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keep your eyes open for danger

this is the story of six runaways whose paths cause them to all wind up together. the first pair
are a couple of princes whose families have been on bad terms for years, yet despite the danger
they continue their secret midnight meetings until deciding to leave together. the second pair is a
stable hand and the son of a duke, both tired of their current lifestyles and somehow choose to start
a new one with the help of the other - though their relationship doesn't start off great. the last pair
consists of a princess who was forced to flee with her handmaiden after her kingdom was invaded and
the two are now currently on the run, hoping to not get found by their attackers.

not to mention that two of these have magical abilities,
which just so happens to be banned all over the land.


‘cause this right here is the twisted paradise
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    Ari straightened her cap and combed her finger's through her -now- short hair. Looked just like a lad's hair, it had grown too long to be safe from someone recognizing her as a lady. And of course, the barber couldn't know either hence the result in having her cut her own hair. As a stable hand in this era, it would be quite a sight to see a lady tending to horses instead of being at home doing housework from cleaning to grooming. Ari thought it was actually a bit more fun to work in a stable rather than being kept in a little cottage all day. Yes, she still had to do the housework, but with no occupants while she's gone, how messy could it get from when she left that morning? Certainly not much, right? She wiped a bead of sweat from her forehead.

    Reficul took short steps to his destination in the garden. Meeting Noel at noon was the highlight of his days. His friend was amusing to speak to, he had intriguing and different thoughts on the same topic which Reficul found to be quite a bore. It didn't really matter to him though, Noel was always the opposite from him. From their hair color to their personalities. They were exact opposites. And yet, opposites attract. How fun it was.

    Lana brushed off the little bits of crumbs from her frilled dress. Who knows how many layers of skirts were under the surface of this one dress. Honestly, if you asked Lana, she didn't mind, it was heavy for a petite body such as herself but it trained her strength just a little bit too. She didn't have any time to change when they fled the castle. She wondered why they had to flee anyway. Was someone attacking the castle? Was someone after them? She was just dying to find out.



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The large house was quiet, as usual. The only sound to be heard were the maids walking up and down the corridors as they cleaned and waited upon the other members of the household. Neither of Linus' parents were at home; both were out doing their activities for the day. This was the only opportunity he was going to get today and in preparation he'd packed a small bag the night before with a couple of keepsakes and extra clothes, along with some money and food. He wasn't sure how long all of that was going to last him, but it would have to do for now. And so, swiftly exiting the manor while everyone was busy, Linus headed out towards the town, picking up speed the farther he got.

Linus rarely visited the village, so once he arrived it wasn't surprising that he wanted to spend a some time looking around, even though he really couldn't afford too. He did however stop by a small stall with nicknacks and jewellery, most of which had fake stones, but he had expected as much. Giving a polite small to the owner, who was eyeing him up suspiciously, he picked up a necklace with a amethyst pendant - one of the few that was real - and inspected it. Surely he could treat himself to one thing before he left?

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Noël had been patiently waiting on a bench in a more secluded area of the palace gardens, hoping that his friend would hurry up and arrive soon. If he was gone for much longer, his mother would send for someone to find him and he'd have to explain why he was hiding from them - no to mention if somebody happened to walk in on him and Reficul having their talk. They'd been having these secret meetings for a while now, but if anything he got more nervous with each one - surely their families would start suspecting something soon?

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"Your Royal Highness, are you alright?" she asks quietly, glancing away from where they had come from to focus on Lana. Jiang really hadn't explained anything to the princess, she'd just rushed her out of the castle as soon as she was told they were under attack. Though from what or who exactly she wasn't sure, if anything she was just as clueless as Lana. They were currently hid in the underground tunnels, making their escape, but had stopped for a brief brake - it was difficult for her lady to move around the narrow caves with such an overwhelming dress.

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    Arietta was done with her work, a tall man with a sheet and quill ticked off her chores. Immediately, the man commanded her to leave, and she complied. It was the same routine in the stables everyday. Although sometimes, someone, mainly little children, would bring her treats or show her what they found. They were so cute. Ari could only grin at their attempts to always show her something amazing. The children had formed some kind of contest and Ari was the judge. She never knew what to say to them though. Once, a young boy brought her a dead mouse, on that day, Ari cried internally. Collecting her daily pay of only a few silver coins, she left for home.

