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Yeah, I knew not long after we had left Green Haven…I just didn’t know what to do…

…I had become quite weak since the death of Talon, Zeus and Samuel and would end up having nightmares once again.

As much as I think Steven shouldn’t be near me, he has…Helped me so much…

I wake to sweat and tears…Steven taking me into his arms and hugging me tight…

For much of this time, I hadn’t wanted to think about what I had lost…

But my nightmares, they remind me all the time…

I’d picture the same scene over and over again, but the person getting slashed in the throat would change…

It drove me so insane that I could rarely talk anymore, because I was scared I’d fall apart.

Steven, on the other hand, started to think that there’s a point in everyone’s life where they need help. Even he had forgotten that Sahara was human and that she needed help, just like he and Zeus had needed it.

It was still somewhat…Unreal…

Their names were never brought up, and Steven started to see things that reminded me of them and tried to keep whatever it was away from me. He even had tried to take the net away from me, but that was the only thing I held onto tightly and stated a firm ‘no’ in response. No…This net will have a use…It will have a use!

Now that we were away from Green Haven, the only thing that reminded both of us, that it was indeed real, was my heart wrenching nightmares…

That and…

 

Like I said, I knew not long before we entered Purple Haven…When I had cleansed myself for the first time in nearly two months.

I was pregnant…

I knew that in this life, I was only sixteen, but really, I was closer to fifty years in experience of life now…It was a hard feeling to work out, whether I was too young or too old to have a child…

It was…Yet, something else I didn’t know how to deal with…So, I sorta tried to forget about it…I know that could be immature of me, but I was still hurting…

Strangely, I would lose myself, when I cleanse my body and see the little thing there, growing inside of me…But…

I couldn’t help but think, would this poor, little thing die, just like everyone else close to me?

Actually, I had tried to abort…I know…But, I was scared…

But…It didn’t work. I couldn’t use my spiritual essence on the fetus at all, I could only use my spiritual essence to see it but could never attempt any kind of technique. Golden, little magical specs would stop me, and I could only let this little one be. Even though I was sad and unwelcoming, I knew, that deep down, I was happy and held some hope. I already knew that it was a little boy…I had a girl before, but for some reason, I was looking forward to having a little boy…

 

It was confusing, yet magical…

And another reason why it was absolutely magical, was that my daughter had been a blessing, as I had thought I couldn’t have kids in my last life. Seriously, if I hadn’t had gotten something called PCOS, I might have had about three kids by the time I had my daughter! But, it looked like conceiving a child on this planet, with this body, was a lot different…

The little man seemed to be growing splendidly and I never felt so excited about being able to watch a child in the womb grow. I remember seeing pictures on the internet and my very own ultrasound photo of my daughter…But, being inside and watching it with your own eyes, was a hell of a lot different! And a hell of a lot more special!

His little heart was so tiny, and I got ruffled about it a few times, wondering how miraculous the human body was…Hell, it was an emotional time!

Anyway, as I said, Steven was starting to see something strange…And that was because I was eating more, vomiting and growing slightly…

I guess I should tell him…Mmm…

I spend a lot of time looking at the sunset and stars lately…Was it because the same sun and stars could be seen where…He was…

All he had to be, was alive…That’s all. If he died because of me, I…

It always made me think…Why was I born, if people died because of me? Wouldn’t it only be right that I wasn’t born at all?

It wasn’t the first time I had asked these questions nor was it the first planet I had asked them on, yet, I still can’t answer them…

 

***

 

Three months earlier…

 

As one holds the other that is crying. Someone ‘new’ to the Rolland Estate, pretended to continue to do their ‘job’ as they were in deep thought to what was going on…

This person had changed a few aspects about themselves and had not been recognised when having applied to be a steward at the Rolland Estate. Luckily, since the Rolland Estate lost so much people, they had even opened to workers that they could live in the servant’s quarters, if they were to work at the estate. This had been going on since the many deaths that had happened in the Rolland Estate, quite some weeks ago.

