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This is an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet starring Cobalnite and Azura. I tried to stay true to both Fates and the original play, but of course I had to take some liberties. --Technickal1, author

Chapter 1 Edit

(A blue-haired, Hoshidan princess named Azura is standing by a lake. Slowly she steps in, in her full white dress, to take a swim.)
Azura
You are the ocean's gray waves, destined to seek ♪
Life beyond the shore, just out of reach
Yet the waters ever change, flowing like time ♪
The path is yours to climb
Izumo
(Xander of Nohr sits on his horse commanding some soldiers. Ryoma of Hoshido rushes in, slashing a few Nohrian soldiers with his blade, Rajinto.)
Ryoma
Nohrian general! You face the high prince of
Hoshido, Ryoma! I challenge you to single combat!
Xander I will accept your challenge, "high prince".
But I'm no general. I am crown prince Xander of Nohr!
(Xander's horse neighs and charges forward. Ryoma follows and they leap into the air. Suddenly, Archduke Izana ducks between the two.)
Izana
STOOOOOOOP!
(Xander and Ryoma fall to the ground and cross blades.)
Izana
(grinning) Put those toys away!
You don't want to break Izumo's neutrality pact, do you?
I've had to hustle over here three times already to stop squabbles between you two folks!
Normally, three strikes would mean you're out, but I'm feeling like a nice guy today.
Maybe it's the weather. So I'll let ya go now,
but if I ever catch you guys squabbling again, you're going down!
(Xander and Ryoma head off in opposite directions.)
Ryoma
Our apologies, Archduke Izana!
Xander
It won't happen again!
(Camilla, Gunter and Leo enter the scene)
Camilla
Oh, where is my darling Cobalnite?
Thank goodness he wasn't at this quarrel!
Gunter
Lady Camilla, I last saw him in the forest last night.
But when he saw me, he took off.
Leo
Come to think of it, he HAS been acting weird, hasn't he?
He's been shutting himself in the Northern Fortress every morning.
Gunter
Do you happen to know why?
Leo
No, and he won't let me ask him.
Bummer, because I would be happy to help him.
(Cobalnite enters!)
Gunter
Speak of the devil; there he is!
Let me take care of this.
Leo
Fine, we'll catch up later.
(leaves)
Gunter
Good morning, my liege.
Cobalnite
Is it that early?
Time sure goes slow when you're sad.
Gunter
What sadness lengthens your hours?
Cobalnite
Love.
Gunter
…Love?
Cobalnite
Even with you guys around, I still feel lonely.
My heart yearns with lovesickness.
Gunter
I understand, Cobalnite.
My dear wife and daughter were taken from me…
…and I was never the same.
Is there anything I can do to help?
Cobalnite
Sadly, no.
Gunter
Well, hang in there.
Kingdom of Hoshido: Castle Shirasagi
Ryoma
But both Prince Xander and I received the same warning.
It won't be hard for people as old as us to keep the peace, methinks.
Ivanhellsing
You two are both honorable princes.
A pity you lived at odds so long.
But milord, I came for…a different reason.
Specifically, for your sister Azura's hand in marriage.
Ryoma
You wish to marry my sister?
But she is still quite young…
Ivanhellsing
Oh, please.
I've seen many a girl younger than her happily married.
Ryoma
And they lose their innocence far too early.
She's a symbol of hope to me and all of Hoshido.
But woo her if you must, Ivanhellsing.
I have a ball at the castle coming up tonight.
I would like for you to attend.
Yukimura!
Yukimura
Yes, milord?
Ryoma
Read this list and invite each and every one to the castle tonight.
At once!
Yukimura
As you wish, milord. (leaves)
Drat! I forgot my glasses!
How will I read this cursed list now?
Izumo
Yukimura
What to do…what to do…
(Gunter and Cobalnite enter)
Yukimura
Good day, sirs. I pray, can you read this list for me?
I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses.
