Okay, Let's go. This idea suddenly hit me when I was listening to a song at church. That's kind of weird way of coming up with a story plot, right? Oh well. It doesn't matter too much. I think it's a good plot, but what matters is what you people think. Please tell me! Please review!!! I hope you will but it's not like I won't continue if you do not review, it's just kind of nice to see how people feel about how you right. Well, that's just my opinion. I like writing and I write mostly for me. I hope this turns out to be long. I only have an idea for the beginning though. Well, let's go!

In case you don't know:

Otoosan: father

Okaasan: mother

Oniisan: older brother

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Fate's Games Chapter 1: Kingdom Tragedy

Maar stared, innocent blue eyes wide with excitement. This was the first truly important public event that had ever attended. His mother always had a tendency to be over protective of him. He squirmed through the crowd, barely able to contain himself. He slipped passed all of the grown ups. He heard his mother frantically calling him back and countless complaints from weary adults, but his young ears seemed quite deaf to them. With a few added shoves the youth broke out victoriously in the front of the sea of people. He peered above the podium, placing his tiny hands on top of it to keep on the tip of his toes. It was the only way that he could see anything, being only a seven year old. He brushed his rough, sandy blonde bangs out of his eyes and stared with even more intent. He observed the prince. He was a handsome young man, tall, but timid, with jagged black hair and deep green eyes that faded into a soft brown. Maar then turned to the king. He was a frail man with pale skin and black hair, streaked with lines of gray and his eyes were a prominent blue. Sitting by his side was the queen, a beauty hardly affected by age. Her face held not a wrinkle and her hair not a single gray hair. Her light blue hair fell like silk to her waist and her eyes were a kind brown that was framed by creamy peach skin. Finally Maar's eyes fell upon the princess, a mere six years of age, and yet held a beauty akin to her mother. She had dark blue hair, reaching her shoulders and calm blue eyes with her mother's creamy skin. Maar regarded her as a very beautiful six years. Maar stared, captivated by the girl around his age. He mother was tightly holding her hand, but she wriggled around in her seat with impatience. Finally she settled down to watch her older brother. Maar also shifted his gaze to the prince. It was his ceremony, after all. The prince's sixteenth birthday had always been one of the largest ceremonies in the kingdom, or so his mother claimed. At this age the prince was considered to be an adult, meaning he was old enough to make some major decisions, manage a section of the army, and even marry. Maar watched the whole thing with amazement. Then after it was over he sighed and began searching for his mother.

"Maar, honey? Where are you? Come back to mother, dear!" He heard his mother call desperately. Maar began to dash to his mother, brushing past colorful d├ęcor that littered the streets.

"Okaasan, I wanna be a prince too." Maar pouted. "Then I could marry a princess and fight battles and slay beasts and make BIG decisions and run a kingdom and-" On and on he went. His mother couldn't help but laugh at her son's innocence.

"Now dear! You know it doesn't work that way!" His mother chuckled. Maar rolled his eyes in impatience.

"Okaasan! You did it again! You didn't let me finish!" Maar pouted.

"Okay, tell me when we get home. I'll hear you out then. Come along dear!" She said kindly, clasping his arm as she dragged him back to their home. Maar looked reluctantly back at the podium, seeing that the royal family still stood there, associating with nobles and rich folk. Then he submitted and let his mother lead him back.

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"Megumi, dear! Please don't run off, someone might kidnap you." The queen fretted. Megumi pouted and ran back and jumped onto her brother.

"Oniichan could beat anyone! He's a big strong prince!" She cheered, innocent voice filled with happiness. Her big brother twirled her around laughing.

"Were you bored little one? It certainly bored me and it was my ceremony!" The prince laughed.

"Yeah Oniichan! That was sooo boring! I don't wanna turn sixteen and have a long boring ceremony. But, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!" She squealed. Her brother gave her a big hug and placed her upon his shoulders. Their mother smiled and grabbed her husband's hand.

"It's amazing how much that boy transforms when he's with his sister, right dear?" The king said in his deep gruff voice. The queen nodded in agreement.

"Sweety, don't you think it's about time we headed home?" The queen said suddenly.