It was only just a few days ago, that this silent, ‘mute’ youngster had come, having written that he would like to work.

Talon, being the sentimental type of person, had openly agreed to the recruiter, and this young man was given work straight away.

They were able to keep their face naturally friendly, when around others…But when alone, the young man’s face showed something completely different!

They saw the cultivation pills being placed with the waste and saw how much this ‘Zeus’ meant to that person…

Initially, they had come for another goal, but now…They had changed their mind…

Now I know what those white things are…This would be a good place to start…

 

It was still nearly half an hour after that, that this person could do anything at all. The beast inside the room played with Zeus and the person hiding, grew more and more frustrated. They weren’t stupid, if that beast saw them and wanted to act against them, they thought that they simply wouldn’t achieve their goal…

But, as luck would have it, Zeus’s servant was asked to get Naruto some food, and so the beast and the one servant had left the courtyard…The person continued to pretend to work, watching, as the little four tailed beast jumped up and down around the servant, as they went into the distance…

Within moments, the deed was done. Zeus was completely taken by surprise and could only issue a defeated, last breath…

Death wasn’t something that got to this person, as they had ruthlessly slashed Zeus’s throat. Having taken the cultivation pills, the person left in haste and then travelled to Talon and Samuel, to do exactly the same thing.

Talon had tried to forestall his death, by putting a hand to his throat, but was unable to call for help, and by the time his bodyguard, Salem, had come…Talon was already falling to the ground, unable to do anything else, but ever so wanting to speak of his killer and what had been taken.

Surprise, hurt and anger overwhelmed him, as Salem tried to save his life, but Talon pointed with the rest of his strength, to go and get that person! His last thought was of Sahara and his worry about her, without him by her side…

Samuel, on the other hand, had been taken without even a look of the killer at all. His legs were kicked, after his throat was slashed, and he fell to the floor in a bundled heap…

He had come back from the Academy early, to have some time with his beloved sister, before she was to leave the next day…But now…He was never going to see her again…

His blood seeped out of his throat and went onto the ground around him, forming a puddle that would even shock me, if I had seen it. Samuel’s eyes stayed opened and somehow seemed ominous, making those who first found him, think a curse had come upon them all…Again, a few workers left because of this…

 

…Yes, the killer had stolen every pill that was left, Samuel had consumed two and Talon had only taken one. So, that left this person six pure, white pills, that was now all theirs.

Having changed their identity to that of a maid, seeing that Talon’s bodyguard had still been after them, the person had not left straight away. With the change of identity, they thought it would be fine and was in no rush to leave, wanting to complete their original goal…That is until they had no choice but to leave, when they were rounding up all the workers a few hours later…Before leaving though, they had indeed found out a few things…

Why is she suddenly deemed as dead?

Having heard that the ‘Princess’ had been killed, this person raised their eyebrows in a small amount of confusion…

Not only had the Princess’s death been put on this person, like that of Zeus’s, Talon’s and Samuel’s, but that she was now gone…

Their first initial goal was that of the Princess’s life in the first place, yet, she had always been guarded…Yet, now she was just…Gone…They wondered who it really had been, because they knew it wasn’t them that had killed her…But, after this small confusion, it didn’t matter anymore. Her goals had been achieved…

It was time to leave!

Everything worked out, and to a better ending! Not only was the Princess now dead, but they had cultivation pills!

…Now, a day later, safely out of the Rolland Estate and back into their own dwelling, they selfishly took another pill and went back into meditation, as they had done a few hours beforehand…

The first pill was immensely satisfactory, and they were absolutely grateful now they had done what they did! Already, they had gone from rank two, to the peak of rank four!

Their life was getting back on track!

 

Within a week, this person had gone from rank two cultivation, to rank seven. Because they had only been ranked two when they had stolen those pills, they had done things quickly and efficiently, because otherwise they may have been caught, or killed instead…But now…They were a rank seven cultivator!

