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Alissa Millaris [65] "I could be so much more if they'd let me..."
Tannin de La Roche [65] "I'm the Best for a reason."

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They had not been traveling very long when Alissa spoke to him. "Please...let me ride Daeroch. I am a good rider, you can't really do it in your state; you'll only make it harder on yourself and it will be even more difficult for you to heal. If you're to guide me through the right path I am sure I can handle it." Her words threw him off. He'd not expected her to suggest such a thing. His blue eyes turned to her form, debating with how he should respond. She obviously could tell that he was in pain. He was failing at hiding it. "I'm perfectly fine to continue. I've no doubt that you are a good rider. I get the sense that you spend much time with your own horse. However, I believe that I am fine to continue. Do not ask me again."

He fell silent, concentrating on controlling Daeroch with one arm. It was more difficult than he'd imagined. He tried to push the thought from his mind. However, he did hope that he'd not come across as hateful to Alissa. He'd not meant it in that way. He just couldn't see making her help when it was he that had allowed himself to get hurt in the first place. There was silence for more of the first part of the day. He felt terrible about snapping at her earlier. By the time that it was around noon, Tannin's shoulder was hurting him even more than it had earlier that morning. He silently cursed himself as he slowed Daeroch to a walk.

He sighed softly before speaking to Alissa. "I am..sorry for earlier. I'm afraid that I forgot my manners. I am not angry at you for asking to lead Daeroch. I'm afraid that my pain is causing me to not think clearly. However, I think..that if you still wish it..that I'll allow you to continue leading Daeroch for the remainder of the day." He leaned into Alissa's back, handing her the reins. When she took them, he gently wrapped his arms around her torso so that he wouldn't go flying off the large horse.

Tannin remained close to Alissa for the remainder of the day. He hoped that she'd not minded their closeness. He'd actually..enjoyed it. Probably more than he should have. He was trying to keep his mind off of his pain. He was not succeeding. Just when he thought that he couldn't take any more riding, they reached the mountain and her base. He spoke to Alissa, the pain beginning to come through his voice. "We'll stay here for the night. This mountain is treacherous in winter and there is only one way that Daeroch can take."

When the horse came to a stop, Tannin removed his arms from around the princess. He then slid from the horse and then turned to help Alissa down as best he could. Instead of immediately moving to start setting up their camp..as he'd done the night before, he remained near the horse, leaning on him. "Do you think that you could begin gathering wood for the fire and perhaps take care of Daeroch for me? I do not think that I'll be able to untack him myself."

He waited for her to answer before gently moving off of the horse and then beginning to take down the items that he needed in order to put the tent up. He then moved to the spot that he wanted to place it and then began to raise the tent as he'd done the day before. When he was finished with that, he laid down the blankets that they'd need and then stood, pausing for a moment. He looked forward to reaching Axijan. He would be able to truly rest once they arrived.

Tannin turned his gaze to Alissa, merely watching her for a short moment before moving and joining her at the fire. He sat down next to her and stared off into the flames. "Thank you, Alissa. For your help." He fell silent, warming up by the fire. He was exhausted and in pain. No doubt the pain was from all of the work that he'd done early that morning. He suddenly pulled down his hood and mask, turning his face to the princess. "I think that I'm going to lay down. I'm afraid that I can barely concentrate. If you are hungry, there are supplies in one of the bags that is attached to Daeroch's saddle. Just..promise me that you'll stay close by?"

He waited for her response before rising from his seat and making his way into the tent. He left the flaps open, so that he could easily see the princess. He removed his weapons before laying down on top of the covers, on his side. He thought that perhaps this way he'd lessen the pain in his shoulder. His eyes remained open for some time longer, watching over Alissa to make sure that nothing happened to her. After a few long moments he was satisfied that there was no threat. He closed his eyes, trying to allow himself to sleep.

It didn't take long for the master assassin to fall into a very light sleep. He awoke only when Alissa entered the tent. He opened his eyes, watching her. After she'd sat down, he moved so that he could see her better. "You have eaten?" he asked, hoping that she'd at least fixed herself something. He then gave her a tired smile, one that revealed his pain and exhaustion. "At least we've only got a few more days out here..and then we won't have to worry about setting up camp everyday." His bright eyes found Alissa's, watching her closely. "And..we'll be able to rest better. Let me ask you something..have you ever been to Axijan before?"

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It was no surprise to her when Tannin had initially rejected her request, she knew he’d no allow it mainly because of what he had said before; the same words which now echoed on her head. “I did not like feeling useless" Tannin said in reply to her own annoyance in feeling helpless. Unable to look at his face being seated in front of him did no allow her to see what he thought of her request, she could only guess he the mere request had bothered him.

She also fell silent after Tannin had asked her not to speak of the matter again; in truth she was looking for another way to convince the young man. She wouldn’t allow herself to listen to his own demand and had he not spoken before her, she surely would have kept insisting until he allowed her to take the reins.

Still, Alissa allowed Tannin to ride Daeroch for a bit longer before she even thought about trying to convince him to allow her to take over. She felt Tannin’s arm shiver, surely in pain she thought, before he decided to speak to her again. He first apologized about how he had treated her earlier that day and shortly added, “I think..that if you still wish it..that I'll allow you to continue leading Daeroch for the remainder of the day." Tannin wouldn’t have been able to see it but Alissa couldn’t hide her smile, she was thankful that he trusted her enough and that he had allowed her to help.

Without hesitation she took the reins when he handed them, she grabbed them firmly but before she did she gently touched Daeroch’s crest, almost as if asking the beautiful horse permission for her to ride him, something she always did with her own. What Tannin did afterwards was enough for her to almost accidentally drop the reins; to say she was taken by surprise when Tannin leaned himself against her and wrapped his firm arms around her would not do her feelings justice. Even so, she was able to calm herself down realizing they had to keep moving.

Tannin’s body close to hers gave her warmth just like it had a few nights before when she cuddled herself against his chest. Alissa enjoyed having him close, perhaps more than she allowed herself admit to. Even so, she didn’t want to get too carried away, so her thoughts shifted to what mattered the most, his health. It was obvious that he was in pain, riding in horse was not the best place to get rest, "We'll stay here for the night. This mountain is treacherous in winter and there is only one way that Daeroch can take."

Alissa then signaled Daeroch to come to halt, she had made sure to stop in a place where they could not been seen from afar and somewhere where it would be easy to set camp. Once they stopped Tannin slid off the horse taking his arms off the young girl. He tried helping her down but this time she gently refused, she could not risk him getting even more hurt. Tannin now stayed besides Daeroch, “Do you think that you could begin gathering wood for the fire and perhaps take care of Daeroch for me? I do not think that I'll be able to untack him myself."

Alissa smiled at Tannin not wanting for him to feel burdened and proceeded to untack the horse, as soon as she did she carefully placed the saddle in a fallen tree nearby, along with the saddle she also placed most if not all of their belongings they were carrying. Of course, she first allowed Tannin to take all the things they needed to set the tent.

Finally, Alissa was off her way to collect wood for the fire they were going to set. She made sure not to get too far away from their camp but it was somewhat difficult to find wood in the mountain. It took her some time before she was satisfied with the wood she had managed to collect, she would probably have to collect more before they left again but she didn’t want to spend too much time away from Tannin.

As soon as she came back she noticed that Tannin had already gotten their tent up. Before she did anything else she managed to make the fire, it took her more tries than she would have liked but she was finally able to make the flames be big enough to keep her and Tannin warm for the next few hours. She then saw Tannin join her quietly, sitting next to her and looking at the newborn flames. "Thank you, Alissa. For your help." he said to which she smiled kindly, “and thank you, for letting me and for believing in me” she said most sincerely.

She then turned her eyes to him and noticed him pulling his hood and mask down. He told her he needed to lay down and Alissa could only hope he could get more rest. ”Just..promise me that you'll stay close by?" he added. ”I’m not going anywhere without you” she said with a smile, a few days ago the remark would have made her laugh, now it was simply stating the truth.

She did no follow after him when he went back to the tent, instead she remained nearby the fire. She thought he could perhaps have more rest if she were not around gazing at him in concern. She remembered what he had said about were she to get hungry there were more supplied on the bags that were attached into Daeroch’s saddle. Alissa was not hungry but that didn’t mean that Tannin wouldn’t, she moved closer to where their things stood first picking the pot and then moving to the other bags. Once again picked a few ingredients where she could fix them up a decent meal, to the right of the ingredients she grabbed the two bowls.

She moved closer to the fire and after placing the right ingredients inside the pot managed to cook another meal. It took her less time than she would have expected to get the supper ready, she carefully divided the food equally in the bowls and she was glad she wouldn’t have to keep Tannin waiting longer than needed. Once inside she noticed Tannin lying down, she sat down nearby with the two bowls in hand.

She placed the bowls to her side with a reasonable distance, Tannin must have not noticed as he asked her if she had eaten anything. He smiled at her with a tired smile and Alissa smiled gently back while shocking her head, “not yet” she said. Tannin informed her that they wouldn’t have much longer before they arrived. “Let me ask you something..have you ever been to Axijan before?"
he asked. Alissa smiled a bit saddened looking back at her life she had never really gotten much out, she felt as if she had never really done much with her life for that matter.

“I’m afraid not. I was lucky enough whenever I got outside the castle really, my father… the king” she paused remembering what her father had done, “was a very strict and somewhat harsh man who wanted nothing for me but to gain him favor with other kingdoms, in return I was somewhat of a prisoner at my own home.” Once again she took another pause, she had never told anyone such things, somehow saying it outloud had managed to take some weight off her chest.

Not knowing if Tannin would understand she spoke again,“don’t get me wrong, there were times in which I could leave the castle. Whenever and as long as I was accompanied with Alexander…” she took an even longer pause trying to find the right words, “he’s my father’s choice for my ‘husband-to-be’ but that’s just another word for his attempt to gain more favor in the kingdoms.”

Knowing she had spoken more than she had to and that the supper would probably get cold if she were to speak more she took the two bowls from the side and offered one to Tannin, “anyways, I had not eaten yet as I was waiting for you to wake up” she said with a smile. ”I promise it’s not poisoned.” Alissa added with a playful smile. She didn’t know if he would ask her more of her life as a daughter of a king but if he were she would have answered to her best abilities. Not too long after she told him of her “adventures” outside the castle and what she had found while being away from the castle, that her father was a man with many flaws, one of them being his sovereignty over Irisu.

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“I’m afraid not. I was lucky enough whenever I got outside the castle really. My father… the king was a very strict and somewhat harsh man who wanted nothing for me but to gain him favor with other kingdoms, in return I was somewhat of a prisoner at my own home.” Alissa paused and Tannin just continued to listen to her. She obviously wanted to get something off of her chest. “don’t get me wrong, there were times in which I could leave the castle. Whenever and as long as I was accompanied with Alexander…” This time she was silent for some time and Tannin was unsure as to why. “He’s my father’s choice for my ‘husband-to-be’ but that’s just another word for his attempt to gain more favor in the kingdoms.”