    On the way, she saw a market in the village, she paid it no mind, she didn't have enough to buy new things for herself, she didn't need new things anyway, she was fine with what she had, even though inside she wanted anything her eyes landed on. Handicrafts in the village were the most beautiful. She never got over them. In no time at all, she was home, she recognized the wooden door too well. Arietta placed her cap on the wooden table before walking back out of her beloved home. Although it was a lovely day, Ari couldn't help but feel discomforted by something, with the words 'something is gonna be wrong' brooding at the back of her mind, she couldn't help but feel she needed to take a light stroll. And so she did.




    Reficul noticed the blonde head of a certain someone, if you asked him, he would say he could see it from a mile away just because it looked so shiny. Carefully, he watched his footsteps as his paced quickened softly. He lightly grabbed Noel's shoulder and withdrew it quick in an attempt to startle him. Yes, Refi just loved to annoy his friend, nothing else brought him more amusement. Except maybe Mr. Fluffyears nipping Noel on the finger. But.... Well, you get the point. "How do you do, fair prin-cess." Refi exclaimed with a lopsided grin.



    Lana dug her heels into the ground as she spun to meet her servant's orbs, her face, framed by her luxurious blonde locks, was decorated with a sweet but haughty frown. "If alright means my feet feel like their being amputated and i could never be in a condition any worse than this, yes, I'm perfectly alright." the young, dainty princess, although intelligent beyond her age, had her nose in the air, whining about how sore she felt, how her porcelain legs were about felt like they were about to snap. Usually, she'd just get daddy or another servant to carry her. But today, she had her first taste of physical labor. She hoped to never have to do it again although the chances were low, judging by the scenario they were in. Exasperated, Lana plopped to the ground, cover her frills in dirt. "Where are we, servant?" she queried the lower.

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The sudden shouts and scream startled him and he spins around to see what all the commotion is about. There appeared to be chase going on and it wasn't long before he was getting shoved around, slowly being pushed further away from the stall. Linus was still clutching the necklace tightly in his hand and he winced when the owner started screeching 'Thief! Thief!' while pointing in his general direction. He didn't take his time with getting away once people started ganging up on him too and it was a bit late to return the necklace now, so he quickly stumbled towards a narrow alleyway, taking a sharp turn down into a dark dark end. As he waited for his pursuers to pass by, he glances down at the piece of jewellery in his hand for a brief moment before shoving it in his bag.

After a few minutes had passed, Linus peers out and looks both ways before carefully exiting the passage and continuing on his way to what he hoped was the quieter end of town. When he arrived, it was difficult for him to stop being so jumpy and cautious, glancing over his shoulder and constantly looking around in case those people from earlier were around. And due to his concentration on where he was going and his somewhat fast walking, he ended up crashing into someone, falling to the ground with them. Linus lets out a small yelp and a hurried apology before placing his hands on either side of whoever was now below him and he pushed himself up to stare down at them.

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Noël had started to get anxious as even more minutes passed with no sign of Reficul. He had a feeling the young man was going to be careful and quiet, so he made sure to be extra attentive to the noises around him. Soon enough, he heard very faint footsteps from behind him and turned his head to look over his shoulder just as a hand was placed on it. He frowns slightly at the nickname and huffs lightly before patting the seat on the bench next to him "What took you so long?" he inquires, ignoring the question he'd been asked.

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Taking a deep breath, Jiang prepares herself for the outburst that was sure to happen when Lana spun around to face her. She listens as the princess complains about her feet hurting and she gives a little nod and smiles "Well then, if that's so, let's keep going shall we?" she remarks wittily, turning slightly as if she were going to start walking again. Watching the other girl fall to the ground in a heap of frills and ribbons, Jiang rolls her eyes slightly before clearing her throat with a small cough. "We're in the underground tunnels, m'lady" she replies simply, hoping that no more questions were on the way.

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    Arietta, was walking along quite peacefully when suddenly a large object or person knocked her to the ground with dust kicking into the air, she coughed. Immediately when her back contacted the ground, 'I knew something like this would happen' were the first words that her head screamed. She heard an apology as the person that knocked her down propped themselves up on their own two arms, looming over her. Wait. Looming? Arietta quickly realized that the stranger was on top of her, pinning her to the ground almost, and by complete accident too. She didn't know what to do other than try not to breathe as she grew more and more nervous with the stranger's blue eyes intensely boring into her own, every fiber of her being was on edge. "Um. Could you..." the poor girl couldn't even speak as she was still confused and in shock of what had just happened. But, she managed to make a gesture that could clearly be read as 'move please.'



