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-Jin Kisaragi…We welcome you to your kingdom…-Edgar said, giving Jin a smile.

-Thank you sir. Is there any chance I can visit the surrounding area?-Jin asks

-Of course…but beware…things have change…Blaze is a kingdom of Demons and Dark magic, Kisaragi. Be careful…

-Yes sir. I'll keep that in mind.

And so, Jin head out to the busy market. Because he goes alone, and he is far from here, no one recognize he is the prince. Good chance to walk around…After a short walk, Jin look to the distance, seeing a beautiful field ahead. He mind said not to leave the safety of the busy market, but then, a whispering voice echoed right next to him…

-There…my prince…

Suddenly, Jin felt an irresistible urge to walk towards that field. The more he thought of stopping, the more his curiosity takes over, and his leg walk faster…then…he sees it. The White forest. Jin stopped, as his conscious returns for a brief moment. He shouldn't be here…It must have been one of Paris's spell. Jin tries to turn around…but his eyes catch a womanly figure in the distance. If it was a spell, and it probably was, then that must be the infamous witch Paris…but no…Jin felt like this was someone else…his thought races…or is this…that child? From that distance, he can see that the girl has long straight blonde hair, and is wearing a white dress. How far exactly is he from her? Right then, did he realized it. He was only around 30m from that girl and the forest's tree line. This is way off safety limit…

Then, Jin hears a voice…not an echoed voice…but rather…a singing voice…Is the girl singing? Jin felt the effect immediately. He walked towards her. He can't stop…He can't resist it. His mind is yelling at him to stop, but no matter how much he tries, his leg keeps dragging him forward. Finally, he stopped, only a few more meters from that girl. Only then does she realize Jin was there. She looks at him with her green emerald eyes, with an almost horrified expression…

-Who are you? Why are you here? You shouldn't be here!-The girl said, taking a step back.

-I…I heard you singing…-Jin tries to think of a reason…

-Please, whoever you are, you must leave this place. Never to return.

-I understand…But…before I go…What's your name?

-Just go…you are under Paris's spell. The longer you stay, the worsen this will get.

-What about you? I…you are…

-Yes…I am her child…please…just go before things get out of hand…

-No…I'm not leaving until you tell me your name.

-…My…my name…is Noel. Now go! And don't come back to see me…Ever again…-The girl said, turning away.

Jin felt like the spell is breaking…he can move freely now…He took the chance, turn around, and walk away. He wanted to turn back and look. But this time he resisted it…

-Impossible! Noel? You saw my Noel?-Edgar jumps out of his seat, shocked.

-…Your Noel? Sir?

-She…

-She our daughter.-There was a stern woman voice.

Jin turns around to see Claire, now the queen.

-Your daughter? But…She said that…

-I…-Edgar hesitated a bit-I made a deal with 8-5-3 many years ago…To be able to marry Claire…I must give away my first born daughter…to 8-5-3…

-So…Noel is the missing princess?-Jin ask with a stern, yet concerning voice.

-So 8-5-3 did use that name…Evans!

-Yes sir?-Evans, the royal guard master chief steps out from the line of lords.

-I want you to send in another search party. We must find Noel at all cost!

-Wait!-Claire interrupted- Edgar, for the last 16 years, we have send hundreds of men into their death for no good reason…I don't want another search party to disappears into that forest!

-But Noel is in there! We have to get her out!-Edgar returns, starting an argument that is familiar to them every time Noel is the subject of their conversation…

After 10 minutes, Jin sparks an idea.

-Dancing.-Jin said as if he had a moment of recognition…

-What? Dancing?-Claire stop, raising her eyebrows.

-Noel can sing. So she certainly knows how to dance. If we make a dance…

-She will come!-Claire fully understands Jin's intention.

-If she goes…nothing will guarantee that 8-5-3 and Paris won't.-Edgar is still being skeptical…

-I'll take those risks. If it means we can see our daughter again.-Claire decided.

And so, Edgar opens a 3 day dance, hoping that somehow, the news would reach even into the White forest…

White forest, next day.

Noel wakes up, finding the sunlight beaming through the leaves, into her eyes. Even in her morning haze, she can tell by the lack of blacksmith, gunsmith sound that her father is not home today. Same time she recognize that, Paris walks by her room.

