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    Leo, gash was getting worse with each passing second the kick sent some of the blood toward red but also made it pour out quicker. He had practically no sight in one eye at this point. However she got in too close for his recovery, she hesitated. Giving Leo the opportunity to headbutt her, He was realizing he had to end this soon and so when she stumbled back he dropped his broadsword and reached for one of his daggers in his shirt, unholstering it he threw it over her right shoulder, long enough to distract her and slam his shield into her gut again.

    this time, while she was winded he tackled her to the ground. In the scramble he got on top of her and reached for his second dagger as quickly as possible, Kitsume, finally realizing what it is like to lose. Being at Leo’s mercy he pushed the dagger down towards her neck and stabbed it into the ground next to her. An inch closer would have killed her.

    Leo was catching his breath, he luckily came to his senses before he killed her, Red, was likely on edge with how close that was. Finally when he caught enough of his breath he leaned into kitsume and claimed his prize. He gave her a long kiss on the lips. And grabbed the dagger from the ground. Getting off of her he stood up, reaching out to help her up.

    “I’m not your superior. Kitsume, you’re my equal.” He smiled before the adrenaline wore off and he felt the stinging pain or the gash above his eye. He winced a little wiped his eye with the sleeve of his shirt. Realizing that Red had no medical experience he turned to Kitsume. “Hey uh....” He paused “this might be mighty inconvenient to ask, considering we were just trying to kill each other. But you think you can maybe patch up my eye?” His face was flushed with embarrassment.
     
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    When Leo looked like he was about to push the dagger in her neck, Kitsume took a deep breath preparing for the worse keeping eye contact, she wasn’t sure how far he would go, in the heat of the battle anything was possible. A person who is full of rage could potentially only see red and end their opponent, as rare as that was to happen, it was always a possibility. This was something her father had told her when she sparred with him and he had her pinned with a knife at he throat.
    When he stabbed the ground instead, she exhaled. She waited til he caught his breath So that she could get him, but she didn’t expect him to claim his prize so soon. Next thing she knew, his lips were on hers, caught of guard her eyes widened and she tensed, but after a few seconds she relaxed and gave in admitting her defeat and letting him claim his prize, she didn’t actually hate it, in fact she rather liked it.
    A moment later he got up and was holding her hand out to help her up. Her cheeks were slightly flushed from the kiss, but she quickly shook it off and took his hand allowing him to pull her up. She used her sleeve to wipe some of the blood off her face, her forehead was a little cut and bruised from the head butt, but the blood wasn’t from her.
    As Leo was asking her to patch her up, she was already a step ahead of him and was tearing an piece of fabric off her shirt. She shoved the fabric on his gash.
    “Keep the pressure on it to slow the bleeding, and take a seat, that’s not a request, that’s a demand”
    She knew if he stood to much longer, there was a possibility he could get lightheaded between the blood loss, adrenaline and blunt force from her kicking him. She walked over and grabbed her bag, she rooted through it for a moment until she found the items she needed
     
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    Leo did as she said, pushing the fabric against his head, the chance of Infection probably wasn’t all that high anyway. Though it would be ill advised he walked over to his thrown dagger and and holstered it again, along with the one he grabbed from the ground. Walking over to his broadsword he sheathed that as well before eventually making his way to Red, and sitting down on the steps once again.

    Leo smirked and couldn’t miss the opportunity he had. “I know you probably thought I was seeing RED.” He said to Red. Before letting out a laugh.
     