    Reficul merely sat down next to Noel on the bench and gave him a loving pat on the head. "I had to run an errand, same ol' same ol'." smiled the raven-haired male with glee. Actually, he had just returned from practicing what others called 'withcraft' or 'forbidden arts', to Reficul, and probably to other individuals who were able to use their abilities, would call these arts 'magic' instead. But of course, there was even secrets that Refi had to keep from his beloved childhood and forever friend. Everyone had secrets. Just not the kind that you get executed for if found out. At least not commonly.



    Lana was furious at the dripping water from the ceiling, drip drop drip drop, a small bit landed onto her head and found it's way to her scalp through the mass of hair she had. "Tunnels? Why would you bring me to such a horrid place?! I demand we return to the palace. Immediately!" Lana exclaimed at her poor handmaiden. In truth, Lana could fit two and two together, she had guessed the castle was under attack, she just didn't want to believe it, not even for a second would she believe that their defenses were defeated by the enemy. The truth was ugly, but Lana didn't like ugly things, so she shut them out.

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Linus was just thankful that there was no one was around to witness the awkward few moments between him and the other boy as they silently stared at each other, that was for sure. Watching the stranger wave their hand in a very clear motion after attempting to speak, he complies and hastily stands up, brushing himself down before outstretching his hand to help them up "I really am very sorry, I should've been paying more attention" he says, quickly glancing around before bringing his attention back to the boy, offering him a small, somewhat sheepish, smile.

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Noël glares slightly at his friend when he was patted on the head "I'm not a dog, you know" he whines, folding his arms in annoyance. "And what kind of errands does a prince have to run, exactly?" he asks, raising an eyebrow at Reficul. He knew for certain that neither of them were ever asked to do such a thing.To be honest, he'd noticed that Reficul was arriving later each time for their meetings and Noël had started to suspect something - though he wasn't sure what exactly. He still trusted his friend and had figured that if Reficul had something to tell him, then he would.

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Jiang just stared at the princess with an almost exasperated expression on her face as she watched the girl become even more annoyed at their current surroundings. "For your safety, m'lady" she replies calmly "The kingdom is under attack and I'm afraid we have been forbid from returning to the castle" she adds, crouching down in front of her "So if it isn't too much to ask of you, may we continue on our way?"

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    Arietta could only stare at the man. Automatically, her arms, crossed over her chest, hoping the bandages she wrapped around her "areas" did their job of keeping her chest strictly flat. She examined him, taking in his features, she had to admit though, he was quite a looker. A melodic voice spoke to her, 'I-It's alright. I should've done the same.' stuttered Ari as she blushed almost profusely. She took his hand, it felt...warm, and soft, so much softer compared to her although still slightly soft but was made a bit tougher due to hard labour. "Th-Thank you!" she said, still flustered from what had happened. Was her voice alright? Hopefully it didn't show as much that she was a lady. She couldn't have anyone finding out now.


    Reficul messed up Noel's hair even more but came to a halt when he realized he had slipped up, quickly, he replied with the first thing that came to mind. "I had to go do a few rounds on checking up on the village, nothing special!" He laughed, mentally praising himself for coming up with an excuse. "NOW HOW WAS YOUR DAY!" Reficul literally yelled into poor Noel's ear in attempts to change the subject.



    Lana screamed at the top of her voice like the spoilt little brat she was, "NOOOOO. F*CK THIS. I DON'T WANT TO GO ANYWHERE. WHERE'S DADDY? WHAT KIND OF F*CKTARDS WOULD EVEN ATTACK SUCH A LOVELY COUNTRY AS OUR'S. WHAT THE F*CK DID THEY THINK THEY WERE GOING TO DO? WIN? I DON'T THINK SO." She had definitely learned so much from Pachua. Just... Not the right things. She remembered when she first cursed in the presence of her parents. She remembered how much Mama screamed at Papa. She remembered how Papa had stroked her hair saying it was wrong but still complimented how fast she learned. With praise from Papa, she continued to take the habit of cursing. Learning from some servants and, of course, Papa as well. She collapsed and lay fully sprawled onto the floor, giving up her whining. "I wanna go home." pouted the princess with a shaky voice, on the brink of crying.

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As he patiently waited for the boy to respond in some way, Linus looks him up and down. He appeared to be a working boy of some sort judging by the dirty clothing and by the smell of horse coming from him, Linus could only assume he must be a stablehand. This meeting might actually be of some use after all, it seemed. A voice brought him back to attention and he blinks at the boy. To be honest, Linus didn't think he'd sound like that, but thinking about it now, the guys voice suited his otherwise feminine appearance. "Oh, it's not your fault, don't worry" he replies, nodding his head at the thanks "You're welcome" he grins, dropping his hand back to his side. "By the way, if it isn't too much to ask, what's your name?"