-Mum…where did Dad go?-Noel asked, yawning.

-Ah, he went on a short trip. He'll be back by the end of the day. I'm just about to go out to the market. You want to come along?-Paris reply.

-Sure. I'll go along-Noel reply with an half hearted tone.

-Get dress.

-Why…you will disguise us both...-Noel is still yawing lazily.

-You got 10 minutes. Or I'll go alone.-Paris turns away and head down the stairs.

Noel get out of bed, and comb her beautiful straight blonde hair before putting on a simple white dress. Looking at herself in the mirror, into her own emerald green eyes…the image of that young, blonde man she met yesterday…

-Who is that guy…-Noel said to herself almost with a dreamy voice, then, realizing that, she shook her head-Why am I thinking about him! He just fell for Mum' spell…a charming guy like him would never…

-Noel? Last chance!-Paris voice sounded from downstairs.

-I'm coming!-Noel breaks away from the mirror, and quickly runs downstairs.

Noel joins with Paris downstairs. Then, Paris cast a spell on both of them. Now, they look like 2 old women.

-Let's go. And remember…

-Stay close…I got it…-Noel reply…

The city's market.

Wagons, people, horses are moving around everywhere. Paris and Noel has to push their way in. Just like everyone else.

-This is why we live in the forest, Noel…-Paris sighed.

-They are just trying to…make a living…just like us.-Noel seems to have a more…noble side then Paris.

-Haiz…Okay. We buy our stuff, and go.

-What exactly are we buying?

-Mmm…Apples.

-I…thought you grew apples in the forest…

-Oh…I needed more, and I don't want to ruin the "carefully" calculated amount of apples I grew…

-Okay…-Noel knows her mother like apples, but…

Paris turns to the sells man, paying for the basket of fresh apples. While waiting, Noel recognize something is paving the way, clearing out people. Then, into her sight, a royal wagon. Then another. And another. A line of royalties roll into Blaze's kingdom castle. Leading the wagons, a couple of guards, holding whips are yelling at people, whipping several people, clearing the way. Paris refuses to move away, still checking the basket of apples.

-Hey, move it old lady! Royalties coming buy!-One of the guards yelled.

-Give me a second…I'm…-Paris didn't even have a chance to finish, before the guard whipped her.

But the whip stopped mid way before it even hit her.

-What the…-The guard seemed shock.

Then the whip turns into life, acting like a snake, wrapping around the guard's arms.

-A small punishment for treating terrible to an old lady.-Paris said, yanking Noel's arms.-Let's go.

-Ah! Get it off get it off!-The guard screamed for help, as the whip circles his neck, and is tightening after every second.-It's choking me!

This time…Paris still holds mercy in heart. The whip drops down motionless. Noel tries to help the guard gets up, asking.

-What's going on here? Who are these people?

-Haven't you heard old lady?*cough* King Edgar is hosting a dance.

-A dance…-Paris eyes widened.

Paris and Noel head back, both thinking about the dance.

-So…can we go?-Noel ask, straight to the point.

-I don't know…Jack never like to dance. Although he is great at dancing…Really great…-Paris turns a bit dreamy…

Many years ago…

Paris looks outside. The angry mob is surrounding her castle…She knows that if they got to her…it will all end with a quick drop…and a sudden death. She is afraid, just like any 14 year old would. Then…she felt a hand on her shoulder.

-Paris…they are coming soon…you can't stay here. I'll teleport you away with my last amount of magic I have left…

-Mama, what about you?-Paris turns to her mother…

-…

That silence answers her question more than any word can…

-Mama you can't! Stay with me! If we die we stay together!

-No Paris…you have to live. One day, one day you would avenge me…and show those people just how crude they are to talents like us…-She began to chanting a spell.

-Mama!

There was a knock on the bed room, then bashing, sounds of yelling, calling them out.

-Goodbye Paris…I love you…

-Mama! No!

The door broke through. Paris teleports away in a flash of purple light, and…that was the last time she saw her mother…still alive…

Paris found herself alone, in a dark forest…She look to her sides, hoping her mother would be there. No one. Nobody. It's raining…The noises inside the jungle scares her… Paris sat down under the shade of a tree, then cover her face and starts to whimper to herself.