Having two pills remaining, they had decided to go to their next plan of moving onto the Second Prince. It hadn’t been their official plan, but, they knew they would regret not attempting to gain respect somehow, with someone with higher powers. The Second Prince was known to be at least a seventh rank cultivator himself, yet this person’s original plan did not hold that much power, so they had changed it…

Now that they had turned into a rank seven cultivator, this person got a small ego and just decided that they would be better suited with powerful people…But…There was also the slight chance that more pure, white pills could be found with the Second Prince. So, they could only change their original plan, to give themselves a better future!

Wanting to be a part of the Second Prince and become one of his people, there was still a problem. If they were to take on their name, with what they were born with, things would never work out. So, they decided to try and be recruited as a ‘Slayer’ instead and become a ‘Band’.

They ventured to the Second Prince’s estate and was questioned.

Since Matthew was emotionally unstable and Band One was still imprisoned, Band Two had to make the judgement, on whether this new person could be trusted to become a Band.

The seventh rank cultivation base was extremely likable, but the person only had basic fighting movements and minimal techniques, so Band Two put them into probation and told them to learn how to fight.

Band Two was stressed out and really was unhappy with this new problem. He really wanted to save Band One, whom was luckily still alive but had no way out and would most likely never be let free, since the evidence to his innocence had now disappeared. He knew his Master had delayed the inevitable beheading, but it didn’t take a smart person to see that Band One may never return now…He really did miss him…

 

Within that next week, the ‘new person’ had been found out, that they were, in fact, a female…

It was quite suspicious and Band Two never added this female, who had showed a different gender and even asked to be initiated, amongst the rest of the ‘Bands’. So far, she had not shown the qualities that his Master generally looks for, which was genuine loyalty and an unrelenting want to survive.

Normally they didn’t recruit just anyone into the Slayer’s, they looked more for the potential faith and trust, and those who showed a large amount into surviving on bad circumstances. The Slayer’s were really a lot of people who had no family and no home, not many of them asking to be initiated, but Matthew had asked them and even talked or fought with them, for them to reconsider. Many of them accepted in the end, because that of becoming a new family and having a new home.

Their loyalty just grows over time and Matthew normally talks to a few of them on the occasion, to see how they are going…

There are certain rules, one must obey to be a ‘Slayer’. Obviously, the first one is, that their real ‘Master’ is the Emperor of Green Haven. The second rule is that they must not make decisions. Matthew didn’t want them to think they were slaves, but he told them that he would protect them and for him to do better at protecting them, they should let he himself, make the decisions. Yet, it was also a measure to show them that they are indeed more of a worker, then that of his disciples. The third rule is learning the role of the fingers when used, then the fourth rule is that they are not to use sum, only silver. The reason Matthew has put this as the fourth rule, is to keep them from gambling or becoming alcoholics. Beyond that, he did worry about them being ‘bought’ by others, so he believes that none of them should possess any kind of Cache Mint or Commoner Cache.

So, in that prospect, Matthew supplies for their food and shelter and also for their weapons. Sadly, through supplying so many things for so many people, Matthew hasn’t profited in Sum in a long time and his fortune is slowly dwindling…

But…To have one come to the Second Prince’s estate, as this impostor type of person…How could they put faith in them straight away!? That would be stupid!

Yet, his Master didn’t care, so all Band Two could do, is lock this female up, when she wasn’t learning to fight, and saw that she happily complied…

 

Everything was going wrong for Matthew.

He’d been emotionally unstable since seeing a body that looked like his beloved on that bed. Straight away, he felt like it wasn’t her, he seriously checked the ‘body’ and found that there were aspects it didn’t have, that Sahara did. One of those factors, was the birth mark on her neck, another was how soft the ‘hair’ was and the ‘skin’…As time went on, it was completely obvious to Matthew, that this…Thing…Wasn’t his beloved Princess.

