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The falcon  hopped on the floor and picked up the bundle holding the baby in her beak and hopped over to the sun where it was warm and began preening making a nest of a few feathers and nestled carefully over the kitten keeping him warm. 

 

Avery came inside a little loudly and got a sharp trill from the Isabo telling him to be quiet baby is sleeping. He looked confused at that but lowered his voice. "We came to see if you needed help. And what baby? You definitely aren't pregnant sis... Or at least you shouldn't be.." he narrowed his golden eyes at her. 

 

 

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Zane trained the boys ragged until they begged for a break and even the prince was breathing hevily. Zane barely broke a sweat, breathing hard but not painting like the prince was. Edward smiled at Kimberly taking the canteen she handed him and took a drink as Zane came over for a drink too. "Are you even human Zane? You show no emotions except around a few people, you can run leagues faster then anyone, your horse is a beast yet you can tame it, I've seen you go toe to toe with a loose bull that charged at father when he inspected the farms a month ago and wrestle the thing to the ground. How are you even human?" Edward teased him. 

 

"They call me the Devil for a reason. Half of those I can do thanks to my father. " He said a little bitterly. 

 

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Alex stood up after Isabo took the bundle holding Bunny in it over to the window sill to help keep him warm just before Avery and Cody came in, hearing her brother being a bit loud. She giggled a bit when the falcon told him to be quiet before stopping when she heard everything he said especially the question. “She means baby animal. A kitten to be exact. Zane found him last night when it was storming so he adopted it and I'm helping Zane keep him warm while he's training new guards at the castle. I'll have to feed him soon as well as give him a bath but I don't mind. His name is Bunny because he looks like a English spotted rabbit with white and black coloring,” she said in reply softly and also when she saw his narrowed eyes.

Cody looked over at the window and saw that Isabo was sitting on what looked to be a nest of some sort and was wondering what was in it before hearing Avery and Alex's conversation. He then understood after that and thought it was cute before smiling a bit.

 

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Kimberly watched as Zane trained the guards and giggled a bit at Edward’s teasing but then composed herself again when she heard what Zane said in response. She then gave Edward a canteen before giving Zane the one she prepared for him. She waited until he drank a sip of the water before saying, “My eyes are the color of bluebells.”

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"Well that's good to hear but do you need any help with moving in things? Organizing things and such? I see you haven't moved in the dresser in the wagon from Zane's house and I can make a Portal to home so we can move your things easier. " He said looking around the sparse house wondering into the kitchen. "Or we can go to the market and get cooking things you need. There isn't any here at all. " 

 

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Zane thanked her for the canteen and took a few large gulps from it. It tasted a little bit funny, like she added mint and cucumbers to it. He looked confused and frowned at her statement looking into her eyes for a moment. "No, I think they are more like........blue....bon.....etts..." He trailed off. His eyes soon gained a pale pinkish hue in the whites after he blinked a couple times just starting at her. Edward smacked his arm and he snapped from his trance handing the canteen back. "I'm sorry my lady, I must get back to my duities. " He said taking her hand and kissing it gently and went back to training. Edward looked dumbfounded. "But... He only did that to Alex his fiancee... Maybe he warmed up to you princess. I must join him. Thank you for the water. " And he headed off to join Zane looking befuddled. 

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“I’d know if I were pregnant and yes that would be very helpful. I was mostly trying to keep Bunny warm and didn’t accidentally want to jostle him. We can do both but maybe we should do the market first,” she said in reply before heading outside to where the wagon was and trying to figure out the best way to get the dresser out of it before Cody joined her. Together, they were able to get it out of the wagon and then they slowly and carefully brought it into the house.

 

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Kimberly watched him curiously and then noticed when his eyes turned a pale pinkish hue, knowing that the potion took effect. She nodded when he told her that he had to get back to training before blushing a bit when he kissed the back of her hand after giving her the canteen back. “Maybe and okay. You’re welcome,” she said in reply to everything that Edward said although she the real cause for Zane’s behavior. She just wasn’t going to say it. She headed back to the castle when the two of them were out of sight and to the room she was staying in during her stay there.

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((I'm gonna skip a few days then we can watch as he becomes reclusive and sh more depressed. ))

 

Zane continued training then went back home. Home as in his mother's house and was confused when his room was empty. He then went to the new house he bought that morning and went inside. He had no clue as to why he was living with another woman when he was with the princess but he'd bunk in another room, and he did on the floor of one of their spare rooms. 