Tannin remained silent, going over what Alissa had just said to him. He'd been silent long enough for Alissa to offer him one of the bowls that he'd just realized that she was holding. “Anyways, I had not eaten yet as I was waiting for you to wake up. I promise it’s not poisoned.” Tannin smiled at the princess and took the bowl. He thanked her and then began slowly eating. Only after a few bites, the assassin spoke. "Axijan is where I am from and I've no doubt that you'll soon be able to tell by just listening to me speak. Our accent is one of the more unique in the world..or so I've heard. I've lived there most of my life. It is not magnificent like your city but you'll never find a more peaceful place." He fell silent for a moment before speaking once again. "I find it..odd..that your father would choose your husband for you. That practice has not been in effect in the out realms for quite a long time. I do not believe that such a important matter should be decided by anyone other than the party that it directly affects. However, my opinion matters little I'm afraid."

He did feel terribly for Alissa. He could only imagine being told that he had to marry a certain person. That he would have no choice in the matter. Of course..he doubted that there was anyone in this world that would ever want to be with him. He was a murderer..a cruel person that looked the part on the outside. He was actually surprised that Alissa was as kind with him as she was. It just didn't make sense to him. He wanted badly to ask her the reason behind it..but something kept him from speaking the words. The meal was finished quickly and Tannin slowly handed the bowl back to Alissa when she was finished as well. He then gently laid back down. His eyes found Alissa's once again. "You should get some rest as well. It'll only get colder as it gets darker outside so it'd be best to go ahead and try to get warm. I want to leave as early as possible tomorrow. I do not think the snow is going to let up and that'll only slow us down the longer we are out in the wilds."

With that, Tannin closed his eyes once again and tried to force himself to relax. He was unable to but he did slowly fall into another light slumber. He could hear all of the noises around him. He was actually glad of it. Those noises meant that they were safe..that he had nothing to worry about.







Three Days Later

The snow storm that had hit three nights earlier had slowed them down by a day. Tannin had worried that this would happen. However, they were now off of the mountain and were making their through the Delmian Forest. The woods that surrounded them went all along the mountain base. It was thick and dense, having only a few well traveled trails that led the way out. It was easy to become lost in the Delmian if one did not know the area. It was wet and damp within the forest, much warmer than the surrounding area. Since the trees were so tightly knit together, there was little snow near the floor..all of it having stayed upon the tree tops.

Over the past few days, Tannin had found his shoulder and head feeling better and better. However, he knew that he was still not completely healed. "We should be there within the next two hours." he said softly to Alissa. He was now the one leading Daeroch though he was still not using his injured arm. They'd been traveling much faster since they'd entered into the Forest the afternoon before. Tannin was glad. It was only a matter of time before Verrengar began worrying. If that happened before they arrived at the Guild, then his second would begin to send out scouts in search for him. He tried to push the thought from his mind. They would arrive in plenty of time. As if sensing his master's sense of urgency, Daeroch sped up.

As they continued to ride, Tannin tried not to think about the feel of the princess that was between his arms. He needed to concentrate so as to not fall from the horse. The trees around them seemed to pass by with the speed of a bird. Good. They were quickly making up the time that they'd lost during the storm. Things were beginning to look up. "You are not worried about staying in a place riddled with murderers and thieves?" he asked Alissa at length. He hoped that she'd not minded his silence. He was terrible about doing that. He was not used to traveling with others.

At last, Tannin could see the end of the Forest. To say that he was relieved would be an understatement. He was glad to finally be home. When they exited the Forest, Tannin slowed Daeroch down to a trot. The ground was still covered in snow and it was obvious that it had snowed since they'd entered into the Delmian. Daeroch disturbed the laying snow as they entered into the village of Axijan. It was around late afternoon when they arrived. As such, the streets were lined with many people trying to either get home or to finish up whatever errands they had for the day. Tannin slowed daeroch further, forcing him into a fast walk. Unlike in Oakenshire, the people of Axijan did not seem bothered at all by the presence of the assassin. In fact, they acted as if it was completely normal to see such a person riding through the village. Even a few of the children that they passed waved to them. It was very much different the closer you got to Silanos, where the King's hand still held firmly.

It didn't take them long to make their way through the village, only about ten or fifteen minutes. They then reached the outskirts of the village. Tannin didn't need to lead Daeroch, the horse knew exactly where they were going. They soon came upon a large sized stable that was owned by the Guild. The main door was open and so the large black horse made his way inside. Inside the large building, there were not many stalls that were unoccupied. However, that was a rarity. Normally, most of the members of the Guild were out on jobs. No doubt Verrengar had not been doing everything that he should have in Tannin's absence.

The continued through the barn until they reach a slightly larger stall located at the very end. Above the entrance to the stall, a wooden plaque was nailed with Daeroch's name etched into it. The horse stopped, waiting for his master to remove the rope so that he could enter. Tannin slid from the horse and then helped Alissa down. Before they were able to do anything else, a stable hand approached them. The young teen appeared to be no older than fourteen or fifteen and wasn't well kept. A poor child that was employed by the Guild though his money most likely went to help his struggling family. The boy bowed to the two adults before taking Daeroch's reins and leading the horse into his stall.

"Come. He'll take care of Daeroch. We need to get to the closest entrance to the Guild. I'm sure that you'd like some time to rest before dinner." Tannin led the way out of the large stable and out into the small snow covered street. He walked quickly, not wanting to be out any longer than necessary. After only a few more minutes they reached a secluded house that was by itself. It was obvious that the house had not received any sort of love for a very long time..however there was a almost homey feel to it. As they slowly approached, Tannin spoke to Alissa, his gaze flicking to her for a moment. "This is the home that once belonged to a witch..or so the legend goes. There are very few that dare come out this far. It doesn't help that it falls into the Delmian nor the rumors that have been spread about it being haunted. However, it couldn't be a more safer place."

Tannin knew that Alissa was most likely thinking that the house was the hideout, however, it was merely a facade. They reached the door and Tannin rapped upon the door three times, paused, and then twice more. A few short moments went by before the door opened and a man dressed in browns and blacks answered, allowing Tannin and Alissa to enter. The Guild Master led the way through the house, entering into the kitchen. At the medium sized table sat a family, eating. Upon seeing Tannin, all of them began to get up. Tannin, however held a hand out. "Do not get up on my account. We are merely passing through. M'lady, this is the Waleys. They live here. I gifted them this home in exchange for their silence and loyalty to the Guild. They are well taken care of in return."

They remained there for only a few moments longer before bidding the family goodbye. Tannin then proceeded to lead the way to a door that led down to the basement. He opened the door and went through, making sure that Alissa was close behind him. The door shut behind them, leaving the couple in near darkness, their only light coming from a few small torches that lined the wall. Tannin gently took Alissa's hand, leading her down the steps. He warned her to be careful. When, at last, they reached the bottom, Tannin released her but continued walking. The basement of the Waleys' house was different than most. At first, it was a large open room filled with barrels and other junk but there was a large tapestry hanging in the middle of the far wall. The crest that was upon it was that of the de La Roches. Tannin had no doubt that Alissa would note that immediately.

When they reached it, he moved it slightly to reveal a worn wooden door behind it. He opened it and allowed Alissa to enter first. He then followed, making sure that the tapestry was as it had been. He then turned to eye the princess. They were now in a long, stone tunnel. The only light was from the large torches that lined the wall though they did not give off much light. He led the way, being silent. After no more than five minutes, the pair reached the end of the tunnel. Two guards stood at attention, bowing as they saw Tannin. The door that the guards watched was ominous. It was dark and the symbols that were carved into it were meant to ward off any intruders. One of the guards opened the door, allowing the pair to continue on.

When they went through, they walked a short ways longer before coming to a sudden drop off. Tannin made sure that Alissa stopped when he did. He didn't need her falling to her death. "From here, we go down." he said, moving away from the princess for a moment. A arm's length away from where the ground disappeared, there was a old looking pulley system. Tannin took hold of the wet rope and pulled it towards his body. There was a loop tied into the rope near Tannin's foot. He inserted his right foot into it, making sure that it was secure and then wrapped his right hand in the rope near his head. He then turned his gaze to Alissa. "I'm afraid this is the only way down. Come."

He waited for a moment before sensing her hesitation. If he had to guess, it had something to do with the fact that they'd be jumping into a large pit of darkness and only having a rusty contraption keeping them from falling to their death. "Alissa, it is perfectly safe. You have trusted me this far..and this is the moment you decide to question me?" he smiled at her though he doubted that she could see it as his face and head were covered as they normally were. "I promised that I'd let nothing happen to you and I meant that. I won't let you fall."

When the princess finally decided that he was indeed not going to allow her to fall, Tannin wrapped his free arm around her middle tightly, pulling her close to his firm body. He instructed her to keep her arms around his neck..to not let go. "We'll go on five?" he asked, hoping that she would agree to that. However he only made it to three before jumped off of the ledge, plunging them into darkness.

The darkness seemed to go on for forever as they flew downwards. Tannin held tightly onto the rope and to Alissa. Tannin had lived in the hideout for half of his life. He was not bothered in the slightest using the aged mechanism that could at any moment seemingly fail. Slowly, as they continued their descent, the darkness began to slowly fade away. After another minute of falling, their speed began to slow down until they at last came to a stop. Tannin gently released Alissa and he turned his gaze to her. "That wasn't so bad..was it?" he asked, releasing himself from the ropes. He then approached the princess. For the moment, they were alone. They were in another hallway though this one was obviously not as long as the one they'd been in earlier. It was easy to see the exit from where they were standing.

Tannin allowed Alissa a moment to gather herself. He imagined that being forced to jump into the unknown was rather frightening. After a few short moments, he spoke again. "Are you ready?" he asked, not intending to force her to leave the serenity of the hall. After another few moments Tannin began walking down the hall. He merely looked behind him a few times to make sure that Alissa was following him. "Stay close. You wouldn't want to get lost." he said, smiling. As they reached the end of the hallway, the floor turned into steps that lead down into the main part of the Hideout. The main room was merely a giant circle, in the center a large space that was currently being used for sparing. There was a pair in the center, a male and a female, going at each other. They were surrounded by many others, cheering and having a good time.

This room was more showy than the rest of the hideout. It was decorated in tapestries that held the Guilds' emblem and beautiful ribbons of reds, golds, and blacks. As they made their way down the steps, he spoke. "This is where we hold any celebrations or gatherings. For the most part it is used to allow everyone the chance to practice..to hone their skills." Looking about the room, Tannin could also see the weapon racks sitting around the lower part of the room, just a floor above the sparing ring.

