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Alissa Millaris

"I could be so much more if they'd let me..."

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a character in “Where Have You Been”, as played by paokikipao

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"I could be so much more if they'd let me... "




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Full Name:
Alissa Millaris

Age:
21

Gender:
Female

Personality
{Brave, Smart, Clever, Loyal, Caring, Passionate, Loving, stubborn}
Even though Alissa was raised to be a delicate woman, she never truly felt like she fitted into the role of princess. She wished to live countless adventures and longed to see what the world had to offer, in truth she was very tenacious and curious. She is very fierce and passionate, unlike most princesses who may have come off as arrogant she is humble and feels like she is above nobody else.

She also has a kind heart and is very caring of others. However, she tends to have a bad temper, specially when she feels that she has been wronged in any way. She cannot stand lies, and if therefore very blunt and speaks her mind up. She is also very stubborn and likes to have things her way. She is also self-sacrificing and would do anything to protect those she loves, she would also do anything if she believes that what she is fighting for is worth it.




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Likes:
✾ Helping the kingdom in any way she can
✾ Irisu
✾ Painting
✾ New canvas
✾ Honesty
✾ Romance
✾ Reading
✾ Kindness
✾ Long conversations
✾ Helping others in need
✾ Independence
✾ Freedom
✾ Adventure
✾ Animals (specially horses)

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Dislikes:
❃ Cowardice
❃ Excuses
❃ Lies
❃ Silence
❃ Pressure
❃ Being a princess
❃ Being told what to do
❃ When she is underestimated
❃ When people see her crying
❃ Her father enemies
❃ Feeling helpless
❃ Conflict
❃ War



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History
Alissa was born into a royal family, her father was the king of Irusu, he was a strict and harsh man who always tried controlling her life. Ever since she can remember, she was told what to do, how to behave, how to dress, how to be, and her life seemed like it was all planned out even before she was borned.

Her mother on the other hand, was a beautiful, kind, just and loving woman who always inspired Alissa to follow her dreams while still abiding traditions. Of course, one day she would have to marry off, as her father had already promised her hand to an old friend, who also had a son around Alissa's age, as an attempt to make the kingdom stronger and more united.

As she grew older, her father's pressure to marry became stronger and stronger. Alissa, despite being being young, at the age of 18, believed in true love and she hated the idea of marrying someone she didn't know, someone she didn't love. Her kind mother, knowing her daughter's wishes and knowing she was still too young, convinced her father to hold off the marriage until she had meet the boy. The father only agreed because the kingdom still held strong and proved to be powerful so holding off the marriage would not appose a threat.

Years passed, but Alissa held no feeling for her suitor. She would often say it nonchalantly to which he would simply laugh and smile some more. He did not seemed to mind and was confident that one day she would fall in love with him as he supposedly had fallen for her. Taking as an advantage the situation, while she was 'supposedly' with Alexander, her suitor, Alissa would often run away from the castle hiding her identity and she would be off her way exploring the kingdom.

It was during those years that she discovered darker sides of Irusu, there was much poverty and much hunger in some sides of the land. Some were suffering there was no doubt in that. She also learned that her father would enforce unjust laws, and unfair treatment. Ever since, every time that she could, she would try to help those in need, always keeping her identity hidden and giving money to those who truly had it bad.

During that time she finally felt the need of wanting to take over the kingdom, earning a deep desire to rule the land fairly. However, the land has now entered difficult times where war is more than a possibility, it is a reality. Alissa knew something was wrong, but never expected her father to panic as he had, he now has become more paranoid and has secluded himself in his chambers where only his counselors are allowed to enter.




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Dare to Believe | Boyce Avenue

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So begins...

Alissa Millaris's Story

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He could not understand the fool of a ruler's decision. The fool had actually hired him to kill off the King's daughter, his only heir. Tannin cared little for the affairs of the world. He certainly cared little if the girl lived or died. He did, however, care about the Guild. By accepting the contract he'd placed all of those that counted on him in danger. Why had he accepted? He'd had no other choice. The Nuhardos ruler had discovered the Assassins' hideout and was now threatening to expose them. He could have simply killed the man but after weighing out his option, well..he'd decided killing the girl was obviously the better choice. That had been a week ago and now Tannin found himself in the beautiful city of Silanos. It was around midday, if Tannin had to guess. He was walking the busy streets, unseen. He'd never been to the large city before and he was surprised at how busy of a place it was. Even the children that followed closely behind their mothers were constantly moving.

Tannin released a soft sigh. He was not sure how he was going to pull off this job. It was one thing to go and kill off some man that owed someone else some money but to kill a princess? He'd never done it before. Perhaps he should have just killed the man. Tannin quickly moved through the crowd, towards the large palace. As he slowed, he studied the giant structure as best he could. He'd already sent scouts ahead to locate the Princess's chambers. He would strike that night, when security was at its lowest. Tannin slowly made his way to a small area near the waterfront where he could watch the large building, unseen. Here, he would wait.




Around Midnight


Inside of the Palace of Silanos, all was silent save for the few soft footfalls of the rare guard, here and there. A lone, dark figure silently slides into the palace undetected. He moved quickly but carefully, checking every corner before he rounded them. Tannin couldn't believe how few guards there was. He'd heard of the King's paranoia but apparently he wasn't paranoid enough to pay for the extra guards. The man smiled behind the mask that hid most of his face. It seemed like forever before he'd reached the location of the Princess's chambers. He hesitated for but a moment before silently beginning to lockpick the door. He slowly maneuvered his tools and froze as soon as he heard the soft click of the lock being lifted. Taking a deep breath, Tannin slowly opened the door and slid into the large room.

He shut the door softly behind him. It was only then that he allowed himself to look about the room he was now in. It was most obviously a sitting room of some sort. That meant that the girl's room should be just through the other door. He quietly walked to the door and paused once again. Did he really want to finish this job? She was an innocent, after all. It was against the code to kill her and yet..here he was. Tannin tried to push these thoughts from his mind. He didn't need to be distracted. He slowly opened the door to the girl's room and slid in. Even in the dark, Tannin could see the form of the girl in her bed. She looked..peaceful. So unaware of what was about to happen to her. He slowly approached, his eyes never leaving her form. It seemed like forever before he reached the girl. Looking down at her, it was then that he realized that he couldn't kill her. She'd done nothing to warrant his wrath nor the man that had sent him. Tannin was not used to this. He'd never been faced with such a situation before. Suddenly, he heard it. The guards must have been alerted to his presence. That bastard..he must have sent word. So that meant that he was trying to rid the world of Tannin or the Guild. Either way, he'd picked a fight with the wrong man. Thinking quickly, Tannin did the one thing that he probably shouldn't have done. He quickly, but gently tied the girl's wrists together and then threw her over his shoulder.

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Alissa was still troubled by her father's behavior, even when she knew that he was often hidden in his chambers and that he would spend most time in confinement, or that he was not one to talk with her unless it was mostly because of marrying her off, she found his demeanor most bizarre. This time, things were different, he was now paranoid and acting even stranger than ever. Even so, and much to her dismay he would allow no one to speak with him, not even his beloved wife. Alissa, frustrated at the situation, and knowing that he would most definitely plan to marry her before the next month had come to an end, she let out a sigh in frustration and grabbed a cloak heading silently outside of the palace. She had managed to arrive to the gates when she was caught by one of the guards, it was obvious that the number of guards that protected her had increased ever since her father... was on the crazy. Upon seeing her struggling, they grabbed her by the shoulder pulling her like a little child to her room once again. Ridiculous! she thought over and over, she pushed the guards hands violently and told them to let her go as she could go back on her own. As soon as they escorted her back, more guards were sent to guard outside her room.

-One month later-


Alissa woke up anguished and annoyed, her father had taken things to the extreme. She was not allowed to leave her room under no circumstances, and was she to disobey his orders her father would only extend her punishment for a longer period of time. "Please allow me to have a hearing with my father!" she yelled to the guard who was at the other end of the door. She waited for any type of answer but she was only faced with silence, "then... send him a message will you?" she said with a tear on her face as she bent down to push a letter to the guard in the gap of the door.
Unsure whether if her father received her letter, she waited patiently still close to the door. Minutes passed and she finally received another letter in return. Her father had agreed to her terms, Alissa had promised to marry as soon as he willed for an exchange to be free again, for a chance to leave her room at least for a day. However, she was to stay in the room at least for one more week just in case she would go back into her word, in the meantime he would prepare the wedding to marry her off the very next day that she had gained her freedom.

A week had almost passed, and the number of guards decreased immensely as Alissa posed no resistance and waited eagerly, she would merely have to wait another day and she could finally taste the sweet feeling of freedom even if it was for one day, even if she had to marry the very next day. The night had come and she slept peacefully just thinking of the things she would do the next day. It was then when she was suddenly awakened by the noise of distant footsteps, she wondered if something had happened to her father when she noticed something else, she was not alone, someone had managed to enter her room and was now holding her down. She didn't know what was happening but fear overcame her, the room was very dark and she simply managed to see a dark figure now tying her wrists with an extreme speed. Before she could even oppose and give any resistance to his touch he had already thrown her over to his wide and firm shoulder, but before he did she starred at him with eyes wide opened, "if I am to be killed, I should at least see the face of my murderer" she thought silently and somewhat resigned to her faith, however she couldn't quite see his face as it was covered by a mask.

As soon as she was on his shoulder she wanted to screamed in fear, for the first time hoping the guards could come to her aid, but no noise would come out from her other than her troubled breathing. 'Is this how I will die?' she asked over and over. But before she had any more moments of doubt, adrenaline altogether with fear kicked in and with her hands she tried freeing herself from the man's grasp, she tired pushing herself away from his tight grip and started kicking but it was all useless, "Release me!" she yelled with a trembling yet somewhat fierce tone.

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The Princess's attempts at getting away from him almost amused him. Tannin had not thought that the girl would do anything. Then again, he'd never met a princess before. "Release me!" the girl yelled. He merely rolled his blue eyes. "I'm afraid that is something that I..cannot do, M'lady." he said, his accented voice sounding, at least to him, much too soft. Tannin quickly moved through the Princess's room, towards the large window that was facing out against the waterfront. Looking out the window, Tannin's only option was going down along the roof of the large building. It would be difficult with the girl but he could manage. He could hear the guards heading their way now. "I would ask that you refrain from yelling again. It will only makes things for you more difficult." he said. He quickly opened the window, making his intentions clear. Tannin moved slowly, but with precision out of the window, stepping onto the roof. Just as he'd placed both feet onto cold tiles, several guards filed into the room that he'd just been in. They seemed to freeze upon seeing the dark cloaked figure holding their Princess over his shoulder.

Tannin wasted no time moving himself into action. He deftly made his way across the tiles, hearing the guards arguing amongst themselves. Seemed they weren't too keen on following him over the roof. All the better for him, though. He remained silent, save for the few times he reminded the girl to remain quiet or to stop struggling. Tannin reached the edge of the roof and looked down. The dark waters below did not look inviting. It would be the quickest way to get down, though. He debated within himself for a long moment before saying. "I'm afraid that we'll be getting wet. You may want to hold your breath in a moment." He could hear the sound of the entire guard being awakened. They needed to get out of the area quickly. Backing up a few steps, Tannin then quickly took off as quickly as he could towards the edge. Launching himself and the Princess into the air, the Assassin maneuvered their bodies so that he would hit the water first.

The first thing that crossed Tannin's mind when his back hit the icy water was about just how cold the water was. He was quickly engulfed in the wetness, his entire body going under the surface. Tannin had to quickly push himself into action. He grabbed hold of the Princess and pulled her with him up to the surface. The waters broke as they surfaced. Tannin's hood had fallen down, revealing his now plastered darkly colored hair. He looked up at the palace, seeing all of the commotion. He was glad to be away from the guards.

