Since Miya was too weak to walk on her own right now, Sage carried her back to Mia's manor with Dais, Cale and Sekmet following behind him. Each of them stayed in their sub-armor in case they were attacked again. Miya ended up falling asleep with her head on Sage's shoulder. Sage actually didn't mind it. He could feel his heart racing with how close she was to him. He was confused by this feeling but thought he would meditate on it later.
When they reached the manor, they found that the others had already made it back and were waiting for them. Anubis immediately walked over and took his daughter from Sage's arms. Sage didn't like the absence of Miya held in his arms, but he knew that Anubis was deeply concerned for his daughter. He watched Anubis carry his daughter inside. Even though he was tired and sore himself, Sage refused to rest.
"Sage, are you okay? What happened?" asked Ryo as the other met him in the yard.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Miya's in pretty bad shape though. She's exhausted from her battle with Ryozo and his brothers and she may be hurt as well." said Sage.
"What happened out there? You were supposed to bring Miya back here safely." said Kento.
"We were attacked by Kane. He caught us by surprise. He would have had us too if it weren't for these guys." said Sage, pointing behind him at the three former Warlords.
"What are they doing here?" demanded Kento, getting in a defensive stance.
"Easy Kento, remember that they're on our side now." said Cye.
"Oh yeah." said Kento, relaxing.
No one noticed as Sage headed inside of the manor and searched for where Anubis had taken Miya. He found them in one of the spare bedrooms. Anubis had laid Miya in one of the beds and was sitting by her side. Anubis looked up at him when he came in.
"How is she?" asked Sage, making sure to keep his voice quiet.
"She's resting." said Anubis, getting up and heading toward the door.
"I'm sorry that she got hurt. I should've protected her better." said Sage.
"It's not your fault Sage."
Both Anubis and Sage turned to see that Miya was awake and was sitting up.
"Miya, you should be resting." said Anubis.
"I'm fine Dad." said Miya.
"Your father is right Mi, you need to rest." said Sage.
"Well I'm not going to rest until you and I talk." said Miya. She looked at her father.
Anubis knew that the look her daughter was giving him was asking him if he would leave the room, so he did. He had a suspicion about what she was about to talk to Sage about.
Miya motioned for Sage to sit down as she propped herself back against the headboard with her pillow between her back and the headboard.
Sage sat down on the bed next to Miya and waited for her to speak.
"Listen, I don't want you to be blaming yourself for what happened to me. I was already hurt and exhausted by the time you guys came for me. If you hadn't come for me, I couldn't have lasted much longer. You guys showed up in the nick of time because I don't think I could've been able to block that attack. You came for me and tried to protect me, that's all that matters." said Miya.
"We should have come for you sooner. I should have protected you better." said Sage.
"Sage, why are you blaming yourself like this? Why do you care for me so much?" asked Miya. She already knew the answer but she wanted to hear it from Sage himself.
"I'm not really completely sure myself. I just feel very protect over you, more than the other guys. I just feel different around you, better. I think..I think that I may like you." said Sage.
Miya couldn't help but smile. This was the answer she had been looking for. She decided to test Sage so she leaned forward and pressed her lips against his. She heard him moan in surprise but then felt his body relax and he kissed her back.
After a few minutes, the two of them pulled apart and just stared at one another.
"How long have you known?" asked Sage once he had found his voice again.
"I've noticed the way you look at me for the past few days. I was almost afraid to say anything to you about though." said Miya.
"But why?" asked Sage.
"Because I'm afraid to lose you like I did Raiden. You have no idea how scared I was earlier when you shielded me from that blast and took the hit. I thought…" said Miya, cut off from finishing her sentence as Sage pressed his lips to hers again. It was effective at silencing her but she was disappointed when he pulled away after a minute.
"I'm not gonna leave you." said Sage. It was all he could really think to say.
"Yeah, but you can't guarantee that something isn't going to happen and I could end up losing you. I don't know if I could handle that. I don't want to lose you like that." said Miya.