Tannin led the way around the outer part of the room and then went up another small set of steps. They were now walking along a large walkway, passing a few members. They would always get out of the way and then bow to them before continuing on their way. They were only halfway across the path before a man walked in front of Tannin and Alissa. "Ah! Guild Master! I was beginning to worry for you. It isn't like you to take so long to return to us." Tannin stopped walking, eyeing Verrengar closely. "Verrengar, I assure you that the delay was not foreseen."

The other man suddenly noticed Alissa. His gaze locked onto her. "I'm afraid we've not met. I'm Verrengar, second to Tannin. It is a pleasure to meet you." Tannin watched the two closely from the corner of his eye. He could easily see that his friend was trying to impress Alissa with his titles. As Verrengar was going into detail upon how he'd become second in command, Tannin began walking once again. He didn't bother saying anything. Verrengar just kept talking and Tannin wondered if Alissa would follow him. He wasn't quite sure but for some reason he'd not liked the other man eyeing Alissa the way he had been. He tried to push the thought from his mind. He had quite a bit to do now that they'd arrived at the Guild. He was not walking that fast in hopes that Alissa would see through Verrengar's attempt at wooing her and would join him quickly. He'd not even made it to the end of the walkway yet. He needed to get down to his office and chambers and then there was the matter of getting a room set up for Alissa. He also needed to find Litania. If he knew his apprentice, she was most likely causing some sort of trouble. However, Verrengar hadn't mentioned her so perhaps for once she was doing as she should.

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Alissa remembered what Tannin has said about the Guild and grew more curious of it by the second. What at first would have caused her terror, to think of being in a place filled with highly skilled assassins would have made her stomach sick a few days ago, now the feeling had been replaced by curiosity, excitement and wonder. She also grew hopeful that Tannin would agree to train her so that she could at least be able to defend herself was there ever another situation that called for it; of course she knew it was only a matter of time before someone else attempted to assassinate her.


Three days had passed since the last time they had a good rest, Alissa constantly eyed Tannin to see if his wounds had gotten better, she changed his bandages accordingly and when needed and had taken in charge of the “cooking”. It appeased her to know she was at least somewhat useful, even if it was truly something trivial to her eyes. They had finally gotten out of the mountain and were now headed to a forest, “The Delmian Forest” as Tannin had told Alissa. Inside the forest Alissa could noticed that the temperature was much warmer and somewhat humid.

She noticed that Tannin was indeed recovering, at a slow pace, surely but he was getting better. Even so, she couldn’t help but notice that he would still feel pain every now and then, it didn’t take an expert to tell he still needed rest in order to fully recover. More of a reason why she felt extremely relieved when he told her, “We should be there within the next two hours." Alissa nodded and held tight as Daeroch picked up his pace.

They had been quiet mostly ever since they spoke about Alissa’s father, truth was she enjoyed the silence. Of course, speaking with Tannin was something she had found herself rather found of, but somehow just riding with him at her back having his arms on her side for her not to fall off was also rather enjoyable. It wasn’t until Tannin broke the silence that she stopped dazing off wondering how the Guild was, "You are not worried about staying in a place riddled with murderers and thieves?". Alissa paused for a minute, she wondered how to answer his question but was at loss, truth was she was more curious as opposed to worried.

”I would be lying if I said I was, but it would be strange if I wasn’t… she paused for a moment letting out a smile. “so… next question?” she joked, and smiled a bit. Finally after not much longer they had reached the end of the forest, they had found another road where it was covered in snow. Alissa could notice a couple of busy villagers, carrying as always, rushing through the hours. Daeroch picked up the pace marching into a fast walk. Children waved at them, Alissa was surprised seeing how carefree they were, most children back at her home would have never done so. In here though, even adults smiled at her and at Tannin.

Finally they had reached a big stable, the doors where quickly opened and Tannin led Daeroch inside. Inside, Alissa could see many other horses, it seemed as if it was almost full. Almost a bit delayed Alissa was now starting to feel a tingling feeling in her stomach. Perhaps, unknowingly she was indeed feeling nervous about entering the Guild, she truly doubted other assassins would be as inviting as Tannin but she was right on sure that more than one would be displeased with her arrival. After all, she was the main reason a commotion could occur inside the Guild in the first place.

Daeroch continued walking until they reached a larger stall almost in the near end. Finally Daeroch came to a hail exactly in front is his stall, on top of the beautiful black horse stood a wooden plaque with his name engraved. Tannin slid off Daeroch and once again helped her off. She was about to wait for Tannin to untack him but they were both interrupted by a young boy who took hold of Daeroch, and soon after led him inside the stall. Tannin told Alissa not to mind the young boy as he told her the boy would take care of Daeroch and urged her to move along.

Alissa nodded, but before she followed Tannin, she smiled both at the boy and at Daeroch, she bowed at the beautiful horse for keeping his promise to keep them safe, and whispered a soft “thank you”. Soon enough she followed Tannin, he led her out the stable and unto the street. She followed his pace as he stopped before a house, "This is the home that once belonged to a witch..or so the legend goes. There are very few that dare come out this far. It doesn't help that it falls into the Delmian nor the rumors that have been spread about it being haunted. However, it couldn't be a more safer place." Alissa let out a smile, as she not known and was she a villager she would have never gotten even near to the house. She didn’t quite like to admit it but she was somewhat superstitious. She always thought that there must be a reason as to why people say something is haunted or bewitched and she was sure not one to test supernatural theories.

Once they were on front of the main entrance door, Alissa saw Tannin knock on the door in some sort of secret password. Soon enough a man opened the door and signaled them to enter. Alissa entered the door first and waited for Tannin as he led them to the kitchen where a family was in the middle of dinner. They immediately got up as if showing their respects, "Do not get up on my account. We are merely passing through. M'lady, this is the Waleys. They live here. I gifted them this home in exchange for their silence and loyalty to the Guild. They are well taken care of in return.". Alissa smiled at the family sympathetically and nodded in respect.

Soon enough Tannin moved along heading towards what seemed to be a basement. Alissa was surprised no doubt, but was careful to follow closely inside. Tannin shut the door and soon enough led her deeper into the basement where they found various things. Alissa looked closely upon the tapestry but paid no mind to it as soon as her eyes were directed towards Tannin’s family crest. Of course she had noticed it before, her father had a similar one drawn in a letter he’d constantly read, he said ‘it reminded him of their treason’. Alissa shoved her head remembering of her father’s wrongdoings but remembered there were other important things to attend to for the meantime; she would surely have time later on to resent every crime that her father had committed.

Tannin moved the crest only to reveal a wooden door, once he opened it he urged Alissa to enter. Once she did, all she could notice was a mysterious tunnel, she waited for Tannin. Somehow Alissa felt as if she was now inside one of her adventurous stories, thought she couldn’t hide her nervousness she could also not hide her excitement. She kept walking with Tannin through the Tunnel, soon enough they had reached another door where two guards awaited. Almost as if in a reflex and looking closer at the eerie and uninviting door Alissa couldn’t help but to hold onto Tannin’s hand. One of the guards immediately opened the door upon looking at Tannin, and as soon as he did the par entered, Alissa continued to hold onto his hand even as they kept walking and only took them off when he abruptly stopped.

“What is it?”
she asked nervously, ”from here, we go down” he said moving away from her now. She couldn’t quite see anything seeing that it was still too dark for the princess’ eyes but she could hear Tannin pulling onto something. It was then when she noticed him holding onto merely a rope, his right foot tied onto it. "I'm afraid this is the only way down. Come." he advised her; but instead of coming closer Alissa took a step back in fear. It was insane, was all she could think, her body shivered almost in fear of jumping into the unknown. Although she trusted Tannin, her body was almost pulling away in defense, “I…” she began, “I… I can’t” she pleaded while her body was still unresponsive. "Alissa, it is perfectly safe. You have trusted me this far..and this is the moment you decide to question me?" he began saying. Alissa did trust Tannin, more than she dared to admit but she couldn’t be blamed if she was fearful, “I promised that I'd let nothing happen to you and I meant that. I won't let you fall.".

Finally Alissa moved closer to Tannin being careful enough not to fall before she could even reach him. As soon as she was at arms reach Tannin held unto her and pulled her closer to him. Immediately she followed his instructions as soon as he gave them and wrapped her arms around his sturdy neck; she closed her eyes and held probably more tightly than she should have. "We'll go on five?" he asked gently as she nodded quietly and hid her face on his neck. She started counting until five but Tannin deployed at three, as soon as he did he jumped into the almost pitch black darkness. In truth, as they were falling Alissa let out a small sound of surprise almost as if she wanted to scream as the adrenaline hit her.

As soon as Tannin reached the ground he gently let Alissa go, “that wasn’t so bad… was it?” he asked. She let out a nervous laugh still feeling tingly from the rush, but said nothing as she was still trying to catch her breath. Once again they were on another hallways though not nearly as big as the other one. As soon as she had regained her breath he asked if she was ready to which she nodded again. They moved again and Tannin asked her to remain close, “You wouldn’t want to get lost” he said. Soon enough they had reached the end of the tunnel where they descended some stair and were now in a gigantic circle, it seemed as if a male and female were sparing while others watched in amusement. Alissa was certainly intrigued and could not stop herself from ogling the entire place.

"This is where we hold any celebrations or gatherings. For the most part it is used to allow everyone the chance to practice..to hone their skills." Alissa listened closely as she starred at the woman and man sparing, it was somewhat fascinating to her; somehow it looked as if it was an unknown art to her. She had spared before but it was nothing compared as to how they were taught in the Guild. She wouldn’t have mind were they to stay and continue watching but Tannin urged her once more tp another room, they had barely managed to take a few steps when someone approached them. "Ah! Guild Master! I was beginning to worry for you. It isn't like you to take so long to return to us." the man said. "Verrengar, I assure you that the delay was not foreseen.” Tannin assured him.

Meanwhile Alissa was still looking back at the crowd and at the man and woman who were going at each other. "I'm afraid we've not met. I'm Verrengar, second to Tannin. It is a pleasure to meet you." the man said approaching her; he began by grabbing her hand, he bowed, and then kissed her hand. Alissa smiled and nodded as he spoke with her of his adventures and how he had managed to earn the title as the second. Alissa could not say she mind listening to his stories, she was in fact very entertained. As he ventured more into his wooing she could not help but to immediately remember what Tannin had said about the accents and laughed a bit noticing now what he was referring to.

She gently smiled to the man, but hoped not to give him a bad impression. She stood up from the chair he had led her and excused herself, she gently vowed her head showing respect and was off her way. She had to walk but a few steps before she joined Tannin with a wide smile on her face, “Well… you were not so wrong about the accent after all”. She moved in front of him now, “the guild… it’s very different from how I pictured it” she said admittedly. She moved freely eyeing away everything she could being careful enough not to stay too far away from him.