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    Kitsume pulled out a small bag that contained different medical supplies and medicines. One of the things she learned from her father was how to mix herbs to make medicines as well as how to treat specific wounds. It was how she was able to treat and heal the man they found. They should probably give him a temporary name.
    She made her way over to Leo who was now sitting and sat down next to him.
    "You're probably going to need a few stitches"
    She said as she set out the tools and bandages neatly. She then began pouring some liquid into gauze then turned her attention to Leo. She removed the cloth, that she had him hold.
    "This may sting a bit"
    she then pressed the wet cloth against the wound and began gently cleaning it. Once she was able to get a better look at the gauze, after wiping all the blood away, it was obvious he would need some stitches. Needing to thread the needle, she grabbed Leos hand and placed it on the clean cloth.
    "Hold this for a moment:
    Him holding the cloth allowed her hands to be free, she began threading the needle, knotting it at one end and then poured the clear liquid on the needle as well as the thread. She then turned her attention back to Leo, moving his hand away from the cloth. She slowly pulled the cloth back. Thankfully the bleeding was now to a minimal which gave her clear visual to begin stitching. As she held the needle up in front of Leo she looked him in the eyes
    "Ready?"
    she wanted to give him a moment to mentally prepare himself, this was a stitch above the eye and if he were to jump or move to much she could slip with the needle.
     
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    Red didn't turn to face the newcomer, keeping his eyes focused on the duel. However, he had noticed her approaching and turn his head ever so slightly in her direction as he replied.
    "Got a duel going on. I'm here to make sure they don't accidentally kill each other."
    There were a couple of close calls, close enough that a bead of sweat rolled down Red's cheek. However, even when Leo held a dagger dangerously close to Kitsume, Red didn't intervene. Once again, he turned his head slightly as he explained why to the newcomer.
    "See, you might be thinking "he's about to slice her open!" But that's not the case. I've had enough duels with him myself to know when he's seriously out for blood and right now, he's just showboating a little bit."
    However, despite his calm demeanor and aloof explanation, another bead of sweat rolled down his cheek.
    "At least...I'm pretty sure that's what just happened. I think. I hope."
    In the blink of an eye, the tense moment passed and Leo was soon claiming his rightfully-earned prize, to which Red gave a quick wolf whistle.
    "Heh. That probably looked a little weird without context, but long story short, they made a bet before the duel started."


    Red gave a light laugh as he replied.
    "Nice one."
    He gave Leo a thumbs up before turning his full attention to the newcomer.
    "Fun show, huh? If they go at it again, I'm totally charging admission. Anyway, the name's Wulfred, but I usually just go by Red. You don't look like you're from around these parts, so what's your story?"



    Alkelda spoke up first.
    "Not at all, thank you for hospitality, Lord Kaname. That being said, I am curious about that...situation you mentioned. What happened here?"

    Theodoric spoke up so Falicita wouldn't have to.
    "As I said, it is a rather delicate matter. Suffice it to say, the Nagasaki have rather unique customs and at times, they engage in...rather aggressive negotiations with dignitaries and local lords."

    Ranulf chuckled.
    "What, seriously? That's pretty badass."

    "Hmm. Yes, 'badass' indeed. In any event, I would like the two of you to keep that particular encounter to yourselves."
    Alkelda and Ranulf nodded, and the conversation carried on.

    "Now then, I would like to hear your latest report. As I said, Kaname is a trusted friend and I have no qualms with him hearing anything you might have to say."
    Alkelda nodded.
    "Of course, my lord. We arrived at our destination without incident and after some searching, we found the two warriors that the rumors spoke of. Their names are Shizukesa and Cinder, and they seemed to be in some kind of relationship. Negotiations went smoothly--for the most part--and they have agreed to join our cause, so we gave them directions to our capital in Shiroyama Forest; they should be headed that way as we speak."

    "I see. Then it seems as though the mission was a resounding success. Gods be praised, I was beginning to think that good fortune had forsaken us entirely."
    Ranulf raised an eyebrow.
    "So...things haven't gone that smoothly over here?"

    Theodoric sighed, taking a moment to choose his words carefully.
    "It is as you say. I will explain further in due time, but for now, could you give me a moment with Lord Kaname? I need to ask him an important question in private."

    Alkelda and Ranulf looked at each other, then back to Theo, unsure of what to make of the situation.
    "Yes...of course, my lord."