Cobalnite
Sure can! Let me see…
"My brother Takumi, my dear sisters Hinoka, Azura and Sakura, our retainers Saizo, Kaze, Kagero, Reina, Orochi, Setsuna, Azama, Subaki, Hana, Oboro and Hinata, Fuga and Hayato of the Wind Tribe, Kaden of the kitsune, Archduke Izana, Yukimura, Scarlet and Ivanhellsing."
Gunter
This could be the solution to your problem, Cobalnite.
There ought to be a lot of fair maidens among those.
Cobalnite
True, but…I'm not invited.
Yukimura
Oh, everyone is welcome to our masquerade ball!
My master is Prince Ryoma of Hoshido.
If you're not of the kingdom of Nohr, feel free to come
to our castle tonight and crush a cup of wine!
Farewell! (leaves)
Cobalnite
So Nohrians aren't allowed.
Gunter
Not so fast. Remember, this is a MASQUERADE ball,
which makes it easy to disguise ourselves.
Cobalnite
Excellent idea, Gunter!
Kingdom of Hoshido: Castle Shirasagi
Hinoka
Sis, have you seen Azura?
Sakura
N-no, I haven't. Azuraaaaaa!
Hinoka wants youuuuuuuuu!
Azura
Hold on, I'll be right there.
What's the matter?
Hinoka
Hey Azura, I have a question.
Do you…uh, want to be married soon?
Azura
It is an honor that I dream not of.
Sakura
Wow, Azura…you're so humble…
Hinoka
Well, think of it now, 'cause Ryoma wants you to.
Girls younger than you are are already mothers.
The valiant Ivanhellsing seeks you for his wife.
Sakura
W-wow, he's so dreamy…
You're lucky…
Azura
I'll look into it, sisters…
Kingdom of Hoshido: Castle Shirasagi (Night)
Ryoma
Greetings and welcome, ladies and gentleman.
Are you here to dance?
Crowd
Yes!
Ryoma
Then, without further ado, let's start the music!
(A small orchestral group starts to play a waltz. Everyone pairs into groups, except Azura, who now wears a black dress and veil. Cobalnite enters wearing masks with Gunter and Silas, but quickly runs off. Azura starts singing to herself.)
Cobalnite
Sir, who's that enchanting young lady standing over there?
Hoshidan
I don't know, sir.
Cobalnite
Oh, she teaches torches to burn bright!
I never saw true beauty until tonight!
And what a beautiful voice!
(Takumi sneaks over to talk to Ryoma.)
Takumi
That voice…it must be a Nohrian!
Fetch me my yumi, big brother.
I shall make quick work of him.
Ryoma
(looks over to where Takumi is facing)
Is that…Cobalnite? Our long-lost brother?
Takumi
Hmph. He's still a Nohrian.
He shall be punished.
Ryoma
(glaring at him) Listen, little brother.
You shall leave him ALONE and take no note of him.
Turn that frown upside down; we're at a ball!
Takumi
It fits when such a villain is a guest.
I won't endure him.
Ryoma
He shall be endured.
Am I the big brother here, or you?
If you don't, you'll make a mutiny among my guests!
Remember how sad you were when our brother was taken from us?
He's still the same person now!
Takumi
You're delusional if you think he'll be.
Ryoma
(smiles) You'll be surprised, brother of mine.
Cobalnite
Milady, my name is Cobalnite.
And yours?
Azura
I am Azura.
Cobalnite
Well then, Azura…
Shall we dance?
Azura
I'd be honored to.
(He takes one of her hands and puts his other hand behind her back. They dance.)
Sakura
Siiiiiiis!
Hinoka wants to t-talk to you!
Cobalnite
Who's Hinoka?
Sakura
The princess of Hoshido, and my big sister.
Cobalnite
So you're part of the Hoshidan royal family?
Oh no, what have I done?
Sakura
Don't worry, your secret's safe with us.
Ryoma
Huh? You're leaving ALREADY!?
(someone whispers in his ear)
Ah, I see.
All right, ladies and gentlemen! Have a good night!
(everyone but Azura and Sakura leave)
Azura
So he's a Nohrian. What a shame…
I liked him.
Sakura
Not just any Nohrian.
I-I think he's our long-lost prince.