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He could hear her join him. His eyes found hers and he noted her wide smile. He was..confused. Why was she smiling? “Well… you were not so wrong about the accent after all.” Tannin laughed lightly. "See, I was not lying to you. However, there are many here that come from different lands and their speech is different from both of ours." Alissa then moved in front of him and he merely watched her closely. As long as she was with him, there was no threat to her here. “The guild… it’s very different from how I pictured it” She walked in front of him, eyeing everything that they passed. He smiled though none could see it. "And how did you picture a assassin's hideout looking?" he asked, humor in his voice.

As they continued walking, Tannin would give Alissa instructions when they needed to take a turn. It didn't take them long to reach another large area, however this time it was in more of a rectangular shape. There were doors upon doors, all lined along the walls. The railing followed the path that led down the many flights of stairs. The many levels went down for some ways, leading to a large pool of water, though from the top it could not be seen. Here, Tannin paused for a moment. "This is the housing for all those that live here. Every family or sole person is given a room number and key. You will be staying quite lower, though." They began walking again, passing the many doors with the golden numbers upon them. It was a bit quieter here, as most of the assassins were in the main room or out on jobs. There was the sound of childrens' laughter occasionally though Tannin paid it no mind.

They made their way down the many different levels, only passing a few people along the way. Every one of them that passed made sure to bow to the couple before quickly moving on. As they walked, Tannin was fairly silent, not wishing to speak to openly with Alissa while they were still out among the others. After some time had passed, they reached the bottom, walking along a ramp that was slightly higher than the large pool. Tannin paused here for a moment. "You should remember this location, in the event that there is ever an emergency. The pool is very deep and there is a tunnel that leads out of here, coming out far into the woods. It's an escape route though it has never been used before."

He then slowly led the way from the ramp, walking into a very spacious hallway. It was illuminated as the rest of the hallways had been. "This is as far down as you can go. The only thing that is located down here are my office and rooms." he said as they approached a large set of doors that were located within the stone. As before, there were two guards standing at attention. However, these two seemed much more alert than the others. Their heads turned as the couple approached and after seeing that it was the Guild Master, they opened the doors for the pair to enter. Tannin led the way and once they were inside, the guards shut the doors.

The room that they'd entered was far larger than any other in the structure. It was circular, much like the first room that they'd entered. However, this room held no banners nor any semblance of happiness. The dark stones that made the walls were foreboding and gleamed with slight wetness. Along the center of the room, running halfway along its length, a wall was erected. Sitting in the center of the wall there shelves upon shelves that were filled to the brim with many different kinds of books. Located a couple of steps away from the shelves there was a large desk that had tons of envelopes and letters laying thrown upon its top. There was also two doors that were located apart upon each corner of the room. Tannin's chambers and the other was used if or when they had important guests staying that were close to the Guild Master. This room was rarely used since Tannin had taken over. He'd had Verrengar clean the room up, make sure that it was furnished with everything that Alissa could ever need. She would have clothes that were befitting of a princess and need she anything else, she had but to ask.

The rest of the very large room was filled with a very large pool of water. This water was clear and sparkling and even seemed as if it was running. However, it was deep..very deep. The bottom couldn't even be seen. There were several pillars, lined in rows but two across that led up out of the water slowly becoming taller and taller. There was a network of ropes, chains, bars, and planks all precisely placed all the way around the room, even back behind the wall, leading up to the ceiling where a ledge was located. To any looking at it, had they not known what the purpose of all these things were, it would appear almost as if the room was in disrepair. That this room held little importance. However, upon closer inspection, there seemed to almost be a well worn path that led across the upright pillars and all the way around to the very last ledge that led to a small hole in the stone.

Over in a corner, near the first chamber door, there stood a large statue of a woman. The woman's face was beautiful, her stone hair long and flowing behind her. Her body was covered in robes that tightly fit her and she had her arms stretched out, seemingly to beg all that looked upon her to bow down in worship. There were candles lit below her pedestal as well as a few drying flowers. Tannin led the way slowly over to the shelves of books, his pale eyes finding Alissa's. "Do you think that this will suffice? If there are any that I am missing, do not hesitate to tell me. I can have someone go for it." He had been about to continue though he fell silent. He felt a presence other than them in the room.

He continued standing near Alissa, looking at the bookshelf. Suddenly, Tannin moved to the left slightly and a dagger quickly imbedded itself into one of the books' spines. Tannin slowly turned around to find a rather short young girl standing, glaring at him. "You're late. You were supposed to have been back weeks ago." He did not answer right away, but instead pulled his hood and mask down. He then turned and pulled the dagger out of the book before taking a few steps closer to the desk. "Forgive me, Little Bird. I had not realized that I need tell you everything that I do." Litania's glare became slightly darker for only a moment before Tannin spoke again. "Your aim is off." He handed the small dagger back to the girl, her gaze became lighter. She bowed her head in acknowledgment to the young man. Suddenly, however, the girl's eyes noticed Alissa for the first time. "Who's she?" she asked, her accented voice revealing that she was from a different region. "I've only been gone a few weeks and all ready you have forgotten your manners. Is that how you greet a guest?"

The young girl almost seemed to huff before she spoke again, bowing to the other woman. "Greetings. I am Litania of the Assassin's Guild. Just Litania. And..you are?" Litania watched the other woman closely. She seemed different to her..something that she'd never seen before. Tannin watched them closely. He could only imagine what Alissa thought of the young girl..especially knowing that she was his apprentice. "Why are you here?" Litania asked suddenly. Tannin spoke this time, however. "She is here because she needs our help. And..she'll be training with us while she is here." At this, Litania became livid, her glare focusing on Tannin once again.

"She's training with us? Why? She isn't one of us and shouldn't be allowed the opportunity to train with you. She's..." Tannin cut the young girl off, quickly sending her away until she found her manners. Tannin turned to Alissa, "You must ignore Litania. She is unused to sharing my attention with anyone. I will speak with her. Would you like me to show you to your room, now?" he asked, fearing on her reaction to Litania. He'd not warned her that his apprentice was nothing more than a mere child that was no more than ten years old. In all honesty, he'd never meant for her to get so far in the Guild..however, she was very talented.

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Tannin laughed a bit at her remark about the accent, "See, I was not lying to you. However, there are many here that come from different lands and their speech is different from both of ours." Alissa nodded before she moved in front of him and explained him that she had thought of the guild very differently. “And how did you picture a assassin's hideout looking?" he asked with humor and Alissa smiled once again.

In truth the young woman was surprised at how the Guild was contradictory to her perception; the guild was almost inviting, friendly, full of life, cozy. Instead of causing her fear as she deemed it would, it heighten her curiosity. “The guild… it’s not terrifying as I thought it would be,”
she paused, “-no, that’s not what I mean.” she paused not wanting Tanning to misunderstand her words. “You saw that I was not afraid of coming here from the beginning but that does not mean I had my speculations of the place. Yet, the guild feels so… full of life, inviting almost. I had thought it would be somewhat of an awful, obscure lair worth of horror.” Once again she took a pause and looked at him with outmost seriousness, “forgive me Tannin, I meant no disrespect. I am just glad my expectations were worlds apart from the reality.”

Soon enough they were walking again, Alissa followed closely by his side. They had reached another area, there were rooms after rooms lined against the walls. She nodded when Tannin explained that it was the housing for everyone that lived in the guild, and that she would be staying at a lower level. They made their way down through the many levels and Alissa began wondering exactly how big the guild was. On their way down they encountered a few people making their way through, but before they moved along the vowed respectfully giving their respect to Tannin, while Alissa gave them a kind smile in return.

She noticed how Tannin had return to his stoic and serious position but said nothing in the matter as she too fell silent. Tannin spoke again once they had reached the bare bottom, they were walking along a ramp when he pointed out towards the pool. He encouraged her to remember the location; it was an emergency exit leading to a tunnel, which led out into the woods. After they had passed the ramp and reached another hallway Tannin spoke again, "This is as far down as you can go. The only things that are located down here are my office and rooms."

They had reached another set of doors with another pair of guards, except these guards seemed almost on edge they look much more alert. As soon as they opened the doors and the duo entered they shut the doors again. Alissa’s eyes scanned the room noticing it had the same shape as the first one; only this room had a different sentiment to it, one where she wouldn’t have been able to explain it even if she were to try. Her eyes stopped as soon as she looked at the great collection of books that were waiting in the selves against the walls. She was most tempted to come close to the collection in trying to find if there were any books she could recognize but she stopped herself as she looked more into the room. She spotted a beautiful statue with her arms extended, unknowingly Alissa moved closer to it. She touched the beautiful statue when Tannin spoke softly, "Do you think that this will suffice? If there are any that I am missing, do not hesitate to tell me. I can have someone go for it."

“I like it” she said giving it another look at the room with a grateful smile, “Thank you, I don’t think I could possibly ask for more.” She looked at Tannin when suddenly she saw a dagger thrown at him, Alissa let out a surprised sound thinking they could be under attack when she noticed that a young daring beautiful girl had just joined them. "You're late. You were supposed to have been back weeks ago," said the young girl.

Tannin seemed familiar with the child as he spoke with certain endearment, it took a few seconds for the little girl to notice her but when she did she did not hesitate to ask who she was, yet again a different accent even from Verrengar’s. "I've only been gone a few weeks and all ready you have forgotten your manners. Is that how you greet a guest?" said Tannin almost scolding the young child, Alissa shook her head with a smile letting him know she did not mind the little girl’s behavior.

It was obvious the little girl was not happy with her arrival, but Alissa was still wondering who the young girl was. "Greetings. I am Litania of the Assassin's Guild. Just Litania. And..you are?" said the young child and Alissa’s eyes widened. She immediately looked at Tannin with a baffled expression as if she felt cheated, not being able to quite unravel that Tannin’s apprentice was none other than a young girl not older than the boy the had seen before at the stables. It took her a while to respond to the girl, “hmm pleasure to make you acquaintance Litania, my name is Alissa” Alissa said with a surprised smile. “Why are you here” asked Litania bluntly, Alissa was looking for an answer when Tannin spoke for her instead, "She is here because she needs our help. And..she'll be training with us while she is here.".

Again, Alissa’s eyes widened as if they had not done so already for the day, it appeared as if Tannin had already made his mind and had agreed to train her. A small victorious smile curved up Alissa’s lips before she heard Litania’s thoughts in the matter. It appeared as if she was strongly opposed to it and it upset her. "She's training with us? Why? She isn't one of us and shouldn't be allowed the opportunity to train with you. She's..." she said before she was interrupted by Tannin who urged her to leave.

“You must ignore Litania. She is unused to sharing my attention with anyone. I will speak with her. Would you like me to show you to your room, now?" said Tannin. Alissa was a bit unsettled that such a young child was training and in truth did not approve of it. She was about to question him more about his apprentice when she remembered they could talk about it later on, she remembered that Tannin still needed time to fully recover and in reality she was quite tired herself. “After you” she said asking for him to lead the way, she followed close by again and once they reached her room she turned to Tannin, “thank you Tannin, for keeping me safe and for everything." he eyes lingered his for longer than they should have, "You should rest now, no matter what you say I know you still haven’t and need to recover.”

