"Wow this is the first time we've been sent on a mission together," Sergio pointed out. Taavi, ILa, Sergio, and Hatsuki had all been sent on an exploration mission together. All of their royal parents, except Hatsuki's, agreed to this to increase the moral between the adolescents.
Hatsuki leaned up against the trunk of the tree rummaging through her bag. ILa and the others were setting up camp. "Wish ma wudda told me this mish wud take three days," complained Taavi. ILa shook her head and giggled. "On the positive side you don't have honey in your hair," she beamed.
Taavi scoffed and ILa playfully nudged his arm with her elbow. "Oh come now Prince," she began. "It was quite comical and you laughed when I was covered in Abelha's honey too." Sergio yawned and stretched his arms.
Then he looked over his shoulder at Hatsuki. "Hey Hatsuki are you okay?," he asked raising his voice so she could hear. Hatsuki looked up and nodded as Sergio smirked. "Guys I'm gonna start dinner soon then we can get some shut eye," he stated.
"Kay," Taavi replied and slid into the spacious comfy tent. Before he zipped the tent halfway closed, Taavi gazed in Hastuki's direction. "Why don't you converse with her?," ILa softly suggested. Taavi snapped to attention and quickly shook his head no. "N-naw," he replied and retreated into the tent.
"What shall we do about your cousin Serge?," ILa asked with a giggle. Sergio smiled with a shrug of his shoulders. "I ship 'em," he gushed. ILa's eye widened as well as her grin after hearing that. "Oh how wonderful! I ship them as well!," she blurted giddy with joy.
"Okay fan girl help me slice the tomatoes," Sergio lightly chuckled. ILa hugged him from the side, washed her hands, and began slicing the tomatoes. They were making sandwiches. Hatsuki continued rummaging through her bag until she found the picture Queen Chestnut gave to her.
Hatsuki slid on her backpack and slowly walked over to the others. "Prince...Princess...I will return. Just going for a walk," Hatsuki said. ILa looked concerned as Sergio nodded understandingly. "Hatsuki I don't think that's very sound. It's getting dark," ILa warned.
Sergio kissed ILa on her head and she blushed. "Don't worry. She won't go too far. Will you Hatsuki?," he reassured. Hatsuki smiled and nodded. "Just walking to the stream and back," she replied. Taavi drowsily stuck his head out of the tent. "Naw gurl nope! No one's leavin' the camp," he protested. However, Hatsuki was already on her way to the stream.
"Dang it," Taavi slurred with heavy eyes. "Go back to sleep cuz. She's gonna be okay," reassured Sergio. Taavi stared at him and ILa giggled. "Can you hear him Prince Taavi?," she asked. Taavi couldn't keep his eyes open but claimed he could hear them. Sergio raised an eyebrow and held out a sandwich so Taavi could see.
"Time to eat!," Sergio proclaimed and Taavi stumbled out of the tent folds. ILa shook her head laughing. Taavi smacked his lips telling her not to laugh. They all ate their sandwiches and kept Hastuki's in a container. When Hatsuki made it to the stream she sat down.
She gazed at the picture that was given to her. It was a picture of Queen Chestnut and Hatsuki in one of the palace gardens. Hatsuki smiled and closed her eyes as the sun finally set. Then there was a heartwarming feeling and Hatsuki knew what that meant. Soter was near and maybe he'd visit her.
"Good evening dear Hatsuki," he greeted with love in his voice. Hatsuki turned around to him and grinned. That made Soter almost melt but he had to keep his composure. "Ahem, how are you fairing?," he asked concerned. Hatsuki looked back down at the picture and smiled.
"I okay," she assured. Soter blushed and tried correcting her speech. "You mean that you're doing well?" Hatsuki nodded and said yes. "Hatsuki you've greatly improved your speech but why do you still insist on broken sentences?," Soter asked curiously. Hatsuki looked at him and gave a wink. Soter grinned with raised eyebrows.
"Oh I understand now," he mused. "You were trying to be cute?," he assumed. Hastuki's eyes lit up as her smile grew wider. "Yes," she replied. Soter couldn't take this cuteness overload. "You do not have to try to be cute. You naturally radiate beauty inside and out!," he gushed. Hatsuki moved closer to him and touched his hand.
"I want to show you this. Queen gave it to me. I miss her," Hatsuki shared. Soter felt the picture but couldn't see it. He still wore a mask. "You can't see with that mask on," Hatsuki said. Soter began to panick a little. "I'm sure it's a nice picture," he replied. Hatsuki tugged on his sleeve. She felt a deep longing to see his face.
Soter sensed Hastuki's feelings and took a deep breath. "All right...if this is what you truly desire...I will show you my face," Soter began. Just as Soter was about to reveal his face, Taavi's voice rebounded loudly. "Yo Hadooki! Git back to camp!," he commanded raising his voice.
Suddenly he appeared from the bushes and spotted Soter. "Hey get away from her! Star Chain!," Taavi flared up trying to attack Soter. Taavi wasn't successful because of Soter's excellent evasive skills.
Hatsuki ran towards Soter but Taavi reeled her in using Star Chain. "We shall meet again dear Hatsuki," Soter reassured and disappeared into the thicket. Taavi eyed Hatsuki suspiciously and scoffed. "Ya freakin' do have a thing for kidnappers," he sneered.
Hatsuki looked over her shoulder and into Taavi's eyes. "I don't," she replied firmly. Taavi calmed down after her reply and Star Chain dissipated. "He is a friend...I know you sense it," Hatsuki stated. Taavi was taken aback by this but it was true.
He didn't sense a threat except for the threat of winning Hatsuki's heart. "Prince you amuse me," Hatsuki began as they walked back to camp. Taavi looked over to her surprised. "Huh?!," he asked. She smiled and pat his back. "You worry for me but I am okay," she explained softly. Taavi blushed and stuffed his hands into his pockets. "Sh-shut up," he stuttered.