Azura
You mean…?
Sakura
Yes. Ryoma told me that after King Garon of Nohr killed our King Sumeragi,
he kidnapped a young Hoshidan prince by the name of Cobalnite.
T-Then Queen Mikoto--Mother--sent out a bunch of troops to enact revenge.
They kidnapped you from Nohr and assassinated King Garon,
but not before he killed Mother.
As for Cobalnite, he later chose by his own free will to stay in Nohr.
We've been f-fighting ever since.
Azura
I know that story. But I never thought that would be him.
And I…I think I'm in love with him.
Sakura
Let's go. Everyone's left.
TO BE CONTINUED…

Chapter 2 Edit

Kingdom of Hoshido: Shirasagi Castle Town
(It's late, and everyone has gone to sleep, save for Gunter and Cobalnite's childhood friend, Silas, who are looking for him.)
Gunter
Cobalnite? Cobalnite?
Oh, where could that boy be?
Silas
Knowing him, he's probably gone off to bed already.
Gunter
He ran this way.
Call for him, Silas.
Silas
Cobalnite, my friend! Where could you be?
Cobalniiiiiiiiiiiite!
Gunter
Never mind.
If he hears you, you'll just anger him.
Come, let's be off to bed.
(They leave. Down a nearby hill, Cobalnite pops out of some bushes.)
Cobalnite
I appreciate the concern, but…
don't they know I need some alone time every now and then?
???
You are the ocean's gray waves ♪
Cobalnite
Who's there?
Is that…?
(He ducks down and opens the bushes to reveal Azura, back in her white dress, walking by a lake.) It is!
Azura
You are the ocean's gray waves, destined to seek ♪
Life beyond the shore, just out of reach ♪
Yet the waters ever change, flowing like time ♪
The path is yours to climb ♪
(She turns to face the horizon, her back towards Cobalnite.)
Ay me!
Cobalnite
She speaks!
Oh, speak again, bright angel!
Azura
Oh, Cobalnite, Cobalnite, why must you be Cobalnite?
Deny your brother and refuse your name.
Or, if you will not, troubling as it may be,
be but sworn my love and I'll no longer be a Hoshidan.
Cobalnite
Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
Azura
It's but your name that's my enemy.
You are yourself, but not a Nohrian.
Nohrian, a meaningless title of nobility
that only serves as a cause of oppression.
Oh, be some other name! What's in a name?
That which we call a rose
by any other word would smell as sweet.
So Cobalnite would, were he not Cobalnite called,
retain that dear perfection which he owns
without that title. Cobalnite, discard your name.
And for that name, which is no part of you,
take all myself.
Cobalnite
I'll take you at your word.
I shall no longer be Cobalnite!
Azura
(turns around) W-who are you?
Cobalnite
By a name I don't know how to tell you who I am.
My name is hateful to myself because it is an enemy to you.
Had I written it down, I would have torn it apart.
Azura
I haven't heard you say one hundred words,
yet I recognize your voice. Are you not Cobalnite,
and a Nohrian?
Cobalnite
Neither, if you don't want me to be.
Azura
Tell me…
Why are you here? And how?
I thought only I knew about this lake.
And considering who you are, this kingdom is death.
Cobalnite
I heard you singing when I was in hiding.
And love conquers all, so Hoshidans won't stop me.
Azura
If they see you, they will murder you.
Cobalnite
I'm more scared of your bad side than theirs. I'd give anything to see you again.
Azura
You're sweet. If it wasn't dark out
you'd probably see me blushing.
Anyway, I wanted to ask you…(clears throat) Do you love me?
Cobalnite
But of course!
The real question is, do YOU love ME?
Azura
Before you even asked!
I knew you were special when I first met you at the ball.
???
Who's there?
(An arrow shoots towards the lake. Azura leaps gracefully into the water, while Cobalnite quickly backflips out of the way and runs. The shooter peers in.)
Takumi (looks in both directions) Hmph. Never seen this place before.
I swear someone was here.
(The next morning…)
Sevenfold Sanctuary
Cobalnite
Good morning, Rainbow Sage.
