I didn't forget to leave my back pack up there, but I needed to keep my dress on. It's because Tsaro won't see my Miss Masquerade costume that's underneath and since that sounds awkward... It's great to know that my costume is waterproof (Thanks to Myrina, she's so great!). But it's horrible that my dress isn't…

Luckily, I know how to open my eyes underwater. This lake looks amazing. There's actually a lot of different plants and tiny fish. There are some air bubbles too. The biggest fish I can see is no bigger than my thumb.

As I swim down more, I see the ground and huge rock with long clear leaves sticking out. That's the perfect habitat for the Sano flower. My dad said sano was a Latin (A language apparently no one speaks any more) word that meant to heal. I thought it sounded pretty, and ended up calling the flower that.

As I run out of air, my vision gets darker…I'll be able to see it soon. My heart beat is getting a little loud too.

I start to see a light. If my dad lied to me, I will track him down on the other side and have a long chat with him about lying to his only daughter.

The piece of light starts to move around as if it was tracing something. I think I see it!

I swim closer to it and reach out with my left arm. Once I pull it from it's stem, I notice the flower appears.

Then my sight is getting darker. I better get up for air.

With my oxygen supply lowering, I try swimming up. It doesn't work because I think my leg is stuck. I look down to see a long weed type of thing has wrapped around my ankle. I pull my leg upwards, but it doesn't budge. Unfortunately, the last thing I do is look up to see the sunlight beaming down onto the water.


I'm alive? That's a little surprising. I can't be dead, I can hear my breathing.

My eyes open and blink a few times before I slowly sit up. To my left is the lake and a stringy red flower (So that's a Sano flower?). I grab it and now know it's silky and smooth.

Then I look down to see a nice shirt laid on me. It's dry compared to my clothes. Wait…who's shirt is this?!

I turn forward to see a slightly soaked guy sleeping on the ground a few meters away with his arm in the water (Huh? Where's his shirt?). My eyes widen when I start to realize something horrifying.

"GAH!" I scream, as I throw the shirt at him. "PRINCEY GERMS!"

He was probably startled since he slightly jumped. During all that, I very quickly jump into the lake and swim a few more meters away.

"What's wrong with you?!" I shout.

"Nothing!" he counters. "You're the one who jumped back into the place you almost drowned in!"

I look down and see he's right. But really, I don't mind being in here than up there near him. A part of me doesn't want me to let him know he's right (I hate it when I'm wrong)…I need to move on fast.

"I got the cure!" I say randomly, throwing up the hand with the Sano flower.

Tsaro looks at me strangely as my swimming takes me in front of him. I take a look at his burn. It reaches past his elbow and looks like the red flame pattern on the fire cracker's wings.

That's not good...

"Why did you take your arm out?" I ask.

Hmmm…Did dad say it was to ingest or to hold the petals onto the injury? Might as well do both (It may not be safe, but who cares? Princey's the patient.)

"I needed to-" he says, before I stuff a few petals in his mouth.

He starts to silently chew and swallow them. I wish he was always this quiet.

I get out of the water, using my extra bandages from my backpack to secure the petals.

Then I sit behind a tree, and make Tsaro sit in front of the lake in case the Sano flower doesn't cure the burn. Our backs are turned, but even when I can't see him, he's annoying to be with.

The reason why I'm sitting here is because while my dress dries, I'll be wearing my costume (I still can't let that guy know I'm Miss Masquerade, right?). I find this a bit awkward because Tsaro probably thinks that I'm...umm...not fully dressed.

"I needed to save you from drowning," he says to finish what he tried to say before. "You didn't come up and I really don't want to be responsible for killing you."

If he doesn't want to kill me, I wonder what's he gonna say if he finds out I am Miss Masquerade. I start to laugh because I can imagine his head explode, trying to figure out what to do.

"What?" he asks, while turning my way.

"Don't turn around!" I yell. Fortunately, he does as he was told (Good Princey!). I answer him, once I'm calm. "It's nothing,"

We leave it as an awkward silence for some time before he decides to talk again.

"So…" he says. "This was bugging me for a while. At the time when you were fighting wolves, you did a flip. When did you learn that?"

I slap my head. Ugh…What should I say? I learned to after finding out I have super powers or something? That really won't be a good answer.

"Umm…" I say. "When I found out Miss Masquerade could?" That works! "Yeah!" I shut my mouth after. Then I uncover it to finish. "I practiced a lot."

"And you have knives too?" he asks.

"Yeah…" I say, then I decide on a solution on the spot. "Because my twin brother thinks a taser and pepper spray won't be enough." (My acting should really have an applause for that one)

"Wow," he says. "I really shouldn't meet your brother sometime. He seems…careful."

I laugh hysterically since it's true. My sibling is too careful, but only when it comes to me.

"What's his name?" Tsaro asks (Nosy much?).

"Apollo," I say. Princey starts to crack up. "Yeah, I know…Apollo and Diana; my parents are very 'creative' with names."