    "You got it, Boss Man."
    The two stepped out of the room and closed the door behind them.
    When they did, Theo turned to Falicita with a deadly serious expression.
    "I will get straight to the point. I believe we should inform them of the situation in full. They will keep your secret to their dying breath if I tell them to, and they may be better able to assist you if they fully understand what has happened. That being said...I understand how important your secrecy is to you, and if you do not wish for them to know, I will keep them in the dark for the time being. That being said, I have a feeling they will find the truth at some point, but I can keep your secret for now if you wish. I have made my recommendation, as I believe it will be easier for all involved if we let them in now, but the choice is ultimately yours.
     
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    Leo was used to injury and getting patched up. He didn’t even flinch when the rubbing alcohol went into his open wound. As kitsume hovered the thread over his eye and asked him if he was okay he just nodded. As she stitched him up he paid attention to the new people who approached Red.

    He only listened as their conversation went on, waiting and allowing for Red to make new friends. while Kitsume was patching him up he took a moment to reflect on the battle. During that time he didn’t realize he seemed to be staring kitsume down and smiling.

    As she finished up he took the moment to speak up. “We should get moving once Red is done talking to his new friends. we should also probably get the old man and save the princess, she is waiting for her knights in a shining chariot after all.”
     
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    When the two finished and the man kissed the woman. Serako applauded with joy, in a way a child would do when they were full of excitement.
    "And the winner claims his kiss. That was a damned good show"
    she was rather envious of the girl. She had wondered what it was like to be kissed. Constantly being on the run, made it so that her and her brother were unable to make friends, or even have a relationship. She always tried to make small talk with those she met, but never really had the opportunity to get to know someone. She shook her head of the thought


    then turned her attention to Red, smiling behind her mask
    "I would pay to see that again, and you should have charged."
    She looked around
    "judging by the crowd, you would have made quite a bit"
    she winked at him. When he introduced himself, she gave a slight bow of the head
    "I'm Serako"
    She looked up at the sky as if thinking for a moment
    "you are right I am not from here, I'm just a traveler passing by"
    she then turned her attention to Red
    "As for my story... I wouldn't want to bore you. Besides, my brother wouldn't be to happy if I told someone I just met"
    she gave him a wink
    "Well I better be off, before my brother comes looking for me"
    before she walked away she cupped her hand around her mouth and yelled
    "IF YOU LIKED THE SHOW, TIPS ARE ACCEPTED BY THIS MAN"
    she pointed at Red and gave him a wink, and tossed him some coins, but before he could say anything else to her, she was already slipping away and waving
    "Was nice meeting you Red, maybe I'll see you around"
    She began jogging back to the tavern where a man, wearing the same colors as her, stepped out as she approached.They carried a conversation for a moment, one where it look like she was being questioned and scolded, before the two went inside.
    Several people in the crowd began crowding around the three, handing them money and complimenting on the show.


    Inside Serako and her brother had found a spot in a dark corner of the tavern. The had both ordered food and were pigging out. Serako wasn't the most elegant at eating, but that was because it had been a while since they had a nice hot meal. They traveled a lot and only stopped at small areas for rest and food. They spent most of their time in the wilderness and hunting their own food.

    Kitsume had put all her focus on patching Leo up, being careful and particular. She had glanced down to make sure he was doing alright and noticed he was looking up at her. She quickly turned her attention back towards her task, her cheeks had slightly flushed. Once she finished she pulled out a salve from her bag and placed it over the stitches.
    "There, that should help it heal nicely"
    She smiled then began packing up all her supplies, cleaning them and placing them back into the bag. Kitsume hadn't noticed Red was talking to someone until Leo mentioned it, so she turned her attention to Red for a moment. She tilted her head when she noticed the clothing the woman was wearing, it had looked vaguely familiar. She was snapped out of her thought when Leo mentioned the princess again. She let out a stifled laugh
    "You still believe she is a princess?"
    she shook hear head and then looked down at herself, then up at Leo. Leo still had blood on his face from it dripping and she had smeared blood on her face.
    "We should probably get cleaned up first and find a horse."
    She stood up and headed over to her things, putting her medicine bag back in her satchel, she walked around gathering her Kunai she had chucked at him during their sparring, and began tucking them away on her person. Once she collected all her things, she walked back over to Leo. At that point she had noticed Red was alone, and also with what looked like quite a bit of money.
    "Hey Red, where did all that come from? "
    She couldn't help but tease him a bit
    "Where did your new girlfriend head to?"