She waited for Tannin to answer before she continued, "You know" she began almost talking to herself, "-It hasn't been that long since we got here but I could easily notice how much the people at the guild admire you and care for you. Because I am a princess I know what it is like to be admired and looked up to but only because of the blood that runs through me, I have done nothing to earn that respect but you..." she stopped for a moment hoping she wasn't stepping into some sort of line, "what I'm trying to say is that now I know that I must work hard to feel worthy of such admiration. I am not blind, I know the kingdom has countless faults; which is why I know that the path that I must follow will not be an easy one." she said with outmost seriousness and determination.

She waited for a few moments in silence before she spoke again, “Can I ask… what changed your mind about having me train with you?” Alissa asked standing close to him while looking into his blue eyes.

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Tannin began to lead the way to the door that was not near the statue but around the wall. It did not take them long to reach the door. Tannin stopped at the door, turning to Alissa. “Thank you Tannin, for keeping me safe and for everything." Tannin was silent, listening to Alissa intently as well as noting her lingering gaze. "You should rest now, no matter what you say I know you still haven’t and need to recover.” At hearing this, Tannin smiled at the young woman before. "You are most welcome, Alissa." He paused for a short moment eyeing her closely. "I believe that you are beginning to know me far too well." He laughed lightly, the smile still on his face.

Alissa spoke again soon. "You know it hasn't been that long since we got here but I could easily notice how much the people at the guild admire you and care for you. Because I am a princess I know what it is like to be admired and looked up to but only because of the blood that runs through me, I have done nothing to earn that respect but you...what I'm trying to say is that now I know that I must work hard to feel worthy of such admiration. I am not blind, I know the kingdom has countless faults; which is why I know that the path that I must follow will not be an easy one." Tannin eyed her with intrigue. He could not say that he would have ever thought he'd hear such a thing coming from someone of her status. "I assure you that I have done nothing so great as what you would think. I have given them a home. This place was much different when I first arrived here. But..in such a time as this, when their King has seemingly abandoned them, most are apt to follow any that show them the way. Our numbers were not so great only a few years ago. I am merely happy that they are happy. This land has seen much in all of the time that it has existed. I work to alleviate at least some of their pain..

Yes. For anything in life..we must work hard for it. At least in most cases. However, I am glad that you can see that the kingdom is in need of such help. It has been a long time since there has been a ruler that actually cared for their subjects.."
He paused for a short moment, staring into the princess's eyes quite deeply. "Princessa, I've no doubt that when the time is right..you will make a most wonderful leader. You have merely to show the people that you are not your father and they will follow you." He fell silent, hoping that he'd not said too much. However, Alissa spoke once again. “Can I ask… what changed your mind about having me train with you?”

At this question, Tannin tilted his head at Alissa, almost as if he was trying to decide what to say to her. Before he was quiet for too long, he smiled at her once again. "I thought it over as we were traveling and I had been set against it until a thought happened into my mind. What if, for some unseen reason, you were caught by yourself? I doubt that many would spare you as I've done. I think it best that you at least be able to protect yourself. That is..if you are still interested?"

After allowing Alissa a chance to answer, Tannin bowed slightly to her. "I will leave you for now. We will have about four or five hours before dinner is ready. I believe that I will try to get some rest and you should do the same. I will come get you when the food is here?" Tannin smiled one final time at Alissa before leaving her and making his way back to the other door that was located in the large room. He'd informed Alissa that if she needed anything, she knew where to find him. He entered into his room. It was exactly as he'd left it, save for the few new clothes that had been placed inside.

Tannin quickly made his way into his bathroom and drew a warm bath. He quickly took all of his weapons and clothing off, happy to be out of the now soiled outfit. He got into the bath, allowing the warm water to engulf his body. The water felt wonderful on his shoulder. Though it was healing nicely, he would eventually need a actual medic to look at it. Perhaps later that night he would head up for that purpose. He was in the tub for some time before he finally got out. He dried his body off, and then proceeded to shave his face, around his goatee, and brushed his hair out. He then made his way back into his bedroom and to the closet, a towel still wrapped about his waist. He began searching through the different outfits before finally deciding upon the perfect one. He quickly dressed and then made his way over to a small cabinet. He unlocked it with a hidden key that was built into the side. Once it was open, he found a small box and pulled it out, sitting it near the door so that he wouldn't forget it when he left later. He then made his way back to the bed and laid down and closed his eyes.




Tannin opened his eyes, feeling as if he'd just closed them. He slowly rose from his bed and stood, stretching. He then made his way back into the bathroom and picked up all of his weapons, placing them in the right spots until his being. Though they were in one of the safest places in the world, Tannin never went anywhere without them. It was a rare sight to see him weaponless.

As he made his way to his door, he picked the small box up and exited the room. He slowly made his way through the large room and to Alissa's door. He gently knocked, waiting for her to answer. As he stood there, he wondered how she would handle receiving the small box that he held in his hands. It was obviously a older item and inside of it there lay a piece of jewelry that Alissa would need in case they were ever separated. It could save her life. When she opened the door, Tannin bowed slightly to her. "Princessa, you have rested well?" he asked, smiling. Though he'd changed, Tannin had yet to hide his face. There was never anyone who would enter the lowest rooms without his voiced permission and so they would know beforehand.

Tannin gently handed the box to Alissa. "This is for you. Normally, only members of the Guild would receive this, however I believe it best to make an exception in your case." Tannin waited as Alissa opened the box. Inside the box, nestled against golden silk, was a necklace. Tannin watched the princess closely before speaking. "Our emblem is that of a Phoenix..that is..a fire bird. It was chosen because they are the very vision of freedom and all that we wish to accomplish in life. Also, the Goddess Chinaja was said to have had one as a companion, though the statues that we currently have of her do not show such a thing. Anyway..that is a Phoenix feather. If you find yourself without me in a tight spot, merely show the necklace. They will leave you be. Especially while you are here. You are unknown and if you are by yourself you may be asked why you are here. Merely tell them you are my guest and show the the feather. Now..are you ready to eat?" he asked.

He led the way back into the main room, a tray was sitting upon the desk. A second chair had been placed near so that they both could sit and eat. Tannin waited for Alissa to take her seat before joining her. This meal was quite different from what they were both used to eating over the past week. It was hot and fresh with several different options. Tannin poured their drinks and then handed Alissa her plate and silverware, telling her to simply help herself to the items that she wanted He waited patiently for her to finish filling her plate before he got what he wanted. He was a bit silent. He knew that she couldn't be happy with finding out that Litania was no more than a child. He wondered how long it would be before she began pestering him about it. He could not blame her, however. had he not known the child's background, he..too, would not have been happy about her becoming a murderer. He was..actually surprised that Alissa wasn't bombarding him with questions in general. He imagined that it was a lot for her to take in.

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Alissa listened carefully as Tannin explained himself in the matters regarding the Guild, she admired him greatly even when he humbled himself down and did not give himself enough credit as he rightfully deserved. She felt shame in knowing that her father had been the one who had turned his back against his own people, leaving the kingdom on the current poor state in which it found itself; she deemed it almost disgusting that he had done everything at his reach to gain even more power than the one he already had. Even so, she smiled at his comforting words, knowing that there was somebody who believed she could be somehow worthy to lead her people, most specifically those who were in greater need. She nodded once he told her that she needed to show the people that she was noting in the likes of her father and they would surely follow.

Alissa wanted to change the subject of discussion and asked him as to what in the world could have possibly managed to change his mind in training her. She waited patiently with a spark of curiosity in her eyes. Finally he answered and she listened carefully, always looking at him in the eyes. As soon as he asked her if she was still interested in him training her she immediately replied with determination, “Absolutely” she said with enthusiasm to which he simply bowed. Shortly enough he took his leave informing her at what time dinner would be served. “I believe that I will try to get some rest and you should do the same. I will come get you when the food is here?" Alissa smiled before she softly pushed him outside urging him out of her room, showing him that she was okay and that he needed not worry about her but rather more on himself. She saw him take his leave but before she did he told her where he’d be in case she needed anything.

It wasn’t until Tannin left that she finally took a closer look to her bedroom she smiled upon looking at the beautiful décor, almost too pleased to see that the bedroom radiated with coziness. She took a closer look at herself as she moved closer to the mirror on the dressing table not too far off from the bed. She let out a sigh upon looking at her scruffy appearance and carefully picked a lock of her messy hair not remembering how long it had been when she had been able to wash her hair properly. She let her lock down and immediately left the dressing table as she walked towards the dark wooded armoire; upon opening the rustic door she felt a rosy blush cover her cheeks. She remembered what Tannin had said that he would find clothing worthy of a princess once they were in the guild and looked with wide opened eyes at the repertoire of beautiful and expensive dresses that were inside of the armoire. Overwhelmed at the sight and remembering she needed to take a bath she looked closer inside the set of clothing and finally picked a beautiful nightgown.

Alissa rushed to the bathroom to take a hot bath, she took longer than she had initially expected as she almost fell asleep in the hot tub feeling the hot water touch her skin. Finally, she dried herself and headed outside to change into the nightgown; after she did she almost took a dive into the cozy bed wanting to get a good rest. Soon enough the young princess feel into a deep sleep which she hadn’t been able to get for the days prior to arriving to the guild.




It took herself longer to wake up from her slumber, her eyes were heavy and her body did not want to leave the warm bed that had provided her rest the night before. Finally, knowing that it would not take long before Tannin knocked on her door she headed to the armoire as she had the night before. She felt her cheeks get warm once again remembering the beautiful dresses that awaited her for her to wear and imagined how out of place she’d look in an assassins guild. Upon hesitation she picked a beautiful pink dress and changed immediately. As soon as she did, she carefully folded the nightgown and placed it on a chair nearby. She moved back and carefully made the bed almost leaving no trace that she had been in the bedroom at all.

It was around the time that she was fixing her hair when she heard a soft knock on the door, she felt flustered once more as she fixed her dress and opened the door. “Princessa, you have rested well?” he asked with a smile, one Alissa could finally notice and not simply imply by the tone of his voice as he had his mask down. Alissa noticed his clothing and almost stood in awe at the top-notch detail in the outfit, being knowledgeable in the matter; knowing a thing or two in tailoring. “Yes, I haven’t slept that well in a long time. What about you? Are you feeling well?” she asked returning his smile. She waited for him to answer and made a not to herself to mention the matter of Litania and his choosing in her clothing.

