an attendant announced. "The Mages you summoned
them in." She commanded.
to the waiting room, the attendant announced to the
two mages, "The Empress will see you now."
you." Quatre said in return. "Ready?"
He asked Trowa, who looked quite nervous over the
think so." Trowa replied.
will be fine," reassured Quatre, "Just follow
two Mages followed the attendant into a large throne
room. At the far end of the room sat Empress Relena
Peacecraft and her aid, Lady Une, and one other, a
young man with liquid black hair, pulled back into
a tight ponytail at the base of his neck. Quatre and
Trowa walked through the thong of courtiers who had
nothing better to do with the days than curry favor
with the Empress. As they reached the throne, Quatre
bowed deeply before the Empress. Trowa followed suit.
Relena" Quatre said with authority, "I am
Prince Quatre Raberba Winner from the Southern Kingdom."
I am Trowa Barton." Trowa hoped the Empress would
not hear the nervousness in his voice.
welcome you both to the Northern Kingdom." Relena
said, nodding her head in their direction.
is an honor to be of service to you." Quatre
said, bowing again.
directed their attention to the young man on her right.
"This is Chang Wufei, from the Northern Kingdom,
another Mage who has accepted my invitation."
Wufei stepped forward and bowed before the two Mages,
who in return bowed before him. "Is there not
another Mage who should be with you?"
threw a quick look at Trowa and raised an eyebrow
in question. Trowa shook his head and the two Mages
turned back toward Relena. "Empress?"
sent out messengers to find four Mages of great power:
Wind, Water, Lightning and Fire. The last messenger
has not returned but I had hoped he would have found
the Fire Mage by now. It has already been three weeks.
We have followed rumors of his whereabouts, yet still
he eludes my messenger. We always arrive where he's
been seen last, but when my men get there, they can't
find the Mage."
Relena, perhaps we should go looking for the fourth
Mage. If he is hiding then surely with the three of
us looking for him he will have less of a motive to
hide." Quatre stated confidently. Trowa looked
toward his friend and nodded in agreement.
was my thought as well, Quatre." Relena replied,
"But first you will go to the Western Kingdom
and speak to Mage G, the Fire Mage's teacher. If anyone
can point you in the right direction it would be him."
three must find him." Relena emphasized.
"It is of immense importance that I find all
of the Mages as quickly as possible. I wish I could
offer you some rest from your long travels, but finding
the Fire Mage must come first."
but obey Empress." Quatre said bowing again.
"We will leave this instant."
are to find him here?" Wufei asked skeptically.
"In such a place?"
three newly acquainted Mages stood at the steps of
a local bordello in the Western Region.
what Mage G said," replied Quatre equally skeptic,
but proceeded with extreme caution as he remembered
the strange conversation with Mage G three days past.
looking for Duo, huh?" The older Mage asked,
as he continued to throw feed and corn to his chickens.
"Well, he's no longer here." The man sounded
sour as if the thought of his apprentice irritated
Quatre began, "It's of the utmost importance
that we find him."
Does he owe you money?"
nothing like that, Sir. Empress Relena has commanded
us to find him and escort him to the Sanq Kingdom."
stopped suddenly and turned to face Quatre and the
others. "The Empress?" The older man scoffed.
"Why would she want a no account like Duo?"
is a Fire Mage, isn't he?"
yes he is." G replied hastily, shaking his hand
in the air as he spoke. Leaning in close to Quatre,
he questioned, "Answer me this - is the Empress
gathering other Mages as well?"
took a startled step back from the older man as Trowa
took a protective step forward. Feeling his friend
at his back Quatre answered cautiously, "Yes
she has already found three others. Does this mean
something to you?" he asked, as if the answer
meant nothing to him.
G abruptly straightened and began pacing frenetically.