 

 

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Zane was now spending tea time with the princess, and even escorted her while she went riding. His smile though seemed... Lost. Like somehow his heart rivaled the action. Today he brought a handful of Yellow Acacia a flower meaning secret romance, and a few yellow daffodils for new beginnings, and a Jasmine for nobility, grace, modesty, love and sensuality.  He handed these to her with a small smile tugging on his lips but a sadness in his eyes. "I got the news this morning that my father had died. His body is to be cremated and ashes thrown into my home's garden. Not the one in the city, but my family home a hour ride away east of the city. " He said plainly pouring them both some tea. "I hope that hasn't dampened your morning. Do not worry about me dear Princess, not a tear will be shed for that man from me. Mum cried all morning when the news was brought to us. " He said sipping his tea. His wedding ring flashed in the light. He couldn't bring himself to remove it. It was.... Important. A family harloom perhaps or a gift from a friend....

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Alex was depressed and had been since the day she noticed Zane acting the way he did when they were both in knight training. It was how Zane was acting with Kimberly that she could tell as well as him being confused when he got to their new house. He acted differently around the princess than he had before; instead of being indifferent, he hung onto her every word and had his full attention be on her instead of away from her and he also spent more of his time hanging out with her and Edward instead of with her herself (Alex). He was also cold and detached with her (Alex) like he was somewhere else. So she spent a bit more time with Spot and Toro in order to avoid Kimberly and Zane while giving them treats, brushing, petting, and riding them around to give them exercise. She also didn't really smile anymore and was always keeping either a really straight face or keeping it blank even while holding a conversation with the queen which made the latter concerned.

 

When she was done with that duty after keeping her company in the garden and she was about to help train the newly recruited knights, she asked if she could take the rest of the week off starting right then and Gertrude said she could while thinking that it would do her some good and hopefully help her get back to her usual mood. She had no idea that Zane and Kimberly were hanging out a lot more and that he had fallen for her which was why Alex was in the mood she was in. After Alex gotten the few things that were still at Zane's mom's house that she had forgotten to get and put in the house she shared with him, she told her where she was going and why. She then went to the house that she shared with Zane to get Bunny and then to the stables near the new house afterward to saddle Spot before being on her way back to her parent's house. She also told Toro to kick Zane when he came back to his senses but not too hard before she had left the stables.

 

She had sent a letter ahead of her to her parents saying that she was going back there for the rest of the week and to expect her either later on the present day she was heading there or the morning of the next day. When she got there later that afternoon, she put Spot in their stables, unsaddled him, and brought her bag inside where she greeted them with a hug but without a smile and then went right up to her room. She closed her door and ended up being there the rest of the week which caused her mom to be worried and write Avery a letter to come and talk to his sister to find out why she was in the mood she was in because she wasn't telling them and refused to come out. When she did come out of her room, it was to bathe, give Bunny a bath as well, and to get warm milk but she didn't talk the whole time and then would go back into her room. She wouldn't eat and drink anything either and also wouldn't sleep.

 

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Kimberly was in the tea room currently, having tea with Zane. She had also gone on quite a few rides with him as an escort which she thought were very nice. She smiled a bit at the flowers he brought her but noticed that his smile wasn't completely there. She wondered if something had happened or if it was a completely different reason but she didn't ask because she didn't want to pry. When she heard the news of his father dying and saw that his eyes had a bit of sadness in them, she frowned a bit out of surprise and some sadness but not a whole lot. "Oh I'm sorry to hear that and I hope your mom will be okay. It hasn't but it's still sad news even if you don't cry for him," she said before taking a sip of the tea as well and noticing the ring he wore. She knew it was for him and Alex but didn't want to mention the other girl's name to him.

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"No, what saddens me is the fact my cat was stolen by my house mate. She left for her home. This afternoon, would you accompany me to scatter my father's ashes and get cat back? I don't think I can do it alone. I thought you knew what my father did to me, mother cried from relief! He hit her, beat me bloody and then framed me for assult, attempted murder and other such crimes. The man finally hung himself. I saw his body this morning and staked his heart then removed his head from his shoulders. He was supposed to be entombed in the family crypt but he'll get no such honour from me. I thought you knew of this? Surly the one I adore and love would be told such personal things?" He said looking confused again. 