"Nothing is going to happen to me. I will always be right here with you, I promise. You are not going to lose me and I'm not gonna lose you. We're always be together no matter what. I will make sure of that if it takes every fiber of my being." said Sage.
"Sage. Please, just shut up and kiss me again." said Miya with a slight smile.
Sage couldn't help but smile as he leaned forward and reclaimed Miya's lips with his own.
That night, everyone took turns watching over Miya while she rested and healed. They didn't want her to be alone in case she was to be attacked. She wasn't strong enough to fight yet. Sage had taken the first watch naturally, but when he could no longer stay awake, Rowen took over.
Rowen thought back to when he had first seen the Ronin of Halo looking at Miya differently than all the others had. The others considered her just a friend while Sage had fallen for her. Rowen had been the first to notice and he had been the one to tell Miya about it. She had asked him for his advice, which he was willing to give. He had grown close to Miya and had come to see her as a sister. He trusted her more than he had trusted any girl in his life.
Just then, Miya stirred in her sleep. She rolled over onto her back and opened her eyes. She stared at the ceiling for a moment than saw Rowen sitting next to her bed.
"Hey. How long have you been watching over me?" asked Miya.
"A few hours at least. Sage wanted to stay with you, but he was just too exhausted." said Rowen.
"Yeah, he took a good hit from Kane. You know, you guys really don't need to watch over me. You need your rest as much as I do." said Miya.
"I know, but we're not taking any chances. Right now, you're not strong enough to fight anyone." said Rowen.
"Fair enough." said Miya, carefully sitting up and stretching a little. "Hey, thanks for your advice earlier, it helped."
"Just glad to help. You can come to me anytime, I'm always available." said Rowen.
"Yeah, well, the same goes for you." said Miya.
"Hmm? What do you mean?" asked Rowen.
"Oh come on, I've seen the look in your eyes. I can tell there's something you're keeping hidden. You can't hide it from me Rowen. Come on, tell me what it is that has you so troubled." said Miya.
Rowen looked down, away from Miya.
"Come on Rowen, you can tell me. You can talk to me about anything. I know we haven't known each other very long, but you can trust me." said Miya.
"It's not that, it's just…it's something that I've never talked to anyone about." said Rowen.
"Well, you can talk to me about it. And if you don't want me to say anything to anyone else than I won't, it'll stay between us." said Miya.
Rowen sighed deeply, running a hand through his blue locks.
"I've never been really close to my parents. My mom is always traveling and she prefers to treat my father and I more like friends than family. She's an international journalist. She and my dad divorced when I was twelve. I'm not sure how much my father even cares about me on account I don't get to see him. I pretty much grew up alone until I became a Ronin Warrior. The guys are the only friends I've had. I don't have any brothers or sisters." he said.
Miya reached out her hand and took hold of Rowen's, holding onto it gently with her own hand. This caused him to look up at her, a little off guard and maybe even a little surprised.
"Well, now you do." said Miya with a smile. She did love Rowen like a brother. She didn't have any siblings herself. Her mom was killed when she was a child so now it was just her and her father. And now, she was adding a brother to her family tree, even if he wasn't truly related to her but she didn't care.
Rowen couldn't help but smile.
"Thanks Mi, you have no idea how much this means to me." he said, holding her hand gently and putting his other hand on top.
"No, I think I do. But you're welcome anyway" said Miya, still smiling at him.
Right then, they both heard Miya's stomach growl. They both couldn't help but laugh a little.
"I suppose I should eat something." said Miya, moving to get up.
"Let me get it for you. You shouldn't get out of bed just yet." said Rowen, putting his hand on her shoulder to keep her from getting up.
"Thanks Rowen." said Miya, settling back on the bed.
"Hey, it's not a problem. Just don't expect me to cook anything fancy, that's Cye's area." said Rowen with a smile.
Miya couldn't help but smile herself, giggling a little.
