Disclaimer: I do not own Dragon Quest. This is the story of Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies told in the point of view of a warrior named Iniko, who is going to follow 'The Hero' through her journey. There will be improvisations on the storyline and things that don't happen in the games. This is to give the story a more emotional edge and will hopefully give the characters depth. Iniko and Katunei are mine.

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Wonder you should, because that plotline won't be revealed for quite awhile. Everything is part of the plotline, you know. Even funny little details like that. You'd be surprised what caused it, though, bet you can't guess.

"Oh, you'll forgive me, won't you, dear girl?" Mrs. Ruzendale said with a smile.

"Of course. There really isn't anything to forgive anyway. It's not your fault the store opens early today," I said to her, but only with a small smile. I felt I couldn't pull off anything better.

"Ah, I'd have really loved to walk you out of town, but I can see my customers comin' up the road right this moment." She folded her arms. "You'll just have to deal with grumpy ol' Kallen, hey?"

"I heard that!" Kallen yelled from the kitchen.

I giggled at the scene, but stopped abruptly when I remembered that I wasn't going to see it anymore. I sobered, and Mrs. Ruzendale frowned slightly.

"…Come here, dear girl." Without warning she pulled me close to her and wrapped her arms around me in a tight hug. I stood there for a moment, quite shocked. But soon I had my arms wrapped around her as well, squeezing the life out of her. "You may be goin' some place far off, but I'll always be here if you need me. You and Kallen…you're like the kids I never got to have. And I'm so glad it was you two."

"…Me, too," I said quietly.

For a while we didn't say anything, but we eventually separated. I was surprised to find she almost had tears in her eyes. "What are you starin' at?" she asked. "After all, I'm not the only one weepin' like a new-born babe." She broke into a big grin.

I lifted my hand to dab my eyes, but I could feel them coming on anyway. "I don't know what you're talking about." I said indifferently. The shaking in my voice betrayed me.

"You may be a crybaby, but you remember this, Iniko. Bein' a warrior isn't just about bein' strong and not cryin'. Bein' able to cry and knowin' you can show those feelings to the world; isn't that strength too?" She finished her speech by ruffling my hair. "My brave little warrior…just be careful, and that's all I ask."

"Alright." I gave her a huge smile this time. I wanted her to remember me this way. Not the crying bit, but her knowing I was happy to have met her. That she made my life brighter.

"Are we all prepared to depart?" Katunei asked, walking down the stairs.

I quickly whipped away any evidence of tears. "I'm all set." Ah, see, my voice was back to normal.

"Alright, then let us leave." She turned to Mrs. Ruzendale and bowed deeply. "I thank you sincerely for taking care of us. It has been a great pleasure to know you and stay here."

"Aw, it be nothin', sweet. Just remember to wear your gloves when it gets too chilly, hm?" She smiled sweetly and Katunei blushed. I snorted quietly; the incident wouldn't be forgotten for a while.

"I'm ready to go, too." Kallen said, finally emerging from the kitchen. In his hands he carried a large box wrapped in cloth. He handled it delicately.

"Alright, then. Be off with you all! Be off on your wild adventure!" Mrs. Ruzendale waved us off.

That was how we left. Mrs. Ruzendale behind us, the biggest smile of all time plastered on her face.

Walking outside, Katunei stopped suddenly and Stella popped out.

"We did it, Katunei! We finally flapping did it! You probably can't see it, but there's benevolessence as far as the eyes can see! You must be due for some kind of promotion for making so many people so happy! You're a high flyer, and no mistake!" She paused when she realised her mistake and quickly glanced at her. "Oh, no offence."

Katunei nodded briefly in acceptance, as Kallen was here.

"Well, let's go to the Starflight Express, then! Come on, full steam ahe…" Stella trailed off when she saw me. "…What the flap are you so amazed by, Melonhead?"

I ignored the jab. Or rather, I didn't even hear it. All I could think in that moment was this is incredible.


Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. Twinkling delicately like stars, but at the same time managing to shine like a beacon, able to be seen across the widest of seas. It almost brought tears to my eyes, gazing upon such wonderment. This…this was benevolessence? How gorgeous, how beautiful, how spectacular! Without realising it, my lips had pulled into a big grin at the sight, and I didn't even stop to think about why I could see it when Katunei couldn't even catch a glimpse of it. I shook my head lightly.

"I'm fine, sorry guys." If there was one thing I was learning about this amazing world Katunei lived in, it was to be discreet about it. There was no need to make a big fuss about it or create a scene like I had done before; I simply needed to accept it as part of my life that no one else could have – or know about. And that meant being able to put on a show.

Stella tutted at me in annoyance, but I felt like nothing could bring down my mood right then. I wasn't even going to retaliate to her calling me Melonhead. Although it wasn't like I could anyway, with Kallen standing right there. However, Katunei was giving me the oddest look, a mixture of confusion and deep curiosity. I mouthed the word 'later' to her, and she nodded subtlety, showing she understood.

"Well, let's get going then!" Machi said cheerfully, and I saw Kallen wince out of the corner of my eye. I kept a steely gaze on him, ready to intervene at any moment, but was surprised when he took a deep breath and looked away. I smiled after staring for too long and looked away also, preferring to take in the scenery of Coffinwell while I had the chance. The orange dyed trees, the cosy houses, the cobblestone path laid before us. It didn't take me long to understand how I felt about it this time. While I would miss some – some – of the people in it, it was not a home to me, and I would not miss it. Home was with my friends now, as cheesy as it sounded.

When we reached the gate, the group turned around to face Kallen. Keikazu approached first. "Thank you for everything, Kallen. I won't forget that I'm in your debt." He held out his hand, a sign of peace.

Kallen stared at it for a while and then shook it firmly. He pulled Keikazu closer and murmured something in his ear, glaring at him darkly as he spoke. I couldn't hear the words clearly, and Keikazu pulled away. "You don't have to worry about that. I promise."

"Yeah, you better." Kallen scoffed. He turned to me.

"We will go ahead for a moment, Iniko. Catch up quickly." Katunei said smiling. I thanked her silently for this private moment.

"So," Kallen said.

"So," I replied.

"So…this is for you." Kallen pushed the box he was holding into my arms. "It's got a few supplies in it, you know, medicine, food, chimera wings, all that junk. Oh, and there are some chai pumpkin spice cookies in there too, I know how they're your favourite."

I was touched. "Whoa, thank you, Kallen. Man, what would I do without your pumpkin cookies?" I joked.

"Die in a forest somewhere from starvation as the thought of my speciality plagued your mind." He smirked.

"Agreed. Yours were always the best in the village." I leaned in close. "Don't tell Mrs. Ruzendale, but they are better than hers as well."

"I can cook pastries better then a forty-year-old woman who chops meat for a living. Awesome," he said sarcastically.

I laughed openly. "I'm gonna miss comments like that."

His eyes softened, but his body went stiff. "You're not coming back, are you?" he asked quietly.

"Not for a long while. And not as a way of coming home. I've got a new home now." I saw hurt in his eyes, and corrected myself. "But if anything, you and Mrs. Ruzendale are the only reason I could keep calling this place home in the first place. I probably wouldn't be alive at this point if it wasn't for you two. And, for that…thanks." It sounded meagre, but he knew that it counted on the inside, and nodded with a smile.

"Well…see you around," I said, turned around, and didn't look back.

As we all rounded the corner, the Starlight Express came into view. The name fit perfectly now, but that could probably be from the fact I could actually see it now, rather than just feel it. I could plainly see the Express, no longer distracted by the eerie golden glow it let off. It was smaller than I had expected, but I could see now that it was only the beginning of the Express, as Katunei had said the rest of the parts had scattered. It mostly looked like an ordinary steam train. Not that steam trains were ordinary in the first place (only the richest of people could afford to even glance at a steam train, let alone ride in one). But it held an air of elegance and holiness that I felt other trains simply couldn't compare to. Stella seemed to think so too, as she made her admiring comments about her "baby".