"I was afraid of this. So afraid." He began
to mutter incoherently as his pacing increased.
of what, Sir?" Wufei cut in.
what?" G replied absently as his thoughts went
into an entirely different direction. "Never
mind that, you need to find Duo and take him to Sanq
ignored the questioning young man and continued to
rattle off instructions. "Last I heard from a
friend in town, was that Duo had been seen frequenting
the various bordellos around the Kingdoms."
yes." The older man seemed to be preoccupied
as he went back to feeding his chickens as he muttered
to himself. "So the time has come again…"
three Mages looked on for a few seconds as they watched
the old man clucking and talking to the various birds
around him. They thanked him for his help and continued
on their way.
I shall not go in." Wufei said, folding his arms
across his chest as he turned his back on the house.
"You two will have to go in and bring him out
if he is here. After what happened the last time,
I shall not step one foot within such a business again."
Trowa started to say.
all right." Quatre interrupted, holding up his
hands. "I'll do it. You wait here."
excused himself and entered the Bordello. A strikingly
attractive woman met him at the door. "Welcome
to the Bathhouse, I am Mistress Melysia. How can I
be of service to you today?" She said smiling
hello." Quatre said, smiling back. "I was
wondering if you could help me find someone."
Immediately Quatre realized he had said the wrong
what we're here for." The woman said as she spotted
an unoccupied young lady and hooked Quatre's arm onto
hers. "Maiya is quite an excellent young woman
and should suit you, good sir. If you have any other
requirements she will be of service to you."
cuddled closer to Quatre and escorted him further
into the Bordello. "We have all sorts of baths
here sir and ..."
oh no... That's not what I meant." Quatre stammered,
pulling his arm free from the woman. "I was sent
here by the Sanq Kingdom to find a young Mage who
was said to frequent your… um… establishment."
young Mage? Hmmm… Let me think. We have a few of those.
Most don't seem to do well with the regular girls
in town." As Maiya thought, Quatre glanced around
the front room. He felt uneasy as numerous women in
various states of undress passed uncomfortably close
to him brushing their hands against his arms, shoulders,
and face. "Can you give me the Mage's name?"
Quatre said hurriedly. "It's Duo…"
"DUO!" She shrieked. "He's
always here! He is one of our best customers, and
I mean in more ways than just repeat business."
Latching herself on to Quatre's arm again, Maiya dragged
the helpless Mage up a set of stairs. Quatre had a
mental image of a nerdy looking wizard and shuddered
at the thought.
was forcibly dragged into a back room in which he
found two large bathtubs. In the first, which was
closest to Quatre, there was an ivory haired man with
sharp blue eyes. He was leaning back in his tub, his
arms draped over its sides, his every need tended
to by four lovely ladies. He was talking to another
man in the tub next to his on the right. His companion
was a brazenly loud young man whose long, dark brown
hair was pulled back into a tight braid that hung
dangerously close to the flames beneath his tub. Four
women were tending to him.
me Duo." Maiya said, raising her voice above
the others in the room. The two men looked up at once.
Quatre still didn't know whom he was here to see.
"Duo, this gentleman is here to see you."
dark haired man turned his attention to Quatre with
a look of annoyance. Quatre stepped forward, "Is
your name Duo Maxwell?"
name is Quatre Raberba Winner." He said as he
bowed. "I was sent here by the Palace of Sanq
to find you."
Your presence has been requested by Empress Relena."
Quatre held out the parchment with the invitation
DUO!" One of the ladies shouted and giggled,
"The Empress wants to meet you!"
exciting Duo!" A second said, fawning over the
dark haired Mage, placing a kiss on his cheek.
ivory haired man turned to Duo and laughed. "So
your fame with the ladies has finally spread to the
top, hey Duo?"
are the pupil of Mage G?" Quatre asked, hesitantly
quite unsure of how to handle the situation. He rolled
the invitation back up and held it tightly in his
hands. Was this the Mage he was sent to find?
Yeah, I'm the same one." Duo smiled widely, sitting
up in the tub, splashing water everywhere.
averted his eyes looking anywhere but trying to avoid
gazing directly at the various anatomies that were
so casually flaunted by the ladies of the House, who
giggled and tittered at his discomfort. That's when
Quatre noticed the tip of Duo's long braided hair
was on fire. "Ah… your hair's on fire,"
Duo reached back and pulled his long braid forward.