When he stops laughing, I'm deep in thought about how's Apollo and everyone else is doing. I shake my head when I hear Tsaro speak (I don't want to be mean...yet).

"I don't have anyone in my family except for my dad," Tsaro tells me, stiffly. "Actually he isn't even my dad. My mom was his sister and she passed away when I was five. So, he decided to take me in as his own son. I got used to calling him my dad and you know what? I don't even want to be Prince. I really hate it."

I whip my head back. "Are you kidding?" I kind of shout. "You should be grateful! To be born in your position means you get everything!"

"Which also means I get more responsibility," Tsaro says. "I'm supposed to help the public, which I tried, but it's never enough...If I make one mistake, I could start rebellion. I need to be a good role model, but I'm not perfect (I know right); no one is (But I'm the closest anyone can get!). Then there's Miss Masquerade making my life even worse, by getting me into trouble for her stupid pride! The people are probably now all against me because of the crown…it's just too much pressure…"

I make a tight fist. I really wish he could shut up.

"You don't know-" he starts.

I slip on my still slightly wet dress and push him into the lake. He turns to me after floating to the surface.

"What was that for?!" he shouts (You deserve it, jerk-face!).

"To cool down the hot-blood and the giant air-head of yours!" I shout, while leaving out some other words I could've added. "Don't be so selfish! You may be going through all that but everyone else has it worse than you. You might've helped a few homeless people, but there are much more problems than that! There's pollution everywhere, affecting all the animals around us...Illnesses that can't be cured easily because people can't afford a doctor, which you can get in a snap of your fingers! And while juggling all that, they have a responsibility to feed their families. I don't know a single person who isn't tired of having the money they worked hard for taken away because of stupid taxes!"

Then I notice I may have gone a little over board because now Princey looks as if he was gonna yell some unkind things at me.

My expression softens. "Tsaro, just relax. Don't over-think things," I say, putting my feet in the water. "Float instead of swim. Forget about your duties (Haha, I said duties!). Your mind will clear up more."

What am I? A wise old man? That won't do…

He's about to say something, so I interrupt him. "I won't let you back on land until you relax, Princey!" I shout. "So get to it!"

Forcing relaxation…that's a first.

When it gets to nightfall, I call out to the guy that might be sleeping on top of the water.

"If you stay in there any longer you'll turn into a prune!" I say.

Wait…he might get sick too. I'm NOT helping an ill jerk (Wait, why am I helping him?!)!

"TSARO!" I yell. "Get over here this instant!"

"Coming, MOM!" he shouts with a chuckle (He did not just call me mom, did he?!).


A couple of hours go by. Tsaro's dry now, and it's dark.

"Is there anything else you want, mother?" he asks, before drinking some water from a water bottle.

Okay, if he's going to mess with me, I'll freak him out with my coolness.

I take a blanket from Tsaro's supplies and chuck the thing at his chest. "Go to bed." I command. "Or you're grounded F-O-R-E-V-E-R!"

He does a spit take. I am so glad I moved before that hit me.

"But-" he starts.

"Go!" I say, then grin evilly while grabbing the bag of supplies. "I guess I could just leave since you won't listen to me…with every-thing."

"Okay, okay!" he says, as he drops to the floor with his blanket.

He probably can't see the smile on my face, sadly. I love ordering around people I dislike.

I leave to a different tree when he says something. "Mom, can you sing me a song before I sleep?" he asks with an obvious smile.

"No," I answer. "Go to sleep."

"But I won't be able to sleep without a song," he complains.

"Too bad," I counter.

"I'll keep bothering you until you do," he says with a laugh.

"Okay," I say as I close my eyes on the tree I chose for tonight.

A silence goes by...

"MOM!" Tsaro shouts. "I can't sleep! I want a song! You need to sing for me!"

All that goes on for ten long minutes and I get so annoyed, I shout "Fine!" (As a child and himself, he's such a spoiled brat!).

My forced smile starts to twitch as I walk over there. I sing as bored and annoyed as I really am:

"Go to sleep, go to sleep, my little Prince. You're my darling…"

"You need more feeling," Tsaro complains with a chuckle.

Ugh…Idea! I could do something else…he did say 'a song before I sleep,' not a lullaby.

Time for the plan to take it's course. I start to sing angelically:

"When you need me, I'll stay with you.

I'll make you feel safe and sound if you ask me to."

Close up, he looks like he's about to sleep. {Evil laugh} Now for some fun!

"But if you disobey me, you're about to see…

A spine-chiller, a shocker, or a fright from a real killer…

No one will help you, from the nightmares that will be.

If you start to scream, I'll just be laughing there…

So be good, and go to sleep, my little Prince…my darling…"

I end the song with an evil laugh and sneak off to take out a flashlight from the supplies bag.

"Diana?" Tsaro says in panic, while I walk back silently. "Are you there?"

I turn on the flash light. "Boo!" I say.

He does one of those low guy screams. So: "AH!"

I start to laugh extremely hard. Then I hear rustling. "Tsaro? Did you hear that?" I ask.