Few hours have passed.

Paris hasn't move an inch since then. But the sound of somebody walking instantly sharpens her mind back to the current situation.

-Who…Who's there?-Paris uses her magic to shine a dim light…

The walking sound turns into running, brushing through the bushes, closer and closer to where she is…

-Stay…stay back!-Paris ordered, but with a rather weak voice.

Then. It stopped. The noise stopped. Paris stood up, shine her light a bit brighter.

-Is somebo…?

Before she could react anything, a figure jumps out, grabbing her, and somehow turns off the light Paris is shinning, before taking her behind the cover of a tree. Paris first instinct was to scream, but the figure covered Paris mouth, muffling her yells. Paris return by creating a small fireball, threatening him. But just like her light technique, somehow the man just…turns it off. Stills, Paris are thrashing, making noises. Then, the figure "Shh…" once. Paris realizes something, and lay still.

-Find him! He couldn't have gone far!

-How can we find him in a wide forest like this?

-Cut down the forest if we have to! Keep looking!

There was a search party…maybe not for Paris, but she would be a good bonus…Then Paris recognizes who is protecting her…

-Uhm…Guh…8…-Paris tries to talk through her covered mouth.

-I said quiet!-The man brushes her sentence aside.

After a few more minute, the search party move away…

-Okay…I'm going to let you go…but just don't scream…or…-The man reluctantly whisper.

Paris nodded. And so she is release from that tight grip.

-You…I know you…you are…

-Prisoner 8-5-3…you can call me Jack. So who are you? Not a lot of people create fire out of thin air.

-My…my name is Paris.

-Paris as in…the daughter of…

Paris nod before he finishes his sentence.

-I have heard of the siege. Did she…

-No.-Paris clutches her hands into a fist…

Jack recognized that. This witch just might turns darker then anyone in the world. Still, her red eyes and lavender hair struck him in heart.

-Well…that doesn't matters anymore. I'll take care of you.-He said taking off his hooded coat, and covers it over her shoulder.-There will be more search party. We should get moving.-He walked deeper into the forest-So what will it be? With me? Or without me?

Paris didn't think much. She clutches the coat, standing up, and walked to him. She knows she can trust him…because he is the same…

-Paris…-Jack mumbles.

-Yes?

-Sounds weird…but I think you waltz really well.

-How… how did you know? No one knows that!-Paris turns shocked.

-Nah…I could tell that by looking at your body type…

-Jack…

-Yeah?

-Promise me one day, you would waltz with me.

-Hm…-Jack almost broke out a short laugh-Promise.

-Cross your heart?

-Cross my heart.

Back to present time.

-A dance?-Jack sighed-Royalties will be there…I don't like it. It sounds like Edgar is…-He stopped, realizing that Noel is there with them…

-But the prophesy did state…-Paris stop mid-way, same reason as Jack's.

-I…okay fine. But what will you be dressing like? I don't want the castle turn upside down because they know that the infamous Paris is in the castle.

-A simple mask would fit the case just fine.

-Still…

-You promised, Jack…-Paris brings out the old story she know that Jack also remembers.

-…Okay*sigh* If I must…Noel?

At that point, Noel is still deciding…should she go? "Everyone is going…And she has problem meeting other people…but…everyone…everyone…maybe that guy will come too…", Noel thinks…

-I…I'll go.-Noel made up her mind…

-Settled. Tomorrow night.-Jack said, head back to the bedroom.

Paris turns to Noel, finding Noel's excited face. But that expression doesn't look like she was expecting a good day out, but rather…something else.

-Noel?-Paris speak up.

-Yes mother?

-Becareful…the world is full of dangerous people…No matter how "charming" they are.

That "charming" word struck Noel like a bolt of lightning. She couldn't believe her mother figure it out so fast…

-What…what do you mean by that?-Noel plays innocent…

-Nothing. Get some sleep.-Paris said, heading into the bedroom with Jack.

Noel tries to sleep, but she can't. She don't know why…but in her head, the only thing she thinks is

-Please let him be there…

-Please let her be there…-Jin said looking at the White forest, under the moonlight he usually hates. But today…it feels like it's shining with a different light… a different moon…

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