Amelia stood on a balcony overlooking the gardens. It was almost midnight and the moon was late, shining its silvery light upon the small ornamental ponds that were spotted here and there in the lawns between the hedge walls and rows of rare flowers. Behind her, the ball celebrating her twenty-fifth birthday continued in full splendor, yet Amelia had managed to escape without gaining any tagalongs that normally would have followed her.

The stars sparkled like the diamonds in her tiara and offset the darkness of her hair that was now much longer than she'd ever had it before. She heard someone behind her, but didn't turn, not wanting to invite conversation with anyone right now. The person had different ideas though and stepped up beside her, leaning on the stone railing of the balcony with her. From the corner of her eye, she could see that it was Saphire, and her heart skipped a beat.

Automatically, she berated herself for her feelings toward him. She'd promised herself she'd only love Zelgadis, that she'd never give up on him. Amelia hung her head, staring at her unadorned hands.

"Do you really love him that much?" Saphire asked, his voice more than his words causing her to lift her head and look at him.


Saphire's lips twitched toward a smile. "And what of me?" he asked, seeing Amelia hang her head once more and looking away from his direction.

"I feel... like I've given up on his ever coming back..." Amelia slowly replied.

"So you love me?" Saphire asked, slowly moving closer to her. He saw her nod slightly and reached out a hand to gently touch her cheek.

She turned to look at his face again, causing his hand to slide across her chin to the other side of her face. "I love both of you."

Saphire's smirk became more prominent. "Apt phrasing," he commented but didn't elaborate. Instead, he slid his arms around her, pulling her closer. "Marry me," he whispered to her.

Amelia shook her head, "Why are you asking me this?" Tears trailed down her face as she tried her hardest to keep herself from melting into his embrace.

"Because I love you," he replied.

The princess pulled herself away and was about to head back into the ballroom when he spoke again, "I should return this to you... but if you don't mind... I'd like to keep it and give you something else instead."

She turned to look at him once more, her eyes falling upon a bracelet with a cloth band and a large blue gem. "But- how did you get that?!" she demanded, her eyes going wide.

He smirked. "You gave it to me, Amelia. The day we went our separate ways. You asked me to come back to Seyruun with you, I told you I needed to find my cure." He watched her as he slowly walked closer. She was standing absolutely still, straight as a rod. His hand reached into his pocket and pulled out a very expensive diamond ring. "You gave this to me and said 'Keep it and remember me by it.' I told you I'd bring it back someday."

"WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME!?" Amelia suddenly shrieked, disturbing almost everyone who was within hearing distance- that being the entire ballroom full of people.

Zelgadis placed a finger upon her lips, "Marry me," he repeated his earlier words, "because I love you." Amelia fell into his arms, sobbing her affirmative answer. Slowly, Zelgadis stroked her hair and back, guiding her toward a bench that was set on the balcony not all that far from where they were standing. He took her hand and slipped the ring onto her delicate finger, placing a kiss upon her forehead.

"You rat," she told him, finally calming down and just sitting within his embrace. "All this time.. you.."

"I wanted to know if it was really me that you loved," he said softly. "And I wanted to know if I loved you."

THE END!!! WAHAHAHA!!!! ^_^ Kawaii or what?