"You mean this?" He indicated by holding
the fiery tip in his hand. The heat of the fire harmlessly
flickered around his fingertips. "Don't let it
worry you. It's always been like this, as long as
I can remember. I mean I am a FIRE MAGE." Duo
stressed laughing heartily.
laughed as well but only to release the tension and
uneasiness he suddenly felt. "We really need
to get going. The others are waiting downstairs."
two others are here with me to find you."
right then!" Duo exclaimed, slamming his hands
into the water, yet again splashing water everywhere,
which caused the four women to squeal and laugh. "Give
me a minute to get dressed and we'll go see this Empress
Relena of yours. But she better be pretty! I don't
do ugly girls! Bwahahahaha." He laughed again,
cackling like a madman.
you. I will wait for you downstairs." Bowing
quickly Quatre excused himself from the room.
hurried downstairs and out the door of the bordello
where he found Trowa and Wufei waiting quietly for
him. Quatre looked upset, if not disturbed, by the
was he in there?" Wufei asked.
nodded his head. "He's there." He said,
trying to find the right words to describe the missing
Mage. "He's... he's..."
what?" asked Trowa, seeing the uncertainty on
spirited. Very spirited."
I'll be seeing ya Milly." Duo said addressing
the man in the other tub after he finished dressing.
"With any luck I'll be over at 'Catnip Palace'
in a day or so. I'll see you then."
Duo." The other man answered as he watched Duo
head for the door.
One of the ladies said after him, "You almost
forgot this!" The woman made reference to the
large wrapped item leaning against the wall by the
me!" Duo laughed as he slapped his hand to his
forehead. "All this talk about the Empress and
I forget to take my toy with me. What is this world
coming to?" The toy in question was a parting
gift from Mage G. Why G had it commissioned for the
Fire Mage, Duo wasn't going to ask. He was just happy
to have it.
- short for Milliardo - watched with keen interest
as Duo left the room. Why would the Empress want
a Fire Mage? Milliardo gently pulled at his face,
pondering the thought. Especially one the likes
of Duo? Leaning back into the arms of one of the
lovely ladies, Milliardo pondered.
four women who had tended to Duo in his bath escorted
him to the front door of the bordello. As he prepared
to leave, each lovely lady gave him kisses on his
cheeks, ears, and throat, and the last bit his nose
gently before planting a long and involved kiss square
on his lips. She then whispered something in his ear.
An even wider smile spread across his face.
mean it?" He asked grinning like a maniac. The
four ladies only winked and smiled as they re-entered
the bordello. "Oh yes! I am the man!"
Duo?" Quatre said, timidly as if trying not to
bother the laughing lunatic. "Are you ready to
Fire Mage snapped his head to the right and saw Quatre
standing there pensively on the porch of the Bordello.
"Huh? Oh yeah right. The Empress. Well, let's
not keep her waiting. I'm a busy man you know."
With that, Duo headed down the steps of the bordello.
the Fire Mage?" Wufei whispered, staring in disbelief,
pointing as Duo walked passed him.
nodded his head and said nothing.
the coach?" The braided figure whined. "She
couldn't afford transportation?"
with the head nod from Quatre.
a disgrace." Wufei continued to point out. "I
mean look at his clothing. They are in shambles."
The Fire Mage's dark colored tunic was torn and tattered,
hanging off his shoulders loosely and he didn't seem
to mind one bit.
raised his hand up as he walked past Wufei, as if
to tell him I know I know. Trowa said nothing
and followed after Quatre, as he gently grabbed Wufei's
tunic sleeve and pulled him along as well.
the Empress sent you guys to come fetch me, huh?"
Duo said, turning to face the other three as they
caught up with him. "I must be pretty important."
leaned in close to Trowa and whispered, "Doesn't
he ever stop talking?" Trowa did his best to
suppress a small smile.