    Falicita was glad that Theo took charge in explaining things to the two when it came to Narumi. Trying to explain that Kanames fiancee and Kaname got into a fight, and his fiancee tried to kill him, but Kaname wasn't in fact Kaname, but his sister Falicita who was pretending to be Kaname, in his absence. Yeah that sounded like a huge headache to try to explain. But thankfully he was able to keep it short, simple and in a way that made their clan look like 'bad asses', which allowed Falicita to relax.

    The two then began to fill Theo in with their report, which followed by the questioning of things going on in the clan. When Theo mentioned needing a moment alone with her, as the two left the room, she was beginning to feel nervous and awkward. The look he gave her didn't help matters. He mentioned telling the two the truth and how it would benefit if they knew. This she agreed with, especially if there was a time that Theo wasn't around. Not only that, but she already had one slip up and failed at keeping her secret from Theo, she couldn't have another incident like that happen, that might just make matters far worse for them. If the two were going to be working rather closely to her, it would only be a matter of time before she was found out. That and the look Ranulf gave her, it was as if he knew something was up.
    After thinking over it for a moment and understanding the benefit of them knowing, vs not knowing, she looked up at Theo and nodded
    "If you trust them to the fullest, and feel they are trustworthy of keeping it a secret, then we should tell them. If they found out the truth, it may just cause more problems than needed. Just be sure to let them know that not even my clan knows"
    She was silent for a moment, the question was eating at her and now was the perfect opportunity to ask, since they were alone. She looked up at him, it was obvious she was nervous about asking, her cheeks flushed with embarrassment, but she had to know
    "A-are you really a...king?"
    She began fidgeting with her sleeve as she awaited the answer. In all the times her brother spoke of Theo, he never once mentioned him being a king. Her brother kept a lot of his personal affairs to himself, only involving Falicita when it came to clan matters.
     
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    Red caught the bag of coins, a look of surprise on his face at the stranger's sudden generosity. As he put the coins away, he composed himself and waved back to Serako.
    "Likewise. Take care of yourself out there."


    Red smiled and took her teasing in stride.
    "New girlfriend, huh? Well, she was pretty cute and she helped me score some gold, so I think I'd be alright with that."
    He shrugged.
    "As for where she went, no clue, she wouldn't say. It seemed like she wanted to keep to herself, like she's got something to hide. I wonder what that's all about."
    Then he gave a dismissive wave.
    "Ah well, no use worrying about it now. Who knows? Maybe we'll run into each other again somewhere down the road."
    He gave her a little grin, ready to give some teasing right back.
    "Or maybe not, after all, not all of us can be as lucky as you two. Ahh, to see true love blooming on the battlefield...it's just so darn poetic!"
    He gave Kitsume a pat on the shoulder.
    "Just so you know, you've got my blessing, and I would love to be Leo's best man."


    Theodoric fell silent for a brief moment with a subtle, nostalgic look on his face. He chuckled a little as he replied.
    "Ahh, my apologies, I was lost in my thoughts. For you see, your brother asked me almost exactly the same question soon after we first met; in fact, his expression looked much like yours does now. It reminded me of just how similar the two of you truly are."
    After reminiscing for a time, the smile faded from his face, settling into a melancholic expression.
    "Truth be told, I had hoped that Kaname would have explained all of this to you at some point. Though I can see why he never found the time. It is not a story easily told, and it is certainly not a tale to uplift one's spirits. Even so, it is a story worth telling, and one that absolutely must be remembered."
    He stood up from his chair and started making his way to the door.
    "Before we begin, I would like Alkelda and Ranulf to join us. They need to hear the truth anyhow, and when they do, they can help me tell our story."
    He opened the door and fortunately, Alkelda and Ranulf were waiting patiently, having put aside their bickering for the time being. They grasped the gravity of the situation and silently waited for their king to speak.
    "We have much to discuss. Come."