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Swatting away the other prince's hand, albeit with a small smile and the quietest of snickers, he eyes up his friend with a disbelieving look. "Mmm, okay then" he says, deciding to just go along with it. He could always question Reficul later, they didn't have time to argue at the moment. Startled by the shouting, Noël flinches "Don't be so loud!" he scolds, gently punching Reficul in the ribs before tutting. "Other than you killing my poor ear just now.." he complains, lifting a gloved hand to his head, pretending to be hurt "I'm fine."

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Jiang was somewhat horrified by Lana's outburst, but in this situation she had suspected something like this might happen. She was used to the princess cursing foul things under her breath, but Lana had never outright shouted them over and over again. It had apparently taken a lot out of her though, as Jiang watches the girl sprawl out across the floor, whining and trembling as if she were going to cry. "M'l-...Lana, I know you're upset and angry" she begins, placing a hand on her arm "But we have to keep going" she explains. "How proud would your Papa be of you if you were strong and continued down these tunnels?" she smiles comfortingly, hoping the mention of Pachua would help encourage Lana.

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Arietta paled. Should she tell him her real name? Just a short name? Maybe a fake name? Her short name seemed like the best option as 'Arietta' would be way to obvious, not to mention she'd get confused easily with a fake name she probably would not be able to keep track of or remember to respond to. "My name is Ari." said the girl without stuttering only because she felt confident in this nickname of hers. It was a more masculine name than Arietta after all. It would probably work. Not to mention since this person was a random stranger. No, on second thought, he looks familiar. She couldn't put her finger on it but she knows she's seen him somewhere before. From a neighboring village maybe? The material of his clothes seemed to state how he was of a high position. But what would a person with a high rank be doing out here in the middle of nowhere? Peace of mind maybe? Usually others did that too but didn't pass Ari's medium sized cottage too often. "If I m-may ask, sire, may I ask why you roamed so far into the woods?" The stutter was back a bit, hopefully it wouldn't get worse.


Reficul beamed brightly at Noel's small but vivid smile. Noel's smiles were the best smiles because tsundere smiles were the best smiles. He flinched as Noel jabbed him in the sides and jumped a step back. "You know I don't react well to being touched on the sides." Refi winked. Wow, that sounded dirty. Let's add it to the list. He planted a small peck on side of Noel's head. "Shhh. I shall kiss your boo-boos away." laughed the tall male in delight.


Lana stopped shaking the moment she heard the word, and what a beloved word that was to her, 'Papa'. She perked up almost immeadiately at that one word. That word filled her with hope. "Will he really be proud of me?" Lana sniffled with a shy little smile at the thought of getting to hear Papa's praises although it had only been around 7 minutes since she heard Papa's praises towards her. "I'll do it..." Lana gave a nod as she stood up straight and marched forward.

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The boy suddenly seemed rather tense after Linus had asked him about his name and he took his time with replying. He wasn't in some sort of trouble was he? That was the only reason Linus could think of as to why someone would get so anxious about their name. Though, with confidence that wasn't there a few minutes ago, the boy introduces himself as Ari. "Well then, nice to meet you, Ari" he says cheerfully.

Sire. He sniggers at the word he'd been called and waves a hand at Ari "No need to call me that, Linus will do just fine" he smiles. He'd never been much of a fan of fancy titles such as 'sire', 'master' and 'lord'; he'd much prefer to be addressed by the name given to him. Placing his hands on his hips, Linus does a light shrug in response to his question "A nice walk is always good once in a while, right?"

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Pouting with his arms crossed, Noël huffs lightly "I wouldn't have done it if you weren't making so much noise!" he argues, rolling his eyes at the wink and glancing off to the side. Though it wasn't long before he was slightly startled by a sudden kiss on the cheek "E-excuse me?" Noël stammers, flushing lightly at Reficul's words.

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Jiang let's out a small sigh of relief when the princess stirs a bit. Her plan had worked then. Good. Now maybe they could actually get somewhere. "Mhmm, of course he will" she replies, getting back up on her feet again before Lana starts to march down the tunnel, thankfully going down the correct path. Jogging to catch up with her, Jiang falls into step behind Lana as they trudge on in silence.

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Arietta nodded, "A walk in this lovely forest is not a common addition to the lifestyles of the men here but not impossible." She quickly realized her mistake in choice of words. "I-I mean, I am a lad so its basically not impossible at all for anyone to come in here but not often, that's all!" She hastily covered up with a few more white lies. Hopefully, it didn't sound like utter rubbish. Linus gave her the impression that he was a humble nobleman. She liked him. But not in a love way. No no no. Not yet at least. She quickly cleared her mind from such nonsense and decided to make light chat. "Are you looking for something then, si- I mean Linus?"


