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reality Of love ch 7

The different vendors walked through the crowds offering their wares as the actors on stage acted out scenes from different stories. One vendor caught her eye as he passed, and Mitsuhide saw the man and called him over.

“Do you see something you wish to have, my love?” he asked in her ear as she saw the fine jewelry on display on the tray the man carried.

“I like looking at jewelry that is all Mitsuhide.” She said.

“You told me of the traditions of your place. Doesn’t it consist of rings?” he asked.

“on a persons wedding day they exchange rings yes. ” she said with a soft smile. “Do you remember everything I said?”

“I remember everything about you.” He said in her ear. “Now here is your choice, Princess. He has some fine rings on the tray.”

“Mitsuhide, are you asking me for my answer?” she asked.

“only if you are ready to give it to me.” He said softly.

“Sir do you have any matching rings for a male and female?” she asked the vendor who graciously knelt closer to the pair.

“I do, Ma’am.” The vendor said to her with a toothy grin.

“Then show the princess, please,” Mitsuhide said as he reminded the vendor that she wasn’t the only one there.

“These are some of them.” He said as he moved a sheet that covered three sets of rings. All of them were matching and had designs etched into them. She looked at the three sets and then looked at Mitsuhide.

“These will work.” She said with a smile.

“You want those?” he asked.

“Yes.” She said as she and he both knew she was saying yes to more than just the rings. Mitsuhide then started the negotiations for the set of rings she wanted. After the vendor placed them in her small hands and wished them well as he moved more through the crowds.

“How did the ring giving happen?” Mitsuhide asked in her ear.

“Normally in a ceremony that we pledge ourselves to each other.” She replied.

“Can this happen anywhere?” he asked.

“Normally it would have family and friends surrounding the couple and an officiant who helped prompt the couple. In my time, it is a legal thing more than anything else.” She said.

“So if we had a whole group of the entire village with a stage and all these people it would still fall into your practice?” he asked.

“I guess.” She said. He stood for a moment and reached down to help her up. He then lifted the mat of the ground and shook it out. He began walking and tugging on her hand that he had not let go of. He went to the local shop keeper first and asked for sake to be brought to the stage. The man took off running after Mitsuhide spoke. Then Mitsuhide went to speak to one of the actors of the troupe that was performing, and when the shopkeeper came back, the actor had a huge smile on his face. The actor walked up on the stage and silenced the crowd.

“We always love to be invited to the local villages and castle towns to share our love of the arts with all of you. We love it when we can be a part of your lives as well. The lord of the nearest castle has asked us if he could use our stage to do something absolutely wonderful. He wanted to share this moment not only with the members of his clan, which many of them are here but with all of us. Lord Mitsuhide.” The actor said as he bowed to Mitsuhide, who was still tugging her along and up onto the stage.

“I didn’t mean right now.” She whispered to him.

“Why not?” he asked. “What better way to make sure no one can refute our marriage. Your way and mine.”

“Mitsuhide.” She said as a warning.

“I want to make sure that no one can ever try to take your place or the place of our children in the clans line, princess.” He said in her ear. “The more public our marriage, the less likely someone can even try. Too many people will remember this for what it is. Two people beginning their shared lives.”

“Fine.” She said softly as she looked out of the village green and saw hundreds of people. They were all looking at her and Mitsuhide as they had their tiff. She had to smile at that.

“Many of you know the Princess as the honored guest and caretaker of my castles. She has agreed to become my wife tonight.” Mitsuhide started, and the crowd cheered. “What better way to start of lives together than with everyone here as our witnesses.” Again the cheers erupted around them. “The princess comes from a faraway land with different traditions from ours so we will do this both her way and ours!”

She looked around as everyone cheers and saw an older man on the backside of the stage. She walked over to him and looked him over, “Would you like to help Lord Mitsuhide and I marry?”

“I am just a stagehand, Princess.” He replied as he dipped his head.

