KIA12: Thank goodness it's the weekend and I managed to get this chapter done. School is killing me. I have a major science fair project due in November and I'm gonna be the maid of honor at my aunt's wedding on Thanksgiving. All that while trying to keep my grades up is not easy. Oh well. Just the average life of a girl, I guess. Anyway, here's the next chapter! Masamune! Disclaimer, please!

Masamune: Why meeeeee?

KIA12: I have Striker *holds up his bey in one hand*...and a big hammer. *holds up a hammer in the other*

Masamune: *screams like a girl*

Masamune (DISCLAIMER): KazarinaIceAngel12 does not, has not, and will not own Beyblade Metal Fusion/Masters/Fury. However, she does own Aurora. There! Now give me back Striker! * starts chasing me*

KIA12: Thank you! Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna run now! *starts running away* Please excuse any mistakes you may find! Enjoy!


Aurora's POV

As I raced along the path with my hair flying out behind me, I couldn't help, but think about how this was the first time in a while I was truly happy and smiling. The wind brushed against my cheeks lightly, making me giggle. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Toby catching up to me. I looked to the side and smiled as he ran up next to me.

"You're really fast for someone who has spent their entire life swimming in the ocean," he complimented.

"Thanks," I said before skidding to a stop. We had arrived at the edge of town.

"Hey! Wait up!" Masamune's voice ranged out as we glanced back to see Zeo and Masamune bent over, panting.

"Oops. Sorry, guys," I apologized.

"It's fine," Zeo said through gulps of air.

When their breathing finally went back to normal, we walked through town as a few citizens greeted their prince.

"Good afternoon, Your Majesty,"

"Lovely day today, Sir,"

"Hello, Your Highness,"

Suddenly, I saw two little girls look up with big smiles on their faces. One of them pointed to Toby and looked at her friend with excitement.

"Molly, look! It's Prince Toby!" the girl exclaimed. She had bright, blue eyes and her midnight blue hair was tied up in a high ponytail with a white ribbon.

"Do you think that girl is his girlfriend, Katie? She's so pretty!" Molly replied, zealously. She had grayish-blue eyes and brown hair tied in two side ponytails.

"Maybe. Let's go ask!" I watched as Katie grabbed Molly's hand before pulling her over to us. They looked back and forth at us curiously, smiling brightly.

"Excuse us, but are you his girlfriend?" Katie asked me as she jumped up and down. From the corner of my eye, I caught Toby blushing and looking away, making me giggle.

"No, sweetie. We're just friends," I smiled down at her.

"Aww," they said sadly in unison before giving us one last smile and bounced away.

I continued to smile as I heard snickering and laughing behind me. I turned around and saw Zeo chuckling while Masamune was on the ground rolling in laughter and clutching his stomach.

"Care to tell us what's so funny?" I said, putting a hand on my hip.

"It's nothing. However, not sure if you noticed this, but you two do look good together," Zeo smirked.

"Zeo!" Toby cried as I blushed furiously and looked away.

"Just saying!" he laughed.

"A-Anyway, where should we go next?" I could barely keep the nervousness out of my voice.

"How about we take you to see where the kingdom's oldest legend took place?" Zeo suggested.

"Sounds great!" I exclaimed before following Toby, Zeo, and Masamune as they took the lead.

We crossed town and headed up towards a cliff. Everything Toby pointed out was so beautiful. There was a path to the Emerald Forest, which led to the Emerald Waterfall, the hidden Crystal Cave, the Enchanted Garden, and many others. Soon, we arrived at the top of the cliff where a single cherry tree stood. The blossoms were in full bloom and blessed the area with its sweet scent.

"Wow, it's amazing," I breathed out, inhaling the blossom's aroma.

"Legend has it that our kingdom started at this very place. Thousands of years ago, this place was a barren wasteland. Nothing could survive. One day, a girl crossed this land. She felt the pain of the earth and felt pity for it. The girl climbed up to this cliff and prayed to the Heavens. The gods and goddesses heard her pleas and offered to flourish this place with life, but only for a heavy price. She had to give up her own life," Toby explained, stopping as Zeo picked up where he left off.

"She took the offer willingly and watched as they changed the wasteland into paradise. The goddess of the earth, Roxanne, made the soil fertile so that it was easier for Cerelia, the goddess of nature, to help plants bloom in the desolate environment. The god of air, Aquilo brought the breezes and wind. Radius, the god of the sun, made the sun shine during the day while his wife, Luna, the goddess of the moon, created the night," Zeo continued. Masamune was next to talk.

"The next were Apollo, the god of animals, who created many creatures to live here, and the twin goddesses of music, Melodia, and Harmonia, who spread peace and serenity throughout the land. The final two goddesses were Cassiya, who had control over weather and brought the necessary ones when needed, and Nerissa, the water queen who created the ocean, streams, rivers, lakes, etc." Masamune yawned as Toby wrapped up the rest of the legend.

"When everything was ready, the girl looked around and wished she could watch over and guard the land, but she had promised to give her life up to see this and to her, it was worth it. However, unknown to her, the Heavens heard her wish and instead of taking her soul, they changed her into a cherry tree on this cliff to protect the land and its inhabitants. Over the next few years, many people believed that if this tree died, the entire land would die with it," Toby finished.

"Do you think the legend is true?" I asked, looking at him. "About how she sacrificed her life and this place will die if she died?"

"I really don't know. Part of me believes it and still holds onto things like that about the gods and goddesses, but another part of me grasps onto reality," Toby answered.

"I don't think a mermaid is considered "realistic"," I giggled.

"Good point," he smiled.

I was about to say something else when a soft, orange glow shone on the grass. I turned around and saw the sun setting over the horizon.

"It looks like night is approaching. I think it's best for me to return to the sea now," I smiled, sadly.

"We'll walk you down to the beach," Zeo offered as Toby and Masamune just nodded.

As we left the cliff and walked down to the beach, I laid a hand on my heart in sadness. I felt more and more depressed with every step I took. Finally, we arrived at the water. I stepped into it and shivered at how cold it was before looking back over my shoulder. I gave them a forced, but reassuring, smile at their down casted expressions.

"We'll see each other again. Don't worry," I said, tearfully.

Zeo and Masamune gave me a smile as I returned the simple gesture. I knew they were going to miss me as much as I'm going to miss them just by that.

"It was amazing meeting you, Aurora. I hope to see you again," Toby said, looking up and meeting my eyes.

"You too, Toby. I promise this won't be the last time you see me. Goodbye!" I bid them farewell before diving into the water while muttering the mermaid spell. My tail returned as I sped past the currents.

'I promise I'll be back. We'll see each other again. Maybe then, my feelings will be sorted out,' I thought, smiling. Hope returned, once again, to my aquatic heart.


KIA12: Well, I hope you liked it. This is NOT the last chapter! This story is far from over. Until next time, review! KIA12 out!