the vine he was using snapped causing him to fall the rest of the way down.

So, how did you like it? I'm sorry it took so long, but I'm just so busy sometimes I have no time to write. I will promise that the next chapter will be much longer. Hopefully. Anyway, next chapter should come out soon. Till then have a good day/night and please R and R.