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Arc's POV

Ever since Luneth and Refia became a couple, there was never anyone to protect me from bullies. I couldn't bear it. All the beatings were too much, but I didn't want to bother Luneth. I wished my life was over. I knew I couldn't kill myself. I still have a life to live, and I haven't even lived half of it. It would be a shame to throw it all away.

As I was on my way to the library, I bumped into one of the bullies. It seemed they had someone new. Black hair, red eyes, and a body that seemed fit. Anyone would be afraid. (The only ones that wouldn't would be are Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, and a nokia.) "So, is this the one I'm supposed to beat?" he asked. "None other." The other three smirked. "He looks like a little girl." He teased. "I- I get that a lot…" I murmured. A smack in the face was all it took for me to fall flat on the ground.

He was about to punch me right then and there until a man had said, "Stop right there." His voice sounded so familiar. It was much deeper than Luneth's. Blonde hair, sky blue eyes, tall, and about the same age as me. I squinted a little and realized it was Ingus. I blushed from humiliation. I honestly wanted it to be over. I didn't want anyone to save me. One of the bullies turned and said, "So, ya cheatin' on Luneth, huh?" Ingus then punched the new one in the face.

He pulled out his sword as a warning for the other three. All four soon ran away. "Are you okay, miss?" he asked. I got up and looked him in the eyes. "I- Ingus… Do I really look l-like a girl?" He starred for a moment. Then he squinted. "Arc? Um… it's been a long time…" he said. "A-anyways what are you d-doing here?" I asked. He looked at me as if I suggested the grass was blue and the sky was green. "I 'm here to congratulate Luneth and Refia. They had their baby a few weeks ago." He explained. "E-eh? I had no idea. And it's happening too fast! W-we're still in our early twenties!" I exclaimed. "You didn't know?" he asked. I blushed even more and shook my head.

"Then come with me. We can both congratulate him." He suggested. I shook my head. "I-I am busy right now… and I'm sure he's busy, too." I said. He frowned a bit. "Well, I'll be staying here for a couple of days. We don't need those dumb asses, hurting you, do we?" he said with a soft smile. "R-really? Th-thank you!" I exclaimed. He gave me a gentle smile. "I'll be heading for the library. Th-thanks again!" I said. "Well, it's no big deal." He said, scratching the back of his head.