Duel A Way Forward

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The Roswell. It was an empire that was situated in the northwestern area of the North-blue. Its lands experience wet winters and dry summers due to its oceanic climate. It was the first day of November. Kyouko and Nero were present in the library. It was that time after in autumn when idleness flows around when one does not give a thought about the dangerous, disturbing occurrences in the world like pirate attacks, fights, and assassinations. Nero was leaning back on a chair by the window, reading a book he wasn't interested in while Kyouko sat at the front of the room reading a thick book. One would say this was a sluggish afternoon. Nero placed his book in the table and got off from the chair while shifting his field of vision from the table to the bookshelves of the library.

And my eyes fell upon a strange sight. He walked towards the bookshelf. In the corner of that bookshelf, it was one of the books Miyagi was reading while ago. As it was full of strange books, Nero was surprised he was able to notice this book.

The title of the book was "The Mystery of Tarots".

"I had no idea Kyouko was interested in these kinds of books." He opened the book in amusement. The page he was turning to was of course the chapter covering "The Empress", of which the contents filled up ten pages. he read the first line of it:

III. The Empress
Motherly. Fertility. Sensuality.
"Hmm" reading these alone, Nero sure doesn't know anyone with these attributes. Come to think of it, he wanted to see what Tarot Card matches Kyouko's personality.

"So, Nero like these kinds of books?" Standing beside him Miyagi Kyouko said. She's with her long, dark hair and frail-looking figure, she gave the look of an elegant lady. She turned to look at him, and upon meeting his gaze, turned back towards the book he was reading. "Did you somehow awaken interest in Tarot Cards?"

"Hmm... Oh well, Not really."

As Nero looked at her smiling face she replied to him. "Since we're talking about Tarot cards, how about we assign a symbol for ourselves as well?"

"A symbol?"

For a short while, Nero was led on by Kyouko. Before long, he continued, "First, Ian(Nero NPC) would be 'Justice'."

While Nero had absolutely no idea what meaning the card 'Justice' holds, her face was close enough that he could hear each breath she took. Somehow, her breathing felt rougher than usual. He examined her expression. Her eyes settling to look the book Nero was holding. Then she slowly and reservedly raised the corners of her lips, and looked at him. And then, all of a sudden, she let it out.

"I am sure there is no tarot card that matches with Nero's personality," Said the girl, now with a full-faced smile. While Nero continued to not utter a single word, her face that was rich with expressions, her face that she wore on her body for a life of socialising with others, began to change, she let out a soft smile. "Ehehe, did you get bored with my joke?"

While laughing, Nero said, "Yeah"

"Ah, I see, okay okay. You're being rude as usual" While she said that, the two of them begin laughing.
 
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It was in the early hours of the day, after embarking on a 3 day long journey a young looking man with blonde hair, donnic a light blue tunic with beige trousers and brown boots. He was sat on his bed at an inn they just about got into after a tiring journey. He was sat on the bed quietly with his arms behind his head used as cushions he just stared at the ceiling. "I hope they moved the ship, as i don't want us to catch attention" he thought. He then stretched his arms and legs without at least suffering a cramp in his left leg which had him jump in discomfort. He looked as if he was jumping for joy or trampling around he grabbed the wall and stood on the leg with the cramp. "Dammnit ... i hate getting these cramps." he said in frustration staring at the wall. "I am sure i read in one Eve's books saying if you do this, the cramp goes away but this is surely painful" referring to standing on the leg with the cramp.

Meanwhile a chuckle could be heard in another room, "Link you sound funny whenever you get these cramps ... guehahahahaha" he laughed further. "Oh man" he said as he wiped his eyes then sighing. Wearing a blue jacket that would be long enough to his ribs, underneath a full black top and bottom with multiple grey pockets full with lead bullets, also with grey knee caps. With black curly hair though kept as a man bun though it did give the cascading effect of being kept like dreadlocks, with one of them hanging from the front of his face up to his eyebrow and another to the side.

"Urgghh i hate you kid" Link replied then chuckled before a Den Den Mushi began to call and vibrate. It was on the bed placed when they arrived to their room. "I'll save you some tea downstairs" the comrade said and stood up heading to the door and out. Link then picked up nonchalantly "Hello / Moshi Moshi" as the caller then though silently replied with "I think you need to come and see this".



With the title ending To be continued ....


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At the end of the fifth hour, Nero had it enough. Even though he didn't have anything to do, he wanted to quickly leave this library. His expression could be likened to that of a saint that had journeyed the world and found enlightenment. Contrary to his expression however, he was leaning forward on the desk in front of him, and lazily resting his head on the table looking at the side view, not making any eye contact with the young lady sitting across from him.

"Nero cheer up! It's not like you were going to do anything anyway, right?" The lady sitting across Nero gracefully said, and turn the page of the book she was reading. He thought that was rude of her, but she was right, but still, he wasn't happy being here for five hours.

There wasn’t any work to be done beside Kyouko's curiosity about the secrets of this town; Despite Nero's immediate attempts to return to the hotel, Miyagi didn't let him go. Out of consideration for the bet he lost against her early in the day, he decides to not argue about it.

