Standing before the river, you sighed as the cold air filled your lungs. The almost frosty air brushed over your skin, caressing your body in its frosted touch. Hoshido had been at war with Nohr for a while now, and King Garon was intent on making the ‘Traitor Princess’, AKA you, suffer. Countless attacks on the kingdom of Hoshido had sparked reactions from your siblings, you’d even seen your own mother killed before your very eyes. You could never forgive King Garon, no matter what. But your siblings were a different story, the ones still located in Nohr. Xander, Leo, Elise and Camilla. They still believed you were a traitor and refused to see your side that King Garon had attempted to have you killed. The thought of fighting them still plagued your mind.
Lowering your head, you let out a sigh as you closed your eyes. The world spun around in a crazy cycle and you felt you were struggling to catch up. The kingdom of Hoshido was relying on you, but you could barely fight the battle within you. It was at this moment you noticed a presence watching you. You knew who it was though. There was no mistaking that presence. You didn’t even need to turn your head, you remained gazing at the ice cold river.
“Hello Kaze” you greeted, hearing a soft brush of leaves, signaling his arrival. He was close behind you, closing the distance. Wait, Kaze would’ve talked by now. It wasn’t Kaze! You turned quickly, gasping as purple, glowing eyes greeted you inches from your face. A groan escaped the faceless ninja as he held his shuriken in his hand, lifting it up directly above your head. You didn’t have time to draw your weapon or turn into a dragon! You let out a shriek as the shuriken hit you. Pain coursed through your whole body, directly from your head. The world spun, gaining edges of black. You could feel yourself falling back until it felt like you hit concrete. Your body was covered in sharp amounts of pressure and you realized it was being smothered by the ice cold water. Your energy was being sapped from your body quickly. The water of the river was calm, surrounding you in a gentle embrace as you began to fall limp. You didn’t feel the need to fight anymore. It was peaceful here. There was no fighting, no betrayal, and no bloodshed. Maybe this was a better option. Just as your eyes began to close, a figure broke through the surface of the water. You couldn’t focus on the figure, your eyes fluttered shut as darkness took over your world.
Your whole body ached. You also felt ridiculously cold. Rolling onto your side, you curled up into a ball as you shivered. It was then that your hearing began to come back into focus. You could hear crackling and snapping. Stirring, you forced an eye open, trying to figure out what had happened. Your vison was blurred, but eventually it focused and you gazed around your surroundings. You were in a cave of some sorts. A fire was going directly in front of you, which explained the small warmth you could feel, and the snapping you could hear. Footsteps made you snap both eyes open and gaze up, seeing Kaze standing there. He was looking down at you in astonishment.
“Lady ____! You’re awake?” he asked, stepping further into the cave with his arms full of logs. You ignored the throbbing in your head as you watched him.
“Kaze? What happened?” you asked, feeling groggy and still a little dizzy. Kaze let the logs collapse to the ground, kneeling as he poked the fire. He turned to look at you, looking a little sad.
“You were attacked by a faceless ninja. You have a serious head injury and you almost drowned… I’m so sorry! I’m supposed to be your retainer and I didn’t even protect you!” Kaze explained, suddenly bowing before you. His head was almost touching the ground. His words seemed to awaken you. You gasped, sitting up and kneeling closer to him.
“Please don’t blame yourself Kaze! I let my guard down! It was my fault!” you reassured him, hating seeing him like this. He’d acted like this when he blamed himself for your kidnapping as a child. The last thing you needed was him blaming himself again. Everything remained quiet for a minute before he raised his head, eyes locking onto yours.
“Lady ____” he whispered, eyes wide in amazement before they suddenly widened. His cheeks went a rose red as he let out a small yell, turning as quick as he could. You looked at him in confusion, raising a brow.
“Kaze? What’s wrong?” you asked, tilting your head. Kaze had his face covered in his hands, refusing to look at you.
“Lady ____, after you fell into the river, I fished you out. I had no choice but to remove your clothing or else you would’ve caught pneumonia! I’m so sorry!” Kaze explained, his voice raised by several octaves. These words made you freeze, looking down at yourself. You had several thoughts at this point. Your first one as ‘so that’s why I’m so cold’. Your second thought was ‘shit! Shit! Shit! Kaze saw me!’ You gasped, crouching down as you covered yourself with your arms and hands, face flushed pure red. You could hear shuffling behind you as a cloth was draped over your shoulders. Glancing up, you saw Kaze putting his scarf over your shoulders in an attempt to act as a blanket.
“S-Sorry, it’s the best I have…” Kaze apologized, sitting down beside you as he gazed at the fire. His cheeks were still pink as he remained tense. You watched him, curling the large scarf around yourself as you sat beside him. Relaxing, you watched him from the corner of your eye.