Quatre began, "we all are. We've all been summoned
by the Empress."
all Mages?" He questioned, pointing a wagging
finger at the three of them.
Quatre said. Wufei and Trowa nodded their heads.
mean, she only..." Duo looked hurt.
you for your Magic." Wufei finally said, smiling.
That should keep him quiet for a while.
frowned thoughtfully. "Well, I can show her more
than Magic, which will impress her!"
The voice in his head said sharply, catching him off
guard. Return at once! The young mage tried
to show no expression on his face or in his eyes that
something might be wrong as the voice continued to
call him. You are needed.
young man brought a hand up as if to massage his face.
I understand My Lord.
I must be leaving as well." Milliardo said, rising
from his bath.
you?" One of the women whimpered, pressing herself
against him, as she wrapped a towel around his waist.
Duo already gone what fun is there for us if you leave
as well?" A second woman said.
can't be helped." Milliardo smiled, "I too
have places to go… but I promise I will be back."
their horses from the stable, the four Mages headed
back toward the Palace of Sanq. Quatre reined his
horse next to Duo's.
Duo… Why exactly are your clothes such a mess?"
Quatre timidly inquired of the spirited young man
who rode beside him and who didn't seem to have a
care in the world.
actually that's quite an amusing story. It all began
when I was still training with…." Duo's voice
faded into a memory.
you have almost completed your training with me and
that is good, because once you are finished then I
can send you out into the world and let everyone else
deal with you." Mage G said with great enthusiasm.
"Finally, after years of irritation I'll have
some peace at last! What was I thinking when I took
you in as a pupil." He pointed an accusing finger
at the young man. "You have been nothing but
a hellion, these past seventeen years to me. Getting
into all sorts of mischief."
not a very nice thing to say G-G." Duo said,
looking a little hurt. "Besides, don't I do a
lot around here? I cook, I clean, and I'd even straighten
up your study if you'd let me." Duo addressed
the older man. "But do I get any thanks? No sirree!
Why I even…"
G grabbed the sides of his head as if trying to ward
off a splitting headache. "Gahh, hush boy! You're
making my head hurt again." He muttered. "Anyway,
I fully intend to reward you for all your hard work
over the years."
pulled a velvet pouch from within the folds of his
clothing. Upending the pouch, a burning ember fell
out and landed in his wizened palm. With a few short
words under his breath, the ember flared up into a
golden flame and flickered and danced under Mage G's
expert manipulation. He worked and shaped the little
flame for a few moments while Duo looked on, and when
he was done the flame died down and a gold cross with
a blood red stone in its center and delicate chain
lay nestled in his hand.
necklace is a very important artifact that will become
very important to you later on in your life. It is
necklace!? I don't want a necklace. It's stupid!"
Duo shouted. "What use is it? Not to mention….
I'M A BOY!! BOYS DON'T WEAR NECKLACES!!"
G hung his head down and slowly shook it. He was trying
to find the strength to be patient with the chestnut
haired boy. "Good Gods child! Will your jaw never
stop moving?" He shouted, looking up. "I
have kept you quite sheltered for many reasons, but
it is past time I finally kicked you out! Besides,
even though you've never actually seen one, girls
really like pretty boys like you and they like 'em
a whole lots more, if they're wearing beautiful jewelry."
G held out the necklace for Duo to take. "But
since this gift doesn't fulfill your desire for reward,
I will tell you a secret." The older man leaned
in close to Duo, draping a feeble arm over the young
Mage's shoulder. "All those years of boring chores
that I made you do, did more than just get you out
of my hair." He laughed, remembering all the
times he had Duo doing the gardening and gutter cleaning
around the cottage.
broke out into little fits of laugher when he remembered
the time when the townsfolk of a nearby village tried
to evict him from his small cottage. He had sent Duo
out to deal with them, giving the boy only a broken,
ratty looking broom to use as a bat for protection.
