AM 142"So he loves me, does that mean I'm supposed to be his never-ending peepshow?!"I was still speechless, staring at her openmouthed, my throat closing up, my chest caving in. I somehow managed to swallow, then croaked, "Uhn
""What, my peepshow question?" she raised an eyebrow at me and put her hands on her hips, glaring at me. "How is that painful to anyone but me?"I tried to shake it off, but was still having trouble breathing. "Not the
" cry in a corner somewhere, holy shit!"Where are you going?! Get back here so I can bitch at you!" she stomped, "And why the hell do you look like you're having a heart or anxiety attack- OH." Then she broke off suddenly, her eyes going wide. I couldn't move. I just watched her eyes narrow, "You are bitter much, aren't you?"I shut my eyes tight, holding up an arm, the other still clutched to my chest. "Just
. Leave it
AM 141He wasn't going to die. I wanted him to live a loooong time so he could think about what he'd done to my sister. Adam thought I was just gonna hit him. Beating him to a pulp would be too easy and against my idea of fair play. It'd be like playing dodge ball with a one-legged dog.Mostly I just wanted to yell at him, so I got started. "You lied!" Not a good start
but I had all night."G-g-ghwhat?" he stammered and stumbled backwards. It was one of the only times I'd ever seen Adam trip on his own feet. It made me feel a little better, but Mai didn't feel better. That was the important part."You said you loved her and you worship her walking ground!" Damn this English! But he had to get the general idea, he couldn't be that much of an idiot.
Then again.He stopped backing away and started
simpering. "Bbbbut I do
AM 140My Mai-in-hot-situation sense was tingling. I didn't know where and I didn't know why, but somewhere, Mai was naked!
Or something close to it.I started prowling through the corridors
there was no need to prowl, per se, but the situation appeared to call for it, if only to add to the atmosphere. Sure enough my inappropriate yet necessary prowling led me to what seemed to be the seamstress's booth. Cue evil chuckle, even though Mai was technically mine now, it didn't mean I had to give up the old pleasures of
well, you get the idea.Sure enough I found a usefully proportioned peephole, and settled back for a good time. Sure enough, there was my lovely Mai flower, in
holy crap, a black lacy shift
that I had not bought for her!! It better had been Cordy, or heads would roll, and it wouldn't really matter whose as long as they were male and not me!Still
even though I hadn't bought it for her didn't mean I couldn't enjoy it, which I did. Im
AM 139They were over. I couldn't stand anymore, the effort of not spasming in every direction was no longer required, so all my muscles just became pudding. Squiiish and I hit the floor. Thankfully, I just landed on my knees. Thankfully again, because Takuya's friend ran right over the spot where my head would have been if I'd landed on my nose.Then the tailor caught him by the waist and scooped him up under one arm. I wanted to be able to do that. Takuya tried to escape, but he got caught and held under the other arm. They looked like they were having fun.Emperor Mikey paused with one leg positioned to enter a leg of hose. "Should I send in your assistant?"He got a curt nod and then a hissed 'yes!!' I realized that the Emperor Aulma's Dad was getting dressed, which meant I could. I got dressed a lot faster than he did, partially because I had less pieces to my outfit.
AM 138Very very very very very much in spite of himself, Emperor Mikey was growing fond of the youngest Abbot boy. He was ticklish like him, socially awkward like him
and in distress.The emperor sighed, "Gently Dubon, I think I recognize this problem
" he managed a smile, "Hold on Eric, it's almost over.""I'm getting suit fittings not shots!" the boy panted between gales of uncontrollable laughter."Yeah, and I dunno about you but I'd take shots over this any day."Eric nodded, a grateful look coming onto his face, "With a big needle!"Mikey chuckled, and watched the boy struggle to keep the more embarrassing sounds of laughter in his throat and failing. I like him
AM 137"What do you mean you aren't coming with me?!" Who cares if I squeaked like a rubber duckie, I was being abandoned! I glared at Nat.But he just looked confusedoh yeah. He didn't know why I was upset. All he could see was that Cordy's little brother (me) was giving him a dirty look. That kind of thing was probably stressful for him. Or at least annoying. "Er, I'm sorry, but there are a few other things I have to do before going to the tailor.""Can't you do them later?" No, I wasn't whining, I was desperately pleading for my life. I could not do this by myself, I'd rather be embarrassed in front of Nat than have a tailor pretend nothing was wrong. They were always so awkward about it.Whatever he had to do must have been important, though, because he didn't budge on it. He just walked me all the way to a foreboding room with a half-open door. Maybe i
AM 136"YOU'RE WHAT?!?"I sighed, "I'm getting engaged to Eric. Mom's gonna announce it at the ball."Dad just stared at me with his mouth open, a mortally wounded look on his face. The iron vice of GUILT had a good grip on my insides. Dad looked so bewildered and hurt, he actually stumbled back into a chair and put his face in his hands. "But why Aulma!?"I took a deep breath, "Promise you won't tell Mom?"He looked up at me suddenly, his face changing. "
That depends." He got to his feet suddenly and his face turned bright red, he walked towards me and placed his hands on my shoulders, "Never mind. Just tell me. Whatever it is, I can handle it."I managed to keep from rolling my eyes. He was worse then Nat sometimes. "I'm getting engaged to Eric so Mom won't make me go to all those awful match making parties."He blinked at me. "
bzuh? Come again?"I had to laugh, "Man Dad, what were you expecting?" I watched his ears turn pink and patted my shoulder twice before loo
AM 135My lip didn't hurt as much as it could have. Bane needed to learn how to plant his feet a little better. But I probably shouldn't criticize like that, it was a good thing that he wasn't as good a fighter as he might have been. It wouldn't go over well if I went to a ball with bruises and busted something-or-other.I ran my tongue over my lip, then shrugged it off. I'd had worse. "Are you okay? You look kinda dizzy
"That was the wrong word. Nat looked overwhelmed. He also looked like he was going to fall over if I looked at him too hard. "Yes, I
I'm fine."This was really a big deal, wasn't it? Especially since he didn't know the whole story. As far as he could tell, Aulma and I really meant to do this the whole way. I didn't know how I felt about that, or about the idea of us actually doing that. But I did know that I shou
AM 134When I'd headed for the library in search of a quiet place to mull things over and regain some lost dignity and peace of mind, running into the middle of a fist fight was the last thing I'd expected. Instead of freezing in place and staring the way I'd kinda expected myself to, I rushed in immediately and grabbed a pair of shirt collars, wrenching them away from each other as quickly as I could. It wasn't easy, but I managed it long enough for them to each get a glimpse of my face and that was enough for both of them to forget what the hell they'd been fighting about and curl up into little balls of subject penitence. At least, that's what Bane Cornblue did. The other kid, Cordy's brother - I realized with a rush of nerves, looked up at me with a bloodied lip."What the hell is going on here?" I asked calmly."Nothing, y-your Highness, we simply, Abbot here just-""You mean His Highness, don't you?""Oh yes sir! His h-Highness simply bumped into me and, and I tripped and-"I