It was then when Tannin handed her a beautiful box. “This is for you. Normally, only members of the Guild would receive this, however I believe it best to make an exception in your case.” Alissa received the box with curiosity forming in her smile and was not hesitant to open it. She noticed the beautiful feathered necklace and looked at Tannin almost reluctant to receive another gift from Tannin knowing that he had already given her more than she could ever possibly ask for. She shook her head and closed the box with a gentle smile about to give her gratitude yet return the gift when Tannin explained the meaning behind it. He then explained the meaning behind it and Alissa smiled again. “You are unknown and if you are by yourself you may be asked why you are here. Merely tell them you are my guest and show them the feather. Now… are you ready to eat?" Alissa nodded and waited for him to show her the way. Before she did though she asked for him to help her to put on the beautiful necklace as she showed him her bare neck.

She walked behind him, almost too embarrassed to think that someone would see her in the beautiful outfit that gave away her identity. Thankfully she noticed that nobody else had joined them, besides she guessed that nobody would seeing that Tannin was at ease and that he did not worry about her outfit. She grabbed the plate that he had handed her and grabbed a few options for the meal she’d have before she sat close to him. She took her time in eating allowing Tannin to eat too before she said anything knowing that what she was about to say would take it’s time and their food would get cold.

“What I told you before…” she paused looking at him quite seriously, “I know you’re a man who means well Tannin. Anybody on his right mind can see that. And even though you may not believe it is the truth.” She paused again, but did not allow him to interrupt her. “You told me what it was like growing up being an Assassin, how you gained your scar, the things you had to do. I don’t blame you, for none of it but I can hardly imagine you wanting Litania to follow the same path you have. I can’t imagine a child who would seek to go in life murdering and though I hardly know her I know she is a good child. I know it is not my place to say so but I can imagine there are many other ways you can help her without turning her into an assassin…” She paused and listened to his explanation before she moved on to lesser important issues, trying to perhaps lighten the mood she surely must have ruined with her previous statements.

She smiled a bit playfully “I have to say, I thought I might have had a very slim chance to fit in the guild, at least for a while.” she paused a bit, “but this…”
she said almost laughing after she signaled herself from top to bottom, “I was most tempted to leave my quarters with nothing but my nightgown.”

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Alissa began speaking and Tannin listened to her closely. “What I told you before…I know you’re a man who means well Tannin. Anybody on his right mind can see that. And even though you may not believe it is the truth. You told me what it was like growing up being an Assassin, how you gained your scar, the things you had to do. I don’t blame you, for none of it but I can hardly imagine you wanting Litania to follow the same path you have. I can’t imagine a child who would seek to go in life murdering and though I hardly know her I know she is a good child. I know it is not my place to say so but I can imagine there are many other ways you can help her without turning her into an assassin…” He said nothing for a few moments, trying to decide how best to answer her without coming across as being mean. "Alissa, I wish for Litania to have a good life. Something that I cannot say that I have had. I came across her when I was on a mission in the city of Jh'talith. She was wandering the streets..alone. She was no older than four at the time. I happened upon her. I was walking down the street, getting ready to leave the city to return here when I spotted her. She looked lost and confused..she'd obviously been on her own for some time.

Against my better judgment, I approached her. I knelt down to her and asked her where her family was. At first, she would not say, only that they'd been taken away. However, that made no sense. After gaining her trust, we returned to her family's home only to be greeted with death. I searched the home for any that still lived though there were none. I then asked Litania what had happened. At last, I came to understand what had happened. Litania's family was one of the lower family's in Jh'talith. Just from this information, there was no reason that her family should have been slaughtered as they had been. She could tell me no more and so I took her with me. I did not leave the city as I'd been planning. Instead, I got a room at one of the inns and left her there, making sure that she had everything that she needed and was looked after. I then went looking for answers."


Tannin paused for only a moment before continuing. "What I found out was that though Litania's family was lower in class her father and brothers had been part of a group that was against Lorn. This was around the time that he was beginning to gain power. Litania's family was marked as traitors to Lorn's cause. Jh'talith is near Nuhardos and any nearby that do not follow Lorn are marked for death. I found out everything that I could all the way down to the people that were responsible for her family's death. I did not seek them out..I didn't need Lorn casting his gaze to me or the Guild. I returned to the Inn where I'd left Litania and in the morning we left together. She has been here ever since and I could not cast her from my side even if I tried. You..do not know the lengths that I have gone through in order to keep her out of this life.

I've left her with families that wanted her only to have her returned to me only a few days later. I've given her the best education so that she doesn't need to do what we do. Once she realized what we did here, she begged me to teach her..so that she could seek revenge on Lorn for what he'd done to her family. I have done everything in my power to keep her out of this life but she will not have it. At least here, I can keep an eye on her and make sure that she is not doing anything stupid. I have refrained from sending her on any dangerous missions..all she's done is surveillance. If it were up to me, she would be as far from this place as possible. I care for her and you cannot imagine the pain I feel thinking about what is bound to happen to her..all because she has chosen this life."


Tannin fell silent, mulling over what he'd just said. It was all truth. There was no ounce of a lie in what he'd told Alissa. He merely wanted her to understand that Litania was his apprentice because she wished it. That he had tried to give her a better life that then one she'd chosen. The truth of the matter was that Alissa did not know the girl. So, how was she to know if the girl wanted to be a assassin or not. Alissa spoke once again, this time seemingly in a better mood than before. “I have to say, I thought I might have had a very slim chance to fit in the guild, at least for a while. But this…I was most tempted to leave my quarters with nothing but my nightgown.” Tannin smiled and laughed at this. His gaze looked her over once before he spoke. "There should be some more..suitable clothing in your room for when we begin training..which for you and Litania will be in the morning. If you'd like, I can get you some more like that? If it would make you feel better. Though, I must say that you do look lovely, Princessa."

He smiled gently at her. "I will need to head to the infirmary after we eat. To have my shoulder checked on to see when I will be able to begin training again. You are more than welcome to come with me or stay here." Tannin soon finished his meal but remained sitting. Now that he was able to truly relax and rest, it was almost unusual for him. They'd been on the road for so long that he was used to being on edge. His shoulder was still sore, though he could tell that it was actually feeling better than it had been. That was a good sign that he would be quickly healed. Tannin waited for Alissa to finish eating and when she did, he gathered their dishes but left them on the desk. He remained seating, eyeing the princess. "So tell me, Princessa, how is it that you are so different from the rest of your family. I cannot say that I expected it. It makes me even more glad that I did not kill you as I was instructed."

Tannin fell silent as he waited for Alissa to answer him. He couldn't help but feel happy that at the last second chosen to save Alissa from her doomed fate. It was not something that he normally did. Then, for some reason, he felt almost drawn to Alissa. This was something that he'd not expected. He already cared for her quite a bit though Tannin was unsure of how far his feelings went. Not that it mattered. They could not continue even being 'friends' after she took the throne. It was just impossible. The thoughts that were running through his mind saddened him and he was sure that Alissa could see that his mood had changed. "I really need to get up to the infirmary before Cassen leaves for the night. Coming?"

Tannin then rose from his seat and then pulled his hood and mask up, hiding his appearance. He then picked up the tray and made his way out of the large room. One of the guards that stood at attention took the tray and quickly left. Tannin then slowly began walking through the hall.

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She immediately fell silent and her lips were unable to respond, the very same which had been predisposed to refute Tannin in allowing the young girl to become his apprentice; there was nothing else she could say in the matter, after all what could she possibly say now that Tannin had explained what had happened to Litania and her family. Alissa knew that she could never know or fully understand the suffering that Litania or Tannin had experienced through their lives when her greatest suffering consisted of not being allowed to go out more into the city and the very same fact that she was a princess. Such was the irony that her life almost seemed unreal, as if she had been kept away from the truth all of her life and kept from all the horrors happening behind closed doors.

It wasn't until Alissa spoke again in an attempt to make things less uncomfortable between one another that Tannin let his smile show once more. Their eyes met once again, "There should be some more..suitable clothing in your room for when we begin training..which for you and Litania will be in the morning. If you'd like, I can get you some more like that? If it would make you feel better. Though, I must say that you do look lovely, Princessa." Alissa inevitably responded to his smile with a bashful one, after she could feel her cheeks get warmer. Alissa nodded, in truth she had always been one to wear horse riding gear seeing how she practically lived to ride Libertas, probably the one one in the family who understood her.

"I will need to head to the infirmary after we eat. To have my shoulder checked on to see when I will be able to begin training again. You are more than welcome to come with me or stay here." Alissa was glad he had invited her, knowing she would have pestered him to allow her to come along with otherwise. If possible, she would like to learn a trick or two from the doctor at the infirmary. After all, she wanted to make herself as useful as possible in case Tannin was in danger again and was in need of medical attention. "Of course I'm coming along with you"
she said as if it was the natural order of things, as if they were now close enough to know she would come with him and as if the question almost offended her.

Soon after Tannin finished eating, Alissa had also finished her meal. They both waited even after the meal was finished and even after Tannin had moved the dishes away, "So tell me, Princessa, how is it that you are so different from the rest of your family. I cannot say that I expected it. It makes me even more glad that I did not kill you as I was instructed," Tannin asked and Alissa could not help but to fall silent again remembering all the wrongs his father had done. It wasn't like she hadn't noticed how flawed the man was, but nothing was compared to the things she had learned about him while staying alongside with Tannin.

"I've never been good at playing the princess role Tannin," she paused, knowing this would be hard to explain, specially because she had never said this to anyone else. "It's true, I was born intro a royal family. I've always been taught to be respectful, to care for the kingdom, to be highly educated and adept, but above all to be a good prospect of a wife. In this case a wife for the handsome and powerful Alexander, 10th de Montecarlo ." The last part she said it with a tone of sadness and a hint of sorrowful sarcasm. Saying it out loud only made it more painful, it wasn't like she hadn't noticed such detail but it was the truth. In a sense she felt like cattle being prepared for the slaughter, from birth her father's great demise was not being able to have a male son so he did the best he could; prepare his only child to hopefully marry someone of great power and benefit him as he saw fit.

"This is not what I wanted of course, unlike other princesses who find great pleasure in marrying those worthy of them I don't believe in marriage without love. Don't get me wrong, Alexander is a good man and we've been friend for as long as I can remember..." she took a small break before she could continue, "but I don't love him." She took a greater pause now, not knowing what would come out of her lips next seeing as they were almost in autopilot.

"I know I will have to rule one day, but I am afraid of the weight of the crown, I am afraid to fail my people as my father has and as many other have before him. I fear that I am also selfish because I love my people almost as much as I love my freedom. I am a woman with great flaws, but I have even more flaws as a princess. I am nothing like my family because I don't want to, because all of my life I've wanted to get away from this life; I know this will sound like rubbish because I've had it good as opposed to you and Litania and countless others but that doesn't mean I will not accept my role, I will accept my responsibility and do what my father failed to do but I will do it my way." Alissa fell silent for more than it was needed, she knew she had spoken far too much and far too soon; still, she was glad to have finally gotten it out of her chest. Feeling as if some weight had been lifted off her shoulder she finally looked at Tannin in the eyes again, "As you can see Tannin, I am a terrible princess but I am also glad that you didn't kill me."