“I apologise again Lady ____. I had no right to do such a thing, but if I didn’t, you would’ve frozen to death…” Kaze apologized, being relentless on himself. You smiled softly, feeling the love you held for Kaze bubbling to the surface. Leaning against his arm, you rested your head on his shoulder. He froze for a few seconds before relaxing as he glanced at you.
“Lady ____?” he asked, his voice shaking. He cleared his throat, his cheeks pink. You smiled, eyes half lidded.
“It’s okay Kaze… Thank you for saving me” you reassured him, snuggling into his arm further as the warmth of the fire began to envelope you. You began to feel sleepy, letting your eyes close as you felt Kaze shift. He had moved his arm so it was wrapped around you, pulling you to his chest as he held you close. The safety overwhelmed you as you slipped into the land of sleep.
You weren’t sure what time it was, but you awoke to Kaze gently shaking your shoulder. Somehow you had ended up sleeping with your head resting on his lap. Pulling your head up to look at him, still half asleep, you tilted your head. It was still dark outside the cave, what could Kaze possibly want, waking you up so late at night or early morning?
“Kaze? What’s wrong?” you asked, seeing him put a finger to his lips silently. Okay, weird. What could’ve had him on high alert? Sitting up, you watched Kaze jump to his feet, crouching down as he scampered to the edge of the cave. He suddenly gasped, turning to look at you.
“Lady ____!” he shouted. A loud neigh caught your attention as you stood, holding the scarf barely to yourself. Looking up, you gasped at who you saw upon the horse. They were equally shocked, gasping and looking at you and Kaze.
“Little Princess!?” Xander asked, eyes wide in shock. It felt like time froze at that point. Xander’s eyes narrowed, glaring at Kaze as Kaze was running towards you as quickly as he could.
“What did you do to ____ Hoshidan scum!?” Xander roared, temporarily forgetting himself in a fit of rage as he brought out his sword, Siegfried. You gasped, seeing the sword rise up.
“Xander no!!” you cried out, dashing forward as you gripped the scarf. You had to stop Xander! You couldn’t let Kaze be hurt!
“Lady ____! No!” Kaze yelled, seeing you run past him to stand in front of him protectively. Xander’s eyes widened, his sword halting in mid-air.
“It’s not what it looks like!” you shouted before yelping as Kaze picked you up into his arms, cradling you before taking off in a cloud of smoke. You could hear Xander coughing through the smoke as Kaze ran off into the dark of night. Clinging to Kaze, you peered over his shoulder as he ran away into the forest. Your heart was racing, being so close to Kaze like this.
After a few minutes, Kaze stopped and attempted to catch his breath. You looked up, glancing at his face. Kaze gazed down at you, a soft smile on his face.
“Thank goodness you’re safe Lady ____. I don’t know what I would have done if you’d been hurt…” Kaze stated softly. You blinked at him, your cheeks beginning to burn.
“Kaze…” you whispered, clinging to him tighter.
“I couldn’t let him hurt you… I’m sorry I worried you Kaze…” you apologized, snuggling closer and burying your face in his chest. You heard him sigh, hugging you tighter as he knelt, setting you softly on the ground.
“I thought I felt my heart stop… I honestly thought we were going to die before I got to tell you…” Kaze admitted, holding you tightly and running his fingers through your hair.
“What did you want to tell me?” you asked, looking up at him innocently. He pulled you back a little, smiling softly as he held the back of your head in his hand gently.
“I love you Lady ____” Kaze declared, looking at you lovingly. You gasped, your cheeks burning as you looked at him. A soft smile formed on your face as you tightened your grip on his clothing.
“I love you too Kaze” you admitted, seeing him begin to close his eyes. He lent forward, pulling your head towards him gently as his lips met your own. You closed your eyes, enjoying the moment as you kissed him back. You knew that with Kaze by your side now, you could handle anything the war with Nohr could throw at you.
“WHAT DID YOU DO TO ____!?” screamed out Hinoka when she saw the state the two of you were in. You clung the scarf tighter to yourself, blushing furiously as Kaze jumped back, face red as well. Ryoma growled, gripping the hilt of his sword.
“Explain yourself Kaze!” Ryoma threatened, getting ready to draw his sword. Takumi had his bow at the ready, pointed and ready to strike.
“You have three seconds!” Takumi yelled. Sakura frowned, balling her hands into fists.
“How could you Kaze!?” she asked. Kaze gasped, jumping back as you looked at the ground in embarrassment.
“GODS, IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE!!” Kaze declared, turning and running before the four Hoshidan siblings killed him.