    After closing the door and locking it, the three sat down and Theodoric began, addressing his subordinates.
    "I want the two of you to understand that what I am about to tell you is to be treated with the utmost secrecy. I tell you this because I know you both to be warriors of honor and strong character, and I trust you without reservation. Therefore, I call upon you to swear your most solemn oath that you will keep this information secret and safe, no matter the circumstances. Swear."

    Alkelda nodded.
    "I swear it, my lord. Upon my honor and my life."

    Ranulf nodded as well.
    "I swear it. On my warrior's pride."

    "Very well, then."
    He looked to Falicita.
    "I can tell you, as surely as the coming of the morning sun, your secret is safe. Now...Alkelda, Ranulf, there is something you must know. The person sitting before you is not Lord Kaname."


    Ranulf turned and gave Theodoric a wide-eyed stare. Alkelda gasped in surprise and spoke up.
    "My lord?! But...how can this..."
    She turned to Falicita.
    "Then...a body double?"

    "Hardly, she is no mere decoy. I tell you truly that she is Kaname's flesh and blood. You see before you Kaname's sister, Falicita."
    "Sister...?"
    Ranulf leaned forward.
    "I was right! Well, I mean, I wouldn't have guessed this exactly, but I knew that something about her seemed a little...I don't know, feminine? But I don't know much about the Nagasaki clan, so I thought maybe my gut instinct was way off."

    Theo shook his head.
    "It would seem your instinct is as keen as ever."

    Ranulf slumped in his chair, exhaling deeply.
    "Well, I'll be damned..."

    "But then...what happened to Lord Kaname?"
    Alkelda had a look of deep concern as she turned to
    Theodoric, who simply shrugged.
    "We do not know where he is, currently. There was a terrible accident, a fire that had spread out of control, and Kaname risked his own life to save another. He was nowhere to be found when the fire died out, and his whereabouts are still unknown. That is precisely why I must return home soon. I wish to begin the search for Kaname in earnest, as his return cannot come soon enough in these dark times. But for now, Falicita rules in his stead, and I would have her know the truth behind the White Lion clan."


    Alkelda and Ranulf lowered their heads into solemn, reflective gazes. Theodoric continued, now looking to Falicita.
    "First, an answer to your question. Although I have never felt that the title is entirely appropriate for my position, and even though I feel less than worthy to call myself as such, by the tradition of the White Lions, I am indeed the king of my people. However, a great deal of context needs to be given for that title."
    He leaned forward, resting his head on his folded hands, his eyes lost in an empty stare.
    "It was about ten years ago now. As I'm sure you are aware, we were not born in this country, we came here from a faraway land. The continent we hail from is called Eirgaror and it is home to the Alamannia Alliance, which we were once a part of. We were a proud warrior culture; in battle, we show honor and ferocity, and in all other matters, we show grace and chivalry. This was our tradition, our code, our creed, and though we were a harsh people, we were dignified and proud."
    He sighed.
    "Perhaps we were too proud. You see, we had been a strictly isolationist people for many, many years. Having emerged victorious from a long and bloody war with a foreign nation some centuries ago, our ancestors wanted nothing more to do with the outside world, and policies were put into place that endured for centuries. Eventually, distrust gave way to hatred, and that hatred led to a prideful sense of superiority among the Alamannian people. Even so, we were content to leave the outside world alone...until one man took the nation's power for himself."