"They also trained you how to fight." He
giggled even more when he recalled sending Duo out
into the pouring rain to wash the windows - Wax on…
wax off… And the look on the poor boy's face when
he would finally came back into the cottage, soaking
wet, looking like some kind of drowned animal.
Duo said looking confused, as he put on the necklace.
complete your training you need to go to the blacksmith
in the town across the river and he will give you
a new toy to play with. He's an old friend of mine,
so try and show him some respect." G watched,
as Duo's eyes grew large at the word 'new toy', knowing
fully that Duo heard nothing of what he said. "Just
be sure not to come back here once you get it. I don't
want all my chickens being killed again!"
You got me a weapon?" Duo exclaimed, wrapping
his arms around the older man, giving him a huge hug
that nearly lifted him off the ground. "You're
so cool G-G!!" Releasing the older Mage, Duo
turned on his heels and headed off toward town.
One last thing, make sure you button up your shirt
before you go into town! It's for your own good!!"
G shouted after the boy. Whether Duo heard him or
not, G didn't know. He watched as the younger man
disappeared from view. Once sure that he was gone,
G jumped into the air clicking his heels.
was finally free of Duo.
ran off grinning ear to ear. His had buttoned his
shirt and was wearing the necklace beneath it.
Duo walked along the road, the girl field workers
stopped to look at the strange young man. As he passed
them, he could feel their eyes follow him until he
passed from view.
those must be girls! They do certainly look different,
but it's a nice different too. He thought as he
sauntered past them. I can't imagine wearing all
that clothing though, especially in this heat. Duo
began to unbutton his shirt. That's better! I
don't care about looking proper. He laughed to
himself. I'll just get my toy and go.
wandered into town and decided to stop by the local
inn to get something to drink, since he was hot and
very tired. There were a few people on the streets
but not many since it was an exceptionally hot day.
past a storefront, he noticed the young lady behind
the counter was staring at him with a glazed look
in her eyes.
disturbed, Duo quickly moved past. Reaching the Inn,
he stepped into to the cool dark of its interior and
breathed a sigh of relief. Each woman that had he
had passed on his way to the Inn seemed to have followed
his every movement from the moment they laid eyes
on him, until he was out of their sight.
up to the bar, Duo asked the bartender to get him
a pint of the house ale. As he settled down to his
drink, he asked the bartender about the town and its
inhabitants. Having learned the whereabouts of the
Blacksmith and an inexpensive place to spend the night
if need be, Duo decided it was time for him to get
moving again. As he started to get up from his seat,
he noticed the bartender's expression and turned to
look behind him. Standing just inside the swinging
front doors, and spilling out into the street outside
was a large group of women, at the forefront of which,
stood the girl from the first store Duo had passed.
with all the staring? Duo thought as he got up
to leave and realized all eyes were on him.
was at that point that the bartender leaned over to
him and whispered that he had a back door that Duo
could use if he would like.
took off running like a scared rabbit with a pack
of wolves on its tail. At least half a dozen or more
women of varying ages and attractiveness took up the
chase. Dodging and darting through back alleys and
side streets, Duo very quickly became lost. After
about a half-hour of intense running Duo finally left
the last girl breathless and tearful in a dead end
somewhere deep in the heart of the town. Chuckling
to himself as he jogged around the corner, and out
of her life, he came upon a road lined with houses
and stores that he did not recognize. He stopped short
in horror as he realized that he had absolutely no
idea where he was, and he couldn't even begin to remember
how he had gotten there.
asked around the town and was pointed back toward
the blacksmith. As Duo approached the blacksmith's
shop, he heard… singing, coming from somewhere within
the depths of the small building.
Duo called into the shop as he entered. "I'm
looking for the blacksmith!" The singing continued.
The young Mage sighed and looked about the front room.