Rainbow Sage
Ah, who greets me so early?
Cobalnite! How fare thee?
Cobalnite
Better, thank you.
Rainbow Sage
Ah, so you got over your lovesickness?
Cobalnite
Even better!
I was enchanted by a fair maiden named Azura last night at a ball.
She's the sister of Prince Ryoma of Hoshido.
And now…I wish to marry her.
Rainbow Sage
I'm happy for you, boy.
But…don't you think you're going a little too fast?
Cobalnite
Nonsense! It was love at first sight!
Rainbow Sage
Ah, very well.
She's of your mortal enemies' kingdom, hm?
I'd be happy to help stop that feud of theirs.
I'll send off some Sky Knights to deliver the message and send her here.
But wisely and slow, they stumble that run fast.
(Later…)
Rainbow Sage
Cobalnite, do you take Azura to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Cobalnite
I do.
Rainbow Sage
And Azura, do you take Cobalnite to be your lawfully wedded husband?
Azura
I do.
Rainbow Sage
Then, by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife.
(Cobalnite leans in to kiss Azura as her new husband.)
TO BE CONTINUED…

Chapter 3Edit

Izumo
Gunter
I pray to you, good Silas, let's retire.
The day is hot, the Hoshidans are abroad,
and if we meet we shall not escape a brawl.
Mad blood is stirring these hot days.
Silas
No. I must fight.
It's on my honor as a knight.
Gunter
Silas, please. You don't live as long as I have
without learning when to withdraw from battle.
By my head!
Hear come the Hoshidans.
Silas
By my heel, I care not.
(Takumi, Hinata and Oboro enter.)
Takumi
Follow me close, for I will speak to them.
Oboro
Um...Lord Takumi, are you sure
you want to pick a fight with them?
Hinata
Yeah, they don't look like they're worth our time.
Takumi
Of course!
Gentlemen, a word with one of you.
Silas
Let me guess, a fight?
Takumi
You shall find me apt enough to do that,
sir, and you will give me occasion.
Gunter
Could you not take some occasion
without giving?
Takumi
Silas, you are Cobalnite's accomplice--
Silas
Accomplice!? What, are you calling us criminals?
(He signals for his horse and readies his lance.)
Gunter
We talk here in the public haunt of men.
Either withdraw to some private place,
or reason coldly of your grievances,
or else depart; here all eyes gaze on us.
Silas
Men's eyes were made to look, so let them gaze.
I will not budge for any man's pleasure.
Takumi
Well, peace be with you, sir,
here comes my man.
Silas
Cobalnite?
I'll be hanged if that's your servant.
Takumi
Cobalnite, the love I bear you can afford
no better term than this: you are a villain.
Cobalnite
Takumi...
I know I've never been there for you like
a brother should...
I've caused you much suffering, and I
couldn't grow up with you...
This all grieves me more than you will ever
know, but I will not fall here on this day.
I won't let you kill me, but the very least
I can do...
is accept all of your anger.
Takumi
So...you knew?
No matter.
This shall not excuse the injuries
that you have done me. Therefore, turn and fight.
(He raises his bow.)
Cobalnite
Takumi! If you're going to aim that thing at
anyone, aim it at me. I'm the one you want!
Go on then. Loose your arrow, Brother!!
Silas
Oh, calm, dishonorable, vile submission!
What have you done with him, Takumi?
What have you done to make him like this?
Takumi
Nothing. But if a fight is what you wish,
a fight is what you will get.
(He aims for Silas.)
Cobalnite
Silas, no!
(Silas and Takumi fight.)
Draw, Gunter. Beat down their weapons.
Gentlemen, for shame! Stop this outrage.
Takumi, Silas! Archduke Izana has explicitly
forbidden fighting in Izumo streets.
Stop, Takumi! Stop, Silas!
(He dives between them. Takumi shoots under Cobalnite's arm. It hits Silas in the heart and sends him flying off his horse.)
Silas
I'm sorry...I let you down...
I'm sorry, Cobalnite... I'm too injured to...carry on...