“That is fine.” She smiled at him. “It is simple to do really. I just need you to ask Lord Mitsuhide if he will take me as his wife. Then repeat the question to me if I will take him as my husband. Then that we can exchange the rings. Then you pronounce us man and wife. That is it.”

“Are you sure you want me to do this?” the older man asked.

“I do.” She said as she reached out her hand to the older man who looked at her like she had lost her mind for touching an old man at all. She pulled him to stand in between Mitsuhide and her as she put Mitsuhide in the right place in front of her facing her. He sent a questioning look. “I told you there was a person who lead the whole ceremony. We needed that. This fine gentlemen will do that for us.”

“Attention everyone. We are going to begin.” The older man said loud enough to bring the crowd on the ground to silence. No one wanted to miss seeing the princess marry their Lord. “Do you Lord Mitsuhide Akechi take this woman to wife?”

“Kit what am I supposed to say?” Mitsuhide whispered.

“Yes, you idiot.” She replied.

“Yes,” Mitsuhide said, laughing at her response.

“Do you Princess Kit take Lord Mitsuhide to be your husband?” the older man asked.

“I do.” She replied with a smile.

“Please exchange the rings.” The older man said, feeling more and more confident on the stage behind the princess and Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide took the rings out, and she gave him her hand and told him which finger it was supposed to go on. He slid the ring on slowly, and she looked at him in the eyes the entire time. She then took the ring from his hand and took his hand and slid his own ring down on his ring finger just as slowly. “You are now man and wife. At least by the princess’s standards.”

Mitsuhide looked at her and peeked her on the mouth as he said, “My turn.”

The shopkeeper that he had sent off was standing in the front as well as three monks he had motioned too. Mitsuhide took out a small purse and handed it over to the monks who would be registering the marriage for the couple in their time. Mitsuhide sat, and the princess followed suit as the monks said some prayers she didn’t understand over the two as the sake was poured and he told her they had to pass the cup in sets of three, three, and then nine. They each took their sips as more prayer were said and the incense burned around them. Soon the monks left, and she and he were left on the stage standing by as the crowd cheered loudly at the newly married couple.

“Princess, we can do anything as long as we try to do things together. In my time or ours.” Mitsuhide said as he smiled down at her.

“I see that Mitsuhide.” She said. “I think the sake was a bit too strong for me. Are we staying here in town tonight?”

“You already knew that.” He chuckled.

“Then let us give the stage back to the actors, and we find our seats.” She said.

“You wish to stay and watch?” he asked, surprised.

“Mitsuhide we need to let the people, your people, see us together and happy. They need to tell you congratulations. It will make them a part of this.” She said with a smile.  "They need that, and so do you. We will have thousands of nights together, but this one also belongs to them. You said you wanted to do this here so I am protected from others within and outside the clan, that our children will be protected as well. That means you need to let them in now.“

"I understand, my love. You are right.” He said with a sigh. However, I think you need some water as you do need to stay up for a while later. You are now my wife, Kit, tonight we will begin as we will continue.“ Mitsuhide said as their feet hit the ground and the people came up to the both of them. They went to the back of the green so the actors could continue with the show.

"So you are my new cousin.” A man sauntered up to her.

“Are you Mitsuhide’s cousin?” she asked as she looked him over, not seeing any resemblance between the pair.

“I am.” He replied, and Mitsuhide stepped in front of her.

“Hello, cousin,” Mitsuhide said with a certain snark that made her flashback to the other Mitsuhide for a moment. She hadn’t heard it from this one before. At least not like that.

“A fine woman you have there. I am guessing you only married her because she is already breeding for you.” His cousin said.

“She is a fine woman, and no, we are not expecting a child yet. We married because we wanted too not because we had too.” Mitsuhide countered.

“Well, you better keep that one close. You never know what could happen.” His cousin said and then turned and walked away. She shuddered next to him, and he felt it.

“Did he just threaten me?” Kit asked softly.

“I am afraid that though we are married and my name now gives you a certain protection, it also opens up many more threats,” Mitsuhide said.

“That is okay, Mitsuhide.” She said as she tucked her hand in his. “I knew what marrying you meant.”

