A Royal Capture

Chapter Eight

The gentle rumble of a window sliding open could be heard, followed by the light chirps of birds outside. Mismatched eyes cracked open, blinking away sleep and focusing on the shirtless man who'd opened that window. The other male gave an appreciative hum, reaching up to comb his hair out of his eyes with his fingers. "Morning."

"Morning," came the quiet answer. Hibari leaned over a bit as he stared out the window, his slender hips as tempting as ever.

"You're really beautiful, Kyouya," the illusionist purred, leaning back in the bed with a smile. "Why don't you come back here, though?"

"Hn..." The ex-prefect reluctantly walked back to his long-haired lover, soon lying down on the bed beside him. "I'm glad we got some alone time," he muttered, nuzzling his lover. "This was a great idea, coming out to this hotel. I ordered room service, too."

"Ahh, who's gonna answer the door?" Mukuro groaned. "I'm so comfy... would you?"

"No. I'm comfier," the ravenette replied with a stoic look on his face.

Mukuro chuckled, then leaned over, pecking Hibari's lips. "Fine. I'll do it. But don't get mad when I get fawned over." The skylark grunted and looked away, cheeks tinted pink. The illusionist chuckled and stood, stretching upwards to tease the Cloud guardian, and knowing his taunt had proved successful when Hibari reached over and swatted at him.

He made a mental note that Taunt was supereffective against Hibari Kyoya.

Knock. Knock. Knock.

"Ah, there they are," Mukuro purred, slipping out of his lover's range and moving to the door, making an illusion of a turtleneck sweater on himself for the sake of covering up the bruises his lover had left that night. "Yes, yes, thank you," he hummed as he opened the door, before cocking his head as he saw another man there with the food.


"... Nice... pineapple boxers," the man said awkwardly, moving the tray towards the room. Mukuro smiled, although he was pretty ticked off by the comment.

"Thank you. My boyfriend bought them for me," he said, unable to stop his eyebrow from twitching as he rolled the tray in. "Good day, Mr. Rude." He closed the door at that, soon walking back towards his lover, making the illusion of a maid's uniform on himself and calling, "Room service!"

Hibari facepalmed.

"Gh..." Mukuro cracked an eye open. That sound was a lot more sharp than the slap of a facepalm... He blinked slowly, trying to move his wrist, to no avail. He was tied down. He turned his head slowly, sighing as he saw his lover in similar condition, though Kyoya's head was bowed, and his breath was an inaudible effort. "Kyouya...," he whispered.

Why couldn't this be the nightmare, and the other be his reality? Cruel dreams, reminding him of what had been only months ago.


How long had he even been in this accursed place?

"Mukuro Rokudo. You're awake." Spark walked over slowly, eyes narrow as he looked Mukuro over. "Hmph. You must feel a bit abandoned. We sent a ransom note to the Vongola with some pretty pictures of you and the skylark, but they haven't come yet or even answered us. It's been three days."

"They're in Japan... it would take them a few days to travel around the world, boy," Mukuro croaked, his voice hoarse from lack of water.

"Hmph." Spark moved to where Hibari lay. "We could kill you both right now. But you would serve as good subjects for our experiments..."

Mukuro's eyes narrowed. "Experiments..."

"Yes. Experiments. Actually... we're experimenting with memory. How to delete it... and how to create it."

"I don't see where you're going with this."

"We can make you and Hibari both forget you were ever lovers... We can set you back to that state of rivalry you were in years ago. We could create a future for you both that you both resent."

Mukuro frowned. Hurry up, Tsunayoshi...

Fran sat in his room, lying on the ground, staring at the ceiling. He didn't cry. He only truly cried for Bel in the past, and that was how it was going to stay. But his lover had moved on... found someone else. What was he to do? After betraying Belphegor once, he'd probably never be welcomed back...

But did he want to go back? Go back to the arrogant prince who was always stabbing him and belittling him, did he want to go back to that insanity and malice?

Just the memory of Bel saying 'You're pretty' wouldn't suffice any more. His compliments... his body... all of it seemed like a distant memory now. He could hardly remember the time when he wasn't here, and that was saying a lot.

Tsunayoshi sat at the Varia dinner table, sighing. "When are they getting here? We don't have this time to waste! Hibari-san could be dead by now!" he protested, but Reborn simply shook his head and sighed.

"Trust your guardians, Tsuna," Dino said. "Kyoya's very strong, and I can promise you that everyone will be getting here within the next day," he said.


Everyone glanced outside, surprised. "... That was a cute doorbell considering the people who live here," Spanner commented.

"Shut it, cowlick," Squalo muttered, standing. "Let's go."

"W-wait up, I know I said today, but..."


Everyone tensed, then all got up and started towards the Varia HQ's entrance - but they certainly hadn't been expecting the party standing there.

Rasiel was brushing himself off, seemingly the one who'd busted open the door. Byakuran and Shouichi were behind him - as a matter of fact, Byakuran was holding Shouichi as they walked in, all bubbly and happy. The three paused when they caught sight of the Vongola, however, and Squalo was the one to eventually break the silence.

