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Dedicated to

A/N: I shall be updating fortnightly on the weekend, but sometimes I may post quicker.  And the name 'Ashq' is pronounced as it is spelt. So it's 'ashk'. I apologise if you feel this chapter is short. This is dedicated to Snowdrop07 because she gives such wonderful advice. I'd be lost without her advice.

Chapter Two


Inabikari laughed. The noise was a harsh sound and it was odd to hear such a laugh coming from Yuki. It was a laugh of not mockery but amusement. This girl was nothing like the person Inabikari had fought alongside. There was too big a difference in intelligence level. This girl couldn’t even tell the difference between her friend and an imposter and the person that Inabikari had fought alongside? She could manipulate entire armies of thousands.

“Wrong!” Inabikari declared. He enjoyed telling people that they were wrong. It was a form of taunting; a way of saying that even a murderer is smarter than you. “Inabi-dono joined with Yuki-chan when she was a young infant to get revenge on those who caused him to die. We are not the same person. I, too, am a Guardian but not of something so gentle and feminine as ‘birds’. I am the Guardian of Weaponry. No one can be more professional than I am with weapons, so come and try me out.” Inabikari studied Gemma sceptically, as if he was expecting her to test his strength.

Other than appearance, Gemma was much different to the person Inabikari had thought with. Gemma didn’t emit hatred and did not make her enemies tremble at the sight of her. She didn’t search for power. She didn’t even have the power that Inabikari’s ally had.

Inabikari mentally shook himself.  Now was not the time to get caught up in the past.

Inabikari noticed that Gemma and Tontidai were whispering to each other.  Inabikari strained to hear what was being said. He hated being in the dark. He had been in the dark for too long. The darkness was convenient when you were an assassin. But the darkness was overwhelming.

Inabikari realized what they were discussing. “No! No! No!” He said, pouting like a child. “You will not trap me again! I will not let you!”


Jet yawned, not even bothering to cover his mouth while doing so. He wanted Jared to notice that he was boring Jet and hopefully end this conversation. But the chances of that were slim. Jared was intelligent and loyal, much more intelligent that their dead leader and too loyal to his dead mother.

The plan that Jared’s mother and Jet’s aunt, had created had too many plot holes.  It was a plan that would most definitely fail when carried out.  That was the reason Jet had agreed with their leader’s plan. But now, Anastasia, their leader and Jared’s mother, was dead. Which put Jared, Jet and Belladalia in charge. And in the current situation they were in, Jared had the most chance of figuring out a much more improved plan.

Jet had always considered Anastasia to be a person that should be locked him. He thought of her a psycho maniac.  But he didn’t say that, for it would mean his death. Jet was grateful to Anastasia though, she had saved his life.

“You have to be in charge now. All 3 of us have to. We need the input of each other if we want this plan to work. Otherwise, we fail.” Jared explained.

A map was laid out on the table, a map of the word that was Albyn. There was also a list of names. They were in the former meeting room which was a large tiled room. It was once lit up by seven down-lights in the ceiling but the bulbs were destroyed a while ago. The room was now light up by three large orbs that were suspended in mid-air. The furniture was pushed to the edge of the room so that in the middle was a table and three seats.

Jet wasn’t fond of being in the meeting room as it was draughty despite the room’s lack of windows. It was also rather confined and Jet hated confined spaces.  There was always an eerie feeling, as if they were watched by an unseen presence. 

Belladalia sighed, her head down, her eyes watching the map. She had been captured by Anastasia, as a mistake. Anastasia had been meaning to capture Darius’s daughter but the potholes in the plan interfered. Since then, Belladalia had been living at the castle as Anastasia’s ward but after Anastasia’s death, Belladalia was now in charge along with Jet and Jared.

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