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Matthew, who had left his estate, had gone to find clues on where the golden eyed man had gone and how he had escaped. It wasn’t like he could just pick up and go, and Matthew knew this, so he could only conclude…That he had help!

If there were two, that could possibly mean two enemies. Matthew wondered who this other person was, yet couldn’t help but think that they had at least a rank four cultivation base, to have all the guards fall asleep without any kind of knowledge to what had happened at all…

Already checking the perimeters of Prince Liam, because he knew that he and Nate had allied themselves together in the past, Matthew found nothing…Well, nothing except a strange noise coming from the inside of the cold palace.

Upon looking through the small little holes in the building, all Matthew could see was Prince Liam seemed to be laughing or chuckling to himself in some strange, mad way, that made even Matthew back away from the area.

It looked like the cold palace was starting to get to Prince Liam…

Yet, whatever they did, even with tracking dogs, they could not follow Nate's trials beyond the palace…Which could only mean that Nate, and the person that had helped him escape, had gone across the roofs and possibly even trees.

And the only thing Matthew hoped, is that Steven pay particular attention to his Princess, and to never have her leave his sight!

Feeling this now, Matthew was extremely glad that Steven had taken the initiative to protecting her at the Rolland Estate...

As it was so late already, after finishing all this, Matthew decided to tell the Emperor about Prince Seth and Purple Haven the next morning…

Sighing to how much was happening, Matthew suddenly felt like rushing his marriage might not have been a great idea...

With Nate missing and another helping him, it was already nerve raking, but now there was also Purple Haven.

For the first time, Matthew felt like it would have been better to wait, even at least one more week...Or until Nate and his accomplice had been found.

He had already reported that he had found nothing of Nate to the Emperor, in which the Emperor hadn't been happy to have lost the person who had tried to kill him, so it was time to go back home. In which didn't hold his Princess at the moment...

 

The ‘servant’ that had let themselves inside Matthew’s estate, had happily found themselves inside Matthew’s very own bed chambers, while its master was away.

They had been in the estate before but had never known where the Second Prince's bed chamber was specifically.

They touched a few items, because they felt that they had every right to. They brought out their own attachment, that had come from outside, and set it up out of sight. It was a strange device that would remind me of one of those air purifiers from Earth, but of course, here it was a bit different. The person put their Cache Mint against a part of it and a clicking noise was heard, as the Cache Mint changed slightly from a silver colour, towards a cyan colour, showing that Sum had been used.

Nothing else was seen after the click had been made, but it was indeed working…Making the ‘servant’ smile in satisfaction.

…If one is denied a marriage, then one must make the marriage happen…That was the only thing they could think now.

As it was, the royal decree had come to her father’s estate, stating a marriage between her and a Prince that she has never met!

But all that will come to nothing, when she finishes what she has come here to do…

 

She was putting her future, her happiness and everything on the line. There was going to be no way out, if this didn’t work…

But, she didn’t seem to care. Since before she was fifteen, she had only wanted to be with the Second Prince, and now she had waited long enough. Through Isabella’s death, she had waited for him to notice her. She waited patiently while he was in prison, declining anyone else’s marriage proposal, just waiting on her Prince to be let out.

But, since some bitch had come along, she had to move things along and finally make what she had been waiting for all these years hers, but that hadn’t exactly worked out either…

What she had wanted and having it snatched away, she might as well go as far as she’s going now…She already felt like she had lost the most precious thing of hers and that this was her strategy of getting it back, even though it was going against the Emperor…This was…Her last resort, her last plea, her last effort into making what should be hers, become hers!

It will be okay, she will be safe after this. Even defying a royal decree, she will potentially hold a child of the Second Prince…Do they dare to kill her and their royal blood, or put her in a dungeon? No! They can only let her become a part of the Second Prince’s harem, she can only become Matthew’s woman in the end!

She will be his Princess, she will make it happen! She will move the bitch aside and take what is rightfully hers, she will bare his children and be his only one!

And it will start to happen…Tonight!

 

***

 

Upon Matthew's return to his estate, he was exhausted, yet knew of his Princess not being there. He looked up at the night sky and felt the loss of her presence and the impatience to have it come back to him.

He wanted to see her, even if it was to watch her while she was sleeping. Being apart while she was here in their estate, was different to being apart while she wasn’t here.