He began pulling the Princess along with him, making his way to the docks. When he reached the damp wooden structures, he pulled himself out and then the Princess. He gazed at her for a moment, as if trying to apologize for the sudden cold. He quickly pulled his hood back up. Habit, really. He'd gone so long without it that it felt strange anytime he didn't have his entire face hidden. "Come, we must be off." he said, eyeing the Princess. His blue eyes stared down at her. He should have killed her. He was only giving himself more work. He sighed softly. He wasn't exactly sure what he was going to do with the girl. He supposed that he would have to take her back to the hideout. Unfortunately, that was a fair ways away. Tannin held his hand out towards the girl, as if giving her the choice to join him. In reality, he would force her if he had to.

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"I'm afraid that is something that I..cannot do, M'lady" said the man that still had hold on her. Alissa's was now red as her fear had been replaced with anger, she felt so defenseless and helpless. She would have continued kicking when she noticed something, strangely his voice sounded unfitting while fitting at the same time. His voice was not threatening as she had expected, instead it sounded almost calm and steady. She was still on his shoulder when he moved suddenly, heading where her window was supposed to be. 'No!...' she pleaded in a barely audible whisper, unsure of his next move. "I would ask that you refrain from yelling again. It will only makes things for you more difficult." Her prediction came to a resolution when she heard him open the window and as the wind rushed through them. "Wait! she said before he stepped into the rooftop.

Alissa could now see guards entering and filling her room, she reached her hand out towards them, hoping that they could save her from the man's firm grip. However, before she was able to mutter a single word her captor moved quickly and rushed his way through the roof. She stopped struggling with him as she was not dumb to actually let go of his grip while they were on the roof, a fall from such distance would surely mean an instant death and that was all Alissa could think about for the moment. They had reached the edge of the roof when he stopped, hesitant, "I'm afraid that we'll be getting wet. You may want to hold your breath in a moment, "I'm afraid that we'll be getting wet. You may want to hold your breath in a moment." Without knowing what was about to happen she didn't say anything and for the first time listened to his suggestion, though to her it sounded almost command-like. He launched his body alongside hers on the air, he somehow managed to hit the water first. As soon as the cold water touched Alissa's fair skin, she remembered the cold winters in Irisu and wondered if she would ever live to witness another.

Before she had any time to wander in thought, she was pulled to the surface. Her hair was dripping cold drops from the water and she remembered what she was wearing, or more like what she was not wearing. Alissa was still wearing her white nightgown, but that was not what caught her attention as she could see clearer the man that had captured her. His hair was almost as dark as the night, and his eyes radiant blue, almost the same color as the deep blue sea. Before she started planning on what to say, or what to do to scape, he started pulling her by her hand leading her to the docks. Once he pulled himself and her up, he starred at her deeply, immediately she moved her eyes away from his penetrating stare, even though his gaze seemed apologetic. She stated shaking from the cold, even more so as the cold wind started blowing towards her direction, her clothes and her hair continued dripping drops and drops of the cold water, in an attempt to warm herself she clasped her hands over her nose and blew hot air.

She starred at him blaming him for the whole situation, but not wanting to overdone things she did not say anything else. He pulled his hood back up and said, "Come, we must be off." She heard him sigh, which only made her worrisome, she truly didn't know what he planned to do wit her, but the thought made her uneasy and anxious. He handed his hand out to her and Alissa starred right back at him, gazing him trying to study his intentions. 'If he wanted to kill me, he would have done it while I was asleep' was the only thing she could think for the moment. She didn't want to make him mad, unaware of his true intentions, Unknowing of anything regarding the dark haired stranger. "What do you want from me?" she finally managed to ask, her voice shaking from the cold. She gave a step back refusing to take his hand and stared straight into his eyes.

"If you wanted to kill me, you would have done it already" she continued bluntly, though in truth she was freighted out of her wits. She wanted to die in dignity and at her own will, if she had to, she had been ordered around for far too long and deemed it cruel that her death would also be chosen for her. "I refuse to die by your hand..." she said solemnly and sincerely, starring at the same hand that he had just offered. "What are your true intentions?" she finally asked feeling her accelerated heartbeats. Had it not been for the loud footsteps of the guards searching all over the palace, she knew even he could have listened to her heartbeats. "What do you want from me?!" she asked again as a small tear formed on her right cheek. Upon feeling the tear she tried drying it with her clothes but it was useless as she remembered her clothes were still soaked. She turned her gaze away from the male as she felt that tears showed weakness, something she could not afford to show around him. "please..." she asked again almost in a plea, wishing that he could answer the many questions that were running on her head.

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When the woman refused his hand, Tannin was not surprised. He'd truly not expected her to follow him willingly. When she began asking questions, Tannin merely listened. Of course she wanted to know of his intentions..but what to tell her. He hesitated for but a second. "They only thing that I can tell you, M'lady, is that no harm will befall you while you are with me. Now..this is not the place to talk. We must be off." he said. He moved quickly then. They'd tarried about for too long already. Tarrin approached the Princess, his eyes never leaving her. "I promise you that I shall explain everything once we've gotten away from here and gotten you some dry clothes. I can only imagine the cold. I apologize for the dip." he said, slightly bowing his head to her.

Tannin was by no means any sort of high born and yet over the years of living in the shadows and blending in with the higher society when the job called for it, he'd developed a better vocabulary and better mannerisms than many of his colleagues. The ability to blend in with those that were well educated was an invaluable trait and one that Tannin was very glad that he had. Even now, faced with guards quickly getting closer to the pair, Tannin was still speaking with the utmost respect for the girl. Something that not many from Axijan, the land in which he hailed from, would do towards the King's blood. Over the years, the lands that lay father from Silanos were slowly becoming more and more unhappy with the King. Now, with the War going on, things were not getting any better. If nothing was done to make peace with the outer lands, then it would only be a matter of time until they slowly began joining the Nuhardos and their ruler, Lorn. This was lost to the King. He'd been so paranoid about his own safety and that of his family that he was ignoring what was going on throughout the world.

The assassin pushed these thoughts from his mind. Perhaps..perhaps if he offered her his name that would put her at ease for the time being. Well..at least as ease as she could be considering the current situation. "You may call me Tannin, M'lady." he said. "Now, please..do not force my hand." He waited for a moment before walking to the Princess's side. The man gently urged her along. Though Tannin was gentle, not even touching the girl, he made it clear she had no option. They walked for some time, Tannin falling silent once again. He led the way through several dark alleys before they finally reached the outskirts of the city. There was a large stable positioned there and the sound of the horses could be heard. Tannin paused for a moment, turning his gaze to the girl. "We will be riding for the rest of the night." he said quietly. He could no longer hear the sound of the guards. They most likely were focusing their search towards the inner part of the city. "Come." Tannin led the way into the stable. The stable hands were nowhere to be seen which suited the assassin just fine. He preferred not to deal with them. He walked through the building until he came to the near end and stopped. He motioned for the Princess to wait beside the stall.

Inside of the large stall was a large, black horse. The creature had been with Tannin for a long time and he trusted no other beast. Tannin quickly readied the horse in his tack, high quality yet a bit worn. When finished, he led the horse out of the stall. Tannin wished that he could untie the girl but feared what she would do. He decided that perhaps it was best to wait until they reached their first destination. "This is Daeroch." he said. Tannin then moved to help the girl up. After making sure that she was comfortable, Tannin mounted as well..behind the girl. His arms circled around the Princess, picking up the reins. Tannin gently urged the horse out of the stable and into the night. "We'll most likely travel for most of the night." Once far enough away from the city and the stable, Tannin urged the horse into a slightly faster pace. The night wore on slowly and it seemed like forever before they were surrounded by the forest. Tannin was feeling horrible about jumping into the water. He knew that the girl had to be freezing. He wasn't all that comfortable so he could only imagine how the girl was feeling. "I'm truly sorry for jumping into the water. Are you feeling all right?" he asked, his eyes flicking down to the woman. He had no way of making her feel any better save for his own body heat and he doubted that the Princess wanted to be any closer to him than she already was.

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Alissa had somehow managed to regain her collected posture, a difficult task for her under such circumstances, but she waited patiently as she wanted to hear an explanation that could at least make sense into what had just happened. Instead of an explanation he reassured her that no harm would come to her while he was on her side, and that they had to leave soon. 'I would be in no harm’s way had I not been captured' she thought in response to his words, but did not say anything as she was deep in thought. Her troubled mind was interrupted as he spoke again, he had promised to give an explanation and dry clothing were they to leave soon, and he finally added, "I can only imagine the cold. I apologize for the dip" while slightly bowing his head respectfully. Alissa nodded in response but did not say anything, surprised, as she did not considered him for a man that would ask for forgiveness, but then again she knew nothing of him.

The truth was Alissa did not understand his behavior at all, and the man remained as an enigma for the young princess. Somehow she knew that his words contained some kind of truth, he could have killed her in so many occasions now but he had not. She stopped and wondered at his true intentions when a thought stroke her, 'am I to be killed by someone else then?' she already knew that her father was a man with many enemies, surely killing his only heir and only daughter would cause him great pain. Then, as she remembered her father she thought of how worried he must have been, 'what if I am a diversion? A mere distraction so that they may strike the palace while the guards are sent to search for me?'. And so it went on and on as her mind was distracted by different possibilities, each worse than the one before, she remained quiet. Her hands shaking at the thought of her father's enemy trying to overthrow him, it was true that she had been in danger before but no one had been able to enter the castle as the man that stood before her had, much less had they escaped the guard under her father's hand.

Once again, interrupted by the man her mind was once again set back to reality. "You may call me Tannin, M'lady" he said with out-most respect and he continued "Now, please..do not force my hand." She did not move away when he moved closer to her urging her, she knew that she had no other choice for the time being, who knew what he would do to force her? Instead she decided to follow him through dark alleys, walking at a fast yet bearable pace. Even without his touch she felt his controlling and demanding demeanor, she knew she had no choice or saying at the situation and she could do nothing but to follow. They finally arrived at what seemed to be a large stable, he had informed her that they would continue on their way on a horse. She waited inside of the stable where he had signaled her, and as soon as he left for a few seconds she remembered her own horse, Libertas, a beautiful white stallion. The memory only made her melancholic and she wondered again if she would ever see her beloved friend again. She turned her eyes back at Tannin who was now accompanied by what seemed to be one of the most beautiful horses that Alissa had ever had the pleasure seeing, strangely she couldn't hold off a smile as the beautiful horse approached her. In truth the beast seemed wild, like he had been through countless struggles with his rider, unbreakable, strong, but most importantly free.

She remembered then his intentions of continuing the rest of the night riding. 'Of course he did not meant individually' she thought in an obvious tone, as if thinking in such possibility was idiotic enough to deserved a scold. He would not thrust her enough for her not to leave on a horse and return to the palace, and he was right not to for she would leave as soon as she had the chance. "This is Daeroch" he said signaling the magnificent horse that had Alissa in awe. Without noticing she smiled at the horse almost as if saying a small greeting. Tannin helped her up and soon after joined her sitting behind the girl, picking the reins and with it, his arms placed around hers circling her. As soon as they were on their way, his skin would come in touch with hers, every now and then, as the horse galloped. She remembered he had mentioned they would travel for most night and remembered she had barely gotten, if any, sleep at all for the time she had been imprisoned in her own room. Suddenly her eyes felt heavy but the cold from the water still remained with her, though she was almost dry from the wind that the horse created as he moved forward. Even so, she was not as cold as she had been before; coming to her senses she discovered that Tannin somehow gave her warmth as his body, specifically his arms, surrounded her as he grabbed the reins. The truth is she was not comfortable but she had no saying in the matter, "I'm truly sorry for jumping into the water" he apologized again, "Are you feeling all right?". As soon as she was about to answer her dialogue was replaced by a sneeze, obviously she covered her mouth soon enough. "I'm fine" she managed to say with a tired voice. If this kept up she would fall asleep on his arms or on the horse and maybe fall off, she tried fighting the thought, shaking her head trying to keep herself awake.