"There’s no way I can cheer up after spending five hours in the library. I thought we're off from here after Tarot Card discussion."

"Eh, is that so? I didn't know. By the way, Nero you hungry?"

"Did you even gave me the time to able to eat. I did get dragged away by you out of the blue." To the best of his ability, he tried to make his annoyance apparent through his voice.

"Uhm… If you don't have anything to do right now, then let's go eat together."

"Where are we going?" So Nero asked, and she, looking at outside from the library window with narrowed eyes.

"No clue."

Nero looked up at her face, and told her, "This girl...." She returned his efforts with her facial expressions. First, she pursed her lips, showing her embarrassment and apprehension, then she peeked at his expression, and finally as if she was casting them all away she broke into a broad grin.

"Hey, don't be mad, we can look for a good place to eat"

There's wasn't a single sensible thing he could say in response to her smile.

"Yeah, guess that works too."
 
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Link kissed his teeth, "What happened now?" he would say in a frustrated manner with a puffed out chest followed with a exhale. "Sorry boss, that was just to get your attention. By the way thats 1 to me and 0 to you." Link hearing this face palmed himself "Fuck sake have i put myself into"

"You really keeping score on this arent you?" "Aye Aye Sir" was replied to links question. Link sighed "I'll be down in 5, so scram boy". Link put the Den Den down exhaling in frustration. Though that was not all as a bulging of vein with a short burst of tantrum "Theres not 1 but 2 of these assholes i have to deal with, dammmmnit"

Link would freshen himself up not paying much attention to anything else and exited his room, proceeding to head down the hall and down to the stair exits. It didn't take long for him to go down after all it was only the 3rd floor. But as he was going down his mind began to tick, ticking to the question of what was missing and not lighting the bulb. "Roswell ... what is this empire renown for? ... I am sure i heard it somewhere in the past."

Link was greeted at the bottom of the stair case by his comrade from earlier "Law, what is it?". "Sir we need to head to the Library, now." This alerted Links thought process like a cog in the machine began to accelerate with every tick a tock followed. "The Library it is ... " as the duo would fist bump heading out to the main reception of the inn.

Prior the duo heading out Law would raise his voice asking the receptionist "Hey you, Library which way?" which the receptionist raised his arm to the right.

The duo stood outside the inn "So which way was it Law?". "He said to the right as we are in the left side of the port. Looks like we head into the main centre of the empire."

Link smirked and then said "Right it is"


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Having reached this stage, Nero asked for the first time what was her other reason to come here beside her curiosity about this town. Nero was sure she must have had a good reason.

"Nothing special really. I just like reading books, y'know?" After replying she energetically stood up, walked over to her sky blue bag, and placed the notes she was taking inside it. Suddenly Kyouko stood up and walked over the reception. When Nero followed in wonder, she was giving the staff a natural smile like a blooming flower.

"Where I can buy these books?" It was obvious at a glance that her rosy smile got the staff flustered. Apparently all of them were quite excited about her. it wasn't surprising to the least, her face was really pretty.

"Err, actually, there is a new books order. And since that is the case, we would gladly welcome you to have these books from here." The other staff members nodded their heads in agreement, too.

"Thank you very much!" The staff blushed, moved by her radiant smile.

Nero smiled wryly at her star-like attitude. He knew better. He knew that a bold and determined character lurked beneath her surface, which showed only a beautiful girl of excellent character who was thus loved by everyone. To make things worse, bright Kyouko was well aware of her own attractiveness. And just now Nero had learned that she also knew how to use it correctly.

Unable to hide his irritation over the situation, he walked slowly and deliberately with each step. He approached her, then he edged his hand toward hers ever so slightly, until she felt his fingertips brush her hand. She unfurled her fingers and let his slip around hers until she could feel the heat of his palm pressed against her own.

"Let's go."

"Eh... Alright," said Kyouko gloomily and starting walking towards the exit with Nero while the palm of their hands still pressed against each other as they left the library.
 
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The rain began to hammer down, the floor began to aesthetically shine and glimmer underneath the sun. "Its really pissing down" Law would exclaim to which Link would reply "It really is" ..."but then again this is a kingdom that is known for its monsoon type weather."

"Hey Law, speed up would you" Link would yell as the raining even slowly but surely made walking difficult with every drop making his clothes feel heavier than normal. As the heavier the clothes the more strength would be needed to walk. "Boss hey look, its library or a church lets head in there" as Law would point directly in front picking up pace without rain peltering off the duo.

The duo would speed up constantly finding a place to rest under shelter from the torrential rain, though in the end it would just get them to where they wanted the Library. Link would be panting "Hey, let's call it a break. We need to rest up so make sure when we get in, we get our breath back alright?" "You got it" Law would reply.

Link would dust himself off as would Law as the duo would even drench the carpet upon entering. "Lets call this a rendezvous point for now got it" with Law nodding in agreement shaking himself like a dog, with water splashing everywhere.

"Arrgghh damnit, i just brought this jacket and the fur looks like a cat that got put down." Law would say annoyed at the fact his jacket got slightly ruined due to the rain

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