Already, they had a few precious moments in a few places and Matthew could only sigh…He'd taught her how to whip, well tried to. They had one spar together, impressing him on her skills, and even chased Naruto around once together...

He made his way to her chambers and lent against the door. He had watched her a few times now, and she was so adorable. He very much liked knowing of what he saw is what he would be getting. If she was angry, he knew…It showed ever so easily, on not just her face, but her eyes. If she was curious, she would open her eyes up in a way they were waiting…Like the rest of her. Then, if she was cheeky, she would bite her lip and give a half smile, her eyes sparkling beneath her lashes. When she was in deep thought, she'd blink and put her head to the side...

She had her own agenda, her own mind and her own ideas...Even her chuckling by herself sometimes, he had grown to love and adore...

 

Matthew sighed again and walked into his Princess’s chambers leisurely, like he had done it many, many times before...

He hadn’t found Nate and was worried, but he had been weak, and his cultivation base had been blocked. So, Matthew felt that he still had time to consider his options and wonder what Nate will do, now that he was free.

It was obvious that Nate didn’t seem to like this Emperor, and Matthew had already put some extra Bands to guard closely to him. Having the Emperor himself being able to be mind controlled was still etched deep into their thoughts and the Bands were told of this before they had left. But…Matthew also knew, he knew why he wanted the Crowned Prince to take control, because they had already been allied…So, again, Matthew thought of Nate’s primary goal…

If Nate was indeed like his father, that would mean that his dream was to become the Golden Emperor. He may even have Haven’s already behind him. So…What would he do…If he was to be free?

Sitting on his beloved's bed, Matthew suddenly had a bad feeling.

Remembering his first visit to Nate, after his capture, to his last…Matthew suddenly had a worse feeling…

To show him the sword, why did he suddenly want to see the sword again!?

He wants…To be the Golden Emperor, and then he wanted to see the sword, that was only wielded by a True Golden Heir, when he’d already seen it. And when he asked, he looked like…He looked different…Why did he look different?

Then…What if…I hadn’t of shown the sword…Would he still…Be there.

Abruptly standing up, Matthew yelled out, “Someone!”

It can only mean that Nate may have only been released just because someone had wanted to see the sword...Nate most certainly had help! And...This help may be someone who knows about the sword...Most likely...Another family member...

“…Master.”

 

Matthew looked at Band Three and went silent for a moment, “Prepare…Prepare for me to enter the Rolland Estate secretly in two days instead. And…When they are supposed to send my Princess, send…Send someone else instead!”

“…Master?” Band Three asked openly, wondering why there would be such a change on his Master's own wedding day.

Matthew could only see that he is the target.

Nate would not be able to achieve his goal of becoming Golden Emperor, if I were alive, and my sword is proof of who I am…Yet, how could I let them just come for me!?

“The…Marriage in two days will be a ploy to bring out the golden eyed man. He will come here…He will.”

Yes…Nate seemed adamant on Sahara, but me also…He won’t worry too much about Sahara until I’m gone…She should be safe. But, when he comes for me and the possible Sahara, instead, he will find a trap! And…If he doesn’t come, then it doesn’t matter, Sahara and I will still complete our marriage! It will just be completed at the Rolland Estate instead! I have to discretely get in contact with the Right Minister and plan this, so that the details don't come out to anyone else...As far as anyone else will be aware of, nothing will change...

“Send me!” A voice came all of a sudden.

Both Matthew and Band Three turned to the ‘servant’, that was standing at the door.

“Send me!” They repeated.

 

Matthew frowned, what was she doing here!?

Band Three moved, so that he wasn’t between them, then waited for instructions.

“I will enter your estate on her behalf, but you must repay me!” She said.

Matthew stayed silent, he hated that her words were actually helpful, because really, the person entering would be in danger…Yet, she seemed so willing…Which seemed strange…

The bride shouldn't be a problem, as they were in the carriage all the way until they reached the 'husband's' estate, and then had a slight covering over her face after she exits the carriage, so she shouldn’t be seen. He could really choose anyone loyal to do the part...But now, if he didn't choose this person in front of him...Would she make the secret become known? Matthew felt frustrated but stayed silent.

She continued, not liking the Second Prince’s silence, “I will take her place, and you will…Grant me a position here.”