There was a great pause now between them, Alissa wondered if Tannin had been upset or annoyed at everything she had said earlier, "I really need to get up to the infirmary before Cassen leaves for the night. Coming?" Tannin asked. Alissa nodded and got up from her seat allowing Tannin to lead the way, now beginning to feel self-conscious not knowing if she had done right by explaining herself.

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As they'd left the large room, Tannin had realized that he'd not said anything to Alissa regarding what she'd told him. Honestly, he'd not expected her to open up as she had. His pace was quick as he led the way through the Guild. Normally, he would have taken the hidden passages that he would normally go through but he'd decided against it with Alissa following. She would not have been able to keep up. He slowed his pace, allowing Alissa to walk next to him. He glanced down at her. "You are wrong." He said softly, smiling behind his mask. "You are not a terrible princess. Far from it. You are merely human." He fell silent for a moment as they passed a few members. They bowed in respect to Tannin though he merely continued walking. When they were alone once again, he continued.

"I cannot say that I have ever understood the need for the high born to marry off their daughters to those who would simply marry for the gain of more power. In the end, that is all most in the world care about." He glanced at her as he turned them down another hallway. "I will let you in on a secret, Princessa. The day that my Master died, I took over as the Guild Master. I was far from being ready for such responsibility. Imagine going from being in the background to being thrown into the light. I lost many nights of sleep because I had worried myself so. However, I came to realize that I could simply only do what I was able. No more..no less. There comes a time where we must spread our wings and fly."

Tannin stopped them before a set of old wooden doors. He turned to look down at the woman. "The only advice I can offer you, Princessa, is for you to learn quickly who to trust and who not to. Keep those that are trustworthy close." He then opened one of the doors, allowing Alissa to enter first. He then followed her. He had brought them to what looked to be the infirmary. He then led the way back to the back of the room where another door was. He opened it, allowing the Princess to enter first once again. He followed, this time locking the door behind him.

There was a man sitting at the small desk. Immediately, he rose and made his way over to the pair. He bowed deeply before Tannin before turning his gaze to Alissa. "What can I do for you Master Tannin?" Tannin then proceeded to explain what had happened and who Alissa was. The old man was quickly moving the Master to a chair. "Foolish boy. You should have come here sooner. Let us see the damage that has been done."

Slowly, Tannin began removing layers so that Cassen could see the wound on his shoulder. Tannin merely looked down as his shoulder was unwrapped and looked at. Cassen checked over the stitches before moving to gather a few supplies. "Princess, if I may..your needlework is quite good for someone who has never sewn flesh before. Come here child. I will allow you to see the proper way to deal with such wounds. Had you not helped the Master, he would be dead now. He owes you his life."

Tannin had remained silent as Cassen spoke and began cutting out the stitches from his shoulder. His breathing quickly became strained as pain shot about the healing wound. "It is healing quite well. I believe that you should be able to pick up your training at any point. Just make sure not to over do it. We don't want you making things worse. I'll be trusting you, Miss Alissa, to make sure that he is taking it fairly easy. Swordplay would be fine..nothing else for at least a few more days. No climbing about or do any of that fancy acrobatics that you like to do." Cassen showed Alissa how to stitch and wrap the wound more properly. He also told Alissa that he'd give her supplies to keep the wound clean, as it would need the bandages changed twice a day.

He redressed, covering his face once again before thanking the elder man and then leading Alissa slowly back to the lowest level. He was certain that it was obvious that he was in pain. However, he ignored it. Once they were alone once again, safe from prying eyes, Tannin removed his mask and hood. He made his way over to the desk, sitting down. His gaze suddenly fell to the young woman. "Princessa, I am afraid that I have much work to do. Though, you are welcome to sit with me if you wish." He wanted nothing more than to spend time with her though he still had a job to do. He was quite behind since he'd been gone for so long. Tannin thought that perhaps they could speak while he began going over his backed up paperwork or she could read. He smiled at her, willing her to see that he would be fine with either choice she decided upon.

Tannin took hold of the first sealed letter and opened it. His eyes began reading, going over what was written. He was silent for some time as he went through several different letters and papers, writing up replies for those that called for it. After some time had passed, Tannin glanced to Alissa. "Tell me, Princessa," He started as he placed the quill down, taking a short break. "What would you do if you had nothing tying you down to the capitol. No worries. No one to worry for you there. Where would you be? What would you be doing?" He knew it was a odd question but it was something he was simply curious about. His gaze turned to her, softly resting upon her.

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Tannin showed Alissa the way to the infirmary, they walked through the Guild and Alissa kept her distance from Tannin, not too far away but not too close either, still it was obvious that the gap between them was bigger than when they first arrived. She wondered if he would reply about what she had said earlier and secretly hoped he wouldn't, Alissa was still surprised at how close she had gotten with Tannin and the feeling alone made her feel exposed. "You are wrong," Tannin finally said breaking the silence between the two of them, his soft words made her stop instantly. She said nothing and waited for a more throughout explanation, though his words sounded comforting right off the batch Allissa could not hide her nervousness. She wondered if it was because she had grown to care for his opinion, "You are not a terrible princess. Far from it. You are merely human," Tannin said, Alissa said nothing but as soon as Tannin turned around to greet some members of the guild she let out a small smile of satisfaction as if his small response had been enough.

Alissa nodded when Tannin explained how he had confusion of his own when it came to arranged marriages and soon after confided in her with the secret of how he had come to be the Guild Master and his responsibilities, "I came to realize that I could simply only do what I was able. No more..no less. There comes a time where we must spread our wings and fly," he concluded. Alissa gave Tannin a last smile with an approving nod, feeling as if she had needed to hear those words all of her life as opposed to 'do what you have been born to do, be the princess we expect you to be'. Even so, Alissa had always been one to do more than what she could handle, even if sometimes that resulted in ill-being or in getting herself hurt in the process.

Alissa was distracted when Tannin stopped before a pair of hand crafted wooden doors that she almost bumped into him, as soon as Alissa took a step back he spoke again "The only advice I can offer you, Princessa, is for you to learn quickly who to trust and who not to. Keep those that are trustworthy close." and with those words he opened the door. They kept walking through the infirmary but it wasn't until they arrived to the back when he opened another set of doors, after they entered an old man greeted Tannin with deep respect, it wasn't until the old man moved Tannin to a chair to expect him further that he reprimanded him for not visiting the infirmary sooner. Inevitably, Alissa could not help but to feel responsible and guilty of Tannin's wounds but she did not allow for it to stop her from studying every move that the old man made even if it seemed to be something without greater significance.

Alissa starred nervously as the man removed the layers of cloth, she wondered if she had done more damage than she had done good and it wasn't until the old man praised her needlework that she let out a sigh of relief. The man offered to teach her the proper way to deal with wounds and Alissa did not hesitate for a second to learn everything she could, "Had you not helped the Master, he would be dead now. He owes you his life,"
he added, had things been differently she would have made a witty remark and teased Tannin of such accomplishment, specially after how they had come to know each other but this was not joking matter, the thought of losing Tannin made Alissa feel weakened and at loss. Tannin owed her nothing on her account, if someone were to keep score Tannin had saved her more times than she dared to count.

Alissa asked for the man's name as he began cutting the stitches from tannin's shoulder, and soon enough Cassen spoke again warning Tannin that he should keep rest from his usual activities, "I believe that you should be able to pick up your training at any point. Just make sure not to over do it. We don't want you making things worse. I'll be trusting you, Miss Alissa, to make sure that he is taking it fairly easy. Swordplay would be fine..nothing else for at least a few more days. No climbing about or do any of that fancy acrobatics that you like to do." Alissa could not help herself this time, letting out a small chuckle at seeing how Cassen spoke to his master, it reminded her of how her mother scolded her although Cassen's words hardly sounded like a scold. "Worry not Cassen, I will watch out after Tannin," Alissa said firmly now erasing any sign of playfulness mostly because she meant it.

Alissa thanked Cassen for his advise and for the supplies he handed to keep Tannin's wound clean, she was always glad to make herself useful and even though it was something as small as changing his bandages. As soon as they had finished, Alissa thanked Cassen for the help and they were on their way back to their headquarters at a slower pace. Alissa noticed how much in pain Tannin was but said nothing knowing there was nothing she could do for the moment, she didn't know if she would hurt his pride specially in front of his man who constantly saluted him respectfully as they made their way down, still she offered herself for him to old onto if he needed any support. Finally, after they were back into the room outside Alissa's room Tannin sat down at the main desk, "Princessa, I am afraid that I have much work to do. Though, you are welcome to sit with me if you wish." Alissa let out a small smile and quickly sat down at leather sofa that stood not too far away from the desk. She did not mean to distract him for his job, besides she could finally get to finish the book that Tannin had gifted her while they were at the inn seeing that she was more than half way done with the book.

Alissa allowed him to work peacefully while she read her beloved book, as always she was self absorbed into the story navigating into a different world, a world of adventure; not that she needed more adventure than the one she was living in but still. It wasn't until Tannin spoke softly that she was brought back to reality, "Tell me, Princessa, Tannin asked with a hint of curiosity. Alissa changed her position, where she had been lying down comfortably in the sofa, now she shifted to a siting position. Soon enough she placed the book down at a table nearby and listened attentively to what could have made Tannin curious, "What would you do if you had nothing tying you down to the capitol. No worries. No one to worry for you there. Where would you be? What would you be doing? " Alissa waited in silent being caught off guard by his question, even though it was obvious she had fantasized of it countless times the truth she was at loss. Alissa would have never been asked such a question back home, especially when she didn't need such encouragement from anyone.

"I..." she began but she soon enough stopped herself. The question now made her laugh a little "I suppose I would want to live a life full of adventure, living my life on the edge not knowing where I might go next and what kind of things await me, running free with Libertas galloping to wherever we might want to go, visiting foreign lands. I want to set sail and see the ocean at it's most natural form," Alissa could not hide her radiant smile as she spoke of her plans, she waited for a few seconds before she began speaking again. "But what about you Tannin? What would you be doing were not not a Guild Master? Where would you be if you were free to do as you pleased, if you were free of any responsibilities?" Her eyes now scanned his as she waited patiently.

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"I suppose I would want to live a life full of adventure, living my life on the edge not knowing where I might go next and what kind of things await me, running free with Libertas galloping to wherever we might want to go and visit foreign lands. I want to set sail and see the ocean at it's most natural form," Tannin noted the young woman's smile. He offered her one of his own,glad to see her so happy about something. He had been about to look back to his paperwork when Alissa spoke once again, posing a question of her own. "But what about you Tannin? What would you be doing were not not a Guild Master? Where would you be if you were free to do as you pleased and free of any responsibilities?"