“And what pray tell my love does that mean?” he asked as he looked into her eyes.

“It means I know I will be loved and cared for. Whatever happens, will happen regardless if we are married. My life will always have a threat with or without you as my husband. I would rather be your wife and be happy with you than worry about the threats.” She said with a smile that took his breath away.

“And that is why we will be leaving for the night.” He said loud enough for the crowd around them to part and give them time to pass as people called out they’re well wishes for the pair as they walked through the crowd. The innkeeper led the way for them to the room he had prepared for the couple.

“thank you.” She said as he bowed out of the room and Mitsuhide swept her up in his arms.

“You are mine now, Kit.” He whispered in her ear.

“I already was, Mitsuhide.” She whispered back as he set to work to remove her clothes for the night.

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Reality of Love ch 8

When she woke up in the darkness of the night and thought of how
her life had changed because of the crack in the wormhole instead of going home,
she smiled to herself. This man was home to her. She knew she could not find
another like him in five hundred years if she tried. 

He was just like the other in looks and often in personality,
but he was not as secretive, and he was more open with how he felt. He was his
own master as well. Nothing could stop him if he wanted something and the fact
she was now his wife was the simple proof of that. She got everything she
wanted.

“My love, are you okay?” he asked from behind her.

“I am.” She said softly.

“Then why are you not asleep?” he asked as she rolled to face
him.

“I just woke up, that’s all.” She smiled at him.

“Then, I did not do my job very well.” He said, “As your new
husband I should rectify that.”

“What do you mean?” she asked.

“I’ll show you instead.” He whispered as he kissed her with an
unbelievable amount of passion, more than she could think that could be
conveyed but a mere meeting of the lips.

He then began his promise of loving her through the rest of the
night. He finally knew what love was. He had thought it was a useless emotion
that he would never know until she fell from the sky in front of him into a
lake. He knew she was the key. The fact she had felt something for another
version of him always had him wondering if he was a simple replacement for the
other. As he got to know her though he knew she must feel something for him,
that was his own. Her eyes would light up when he was near. Every time they did
that he felt his pulse quicken. He found it hard to think at times when she was
near. He also knew that he was grateful to have the chance to have her.

She was his. He knew that simple fact with everything that he
was. She had just given herself to him on
their wedding night, and he knew he wouldn’t ever give her up. Life was
complete for them right now.

When the morning sun rose of the small village by his castle, he
stretched and blinked open his eyes to find her still facing him but completely
asleep. He was overcome with a sense of gain that he kissed her nose and then
her forehead and he tried to get out of the futon without waking the sleeping
beauty next to him. She was waking up slowly as he stopped and watched as her
features when from relaxation to radiant as they came alive for the day.

He smiled to himself knowing he would get to see this play out
every morning for the rest of his life. He enjoyed the sight for what it was. A
simple truth. She was his wife, and he would be the only other man to see her
wake like this.

Soon they were on their way back to the castle so he could
introduce her as what she was, His wife. The leader of the Akechi clan had met
his match when it came to this slip of a woman who entered his life with a
splash. He would finally have a small break from the consonant nagging from the
elders of the clan for him to do his duty. He would. Now he could.

As soon as they appeared in the stable yard, a crowd of people
started to gather. Not only was it well known that the two had been gone the
night before, but it was also possible that the news had spread like wildfire
through the village and it’s people and made it here already. Both of them were
handed cups of water after their ride back. She took a deep sip and did he as
he let the cool water slide down his throat he heard her sputter a few times. He
looked over to see she was choking on the water and grasping at her throat.

“No. This can’t be happening.” He said as he quickly picked her
up and started to carry her into the castle. “Find me who gave her that cup!”

He looked at her, “Calm down a bit. I know it is hard. “ he said
softly to her. “We will find out who did this.”

She nodded but then passed out in his arms. He knew, or he thought
he knew of the poison used. He went to his room and found the small bottle and
uncorked the stopper and poured a few drops into his wife’s mouth. He waited. There
was no change in her, but he was hopeful that she would recover. The fact she
had not died within an hour was the most promising sign as he sat with her.