Frowning, Matthew could see that she was even serious, she was even happy with a consort position…

Why was she doing this!? Was she so willing to die? She had no questions upon why I came up with this plan, does that mean she had no idea on who may come!? Yet...She was so eager! What would she want if I said no?

Matthew got a little confused. Her sister was the General’s wife, yet, Rose would go as far as risking her life? She would go as far as going into another's estate and roam around and then interfere in an important conversation...They were so different! Rose was really coming across to Matthew…As shameless…

Still not saying a word, the ‘servant’, who is of course is Miss Have’s, walked further into the room. “Let us talk more in your own chambers.”

Band Three looked at his Master and found this strange.

Matthew looked at Band Three, and also found this strange…

Why is she even here!?

Matthew knew that he had every right to throw her away, yet, she knew of this secret conversation now...

“Your Highness, come, let us talk more in your chambers.” She said, lifting him up from the bed with her hand and wanting to guide him to his chambers.

Matthew looked back at Band Three and put his fourth finger up, out of Rose’s sight.

Band Three nodded and Matthew followed Rose.

 

The first finger, was the most crucial, meaning to kill. This would happen straight away.

The second finger, was the next most crucial, meaning to find a way to kill the person after they go out on their own, so they weren’t to make it further after finishing with their Master.

Of course, Matthew has rarely used the first two fingers, if he was to kill someone, he’d prefer to do it himself, but in any respect still prefers to have people live and tried not to ever get this far.

The third finger, was to watch closely, positioning themselves hiding within the same room as the person, even when they leave their Master, and then to report back with news within the day…At least four Bands were used, just in case…If one has to follow an item, then that leaves three. Yet, they would lose one, if one has to leave to follow another person, which may only leave two Bands left. So, they found four was the lowest of Bands to use with the third finger. And one of those Bands would most likely hold the ‘Stealth’ technique.

The fourth finger…Meant that their master was very suspicious. They were not to harm the other person unless a reason has surfaced, but they are a suspicious person and the Master is not trusting them in the slightest. The fourth finger is also a watch, but one that shouldn’t require action, so they don’t have to be in the same room…A word is normally said if Matthew wants the Bands to come forward, but that word has hardly been used.

 

Matthew hoped, more than believed, that Rose was doing something good…Instead of bad…Not that he had given his consent to her being here and volunteering, but he really needed a moment to think about this properly…

He really wanted to say no...But, he had a huge feeling that she will use this against him and he would have no choice but to accept her to play the part of 'bride' on his wedding day.

In return, she wanted a position...How could he change that? And what if he couldn't?

Did she want to relent to Sahara? Did she accept Sahara as his Princess now?

There was just no way that he would see Rose intimately, she seriously would be happier to go elsewhere and find someone that would love her!

As they had the short walk coming slowly to an end, Matthew tried to hurry his thoughts, but couldn't think of anything...

For the years of their friendship, he wanted her to be doing the right thing…But yet, he had his suspicions. And for some reason...He believed that their friendship has already come to an end, even before she had volunteered herself to help him...That was why he at least used one finger, as he had been worried. Miss Haves had already gone as far as to plot against Sahara to the extent of getting someone else to say that they had a illicit affair and claim her wrongly of being pregnant!

He didn’t want to think that the Bands would keep their distance with this lady. He wanted them to keep an eye on her!

 

Upon entering his own chambers, Matthew already found a strange difference and stopped. He took a few breaths, trying to look around to what it may be, but couldn’t figure it out. His chambers seemed like as he saw it last, and he hadn’t eaten or drank anything for quite some time, so what was going on?

But he knew, he knew…Something strange was going on, and he felt really glad that he had put up that fourth finger now!

“Your Highness, let’s talk now. I will gladly put myself into the position of getting married instead of Miss Rolland, as long as you grant me a consort position.”

Matthew couldn’t figure it out, he felt his eyes feel a strange burning sensation and even his body start to…Relax? Or feel strange?

He couldn’t pin point what he felt like…

“Let me do this, Your Highness, I would be glad to be of service.”

She’s done something!

Without another word, Matthew turned and started to leave, making Rose widen her eyes in panic. She put her hands around him to make him stop, and Matthew hated the fact that it felt good. His body seems to like the touch of her…But he didn’t want it! He didn't want to close his eyes and only 'feel', he didn't want to 'feel' himself grow hot with lust that simply felt wrong!