 

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Avery, sick with worry, went to the house the first break he got from his studies and rushed home on Lilly who was more than happy to do a mad dash home. He was sitting outside his sister's room. "Please sis, at least have a glass of water or something! I don't believe he would treat you as such! He loves you dearly. There must be an explanation but I can't find it unless you help me and you can't help me while you are so weak!" He called through the keyhole as his falcon trilled sadly felling her masters destress. 

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Alex had moved to be sitting in front of the door in front of her bed so that he could hear her from here was at on the other side. “He doesn’t see me for what I really am to him like he did before Ave. He just sees me as a house mate. He also doesn’t see his wedding ring as what it is and the connection. He looks at it but in a confused way and is also spending more time with the princess and prince,” she croaked in reply with a stuffy nose. Her eyes were also red and swollen from crying and her body was unhealthily thin from the lack of food. She was also holding Bunny wrapped in a small blanket in her lap while petting him gently to help make her feel a bit better. She opened the door and added as she looked at him with her unsmiling face, “I feel dead and empty inside and not hungry and thirsty. I also don’t feel sleepy. I’ve tried sleeping but every time I close my eyes, all I see are Zane and the princess together and I start crying before I wake up again.”

 

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“Oh. Maybe she was trying to help you take care of it, knowing how busy you are and can go pick it up whenever you’re free. Sure. No I don’t and oh. I’m sorry for saying the wrong thing earlier then. Oh I’m sorry all that happened to you and your mom and that’s a bit gruesome but I’m sure you had your reasons for doing that before he was cremated. No I wasn’t told any of that,” she said in reply before taking another sip of her tea.

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"Dear sister, please, there must be something I can do to help. A spell or something, I need to know in detail, I know it saddens you but you must think, I hate to see my twin sister in such destress." Avery said starting to cry himself. 

 

 

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"I am free today and his ashes have been gathered. I can ready our horses if you are free to join me princess." Zane said. 

 

Once he got her response he took the box of ashes, and went to his horse getting kicked in the stomach, and bit by the animal for good mesure. Toro made things difficult to saddle and ride him, and soon he and the princess where on their way. He scattered the ashes in a feild and had them tilled over by the servents still living in his house before he went on to Alex's place. 

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“His eyes are glazed and unfocused and also a weird pink color. When she talks to him it’s like his attention is glued to her which is weird because he had always averted his eyes when she spoke to him,” she said while looking down at the sleeping and purring kitten. “He might also think I stole Bunny instead of helping take care of him so he’ll probably be coming here to get him soon. If that’s the case and he does show, I’m staying up here in my room because I don’t want to see either of them right now.”

 

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Kimberly nodded and then followed after him to the stables to get their horses. When they arrived there, she got her horse ready and as she did she looked over at Zane and Toro. She thought it was weird that he’d kick and bite him because she’s never seen him do that before. When they were both ready, she followed after him to Alex’s parent’s house.

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His hair was red in spots so it shouldn't matter if he wasn't wearing red or not. He angrily pounded on the door to Alex's house.  Avery called saying he'd answer it and told his sister to keep the kitten and stay in her room so no more distress befell her. 

 

Avery answers the door hands on the hips of his lovely dress. "My sister is destressing because of you! Why have you come here? She's taking better care of your baby then she is of herself! Go away and leave us be!" Avery chided him.

 

"I won't go without my cat! " He said shoving passed Avery and marching up to Alex's room. "Give me back Bunny! I should have known better than to trust you." He growled at her door.

 

Avery was left with the princess at the door after Zane got in his face about the cat. He glares at the princess. "You selfish woman! You gave him a love potion? Have you no shame? He's been through hell and back and you tore away the only happiness he ever had, because of what? You where infected with the green monster of jealousy? Princess or not, a selfish woman doesn't deserve the prince who is as loyal as a dog to a good master! You have made a great enemy of our kingdom. Where did you learn such a high level potion? Certainly not from me!"

 

Zane saw he was going nowhere with the female knight and stormed down the steps to leave only to hear his beloved being chewed out. He grabbed Avery's arm yanked him aside and smacked him across his cheek. " How dare you speak out of turn to the princess! Watch your tounge mage. She can keep the cat I can get another, let'sgo. " He said mounting his horse to leave.