    Anger welled up in Theodoric's narrowed eyes.
    "Origen Damascius. Preying upon the people's fears, their pride, and their long-hidden greed and ambition, he rose to prominence quickly in the Alliance. He made grand promises of untold riches and unlimited possibilities that were supposedly waiting just outside our doorstep. Through sheer charisma and devious political schemes, his grew by leaps and bounds, and there was no doubt that he would soon become the supreme ruler of the land. There were some who had foreseen his ascension, and they worked in secret to protect our country. But they could not operate in secret for long. When they were inevitably discovered, their secret machinations turned to open rebellion, and they did their utmost to rally the people against the newly-crowned Emperor Origen. Leading the charge...was none other than my father, Theodemir. At the request of the allied lords who rebelled, he was named King Theodemir, ruler of the Free Peoples of Alamannia."
    Theodoric hadn't even noticed that a slight smile found its way into his expression.
    "They say that he fought like a dragon in human form, with an unyielding ferocity that inspired terror in his enemies and perhaps his allies to some degree. I wanted nothing more than to join him on the field of battle, but he would not have it. "Stay home, my son, and stay safe. For you are the future of your people." I remember those words quite clearly, and as much as I hated to be left behind, I took them to heart."


    His expression turned grim, clearly showing the sting of grief.
    "Now...I will never have the chance to fight at his side. Even though he was a wise leader and a great tactician, and despite the bravery of those who fought at his side, he was vastly outnumber and the tide of war eventually turned against him. City after city was reclaimed by the Emperor, and as my father lost ground, many lords lost faith in his rule and withdrew from the cause. Soon after, it became apparent that he was fighting a losing battle, and he made what was surely the most difficult decision of his life. In a secret meeting with the remaining lords, he called for a mass evacuation from the land of Eirgaror, to a distant land where the fires of war would not consume what little of our free nation remained. Our people, our army, and our ships gathered at a port city on the edge of the continent and preparations were made. However...my father would not be joining us."
    He paused for a moment.
    "This city was hidden behind a tall and treacherous mountain range, giving it a natural defense against invasion. There was only one passageway through the mountain, and it was a narrow one at that. Our plans were eventually discovered by the enemy, an outcome not entirely unexpected, hence our decision to evacuate from there specifically. My father...took a small detachment of warriors to the pass to hold off the enemy army. Despite the overwhelming disadvantage they faced, they held the line for countless hours, giving us the time we needed to set off on our journey. The Emperor's ships did not pursue quickly enough to find us, and we set off for a new place to settle. To his last dying breath...my father fought for his people, for my mother, for myself, and he gave us a chance at a new life. I will always be grateful to him for that."


    At this point, Ranulf chimed in.
    "Hard to believe it's been ten years since this all happened. I had just turned 13 when word got to us on the countryside. My mother woke us up in the morning, and damn it all if I don't perfectly remember the horrified expression she had on her face. She told us the war was over, and...we lost. She said we were leaving, and when I asked when we were coming back, she just shook her head and said "pack your things. Hurry, or we'll miss the ships!" I still didn't completely understand what was happening, but I know this for sure, I've never been so scared in my life."


    Then Alkelda spoke up.
    "I remember...asking my parents if I could join the last battle. I told them I was ready. I can wield a sword. I am ready to lay my life down for my people! But they told me that the king would never allow it. He chose those warriors very specifically. He only took men and women who were older, more experienced, and most importantly, had no family to care for. He made sure that wives, husbands, sons and daughters made it aboard the ships...to keep those families together in whatever their new life held for them. I was so thankful to King Theodemir for that...because it meant that my father, who had been in the army until that point, could join us in our new life.


    Theodoric continued.
    "The rest of the story is fairly straightforward. Without hesitation, the remaining lords named me as King Theodemir's successor, even though we hardly had enough people left to call ourselves a proper nation. When we first arrived here, Shiroyama Forest was a dangerous, inhospitable place, a wretched den of thieves, assassins, and secrets exchanged in the dark. We took up the challenge to purge the land of such filth, and when we did, we settled down in their place, leading to the formation of the White Lion clan. That is the story of my clan, and of the looming threat that comes this way."
     
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    “Don’t get ahead of yourself Red.” Leo playfully responded. “If you were anywhere near as cute I’d have laid one on you already too.” He stood up smirking. Before taking into consideration what Kitsume was saying. He thought about it for a moment or two, or three.

