"Two weeks?" Terri exclaimed. "That's a long trip from here to there."
Sam nodded sadly and sipped her tea. "It is a little while, but I promise to be home soon with lots of stories."
Terri smiled meekly as she ate one of the biscuits that was made for them by one of the other hand maidens. "But, is it safe to go alone?" She asked. "What if something bad happens?"
Sam looked to Terri and giggled a bit. "Don't worry, I have done this...two times before~"
Terri raised her eyebrow and shook her head. "I don't know..."
"I promise to be back home soon, and help with what ever you need." Sam said as she smiled big.
Terri sighed and nodded. 'Still...I don't like that she's going alone. Maybe I can find someone who could go with her...Maybe--'
"Terri~!" Sam pouted.
Terri gasped as she looked to Sam with confusion. "S-sorry, did you say something?"
Sam sighed and pouted more, quickly crossing her arms. "I asked how you were feeling."
"O-oh...I'm okay so far, still having morning sickness, and my belly itches a lot."
"It itches?" Sam questioned.
"Mathew told me it'll start itching because my stomach is growing." Terri said as she scratched her belly.
Sam smiled and giggled as she gently patted Terri's belly. "Be good to Momma, little one~" she said.
The two giggled as they enjoyed their tea out on the castle balcony.
Terri sighed deeply as she walked along the garden with her train of thoughts. 'I don't like that she's going alone...what if something happens?' she thought. 'Maybe I can have someone escort her to her family's house! Yeah, I can do that!....But, who can I trust to watch out for Sammy...?' Terri groaned and rubbed her templates. She then walked into what felt like a brick wall, before stumbling back and seeing who or what she hit.
"Can I help you?"
Terri's eyes widened as she saw Robert looking down at her with some irritation. "R-Robert! I'm so sorry, I didn't see you there..." she stuttered. Robert sighed and closed his book, putting it away in his jacket.
"Was there something you needed?" he asked.
Terri shook her head rapidly before looking back to Robert again. "W-well, yes...I need t-to ask you about--"
"Shit! Who fired the fucking--sorry, ask me later!" Robert exclaimed before rushing out of the garden.
"A-ah! Wait! I needed to ask...about...Sam..." Terri groaned with frustration as she watched Robert run off. "Darn it..." She slumped down and looked to her feet. Before her was a brown, leather journal with a simple string tided around it. Terri picked the journal up from the ground and examined it. "Must have dropped it..." she mumbled, before looking around. 'I wonder...No! I'm not kind of person!' She thought, before placing the journal onto a cement bench and walking off. 'Gonna walk away, and not look back...'
-Tak Tak Tak-
'Curse my curiosity!'
"It has to be here...it has to be!" Robert said as he looked around the garden. "Maybe, I kicked it somewhere when it fell out...Can't believe this--" Robert paused as he looked up from the ground to see Terri holding the leather journal. Her face turning white as a sheet, and his turning bright crimson.
"Does she know?"
"No! And she never will!" Robert scowled as he snatched the journal away from her hands, and stormed off. Terri stood up quick and chased after Robert, following close behind him.
"B-but, what you wrote about her is beautiful! Why don't you just tell her how you feel?"
"Because it's not easy, and she wouldn't want to be with a beast like me."
"How do you know that?"
Robert stopped and looked back to Terri. "What...?"
"How do you know that?" she asked again. "How do you know she'll turn you down?"
Robert clenched his fists and shut his eyes tightly, before looking away from Terri. "Because...well...."
Terri grinned and crossed her arms. "My point exactly, you never know these things until you try them."
Robert sighed deeply before looking back to Terri with determination. "L-look, just don't tell her, okay?"
"I'm not going to tell her--You are."
Terri nodded her head and poked his chest. "I need someone to watch Sam while she's going to her family's house; and you are going to make sure she is safe, and unharmed."
"Or what, are you going to tell her?"
"Why me?" He grumbled as he put the luggage on top of the Kirin. Looking back he saw Terri and Sam exchanging hugs and goodbyes to each other.
"Please, be safe out there." Terri said, holding back her tears.
"I promise to be back soon, and I promise we'll be safe."
Terri nodded as she hugged Sam more, not wanting her best friend to go out into a world still very unknown to her.
"While I'm young ladies!" Robert shouted.