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((sorry. forgot Zane had red in his hair so I edited my post as Kimberly slightly to take the part of him not wearing red out))

 

Alex heard the angry pounding on the door downstairs before hearing what Avery said she should do and nodded, getting up afterward to close the door and then moved to be sitting on her bed. She heard Ave shout at Zane downstairs before hearing his response and then his angry footsteps a few minutes afterward coming from the stairs to her room.

 

She didn’t answer him when he pounded on the door, knowing that he’d have the wrong idea but didn’t want to say anything that would make it worse.

 

Kimberly looked shocked when Zane shouted at her teacher before he stomped up the stairs and started yelling at Alex’s door before she turned her attention to Avery. Her face paled and her eyes widened in surprise at her accusations of tearing up Zane’s happiness and calling her selfish. “A-a book that was in your collection,” she shuttered out softly in reply to the question about where she had gotten a spell for a high level potion before Zane came down only to smack her (Avery) across the face and reprimand her.

 

Her shock grew even more at seeing that before saying, “It’s fine Zane and okay.” She then turned her attention back to Avery and said softly, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for that to happen.” She then got up in her own horse and started to lead the way back to the castle.

 

Alex came out when she heard Kimberly at least leaving and made her way carefully down the steps before seeing Avery’s face. “Are you okay Ave? I’m sorry about that and maybe I shouldn’t’ve taken Bunny if I’d known he was going to come and be a jerk.”

 

((I was going to post something as Alex being angry at Zane but wasn’t sure if I should or not))

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((what you got is good.))

 

Avery rubbed his cheek shocked at what just occurred. " That wasn't Zane. A love potion of the princess has it's effect on him. I just need to find out what one it is then I'll find how to break it. The princess mentioned it was in one of my books... I have copies here in my room. Please get a glass of water or something and I'll get looking. " He said running upstairs to his room. 

 

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Zane handed the princess a handkerchief and kissed her cheek. "Why do you cry love? I'm sorry I showed an ugly side of myself to you. I wish you hadn't seen that."

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((okay :)))

 

Alex listened to everything he said with a mild curiosity and hoped that he could find it in the copy of the actual book the princess looked in during her lesson with Ave. She nodded when he told her to get something to drink and went to the kitchen before getting a glass out of one the cupboards and then filling it halfway with water from the sink afterward, taking a small sip after that while sitting at the table.

 

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“It wasn’t because of that. Avery’s right. I am selfish and I’m sorry,” Kimberly said before taking the handkerchief and then dabbing her eyes with it afterward to wipe her tears away.

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After a hour Avery rushed down with a book. "Found the book now for the potion! List the symptoms again and I'll find it." He said flipping to the love potion section.

 

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"You are not selfish princess! You have no reason to be sorry, that mage ought to be! Saying such harsh things to a sweet and lovely princess. I will marry you myself if the prince would not. " He stated. 

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Alex had almost finished drinking the rest of the water that she had put in her glass earlier, it was now half full, but she had done it slowly since she still wasn't very thirsty when Avery came back down with the book he had been looking for. She nodded and then said again, "Unfocused and glazed eyes with a weird pink color in them. His attention seems to be glued to her every time she talks and is apparently very protective of her." She said this last one she said was in reference to Zane smacking him in the face for having said what he did to the princess.

 

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"Yes I am and yes I do. She was only protecting her sister so it's okay and she was right. Please don't because I don't deserve it," she said in reply to everything he said just as they arrived back to the stables near the castle. She dismounted from her horse, put her back in the space where she was, and then started to take off the saddle and everything else before putting them away where they belonged.

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"possessive, violent.. pink tint pink tint.....here!" He said smacking a page. "False love and happiness, effects personally, known to cause pink in the white of the afflicted's eyes, possible regression. Hmmm... Complex one, she had to be planning to use it two weeks prior. Around the time she arrived.  Had to make the person look into their eyes for five seconds so she tricked him to look at her. Let's see, ah! 'To break a false love and emotion, a reenactment of a time when the afflicted emotions where extream. Painful emotional turmoil is recommended.'  " he read.  "His father! The time he was thrown in jail he looked so heartbroken and determined that day! We can see if we can reenact that!"

 

 

"The knights father has died. I saw his pyr this morning burning the body with no head. I sat on a branch and watched. The boy had cut off the head and stuck a sharp sick in the chest after the dad hung himself in the night. Baby is hungry, and wet himself. " Isabo said bringing the kitten, whom she's been roosting on, down in her talons in the cloth the baby was wrapped up in, carefully setting it in Alex's lap and perched on the table edge. "Well then, I don't know another thing that he was so destress he lost it. He had so much pain in his life mostly because of his father... Maybe Cody would know. I can seen Isabo with a note to him if you can't think of anything."