Reficul chuckled at Noel's adorable reaction. "You heard me." said the happy man in such a sweet tone. "I won't let anything hurt you though, so you might not receive as many kisses as I expect but no matter." Refi was having fun teasing Noel. It was hard to see that their families were rivals if you first saw them. Refi grasped Noel's hand and gave it a tight squeeze. "So what do you want to do today?"


Lana scouted and navigated the cave as she skipped ahead of her servant. "Daddy's gonna praise meeeee." She squealed in delight as she bounced forward, not waiting for Jiang to catch up. "He's going to be so proud!" exclaiming as they neared a light which actually seemed a lot like the exit. Lana took a final hop out into the light of day as she turned to see if Jiang had caught up or not.

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Linus chuckles softly at Ari's hurried and somewhat panicky responses. The lad seemed to be an odd one for sure, but he didn't mind. Perhaps he was still a little shocked from their incident just now. "Actually, would you happen to know where I could get a horse?" he replies, his head cocked to the side slightly as he asks, briefly checking over his shoulder in case he had actually been followed. "Also, I really can't stay long, so if you do, could we go there right away?" he adds, bringing his attention back to Ari once more. He probably seemed a little suspicious at this point, but he could always resort to bribing the lad if need be.

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As Reficul continued on, he reddened even more. It would be an understatement to say he was simply flustered. "I n-never asked for you kisses in the first place!" Noël argues, though he didn't resist the sudden handholding from the other boy. "Well, actually, I was thinking..." using his free hand to wave around as he talks, Noël tries to find the right words as he turns inwards a little to face his friend. "Reficul, aren't you tired of this?" he asks, referring to the secret meetings and the whole hiding situation.

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It was nice to see Lana back to her cheerful self, even if it might not last very long, Jiang was glad that the princess wasn't moping around and complaining anymore. She held the girl very dear to her heart, but she had to admit, her lady was a handful a times. "Indeed he is.." she murmurs softly in a half-hearted reply as she trails after Lana. She waited for the other girl to exit the cave first before clambering out shortly after, squinting slightly due to the sudden sunlight. Once out, she glances around tentatively "I'm not quite sure where we go from here, Your Royal Highness"

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Arietta gave Linus a somewhat perky smile and nodded. "Well, I work at the stables..." She trailed off as she though about how many and which horses were supposed to be sold. "There are three horses they're selling, for a fair price I guess, two browns and a white one." She finally said. "All fit and healthy. I brushed their coats this morning. They all dislike carrots for some reason but they'd do a lot for a sugar cube or two." laughed the gender incognito girl as she remembered when she got nipped for trying to feed the brown one a carrot. "O-Oh. Sure. It's next to the Village Market."


Reficul looked in total shock at what his future spouse partner-in-crime had said. "I will never be tired of hand-holding and kisses with you!" he yelled. Clearly, he was misunderstanding the situation what Noel had said and the situation they were in. Reficul took this seriously though, fearing that Noel was actually going to break up leave him. He gripped Noel's hand even tighter as he thought of Noel leaving him behind, all alone. He'd be miserable. Poor Refi's life would have no meaning anymore. He did it all for his waifu one true love.


Lana tapped her finger against her chin. "It's the afternoon now around 2pm so the sun should be..." She lifted her finger towards the sky to find the sun, above them, a little to lower. "The West!" grinned the young girl. "Which means North is to our right!" Lana clapped her hands twice, taking in the air. "And there would be a village due North. One that bakes good bread too! Don't remember the name though. Couldn't care any less..." she looked proudly to Jiang to see how she'd react to her amazing smarts she picked up from nowhere in particular.

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"Ah, how convenient!" he smiles, glad that his assumption was correct. As he listens to the boy ramble on about the horses he couldn't help but chuckle softly "You're fond of them, I guess?" he asks, his cheerful grin faltering a little at the mention of going back to the market area. "Ah, okay then.." he replies, pursing his lips in thought. Just how exactly was Linus going to get to the stables when he'd be recognised within seconds?
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Putting his hand to his forehead with an agitated sigh, Noël shakes his head "That's not what I meant!" he exclaims. As much as he loved his friend, Reficul would certainly be a handful at times. "I meant that- ow! Refi, that hurts" he glares at the boy, trying to wriggle his hand free from the sudden tight grasp "But anyway, aren't you fed up of having to meet in secret all the time?" he questions

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Jiang watches the princess as she calculates the time and which direction they were facing, which needless to say impressed her a bit. It wasn't often that Lana actually put her many skills to use, so Jiang often forgot that she was capable of such things. After the girl was done with her informative speech, Jiang smiles widely and claps her hands together "Wonderful! Shall we get going then?"