As we approached, I was quite startled when a girl – I thought it was a girl – in a thick black cloak walked up to us out of nowhere. I was less shocked this time to see that she was painted in a pale blue hue, the sign of ghosts in this world. I had learned that from Catarrhina, though it had scared me stiff first time around. Now I was more used to it, though hardly more at ease.

"Blimey, she looks like she could do with cheering up," Stella commented when she saw her. "Hey, Katunei, she must be a ghost. Why don't you ask her what's wrong? She looks like she could use an ear to cry into," she suggested.

I felt I had to agree, as much as I hated to agree with her. That girl's face looked like she had had her soul ripped apart again and again.

"He's not here…" The bell-like voice chimed sadly, sending shivers down my spine. It took me a second to realise it was coming from the ghost girl.

"What?" Stella questioned in a harsh tone. I'm pretty sure she didn't mean to be half the time, but she always sounded so rude.

The ghost girl shook her head, ignoring her entirely. "He's not here either…" With that, she walked away and vanished into thin air.

"Charming!" Stella said as she looked at where she used to be. "Talk about cold shoulders! Some people are so flapping rude!" She made a small huffing noise and crossed her arms, floating back to Katunei's side. "Huh, never mind. We've got better things to be doing. All aboard the Starlight Express!" she cheered.

"Ugh, I hate being the ignorant one." Machi said, crossing her arms similar to Stella.

"Oh, right, sorry. I forget you guys can't see it sometimes." I said.

"Ah, yes, my apologies also. I must attempt to keep in mind you are not in a similar position to Iniko. Well, Iniko, could I ask you to lead the others onto the Express at my signal? Stella and I need to ensure it is safe to come aboard first," Katunei explained.

"You got it." I smiled.

I stepped back to give them a little space. I gestured for Machi and Keikazu to step back also, because I didn't know what kind of reaction the Express would have when Katunei stepped on board. The others couldn't see what was happening, which was leaving them totally vulnerable. That left me in charge of their safety.

"So what's going to happen when Katunei gets onboard?" Keikazu asked.

"I'm not really too sure," I admitted. "I guess the train will just start up on its own. From what I've figured out, the Express will react to all the benevolessence Katunei's gathered and start working again."

"Gosh, look!" Machi called out. We checked the direction her finger was pointing and stared, wide-eyed.

The Express was lit up like a Christmas tree, glowing and sparkling while it lit up the whole area. I could see it so clearly now, able to view every nook and cranny, every screw and bolt. It shone in all its glory, and Katunei appeared from behind the sliding door, waving us in with an excited smile on her face. She just as quickly ducked inside again, and I could hear her and Stella talking.

"Is this light the Starflight Express?" Keikazu questioned excitedly, much like a little child.

Oh, I thought. They can't see it yet. I was a little disappointed. How sad was it not being able to see the Express like I could?

"Yep, that's the one. Let's hop on board." I smirked. "Wouldn't want poor Stella to have a stroke, now would we?"

"Do you not like Stella, Iniko?" Machi asked, brushing her loose strands of hair out of her face.

"I like her about as much as I like chocolate chip cookies," I said matter-of-factly.

"Do you like chocolate chip cookies?" Keikazu asked curiously.

"No, not in the slightest."

He chuckled, and I felt my face light up as bright as the Starlight Express. Damn it, colds were meant to go away within two weeks!

"Let's, er, get on board," I said nervously, leading the way up the now clear stairs.

"Oooh, maybe now I can see the faerie!" Machi said happily as she skipped after me, almost tripping on the top stair.

"Machi, Stella is not going to live up to your expectations. Trust me on this one."

I may as well have been talking to a brick wall. She was in her own world now, where faeries were cute and kind and not rude. Eh, she'd find out soon enough. No need for me to smash her dreams for her.

"This is unbelievable." Keikazu breathed out, looking around him as he stepped on board. "It looks like we're still outside, but we're not. It's really incredible. I feel like I'm flying or something."

