A/N- As Des keeps badgering me to write the first chapter, I shall so I can shut her up. -smiles- For those who don't know, there are hints to shounen-ai/BL, 'kay? So, don't flame me about it cause I have warned you.

Revised (2007-6-26) - Fixed a few things like grammar, spelling, and made it seem more...formal looking. The writing before was a bit poor so I tried to adjust it to my current writing style.

Revised (2009-11-25) - Yes, I fixed some more things. Even though I still cringe whenever I read the beginning...oh, what was I thinking...

Revised (2010-11-19) - I reread everything and as I went along, I fixed up continuity errors, plotholes, unintentional out-of-character moments, and other things like that. Then I reread it again after that and it is now satisfactory. Not perfect, but halfway there. I also fixed things regarding Eddie's parents and things that made no sense when I reread it. Thank you.


White Rose

Legend of Sacrifice


Chapter One - Love At First Sight? Maybe So


Adam, Destiny, and Nancy were walking down the streets. Adam was singing a song way off-key. The other two had been suffering from his off-key singing until Destiny decided to join in and was singing another song, off-key. Nancy clamped her hands over her ears, trying hard to not listen to the off-key duet. It was as if the two were conspiring against her to kill her eardrums.

"Ring out the bells again. Like we did when spring began. Wake me up when September ends," Adam sang, cackling at a high note.

"I don't wanna go another day. So I'm telling you, exactly what is on my mind," Destiny sang, cackling at the high note as well.

"Argh... I don't know these people. I don't know these people. I don't know these people. I don't know these people. I don't know these people. I don't know these people..." Nancy muttered, hands still over her ears and trying very, very, very hard to convince herself that.

"Nobody gonna love me better, I must stick with you forever. Nobody gonna take me higher, I must stick with you. You know how to appreciate me. I must stick with you my baby. Nobody ever made me feel this way, I must stick with you," Destiny was looking at the sky when she was singing this part.

"Summer has come and past. The innocent can never last. Wake me up when September ends."

Adam had dark brown hair and hazel brown eyes. However, as she mentioned many times to both Adam and Nancy, Destiny thinks they were beautiful hazel brown eyes. He wore an open white long sleeve shirt and a black t-shirt underneath with a pair of blue jeans. He had a pair of glasses but he wasn't wearing them right now since he doesn't really need them.

Destiny had black hair and dark brown eyes. She wore a black dress that went above her knees and wore sneakers with them. She wore a lot of bracelets on both her wrists. She also had a ring on her ring finger. It was a silver band from her ex-boyfriend. She also wore earrings and they were golden heart shape and one ear was a diamond stud. Although you can't see it, there was a tattoo on the middle back of her neck. The tattoo was the Japanese character for 'dream'.

Nancy had blonde hair which was dyed and a pair of light blue eyes. She wore a white open blouse with a pale blue t-shirt underneath and had a pair of blue jeans on her. A silver chain was around her neck with a pendant on it; the pendant was a crystal shape star and had a black feather hanging on the right and a white one hanging on the left. A single diamond stud earring was on her right ear.

While the two were singing, Nancy was getting on her last nerves. Finally, she snapped and smacked them over the head.

"Owwww!"

"Why did you do that for?!"

"Because you two won't stop singing and it was getting on my nerves."

Destiny and Adam glared at her.

"So, Destiny, why are we out here again?" Nancy asked, ignoring their looks like she usually did.

"To accompany me."

"To what?"

"Never mind. I'm just asking you to keep me company."

"Okay...so, why's Adam here in the first place?"

Adam then said the oh-so-famous Adam response, "Because I feel like it. Oh, you just got told!" he exclaimed.

"I don't know you people," Nancy said with a sigh before walking faster.

"Hey! Wait up!" and Destiny and Adam hurried after the blonde.

IIiII

Destiny was looking around the mall as if searching for something. Adam and Nancy just hung around in the background, looking very bored. Adam began counting in his head as Nancy listened to her iPOD, mouthing the words to the song.

"What exactly are you looking for, Des?" Adam asked after about five minutes.

"A shop. It's run by a friend," she replied quickly. Then her face brightened. "Yes! Right over there!"

She ran off to a direction while Adam looked back at Nancy. She was walking past him but she stopped a few feet before him.

"Better hurry it up," and she ran off after Destiny.

"They always have to leave me behind," and Adam hurried after them.

IIiII

A tiny bell was heard as the three went inside the cafe. The inside was fairly medium-sized but comfortable. There were a couple of white round tables in the middle with matching chairs. By the wall were booths fit to seat six people.