Terri pouted to Robert and shook her head. Sam smiled and giggled before poking Terri's nose one last time.
"Be safe out there, Sam." said Violet.
"I will." She stated before walking off to Robert. The two stared at each other for what felt like forever before Sam bowed her head. "T-thank you, for joining me."
Robert sighed before placing his large hand on top of her head and rubbing his quickly. "No problem." He mumbled.
Sam smiled meekly and climbed onto the Kirin. She looked back and waved farewell to her friends before the two trotted off. Robert looked back and waved as well, only to see Terri glaring at him sternly.
"Pfft...women." He scoffed.
A few hours later;
Robert and Sam continued to trot down the path in an awkward silence. Sam bit her lip and twiddled her fingers, glancing to Robert a few times.
"Something on your mind?" He asked.
"Ah, n-no...it's nothing!" She said turning away.
Sam blushed a bit and bit her lip again. "...S-so, how long till we get there?" she asked.
"I thought you knew the way."
"I-I do! I was just thinking maybe you knew a faster way or...another path to take..."
Robert looked to Sam and cocked an eyebrow at her. "No, we're playing it safe and taking the route given to us. I'm not taking any chances on shortcuts." He said.
Sam nodded and looked away again. "I s-see..." She mumbled. Before she could open her mouth again to say or ask something silly, she noticed a emerald-green book in one of his many pockets. "Do you like to read?" she asked.
"Do you read a lot?"
"From time to time."
"Oh...what is it about?"
"What's what about?" He said looking at her.
"The book silly, what is it about?" she asked, smiling meekly.
"It's about a hero trying to protect his people from some evil invading his world. I haven't read enough to know about the back story and all." He said.
"That sounds almost like the 'Hero' we know." she stated. "When I was a little girl; I imagined being like the heroes in the books...in a way. But what I really want in life is to protect everyone in the best way I can and hope for the best."
"...That's very ambitious." He said, looking to Sam with some astonishment. "Unfortunately the real world isn't the same as the books, and most people doubt us for our beliefs."
Sam smiled and poked his cheek. "That is why we're here, to show the people who doubted us that we can make the world a better place."
Robert blushed brightly before quickly looking away. "Maybe..."
Later that night.
Robert let out a breath of relief after finishing the tents for the two to sleep in.
"You're not looking, are you?" Sam pouted, peeking the top of her head through the tall grass.
"No, I am not looking." He huffed.
"Hm?" Robert stood up and glanced around his surroundings. "....Hm." He hummed before having his face met with a pink ball of fluff. He flinched slightly and peeled off the pink fluff, only to reveal the pink fluff as a tiny bat, squeaking happily in his hands. "A Fluff Flyer...you're a little ways from home, little one." he stated. The little Flyer squeaked more and flew back up to Robert's face and nuzzling it. He sighed in defeat and gently stroked the little pink Flyer's ears. He smiled warmly as it purred against him. "You look like a little dessert...almost like a Mochi...Mochi, I like that." He said.
"Okay, I'm coming out so don't look." Said Sam, slowly peering out of the grass.
"I still don't understand why you have to bathe now when you could bathe the night before we reach your house." He stated.
"Just because we are both traveling, does not mean I have to smell like it." She said, gently placing a ribbon around Robert's eyes.
"I don't see the big deal of it, it's not all that bad of a smell--" He sniffed his clothes. "...Is it?" He asked himself, before hearing a loud splash behind him. He blushed at the thought of hearing her sigh of pleasure, and just the sheer thought of her nude body. "O-okay, you're done! Get out!" He shouted before throwing his cloak right near the edge of the water.
Sam giggled softly as she swam off further away from him and their camp. "Robert, if you are so scared of someone seeing me; then go and stand watch." She said before dunking her head underwater.
Robert groaned and gently placed Mochi on top of the tent. "Right...'Go stand watch, Robert. While I go and look amazing in the stupid water like a girly girl!'....Pfft, right Mochi?" He grumbled, as he gently pet Mochi's ears again. Mochi purred as she leaned more into Robert's hand. Robert smiled more before sniffing the air and growling. "I smell male hormones...and I know those animals are gonna want Sam as both dinner and dessert! Wait here!" He growled, throwing off the ribbon and trying his best to take off his clothes as well.