“Lord Mitsuhide?” he heard one of his vassals voices on the
other side of the screen doors.

“What?” he called out though he was not going to leave Kit alone.

“We found the maid responsible.” The vassal said.

“Place them in the dungeons. I will deal with them later. My
wife needs me more right now.” He said as he looked back at Kit.

“Yes. Sir.” The vassal said, and he went on his way. Mitsuhide’s
senior staff was allowed into his bedchambers to help care for the mistress of
the clan and allow Mitsuhide a few moments peace. He was trying to stay clear-headed
if he needed to do something else, but he was so focused on his young bride
that nothing else mattered to him.

After two days of her just laying there in the futon looking
like she was sleeping again her eyes began to flutter open. She looked around
and saw that Mitsuhide was sitting up against the wall near her, asleep.

“Mitsu.” She said silently.

“Kit?” he said softly as he forced his eyes open to look at
her.  He grabbed her hand and pressed it
against his face. “I thought I lost you right after I got you.”

“It hurts to talk.” She said softly.

“Then speak when you have to my love.” He said as he brushed her
matted hair off her face.

“How long?” she asked.

“Two days.” He replied. “I got you here as soon as I could to
counteract the poison. I thought I took too long.”

“This isn’t your fault.” She said as he cupped her hand on his
face.

“I told you being by my side would be dangerous.” He whispered.

“Don’t,” she said, even softer. “I knew what marrying you meant.
I only want to be with you.”

“Kit please don’t leave me.” He said softly as her eyes fell, and
she went back to sleep.

“I won’t,” she said as she forced out the words.

She spent two weeks in bed with him by her side the entire time.
He tried to sleep as best he could when she was asleep, but he was afraid for
the first time in his life that he might not be enough to protect her. She was
getting stronger, and she could speak better now without the pain of the poison.
He was watching over her the entire time.

“Mitsuhide go hold your counsel.” She said one afternoon.

“Trying to get rid of me, my sweet?” he asked as he brushed her
hair off her face.

“No but I know you have too.” She said with a soft smile. “I am
fine now Mitsu. It is okay.”

“I find it hard to leave you.” He said.

“Mitsu.” She said with a smile. “Go.”

“I will my love.” He said. “Just know I don’t want too.”

“I already knew that.” She said. “Go, and then you can come back
and watch over me.”

“We will be getting a food tester for you,” Mitsuhdie said softly
knowing it was a small thing he could do, but she had said no a hundred times.

“Will that make you feel better?” she asked.

“A tiny bit.” He said.

“I already agreed not to take cups from just anyone. I will get
my own water as well.” She said with a smile, “Mitsuhide this was not your
fault. It was a jealous maid who thought she had a chance with you. Not all
your maids feel that way I assure you. Most don’t even like you.”

“Thank you for that information.” He said with a grin. “That
just means all of my attention can go to my beautiful wife.”

“As if it didn’t already.” She said as she kissed him goodbye. He
walked to the door and slid to the other side of the screen door. She struggled
to sit up but want to get some air. She knew her weakened state was more from
having been kept in bed than the poison. She struggled to stand, and her legs
were weak, but she moved to the veranda where she stood at the rail and looked
over the lake. A sense of peace and calm fell over her, and she had a contented
smile on her face when the head maid walked in and looked around for her.

“Princess?” she said as she looked around the room.

“Out here.” Kit said as she turned to look and the older woman
who knew she would do whatever Kit asked of her. “Can you have some pails of
water brought up. I need to wash myself, and the lake is a little too far for
me right now. I am afraid Lord Mitsuhdie might have a heart attack if I tried.”

The maid looked at her with a smile. “We can do that, milady.” She
nodded, “It wouldn’t do for the master to be losing his head for something so
simple as that.”

“I agree.” Kit replied.

“Now that you are feeling better.” The maid said.

“Lord Mitsuhide will decide when he is ready to try for his
heirs.” Kit said with a laugh. “It will happen sooner or later.”