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Suddenly flustered again at the realization she had just rambled on, which she felt was annoying to Linus, she covered her cheeks with both hands in an act to hide a red face. "Y-Yes, I'm rather fond of animals..." she said, letting go of her own face. Noticing the sudden change of body language from Linus, she looked him up and down, noting how he reacted at mention of the market. Ari could only piece the facts, how he said he was taking a walk but was in such a hurry to leave for somewhere else and how he had reacted just now."Did you... do something wro-?" she caught herself and averted her gaze. "A-Ah, never mind, it seems not quite possible for a person who seems so sincere to do something bad." she waved her hand, dismissing her past thoughts as she looked back to Linus. "Let's head to the stables, alright?"


With his mouth in an 'o' shape, his haunches loosened as he returned to a more eased, relaxed state of mind. "Sorry, if you're hand hurts." And as he promised, the dark haired male lightly placed a kiss on Noel's hand. "And yes, I guess I'm getting a little tired of having to secretly rendezvous." A sudden smile made Refi's features brighten tenfold. "But as long as I'm with you, I'm content. Just the two of us." Laying onto Noël's lap, he took in the scent of his partner. Yes, it would seem very, very strange if it were a pair of strangers acting this way. But only great friends and lovers would do this, so he'd only do this to Noël. Then again, Refi was a bit of a skirt chaser himself, so he wasn't all that sure. Oh well.


Lana yawned. A soft "Mm...whatever." escaped her lips while she trudged along the ravel of the path leading them on. She had her worries on her mind. Would she meet daddy later? When would she meet him? What would they do in the time being of fleeing the country war? What should they do. Without answers, Lana grew frustrated at herself and her wandering mind. She couldn't wait to go home.

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At this point, Linus was starting to lose track of how many times Ari had gotten flustered, he didn't mind however - it amused him, plus it oddly cute in a way. Once the boy had calmed down again, the nobleman freezes at his next words, though he somehow managed to keep his expression neutral and played it off with a light shrug of his shoulders and his ever present lighthearted smile. "Oh no, nothing of the sort" he lied with a wave of his hand "It's just the attention of the townspeople gets a little overwhelming at times, is all" he replies, and technically it wasn't completely untruthful. With a quick nod, he turns slightly and gestures for Ari to go first "After you."

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"No, it's fine" the light haired boy says, attempting to pull his hand further away, though to little success as the other prince managed to kiss it regardless of what he did. To be honest, he didn't actually mind Reficul suddenly resting on him and he lets out a small sigh "Mm, I'm aware.." he says softly, placing one hand gently on Reficul's head "You know, we could always...run away.." Noël suggests quietly, as if he were worried that there was someone around that would overhear him. It was unexpected that he would say such a thing, proposing an idea that even he himself wasn't sure they could get away with.

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"Ah, I see. I knew you wouldn't do anything bad." She smiled before turning to the path. "Well, it's this way. Then it'll be across the small paddock." Ah yes, the lush green paddocks in which only several horses shared to roam and graze. Lovely, a bit barren on the west side, but lovely.  She wondered why the marketplace was bustling more than usual but paid it no mind. It was still quite boring to be in the marketplace even though it was as crowded as it was but that was alright. Arietta looked over her shoulder to confirm her newly met acquaintance was still with her.


Reficul made a light cough. "Please don't touch my hair." He smiled a bit, not an honest one of course. He always hated when anyone touched his hair, Noel was an exception but it still bugged him. Noel had braided his hair often anyway, so he was quite used to him not listening to him. Heck, he'd probably braid it right now just because Refi told him not to touch his hair. What a disobedient boy his partner was. But Refi wouldn't have it any other way, his little sweetheart. "Runaway? We could always try, right? It sounds like fun, but it's risky..." A life with only Noël, without anyone to bother them. Without anyone getting in between their love.

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There was little he could do about the small chuckle that escaped his lips at the boys next words. How odd that Ari trusted him so easily. Oh well, it certainly made his life easier. Following after him, Linus made sure to stay a bit more hidden once they entered the busier part of town, trying his best not to get seen. Avoiding eye contact with everyone proved to be a more difficult task than he had anticipated, so he opted for staring awkwardly at Ari's back while they walked. However, he did briefly bring his gaze up a little when the brunette glances over at him and he smiles, a slight nod telling him to continue on.