He spent a good week, accepting that it finally wasn’t her, but then he had to figure out why she had done this.

Without knowing, he hadn’t stepped in and stopped a procedure that he regrets, but he doesn’t find that important, when his Princess was out there…Somewhere…And probably really sad and upset.

What he hadn’t stopped, was that of the two ‘cousins’ entering into his harem, instead of just his Princess.

Having kept the ‘Princess’s death’ from coming out, Matthew hadn’t thought that the wedding would still take place and that the Right Minister insisted on the two ‘cousins’ to enter his harem, for him and everyone else to keep his secret…

Remembering his plans because of Nate, Matthew had just stayed by Sahara’s bed, in the Rolland Estate, in a complete daze…Afterwards, the only good thing that came out of not stopping the procedure of the ‘marriage’, was that he and his beloved were now officially married…Except…She wasn’t here…

 

But by the time Matthew returned back to estate, it was already too late anyway…The ‘cousins’ had already entered into his estate and Matthew could only think about his Princess and about why the events had happened the way that they had. The two new consorts were completely ignored by Matthew, but they were happy…As far as they were concerned, Matthew would most likely become the next Emperor and they would become ‘The Emperor’s wives’!

They weren’t completely ignorant of the fact that they didn’t have the best position, but they had only dreamed of being royalty…But now they were, and they giggled all day long…

Matthew didn’t attend court anymore but did see the Emperor and told him of his affairs. The Emperor didn’t know what to do, if he knew this ‘Divine Healer’ would create so much trouble, he should have just let Miss Haves marry his son instead! He could only shake his head to what trouble two women have caused!

He did think it was strange…Yet, he had no time to think of this! Not only was his third son going to court now and having to find another bride for him to get engaged too, but they were figuring out what to do about Purple Haven.

There wasn’t time to worry about this ‘lost Princess’ and try and get his second son back on track, he needed to make a plan.

 

This ‘plan’, that the Emperor was trying to come up with, took some time.

Not only was the Right Minister trying hard to show that he did not care about what was going on, but he had spent a lot of effort into keeping the ‘Princess’s death’ from getting out! He sincerely hated the fact that his son Talon was no more…He now had to choose a male from a branch of the family, to temporarily take charge of the estate, while his next eldest son, besides Borak, learns how to manage the estate with his first wife. It wouldn’t have been such a big deal, if the two of them were trustworthy in that department, but they weren’t…

The Right Minister never thought he would have to depend on such standards, as this son of his often plays around!

Yes, his next son in line was named Brett, and he liked to gamble…Making things a lot more difficult to hand management over to him and his first wife. Not only could he feel that his assets might dry up but even though he had about five women of his own, the Right Minister didn’t particularly like how many Brett had. To leave the Rolland Estate in his hands, may very well bring it to an end!

So…The Right Minister wasn’t happy! And with Matthew’s demand of not letting out the ‘Princess’s death’, only made him unhappier!

That was why he demanded that his grandchildren were to go into his harem! He had to get something in return!

Otherwise, upon having to say goodbye to his favourite son and grandson, the Right Minister was somewhat emotional and seemed to have lost his patience!

There had been way too much bad luck in his estate…

And…He blamed this all upon Sahara! He deemed her dead within his mind, vouching never to protect her and say she was his daughter!

…If I was normal and not grieving, and I had heard the Right Ministers thoughts, I would have simply said that I wasn’t his daughter…I was Talon’s daughter!

 

***

 

Again, with the ‘plan’, the other strange occurrence, was the sudden arrival of Prince Seth’s men, making the Emperor know for certain that Sahara was still alive…Just…

It took him to hear the story from these men, to remember what she may be going through and finally understood…

Her ‘look’ that they described, not only made him unhappy, but Matthew as well. It sounded like Sahara was very upset and Matthew confirmed her ties to Samuel and Talon, making the Emperor finally understand.