"What's wrong, dear?" The king responded instantly.

"Nothing, nothing at all. I just felt weird for a second. Let's head back." The queen said, smiling. The king nodded and smiled back, but his eyes still held a hint of worry.

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Megumi had managed to escape her mother's grasp once again and she had fled to the garden. It was and had always been her favorite place in the whole castle. It always gave her a peaceful sense, since she was always being cooped up in the castle. She liked being a princess of course, but sometimes it didn't even let her breath. In the garden she felt like a normal person with a normal life. Not a princess whose life's course was practically set for her. She was young but she knew what being a princess meant. It meant being married off for the good of the kingdom and having heirs. But that was a long time from then. She still had ten more years to ponder and fret over her destiny. For know she would water the garden. She used a quick water spell, showering the blue and white flowers in front of her with droplets of crystal clear water. She smiled. Her father had never noticed her sneak the magic spell book out from his room. If she were caught she'd be severely lectured. She remembered how much her father despised magic, but she had always had a fascination with it. Especially with water and ice magic, so she had stolen the book. Her brother had caught her in the act, but let her go. They both knew that their father had banned the use of magic from the kingdom and that they'd both be punished if their father caught them, but that was the risk they took. Now Megumi had become pretty good at her water and ice spells and her brother had even started to teach her to sword fight; with toy swords of course. She laughed as she pictured her big brother with a tiny child's sword again. Her brother told her himself that she was pretty good for a beginner. That made her extremely happy. She climbed to the top of a tree, not caring that she was dirtying up her dress and tangling up her hair. She gazed out, over the palace wall, observing the rolling hills and vast forests that lay beyond the kingdom gates. She rested in the tree's bow in pure leisure. Then she squinted. Something moving in the distance caught her eye. She leaned closer as if to shorten the distance between the object and herself. Then she gasped as she saw the object grow. It was not just one object but many. More than a thousand! More than ten thousand! It was an army! She let out a cry and leaned back. All of a sudden she felt herself falling, falling.

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"Your majesty! There's an army approaching! A large one! What are we to do?" The commander of the army barked out.

"WHAAAT!! How can that be?" The king called out. "Well, they won't get past our army right?" the king asked, voice slightly in a plead.

"Your majesty, the army was disbanded for the day on account of the ceremony of the prince's sixteenth birthday." The soldier said, fear building in his voice.

"How close are they?" the king yowled.

"Not far enough my liege!" The man answered.

"Round up my wife, son, and daughter. They must escape!" The king commanded.

"But sire? What of you?" The captain protested.

"I will call together as many in the castle that are eligible to fight and we will distract them whilst my family gets away." The king sighed. "I'm old, I've lived my life."

"I can't let you do that your majesty!" The captain said, almost pleading.

"Please, you've always been my best friend, Kerl! Why do you think I put you in charge of our army? Your power is second only to my family and my own. I wouldn't give you that position if I didn't trust you and now I trust you to take care of my family and yourself. I'll be fine." The king smiled. "Now GO!!!" Kerl, leader of the army, the king's best friend since childhood, hugged the king and glanced at him one last time before rushing off to find the queen and her children.

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"Megumi! Megumi!!! Where are you? Come here this instant!" Her mother demanded, searching frantically throughout the castle. 'Where has that girl run off to now?' Her mother thought to herself and gave out an angry sigh. Her son chuckled next to her.

"Okaasan, Okaasan, Okaasan! When will you learn? That girl's as slippery as soap! You'll never be able to contain her. Don't worry about her, she's probably just hanging out in the garden again." He encouraged.

"Kuriko! You know she must learn to contain herself! She's a PRINCESS! For goodness sake, I was never like that when I was younger." She raged.

"Nor was I, Okaasan, but she sure doesn't act like a princess. Maybe we should set her free into the wild!" He joked. His mother shot him a quick glare in is direction and continued to search. After about thirty minutes of searching they heard footsteps, hard and fast.

"Okaasan, I still think she's in the garden again." Kuriko protested, ignoring the loud footsteps approaching.