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The reality of love ch 6

Mitsuhide replayed the few conversations he had dragged information from her about the future. Though he could not make some things happen he got enough information that he could try to recreate things in this era, for her. He went to the kitchens first and had them change the dinner that she had ordered for the both of them to something else that he wanted to try. He explained it and the cooks all nodded but they had all looked at their lord as if he had gone crazy.

He then went to the court yard and asked for help bringing in two benches and helped the men set up a table in between them. He had cushions placed on the benches. He was quickly ordering the audience hall to be transformed into something else. It was taking shape as he had seen it in his mind. Every time the princess got near the hall someone from one of his vassals to one of the maids would intercede and distract her another way.

“Lord Mitsuhide I certainly hope this works for you.” One of his vassals said as he returned from bringing the princess to the other side of the castle in hopes to buy some time for them to finish and then close the doors.

“I do too.” Mitsuhide said chuckling. “It may seem insane to everyone else but if this wins the princess’s heart over then it will be worth it.”

“Do you think it will work?” the vassal asked.

“I hope so.” Mitsuhide replied. “The princess is familiar with our ways but she is from a different place. This is how they court there. I hope the idea that I can adapt to her way is enough for her to remain here with us forever.”

“At least there is no love between you. I heard it from the traders that the westerns sometimes marry for love. That is ridiculas if you ask me.” The vassal said.

“What is better than love to bind a union between two people?” Mitsuhide asked.

“But sir.” The vassal started to say and Mitsuhide quickly cut him off. “Go home to your wife and think out why it is that you have one and I am supposed to have many.”

“I can’t afford many.” The vassal stated.

“Neither can I.” Mitsuhide replied. “Many wives cost much more than money, my friend.”

“You mean to have the princess as your only wife?” the vassal asked clearly surprised.

“That is my intention, yes.” Mitsuhide said as he watched the others help bring his vision to life in front of him. “This will do nicely. Thank you everyone.”

The people filed out of the room and Mitsuhide looked around at the room before he shut the door to the hall. As the screen door slid he looked up to see her coming up a different hallway. He smiled at her as she was concerned.

“Has everyone in the castle had a problem today or is it just me?” she asked as she got near to him.

“They are all busy.” He said with a grin.

“You’re plotting.” She said as she tilted her head.

“Are you done with your chores for the day?” he asked and she looked closely at him as he tried to cover it. However he was so pleased with himself he couldn’t grasp the cover he needed.

“Why?” she asked.

“There is a traveling act in the village tonight I thought you might like to see it.” He said.

“A traveling act?” she asked.

“The act things out, have artists on hand, music is also there.” He said with a smile.

“That is like a date in my time.” She said softly.

“I know.” Mitsuhide replied, “That is why I thought you might like to go see them.”

“I would.” She said with a smile.

“First however we will have an early dinner.” He said softly.

“Should I head to the room?” she asked. Now eager to go and see the acts in the village.

“No, wait here in the courtyard.” He said as he motioned to the bench in the sunlight.

“Mitsuhide where are the other benches?” she asked as she looked around but she saw he was already down the hallway and out of sight. “What is he up to?’

Mitsuhide went to see if their dinner was ready and when he walked in he was the two trays ready to be delivered. He nodded and told them in five minutes to bring them. He left and walked back to find her in the sunlight waiting for him exactly where he told her to wait. He couldn’t help but smile at her in the sunlight as she was so radiantly beautiful that it took his breath away to believe he was within a few feet of claiming her as his wife. He walked over to her and reached out his hand to her without words and then as she stood he placed a piece of cloth over her eyes and tied it.

"Mitsuhide what are you up too?” she asked.

“You will see, my love.” He replied as he took her hands in his and led her to the hall being extra careful that she didn’t trip or fall. When he got there he slid the doors open and walked in with her behind him. He motioned for the maids to place the food on the makeshift table and leave as he closed the door behind them. He reached over and removed the blindfold from her eyes and she took in a deep breath. She looked all around the room and then at him. He was grinning as her eyes gave over her feelings of what he had done.