But, it didn’t matter. Plans still had to be made! The loss of the ‘Divine Healer’ will have to be thought about later!

As Matthew had heard about his beloved, knowing that she was certainly still alive, Matthew still had to figure out why she had planned things out the way she had…He just couldn’t quite understand it…

Secluding himself into cultivation for a short time and even having a trip or two to the General’s estate, Matthew would have wanted to work faster in finding Sahara, if he knew that they had conceived a child together.

No…He had not used the golden technique to create a Golden Heir…This child was naturally conceived. And that in itself, is simply miraculous!

He himself, had not been conceived for quite a few months, and his sister had taken well over a year or two, but, he had only been with Sahara once and never would he think that it would happen!

So, the thought that his Princess could be pregnant, never entered his mind whatsoever. How could it!? Conceiving a True Golden Heir, having only been together once…Was never heard of!

 

Nate hadn’t taken too much time, to fully recuperate his health, the problem was…His cultivation base was unable to be unblocked, making them think twice to attempt to take the True Golden Heir’s life.

The elder brother was dissatisfied at Nate, for getting into so much trouble, and could only agree to help Nate get back to Blue Haven.

Their allies where in Blue Haven and Red Haven and both of them were sure that they could find someone to unblock Nate’s cultivation base.

Even though the two hated each other and could never get along, they both knew that they needed each other for their own goal’s…Both of them could not do anything until the True Golden Heir was dead…And now that they were travelling back to their allies…They could come up with an even bigger method, of not just killing their adversary…But gaining Green Haven as well!

They decided that they will bring a war upon Green Haven and not only demand the death of the Second Prince, but also demand that someone they trusted become the Emperor of Green Haven as well!

Yes! The elder brother very much liked this idea of Nate’s, even though he hated him.

He will never admit it, and he acted as though he was accepting this idea as though it was his only choice…But it was a marvellous plan that made him want to rub his hands together and laugh!

Nate couldn’t wait! First, he was going to fix himself, then fix that of his problems! He would have to gain the trust of both Red and Blue Haven, once again, and after they finish their deeds with Green Haven, he was going to use them to kill his elder brother straight after!

Yes…He couldn’t wait! There was so much to gain from this! He just had to be patient!

 

***

 

Another three months later…

 

Purple Haven was back into the swing of things now!

Food was growing!

Water was fresh!

Ah! I feel accomplished!

“Naruto won again!” Steven laughed.

The people of Purple Haven were playing tug of war with Naruto…Obviously losing! Well, the beast was pretty big at the moment, so I wasn’t surprised…

Actually, strangely, the trip here has come to a lot of good! Many people have now lived better then before and even Naruto seemed to be having lots of fun!

It was like…A holiday now…Even Steven would sit down and make me some stars, that I had finally taught him how to make. It was weird, seeing him so serious about it though, but he said that it can be a hobby…Why was he so happy about having a hobby?

I laughed, “He’s getting stronger uh! Yet, he’s such a wimp when it comes to me and you!”

Yep, Steven learnt my traits at treating Naruto like a kid, and he had even yelled at him once!

Steven walked up and stood beside me, “Yeah.”

I put a hand over my eyes, shielding them from the sun, watching the little bugger run around everyone. The little shithead had five tails now and many people had not advanced to a rank beyond three, so he was still the third strongest one here…

I was really glad I had him, so glad…Naruto was a little sun to me, brightening and warming my day…Just like Steven…

“How are you and the little one?” Steven asked.

Through my good and bad times, Steven, of course, had always been by my side. My nightmares may have dwindled a bit, but sometimes, I have the strangest dreams instead…And I’d wake up with cramps in my legs…Ah…It’s similar. Whether I’m on Earth or this planet, pregnancy seemed close to the same type of symptoms.

Sadly, there was nothing I could do if I wanted a Chicken burger from macca’s…Or lollies…Or Nutella… Sigh…

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