"What is this place?" Nancy asked, looking around.

"A cafe where a friends works at. I came to get back something from him. I think you might know him, Nan."

"Him?" Adam repeated.

"I thought you said it was run by him," Nancy added.

"Yes, it's a boy. And run by, worked at. Same thing."

"Not really."

"Oh, shut up."

"Make me."

"Argh!"

"Yes, I know. I'm irritating."

"I hate you."

"Same to you."

Destiny sighed. It was useless arguing with the blonde. "Eddie! You there!?"

"Des?"

A boy about their age appeared from the backroom. He had reddish blondish hair and pale green eyes. He wore a black shirt with a pair of black jeans. A white shirt was tied around his waist and a silver chain was around his neck; the pendant was a regular diamond gem. A ring was on his ring finger and was the same kind as Destiny's.

"Eddie!" Nancy exclaimed, surprised.

"Nan. Hey." The blonde narrowed her eyes at that sentence. Eddie realized his mistake. "My bad. Forgot that you hate being called Nan."

Nancy turned off her iPOD and let the earpiece string dangle around her neck. She crossed her arms. "Damn straight you forgot. Though I wouldn't expect anything else from someone who we haven't seen in like two years."

"Was that an insult on my memory or a compliment?" Eddie asked, confused yet amused at the same time.

Nancy chuckled lightly. "Still as clueless as ever."

"Who's he?" Adam asked.

"Oh, right. You don't know him since we didn't meet until like a year ago," Destiny commented. She then gestured to the other boy with a grin. "This is Edward, but we call him Eddie. Nan (she earned a glare from the blonde but she ignored it) and I have known him since we were six. We met at an evening party at a museum."

"I see. Nice to meet you, Eddie. I'm Adam." He extended a hand for him to shake.

Eddie grabbed it and shook it. "Back at you." Adam felt something sparked when their hands touched but he waved it off. He let go and turned to face Destiny. "Here to get your CD back?"

"Yes."

"I'll go get it," and Eddie disappeared back in the back room. Destiny followed him for unknown reasons, leaving Adam and Nancy behind in the cafe feeling as awkward as when Destiny had left them when she had spotted the cafe.

"So..."

"What?" she muttered boredly. Nancy had gone back to listening to her iPOD.

"Nothing."

"If it was nothing, you wouldn't have talked. Tell me."

Knowing he was trapped, Adam asked, "Where does Eddie go to school? I've never seen him around before..."

"Same school as you. Lakeway High. Don't expect him to be the same way he is now. He acts different at school. When spring break's over, you'll see if you observe closely."

Adam

"Why? How does he act?"

I'm not sure if she heard me or not, but she didn't say anything else. I sighed. I have no idea how I became Dest and Nan's friends. Don't tell her I called her Nan 'kay? She'll kill me. But what did Nan mean by that? Oh, why won't she tell me anything! Just cause we've only been friends for at least a year doesn't mean she can't tell me things! Wait. Actually...she can. Forget I even said anything.

Nancy

I didn't answer his question. Why? Because I can feel something emitting from him. It's weird since I never felt this before. Yes. I have a sort of power. I was born with it along with Des and Eddie.

The energy was pink which was weird. Why? Because pink is the energy color for love.

Addy can't be in love with Ed, can he? Sure, I've read about shounen-ai things but for it to happen to me in real life and between two of my friends? Weird, isn't it?

"Why do you wanna know?" I finally asked, skipping the next song. I still don't know why I downloaded it when I hated the song.

He seemed surprised that I had finally talked. Funny. Did he think I was avoiding the question or something? I was merely thinking about...things.

Adam

I was shocked. She had talked after what seemed like five minutes. I can tell she knew since she was smirking. When she's smirking, it's never a good sign. I shuddered. I remembered the time when Dest...I don't even wanna talk about it. It still gave me nightmares.

"Because the way you talk makes it seem so mysterious and makes me wanna know."

I can see her smirk even more. "Well..." She paused for a while. "You really think that way huh?"

I nodded subconsciously. I heard her sighed. "He acts like more aloof. I think she hates the people at his school."

I thought I had heard wrong. "'She'?"

"She meant 'he'. Jeez. Still saying the wrong gender pronoun after all these years?"

I turned around to see Eddie and Des back. Destiny had a bag in her right hand.

Normal POV

"Oh, shut up. Can you blame me? My stupidity comes from Des."

"Hey! That's the second time you insulted me!"