Sam sung softly as she dunked her head backwards in the water, enjoying every moment of it. She then heard movement in the water and looked to where it could come from.
"Hey, looks like we found a pretty nymph~" Said a Goat man.
"She's a lot cuter than a nymph." stated a Rabbit man.
"S-sorry, I didn't know you were using it." Sam said, slowly swimming away from the two males. "I will just leave quickly and let you gentlemen have a good night." Once said she turned around quickly to swim off, but only to have her wrist grabbed by the Rabbit and pulled towards them.
"Come on, don't be such downer~" He said playfully.
"N-no...I really have to...!"
"We promise we don't bite, much~" Said the Goat man.
"Come on, show two guys a good time and--OUCH! Something just bit me!" shrieked the Rabbit.
Robert quickly popped out of the water, choking and coughing up water and fur. "Disgusting...!"
"MONSTER!" The two males shrieked loudly, quickly swimming to land, and running off into the distance.
Robert growled and huffed, grabbing his cloak and wrapping it around Sam's body before picking her up bridal style back to their camp.
"That was close...thank you." She said.
"No, that was bad! You made me bite a chunk off of that guy's ass!" He scowled, placing Sam on the ground and spitting chunks of fur into the grass. "I think I got some in my gums! Ugh....Fucking disgusting!"
Sam looked at Robert surprised yet very confused. "You don't eat meat...?"
"Why in the world would I eat meat? It's disgusting." He said, continuing his spitting.
"So...that means you are a--"
"--A Vegetarian, yes."
"Oh, that's nice." Sam said, smiling weakly.
"Yeah, but don't look at me; I'm not biting anymore asses the next time you take a bath." He said, before storming back to their tents.
Sam giggled and saluted. "Yes, sir~" She said playfully.
Mochi looked to Sam and chirped happily before flying right up to her.
Sam gasped and smiled brightly before holding the little Flyer. "Hello, little one~" She said, gently nuzzling Mochi. She felt heavy clothing land on top of her, with Robert shutting his eyes tightly.
"Put some clothes on, before any more males come over and make a meal both ways..."
Sam tilted her head in confusion. "Both ways?"
"J-just get dressed already!" He shouted, turning away from her.
"...He's silly, huh?" she said looking to Mochi.
The next day.
Sam giggled with joy as she played with Mochi; teaching her new tricks, and Mochi hiding in her hair.
"At least you're having fun..." Robert said.
Sam smiled and poked his cheek. "Stop being so grumpy all the time~"
"Can't. And don't want to." He said.
Sam pouted and looked away, only to hold her stomach. "Ah...I'm sorry, but we have to stop for a moment."
"We just left."
"Yes, but I did not have to go then!"
Robert groaned and rubbed his templates. "Fine...make it quick."
Sam nodded before getting off her Kirin the running off into the woods.
"Are ya done yet?" He said outloud.
"I have to go far away so you don't hear me!" She pouted.
He sighed with frustration. "Not like I haven't heard anyone going before..."
Sam pouted more and walked further away from him and their luggage. "Meanie..." she mumbled. "Why does he always have to say something rude?" She asked herself, looking at her reflection in the creak. She sighed deeply as she watched her reflection wiggle around. "Hm?" She then noticed a figure in the water that wasn't her own. "...Robert?" She called quietly, slowly looking up to see the figure. He was a crocodile just like Robert, only three-times his size, and much more built than he was. The male looked down at Sam and sniffed in her direction.
"Hey, you smell like--"
Sam shrieked loudly and ran away from the male. She looked behind her to see the large male chase her down."ROBBY!!!"
Robert's eyes widened and looked in the direction of her scream. "Sam?"
She cried as she ran, only to trip hard over her skirt. "ROBBY! Help!"
Robert bolted her way and slid by her side. "Sam, what's going on?" He asked.
Sam grabbed his jacket and pulled him close. "He's gonna eat me!" She shouted, pointing in the way of the figure.
Robert looked in the direction she ran from and squinted his eyes. "Oh...that idiot." He said, getting up from the ground and standing in front of Sam, stretching his arms out. "This is gonna hurt..."
"W-what is? Who is that!?" She panicked.
He remained silent as he stood his ground, and the giant male colliding right into Robert.
"HUAGH!!" he coughed.