Not knowing what to say, and not wanting to fall asleep, especially not while they were riding if that was even possible, she continued. "Daeroch, he seems like a loyal companionship" she said while caressing the horse's beautiful dark skin. She paused for a moment, "he reminds me of my own...." she waited again, "Libertas"
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Tannin listened closely as Alissa spoke to him of his horse. A smiled crossed his face but remained unseen. When the Princess fell silent the assassin spoke. "Yes. He is a wonderful steed. We have been through much together. I was gifted him when he was still a colt and I've worked with him for some time. I couldn't ask for a better companion. I'm sure, though, that your horse must be magnificent." He fell silent then, expecting the girl in front of him to reply or at least make some sort of acknowledgment. It never happened. His brow creased and Tannin strained his ears. It was then that he could hear the deep breathing of the female in his arms. She was asleep. He was not surprised though. He had no way of knowing how much sleep the girl had gotten before he'd rudely woken her. He felt almost..bad about waking her. When he'd found her, she'd appeared to have been sleeping quite well. Tannin wasn't used to dealing with women. The only one that he ever really spent any time with any females was with a fellow assassin, Kaya. The female had been happy to do anything that he asked of her though he knew that she wanted to be with him. He could never allow it. She was beautiful, there was no doubt about it. He just couldn't allow her to see his face. Ever since his face had been marred, Tannin had made sure that no one ever saw him. He was ashamed of his appearance. It had been a sign of weakness. He'd not been able to protect himself at the time. After he'd completely healed, Tannin had begged Makur to teach him everything that the man knew. He never wanted to be weak again. He'd followed through with his promise to himself. Tannin had become the best assassin and as such had made sure that none ever questioned him or his decisions. He demanded total obedience from those beneath him.

The movement of Daeroch brought Tannin back to the present. The great horse was moving quickly, almost seeming to float through the darkness. If Tannin was correct, they still had quite a ways to go before he would allow them to stop. He wanted to make sure that Alissa would have no way of returning home if she was to escape from him. He had but to spread the word throughout the outer realms of the girl and forbade any from helping her should she leave his side. He would see to that as soon as they'd reached Oakenshire.

As the night wore on, Tannin could feel the recent events beginning to take their toll on him. He was quite tired and had not even realized it. The trip would be a long one. He sighed quietly, urging the horse onward. Once they reached the small town of Oakenshire they would have to remain there long enough for Daeroch to have a decent rest before heading out once again. They would be about halfway to Axijan once reaching Oakenshire. Tannin wanted to reach his home quickly. Once there, he would be able to keep a better watch over the Princess. He looked forward to reaching their destination.

The pounding of Daeroch's hooves were the only sound that the man could hear save for the breathing of the Princess. Looking about once again, Tannin quickly slowed the creature, allowing the beast to slowly trot. They, at long last, finally in the small town. As Tannin looked about he could see that the town was asleep. He slowly led the horse towards the small inn that was located directly in the middle of the town. They had a small stable around the back but Tannin stopped Daeroch at the front of the building. The horse stood completely still, obeying his master. Tannin could see that the creature was quite tired. The man patted the horse's neck. Tannin looked down at the Princess. He hated to wake her yet again. He hesitated for a moment. He debated with himself, trying to decide if he could possibly get down without bothering her and without her falling. He couldn't see a way for that to happen. Gently, Tannin nudged the girl. "M'lady? You need to wake. We've arrived." he said. He made sure that she was fully awake before sliding off of the horse. He then helped the Princess down. When she was standing next to the horse, Tannin pulled out one of his shining daggers. He approached the girl but remained silent. He took her still bound hand into his empty hand. His blue eyes found the Princess's and he cut the thick rope, freeing her wrists. "I shall only warn you this one time. You will remain silent. You will speak with no one. If you cause any sort of trouble I will make sure to end your life. I've no need for the trouble. I would prefer if our stay here is short and uneventful." he said.

Tannin led the way into the small building, knowing that his horse would not move. He approached the inn keeper and spoke quietly with him. At first he appeared reluctant to give away a room to Tannin and his companion but after a small bag filled to the brim with gold coins, the older man quickly changed his mind. Tannin thanked him and led the way to their room. He opened the old wooden door and allowed the girl to enter first. He followed and shut the door. "I'm sure this is nothing compared to what you are used to and I apologize." The room that they were in was small, barely furnished. The was one bed and a small side table but besides that it was quite empty. It was rather sad. They had no choice, though and Tannin would not worry about it. Suddenly, a soft knock was heard. The man opened the door and accepted a small package from the woman. He thanked her and then closed the door. He approached the girl and gently offered the small parcel. He watched her closely. "I doubt they are anything like what you are used to wearing and for that I am sorry. I fear this town does not have much. When we reach our destination I shall rectify that. I will find you something better to where. We should be there within the next three or four days." He fell silent for a short moment. "I need to send a message to the others." He hesitated. "I can either leave you here to change or I can make you join me. The choice is yours but know this. If you even think of trying to run or get help I shall end you slowly." He didn't mean it but that didn't mean that she knew that. He wanted her to think that he was ruthless..a machine. It would take some of the stress off of his shoulders.

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Alissa was back in her room once again, the night had passed and the day for her freedom was gone with it. She tried remembering how she spent her day before but it was useless, her memory failed her and now she would have to marry. She frowned at the thought and shook her head, hoping there was a way out of her marriage and a way out of her life; she wanted to help others, she just didn't think that marriage was the way. Alissa longed to be free more than anything, and now it all seemed like a washed off dream that she would never reach. She heard a knock on her door, she didn't answer but that did not stop the maid’s woman to enter the room, the maid entered the room and the guards closed the door with her inside. Once she was inside, Alissa noticed a beautiful piece of clothing on her hands, upon realizing that it was none other than her wedding dress, she shook her head in disbelief. The woman gave a respectful bow and then moved closer, Alissa, knowing that it was still too early moved a few steps behind. "Princess, please do not make this a more difficult task. I am to be fired if I do not get you ready" the woman said in a plea. Alissa would never allow her to lose her job because of her, and almost in tears finally allowed the woman to start what she was sent to do. The dress fitted her perfectly, and the woman moved on to her makeup, during all that time Alessa could not fight off her tears and she sobbed silently. Time passed and once she was finally done with Alessa, the woman gave an apologetic bow and to Alessa's surprise she was also in tears, but she left the room before Alessa could say anything. The time had finally come, the guards opened the door once again forcing Alessa to head out, something she had been dreaming for the past month but that now seemed like her worst nightmare. The guards escorted her and helped her inside to a carriage where they would sent her to marry Alexander off. Once she had arrived, almost everyone in the kingdom was there to see her much expected royal wedding which only made Alessa's stomach sick. She walked up to the altar, as tradition dictated, and she did everything by the book, up until where she was asked if she would take his hand up in marriage. He had already said is “I do” with a wide smile and now, the priest had turned his head to hesitant Alessa.

Before she had the chance to give her self-dooming answer , she heard a distant voice calling for her,"M'lady? You need to wake. We've arrived." It was none other than Tannin helping her break free from her nightmare. She shook her head carefully, trying not to get more dizzy than she already was. Once she was truly on her five senses she held firmly onto Daeroch trying not to fall off from him. Tanning sled away from the horse and then helped her off. Once she was beside Daeroch, she saw Tannin pull out what seemed to be a dagger, she started shaking but never took her eyes away from him. He moved closer to her and placed her tiny hands onto his, her hands now seemed even smaller compared to his. She couldn't hide her fear as she kept on shaking not knowing what he would do. She was surprised when he set her wrists free, but she waited patiently knowing that her supposedly freedom would come with a cost, as soon as he finished threatening her, she did not say anything but merely nodded in response, it was like home all over again. Stay quiet, don't cause any trouble and look pretty, only of course, her father did not threatened to kill her was she to disobey his command. She remembered what he had said before, about how no harm would come to her if she stayed by his side, but she abstained herself from saying any unnecessary remarks.

Alissa remained silent as they entered a small inn and simply observed everything carefully. Tannin had managed to get a room which sent shivers down Alissa's spine, she wondered if he would harm her. As soon as she stepped inside, he shut the door close, she was about to say something when he apologized, "I'm sure this is nothing compared to what you are used to and I apologize." Truth was, she minded being treated like she was superior, but coming to the realization that perhaps this treatment was the only thing that could keep her alive she sustained herself from stopping his formal behavior. It was then when she turned around to see what he was apologizing for, the room seemed almost completely empty except from a few needed furniture. A few seconds passed and a knock distracted Alissa, Tannin opened the door and soon after closed it, a small package was now on his hands. He handed her the parcel before he continued to apologize again for what he thought was something lacking, he then continued "When we reach our destination I shall rectify that. I will find you something better to wear. We should be there within the next three or four days." She let out a sigh, knowing that the farthest they got from the palace the most difficult it would be for her to escape and for the guards to find her, she knew that the possibility of her returning home was becoming slimmer by the minute. Silence came to the room, and Tannin then mentioned something about sending a word to the 'others', Alissa kept wondering what he could possibly mean by his word when he asked her if she wished to join him, "the choice is yours but know this. If you even think of trying to run or get help I shall end you slowly."

The thought was enough to send shivers all through Alissa's body and before she gave an answer she remembered something, 'Keep your friends close... but your enemies closer' her mind echoed. "I shall join you then" she said with determination. She didn't know if he would wait for her, but knowing that she could no longer wear simply her night gown which was now all dirty from dust and mud from the road, she decided to change before she did anything else. She searched for the room searching if there was a convenient place where she could change but upon noticing there was none she asked Tannin if he could wait outside. Once she felt secure, she opened the parcel noticing a small piece of clothing and a pair of brown leather boots, she grabbed the piece and she quickly changed. When she was about to put the boots on she noticed that there was a small dagger inside of the right boot. In shook she wondered where the dagger had come from, 'is he testing me?or... she wondered in panic, '...is someone else trying to help me?' her mind kept hesitating. Suddenly the shinny dagger represented a small glimpse of hope, hope in returning home to her family. She left the dagger on the boot, seeing that there was a lot of room on it. The night gown fell to the ground, and she picked it up folding it and placing it inside of the package. At last, she headed where Tannin was and stood close to him looking into his blue eyes waiting for his next move.

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When the Princess informed him that she would join him, Tannin was quite surprised. He'd not been expecting the young woman to want to be anywhere near him. He simply nodded towards her, a sign that if she wished it then he was fine with her decision. Tannin stood at the door, waiting for Alissa to inform him that she was ready to go. When the Princess asked him to wait outside, he nodded again. He slowly left the room and stood right outside of the room. As he waited, Tannin wondered if he should really allow the girl to join him. He was actually surprised that she'd not tried to escape yet, though..he truly hoped that she wouldn't. He didn't want to hurt her. He was expecting to be asked for his plans for her and the reasoning behind him taking her. He wondered what she would say when she found out that he'd been supposed to end her life. It was a conversation that he wasn't looking forward to having.

When Alissa exited the small room and came to stand next to him, looking into his brilliant eyes. "Stay close." he merely said before walking slowly down the stairs. It was quite early in the morning and there was only one of two beings besides the staff inside the inn. If Tannin had to guess they were all probably travelers getting ready to head out. Tannin quickly walked out of the building and to Daeroch. The great horse hadn't moved at all and was patiently awaiting his master. When Tannin and Alissa touched the ground the horse looked in their direction. "We'll have to allow him some time to rest before we are able to continue." the assassin said softly. He hesitated for a moment. "After that it shouldn't take us long to reach our destination. If Daeroch is able to run without many stops it should only take a couple more days. If we have no problems along the way. I'm afraid the route that I've chosen is quite dangerous..hopefully our presence will go on unnoticed." Tannin gently took hold of Daeroch's reins and slowly led the horse around the building, heading towards the stable. Tannin made sure that the woman was still close.