    “I suppose you’re right we should clean ourselves up... but... I wanna get moving. Decisions, decisions... hmmmmmm....” It was clear that Leo wanted to be lazy by his reaction if he bathed he’d want to sleep, delaying his plans of leaving. Then he came up with a bright idea. “Kitsume! You can clean up for the both of us.” He smiled at his newfound genius idea.

    Though Kitsume didn’t seem too happy at his response. Leo turned his attention to Red, and his now lined pockets. “Guess you have the next few days of drinking lined up for us after getting paid for the spectacle that we just had.” Leo tried to start walking away and heading to the stables but, he was confident that either Red or Kitsume would drag him back.
     
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    Kitsume crossed her arms and shifted her weight to one side.
    "Ah a mystery girl huh? it is just me or did the clothing she was wearing look vaguly familiar?"
    she waved dismissively
    "I guess we will never know now seeing you let her slip away"



    Kitsume gave Red the death glare when he mentioned the word "love" and then socked him in the shoulder after he made the comment of being Leo's best man, she crossed her arms and began correcting Red
    "Now hold on there, no one mentioned anything about love or even marriage, that was just a sparing battle that ended with a kiss. That was the agreement we had if he won. Nothing more"
    Even as she was trying to correct him, there was a hint of red in her cheeks. She suddenly grew serious
    "If my mother had her way, I would probably already be married off by now"
    the thought sent shivers down her spine, god knows who her mother would have chosen.
    She then turned her attention to Leo as he began to speak



    As Leo attempted to walk away, Kitsume gabbed him by the arm and dragged him back
    "No you don't mister, you need to go clean yourself up right now before you head anywhere"
    she scolded
    "We can leave when we are all good and ready"
    she let go of his arm once she felt he wouldn't walk away again
    " I need to check up on our friend to make sure he is able to travel, if he isn't, it could hold us back a day. BESIDES wen don't have a clue where to start. We need to come up with some sort of plan as to which way we are heading, instead of just going blindly. "
    she paused a moment
    "I have a brilliant idea"
    she looked at Red first
    "Since Leo..."
    she glared at Leo as she said his name
    "and I have some washing up to do. How about you take some of that money and see if you can get us a horse, or something to help carry our friend in case he gets tired along the way. Lets meet back at the bar, from there we can ask around to see if anyone there recognizes the insignia on our friends clothing, to get a better idea where we should start looking. Maybe someone would have an idea"
    She raised her brow at the two
    "from there, we can plan route of travel"
    Being raised by a soldier, one of the things she picked up was having a strategic plan before taking a course of action.
    she then glared at Leo
    "And if you try to leave again, I will personally drag your ass back and make you clean up, even if I have to do it myself"



    Hearing the two of them swear to keep the secret and Theo confirming they were trustworthy, Falicita gave Theo an approving nod. If he was willing to trust them full heartily like that, then she would to.

    It was rather entertaining to see the reactions on their faces when Theo told them who she really was. Not only that but her concerns of Ranulf having his suspicions were correct. He did notice something off about her. She kinda chuckled when Ranulf stated he thought she looked feminine. I guess in a way she did seem more feminine than her brother. Thankfully not many were as observant on little things like that as he was. She felt relieved now that they knew the truth.

    When Theo began informing them about her brother, her face turned to one of concern. She hoped her brother was doing alright and not laying in the woods somewhere dying.


    After hearing their story, Falicita was at a loss of words. Her face was filled with mixed emotions. The three had gone through so much in a young age, and she was one to complain about minor things even after she had a pretty sheltered life. They did have their own share of struggles, but nothing compared to what Theos and his clan had gone through, and yet they seem to be doing pretty well.
    "I can only imagine how terrifying it must have been for all of you, to suddenly have to leave your homes and livelihood only to have to start over fresh, and then to have to fight to start over...."
    She trailed off and was silent for a moment, searching for what to say. She then looked at Theo, she had to know how things were for them now
    "Compared to ten years ago, how are things now? "
    Upon asking that question, another came to mind. Everything they had gone through was the result of one man seeking to gain power. Did this mean the three could possibly want revenge?
    "Do you plan to go back?"
    she would determine the answer to her question, based on his. There would be no reason to go back, unless it was to seek revenge and claim back their land. In a way it would be reckless and pointless, as they already had land. She looked at the other two, and they seemed to be doing rather well. In fact probably much better than her and her brothers clan.
     