 

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He dismounted too looking worried. "Why not? Is it because I'm a knight? You heard the King, I'm like a son to him. I'll gladly marry you if you will have me." He took off his gold ring and got down on one knee. "  I am astonished and humbled you allowed me to court you, me, a broken down and abused shell of a man who thought true love was a thing of fairytales...... I've said this before..." He said looking confused once more and looking at the ring. He got up and rubbed his head. "I'm sorry my lady, I may have to take the rest of the day off. That was too bold of me... You're a princess supposed to marry the prince. I can not betray my country even for love... I... I have to go get some rest.." he said leaving Toro fully tacked up and headed to the Queen's garden to clear his spinning head. 

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She looked blankly out the window as he found a page in the book he brought down that had the information about the love potion the princess used on Zane and felt a bit excited and almost turned towards him when she heard that he knew a reenactment they could try before hearing everything Isabo said about Sir Sanders being dead. The little excitement she had felt vanished and caused her to sigh a bit sadly before hearing the rest of what the falcon said regarding Bunny being hungry and that he wet himself. She nodded before the kitten was gently placed in her lap while still wrapped in the blanket and then slowly got up to get some warm milk. Once she had it and a glove finger she had been using to feed him, she filled the finger half-way with the milk, and then sat back down while feeding the cute kitten. "I'm sorry Bunny. I should have been paying more attention to you and to know when you were hungry," she said with a small smile that didn't reach her eyes as she looked down at him before hearing what Avery said last after he heard that they couldn't do that other reenactment.

 

"Actually there is something else we can try. The day I was stabbed definitely made him lose composure and panic. I remember him telling me that it felt like his heart was torn into pieces (or something along those lines) when he saw me lying on the ground with the dagger in my chest. He has it in his room at the castle," she said in reply as she looked over at him briefly before having her attention be back on the kitten again afterward.

 

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Kimberly had just put the saddle where it needed to go when she looked over to see Zane kneeling in front of her. She looked shocked when he started to propose after taking off the gold ring he had been wearing. She had heard what he said earlier but the shock didn't actually register until he was in front of her and kneeling. The shock then faded to be replaced by concern and worry when she saw him look confused before he rubbed his head and heard the rest of what he said. "It's okay and that's fine. Take as much time as you need," she said before heading quickly to the guest room she was staying in at the castle as soon as he was out of sight. She closed the door and locked it so that she wouldn't be disturbed and then laid down on her bed and looked up at the ceiling, thinking of how much stuff had gone wrong with the love potion and now thinking that it had been a bad idea as well as possibly paying more attention to whatever warnings were in the book about it.

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(Sanders, sir Sanders, Rodriguez is Zane's mom's maiden name. ))

 

Zane sat and staired at the ring he had in his hand still looking at the A&Z engraving on the inside. He started to cry. He had no idea why but he felt like he lost something deeply important to him. Then he grew furious. It was most certainly not his father and his mother was still alive but refused to speak to him. His horse betrayed him  by kicking and biting him and his cat was taken away from him. Got so angry he threw his sword down with such force the hilt broke, the hilt losing a ruby and the gold hand guard bent. He roared in frustration and stomped around. 

 

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Avery looked worried. "But.... Sister that was hard on all of us! I felt your pain then. Magic with twins is strong even when one doesn't practice. That's what gives you the ability to speak to animals and even now I can feel only a small part of your destress... " He said looking mornful. He then sighed. "Alright. Isabo go fetch the knife. I know he means so much to you sister. I will help you if I can." Isabo rubbed against both her master and his sister's cheeks before flying out the window and to the castle diving into the tiny window and scooping the dagger in her claws flying back. 

 

"Soft funny thing is warm. Papa is better though." The kitten squeeked as he made a mess of the milk.

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“I don’t know what else to do in order to get him free of the spell and that’s the only other dramatic event I can think of that can get him back to his senses Ave. If it doesn’t work I’d probably honestly do something really drastic. Oh so that’s how I got the ability. I was wondering,” Alex said in reply before he told Isabo to get the knife and she felt the falcon rub against her cheek. “Thanks Ave,” she said with her attention still on Bunny.