“Mitsu.” She said softly. “How did you do this?’

"You like it?” he asked already knowing the answer.

“You made this into like a restaurant from my time. A private banquet just for us.” She said.

“We began courting in my time. I hope to end it in yours.” He said as he looked into her eyes.

“I did tell you I would give you an answer tonight.” She smiled.

“You did.” He replied as he moved her hair back around her ear.

“And I will. Later.” She smiled as she looked at him.

“Did I at least do good here?” he asked.

“You did amazing.” She said with a huge smile. “I don’t know how you… That is why everyone had an issue isn’t it?”

“Sorry no one wanted to spoil the surprise and you would have seen the activity and come over.” Mitsuhide chuckled.

“For this surprise I will let it slide.” She moved closer to him.

“Come lets eat, then we can head to the village.” He said with a smile.

“That sounds like a plan.” She said as she looked down at the food and then back up at him with a questioning look in her eyes and on her face. “This isn’t what I told the cooks to prepare.”

“There was a change in the plans.” He smirked.

“I see that.” She said. “You had them do this.”

“I did.” He replied as he moved across the table from her as she sat down. He began to eat slowly and so did she. She looked across the table at the man sitting there and couldn’t believe what he had done for her. This was nothing short of amazing to her that he had paid that much attention to what she had described and then tried to recreate it as much as possible. The darkened room lit by the extra laterens gave the appearance of a candle light dinner. The food was perfect. Everything was perfect.

When they were done he stood and then walked around the table to help her up. “Come Kit we have a journey ahead of us.” He said softly and in her ear.

“Are we walking?’ she asked.

"No.” he replied as he took her hand and led her to the are that had the stables.

“Sir everything you asked for is there.” The stable hand said as he looked at the two of them. Mitsuhide swung himself up into the saddle and then reached down and lifted her up easily. He settled her close to him and then he nudged the horse to trot down the entryway of the castle and through the gate. Soon the pair was on the main road to the village and she settled against him knowing even on horseback it was going to take awhile to get to the village. He had one hand on the reins and another around her waist.

After awhile as she lost track of time as she thought of her answer and how she should tell him. she smiled at the idea of holding it back but she knew she couldn’t do that. She could have everything with this man that she couldn’t with the other, and the fact that this one was so much more everything she ever wanted made it easy to know. She had no reservations, she had nothing to fear.

They arrived at the village and he stabled his horse at the inn. He asked her to stand there for a moment while he went into to talk to the innkeeper. She wondered why for a moment but nodded. She waited there as a few other men started to look at her and she really wanted Mitsuhide to come back before she was approached by one of them. She wasn’t surprised when he came out and looked at the men and they all went scurrying away. He took her hand and led her to the center of the village where there was a makeshift stage there and many people roaming around in costumes. She smiled as she looked around and he moved her closer. “Come, my love, we shall sit over there.” He said as he had a small grass mat in his hands that she hadn’t seen before. He laid it out and he took his seat as she moved to next to him and he moved her closer to him. “Lean against me, princess. It will be a long night and you should relax.”

“A long night?” she asked softly.

“It will be dark and well into the night when they stop for the night.” Mitsuhide said with a chuckle.

“But we need to get back to the castle.” She said.

“Princess. Do not worry.” He said with a grin. She knew he had other plans up his sleeve.

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Reality of love ch 6

Mitsuhide replayed the few conversations he had dragged information from her about the future. Though he could not make some things happen he got enough information that he could try to recreate things in this era, for her. He went to the kitchens first and had them change the dinner that she had ordered for the both of them to something else that he wanted to try. He explained it and the cooks all nodded but they had all looked at their lord as if he had gone crazy.

He then went to the court yard and asked for help bringing in two benches and helped the men set up a table in between them. He had cushions placed on the benches. He was quickly ordering the audience hall to be transformed into something else. It was taking shape as he had seen it in his mind. Every time the princess got near the hall someone from one of his vassals to one of the maids would intercede and distract her another way.