(He dies.)
Cobalnite
Silas... SIIIIIIIILASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
(A magenta-purple aura surrounds him, knocking Gunter, Takumi and the fallen Silas back,
as his appendages glow red and morph into draconic ones. His eyes go blank. He finally emerges from the aura
as a blue and silver dragon nearly twice his original size. He roars, leaps and pounces
on Takumi.)
Takumi
Please...no...
(Cobalnite strikes him in the heart with his upper right foot. He lets out a deep but loud and bloodcurdling scream. Suddenly, Cobalnite transforms back.)
Cobalnite
*huff* *huff*
Ughhh...
(He crawls over and surveys the scene.)
Oh no! What have I done?
(He flees.)
Gunter
Cobalnite, wait!
(Izana emerges from a nearby building, wearing only a bath towel wrapped around his waist.
The Hoshidan and Nohrian royals follow.)
Izana
What's with the racket?
If it interrupted my jacuzzi bath it'd better be important!
(He walks to see two corpses on the ground.)
All right...who is responsible for whom?
Gunter
Great Archduke, Prince Takumi was slayed by Cobalnite.
But not before Takumi slayed Silas, Cobalnite's childhood friend.
Hinoka
Cobalnite...? My...brother?
Well, brother or not, he should be punished!
No one touches any brother of mine!
Izana
So who started this?
Gunter
Takumi did.
Cobalnite spoke politely and told him his arguments were silly.
He said you wouldn't approve. But Takumi wouldn't listen.
He and Silas fought hard, while Cobalnite cried for them to stop.
Then he dove in between them, forcing them to cease fighting.
However, Takumi reached under Cobalnite's arm and shot Silas in the heart.
Cobalnite was so overcome by rage that he turned into a dragon!
As quick as lightning, he and Takumi started fighting. Before I could intervene,
Takumi was dead. Cobalnite transformed back, and filled with guilt, fled the scene.
This is the truth. I swear on my life.
Hinoka
Not so fast!
Gunter is a Nohrian! His loyalties make him lie!
How do we know he's not fibbing?
Izana
Well, Cobalnite slew Takumi who slew Silas...
So who should pay the price?
Xander
Not Cobalnite. Silas was his childhood friend.
He brought Takumi to justice by killing him.
Izana
Then instead of killing him, we'll kick him out of Izumo.
He DID act in defense of his friend, buuuuuuuut...
I keep giving you guys second chances,
and you only cause more problems.
Kingdom of Hoshido: Castle Shirasagi
(Azura sits on the bed of her room, wishing Cobalnite was with her. Suddenly, Sakura runs in, looking out of breath.)
Sakura
Azura!
Azura
Oh my! Sakura, what's wrong? Why do you look so upset?
Sakura
*pant* *pant* T-Takumi was killed!
Azura
By whom?
Sakura
There was this d-dragon rampaging through the streets of Izumo.
People say Cobalnite turned into it!
Azura
It's not his fault.
Sakura
Azura, how could you say that?
Our brother...is dead! And Cobalnite k-killed him!
Azura
But that wasn't him.
It was the blood of the ancient dragon
that runs in his veins.
Sakura
I g-guess so... Azura
Sakura, could you please do me a favor?
Please find Cobalnite for me and bring him here.
Here...(giving her a ring) give this to him.
Sakura
OK, I will.
Sevenfold Sanctuary
Rainbow Sage
Come on out, Cobalnite. You poor, frightened thing.
I'm afraid you have a date with trouble, and you're married to disaster.
(Cobalnite crawls out from behind a pillar.)
Cobalnite
O Rainbow Sage, what's the news?
What is the Archduke's punishment?
What suffering lies in store for me?
Rainbow Sage
Don't worry, you won't be harmed.
I have news about the Archduke's punishment.
Cobalnite
Is it any less than doomsday?
Rainbow Sage
He made a gentler decision.
You will not be killed, but will be banished.
Cobalnite
Don't try to sugarcoat it.
I'm dead, aren't I? And "banished" sounds even worse.
Rainbow Sage
Henceforth, you are banished from Izumo.