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Noël had started to subconsciously stroke Reficul's hair as he stared at nothing in particular, thinking over what he had said. They would have to wait until their midnight rendezvous to do so, as there would be far too many people that could spot them at the current moment. Just the idea alone of leaving his life of nobility pleased him, it even brought a small smile to his face when he thought about Reficul being there with him as well. He had completely disregarded the prince's comment and started to braid a small section of hair anyway, looking down at him as he does so "It'd be worth it though, surely?" he replies, the corners of his lips still upturned a little in a grin

[ does this even make any sense, idek ]

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Arietta noticed Linus' nod and turned her head back to direction of where they were supposed to go. Come to think of it, Ari hadn't registered much of how he looked, she only had his soft, fluffy mane and warm eyes imprinted into her memory. Actually, he was quite handsome now that she thought about it. No no, what was she thinking. He's a stranger she just met, she couldn't be swooning over every handsome strangers she'd just met. The usual blush dusted across her face, she found the paddocks grass with ease. With blade of tall grass tickling her bare calves, she suppressed little giggles and quickly moved to shorter grass just to avoid bursting out in giggles in front of Linus. Imagine that. The stables were in sight, it was large, with a black roof and brown wood walls. Nickering and whining of the horses were barely audible. As most know, Ari was quite fond of what lay in the stables. "We're here, I guess." she smiled to Linus.


Reficul sighed as Noel did as he was not told. He knew he wouldn't listen. But he had to admit, the stroking was very soothing. It felt almost as if he could fall asleep on the prince's lap, right here, right now. "If I were to wander to the ends of the earth with nothing but you by my side, it'd be worth it." said Refi with a smirk directed to, and only to, his wonderful companion. "Have you been planning it for a while now? You seem to be totally confident in this little project." he could feel the prince's light, nimble fingers cross braiding his hair. His hair certainly was long, he preferred it that way. He remembered his guardian had nagged him to cut it short, saying it was ill suited to him, a regal prince. He remembered how he ignored the guardian and had his hair almost forcibly cut off. A life without any restraints, ah, it certainly sounded lovely.

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He had already looked Ari over a couple of times now, but with these many minutes spent staring at the other boy's back, Linus couldn't help but notice just how slim he actually was. Considering his age, which had to be around 15-17 and his current job, Linus would've thought he'd be more well-built compared to the feminine form that he had. He quickly shrugged off the thought though, as it wasn't of any real importance. Not to mention he was more then glad about the fact that they had left the market area and entered the paddock! Linus let's out a small sigh of relief at the faint sound of whinnying and smiles at Ari "So, do I pay you for the horse, or someone else?" he questions, tilting his head to the side as he speaks.

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Noël was perfectly aware that he was the one and only exception to Reficul's 'no hair touching' rule and he abused those rights as often as he could and though he wouldn't admit it, whenever the other boy took out whatever braids he had done it upset him a little - personally he thought they looked nice. "Well, it's been a thought for a while now, yes" he confesses, purely fiddling with the dark strands of hair between his fingers at this point. He felt slightly sheepish about not telling Reficul sooner, but he just hadn't been sure whether he was prepared to take such a risk until recently.

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Arietta couldn't feel Linus' eyes boring into her back or butt. She was completely oblivious to the fact he was even staring at her at all. Taken this lovely scenery, it would make sense to pay more attention to the wonderful view rather than the young female cross dresser in front of the man. But it would make sense to be curious over someone you've just met. Even if that meant checking them out. That was perfectly normal. Ari took in his words and walked as she replied. "Well, they do trust me enough for you to hand me the money, but you'll still need to go through the prices with the manager so it'd be more convenient to just pay the manager." the grass didn't make much noise but light footsteps could still be heard. They arrived at their destination without any interference. "The manager is the burly one over by the persimmon tree." She shuffled her feet in the soil , fidgety and restless as ever. "Well, I'll be going now if that's all you need."

Reficul couldn't bring himself to remove the braids right after Noel had braided them. He'd do it later, when Noel wasn't looking. With Noel's fingers still twined into his hair, he shifted his head a bit to look at Noel's expression. 'Cute...' Was one of the first words to float into his head on reflex. He had always though of Noel as a little kitten he could love forever. He was as hissy and as cuddly as one anyway. "Ideas on where we would go though?" asked Refi, reaching up to stroke Noel's cheek with his knuckles. To be completely honest, Reficul was suspecting Noel would bite him. But he took the risk.