“Lord Mitsuhide I certainly hope this works for you.” One of his vassals said as he returned from bringing the princess to the other side of the castle in hopes to buy some time for them to finish and then close the doors.

“I do too.” Mitsuhide said chuckling. “It may seem insane to everyone else but if this wins the princess’s heart over then it will be worth it.”

“Do you think it will work?” the vassal asked.

“I hope so.” Mitsuhide replied. “The princess is familiar with our ways but she is from a different place. This is how they court there. I hope the idea that I can adapt to her way is enough for her to remain here with us forever.”

“At least there is no love between you. I heard it from the traders that the westerns sometimes marry for love. That is ridiculas if you ask me.” The vassal said.

“What is better than love to bind a union between two people?” Mitsuhide asked.

“But sir.” The vassal started to say and Mitsuhide quickly cut him off. “Go home to your wife and think out why it is that you have one and I am supposed to have many.”

“I can’t afford many.” The vassal stated.

“Neither can I.” Mitsuhide replied. “Many wives cost much more than money, my friend.”

“You mean to have the princess as your only wife?” the vassal asked clearly surprised.

“That is my intention, yes.” Mitsuhide said as he watched the others help bring his vision to life in front of him. “This will do nicely. Thank you everyone.”

The people filed out of the room and Mitsuhide looked around at the room before he shut the door to the hall. As the screen door slid he looked up to see her coming up a different hallway. He smiled at her as she was concerned.

“Has everyone in the castle had a problem today or is it just me?” she asked as she got near to him.

“They are all busy.” He said with a grin.

“You’re plotting.” She said as she tilted her head.

“Are you done with your chores for the day?” he asked and she looked closely at him as he tried to cover it. However he was so pleased with himself he couldn’t grasp the cover he needed.

“Why?” she asked.

“There is a traveling act in the village tonight I thought you might like to see it.” He said.

“A traveling act?” she asked.

“The act things out, have artists on hand, music is also there.” He said with a smile.

“That is like a date in my time.” She said softly.

“I know.” Mitsuhide replied, “That is why I thought you might like to go see them.”

“I would.” She said with a smile.

“First however we will have an early dinner.” He said softly.

“Should I head to the room?” she asked. Now eager to go and see the acts in the village.

“No, wait here in the courtyard.” He said as he motioned to the bench in the sunlight.

“Mitsuhide where are the other benches?” she asked as she looked around but she saw he was already down the hallway and out of sight. “What is he up to?’

Mitsuhide went to see if their dinner was ready and when he walked in he was the two trays ready to be delivered. He nodded and told them in five minutes to bring them. He left and walked back to find her in the sunlight waiting for him exactly where he told her to wait. He couldn’t help but smile at her in the sunlight as she was so radiantly beautiful that it took his breath away to believe he was within a few feet of claiming her as his wife. He walked over to her and reached out his hand to her without words and then as she stood he placed a piece of cloth over her eyes and tied it.

"Mitsuhide what are you up too?” she asked.

“You will see, my love.” He replied as he took her hands in his and led her to the hall being extra careful that she didn’t trip or fall. When he got there he slid the doors open and walked in with her behind him. He motioned for the maids to place the food on the makeshift table and leave as he closed the door behind them. He reached over and removed the blindfold from her eyes and she took in a deep breath. She looked all around the room and then at him. He was grinning as her eyes gave over her feelings of what he had done.

“Mitsu.” She said softly. “How did you do this?’

"You like it?” he asked already knowing the answer.

“You made this into like a restaurant from my time. A private banquet just for us.” She said.

“We began courting in my time. I hope to end it in yours.” He said as he looked into her eyes.

“I did tell you I would give you an answer tonight.” She smiled.

“You did.” He replied as he moved her hair back around her ear.

“And I will. Later.” She smiled as she looked at him.

“Did I at least do good here?” he asked.

“You did amazing.” She said with a huge smile. “I don’t know how you… That is why everyone had an issue isn’t it?”

“Sorry no one wanted to spoil the surprise and you would have seen the activity and come over.” Mitsuhide chuckled.