 

She noticed that the milk was going everywhere on his face so she said before wiping the milk off of his face where the milk ended up, “Easy now Bunbun.” Just as she was finishing up wiping off the rest of the milk, Isabo came back with the knife. “Thanks Isabo,” she said to the falcon with a small sad smile that didn’t reach her eyes before taking the glove finger away from the kitten when she saw that he was finished feeding. She then held him up on her shoulder and hit his back a few times gently until he burped so he wouldn’t get hiccups later before wrapping him back up in the small blanket to keep him warm and holding him again afterward.

 

She then wrote a small note on a piece of parchment paper that she had gotten earlier that told Zane to meet her at Split Tree Hill just before sunset with her first name initial at the bottom before giving it to Isabo and asking, “Can you please deliver this to Zane? I’ll be heading to the hill shortly.” She then got up carefully so as not to disturb Bunny and also because she was still a bit wobbly on her legs. She then handed Bunny to Avery before saying, “Hold him for a minute. I’m going to get my stuff ready to go and then I’ll take him with me.” Then she headed up stairs, got her clothes packed back up in her bag, put her necklace and ring back on (she had put those things in the drawer of the table beside her bed), and then headed back downstairs with the bag over her shoulder before picking Bunny back up again and also the knife. “I’ll be careful on the way back and you can follow me if you want and be there to see if the re-enactment worked or not,” she said before heading out the door and towards the stables to get Spot ready.

 

When he had his saddle and everything else on him that were required for riding, she got up carefully onto his back, before having him leave the stables, and to go back towards town. When she arrived there and to her and Zane’s house an hour or so close to sunset, she had him go to the stables near there, took everything off of him, and put him back into the space where he stayed next to Toro. She then gave both of them an apple, assured them that she was okay, brushed them both, and then headed to the hill afterward while still holding Bunny. She would have left him in the house but she didn’t want to leave him there alone. When she got there a bit closer to sunset, she set Bunny down carefully on a big rock that was close to the edge of the cliff but still far enough way that he wouldn’t slip off, and then prepared to stab herself with the knife.

 

((ended up being much longer than I originally thought. sorry 😶))

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Avery watched her sadly following her with food and drink and at a distance to see it things went well as isabo took the letter to Zane. 

 

 

Zane was still stomping around furiously having his sword taken to a smithy to straighten out the hand guard and was about to throw the ring into a pond when a screech sounded and the falcon landed with the note in her beak. He took it and read it, then looked at the sun position. Almost dusk. Then he did a double take. A. Maybe this A person is the one who's the initial is on his ring. Maybe he has answers to why his head was hurting and spinning something awful and he headed to the stables at once. 

 

He mounted a still tacked up Toro, spurred him to a swift run and got to the split tree by sunset. He got off his horse and looked confused seeing Alex. "I thought you were on a break- what are you doing?" He said slowly approaching her reaching for his  sword that wasn't there.  He held out his hand for the knife still walking twords her like one would to not scare off a deer. "I don't know what happened, but I'm sure it's not worth throwing your life away...." He said softly eyes focused on the knife instead of her. 

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Hearing his voice, Alex turned slightly seeing Zane there but stopped moving the knife closer to her scar until it was stopped just above it. “I’m on an extended break for the rest of the week. I asked the queen and she gave her approval for me to do so. As for what I’m doing, well I’m trying to reenact my stabbing. You know when I saved the queen and you thought that you almost lost me?” she said and asked in reply before saying, “My name is Alex which is what the ‘A’ on the ring stands for. I have a ring as well except the initials inside mine are opposite of yours and are Z&A which stands for 'Zane and Alex' and the initials on your ring stand for 'Alex and Zane'.” She then moved the knife slightly closer so it was poking lightly into the spot where her scar was underneath her shirt. “I love you so much Zane, mi amore y mi rey, so please remember. I was the one who you proposed to, the one who knows everything your father did to you growing up and when we were in knight training together, and also the one he almost beat up but you stopped him although it hurt you that you almost didn’t stop him in time. I’m glad he’s dead.” She said these other things with tears streaming down her face and also knowingly pushing the knife a bit closer to her scar, causing the spot to bleed a little. She hoped that him seeing the blood would trigger the memory she spoke of earlier regarding her stabbing and cause him to come back to his senses. She did not know, though that she was very close to the cliff’s edge and that the part that she was standing on was dangerously loose.