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    Red gave him a smirk and a thumbs-up.
    "You got it. I gotta give you guys some kind of kickback, since you were kind enough to help me make a little extra gold on the side. That's gotta be worth at least a few rounds."
    He gave a small tap on the pouch of gold that was now tucked safely away, looking quite pleased with "an honest day's work."


    Red shrugged.
    "What was I supposed to do? Chase her down and give her some cheesy line like "Wait! Don't go. Please, I simply must know more about you! Tell me...do you believe in love at first sight...?" Yeah, that'll be the day."
    He rubbed his chin in thought.
    "Though I guess I have done weirder things in my time. Especially when I've had a few. I wonder if those priestesses are still pissed at me for fondling their statue."


    Red gave Leo a not-so-subtly patronizing glance.
    "Looks like you've got your hands full, buddy. Have fun with that, I've got a horse to haggle for."
    He waved to Leo and Katsume and started making his way to the stables.

    A little while later, he was standing before the front door of the stables and gave it a few casual knocks. When the owner opened the door, Red greeted him with a friendly smile.
    "Geoffrey, old pal! Remember that incident with the bandits?"

    The owner nodded.
    "I figured you'd be here to call in the favor at some point. So, what are you buying?"
    He invited Red inside and the two got straight to haggling over the price of a horse.


    Theodoric thought carefully about Falicita's question before answering.
    "Well, to answer your first question, the difference is worlds apart. Our old life is behind us, as distant as a past life; when we speak of home now, we speak of Shiroyama Forest, not Eirgaror. Some still wish to return, yet most of us see the beauty in what we have made for ourselves in this new land. The White Lion clan is both courageous and resilient beyond measure, and I...truth be told, I still feel unworthy to be called the king of such noble people. There are times when I wish my father was still among us, as he would have doubtlessly been a more capable leader in those dark times--"


    "That's not fair!"
    Alkelda's shout immediately silenced the room, shocking both Theodoric and Ranulf. Though she seemed somewhat embarrassed at her sudden emotional outburst, she continued.
    "If I may be so bold, my lord...you have been a great and wise leader to your people from the moment you gained your title. You inspire the people more than you know. Through your strength of will, we found hope and resolve; through your tactical mind, we found confidence and security; through your honest and fair diplomacy, we found peace with our neighbors. Our people have thrived because you were the light they needed in those dark times, and none other. I can say with absolute confidence that if you are not worthy of the crown, then no such ruler exists!"

    There was a moment of uncomfortable silence, which was mercifully broken when Theodoric spoke up again.
    "Alkelda. Thank you. I will...think carefully on what you have said here today."
    It was subtle, but there was the faintest hint of a proud smile on his face.
    At least there was, until Ranulf spoke up.
    "So, uh...not to take anything away from that, I mean, I feel the same way you know, but what about Kaname--no, wait, Falicita's other question?"


    Theodoric nodded, his expression turning deadly serious.
    "Indeed, that is a matter of the utmost importance. To answer your question, though the thought has crossed my mind, I have no real desire to return to Eirgaror. However...based on the information we have recently received, it would seem that Eirgaror is not quite through with us."
    He pulled out a small insignia and laid it on the table. It featured two crossing swords in an "X" shape, a halberd sitting vertically behind them and a red skull featured prominently in front.
    "A short while ago, a small scouting party was discovered on the edge of the continent bearing this insignia on their uniforms. I assume you have never seen it before, as very few on this continent have, but we know it all too well. This is the emblem used by the armies of the Alamannia Alliance, the Blood Reavers. If they are here in these lands, you can be assured that they have come with a single purpose: They are preparing to invade, and none will be spared along their path to conquest."
     

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