"That's what I used to see, too. I'm pretty sure that the longer we're in here, the more you'll be able to see the actual Express, so hopefully you'll see what I see pretty soon," I said. "Hey, maybe if you're unlucky enough, you'll be able to see Stella, too."

"I can't wait," Keikazu answered, shooting me his signature, heart-wrenching smile. I hadn't seen it since before the Coffinwell incident.

I blushed and looked away, quickly following after Machi. Keeping her out of trouble was like a twenty-four-hour job, you know. I couldn't stop taking care of her to stand there awkwardly.

While watching her to make sure she didn't stick her head out of a window and get stuck there or something, I listened in on Katunei and Stella. "I'll just, er…programulate the…co-ordinates into that control panel over there and we'll be up, up and away before you can wink!" She floated over to the front of the Express, where multiple levers, buttons and screens awaited her. "Okay, er…obviously all I have to do is hop on the controls here, and it's next stop the Observatory…"

My face paled more with every word she spoke. "Stella. Please, please, please tell me you actually know how to drive this thing. Please." She stilled and didn't respond. My panic rose. "If I'm wrong, you can call me Melonhead for the rest of my life and I won't complain. Just please tell me you know how to drive this thing safely."

"Remain calm, Iniko. Stella is the esteemed driver of the Starlight Express, famed for leading the Celestrians to the Almighty. I'm sure that we can place our trust in her. Right, Stella?" Katunei turned to Stella for confirmation, and Stella shifted nervously under her gaze.

"Oh, yeah, er, of course I do! But, um…we're not in that much of a hurry, so if you've got any, er…unfinished business here, I don't mind waiting…" Her voice drifted off.

I started banging my head against the train wall while Katunei assured Stella we had nothing left to do here for now. We're gonna die, we're gonna die, we're gonna die, we're gonna die…

"Um…Iniko, that's not very good for your head, you know." I continued my chanting as I ignored Machi. "Keikazu, she's not listening to me again! You try, she listens to you better sometimes."

"Alright, then." He placed a hand on my shoulder. "I really think you should stop that. You're going to hurt yourself." Like a wall could hurt me, I thought, and banged my head a little harder as my cheeks began turning red again. He sighed. "You asked for it."

Before I knew what was happening, I had been swept off my feet and into his arms like, like…like a princess or something! I gasped in outrage and surprise (nothing else) and struggled in his arms. "Put me down, you idiot!" I yelled, unconcerned about his feelings for once.

"Nope, you'll just start banging your head again." He leaned in far too close to my liking. "Look, see, there's already a bruise."

"Machi can just heal it for me!" I protested, still struggling like he was planning my murder.

"Nope, not letting you down." Was he smirking? I swear to the Almighty he was smirking at me.

"Fine, fine, I promise not to bang my head against the wall anymore! Just put me down!" I gave in, feeling like I was going to burst a blood vessel in my head with how red my face had become.

"Thank you. I'll put you down no-" He was cut off as he stumbled forward, shaken by the sudden rocking of the train. He dropped me on my bum in surprise and fell on top of me, digging his elbow into my stomach. I hissed as I bashed my head against the floor and saw Machi barely avoid the same fate as she clung onto a metal bar on the wall.

"I think my head would have hurt less if you had left me alone," I groaned.

"Oh! Sorry Iniko, one second." He rolled off of me quickly, and I relaxed now that there wasn't any pressure on my stomach. But then I stiffened up again as I realised why we had been shaken like that. I looked up at Stella and Katunei, one of whom was pressing a mountain-load of buttons. The train was moving in a slow circle, being driven calmly for now.

"Let's see…just a little tap here and then…let's try that one there, and then…" she mumbled to herself. "And now…let's GO!" she yelled out.

"Stella, no!" I called out, but it was too late. The sound of the funnel letting off steam alerted to everyone what was going to happen, but only seconds before it did.

With one press of a button, we were all rocketed into the air like a star with no way to stop.

I had never been so terrified in my entire life.