The stable was, if possible, smaller than the one that he'd kept Daeroch in when he'd been in Silanos. It was a dark building that appeared as if it had seen better days. Tannin opened the door, allowed the Princess to enter first, and then led the creature inside. He found an empty stall and led the horse in. He roped off the opening in the stall that would have allowed the horse to exit and then looked around. In a corner that was covered by a medium sized pile of hay, was a man sleeping. This man appeared as if he'd never heard of a bath nor did he appear to be a member of society. Tannin approached the man. Eyeing him closely, he kicked the man's booted foot three times. The man only grunted in his sleep. Tannin sighed. He should have expected this. The assassin turned around, looking for a bucket. He spotted one near one of the stalls. While walking towards the metal object, Tannin mumbled, "Should have known..fool of a drunk.." The assassin picked up the full bucket and walked back over to the sleeping man. He tried one last time to kick the man awake to no avail. Without hesitation, Tannin dumped the water onto the man.

As soon as the cold water hit him, the man was sputtering, trying to grasp what had happened. It wasn't until his eyes locked onto Tannin did the man quickly get up from his bed, bowing to Tannin. "Tell me something, Onar. When I told you that I expected you to be ready for my arrival, did you think that I was joking..that it was all right for you to drink yourself into a stupor?" The man, Onar, looked extremely frightened of Tannin. "No, Master. Forgive me. I's not nearly as drunked as I's could be." It was then that Onar saw the Princess. He looked puzzled. He'd never known the Guild Master to travel with pretty ladies. "If the Master doesn't mind, who be the Lady?" the simple man asked. "That is none of your concern. Now. I need you to deliver these letters. The recipients are upon the front of each. They need to be delivered by mid-afternoon. Do you understand me? If for any reason I find out that you failed in this I will make sure you never have another assignment again. You will be working the kitchens." he said, staring the man down.

The man quickly nodded his understanding. Tannin pulled out a handful of letters that he'd written before the trip. They said nothing of the girl being with him. Onar quickly took the letters and placed them into his coat pocket and quickly readied his brown steed. When ready, the man quickly mounted and urged his horse out of the stable. Tannin walked back over to Daeroch. The horse was being very patient. Tannin made sure there was plenty of hay and water for the horse and then un-tacked him. He then found a brush and began grooming the beautiful creature. He took his time, in no real hurry. "You spoke of your horse, earlier. You are close with him?" Tannin asked Alissa, not looking at her. He knew nothing of the small dagger that the woman had been given. He would never have tested the female. Daeroch snorted towards Alissa as if he wished for her to groom him as well. "He does not allow many this close to him. You must have something about yourself that he cares for. It is..unusual." Tannin said. Though the horse would allow any upon his back if his master was there beside of him, he normally wouldn't allow anyone to groom him or to approach him. Tannin wondered what it was about the Princess that Daeroch seemed to like.

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Alissa nodded when he simply said, "stay close". She followed him down the stairs and noticed that the inn was almost close to empty. She wondered where they were in the first place but did not ask Tannin anything, instead she remained quiet and focused on matching his pace. Finally they headed out of the establishment and found Daeroch in the exact same way that they had left him, he had not moved and waited patiently. As soon as the horse noticed his master and Alissa, Alissa gave another smile and a nod acknowledging him. "We'll have to allow him some time to rest before we are able to continue." said Tannin to which Alissa could no agree more, she made a small noise letting him know she agreed. After letting her know that they would most likely reach their destination in a couple of days more, Alissa's hands trembled knowing she every step was a step farther away from her home. Even when she did not want to be wedded, and she disliked being a princess, that was her home and the thought of never seeing her family made her anxious. "I'm afraid the route that I've chosen is quite dangerous..hopefully our presence will go on unnoticed" he continued which only made her feel more nervous and less at ease. Soon after he grabbed Daeroch's rains and led him to the stable, Alissa followed him closely as he had told her before.

After Tannin opened the Stable's door and allowed Alissa to enter first, she waited nearby as she spotted a man that seemed to be out of it. He was as drunk as he could be and Alissa's noise reeked from the smell of alcohol, yet she refrained herself from covering her noise as it could be considered rude. However, that doesn't mean that she was able to make a poker face, instead she frowned in response. She heard Tannin refer to him as a "drunken fool" and was surprised when he threw a bucket of water on him to wake him up. She was even more surprised at the man's reaction, what she expected would be a stare of anger was replaced by a stare of genuine fear, she also started wondering who exactly he was. "Tell me something, Onar. When I told you that I expected you to be ready for my arrival, did you think that I was joking..that it was all right for you to drink yourself into a stupor?" he said to the man that had quickly gotten himself up. He was to be expected? her mind began questioning, 'For how long had he planned this?' her mind kept asking in circles going nowhere. She then heard the man answer in fear and then, soon, he asked about her. After he told him that he should mind his own he mentioned something about delivering letters and Alissa couldn't help but to wonder what the letters could be about. The man soon left with his horse to obey his master with most urgency.

Tannin's focus was back onto Daeroch, who was like always waiting patiently. Soon after he un-tacked him he grabbed a brush and groomed the beautiful black horse that made Alissa smile just at the sight of such beautiful animal. Strangely, Alissa couldn't fight off a smile at the sight of Tannin grooming his horse as she did so often with Libertas. He took his time and as he did, Alissa came closer and grabbed a small stall that was standing nearby, she placed it close to Daeroch being careful not to overdo herself she still gave him some space. She was caught off guard when Tannin spoke to her "You spoke of your horse, earlier. You are close with him?" she starred at him trying to read his expression but his eyes were turned completely onto the horse. "Libertas" she said first, thinking of her horse almost like a friend rather than a horse, "And, yes. You can say that we are very close to each other, he was my first friend..." she said surprised at herself, both because she did not know how lonely it sounded until the words came off from her lips and because she had somehow trusted him to tell him such a thing. At the end, she let out a cough-sound that showed she felt somewhat embarrassed. She came closer to Daeroch and she also started grooming him, except she used her bare hands seeing she had no brush. She touched the majestic animal and couldn't help herself but to smile. "He does not allow many this close to him. You must have something about yourself that he cares for. It is..unusual." Tannin said with what seemed to Alissa, curiosity.

"Perhaps..." she said grinning and looking at the horse's eyes, "he's not too bad himself." She fell silent for a little while before she spoke again, "my name's Alissa by the way. but... I'm sure you already knew that" she said bluntly. Not in a everybody-knows-me kind of way but she thought that he had to at least know her name if he had deciding upon kidnapping her.

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As he groomed the beautiful black horse, Tannin would look up at the Princess every once in a while. He smiled underneath his mask when the young woman answered him. When she fell silent, Tannin spoke. "It is said that some horses can see our hearts..our souls. Those that are descended from the great horses that once ruled the wilds are blessed with the ability to see who we really are. Though I'm not so sure how true this is. Daeroch is one such horse. Or..so I've been told. He has always tended to be a wonderful judge of person except when it comes to me. I've had him for some time and yet he remains with me. I'm afraid that I am anything than a pure hearted person." He fell silent. It was all nothing but legend but Tannin had always found the story quite interesting. He'd asked Makur many times to tell it to him after he'd joined the Guild. Tannin had quickly memorized the silly tale and had never forgotten it. It was strange that he would openly speak of it with the woman that was standing across from him.

Tannin had always been a private person and that had not improved over the years. Even the few that he did consider himself close to..or..as close as he would allow himself..did not know a lot about him. Most didn't even know what he looked like. His blue eyes focused upon the woman as she spoke again. "My name's Alissa by the way. but... I'm sure you already knew that." Tannin was eyeing her closely..debating about whether or not he should say anything. After what seemed like forever, the silence stretching on between the humans, Tannin spoke. "Yes. I know who you are. It is part of my job to know everything about my target." The way he spoke was of the way a hunter would speak of their prey. Perhaps he shouldn't have said anything. He was sure that if she'd not realized that he was supposed to kill her that she at least had an idea now.

He thought for a moment. He'd promised to speak to Alissa of why she'd been taken. Tannin could think of no better time. His eyes found the woman once again. He stopped grooming Daeroch and put the brush up. He moved around to begin cleaning out the horse's hooves. As he began working, he spoke. "I believe that I promised to explain everything to you, did I not?" He waited for the Princess to answer before continuing. "I am an assassin. I was..hired by Lorn to kill you." He fell silent for a moment, allowing the news to sink into Alissa's mind. He almost felt..terrible about telling her such things. "I..actually..hired isn't really the word for it. He threatened me into it. The place in which my kind resides in is a well hidden place and he discovered it. I'm actually not sure yet how he found it but as soon as we arrive I shall be rectifying that." Tannin paused in what he was doing and stood, now a bit closer to the woman. "We live by a code..a set of laws that was put in place by our current Guild Master. One of the laws is that it is forbidden to kill an innocent. As far as I can tell you've done nothing to warrant your death. As soon as I'd gotten into the palace it was almost as if your father's guards had known that I would show up. No doubt Lorn's doing. So, instead of killing you, I simply took you..the one thing that Lorn wishes gone from this world. As long as you live, he will be unable to continue with whatever plans he has."

Tannin paused for a moment. He was now standing on the same side of the horse, not more than two or three steps from each other. The assassin was merely eyeing the girl. He couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking. He could only imagine how frightened she was. "I intend to kill Lorn. He should never have double crossed the Assassin's Guild. When word is sent that you are still alive and well he will come out of hiding and come looking for me. It'll be the last time anyone thinks of crossing us." Tannin had intentionally left out that he was the Guild Master though if the woman had any brains she would eventually be able to figure it out. Onar had even referred to him as 'Master'. He waited for the woman's reaction, eyeing her again. It was all that he seemed able to do, for some reason. When she'd spoken, tannin smiled.

"Come. We should get some rest. It's still quite early and I can't imagine sleeping on a running horse is very comfortable." he said. Tannin gave the horse a soft pat on the neck and led the Princess out of the stable. He walked slowly, his weariness beginning to truly show. He allowed the woman to enter the inn first and then followed. He began up the stairs, back to their room. Tannin waited for the Princess to enter and then followed, locking the door. Tannin didn't seem too concerned that there was only the small bed. He slowly slid down the door, leaning against it. He'd been forced to sleep in much worse conditions and it would not bother him too much. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes. "You'd best get some rest, M'lady. Once we leave here we won't be stopping." he said quietly. Slowly, Tannin drifted off into a light sleep. He had always been easy to awaken and since becoming an assassin it had only gotten worse. He always needed to be alert..even when sleeping. The only time that he ever seemed to really get much rest was when he was in the hideout..in his chambers. It was the only place that he felt truly safe.

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Alissa listened carefully as Tannin explained to her the belief that horses can see people's souls and a smile formed unto her lips. It wasn't until he said that his horse was of great judgement except when it came to him. Her smiled was erased when he muttered the words of "...I am anything than a pure hearted person." Deep down she felt like he truly believed it and somehow the thought made her weary and sad. For a moment she wondered if he was as lonely as she had been, but she refrained herself from saying anything, she doubted that he would answer to such silly questions and she stopped before she could even test her theory. Suddenly she came back to her senses, she felt a sudden rush taking over her and she couldn't help but want to learn what his true intentions were so she continued, "My name's Alissa by the way. but... I'm sure you already knew that." She waited patiently studying his reaction and for a moment she wondered if he would threaten her for the forth time. Moments passed and the silence grew longer as the seconds passed, finally he spoke and Alissa moved her head closer, "Yes. I know who you are. It is part of my job to know everything about my target" he finally said and Alissa felt a cold shiver, the way he spoke of her seemed almost in-human like. It was obvious she had already speculated of his intentions but hearing the words coming out of his mouth was another whole different thing.