"Only because you are so freaking easy to insult."

"Take that back!"

"No."

"Come on!"

"No."

"Why did you have to be so freaking stubborn?!"

"Because."

"Argh!" Destiny threw her hands up in the air, giving up. "How come I can't win a argument with Nan?"

"Don't call me that."

"Because you're dumb and she's smarter?" Eddie contributed with a grin.

"She's not smarter than me!"

"Then how do you explain the fact that she's in more advance classes than you?"

"She was home-schooled! By a tutor! When she was freaking four!!! Until like four years ago!!"

"Leave the home-school thing out of this argument!"

"Uhh..." Adam had been left forgotten.

While Destiny and Nancy were arguing over something, Eddie had gone over to where Adam was standing. He watched in amusement as the two girls argued and the customers in the cafe were watching in amusement as well and some were sighing as if this happened everyday. Which it did, but they didn't know that.

"So, how did the three of you meet?" Eddie asked, still watching them.

Adam looked up. "Huh?"

"How did you meet Des and Nan?" Eddie rephrased.

"It was at school. I met Des last year and Nan a few months after that," he answered, thinking back. "I think I was at their school and I was searching for Des. I somehow bumped into Nan and a girl yelled at me for that."

Flashback

A fifteen-year-old Adam was standing in the middle of the girls academy's front yard. He was looking around for Destiny since they had been planning to go to the arcade.

"Des...where are you?" he muttered impatiently.

"Addy! Right here!" he heard. He looked around to where the shout came from and saw Destiny heading over to him.

Adam hurried over to her but accidentally bumped into someone. He fell down along with the person.

"Ow," Adam muttered.

The person didn't say anything except for the fact that she was muttering something.

'Is she muttering Japanese words and what they mean in English?' Adam wondered.

"Oh my god! Nancy! Are you alright?" a girl exclaimed, running over to the fallen girl.

Nancy said nothing but got up and kept muttering the words and their meanings.

"Nan, are you alright?" Destiny asked, walking over to her.

"Fine. How about him?" she asked, indicating Adam who was still on the ground.

"You okay, Addy?" Destiny helped him get up.

"Apologize to Nancy immediately!" one of the girls demanded.

"What?" Adam was confused.

"You bumped into her, made her fall and didn't even say sorry. Do it now!" the same girl demanded. A couple of other kids shook their heads at the girl and walked away. Adam concluded this must happen everyday.

"Jen, it's okay," Nancy said softly, finally not saying the Japanese words.

"But—"

"Let it go."

The girl, Jen, just crossed her arms and walked off with her gang of friends. Nancy turned to Adam.

"What's your name?"

"Adam."

Nancy smiled. "I'm Nancy. Have fun with Des," and she walked off, back to muttering the Japanese words' meanings.

"Bye, Nan!" Destiny waved bye to the retreating girl.

"Okay..." Poor Adam was completely confused during the entire exchange.

Flashback Ended

"That was a weird meeting," Eddie commented, sweatdropping.

"Yeah. It was."

"So, Jen is still protective of Nan?"

"Who is she, anyway?"

"Ask Nan. She knows. All I know is that she stalks her."

Adam stared at him in disbelief. "What?!"

Eddie didn't notice his disbelief or had ignored him. "Yo! Des! Nan! You two done arguing yet?"

"Yeah," the two answered.

"Great. My shift ended and I was thinking we can go somewhere."

Nancy frowned. "It's five, though. There's a dinner party at eight and I'm required to go. My aunt and uncle will lecture me if I'm late. Again"

Destiny looked surprised. "There's a dinner party tonight?!"

"Yeah. Why do you look so surprised?"

Destiny groaned. "My grandparents said nothing. Guess we have to go right now. See ya at the party, Ed."

Nancy and Destiny then left the two alone. Eddie shook his head and ran a hand through his hair.

"Another party? Great. Maybe we can hang out some other time."

Adam smiled. "Sure."

IIiII

Destiny and Nancy walked down the streets after they had "ditched" the two other boys. It was around twilight so the sky wasn't that dark.

"Where's the dinner party at?"

"My family's museum. We got a new addition to the art exhibit."

"What's it called?"

"White Rose."

"'White Rose'?"

"Yes. 'White Rose'. It was created by an ancestor of mine. It's supposed to have magic."

"How very interesting."

"I know. Isn't it?" Nancy said dryly.

Destiny rolled her eyes. "I was being sarcastic. Anyway, know anything about it?"

"Only that it's tied to the Legend of Sacrifice."