Rose started to take his clothes off and Matthew cringed, he took one step forward, only for Rose to blow on his neck.

“Stop!” Matthew said weakly, he wanted to yell and wanted to jerk out of her embrace, but he could feel it now. He could feel desire run through him, even more rapidly than before! His whole body started to feel tingles where ever he was touched, and if the touch was too hard, like that of Rose's nails, Matthew felt like it was on the verge of being painful. His nerves where going haywire, like everything was felt in a more intense way...

How dare she!? How dare...

 

His thoughts were starting to fade, as he felt his body heat up through her slight, feathery touches…

“Your Highness.” Rose said, as he suddenly saw her in front of him, taking her own clothes off.

She was shy, yet knew that this would help her progress faster. Her blushing figure would make it hard for anyone to ignore…

He felt the war between himself, his desire so strong yet against his utter unwill and want to not be doing this, his head started to ache more and more as the time went by! He couldn't think very well at all, like his mind was foggy, but his nerves felt everything! Even the under clothing that he still had on were a tease to him right now! Any small jolt and the breathing he was doing, rubbed his clothes against his skin very slightly, yet he felt it all, like it was the biggest thing on his mind!

And Rose, she couldn't wait to complete her plan, this was it! This is what she was here for! Nothing else can happen now! Even if she entered as a consort, she will own this place in no time! She was already getting excited...

Her future was only with this man, and this would only be their first night together of many nights!

Upon her clothes falling to the floor, she took his hand and Matthew closed his eyes.

What was that word…? That word for….

Sighing, feeling his desire going haywire, he remembered Sahara and all the built up want and need he had for her.

Word…

His mind seemed to forget…But there was one word he knew, one word he wanted to call out...

“Sahara…” Matthew mumbled, as he took Rose into his arms and she took him in hers.

 

***

 

Band Three raced into his Master’s chambers, after he said some quick words, and left. He hoped he hadn't let things go too late, as he was sure he had seen his Master stop short just inside his chambers and look around stiffly. But, things had started to get desperate, having waited for the word from his Master, but never heard it...It was time to take things into his own hands!

When he heard his Master say their Princess's name, in that moment, Band Three finished his plans and directly left to save his Master.

He looked back, to see the doors that Miss Haves was still in, become shut behind him, and he raced towards the Rolland Estate, over the rooftops of courtyards or trees close by.

“Sahara?” He heard his Master say, while touching him in a weird place. It was already awkward for Band Three, to be carrying a big man over his shoulder…But now, he had to worry about prying hands…

“Please…Just wait a moment, Your Highness. I’ll take you to her, I’ll take you to Sahara.”

“Sahara.” Matthew worded out huskily, while moving around on Band Three. Luckily, it was late at night and people were unable to see their Second Prince in such disarray and being carried like this.

Band Three went faster, when he felt his Master hands on his on flesh and tried to concentrate. He couldn’t believe how strongly his Master had been drugged! That Miss Haves!

In the past, Miss Haves had never been any kind of threat, she had never shown the Bands any kind of problem. If Matthew had not put his finger up, the Bands would have probably not wanted to interfere in their relationship, but...Band Three was sure that his Master would not have wanted to have gone that far with Miss Haves, it was completely obvious, especially when he was calling for one person, while being with another. How could he let it go on!? If his Master had done what Miss Haves had wanted...

 

Luckily, he had been watching all this time, and not in the same room. To be honest, his Master had been lucky to put up the fourth finger, instead of the third, and kept them out of the room!

If they had been in the room, doing this would have been a lot harder, because they all would have succumbed to the scent…It wasn’t a liquid, it was a scent…Like it was in the air itself.

But, at the moment, as long as he got His Highness to the Princess, it didn’t matter. The doors were now closed to his Master's chambers and even though he didn’t have the authority, he had taken deeper measurements…

Miss Haves was not in that room alone!

A man will be placed inside there with her!

He knew he may be in big trouble for this, but he knew of the recent confrontation with the Empress and Miss Haves, that many other Bands didn't. He knew that Miss Haves had changed in her personality, and that his Master only desired the Princess...But, he went as far as ruining Miss Haves’ reputation without permission...