She hesitated before she said anything and she let out a sigh, "I see" she finally managed to say, strangely she kept herself calm and collected. She touched Daeroch softly again, caressing his beautiful skin once more, and silent filled the air again for a few moments. Finally, Alissa's eyes meet his again and without further delay he moved from grooming Daeroch and he started cleaning his hooves. In the meantime he started talking again, "I believe that I promised to explain everything to you, did I not?" to which Alissa nodded once and calmly said, "Indeed". "I am an assassin. I was..hired by Lorn to kill you." he said, Alissa's eyes never left his. She didn't say anything and she kept looking his radiant blue eyes. She wondered if she had gone crazy or if adrenaline had kicked in for she did not back away or moved farther from him. Instead she moved a bit closer as the name he had said was one of her father's greatest enemies and one of which had made her father become paranoid as he had been for the past months."I..actually..hired isn't really the word for it. He threatened me into it. The place in which my kind resides in is a well hidden place and he discovered it. I'm actually not sure yet how he found it but as soon as we arrive I shall be rectifying that." Alissa felt somewhat relieved that it had not been his idea but felt uneasy hearing someone could threat Tannin, seeing that it only meant there were greater adversaries to be worried about.

Alissa's mind was lost in thought 'An assassin's hideout?' her mind echoed. 'Where else if not? Is that what he meant by being a dangerous road to travel through? Will lorn go after me next? What about father and my family.... Are they safe?'. Suddenly her troubled mind was interrupted by Tannin, she noticed that he was standing now, even so she turned her gaze down as she didn't know how troubled she looked, he was a bit closer to her as he continued explaining to her, "We live by a code..a set of laws that was put in place by our current Guild Master. One of the laws is that it is forbidden to kill an innocent" her wandering eyes were no longer focused on the floor and now they turned to his. It didn't take long before she connected the dots one by one, Tannin was the Guild Master... "As far as I can tell you've done nothing to warrant your death. As soon as I'd gotten into the palace it was almost as if your father's guards had known that I would show up. No doubt Lorn's doing. So, instead of killing you, I simply took you..the one thing that Lorn wishes gone from this world" the thought of someone wanting her dead made her sick, she had been always overprotected by her father and thought of him as paranoid but now that she knew that people truly wanted her dead made her nervous and anxious. "As long as you live, he will be unable to continue with whatever plans he has." Alissa knew nothing of Lorn's plans but she knew enough to recognize that he had to be stopped, one way or another.

Alissa finally stepped up, being careful not to break eye contact with Tannin who, like her, seemed eager to do the same. They kept starring at each other when Alissa spoke again. "What are you going to do then?" she said with determination, asking for both about the situation with Lorn and what he planned to do with her now that she knew everything. "I intend to kill Lorn. He should never have double crossed the Assassin's Guild" he said without hesitation to which Alissa nodded. In truth she knew that he was indeed to Guild Master but for the moment it seemed best for her not to let him know that piece of information, or at least not say anything about the matter. "I see" she paused and continued, "What about me? What do you intend to do with me until then?" she asked calmly, "When word is sent that you are still alive and well he will come out of hiding and come looking for me. It'll be the last time anyone thinks of crossing us." Alissa remained quiet, barely allowing every word that he had muttered up until the moment to sink in. Moments passed and she understood that she would surely be killed has she stayed any longer in the palace, had she gone out another day to enjoy her one day of supposedly 'freedom' she would have been an easy target for anyone. Surely not all assassins would follow a code as Tannin did, and others would be sent to finish the job he had refused to do. So as much as it pained her, knowing that her family would know nothing of her whereabouts, she knew that she had no choice but to remain a little longer with Tannin.

"Come. We should get some rest. It's still quite early and I can't imagine sleeping on a running horse is very comfortable." Tannin said breaking Alissa's concentration. Even when Alissa's head was filled with troubled thoughts and wearisome news, the remark he had made had somehow made her let out a laugh. She remembered falling asleep on Daeroch and she imagined how she must have kept her balance by Tannin's arms, the thought made her flutter a little, even so she finally said nonchalantly "Believe me...you'd be surprised".

At the end they went back into the inn and Alissa said nothing until Tannin shut the door close after he allowed himself in. She eyed the small bed and shook her head at the thought of going to sleep. In truth, she could not possibly imagine going to sleep under such circumstances. Knowing that she could die under Lorn's hand gave her more than enough reasons to try to keep herself awake, besides she had gotten a fair share of sleep when she slept before they had arrive to the inn. She knew that nothing but terrible nightmares awaited for her was she to fall asleep so she turned her eyes to Tannin. "You'd best get some rest, M'lady. Once we leave here we won't be stopping." he said as he was leaning against the door on the floor. "My name's Alissa, Tannin" she said realizing that it had been the first time that she had said his name out loud. But she realized that he had strangely fallen asleep just as she had muttered the words. Without saying anything else and thinking that he would speak no longer she laid in the bed. She couldn't help but to stare at the window, wondering if she would make it through another day, then her eyes moved to Tannin and then remembered her mother. She wondered what her mother would do had she seen a man sleeping on the same room as her daughter's other than her. 'She would probably faint at the sight', the thought brought to her a small laugh that was barely audible even for her but a tear fell on her cheek as her mother's face banished from her memories. Alissa closed her eyes again, trying to think what she should do in her situation, still being fully awake not wanting to fall asleep, she kept going round and round over what Tannin had said at the stable.

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A small child was running through a old but and worn home. The young boy was smiling and laughing he ran. The sounds of a woman in the kitchen could be heard, laughing at something her husband was saying to her. All in all, the home seemed to be quite a happy place. The sound of small footsteps running up the stairs and the young boy slid across the floor that led to his room. He didn't seem bothered. He quickly got up and ran to his bed and sat down upon it, grinning like a fool. It wasn't long before the father entered into the room. "Tannin, I need to talk to you about something." the young boy looked up at his father. "Okay, daddy." Tannin's father smiled sadly down at him as he slowly tucked the child in. "Tannin, I'm going away soon. I don't know when I'll be back but you have to promise me something. You'll take care of your mother. She'll be angry and sad all at the same time. She'll need you, Tannin." The man leaned down and placed a gentle kiss upon the boy's darkly colored head.

Tannin looked up at his father. He was barely four years old and did not understand what his father was talking about. Perhaps he was only joking with him. His father would never leave them. He loved Tannin and his mother. Tannin laid down and watched as the tall man exited the small room. The young boy waited for some time, just laying in his bed. When his parents thought him to be asleep, he began hearing yelling coming up the stairs. Tannin slowly got out of his bed and creeped to the top of the ancient stairs. He laid down upon his thin belly and strained to hear what was going on. From what he could hear, his father was telling his mother that he was leaving. The woman didn't seem to be taking it very well. The next thing that the small boy knew, his father was storming out of the house. He quickly snuck back to his bed and buried himself in the thin and worn blankets. His daddy was gone. Tannin felt as if his heart was hurting, something that he'd never felt before. Small tears began to slowly drip down his face and became lost in the thin fabric of his pillow. Little did the boy know that his life would never be the same after this night.


Tannin woke abruptly. He struggled to come to his senses. The dream that he'd just had was one that he hated reliving. It was always one of three dreams; the one about his father, the one about his mother being murdered, or the faces of all of those that he'd killed. He could never escape them. Over the years, Tannin had been able to block out most of his feelings that he had for his past. He remained sitting against the door for a few long moments, just staring across the room. When he finally stood up, Tannin eyed the woman that was still laying in the bed. He allowed his bright eyes to study her for a moment. She was beautiful. A fool could see that. It was then that Tannin angrily turned away from the Princess. He silently exited the room and made his way down to the main part of the inn.

Tannin exited out of the small building and made his way back to the stable. He entered and walked up to Daeroch's stall, slowly making sure that he had plenty of food and water. He entered into the small space and gently began stroking the horse. It calmed him. Daeroch simply eyed his master, as if knowing something was bothering him. Tannin spent a good amount of time in the stable. After wasting away at least an hour, Tannin slowly made his way back into the inn. He approached the bar and ordered food for the Princess. He slowly made his way back up the stairs and to the room. He hoped that the girl was awake.

He entered the small room and walked to the small side table that was near the bed. He sat the small tray down and then turned to Alissa. "I trust you slept well?" he asked softly. His blue eyes found the Princess's and held them. "I thought that you would be hungry so I've brought you something." The tray that he had sat down upon the small table was filled with fruit, two small pieces of meat, two small pieces of bread, and two small cups of water. It was then that Tannin realized that he would have to remove his mask in order to eat. He stayed back away from the tray, allowing the Princess to go ahead and eat. He couldn't decide if it would be wise to reveal his appearance or not to the girl. It was the one thing that made Tannin uncomfortable. He was ashamed of his appearance. Tannin did not like feeling this way. He shouldn't care either way what others thought of his face..and yet..he did. Ever since the tragic event he'd made sure to keep his face hidden..even from those that he was considered close to. This woman, though..he didn't know her, not really. Nor did she know him.

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Alissa had barely gotten any sleep the night before but the little sleep that she got, as she predicted, was filled with nothing but constant nightmares. She couldn't quite remember what she had dreamed about, but instead she felt a rush of fear overcoming her as soon as she opened her eyes. A drop of sweat on her pale forehead when she heard someone enter the room. She had not noticed that Tannin had already woken up, so she was surprised when she saw him entering the room from outside. Even more so when she noticed that he carried a small tray with some food and placed it on the table that was besides the bed she was still laying on. Without noticing she had sleep with the leather boots on and the knife felt cold to her skin still. She didn't know whether she should ask him about it, but for the moment she remained quiet laying her eyes on his.
She got up from the bed seeing Tannin moving closer and as he turned to her, "I trust you slept well?" he asked. Alissa waited a few moments before answering, "I would be lying if I said I did..." she said admittedly, she was not good at lying and lying about it seemed irrelevant. She was about to ask the same question he had when Alissa noticed the tray with the food and he explained, "I thought that you would be hungry so I've brought you something." She let out a small smile, remembering that she had not eaten much and that she was indeed hungry.

She starred at the tray hoping that he would eat first or at least eat with her seeing that the proportions were for two, but instead he moved away hesitant to begin before her. She wondered what was the reasoning behind his demeanor, but her stomach made a small growl at the smell of the meal. She turned her eyes to the side in embarrassed, "thank you..." she said quietly. Just as she sat down she waited for Tannin to do the same. Instead he simply remained a few steps back and seemed to be thinking of something. "Is something wrong?" Alissa asked, she waited for him to reply before she continued. "I don't suppose you bought this much food just for me" she said gesturing the food inside the tray was was everything in pair. "Aren't you planning on eating?" she said asking him to eat with her. Seeing that he was still hesitant she decided to wait a little longer.

"You said a long journey awaits us, if that is the case you should eat as well" she finally said using his own words against him. Trying not to push too far she drank a bit of the water remembering her lips were extremely dry. She waited a few more moments and then she ate a grape out of the fruits he had picked. She looked at Tannin again, "let's eat then".

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Tannin eyed the Princess when she asked him if anything was wrong. "No. Nothing is wrong." he replied softly. It seemed that the woman was not happy that he was not trying to join in on the small meal. "I don't suppose you bought this much food just for me" The man remained silent, his blue eyes simply taking in the woman before him. His head titled to the side as he thought. If he was to eat he would have to remove his mask, something that he wasn't quite sure he would be able to do. It was the one thing that he hated about himself..his face. Damn those that betrayed him and his Master. Had he never been sent on that mission, he never would have been scarred as he'd been. Though he thanked his deceased Master every day that he was alive, Tannin wished so badly for his scar to disappear. "Aren't you planning on eating?" Alissa again. It didn't seem as if she was going to let it go. He sighed quietly. "I can eat later. You should enjoy." he said, giving another attempt at getting out of removing the one thing that made him feel secure.