Miya had never known what it was like to have any siblings growing up. Her mother had wanted to have more kids, but then her father had disappeared which made it impossible for that to happen. Then her village was attacked and her mother was killed protecting her. For the longest time, she grew up alone. She trained herself the way that her father had taught her so she could get revenge for her mother's death. That was when she met Ashiyu. Ashiyu's family had also been attacked by the Dynasty and her brother taken. The two continued training together until they met the Ancient One. He taught them that seeking revenge would not help them and they ended up joining him on his quest to defeat the Dynasty.
Both Miya and Ashiyu learned from the Ancient One, learning the ways of his clan. They had learned a lot from him and Miya had even learned from him what had happened to her father and how the Ancient had saved him from the Dynasy, which she was extremely thankful for. She loved her father very much and even though she was saddened when she learned of his death, she was proud of him for the things he had done toward the end, even saving Lady Kayura, who was the last of the Ancient clan, from the hold of the Dynasty. And now she had a second chance with her father thanks to the amulet. She was not going to waste this chance either.
Miya suddenly realize that it was taking Rowen a good while to come up with her food. She decided to go see what was taking him. She carefully climbed out of bed, putting on her slippers and walking downstairs, heading for the kitchen, being cautious at the same time.
"Rowen?" called out Miya as she walked in to the kitchen.
No one was in there. Now she knew that there was something going on. Then she felt a breeze and turned to see the front door was open. She knew that Ro wouldn't leave the front door hanging open so she went outside to investigate, grabbing her staff that was sitting by the door. She didn't see anything at first when she went out. It was dark and quiet.
Just then, she felt someone grab her arm and whirled around to see it was Sage.
"Whoa, hey, it's just me!" exclaimed Sage.
"Sage, you scared me. Don't sneak up on me like that." said Miya.
"I'm sorry. What are you doing out of bed?" asked Sage.
"Rowen's missing." said Miya.
"What?" asked Sage.
"Yeah, he came down to get me something to eat. When he took too long, I came to see what was keeping him, but he's gone." said Miya.
"No need to worry, you're precious little friend is right here."
Both Sage and Miya whirled around at the voice and saw Yuri, holding Rowen hostage with a sword to his throat. Rowen must have been caught by surprise because he didn't even have his sub-armor on. He may not have had the chance to put it on.
"Rowen!" exclaimed Sage at seeing his friend looking helpless.
"Let him go Yuri!" yelled Miya. She didn't want to see Rowen get hurt because of her.
"I don't think so. He may prove to be of use to me." said Yuri and he started heading backwards, heading for the woods and taking Rowen with him.
"No!" yelled Miya as she and Sage ran after him.
Sage jumped through the trees and was able to eventually cut Yuri off.
Miya stood behind Yuri, ready for anything. She held her staff ready. She could see Sage standing ready, his sub-armor already on.
"We're not going to let you take him Yuri, not without a fight." said Miya, pulling her staff apart to reveal that it was actually two swords.
"Surrender, or I will kill him now." said Yuri, pulling the sword closer to Rowen's neck and making him groan in pain.
"Stop it!" yelled Miya.
"Then throw down your weapons." said Yuri.
"Don't do it Miya!" said Rowen.
Miya was fighting with herself. On one hand, she wanted to listen to Rowen, but on the other, she wanted to throw down her swords so that he wouldn't get hurt.
"Surrender now!" demanded Yuri.
"Miya, don't! Just get out of here, don't worry about me!" said Rowen.
"Shut up you brat!" yelled Yuri, using the handle of the sword to hit Rowen in the stomach, making him groan more in pain than the blade of the sword immediately returned to his neck.
"Let Rowen go you piece of garbage!" demanded Sage.
"Surrender or he shall suffer greatly more." said Yuri.
Not wanting to see Rowen suffer anymore, Miya put her swords back together into a staff and let it fall from her hand.
"Very wise." said Yuri.
Suddenly, two attacks came out of nowhere and hit both Miya and Sage. Miya could hear Sage yelling as well as herself. She felt her back hit against a tree than her body hit the ground. The last thing she heard before she fell unconscious was the sound of Rowen's voice yelling her name.