"Shush, let us see who that is that advances towards us." His mother hissed. Kuriko shrugged. They watched and out of the shadows emerged a running Kerl

"Milady, the kingdom is under attack, I have direct orders from his lordship to get you out of the castle." Kerl panted. Then he looked around. "Where is the young princess?"

"Oh no!! What are we going to do Kerl? I can't find her anywhere." The queen sobbed.

"Okaasan! She's in the garden, I'm sure!" Kerl sighed. His mother pursed her lips and gave out a sigh of defeat. All of a sudden an explosion pounded in front of them.

"Shit! Their goes the stairs! I had no idea they were so close!" Kerl growled.

"WHERE did you learn that kind of language? Certainly I have never taught you anything of the sort!" Her mother gasped at her son's choice of words.

"Otoosan, but now is not the time. We gotta get down the other stair case." He cried. All of a sudden another explosion sounded behind them.

"Noo! There goes the other one! We're trapped!" He howled. He held his mother close. Then he began to pull her off in the direction of one staircase. "Maybe we can jump it." Kuriko said, hope glimmering in his voice. His mother clung to him tightly in fear, not knowing what was to become of them. Closely following was Kerl.

"Where is your father?" She sniffed.

"Knowing him trying to go down with a heroic fight." Kuriko sighed. "That's Otoosan alright. Kerl, how many were there?"

"Thousands! Tens of Thousands!" Kerl stated, eyes large. "And the army is disbanded-"

"My sixteenth birthday, yes I know. Curse my birth! How dare they use me to infiltrate my kingdom?" Kuriko howled. Finally they reached the staircase. Kuriko stared in shock. He was sure they'd be able to jump it, but now he was sure they couldn't. What kind of bomb had created such a massive gap? He peered around the shattered wall, into the sky. Dragons, massive black beasts, scaling the skies. How could this be? Dragons were not meant to be controlled! They were their own creatures. Living in seclusion. Roasting all pests that came near them. How had they gotten them on their side?

"Kerl, you did not tell me that there were dragons." Kuriko sighed. They were doomed and he knew it. Little beads of crystalline liquid began to form at the ends of his eyes. How could this have happened? Where was his little sister? Maybe she had made it out. All he could do was pray for her safety.

"Okaasan, I'm sorry. I can't figure how we could get through this. If only father hadn't banned magic maybe we could have gotten through this. All of a sudden a gigantic blast sounded above them. "Okaasan, Okaasan! Stay close." Kuriko whispered hopelessly. Holding his mother close, trying to shield her from the falling rock that was showering upon them mercilessly. All of a sudden the royal family and the commander of the whole army felt the stone shake violently below them. It was over, the tower would collapse. They fell and fell, down, down to their doom, but Kuriko held to his mother for what seemed like forever. All of a sudden Kuriko slammed into the debris on the ground and he was hit with a sharp pain and then it all went black. Rock after rock after rock fell upon them. There was no way to survive. It was over. The royal family was destroyed.

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Megumi's eyes fluttered open. How long had she been out of it? All of a sudden the army popped into her mind again. She scrambled up the tree again to see if she had been imagining things. Before her stood a wave of dark clothed people and only a sponge of blue attire to show that her kingdom was fighting back. She gawked in horror and then finally her gaze shifted to the castle. But there was nothing for her to see. All that was left was piles and piles of rubble. How could this be? Nothing could destroy a castle this easily! She heard massive cry from above her and she turned her head up to the sky. Dragons! How? She turned back to the castle in disbelief, tears flooding into her eyes. How could this have happened and so fast? Had her family even have the chance to flee. She prayed with all her might that they were safe.

'Oniichan would have led them out! Or Otoosan! They'd be okay for sure!' She protested in her mind. Then she turned towards the village. The army of opposition had also entered here as well. How would she escape? She turned to look at the forest past the village. How would she make it there? She'd have to get past the bad people in the village, and they'd most certainly catch her, right? She'd have to try though. They'd find her here for sure! She scrambled down the tree and headed towards the city. She didn't know how she'd do it, but some way, she'd have to get out.