But the world is broad and wide;
there are many other places to go.
Cobalnite
But the war is purgatory, torture, hell itself;
Being banished from a peaceful settlement
is like being banished from the world.
And being banished from the world is death.
Banishment is death by the wrong name.
It's like beheading me with an axe
with a grin on your face.
Rainbow Sage
You ungrateful boy!
Do you not realize the gravity of what you did?
You committed a crime punishable by death,
but Archduke Izana was kind enough to lessen your punishment.
This is dear mercy, and you don't see it.
Cobalnite
It's torture, not mercy!
Izumo is the only place Azura and I could see each other.
If I visit Hoshido, or she visits Nohr,
I-or she, would surely be branded a traitor
and be swiftly killed. But in Izumo,
every cat and dog and little mouse,
every unworthy being can see her,
but not I can't. Even flies can see her now.
They are free men, but I am banished.
I can't talk to her or kiss her or hold her hand...
And yet you say that exile is not death?
Had you no poison, no sharp knife,
no sudden mean of death,
nothing so disgraceful, except banishment?
O Rainbow Sage, the damned use that word in hell.
They howl about it. How can you call yourself a sage;
my FRIEND, if you're going to torment me with that word?
Rainbow Sage
Listen, you foolish madman.
Cobalnite
Are you going to talk about banishment again?
Rainbow Sage
I'll give you protection from that word.
The antidote for trouble: philosophy.
To comfort you even though you're banished.
Cobalnite
"Banished" again? Forget about philosophy!
Unless philosophy can make an Azura,
take Izumo and push it somewhere else,
or reverse a prince's doom, it doesn't help.
Say no more.
Rainbow Sage
Oh, then I see that madmen have no ears.
Cobalnite
How should they, if sages have no eyes?
Rainbow Sage
Let me talk to you about your situation.
Cobalnite
You can't talk about something you don't feel.
Were as young as I am, Azura your love,
Married only an hour ago, Takumi murdered,
Doting like me, and banished like me,
then you might talk, and tear your hair out,
and fall upon the ground as I do now, measuring a grave that hasn't yet been dug.
(Knocking from outside.)
Rainbow Sage
Arise. Someone's knocking.
Who's there? Where did you come from? What do you want?
Sakura
(from outside) I-I'll tell you if you let me in!
I'm here on behalf of Azura.
Rainbow Sage
(opens the door) Welcome then.
Sakura
U-um, O Rainbow Sage,
where is Cobalnite?
Rainbow Sage
There on the ground, drunk in his own tears.
Sakura
Just like Azura, huh?
Cobalnite
(suddenly sits up) How is she, by the way?
(turns away) Does she think I'm a cold-blooded murderer?
Sakura
S-she doesn't really say anything.
She just shuts herself in her room and quietly weeps.
Cobalnite
Weeping for Takumi, I suppose. She probably thinks me a villain.
Give me a sword, Rainbow Sage, and tell me what vile part of my body
my name is in. Do it, so I can cut it out of myself.
Rainbow Sage
Hold on, you desperate child.
And you call yourself a man?
Have you killed Takumi? Are you going to kill yourself,
and, by proxy, your wife, who shares your life?
Be happy you have been given the gift of life.
Your life is full of blessings.
People who act like you do die miserable.
Go be with your love, as your wedding decreed,
but be out once the night watchmen come.
Then go back to Nohr, where you'll live
until we can make your marriage public,
reconcile your families, beg pardon of
the Archduke, and call you back
with twenty hundred thousand times more joy
than when you left. Go ahead, Sakura.
Make sure everybody in the castle is asleep.
I'm sure they're all so sad that they'll want to anyway.
Cobalnite is coming.
Sakura
You have wise words, R-Rainbow Sage.
I'll tell Azura you're coming, Cobalnite.
Cobalnite
Please do so.
Tell her I'm ready for her to scold me.
Sakura
Here, she told me to give you this ring.
(gives Cobalnite Azura's ring)
Hurry, it's getting late.
(Sakura leaves.)
Cobalnite
Ahh, I feel so much better now!