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Linus had eventually started to look around at the scenery instead, feeling a little bit uncomfortable with continuously staring at Ari's back, even if he was aware or not. After all, it was rude to stare anyway. Nodding at the boys words as they come to a stop "Well, actually, I'll be in possession of the horse for some time.." he begins, wondering if he should even ask the next question. Linus takes a quick breath to calm his nerves somewhat and to prepare for the long speech to come. "And to be honest, I'd quite like some assistance with it's care" he goes on with a smile "So, while I'm aware that we just met and don't know each other, and I understand this may seem rude of me to ask, but would you like to come with me?"

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He had gone back to absently staring into space, unaware of the sudden shift from Reficul as the boy adjusts himself. "No, not really.." Noël replies softly, glancing down at the prince as he removes his hand from his partners hair, casually placing it on his chest for lack of a better position. Noël flinched slightly at the touch of Reficul caressing his cheek, but calmed down soon enough when he realised what he was doing. "We'd have to go someplace where we aren't that well known, if at all" he continues "Which is going to be hard."

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Arietta was just staring at him, in both shock and suspicion, when he had invited her to follow him away to take care of the horse he was about to purchase. She had questions for him, yes, she couldn't just go off with a stranger, who may or may not have ulterior motives. She held up her hand, counting down the few answers she wanted him to answer before she could reply to his invitation. "First, where are you going? Second, if I were to follow you, what necessities do I have to prepare? Third, are you willing to risk taking along an acquaintance, one you just met at that." the third had a more serious tone than the first two, but she had to confirm the first two and see how he'd react to the third. Ari knew, if she were to stay with him, he'd eventually find out 'he' was actually a she in the long run, assuming Lin still thought she was a 'he'. If she was lucky enough, her secret wouldn't really be revealed, even if she were to travel far and wide. But then again, it would be nice to travel, no matter what the risk. She was easily split by choices, but her life weighed more on the scale. To her at least.


Reficul sat up, dragging Noel onto sitting on his lap instead, wrapping his arms around the light haired prince. He recalled Noel being lighter before, did he gain weight? Or maybe it was just his head playing tricks on him. Maybe both? "Ah, did you get fatter?" Others would be a bit shocked by how blunt he'd be with Noel. Which was quite true. Refi's bad habit of being slightly blunt or completely blunt at times was the only thing that got him into trouble anyway. "Not that it's a bad thing. It just means my little Noel is growing more." Reficul rested his chin on top of Noel's head before sighing contently. "Why don't we go to the 'Town over the Hills'? Won't that be nice?" The town Refi was referring to was a little windmill country connected to a large continet. One with gentle breezes, and during the monsoon season, gales. Peaceful, yes, free from war? Not really, a small part of the country was being attacked, but the rest of the isle was said to remain untouched due to an alliance.

[Pffffffffffffffffft I CANT POST. AYYYYYY. I'm blabbering really, not sure if Lana and Jiang are at this new made up island. Your choice -u-]

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The silence was awkward enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable and he knew that the question must've surprised the boy, possibly even made him question what Linus was planning. At the moment he felt like an idiot for asking in the first place, he wasn't even sure why he had, it just seemed right to do so. However, when Ari raises his hand Linus flinches ever so slightly, worried about the words that were about to be spoken. Astonishingly it was only a few little queries, not an outburst of some kind and so he listened closely. They were simple things really, nothing too difficult for him to reply too thankfully. "I'm not entirely sure where I'm going, anywhere but here really...as for the things you'd need? Well, whatever you feel like is needed for a long trip, such as spare clothes, food and water perhaps? As for your last question? Absolutely." He sounded calm enough to appear as if he knew what he was talking about, clearly all those lessons in composure and the like were doing their job.

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The sudden shift in positions confused and startled the prince, admittedly causing a tiny yelp from the boy, but he relaxed shortly after. When Reficul wrapped his arms around Noël's waist, he flinches a little at the slight tickle it caused, though he did scoff at the other boys words "No, you're just imaging things!" he mutters, looking up at Reficul briefly with a small pout "Rude to ask anyway.." he continues, glancing down as the other prince places his chin on Noël's head. Hm? What was that? The little windmill country? It wasn't a bad idea and to be honest he'd completely forgotten about the tiny place. And if he had failed to remember it, surely others would too? With a nod and the smallest of smiles, he replies "When do we leave?"

[ I don't see why not, so Lana and Jiang can be there yes yes uwu ]

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