I shuddered as I stepped off the train shakily, finding it hard to place one foot in front of the other. The others didn't seem to be fairing any better, and I was reminded that they couldn't see the Starflight Express at all; to them it was as if they were floating in mid-air, just like Stella. To be shot into the air like a bullet without even seeing the ground you were standing on…ohhh, I was feeling sick all over again.

"Machi, Keikazu, Katunei, everyone alright?" I asked blearily, trying my best to speak without vomiting.

"I'm okay…I think…" I heard Machi murmur from the other side of the train, sounding very tired already. I didn't blame her.

"I'm game," Keikazu moaned as he stepped out of the train. He retched a little bit and quickly put a hand in front of his mouth. "Ugh, never mind."

"Katunei? Katunei, are you ok?" I asked, keeping my eyes closed and leaning again the train for support. When I didn't get a response, I opened my eyes and looked around for her. "Katunei?"

I found Katunei, and she didn't look alright. Not in the slightest. She looked so shaken I was surprised she hadn't fainted there and then. But she wasn't looking at me, but talking to someone else and a group of a few others.

Who were now looking at me.

"It's, it's a human!" One cried out, panic evident in his voice. It didn't take me long to realise they all had halos and wings. These are Celestrians, I thought, bewildered.

"Katunei, what have you done?" a women questioned, looking angrier then should be allowed with such wispy red hair and forest green eyes.

"Keep calm, Roselia, Joseph. Katunei is a trusted friend and fellow Celestrian; she must have some reason for this." A man with light green hair said, reassuring his companions. All of them wore strange clothing with colours like purple and green, although the girl wore pink and white. I saw Machi exit the train and gently pulled her towards me, keeping her partially out of sight.

"How can we keep calm? This could be calamitous! What do you say, Apus Major?" Roselia turned to question, and I realised the old man for the first time. He was a short old man, with a long beard that reached his hips and almost no hair on his head other than a small rim around the edge. He seemed to be wearing a sort of skirt, and held a long wooden staff in his hands. I guessed by the authority he commanded over the three Celestrians that he was obviously a leader of some sort.

"I say, we let everyone rest. The journey must have been tiring, and all four look dead on their feet. Katunei can explain later, as Arome has already said." Apus Major turned to Katunei. "Katunei, retire to your quarters for now, you can explain later."

"No! I can speak now, Apus Major." Katunei spoke loudly, and it made me jump.

"Very well, if you believe yourself to be well enough. Come with me." Apus Major put a hand on the small of her back and led her away gently.

"And what of my friends?" she asked tiredly. I felt a smile coming to my face at the open use of the word "friends".

"We will give them a place to sleep for now, and food if they become hungry. They will not be harmed in any way or form, I assure you," Apus Major replied quietly.

"Alright," Katunei said, seeming too worn out to say anymore. She was soon led away, and we were left behind with the ones called Roselia and Arome. Arome asked if we were alright, and Roselia huffed at the sight of us. Once pleasantries were out of the way, they led us away from the Express and down a series of staircases.

The more I walked, the more I felt my face begin to flush, and eventually I was so sloppy I tripped down the stairs. I would surely have cracked my head open if it hadn't been for Arome, who swept me up before I could fall and cradled me in his arms like I was a baby.

"Iniko!" I heard Keikazu call out, but I had such a headache and didn't really want to listen.

"It looks like she has a cold of some kind. Her temperature is way above where is should be." I hardly listened as a cool hand was placed on my forehead and I sighed at the feel of it on my hot skin. "Don't worry, it doesn't seem like anything major. Some time to sleep will be all she needs and she'll be right as rain in the morning," Arome assured Keikazu and Machi. He removed his hand and I refused to whimper at the loss.

"Are you sure she will be fine?" Keikazu asked again.

"Oh, for goodness sake, didn't he just tell you? All she needs to do is sleep like a good little human and she'll be okay. Here, I'll speed the process along." Another hand, this one not gentle or soft, was harshly bumped onto my head, and my headache increased. Okay, maybe I shouldn't have banged my head on the wall earlier.

"Roselia, that's too hasty-!" I heard, and then I was out like a light.