"You said a long journey awaits us, if that is the case you should eat as well" Tannin's eyes narrowed slightly. "let's eat then". It was then that Tannin realized that Alissa wasn't going to leave him alone until he moved to eat with her. "You are stubborn." he said quietly, turning his gaze from her. It wasn't said to be mean but Tannin was done arguing with her. He sighed once again, and slowly made his way to the bed. He gently sat down in such a place that they could both reach the food. He eyed the tray again, trying to convince himself just to do it. What did he care if she thought he looked terrible. He slowly reached up and pulled his hood down, his dark hair flowing freely now. Hesitantly, Tannin then reached up and gently grasped the mask that hid his handsome face. He then pulled it down, allowing it to rest around his neck. Now that his mask was off, Tannin's bangs were covering his left eye but left most of his face uncovered.

Tannin couldn't look at Alissa, couldn't force himself to see the disgust that would most certainly be written across her face. The man gently picked up one of the small plates that had been on the tray and handed it to Alissa. He then began to slowly divide the food evenly amongst the two of them, remaining silent. He was almost waiting for Alissa to say something terrible to him. She was a princess, after all. He doubted that she'd seen many that appeared as he did. If Tannin had to guess, Alissa had been sheltered most of her life, more so seeing as how she was the only heir. "Are you happy now?" he asked quietly, eyeing the woman from the corner of his eye. He was feeling terrible. He tried to push any feelings or thoughts that he had away from his being and slowly began eating. His eyes were turned downwards, giving the allusion that he was eyeing his food as he ate. He was having to force himself to eat slowly, to make sure that he was using his manners. He couldn't wait to finish the meal so that he would be able to place the mask on again.

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"You are stubborn" he said, Alissa nodded taking no offense. She knew she was stubborn because countless time did her family reminded her so, even Alexander said so repeatedly. He turned his eyes away from hers and sighed finally sitting down in the bed. Alissa continued eating the fruit slowly, as she had been taught since little, not saying anything else about the matter and ate without turning her eyes into him. It wasn't until he pulled his hood down and took his mask off. Alissa was surprised not only at the scar that covered more than half of his face but because she realized that he was handsome and well above average looking. Though she knew it was disrespectful she couldn't keep her eyes away from him. His hair covered his eye but everything else was crystal clear with the lighting there was in the room.

She imagined countless stories about how he could have gotten his scar. A fight between others in the guild, an encounter with one of his targets as he had called Alissa before, and so on. The truth was that she did not stare at him in disgust, instead her gaze was replaced with a glimpse of curiosity and sympathy. After remembering that he was an assassin she imagined Tannin killing thousands, making his way up on the guild,. The thought gave her shivers, 'What a lonely life' she thought for a second and wondered if she could live with herself knowing that she had taken someone's life. She somehow felt saddened at the mere thought. Tannin then divided the fool equally and kept quiet. The silence was piercing through Alissa with guilt. "Are you happy now?" he asked. She kept silent for a few seconds and she immediately turned her eyes down like alittle child that had just been grounded by her parents. Embarrassed and ashamed she stopped eating and starred at him wanting to show her sincerity "I... I'm sorry..." she finally said softly. Even she did not know whether she was apologizing for forcing him into doing something he did not want to or because he had been scarred and she imagined how much he must have suffered. At the end, she knew she was apologizing for both.

Before the atmosphere turned even more uncomfortable though, she stopped eating and spoke again. "Tell me. What happens after you kill Lorn ?" she waited for a moment. She wondered what would become of her and her family, it was obvious that even when he was a powerful enemy, he was not the only one after the crown and the kingdom. "What will happen to the guild? How can you be sure that there won't be any other enemies that threaten you the same way he did?" she made another question.

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As the assassin was eyeing Alissa, she'd reacted completely different from what he'd expected. At first, she'd looked down and Tannin had thought that she could not stand the sight of him. It was much to his surprise when the woman began starring at him. He had been about to say something to her, anything to get her to stop looking at him. Alissa spoke, then, softly. "I... I'm sorry..." She was..sorry? Out of everything that he'd been expecting to come from the Princess's mouth, her telling him that she was sorry was far from anything that he could have imagined. Tannin turned his head towards the woman so that he could see her better. His blue eyes focusing upon her beautiful face, Tannin looked at her with confusion written upon his face. "Why would you be sorry? You have done nothing." he said, falling silent and turning away from her to continue eating. It wasn't too long before Alissa was speaking to him again. "Tell me. What happens after you kill Lorn ?" Tannin thought for a moment. What would happen after the man lay dead at his feet? For him, he suspected life would remain the same. He would continued leading the Guild. Alissa? That was something he could not answer. "I will return you to your family when Lorn is dead. He is the only true threat of your father's. I see no reason for keeping you from your family longer than needed." he said, continuing to take a bite every once in a while.

"What will happen to the guild? How can you be sure that there won't be any other enemies that threaten you the same way he did?" Tannin smiled at the woman's questions. He was not used to having such conversations and found that he quite enjoyed them. It had been such a long time since Makur had passed from the world and he'd been the last person that he would bother even attempting to truly speak with. "The Guild? We will be perfectly fine. Most think twice before threatening us. Lorn is a power hungry fool who has lost sight of the way things are. I believe, if my memory serves me right, the Guild has only been threatened like this once or twice before. I suppose installing more security measures will help." Tannin released a soft sigh, almost silent it had been so soft. He wondered if there would be a better way to ensure that none would dare to go against them for a long time. Finishing the small meal, Tannin sat his plate down upon the tray. He looked to Alissa and then spoke once again, "In the outer lands, it is well known that the Assassin's Guild is the foremost authority. Your Father's reach is failing." He fell silent for a moment, allowing Alissa to take in this new information. "If it wasn't for us, there would be nothing but rioting happening. We've been trying to calm the people but there is only so much that we can do. In desperate times, the people will find someone to follow. In Lorn's case, he was the one with the most money and the loudest voice. If he had any brains then he'd be a real threat. In any case," Tannin stood then and put some space between him and the young woman.

Tannin had fallen silent once again. He seemed to do that quite often. It was a terrible habit that he'd developed over the years. He had used it to show his subordinates that he was finished speaking with them and had no more need for their presence. With Alissa, however, Tannin was merely wishing to hear her thoughts about what he'd said. He was sure that she wouldn't take kindly to some of what he'd said but it had all be truth. If Tannin had not begun sending out some of his subordinates to watch over a few of the nearby villages and towns, riots and chaos would have surely already engulfed the land surrounding his home. He'd had no choice. If it had been up to him, he would have preferred to remain neutral and yet..he had been forced to act. By sparring Alissa, he might has well told Lorn himself that he was an enemy. "The road before us is long and dangerous..I believe we discussed this already." Tannin was now leaning against the bare wall, almost seeming to relax. "We'll be crossing the Kaluna Mountain Range. It'll be the quickest way. There is only one path that Daeroch will be able to travel and it will be the slowest part of our journey..especially this time of year. The snows are due any time now. There are bandits that make the mountain range there..I'm hoping that our presence will go unnoticed." He focused his gaze on Alissa. He'd been so busy speaking with her that he'd not noticed he still hadn't put his mask back upon his face.

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Alissa wanted to hear Tannin’s words on his plans, so she waited patiently. She kept her gaze locked on his blue eyes for long. "I will return you to your family when Lorn is dead. He is the only true threat of your father's. I see no reason for keeping you from your family longer than needed." A smile drew on her face inevitably as she continued eating in tiny pieces. She couldn't imagine any other reason as to why he would not keep his word so a grin formed on her small face. She waited and her expression turned serious again, soon after she made another question hoping to get an answer as she had gotten before, "What will happen to the guild? How can you be sure that there won't be any other enemies that threaten you the same way he did?" she ate another grape and starred directly at him again. She was surprised when she saw him smiling, she found herself finding Tannin extremely handsome despite his noticeable scar and his smile most kind and warming, for a second she believed that he had the most beautiful smile she had ever seen, she could not stop a smile from forming on her own head. She shook her he head, ’I must be going crazy after being locked away for so long’. "The Guild? We will be perfectly fine. Most think twice before threatening us. Lorn is a power hungry fool who has lost sight of the way things are. I believe, if my memory serves me right, the Guild has only been threatened like this once or twice before. I suppose installing more security measures will help." she nodded signaling she had heard carefully to his every word. She had heard stories about the assassins the few times she had made her little journeys into the market outside the palace, she had heard enough to know the guild held great power.

Tannin let out a sigh and Alissa drank some water, Alissa was drinking when Tannin continued, "In the outer lands, it is well known that the Assassin's Guild is the foremost authority. Your Father's reach is failing." Alissa slowly put the glass on the table again and kept quiet. In truth she was clever enough to know that her father was far from perfect. She knew that her father had made bad decisions while being king and she remembered conversations both inside and outside of the palace about who the true authority was. She knew that they would have not said it had it not been true. Alissa knew that Tannin was speaking of the truth, yet hearing from him made her realize how difficult it would be for her father to understand the situation, he had been so eager to marry her off instead of being concerned for the kingdom. Even when the king was her father, she knew that he was selfish and an arrogant man who still had a long journey ahead to become a great king.

”If it wasn't for us, there would be nothing but rioting happening. We've been trying to calm the people but there is only so much that we can do. In desperate times, the people will find someone to follow. In Lorn's case, he was the one with the most money and the loudest voice. If he had any brains then he'd be a real threat. In any case” Alissa kept quiet meditating his words. She noticed him standing up now and moving farther from her. Silence fell in for a short moment and Alissa wondered if he was about to leave the room. It seemed like he was done talking so she took a last bite and she stood up. It looked like Tannin wanted to hear a response from Alissa, however she kept silent and said nothing. It wasn’t until Tannin spoke again that the silence was broken again, "The road before us is long and dangerous..I believe we discussed this already." he said calmly. Strangely Alissa did not feel fear of any kind, Tannin told her about their journey ahead and mentioned about the possibility of snow as well as some bandits but Alissa said nothing. She looked directly at Tannin and a wild thought crossed her mind, she believed that someway or another this man could protect her from any harm and that he would keep his word in killing Lorn. She felt like to Tannin the guild meant the world to him, almost as if they were his family, and he would do anything to go back.

Even when she felt safe, she knew that things could go wrong in the journey that awaited them and suddenly felt heavy. "I need to get some fresh air" she said softly. She waited for a bit and headed outside the room. Remembering the same path she headed to the stable, where Daeroch was probably still waiting for his master. Once she entered the stable, she smiled at the sight of the magnificent horse and she smiled kindly. She moved closer step by step until Daeroch was at arms reach. She touched his mane carefully, and suddenly felt overwhelmed by everything that had just happened. She felt nostalgic thinking of all the things she had planned to do before that now seemed so distant and far from her reach. She remembered what Tannin had said about the dangerous road and she felt weary and anxious. Her eyes became teary for a moment and she moved closer to the horse. She hugged Daeroch in tears, "please take us to calmer roads and keep us safe". Alissa could not stop her tears and tried to find comfort in Daeroch's crest. It took her moments before she could collect herself and before her tears could stop from pouring down, but once she did she moved herself feet away from the horse sitting down close to where he was trying to erase any trace that she had cried. After all she didn't want anyone to see her in such state, more specifically she didn't want Tannin to see her like that... broken.

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Tannin's gaze was steady as he watched the Princess. "I need to get some fresh air" the female said. The man said nothing, simply nodding at Alissa. He could only imagine what was going on in her mind. If he was not used to such things, he knew that he wouldn't be feeling all too..secure. Yes, that was the word that best described it. There was nothing that Tannin could say to convince the young woman that he was a man of his word. He'd promised to keep her safe..to rid the world of the man that sought to have her erased from the world. He would see her returned to her lovely home and that would be the end of their journey together. Alissa would be home with her family, being treated the way that she deserved to be treated. A Princess shouldn't be forced out of her chambers in the middle of the night, forced off of a roof and into ice cold water, thrown onto a horse, and forced to remain with an expert killer. When they arrived at the Underground, the assassin's hideout, he would see to it that she was made as comfortable as possible. Tannin hoped that it wouldn't take Lorn too terrible long to begin seeking an audience with him. Before that time, Tannin would need to decide a plan of action.

