I woke up and stood, moving around to pop my sore back. I was sick of sleeping on the floor. I looked to my bed to see Dio smiling, sitting cross- legged.

"Good morning!" He said.

"Morning." I pulled my uniform out of my dresser and left to change.

When I came back he was in the same spot. I tied the sleeves of my uniform around my waist and brushed my hair.

"What's that for?" He asked. "You going somewhere?"

"Yeah." I put my mother's ribbon into my hair. "I have to go to work."

"Work? Where do you work?"

"A vanship repair shop."

He put his feet over the edge of the bed. "Then you could repair my ship!"

"No!" I put my hands on my hips. "I can't do that!"

"Why not?"

"One," I pointed at the wall. "That thing is not a vanship!"

"It's a starfish."

"Two. It's beyond repair!" I put my hand down. "And three, I don't know how to repair things!"

Dio shrugged. "It was worth a try."

I leaned against the wall beside the door. "Can I trust you here with my sisters?"

He nodded. "Like I said; I don't have any reason to kill you."

"Okay then." I touched the doorknob. "I'm trusting you.."

I shut the door behind me and walked down the steps as quietly as I could. I threw together something for lunch and laced up my boots before going outside. A splash greeted me outside as I stepped onto our small step. It was flooded. I took a step down to the street where the water went up to my ankles. When I began walking to work the water went up to my knees.

The water level decreased as I headed to my street. I dripped all the way up the hill until I stepped into the office. Claire shuffled through papers at her desk.

"Hey there!" She smiled at me. "Long time no see."

"Hiii."

She stood up and walked over to a table to file a few papers. "Notice anything different?"

I smiled. "You're not on crutches anymore!"

"Yup!" She sat back down at her desk.

"There's Adelina!" Mamoru walked in. "We thought you were washed away with the storm."

"Sorry about that..."

"What happened?"

"My father died."

"What!?" Claire put her papers down. "Alan?" I nodded. "What about that other guy?"

"I haven't heard." I looked out the door to the shop. "I'm gonna get to work."

"Okay then." Mamoru let me go.

I walked out into the shop and sat on my cabnet. Hajime rolled out from under a green vanship to look at me.

"Nice of you to finally show up."

I stuck my tongue out at him.

"Hand me that." He pointed up at the wrench beside me on the counter.

I picked it up and jumped down to the floor to hand him the tool. He took it and rolled back under the ship.

The rest of the day was boring. We fixed up the vanship and gave it back to the owner. When it was finally closing time I hurried out the door instead of sticking around. I had to get back home. I wasn't sure if Dio left the house... Or worse.

"Woah there!" Hajime called, catching up. "What's the rush? Your usually one of the last people out."

"I gotta make sure everything's okay at home."

"What do you mean? Is someone sick?"

I looked away from him. Why the heck would he care anyway? "Yes." I lied. "Kat is sick."

"Cat? Your cat is sick?"

"No." I rolled my eyes. "Katima." I walked faster. "I have to get home then."

I didn't wait for a reply. I hurried down the hill to my road, my boots being soaked once again. I shut the front door behind me and took off my boots. I heard Kat scream, making me stand.

"Ade's home!" She giggled as Dio ran in with her on his back.

"Mirella!" Dio smiled.

I looked at him confused. Katima was as confused as I was. "Mirella? No! That's Adelina!"

"I think you have brain damage." I pointed out.

"Nope!" Dio adjusted Kat on his back. "It's your new name! Mirella!"

I walked into the kitchen to hide that I was blushing. Why is he naming me? They followed me.

"Are you gonna play with us Ade?"

I looked at them. "What are you playing?"

"Vanship!" Dio pointed out.

"You know what a vanship is?" Samia joined us in the kitchen.

"Yeah!" He put Kat onto the floor. "I've flown one before."

"You have?" I asked.

"Haven't you?"

"I... Haven't flown one.. But I navigated one before!"

Kat jumped back onto Dio's back. "Come on! Let's play!"

Dio rushed forward making some sort of motor noise. Kat put her arms out as the wings. I couldn't help but smile. Samia rolled her eyes and pulled a pot out to make dinner.

"You're all a bunch of children."

"Aw, come on!" I stepped out of the way to let the "vanship" pass through the kitchen. "It's cute!"

Samia ignored me and pulled out some ingredients. Katima came running in. I looked back to see Dio sitting on the couch.

I smiled. "Is he tired already?" Kat nodded.

"They've been doing that forever." Samia complained.

I let her onto my back and walked into the living room.

"Come on Ade! Faster! Faster!"

I hurried around the couch faster.

"You don't sound like a vanship, Mirella." Dio smiled.

I responded by making whirring sounds. Katima giggled. We ran around the house until I got tired. When dinner was ready we sat around the table and ate. We ate earlier now so that Ms. Tallie wouldn't see Dio. Once dinner was over Dio and I went up to our bedroom.

"I want my bed back." I said as I shut the door.

"Okay!" He sat down on the floor.

I sat on my bed and leaned against the wall. Dio looked ahead, spacing out.

"Mirella?"

"What?"

"Why does Samia hate me?"

"I don't think she hates you... She... Just doesn't like you.." He looked up at me. I sighed. "Before we came here we lived in a different town."

"What was that place called?"

I shook my head. "I don't remember... It's been so long..."

"What happened?"

"The Guild ships were flying over the town and decided to attack... The ships that were shot down fell down onto the city... My house was destroyed.. And my best friend was killed."

Dio looked down.

"We were running away from under the fight... And she got hit by one of the ships. When I looked back she was dead.. So I kept on running. Ms. Tallie found me."

"And she found Kat and Samia too?"

"Well actually.. Samia is her daughter. That's one reason why she doesn't like you in her house. She doesn't like you because you're a Guildmember."

"That's understandable.."

I sighed. "But I don't think that you're like the others."

He looked up at me. "You don't think so?"

"Well... I haven't met any other Guildmembers... But I don't think you are..." I blushed. "They all seem like they want to kill us."

"So that's why you're all hiding in this city."

I looked at him seriously. "How did you find out?"

"By sitting on the roof I noticed that this place is built in some sort of crevice." He smiled. "I'm not stupid, Mirella."

I hugged my legs. "I know..."

"If I ever get out of here.. I won't tell anyone."

I smiled. "Thanks."

~|AUTHOR'S NOTE|~

These chapters are starting to get really boring and hard to write! Uugghhh!

So I think in the next chapter something epic will happen. Yay! It will be so awesome!

Please keep reading and review!

~|Adelina|~