The walls were adorned with various metal works from
farming equipment to weapons. Each one unique in its
own right. There was a lull in the singing and Duo
called out again. "Hello! Customer here!"
older man stumbled out of a back room humming as he
did. The first thing Duo noticed was that the man
had little hair and what he did have looked like it
had never seen a brush.
hello there." He smiled, pushing up a pair of
dark glasses on his nose. "Sorry to keep you
waiting. How can I help you?"
bowed slightly to the older man, "I was sent
to you by my teacher."
must be Duo." The blacksmith laughed. "Fi-
G told me you'd be visiting anytime now." Duo
looked at him curiously. "Come on back. I think
you'll really appreciate this beauty."
Duo followed the other man, he heard the man start
humming again. "You sing a lot, don't you?"
make the day go by faster, Son."
how long have you known G-G?" Duo asked, as the
pair walked past an open workshop. There lay all the
tools needing for smith-ing. A forge burned brightly
in the center of the room spreading its heat outward.
Duo resisted the urge to bask in the fiery glow and
wrap its strength around him-self. Instead he followed
after the musically inclined man. The corridor suddenly
hooked right and headed below ground.
He chuckled, "I've known G a very long time."
He said, not giving the young man an exact number
of years. "Here we go." The balding man
pulled a set of keys from within his brightly off-colored
tunic and unlocked the steel door before them. Pushing
the large door inward, Duo found another forge burning
hot. A hole in the ceiling allowed the black smoke
to escape from its fiery beginnings. "After you…"
Was all Duo could say. All four walls were covered
with exquisite weaponry. Duo's violet eyes grew wide
as he took in everything. "Which one is mine?"
He said as he eyed a particularly ornate sword.
one," Duo turned to find the blacksmith pointing
into the raging forge. Smiling, Duo walked to the
forge and saw a metal shaft lying within the hot coals.
"All you have to do is reach in, take it and
cocked his head to one side and looked presumptuously
at the older man. Smirking, the younger man reached
into the roaring fire. Duo's eyes darkened as he concentrated,
and his hand slid through the white hot flames that
danced wildly around the metal rod as if they were
as cool and calm as a pool of water on a windless
day. His fingers found the pole resting amidst the
embers of the forge, its surface smooth under their
touch. Grasping the rod firmly, Duo pulled the shaft
through the fire, discovering it to be longer than
it really was. As the other end of the pole was pulled
from the fire, Duo noticed it curved outward into
the shape of a scythe. He looked at it with wonder
shining in his rich purple eyes and smiled.
The Fire Mage shouted, holding the weapon out in front
of him, pushing it toward the other man. The craftsmanship
was magnificent! At the joint where shaft and blade
met were embedded three blood red jewels that glowed
with an eerie light similar to that which the jewel
in Duo's new necklace was emitting.
had to be sure, Duo," laughed the man. "G
just wanted to make sure you were worthy of it."
why wouldn't I be?" He said, looking closely
at the scythe, taking in its beauty.
that little story doesn't explain why your clothes
are so… tattered." Quatre interrupted Duo's tale.
yeah right, my clothes." Duo smiled with an impish
grin. "I was walking past the local bordello
later that evening when I was spotted by several of
the young ladies working there. They called me over,
dragged me in and well… You know how it goes."
looked blankly at Duo and only shook his head. The
Empress was in for quite a surprise when she finally
the time the Mages returned to the Palace, it was
quite late and yet the castle was still full of life.
have brought you the Fire Mage, Empress." Quatre
announced as the four Mages entered the Throne Room.
"It took some time, but we found him. In fact,
we found him here within the Sanq Kingdom."
Quatre followed Trowa and Wufei and even further back
was a young man with long chestnut hair tied back
in a braid that ended in a flaming tip. His dark colored
tunic was torn and hung loosely off his shoulders.
But it could not hide the striking gold cross which
gleamed red from the fiery gem embedded in its center.
The cross itself hung off the middle ring of a connected
set of three rings. In his right hand he held a scythe
wrapped with shreds of deep red cloth, using it as
a walking stick The Fire Mage's violet colored eyes
glanced casually around the Throne Room taking in
everything he saw.
Relena, may I present Duo Maxwell."
his name Duo pulled his attention back toward the
three Mages who had brought him to the Palace of Sanq.