He was brought out of his plotting when Alissa left the room. Tannin hesitated, deciding to allow the woman to go. He would give her some space..at least for a few moments. He gazed out the small window, towards the blue colored sky. He could easily see signs of the incoming snows. Perhaps he should try and find Alissa some better traveling clothes. At least a nice fur cloak. Tannin pulled up his mask and hood and quickly made his way out of the room. Slowly, he walked down the stairs and out into the small village. He paused for a moment. He wondered for a short moment if he should check on Alissa. He debated himself but in the end he let her be. He would find her when he returned from his shopping.

Tannin made his way through the small village, the locals steering clear of him. He could recall the first time that he'd had this happen to him. Master Makur had decided that it best for Tannin to be shown the face of the people, those that he would one day protect. It was obvious to the young boy that because of what they were, the people feared them. Tannin had looked up at his mentor and asked, "Why do they fear us? I thought they would love us. You said that we protect them but yet they hate us. I..I don't understand, Master." Master Makur had smiled gently down at the boy. "Dear boy, they see us only as murderers. Filth that lives upon this world. One day, though, they will see the good that we do for them. I'm afraid that it will take something great..a time of great unease for the world. But..one day..yes, one day we will be seen as the rulers of the outer realms." Tannin had not understood at the time what his Master had been talking to him about. Now, though, he did. It had happened slowly. As the King's reach had begun to fail and Lorn had begun rising to power, the people had looked for someone to follow. The Assassin's Guild had crept in, the people loving the hidden Guild. In the Outer Realms, they were cheered, here, though, they were still feared.

The handsome man ignored the looks, heading into a small general goods store. He spent some time there, ordering the items they would need for the rest of their journey. He ordered food that would stay good until they'd reached their destination. He then asked the merchant about a cloak for his companion. The shop owner brought out a lovely box, one that obviously contained something that was worth quite a bit of gold. The merchant sat the box down on the counter and opened it, pulling out a lovely cloak. Tannin eyed for a moment before agreeing to buy it. Tannin thanked the man and took the box with him. He made his way slowly through the village and then back towards the stable. For some reason, Tannin knew that the woman was there. He entered and slowly made his way towards Daeroch. There, he found the woman sitting upon the ground. "I can't imagine sitting in the dirt like that is very lady like." He was smiling behind his mask, his eyes almost sparkling. He slowly approached the beautiful woman and slowly crouched down to join her. He now sitting quite close to her. He was eyeing her. "I got you something while I was out. You will need it with the coming days, I fear. I hope it is to your liking." He watched her, a feeling that could be described as nervousness creeping in around him. This was something that Tannin wasn't used to. It..confused him. It was unfamiliar and Tannin didn't like things to be unfamiliar. He turned his gaze from the woman, afraid to see her reaction.

Tannin wasn't used to dealing with women..at least in this way. Sure, he dealt with Kaya and the other female members of the Guild but they'd never seen his face. He was staring at his toes, his worn boots which looked quite sad. He figured that the cloak would be seen as terrible, something that didn't measure up to the things Alissa was used to having. It would serve its purpose, though. He finally looked up at Alissa once again, finally deciding to brave her reaction.

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Alissa was deep in thought when she was surprised by Tannin, she rubbed her eyes hoping that there would be no trace of her crying, “I can’t imagine sitting in the dirt like that is very lady like” he said. She chuckled a little at the remark, realizing that for a moment she could be carefree and forget that she was a princess. “I suppose you’re right” she said turning her eyes on him. Her father and mother would have scolded her for forgetting décor and manners, but in truth she never really cared for such things. Alissa saw Tannin getting closer now, slowly crouching near her, she noticed that he had put his mask back and she couldn't help but to feel disappointed to think she would not to see his face again, or his smile for that matter. It was then when she noticed that he was holding something in his hands, a beautiful detailed box. For a moment, she remembered the parcel he had gifted her in the inn and she wondered if this would be another present. She didn't say anything and waited for him to say something now that she had noticed the beautiful box. "I got you something while I was out. You will need it with the coming days, I fear. I hope it is to your liking." Tannin said. Alissa didn't say anything and laid her eyes on the box that had kept her curious, a small smile formed in her lips.

She was now on her knees, she moved her hands towards the box. When touching the box she touched his hands which were holding firmly onto the box, his hands felt warm to the touch. Alissa turned her eyes on his but he had turned his gaze away from hers. She finally grabbed the box and placed it on her hands. Before she opened it she admired the box for a little longer, studying the beautiful hand crafted design, "It's beautiful" she said looking at the box again, Alissa had always been one to appreciate the littlest of things. She couldn't help but to give a compliment to the lovely box that he had handed her, she touched the decorative designs and finally opened it to see what lied inside it. Once she opened it she noticed a piece of clothing, she touched it and felt the fur, it was soft and warm on her hands. She pulled out the cloak and stood up trying not to let it get dirty from the dirt on the ground. Finally, she looked at it clearly and smiled at Tannin who was now looking up to her. "Thank you, it's a lovely cloak" she said feeling grateful. She remembered what he had said about the possibility of snow and she anticipated such event at the thought of seeing snow outside the palace. She tried the cloak on feeling the fur touch her skin and giving her warmth, “It’s perfect” she said laying her blue & green eyes on his and with a smile on her face.

She waited for him to say something before she spoke again, "I assume that we'll leaving soon?" she asked with curiosity. She remembered the words that she had asked to Daeroch and gave a small smile to the horse hoping that he would send them to safer ways and that he could somehow keep her and Tannin alive.

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He watched Alissa as she fingered the cloak. She didn't seem to be disgusted with the item. The woman stood, pulling the cloak out of the box. Tannin was pleasantly surprised to see Alissa smiling at him now. "Thank you, it's a lovely cloak" the woman said. “It’s perfect” He couldn't explain it, but..Tannin was relieved that Alissa had liked his gift. Though it was a necessity, he'd not needed such a fine cloak. It had been the first the man had brought out and Tannin had felt as if it had been perfect. He slowly stood then, bringing himself to his full height, his eyes never leaving Alissa. "I'm..glad that you liked it." He fell silent for a moment, slowly moving a bit away from the woman, putting some space between the two. Tannin pulled his gaze from the beautiful woman, looking to Daeroch. The great horse had begun knocking upon the side of his stall, almost as if he was trying to get his master's attention. Tannin made his way to the stall and immediately the creature stopped, moving so that he was as close as he could get to Tannin. "I assume that we'll leaving soon?" Alissa asked. Tannin was silent for a moment, gently patting the horse. "Yes. Daeroch should be ready to leave within the next day or so. I've already ordered the supplies that we'll be needing. I'll be able to pick everything up tomorrow morning. You are more than welcome to join me, if you wish. Unless you were wishing to sleep in once again?" Tannin was surprised with himself. He normally did not joke so openly with anyone let alone women. He'd never seen any reason to. He'd only ever had relations with women before..he'd never truly had any feelings for any. He liked the Princess. She had a fire about her that he'd never seen before. It intrigued him..made him want to know more about her.

Snapping out of his reverie, Tannin was heading towards Alissa once again. He stopped when he was standing in front of her, eyeing the cloak. "I am glad they had something so nice. Everything else was..simple. It did not appear as if they would ward off the cold very well. Besides, it would be terrible, after all, if you were to freeze during our journey. Then who would I have to bother with my tales while upon the road?" He was smiling, gazing into her eyes. It was then that he noticed that Alissa had not tied the cloak. "Here. How are you to see how it fits if you've not tied it properly?" Still smiling, Tannin slowly reached up and gently grasped the sturdy strings that would keep the cloak upon the woman. Slowly, he began tying them, his eyes never leaving Alissa's. When he was finished, his fingers lingered for a moment longer than they should have. As if just realizing what he was doing, the assassin quickly moved from the Princess. "If you are finished getting your 'fresh air', we should return to the inn. We will need all the rest that we can get. Traveling through the Wilds is not easy and you shall need all of your strength." Tannin said, softly. The man slowly made his way out of the stable and back into the inn. He hesitated when he'd entered the main part of the building. "Are you hungry? It's been some time since we ate." He turned his gaze to Alissa. If she was hungry, he'd go ahead and order them lunch, otherwise he would come back down later and fetch it for them.




Tannin headed up the stairs and held the door open for Alissa. He waited for the woman to enter before following and shutting the door. Instead of sitting, Tannin took to leaning against the wall he'd been against earlier that morning. He shut his eyes, merely resting. Tannin had been quite proud of himself having not hardly acted when Alissa's hands had touched his. He'd nearly jumped out of his skin when it had happened. He had forced himself to remain steady, having chose instead to stare at the woman. He wondered if she'd noticed. She'd not appeared to. Of course..he couldn't blame her. He wasn't exactly what one would call 'prince charming'. If he recalled correctly, when he'd been younger, his mother had spoken to him of such things..of how all the girls were looking for their 'prince'. The perfect man. Everything that Tannin had not become. It pained him to think of such things..of how he would most likely remain alone. At least for now he had a companion..even if she would return to her home quicker than he would like.

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Alissa waited Tannin's response about their departure and as she did she starred at him moving next to Daeroch, pulling himself away a bit from her. "Yes. Daeroch should be ready to leave within the next day or so. I've already ordered the supplies that we'll be needing. I'll be able to pick everything up tomorrow morning. You are more than welcome to join me, if you wish. Unless you were wishing to sleep in once again?" he said jokingly. She laughed a bit at his remark, "I've already had my fair share of sleep, thank you very much" she said joking back. She paused for a minute remembering what he had said about Lorn wanting her dead and in truth she did not see herself safer in any other way than being next to him, besides something inside of her wanted to get to know him more, "then I'll come with you" she finally said.

Alissa saw Tannin getting closer, she didn't move and simply starred at him in surprise. Finally he stopped right in front of her and Alissa moved her head slowly up to see his blue eyes, after all he was taller than her. He started eyeing her and she couldn't help but to start feeling nervous. "I am glad they had something so nice. Everything else was..simple. It did not appear as if they would ward off the cold very well. Besides, it would be terrible, after all, if you were to freeze during our journey. Then who would I have to bother with my tales while upon the road?" tannin said and Alissa chuckled again. She had not imagined that the same man that she had thought could have killed her at first could be speaking so carefree with her now. Let alone that, Alissa was surprised that she was starting to enjoy their conversations more and more, the next one more than the one before it. The thought made her feel lighter and at ease, she liked seeing this side of him. Somehow she thought it suited him, "now that would have been tragic indeed, though I doubt that bother seems fitting. I will listen carefully to your every word and I promise not to fall asleep again" she said with a smile, feeling almost eager to listen to his stories of adventure that she had always loved.

He smiled back and looked right through her eyes. Suddenly he spoke softly again, "Here. How are you to see how it fits if you've not tied it properly?". She turned her eyes to her cloak noticing that what he had said was true and she felt a bit silly for a moment. She was caught off guard when he slowly moved a bit closer pulling the strings that lied still on Alissa. Her eyes grew wider at the surprise, her eyes were caught looking at his carefully. She felt a flutter feeling at the touch of his hands near her collarbone, but she never said anything trying to keep herself composed. His hands lingered for long on the strings before he suddenly pulled himself away from her. Alissa let out a small cough as she often did when she was nervous and Tannin spoke again, "If you are finished getting your 'fresh air', we should return to the inn. We will need all the rest that we can get. Traveling through the Wilds is not easy and you shall need all of your strength.". Alissa nodded in agreement and then turned her eyes on the third companion of the group, "Same goes to you Daeroch" with a smile.