Rainbow Sage
Go hence. Good night.
Your case rests on this:
leave before the watchmen come,
or at daybreak in disguise.
I'll find your maid so she can
give you updates from time to time.
Give me your hand.
(he hands Cobalnite a sword)
Cobalnite
Is that...
Rainbow Sage
The legendary Yato, yes. I trust you have what it takes to wield it.
Use it to protect yourself.
It’s late.
Farewell. Good night.
Cobalnite
I'm off to see the greatest joy in the world.
But it's still a shame to leave you in such a rush.
Farewell.
Kingdom of Hoshido: Castle Shirasagi
Ryoma
Things have fallen out so unluckily, sir,
that we have had no time to persuade our sister.
Listen, Takumi was her brother, and mine too.
Well, we were born to die.
It's very late. She won't come down tonight.
And if it weren't for you,
I would have been asleep an hour ago.
Ivanhellsing
These times of woe afford no time to woo.
Lady Hinoka, good night. Give my regards to your sister.
Hinoka
I will. And I’ll find out what she thinks early tomorrow.
Tonight she is shut up in her room, alone with her sadness.
Ryoma
Sir Paris, I will make a desperate argument
for my sister's love. I think she will listen
to anything I say. No, that and more, I have no doubt.
Hinoka, please go to her before you go to bed.
Tell her of Ivan's love,
And tell her, next Wednesday—
Wait—what day is it today?
Ivanhellsing
Monday, my lord.
Ryoma
Monday! Ha, ha. Well, Wednesday is too soon.
On Thursday then. On Thursday, tell her
she shall be married to this noble earl.
Will you be ready? Do you want to rush?
We’ll keep it small, a friend or two.
Listen, because Takumi was just killed,
people will think we don't care about
our own flesh and blood, if we party too much.
Therefore we’ll have just half a dozen friends or so.
Ivanhellsing
My lord, I wish Thursday were tomorrow.
Ryoma
Well go on home. Thursday it is, then.
Hinoka, visit Azura before you go to bed.
Get her ready, my sister, for this wedding day.
Farewell, my lord. Now I’m off to bed.
Oh my! It’s so late that we might as well call it early.
Good night.


Azura
Leaving so soon? It's still a while until morning.
That sound you heard was just a nightingale.
Cobalnite
Then what are those streaks of light
peeking out from the clouds in the east?
Azura
That light is not daylight. I'm sure of it.
It's some meteor coming out from the sun
to lead you back to Nohr. Therefore, stay. You needn't go.
Cobalnite
Then let me be taken. Let me be put to death.
I'll be content, if that's the way you want it.
I'll say the light over there isn't daylight.
I’ll say it’s the reflection of the moon.
I'll say the sound outside was a nightingale.
I want to stay more than I want to go.
Come, death, and welcome! Azura wills it so.
How are you, my love? Let’s talk. It's not morning yet.
Azura
(looking out the window) Oh, then it IS daylight! Sorry, Cobalnite, but you have to go.
Cobalnite
*sigh*
I guess the lighter it gets, the darker our woes.
(Sakura peeks in.)
Sakura
Azura, Hinoka's coming.
It's morning. Be careful.
(Sakura closes the door. Azura digs through her closet and pulls out a ladder.
She then opens the window.)
Azura
Let day in and life out.
Cobalnite
Give me a kiss. (kisses)
Goodbye! (he goes down)
Azura
Farewell!
Parting is such sweet sorrow...
That I shall say goodbye till it be tomorrow.
Hinoka
(from outside the room) Hey, Azura, are you up?
Azura
Who's calling? Is it Hinoka?
Isn't she up very late? Or up very early?
hat strange reason could she have for coming here?
(Enter Hinoka.)
Hinoka
What’s going on, Azura?
Azura
Hinoka, I am not well.
Hinoka
Are you gonna cry about Takumi’s death forever?
What, will that wash him out of his grave with tears?
If you could, you couldn’t bring him back to life.
So stop crying. A little bit of grief shows a lot of love.
But too much grief makes you look stupid.
