DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the characters of Sainunkoku Monogatari aka Colourcloud Palace. All credit goes to the writer Sai Yukino! Hats-off! ^_^

I Love You

Entranced as she was in her music, she did not notice his presence until much later. When she did, a wry smile graced her lips.

"Don't you know that it is not polite to slink in the shadows of a lady's room? Show yourself."

The black wolf stepped out of the shadows and walk straight in through the door. He stood in front of her and looked her squarely in the face.

She kept her instrument aside and unfurled her fan before judging him with slightly amused eyes.

"This is the first time a suitor has ever made it this far; I'm impressed. However, judging by your attire, I'd say that you are not a mere suitor...?" When he didn't reply, she continued. "State your name and purpose."

"I am called the Black Wolf and my purpose was to kill the rose princess. You."

"'was' you say? Are you implying that your purpose has changed? What is your new purpose then?"

"To rescue you from this prison."

"Pray, tell me why?" she asked, her amusement increasing.

He looked her eye-to-eye and replied, "I love you."