Tannin then suddenly moved away from the stable and entered the inn once again and Alissa followed him always staying at his side. Once they entered the main door where there was a counter he asked her, "Are you hungry? It's been some time since we ate." Alissa nodded. She wondered how long it would take before they had any other meal seeing that he had said he had already bought things but they would be picked until the next day. So she waited for him to order them lunch instead of heading towards their room on her own without him. While she waited She wondered if he would want to eat in the small tables that were already set but remembered that it could be dangerous so she obviously assumed that he would ask them to take the food to their room.

Once she saw him moving again, he moved up the stairs and headed towards their room. When he finally reached the room, he opened the door, "thank you" Alissa said quickly before she entered the door. Once she entered Tannin followed and closed the door with him. Alissa saw him leaning against the wall as he had before falling asleep, before she could say anything she say him closing his eyes again. She wondered if he had falling asleep as he had before but didn't say anything fearing that she could awake him. She wondered how could one fall asleep as easily as he could and somehow envied his mysterious skill. Without knowing, after she sat down at the bed, she kept looking at the man that now seemed relaxed against the wall not being able to turn her eyes away from his. She imagined what expression he would have without his mask and remembered his smile. Unknowingly she smiled back and closed her eyes for a bit, just letting them rest for a short moment, she wondered if they would live another day once they were back on their dangerous journey.


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Tannin was brought out of thought when there was a soft knock on the wooden door. His eyes quickly opened and the man pushed himself from the wall, making his way to the door. Slowly, he opened it and quietly spoke with the young girl, obviously the innkeeper's daughter. He thanked her and then shut the door, carrying a small tray once again. He sat it down on the side table, where they'd eaten from that morning and then looked at the woman. "Ready to eat?" he asked softly. The meal was composed of quite similar things as from that morning. Luckily, they would have a change in menu soon enough. If the snows came,though, they would most likely have to fix stews and soups to fend off the bone chilling cold that they would be traveling through. Tannin waited for the girl to move over a bit before joining her on the bed once again. Tannin hesitated for but a moment this time before removing his hood and mask. He then split the food as he'd done that morning, handing Alissa a small plate. He slowly ate with the woman, eyeing her frequently from the corner of his eye.

He was surprised at how she'd been acting recently. He wasn't quite sure what had triggered the slight change but he..like it. She almost seemed to be warming up to him. The thought made him..happy yet Tannin could not understand why he was glad. It was..foreign to him. Being surrounded by death most of the time, Tannin was rarely happy. Or so he thought. Of course..there were things that he cared for greatly, such as the Guild..those that he took care of. "So tell me..what exactly is it that a Princess does for fun? I can't imagine that you just sit in your chambers all day long." he asked softly, eyeing Alissa for her reaction. What he'd not told her when they'd been in the stable was that he wanted her to come along in the morning because he was intending to buy her something to keep her occupied while on their journey. She would have endless things to occupy herself with once they reached the Underground but Tannin feared the girl would quickly become bored if she had nothing to do.

Tannin slowly ate, taking his time. "I should warn you about Verrengar. He is a bard..and if I recall correctly he'll be in the Underground when we arrive. He likes to try and charm any that he not done so with before. No doubt he thinks himself the gods' gift to women." A small smile had graced Tannin's face. Verrengar was certainly a character. He was Tannin's right hand..one of the few that truly knew the assassin. He decided not to tell Alissa about their closeness, she would find out soon enough. He finished eating and sat his plate back upon the tray. Instead of getting up as he had that morning, he chose to remain sitting with Alissa. He hoped that she would not mind.

He fell silent, allowing the woman to speak whatever she wished. As she spoke, Tannin thought of something that he'd been keeping from Alissa. He'd purposefully kept from her his surname. He feared that, being of royal blood, she would recognize it if she was to hear it. When he'd become old enough to care, Tannin had dug as far back as he could, trying to discover if he had any living relatives. Instead of relations, Tannin discovered that the La Roche's had once been a very high ranking family..even living in Silanos. One of Alissa's ancestors had turned against his family, taking from them their titles..their land..their money. It certainly explained why his mother had been killed. He wondered..what had caused such hatred between the royals and the La Roche's. He'd never been able to find the true reason. Tannin feared that if Alissa discovered that he was a La Roche that she would not trust him..hate him even. His eyes were turned downward, the thoughts bringing his mood down quite a bit. He knew that he should tell her..but he just couldn't bring himself to.

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Alissa saw Tannin opening the door when there was a soft knock on the wooden door. He grabbed the tray as he had before and put it on the same table. "Ready to eat?" he asked to Alissa to which she nodded looking at the food. Alissa noticed that the food was almost the same they had eaten earlier, she didn't complain of course but secretly she smiled at the thought of eating something different on their journey. Alissa noticed that Tannin was waiting for her to make some space for him to eat at the small table and once she did she quickly moved letting him seat beside her. She waited with a bit of anticipation to see how long it would take for him to take off his mask and she wondered if he would hesitate as much as he had the first time. When he did a little victorious smile appeared on Alissa, "I guess I don't have to fight you to get you to eat with me now" she said in observation with a grin remembering how much she had to insist before. She guessed he had decided to take the high road on her comment as he was splitting the food equally again.

She started eating as soon as he did, eating in tiny pieces and slowly, after all they were in no hurry. Strangely the mood was different now, it was no longer awkward and off putting, it was comfortable of some sort. The thought made Alissa feel at ease and calmer, in truth she liked the feeling and her smile while eating could not hide her sentiment. She didn't look at him as she was a bit lost in thought until he talked to her again. "So tell me..what exactly is it that a Princess does for fun? I can't imagine that you just sit in your chambers all day long" Alissa was a bit caught off guard so it took her a bit to answer. In truth she remembered always looking outside her window longing for adventure, she remembered how her eyes always strayed whenever there was a celebration which happened so often in the kingdom, she remembered vividly reading books about wonder and adventure but above every other memory she remembered the little times she got to leave the palace under the false condition that she was with her fiance when in reality she was out with Libertas. She felt a bit embarrassed realizing how small her world was and knowing that such silly adventures would surely cause Tannin to think of her as foolish and her to blush in embarrassment so she limited herself saying, "if it were up to my father that's all I would do"
she said avoiding the question with a serious stare. She couldn't imagine that a Guild Master could ever find her little mischievous escape-my-reality attempts would cause amusement to him and she feared that he would mock her. "but I do love to read" she finally said.

She wanted to ask what he did in his free time when he spoke again, "I should warn you about Verrengar" he said but Alissa interrupted "Varrengar?" she asked and he soon continued, "He is a bard..and if I recall correctly he'll be in the Underground when we arrive. He likes to try and charm any that he not done so with before. No doubt he thinks himself the gods' gift to women" he said with a smile. Alissa smiled back and said, "well its a good thing for both of us that I am very difficult women to charm then" she said with a daring smile. She kind of surprised herself after saying it though, realizing just a few seconds after that she had sounded... playful, flirty even. Soon after they finished eating and Tannin placed his plate back in the tray, Alissa did the same soon after. Alissa remained seated and wondered if Tannin would retrieved himself quickly as he had done earlier. She was surprised when he didn't and he stayed seated near her.

Finally after seeing he was almost waiting for her to speak she decided to indulge him, "you know, being a princess may look like a blessing when the truth lies far from it. It takes sacrifices and it's not as they make it look like..." she said opening up to the assassin. She had never told anyone about how she truly felt about being a princess but somehow it felt like she could finally let it out of her chest and it made her feel relieved almost. Silence set in again and Alissa noticed that Tannin seemed distracted moving his eyes away from hers looking down lost in thought.

"But enough about me... what about you? I doubt that your hobby is to go around kidnapping beautiful women out of their sleep" she said trying to lighten up the mood with a joke. She waited to see his reaction before she continued. "Tell me, what is it exactly that a man like yourself does to make do with his spare time"

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Tannin snapped out of his train of thought as soon as the woman spoke to him once again, "But enough about me... what about you? I doubt that your hobby is to go around kidnapping beautiful women out of their sleep" He laughed, "You would be right. I try not to make a habit out of such things." He'd turned his head so that he could see Alissa better. The beautiful woman spoke again, "Tell me, what is it exactly that a man like yourself does to make do with his spare time." After hearing the question, Tannin hesitated for a moment. "I'm afraid that I do not have much spare time as of late." he said, his blue eyes focusing upon Alissa. "Though, upon the rare occasion that I am left with nothing to do, I often find myself either with Daeroch or reading." Tannin had been taught to read after he'd joined the Guild and he'd loved it. He was able to escape the world by just reading through the many books that Master Makur had in his chambers. He doubted that there was a single book that he'd not read that resided in the Guild.

"When I joined the Guild, I was usually too exhausted to do anything but read. Before that, I'd had no education and had never thought that reading was truly that important." He offered the young woman a smile. "I also rather enjoy a game or two of Senin with Verrengar when we are both in the Underground." Suddenly, Tannin's eyes were on the window. He fell silent for a moment, simply looking out the window. He stood slowly and made his way to the glass. "It seems that luck is not on our side." he said softly, his eyes turning to the Princess once again. Giant flakes of snow had begun to softly fall from the sky and was quickly beginning to cover the ground. Tannin sighed softly. His eyes looked back to the outdoors. He would need to go back to the stables to get a change of clothes. What he was currently wearing would not fend off the cold and the room that they were staying in lacked a fireplace. Tannin knew that the room would become quite cold.

Tannin turned his attention back to Alissa. "I'll be right back." he said eyeing the Princess. "I'm afraid that I need to change before it begins getting too awfully cold in here. I'll see if I can find us something warm to drink before I come back." He gave her a final smile before pulling his mask back up, covering his face. The hood followed and Tannin walked towards the door. He paused before opening it. He turned back, looking at Alissa. "I shouldn't be gone too long, m'lady. I would only ask that you remain here. It would only be too easy for one of Lorn's followers to seize you. I fear they would not be as kind as I. Though the Assassin's Guild is the largest group of my kind in the world, there are others that prefer to work alone. They must get by somehow and if that means killing an innocent woman..well I somehow doubt that they would care. " With that he was out the door and making his way down the stairs. He walked out into the accumulating snow and slowly walked towards the stable.

As he made his way, the cold was quickly getting to him. It had been a wise decision to go ahead and change. The weather worried him. Their journey would be made even more dangerous over the mountains with the snow. He could only hope that they would make it out alive. As he entered into the stable, Tannin could hear Daeroch. The horse was worked up with the impending storm. He smiled and approached the creature. Though he'd been there only a short time ago, the horse seemed quite pleased to see his master. Tannin gave the horse a apple that had been sitting nearby. He made his way over to the horses gear that had been sat aside that morning. Tannin pulled out the clothing that he needed and entered into Daeroch's stall. He didn't need anyone seeing him. He quickly undressed and threw on his new outfit. Tannin made sure that he kept his mask and his weapons but other than that he placed his old outfit into the saddle bag. Making sure that his face was covered, Tannin gave Daeroch a pat and then headed out of the stable.

He made his way back into the inn and stopped at the bar to get a hot drink for Alissa and himself. He waited and while he was standing around, a thought struck him. When the innkeeper handed him a small tray, Tannin asked if he had any books. The innkeeper did and so he borrowed one of them. He thanked the man and then headed back up the stairs. He'd been gone a bit longer than he'd expected but he hoped that Alissa would be happy with something to do.

Tannin softly knocked on the door before going in. The man approached the small table that they'd been using and sat the tray down. Pulling his hood and mask down, Tannin smiled at Alissa. "I'm afraid this is all that they had." he said, eyeing the woman. What the innkeeper had given him was simply warmed milk and spice. It would help with the cold, though. Tannin hesitated for a moment before holding out the book for Alissa to take. "I also picked this up for you." he said, watching her for her reaction. He hoped that she would like it. He'd read this one before and thought it a good book. He recalled the story. It had been about some woman and some man that should never have been together..and yet they'd somehow made it work. It was one of the few romantic books that he'd read. It was rare that he read such things, preferring adventures or things that were educational.