"VOOI!" You damn babies, what the hell are you doing here?!" he roared. "You're supposed to be trapped!"

"We could say the same to you!" Shouichi gasped, before seeing the boss. "Oh! Tsuna! You're here! ... Byakuran!"


"Put me down, this is embarassing!" the mechanic ordered, waiting until the albino had done so before running to Vongola X and hugging him tight. "Tsuna, I'm so glad you're here. We got out of the Spiaggia base a couple weeks ago - Byakuran had fought Spark and we just ran, as fast as we could, out of there... the second we had each other, we had no reason to stay. We were planning to go back, but we couldn't right off the bat...!"

Squalo sighed. "I suppose that does make sense... but why was Spark allowing you to see each other?"

"We don't know for sure," Byakuran mumbled. "Maybe he thought I'd be in more pain if I lost in front of Shou-chan." He then smiled, and added, "But all it did was fuel our power! Right, Shou-chan?"

"Yeah!" The younger male leaned over, hugging his lover and smiling. "Granted, I'm sure it's the same for the other Varia. We're so close, how could we not be?"

"I wouldn't count on that," Squalo muttered. "When I left, I saw Fran up to some weird crap. I'm worried about them."

Tsuna frowned. "We should get our plan of attack ready. Gokudera, Yamamoto, Ryohei and Romario should be here any moment. When they get here, we have to be prepared to leave as soon as possible."

"Tsunayoshi...," Byakuran said, voice low. "There's something you should know about Spark. He's capable of mimicing any attack, and he already has the X Burner and Xanxus's flame of fury down. He even has a powerful box weapon based off of my White Dragon..."

Rasiel sighed and stepped in. "So it looks like the best way to tackle this is with a completely new strategy. Napoleon style."

"I'm going to ignore the pathetic attempt at a reference that you just spewed off and go on with my life," Squalo muttered.

"Um... boss?" Chrome murmured, clutching her trident close. "I can't make enough illusions to cover all these people... it... it's too much, boss."

Tsuna moved and placed a hand on her shoulder. "Don't worry, Chrome. We're trying to find another illusionist to help us, so hopefully, you won't be all alone in that..."

"Maybe she should only cast illusions over some of us, while others just come in other ways," Spanner pointed out.

"Oh! I can describe their grunt uniforms to you!" Shouichi said. "They were weird, so they kind of stuck in my memory."

"Perfect!" Tsuna said with a smile. "We're going to get through this, everyone. We're going to win. Our resolve is strong enough."

Squalo rolled his eyes. "You brats. I don't know you."

Byakuran gave a soft laugh. "I don't know them either, Squ-chan! Only you and Shou-chan."

"STOP USING -CHAN ON EVERYONE!" Squalo shouted at him.

Reborn sighed and walked up to Tsunayoshi, arms folded. "We have to break out Xanxus, Bel, Fran, Hibari, Mukuro, Mammon, Lussuria, and that other guy, and we don't know where a single one of them are stationed. I don't like this, Tsuna. You could get overpowered easily by running in there without that knowledge."

"Crazy talk, I have you helping," Tsuna replied, smiling at the other male. "We're going to be fine. Maybe we should just charge, all at once. We could really easily take them down if we had you, Lal, and Colonello all helping."

"Except Lal and Colonello aren't helping, Tsuna," Reborn replied. "They're out at dinner right now. I don't think they want anything to do with the word 'help,' as of today. They're unpredictable, but... tend to lean away from helping us when they're with each other."

The boss heaved a dramatic sigh. "Seriously? Those two..."

Squalo rolled his eyes, then moved to Byakuran. "So... what was it like? Fighting him..."

"Scary. Every attack I gave, he canceled out easily," the albino whispered. "And then he revealed that he had some of his guardians there to help him fight. He's a coward. Very powerful, but a coward."

Tsuna frowned. "Sounds a bit like you, Byakuran. You put everyone else out against us to weaken us before you came out to fight us yourself."

"Yeah, but when I did, it was one-on-one!" the Sky replied with a pout. "We didn't all gang up on you at once!"

Tsunayoshi smiled. "I'm just glad you're on our side now... It's nice to have your power."

Byakuran nodded and chuckled. "You're just lucky that Shou-chan likes you. If he didn't, I doubt I'd ever hang out with you guys."

"Say that again, Byakuran," Reborn muttered.

"Now, now, everyone," Tsuna sighed. "Calm down..."

The Vongola were becoming a more formidable force. With Byakuran, Shouichi, and Rasiel all now part of the mission to get the captives back, their strength was growing. When the private jet landed and the other four joined up with, the Vongola were at a strong sixteen. Kusakabe, Chrome, Tsuna, Reborn, Gokudera, Yamamoto, Ryohei, Dino, Romario, Chrome, Spanner, Lal, Colonello, Squalo, Byakuran, and Shouichi.

All grouped together to save the rest of the Varia.

~Day 120~

-End Chapter

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