I was here again.

I was in this place. The one where I wasn't in a place. I was simply there.

But it wasn't simple. And yet it was.

I waited.

I knew what I was waiting for, but I didn't. I was aware I was waiting, but I wasn't. I waited for hours, and I waited for minutes.

After I waited, a voice spoke, and everything changed. I was back in the forest. The special one, the one that meant I was somewhere.

Hello, again.

I wanted to explore. I wasn't here to explore, but I wanted to. So I did, because I could do whatever I wanted when I was here.


You have come to this place, I see.

I have.

I pushed past trees and bushes carefully. This was my world.

Yes, to some degree. This is "your world". This part of a world is yours.

Which world?

That is not why you came, is it?

Why did I come?

Why did you come?

I came by myself.

You did. That is a sign.

A sign of what?

A sign you are growing. Learning things you shouldn't have learnt yet.



When would I have learnt, if not now?

Perhaps never. Perhaps soon. But this was too soon. You were not ready.

Ready for what?

Ready for what?

Things I am not ready for.


When would I have been ready?

When you were ready.

What would mean I was ready?

A steady heart. A heart of soul and silver.

A heart of soul and silver…

Ah, I have said too much.

Will I be sent away?

You are catching on. Soon I will not be able to stop you coming and going as you please.

Will I return?

Will you return?

I will return.

You should not return.

But I will return.

Correct.You must leave now.

I will leave now. But I will return?

You will return.


Goodbye, Iniko.

My eyes snapped opened and I sat up in a flurry. I found I was in a bed – a nice, comfy one too, with covers as soft as silk. It was rare to find accommodations so good, so I decided I should sleep some more. After all, I didn't know why I was awake in the first place.

"Ah, you're awake," a voice said, and I saw for the first time the young man sitting by my bedside.

"Why was I asleep in the first place?" I asked groggily, rubbing my eyes tiredly.

"Oh, I'm sorry about that. You would have slept anyway, but you were forced into it by Roselia before we could give you a check-up. Really sorry about that," he said, smiling while he carefully stood, as if I was going to bite.

"Eh, no worries. No bad dreams or anything, so." I shrugged, looking around the room. It looked like an infirmary, with a couple of other beds and cabinets all over the place. It was a real mess, tablets and cartons thrown everywhere, mostly covering the floor. I caught sight of Amore glancing at me cautiously. It was starting to really annoy me. "What? I'm not gonna bite you, you know. I'm a well-trained human, thank you very much."

His eyes widened for a moment, but then he started laughing soon after. "I'm sorry," he said, calming down. "It's just Katunei said you would probably be quite wary and quiet when you woke up since you didn't like strangers much, but it seems you're quite the opposite."

I stared. "Katunei said that?"

"Yes, she seemed quite worried about you, so she came to check up on you a lot." He clicked his fingers. "That reminds me, she told me to tell her when you woke up…" He was gone quickly, and I was glad because that meant he couldn't see a happy smile spreading across my face.

"Iniko!" the voice of a certain priest called out.

"In here, Machi," I said, and she burst through the door, Keikazu close behind.

She jumped on me and squeezed me into a suffocating hug. "Ooh, I'm glad you're okay, Iniko."

"Machi…too…tight…again…" Really, should I miss things like this, or try to kill her for them?

"And up we go Machi." Keikazu said as he hefted her into the air, and I took a long deep breath.

"Thanks, Keikazu. I owe you one." I smiled.

"Oh, er, no problem." He plopped Machi down and sat down on the chair that Amore had vacated. "So how are you feeling now?"

"Feeling? Er, fine, I guess. Why do you ask?"

"You don't remember?" His face looked troubled. "They were taking us to our rooms, but you tripped and fell down the stairs. You had a temperature, so they just finished giving you treatment a few hours ago."

"Down the stairs?" I buried my head in my hands. "Ugh, how embarrassing."

"No, not at all. I just feel bad because I didn't notice how unwell you were feeling."