To a degree, he did already regret it, but at the same time, he didn't want to take it back. As far as he was aware...Miss Haves shouldn't have been there to begin with!

As it was, Band Three still had no idea how Miss Haves had entered the Second Prince’s estate and why she was dressed as a servant…If she hadn’t have done something like that in the first place, she wouldn’t be losing her innocence to somebody else right now…

 

 

Band Three placed Matthew, who had dishevelled Band Three’s clothes to a disturbing way, onto the bed that the Princess was now residing in.

“Mmm?” He heard the Princess mumble.

As he silently stepped back, to try and get out of the room, he heard the Princess speak, “What’s wrong?”

“Sahara?” Matthew huskily asked.

“Not you, him!”

Band Three saw in the darkness, that she was pointing at himself, “Miss Have’s tried…With…Her…So, I brought him here.”

“Oh.” Was all she said tiredly, while yawning.

Band Three, already seeing his Master wanting the Princess, he dashed out, sighing when he put himself into a tree close by.

"What's going on!?" Band Three saw a flash of golden eyes and panicked for a moment.

"...Steven?" He asked.

"Yes."

Band Three nodded, "A…Problem occurred. It should be fine now."

What was he supposed to say!? No matter what he said, he felt like the Second Prince was losing face!

Steven stared at him, making Band Three gulp...He knew this Steven was at rank seven and had seen him fight once at the estate...

"Are you here now?" Was all Steven asked.

"Yes, I will leave when His Highness leaves." Band Three stated.

"...Then I will go and rest. You mustn't let any harm come to Sahara!" Steven said, then jumped from the branch of the tree, landing on the ground.

Sahara!? What about His Highness!?

But, before he could say anything, Steven was gone.

Growl!

 

"Ah!" Band Three moved back on his branch and finally noticed Naruto. "Naruto!"

The beast jumped on him and Band Three nearly fell out of the tree!

"Ah...Ah...Naruto!?" Band Three stuttered, he hadn’t been this close to the beast, only having watched him from afar…

Naruto ‘arf'd’ and then licked Band Three on his face and Band Three was that surprised, his footing slipped, and he fell to the ground!

Letting out a small groan, to clashing with the ground, Band Three saw Naruto jump around him...

This little beast!

He was going to kill this beast!

Band Three glared at the little beast, as he got up and stretched his neck.

"Arf!"

Smiling sinisterly at the little beast, Band Three stepped and tried to catch it...

And this was how Band Three spent the next two hours. Naruto would lick him, bounce around and then run away from being caught...

 

 

I was still somewhat sleepy, honestly, I was tuckered out!

Having Matthew touch me like a lover was nice though, but I really did try and concentrate and check his body.

…As his hands travelled over my body, I saw that his blood stream seemed fine.

Then, his mouth over one of my special parts, making me feel so good, I totally stopped thinking!

I put my hands through his hair and Matthew looked up at me and smiled…

When he breathed out my name, I was speechless. It was so damned sexy!

As he started to remove the rest of my clothes, I started to get reminded on the situation.

…Oh right…

It really was hard, because I wanted him anyway. I mean, was there any point in getting rid of what was doing this to him?

Finally finding the culprit in his nervous system, instead of his bloodstream, I could finally start getting rid of whatever it was Matthew had taken. But, seriously, the nervous system was a tad bit trickier then the blood stream. I knew from my previous life, on how careful you had to be with your nerves…So, considering that I was tired as well, I took longer than I wanted too!

“Sahara…”

“Mmm, I’m here baby.” I said, distractedly.

After I had stopped half of whatever he took out of him, I felt that perhaps I had taken too long…It wasn’t like the blood stream, where I could use a ‘sweat net’, it was more like I had to slow down the activation of the nerves. They looked like they were pulsating and moving, when I was sure that wasn’t normal. I had to exchange what was pulsating the nerves into something that wouldn’t harm the body or nerves in return…But nerves are everywhere! I had started in his back, but really, I should have started closer to his brain and then his hands…It was a first experience to me, but I was sure that nothing bad was happening to Matthew as…

Yeah, all my clothes were now gone…And his…

I sighed, and looked up at him…Will he even remember if we go all the way?

Feeling his touch everywhere, then his mouth lingering on mine…It was coming close into turning into something more…

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