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"What are you talking about?" He said inching closer to her after she spoke the first few comments and question. When she started to explain the rings, the initials, and then the Spanish words calling him love and king, his eyes watered and he started to cry, still looking confused about what she said. 

 

Then came the blood. He froze, free pale then collapsed on his knees. He blinked the tears away and shook his head rubbing his eyes. "What.....Baby please stop stop!" He uncovered his eyes, the pink leaving them with his tears now coming in waves and he, still a couple feet away from her, sprang at her and grabbing the blade of the knife so tightly his hand was cut deep to keep her from pushing it into herself. " Stop it! I can't- everything is so fuzzy. I just remember telling the princess that here eyes were like bluebonnets instead of bluebells and then.... " He said looking down at her then yanked the knife from her thowing it aside not carrying if he cut his hand further. "What did I do to you? Did I make you do this? Mi reyna don't hurt yourself... Don't, please don't. What have I done... what have I done?... " He sobbed wimpering finally seeing her gaunt appearance, the sad look in her eyes red and swollen from crying. 

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She noticed him start to cry and knew that what she had said regarding the rings and initials was starting to work in getting him free of the potion. Earlier when she had heard him ask what she was talking about, she wasn’t sure but now she was. It wasn’t until she saw him freeze before collapsing onto his knees that she knew that the sight of her stabbing herself a bit worked.

 

She was then a bit surprised when he suddenly sprung towards her and took hold of the blade of the knife, forcing it away from her after hearing what he had exclaimed beforehand. He had never called her “baby” before so it surprised her a little but also made her happy, perhaps happier than she had been this week. She heard everything else he said and asked after throwing the knife away and said in reply, “The princess slipped you a love potion and had made you look at her when she said that so that it would take effect. I made myself be like this so it wasn’t you. I became depressed but I was only stabbing myself to free you from the potion. This is all that happened while you under the potion’s effects,” she said before telling him about everything from what all he did with the princess to his father dying and him cutting off his head and staking him before he was cremated and to also what she had done which was going back to her parent’s house. She also mentioned her not eating, drinking, and sleeping during that time but also still taking care of Bunny while in her depressed state. She also mentioned the fact that she took better of him than she did to herself.

 

She then made a move to pick up Bunny off of the rock she had put his bundle on but when she did that, that caused the loose part of earth under her feet that was loose fall off the edge of the cliff which also caused her to fall. She had a look full of surprise and horror on her face as she did so before screaming on the way down. She then called out with her mind voice to any animal that might be in the trees below for help and a black Pegasus that had been grazing with his herd answered before catching her on his back afterward.

What can I help you with little one? he asked in her mind and she had to take a minute to get her bearings and that she wasn’t on the ground and bleeding even more before she could answer him. He seemed to be patient and hovering in the air while he waited for her answer.

I fell off of the cliff up there and need to get back there. Can you take me there please? she politely said and asked in reply.

I can certainly do that, he said before flying her back up there a few minutes afterward of answering her. He then landed next to the rock she had put Bunny on before she dismounted on very shaky legs that were shaking even more than earlier when she had gotten to the hill. “Thank you,” she said to him aloud and he inclined his head before she petted him gently on the nose and then he took off again to rejoin his herd that was in the woods below the cliff. She then tried to take a step to head towards Zane when she collapsed due to exhaustion, dehydration, and hunger.

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His eyes grew increasingly worried as she said what he did, and what she did (or lack thereof) and move to pick up the now awake kitten crying for mama and papa. 

 

She was there, and then she wasn't. Zane would've dove headfirst off the cliff if Avery hadn't came up to tend to their wounds with a first aid kit, and grabbed his belt as he threw himself on the floor trying to grab her with a bloody hand. "Alex!!!" Both cried out Avery preparing a spell and Zane just watching in shear horror as Alex plummeted to the trees below. 

 

Avery stopped chanting the spell when the black Pegasus caught her. Avery also thanked the horse and offered up a bit of carrot in thanks as Zane slowly got up mouth unhinged never seeing a winged horse before. They were as elusive as a unicorn and even rarer to see in the wild. His focus though went back to Alex quickly when she collapsed, him catching her before she hit the ground taking her and bunny away from the edge to not repeat the incident. Avery got out bread and water and washed up and wrapped Zane's cut up hand that would have a scar on his palm and fingers as Zane leaned Alex against his chest and held bits of the bread to her mouth with his clean, non injured hand. 

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