"Keikazu, I didn't realise how unwell I was feeling, and it's my body so you'd think I'd be first to know." I glared daggers into thin air, aiming for my target mentally. "Besides, I'm going to be having a talk with a certain faerie about her and her driving skills."


I jumped in the bed when Katunei's voice came out of nowhere.

"How are you feeling, Iniko?" She stepped out from behind Machi, Machi and Keikazu looking as spooked as I was.

"Fine. Er, hey, Katunei, how did you do that?" She raised an eyebrow. "You know, the whole appearing-from-nowhere thing. Because I'm pretty sure that's Stella's thing."

"I'll explain. It is a slightly long story."

So she sat down on the edge of the bed and told me all about how she had talked to Apus Major, prayed to the Mighty Yggdrasil, the World Tree, and experienced a dream or vision of some kind. She had gained the ability to use a spell called 'Zoom', which she was practicing with by teleporting everywhere around the Observatory. She had also been given the mission to track down all the fyggs that had fallen down into the human's realm.

"Wow. Sounds like you've got your hands full," Keikazu said. "You know, 'saviour of mortalkind' and all that."

"It is indeed a heavy task to bear, but I feel I can make it through it." She flickered her eyes away from us. "As long as my dear and trustworthy friends are by my side."

"Exactly Katunei! 'Trustworthy', meaning we won't get going when the going gets tough!" Machi said, thumping her staff into the ground. Katunei looked confused, so she elaborated. "We'll stick by you till the end."

She smiled. "Through all the dangers?"

"Phft, they've got nothing on us," I said confidently.

"Right till the end?" she continued.

"Until our hearts stop beating. And even then we still pack a punch," Keikazu joked.

"Then I believe it's time we left. Stella is waiting for us aboard the Starflight Express," Katunei said, tightening her bandana.

"…Sorry, Katunei, journey's over for me." I snuggled back into bed.

"What?" Katunei asked, confused.

"Don't worry, you can just throw me over the side. No need for me to use the Express, I-"

I was cut off when Keikazu lifted me up like a damned princess again. "Stop doing that, damn it!"

"We're ready to go now." Keikazu gave a thumbs-up, and Katunei's jaw dropped slightly at the sight of me. Instead of the princess one again, I had been flung over Keikazu's shoulder. I was pounding on his back like a manic, kicking and screaming that if they took me anywhere near that death trap I would cut them all into itty-bitty little pieces. I think I even used a few choice words that I should not have said in Machi's presence, but I don't think she noticed too much. Well, my protests went unheard as I was carted around like a sack of potatoes. Before I knew it, we had stepped aboard the Starflight Express and I decided now was the time to be mature.

"Stella, I swear to Almighty if you drive like you did before I'll-"

"So you had fun? Good. We're about to depart for the Protectorate at a lovely lightening speed with yours truly behind the wheel. So sit back, relax and enjoy the trip, Melonhead. It might just do you wonders." She smirked evilly and pressed that stupid silver button.


I really did vomit this time.

Hi everyone, can you guess who? Yep, it's me, Katunei999!

Hands up if you like the summer holidays, guys. One, two three thousand, most of the world…yep, one hand missing. Whose? Mine! I HATE summer holidays! I have all this extra coursework to do, I never get any sleep, and I have random people able to get a hold of my mobile number because of my oh-so-lovely daddy dearest.

So yep, in a nutshell, there is nothing good about summer holidays. The only semi-good thing is that I don't have to go to school on my birthday. But even that is ruined because my dad invites his entire stupid family along to jabber on about things I don't care about and buy me stupid pyjamas and I never go anywhere with my friends. I'm 13-16 dammit!

Anyway, hope you guys are enjoying your summer holidays even though mine is crap, and I hope you all have fun, whether you are going to Spain, or chilling at home.

Seeya, peace!

Katunei999 XOIXOIXOI

P.S. Don't forget to review!

P.P.S. I want to make out a special apology to my betareader. She totally has the right to skewer me like a fish because I'm a bad updater, but she's so nice that she doesn't. A round of applause for Writerchic97, everyone!