They stood before a young woman, who was dressed elegantly,
sitting on an elaborate throne. Duo strolled up to
the others and bowed before the Empress. Before she
could welcome him, Duo piped up.
Relena." He smiled, "I hear you're in need
of my services." The statement was forward and
brazen, and the Mage leered quite unashamedly at the
blushing girl. But the Empress wasn't the only one
blushing, Quatre turned beet red himself and covered
his mouth with his hand, shocked that anyone would
dare to speak to the Empress in such a way. Trowa
said nothing. He had an inkling that they would all
have to get used to this type of behavior from Duo.
The young man was brazen and insolate. Wufei, being
the gentleman that he was, would not tolerate such
indignities toward the Empress and addressed Duo.
dare you speak to her like that!" Wufei shouted,
pointing a finger at Duo. "Have you no respect?"
threw a sideward glance to Wufei and smiled. "Not
really." Duo shifted his stance to face the angry
Mage. "Care to try and teach me some?"
you…" Wufei said through clenched teeth.
please!" The Empress interrupted them, having
composed herself. She had to stop the bickering before
anything serious could happen. Relena took a deep
breath before continuing. "I welcome you to the
Sanq Kingdom, Fire mage."
I had known the invitation was from such a hottie
like you, Empress, I would have been here sooner."
The braided hair Mage smiled, bowing again. Empress
Relena did her best to control the embarrassment she
felt as the Mage addressed her.
if you and the other Mages will follow my attendants.
They will show you to your rooms and give you a chance
to freshen up and rest from your journey." She
then addressed all four of the young men. "But
it is late, so I will address you in the morning,
as to why I have called you here."
walked quickly into the main room of Trieze’s castle.
He found his Lord conversing with several other men.
Treize looked up from speaking when he heard Milliardo
enter the room. Dismissing the men, Treize smiled
as the fair-haired Mage approached him and held out
his hand for the Mage. Taking the hand in his, Milliardo
bowed and laid a lingering kiss right above the knuckle
of the middle finger, releasing it as he stood up.
Lord, you called for me?" Milliardo inquired
as he owed before his master.
my child, where have you been all day?" Treize
asked as he pulled Milliardo to his feet and placed
an arm around the younger man's shoulders, leading
him from the room and down a large hallway.
I was in the Center Kingdom of Sanq."
sighed. "You have been to the Bordellos again."
Treize shook his head. "My child, why do you
waste your time there when you have lovely ladies
of your own here?"
different, My Lord." Zechs said. "I prefer
the bordello girls. They have more spirit than the
girls in my harem. Besides, I have friends that I
understand that Zechs, I would though prefer that
you frequent the Reformatory or Masque and Mirrors.
They are more respectable establishments than the
brothels you seem to enjoy."
Sir, I will try to keep this in mind the next time
I travel." Zechs said, saying only what Treize
wanted to hear. "My Lord, I have heard some news
that you might find interesting."
Empress has called a Fire Mage to her Court."
stopped and looked closely at the young man beside
him. "A Fire Mage? Do you know why?"
shook his head. "No. I didn't get a chance to
ask Duo why he would be called to court. He is not
your typical Fire Mage." He laughed.
know this Mage well then?" There was a gleam
in Trieze’s eye.
suppose. We meet up when we can at the various bordellos."
He answered. "I'm to meet again with him in a
day or so."
put his arm around Zechs again and smiled as he led
the young man into another room. "Zechs, I think
you should continue to see your friend…" Treize
waved his hand and the room was suddenly flooded with
light. "But now, I have something for you to
do." From within his cloak, Treize pulled out
a white mask and handed it to Zechs. Accepting the
item, Zechs placed the mask on. "It's time for
you to go to work…"
nodded in agreement and smiled coldly as he looked
around the huge room. The masked mage's entire persona
had dropped the devoted caring side leaving only a
stone cold face and shrewd calculating eyes. Standing
along each side of the room were numerous Demon Dolls.
am I to go tonight?"