Azura
Let me keep weeping for such a great loss.
Hinoka
So you'll feel the loss, but our brother will feel nothing.
Azura
Feeling the loss like this, I can’t help but weep for him forever.
Hinoka
Well, Azura, you’re weeping not for his death as much as for
the fact that the villain who killed him is still alive.
Azura
What villain?
Hinoka
That same villain, Cobalnite.
Azura
(He's far from being a villain.)
May the gods pardon him!
I do, with all my heart.
And yet no man could make my heart grieve like he does.
Hinoka
That’s because the murderer lives.
Azura
Yes, but he lies beyond my reach.
I wish that no one could avenge my cousin’s death except me!
Hinoka
We’ll have revenge for it, don't you worry.
I’ll send a man to Nohr, where that banished rogue is living.
Our man will poison Cobalnite’s drink, and Cobalnite will join Takumi in death.
And then, I hope, you’ll be satisfied.
Azura
Indeed, I never shall be satisfied with Cobalnite,
until I behold him—dead—
like how my poor heart feels.
Hinoka, if you could find out but a man
to bear a poison, I'll mix it, so Cobalnite, upon drinking it,
would soon sleep in quiet. Oh, I hate it when
I hear him named, and cannot go after him.
To wreak the love I bore my brother
upon his body that slaughtered him!
Hinoka
Find out the way, and I’ll find that man.
But now I have happy news for you, Azura.
Azura
Happy news in unhappy times is always welcomed.
What’s the news? Please tell me.
Hinoka
Well, you have a caring big brother, Azura.
He has a surprise for you.
Azura
Tell me, what's the surprise?
Hinoka
You're going to marry the lovely Ivanhellsing Thursday.
Azura
How can I marry a man I barely know?
Hinoka
Don't ask me!
Let's see what Ryoma thinks.
(Enter Ryoma and Sakura.)
Ryoma
Still crying, Azura?
At this rate, you'll drown in your tears.
So where do things stand, Hinoka?
Have you told her my decision?
Hinoka
Yeah, but she won't agree.
Ryoma
Isn't she grateful?
I found the perfect groom for her.
Isn't she proud of such a blessing?
Azura
Grateful, yes, but I cannot be proud of what I hate.
Ryoma
What twisted logic is this?
She says she's proud and grateful,
and then she says she's unproud and ungrateful?
You spoiled little brat!
Hinoka
Um...Ryoma...I think that's a little much...
Azura
Brother, I beg of you! Listen to me!
Ryoma
Forget you! I'll tell you what:
Go to church on Thursday or never look me in the face again.
Sakura
Don't talk to our sister that way!
Ryoma
Well, don't talk to your brother that way.
Sakura
I...I didn't say anything wrong...
Ryoma
Oh, for the love of...
Sakura
Can't I talk?
Ryoma
Look, Sakura, it's none of your business!
Hinoka
Ryoma...you're getting too angry.
You're gonna regret this.
Ryoma
It makes me so mad!
Since a while ago, my top priority has been looking for
a suitor for her.
He’s the man of any girl’s dreams. And then to have her...
just say no so nonchalantly? Gods!
If she's not going to act like a lady,
then she's not my sister. I swear. (leaves)
Azura
Is there no pity for me in the sky?
Please, Hinoka, don't shun me!
Help me get out of this!
Hinoka
Sorry, Azura, but I'm done with this.
Do what you want. (leaves)
Azura
Oh, Sakura, what should I do?
Sakura
I-I think you should do as Ryoma says. His mind's made up, and Cobalnite's banished...
And Ivanhellsing is a lovely gentleman!
I'm sorry, but I think you should marry him.
Azura
You really think that?
From the bottom of your heart?
Sakura
And my soul too. If not, curse them both.
Azura
Agreed.
Sakura
What?
Azura
Well, you succeeded in comforting me.
Tell my siblings I'm gone.
I've betrayed them.
I shall go to Sevenfold Sanctuary to confess
and be forgiven.
Sakura
S-Sure, Azura.
That's a good idea.
TO BE CONTINUED…

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