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Maar hid behind a crate. The bad people hadn't found him yet. Maybe they wouldn't find him at all. He had no idea what was going on, all he knew was that they had burned down his home and had taken his mother away from him, and he knew that was bad. They had both fled, but they had caught his mother. Now, Maar was hiding, and as best he could. It had been a while and they still hadn't found him, and he was right by the forest too. In a few seconds he'd make a dash for it and find a way to set his mother free. All of a sudden, something blue caught his eyes. It was the princess. The beautiful princess he had seen before. What was she doing here? He knew something must be dreadfully wrong to make the princess flee from her castle. But where were the queen and the prince? Surely they would be with her! She must be making a dash for the forest. Then Maar heard something.

"Over there! That's the princess! Shoot her down!" Someone whispered. Maar turned his head swiftly to that direction, spotting a man in dark attire with a crossbow aiming at the princess. In a heartbeat Maar found himself doing something no ordinary seven year old would do.

"Princess! Watch out!" He cried, diving and pushing her to the side. He felt arrows bury themselves in his shoulders. He let out a painful shriek and then dropped to the ground. Megumi gasped. This young boy had just taken arrows meant for her! She pulled him up.

"You have to escape too!" Megumi cried. Maar winced in pain at the sudden movement.

"No! You have to go." He reasoned in pain, letting himself drop out of her arms and onto the ground. "I'll just get in your way. Anyways, I'll be fine, I hope. It's more important that you get away." Maar pleaded. He winced again as another wave of pain ran through him. "Go already or he'll shoot you!" Maar barked. Megumi shot him a final glance and then fled into the forest. Maar propped himself into a sitting position and glared over at the men.

"She's gone now there's no way you can get her." Maar growled before wincing again.

"Want to bet you little brat." The guy scowled, walking up to his little body. Then his arrow was a hair away from his forehead. Maar gulped and closed his eyes anticipating death. The man was about to fire. When another man pushed his arm to the side.

"Soldier...did I give you permission to kill this boy?" A man barked.

"N-No captain!" The guy whimpered.

"Think of this. If he can take three arrows in his shoulder so easily, don't you think he's worth something?" The captain said slyly.

"You'll never get me to do anything!" Maar growled, his voice seething with pure hatred. "NEVER!" He spat.

"Oh? Well, I suppose that if you want to die-" The soldier said sinisterly, putting the crossbow up to his head again. "Captain! Please allow me to kill him. He allowed the princess to survive." The soldier pleaded, voice bloodthirsty. Maar whined and attempted to back off, but his right arm gave way on account of the arrows and he fell onto his back. He raised his head shortly to shoot another fierce glare at the soldier.

"I do not give permission." The man spat at his underling. Then he turned to Maar. "Well, boy, I'm sure there's someone you know that we've captured, a brother, sister, maybe your mother? Well, if you don't submit I guess we'll just have them killed." The guy laughed.

"No!! Don't you dare hurt Okaasan!" Maar cried. "I'll do whatever you want! Please! Don't hurt her!"

"Then we have a deal. You are now under my protection, but also my command. See that the boy has his wounds treated properly." The Captain commanded. A couple of soldiers carried him off. The captain watched him go.

"This doesn't have anything to do with you wanting a strong son who can take your place, right sir?" The soldier asked. The Captain just gave him a vicious glare and then turned to walk away. "Oh yes, make sure someone goes in that forest to search for her." He barked

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Megumi raced through the forest, thoughts pounding through her head. How could this have happened? It was impossible! On one day, a day that was supposed to be of happiness and celebration, her whole life had been destroyed. Her kingdom, her castle, her people, her FAMILY; she had lost it all on this one day. How could this have happened. She continued to race forward until her legs gave way and she collapsed onto the ground. There she sat for what seemed like forever, lost in sorrow, though it was only a few minutes.

"Hey, what are you doing here? You shouldn't be out here alone." She heard a boy say.

"Kuriko?" She whispered with hope. She felt him scoop her up and she nestled down against his chest. Before she knew it she was fast asleep. The boy stared at her quizzically and began to carry her back to his village. There maybe he could sort things out.

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So what did you think? Please R+R. I'd greatly appreciate it.

~Sleepy Shadow Mistress