Tannin did not answer her right away. He simply held her gaze. After having been silent for a moment, the assassin spoke. "I must..admit, it is something that I do not think about often. Though, I imagine I would be living a less adventurous life than what I do now." Tannin hesitated for a moment, trying to decide how much to tell the young woman. He tore his gaze from her, standing from his seat. Slowly, he made his way to Alissa, joining her upon the sofa. They were close, though the young man found that he did not mind. "I imagine I would be far from here since I would no longer have anything keeping me."

The assassin was silent for a long moment, as if thinking. "If I was to do anything, I would most likely just be living life. However, if we are speaking of a different world entirely, I think I should very much like to live upon the sea. I have been there several times and have found it most enjoyable." He fell silent, his gaze turning to Alissa. What he did not tell her was that what he truly wanted..was a family. It was something that he doubted he would ever have. Who would want to be with him? A murderer and a scarred face did not attract many women. He was uncomfortable with where the line of discussion could go. He was quick to change the subject. "However, I will be here until the day I die. There is no leaving the Guild once joined."

He smiled at her, obviously the thought not bothering him too terribly. He sighed softly before rising from the sofa. He turned so that he could see Alissa. He offered her a hand so that he could help her up. "It is late and we have been on the road for a long time. I think it best to get some rest. We will need to be up early." He escorted her to her room, waiting outside of the door. He bowed to her slightly before straightening himself back up. "I bid you a good night, Princessa. I was hoping you would join me for breakfast before the day begins." He waited patiently for her to answer him before he left her for the night.

Tannin made his way to his room and entered. He took all of his weapons off of his person and placed them in their proper place. He then slowly undressed, pulling the layers off of his body. He left on a simple shirt and pants and then got into the large bed. He pulled the blankets up around his body and closed his eyes. Before Litania came looking for him the following morning, he would need to get Alissa to treat and redress his wound. He was glad that she was there and that he wouldn't have to go looking for Cassen every time he needed it done. He would have to find a way to thank her properly later on. He fell asleep rather quickly and there was nothing that would wake him easily. He'd spent the past few weeks barely sleeping, more intent upon making sure that nothing happened to Alissa while they were on the road.

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Alissa was not surprised when Tannin explained he had not given much thought of a life other than the one he currently had. Somehow, she imagined that Tannin was a young man who found no use in thinking over the inevitable and that for which he had no power of. Regardless of what was going behind her mind, she listened carefully to what he had to say and noticed him move closer to join her. As Tannin explained himself, saying how he imagined he would be living upon the sea far away from Irisu, Alissa imagined the assassin in a much calmer setting. After Tannin fell silent Alissa could notice he did not wanted to speak further of the matter. "However, I will be here until the day I die. There is no leaving the Guild once joined." Tannin said in a solemn manner to which Alissa did no reply to. Instead, Alissa fell silent too as she looked at the young man who stood not too far away from her standing up and offering her a hand to do the same. Accepting his helping hand, Alissa too stood up. "It is late and we have been on the road for a long time. I think it best to get some rest. We will need to be up early." Tannin said, to which Alissa smiled gently and nodded.

As they walked, Alissa remained quiet. As soon as she stepped inside her room, Tannin stayed outside the door. He respectfully bowed before he spoke again, "It is late and we have been on the road for a long time. I think it best to get some rest. We will need to be up early. I bid you a good night, Princessa. I was hoping you would join me for breakfast before the day begins." Tannin said waiting for her response. "Very well, I hope you can get a good rest. As for the breakfast, I look forward to it." She smiled gently and took a pause before she also wished him a good night. "Good night Tannin." She said before she went back to her room and quickly moved back to her armoire to change into a nightgown. She carefully placed the dress back into the armoire before she headed to bed. Surprisingly, she was not as tired and instead took the opportunity to continue reading the book had gifted her. Unknowingly, she feel asleep while reading of the lover's tragedies.




It was an ungodly hour to be awake, or so the young woman thought as she rose out of bed and headed towards the armoire. Even though at bystander's eyes it would appear as if she would have gotten used to waking up at such an early hour, the young woman was far from becoming an early riser. The sun had yet to made his appearance, and the young princess sighted unable to remember the last day she had woken up late. Regardless of what she thought, she also knew the importance of her task at hand. Alissa ventured into the armoire, they had finally gotten tired of filling its space with pompous dresses that gave away her status and instead filled the armoire with training gear and other clothing that somewhat made her seemed as an assassin. Even so, there were still some dresses but that did not meant Alissa would wear them. After she selected some proper clothing, she moved towards her bathroom where she undressed and folded her nightgown in the counter. Without further due she took a hot bath and changed into her attire fitting for her morning activities.

Alissa walked through the corridors confidently, though she admittedly considered it a bit boldly, she had gotten used to the Guild the time she had been living there. As she made her way through she wondered if Tannin had already woken up and whether if he was in his office or whether he was in the training room with Litania. During Tannin's recovery, he had barely gotten to train Alissa a handful of times. Instead, Tannin had asked Litania to train the young woman and to teach her what he had once taught her. Of course, the young child was not pleased and was not afraid to let Alissa know how much she disliked the position in which Tannin had placed her. Walking as she did, Alissa came across other assassins she had became acquaintance with in which case she greeted them all respectfully.

Before she entered the training room though, she visited Cassen. After constantly insisting the old man, he had promised to train the young woman and to teach her as much as he possibly could. As soon as she entered the infirmary, where she could practice what he taught her along the way, Alissa greeted him endearingly. This time, Cassen signaled her to watch closely as he treated a patient, as usual he asked Alissa what she would do in such situation. First, she inspected the patient's wound immediately spotting the yellow and green fluid covering the open wound. "It's infected." Alissa immediately said not wanting to wait as much as another second. "We need to clean the wound and decrease the swelling. It is not a severe infection but we need to treat it before it is." She said promptly before Cassen moved aside indicating her to do it instead. Alissa obliged immediately and cleaned the wound carefully. After the wound was carefully treated by Alissa, Cassen praised her and began another one of his lessons teaching her more of his medical knowledge. As soon as Cassen finished his lesson Alissa thanked him and bid him farewell before she quickly rushed to the training room.

Finally, Alissa arrived to the training room where Litania awaited impatiently with her arms crossed. "You're late-..." Litania said immediately while tapping her feet showing her exasperation. Without allowing her to do as much as say a word in her defense, Litania handed Alissa the wooden swords that they used to train. Litania immediately assumed her position which Alissa had always considered elegant almost as if it were a form of art. Immediately she too assumed her position as the young girl had taught her.

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Tannin had risen that morning before most others. He had quite a bit to do, as had become the norm for him as of late. He had wanted to train Alissa himself though had set Litania upon the task. He'd decided that it was a good idea..it would help the younger girl to get used to the idea of the Princess remaining with them until the threat of Lorn had passed. Tannin spent the entirety of his early morning in a meeting with Kaya and Verrengar. They'd gone over much of what Tannin had missed in his absence. As he'd been healing, Tannin had been forced to keep all of his meetings short. He'd not been able to leave the Guild, being forced to remain hidden away. He couldn't remember the last time he'd been able to even spend time with Alissa.

When he wasn't busy with the day to day duties that he was required to perform, Tannin had spent the time resting, trying to recover. He had to admit that he was glad that his wound was now completely healed. Nothing was holding him back. Currently, Tannin was walking with Kaya and Verrengar through the Guild. The two that knew him best..those that he'd chosen to oversee the Guild beneath him..The two that he trusted above all others, including Litania.

The two that were walking with him, each on one side of him, spoke with him. Tannin was more than happy to continue the conversation. He'd been gone for some time during the time he'd gone after Alissa. The small group made their way through the Guild, heading towards the large training room. As they neared, Tannin could hear Litania's voice. The child was loud, as she tended to be. However, Tannin could easily pick up her words.

"Again! Your enemies will not go so easy on you!" The young girl's voice brought a small smile to Tannin's face. Though, none could see it. The three friends came to a stop at the railing and looked down as Litania and Alissa continued their training. Tannin looked down calmly, noting that neither of the females noticed his arrival. Litania continued at Alissa relentlessly. Tannin was quick to see that the situation was quickly becoming dangerous.

He was unsure what had set the girl off though he knew that he would have to intervene soon before Alissa was hurt. He excused himself from his friends, slowly making his way down to the open floor. By the time he arrived, Litania was getting ready to attack Alissa once again. However, this time, Litania's attack was different. There was rage and anger behind it. If she was to reach Alissa, there was no telling what would happen.

Tannin moved quickly. The young girl's wooden sword was coming down towards the Princess as Tannin came to stand in front of Alissa. It was far too late for Litantia to stop her attack. However, the Guild Master did not seem bothered by it. He lifted a hand as the wooden weapon got too close, stopping its movement.

Litania was suddenly looking up at Tannin in shock and surprise. She seemed at a loss. It was obvious that she'd not expected anyone to interfere. The young girl released her grip on the weapon, taking a step back and then bowing to Tannin. However, regardless of the respect she was showing, Tannin knew that it would only be a moment or two before she did something rash.

He allowed the wooden weapon to fall to the ground just as a shining dagger came flying at his head. He quickly slid a foot backwards, behind one of Alissa's, forcing her to the ground quickly. Almost immediately after he was sure she was out of the way, Tannin bent backwards, the dagger flying just over where they'd been standing.

Tannin rose quickly, his gaze falling to the spot where Litania had just been. The girl had disappeared though Tannin was fairly sure he knew where she would go. He turned quickly, moving. He knew that Alissa would follow him and so he did not wait on her. He took off at a run towards the tables that sat before the wall. He lept upon one of the tables nearest the solid wall and then lept towards the wall that connected with the railing. One of his feet landed and he pushed off, allowing himself to be able to to reach the railing. He quickly pulled himself up. The moment his feet touched the ground, Tannin took off running through the Guild, towards his office.

It took him only a few minutes to reach his destination. As always, the two guards stood watch. He was quick to inform them to allow none save for Alissa to enter until further notice. Litania was standing before his desk, waiting. "I knew that you'd know where to find me." She said. Tannin sighed, lowering his hood and mask. Of course he knew where to find her. "Tell me, what has you so upset."

Litania was silent for a long moment, as if trying to decide what to say. When she did finally speak, her voice was not as loud as it had been earlier. "She doesn't belong here and you know it. She is doing nothing but slowing down my training. She is a burden.."

Tannin was quick to silence the child with a wave of his hand. "You know not what you speak of. Alissa's presence has done nothing to hinder your training. Though she is not one of us, that does not mean that she doesn't belong here. She is in need of our help and until such a time that she is able to return to the capitol, she will remain. I suggest you get over whatever problem you have and move on. We will not be having this discussion again."

He made his way towards the pillars that rose from the deep water, simply gazing at them for a long moment. Litania said nothing, glancing to the door. "It's not polite to spy on people when they're having a conversation." Tannin was certain that Alissa had finally joined them and had no doubt heard at least some of what had been said. He turned towards the door, gazing steadily in the Princess's direction.