“For this surprise I will let it slide.” She moved closer to him.

“Come lets eat, then we can head to the village.” He said with a smile.

“That sounds like a plan.” She said as she looked down at the food and then back up at him with a questioning look in her eyes and on her face. “This isn’t what I told the cooks to prepare.”

“There was a change in the plans.” He smirked.

“I see that.” She said. “You had them do this.”

“I did.” He replied as he moved across the table from her as she sat down. He began to eat slowly and so did she. She looked across the table at the man sitting there and couldn’t believe what he had done for her. This was nothing short of amazing to her that he had paid that much attention to what she had described and then tried to recreate it as much as possible. The darkened room lit by the extra laterens gave the appearance of a candle light dinner. The food was perfect. Everything was perfect.

When they were done he stood and then walked around the table to help her up. “Come Kit we have a journey ahead of us.” He said softly and in her ear.

“Are we walking?’ she asked.

"No.” he replied as he took her hand and led her to the are that had the stables.

“Sir everything you asked for is there.” The stable hand said as he looked at the two of them. Mitsuhide swung himself up into the saddle and then reached down and lifted her up easily. He settled her close to him and then he nudged the horse to trot down the entryway of the castle and through the gate. Soon the pair was on the main road to the village and she settled against him knowing even on horseback it was going to take awhile to get to the village. He had one hand on the reins and another around her waist.

After awhile as she lost track of time as she thought of her answer and how she should tell him. she smiled at the idea of holding it back but she knew she couldn’t do that. She could have everything with this man that she couldn’t with the other, and the fact that this one was so much more everything she ever wanted made it easy to know. She had no reservations, she had nothing to fear.

They arrived at the village and he stabled his horse at the inn. He asked her to stand there for a moment while he went into to talk to the innkeeper. She wondered why for a moment but nodded. She waited there as a few other men started to look at her and she really wanted Mitsuhide to come back before she was approached by one of them. She wasn’t surprised when he came out and looked at the men and they all went scurrying away. He took her hand and led her to the center of the village where there was a makeshift stage there and many people roaming around in costumes. She smiled as she looked around and he moved her closer. “Come, my love, we shall sit over there.” He said as he had a small grass mat in his hands that she hadn’t seen before. He laid it out and he took his seat as she moved to next to him and he moved her closer to him. “Lean against me, princess. It will be a long night and you should relax.”

“A long night?” she asked softly.

“It will be dark and well into the night when they stop for the night.” Mitsuhide said with a chuckle.

“But we need to get back to the castle.” She said.

“Princess. Do not worry.” He said with a grin. She knew he had other plans up his sleeve.

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The reality of love ch 5

Chapter Five

She awoke to the light in the sky, beginning higher than normal.
She couldn’t remember being in her own futon or how she got there. She looked
around and saw she wasn’t in her futon but his. she must have fallen asleep during
the moon-viewing, and he placed her in his room. No one had come into to wake
her either so he must have said something to the head maids. She shook her head
though it was nice to have a morning to sleep in. how her life had changed in
the past few months. She had been getting ready to start her new job as a
fashion designer in a new city in a new country, but when she met the wormhole
the first time at the monument, it completely changed her life. she was sent
back five hundred years in the past to a different reality than her own. History
was the same. She had somehow survived the place, not only did she survived she
had begun to thrive there. She had found herself and what she could do in the
time. She was good at it as well. She had found her heart as well, or so she
thought. She had fallen for the trickster of the Oda forces, but when he chose
to follow orders instead of fighting for her, she had to leave. The idea of
leaving had never scared her, but when she woke up after trying find a way
through the wormhole, she found herself in the same time and not home. She was
disheartened at first, but this place was better for her. No endless wars. No endless
death. She also knew this version of the man she had thought she loved was the
person she could be happy with. He was the better version of the man. She was
easily falling for this man. He tried to make her happy. He was going to make
her happy she already was with him.

She got ready and went out of the room. “Princess.” Some of the
maids said as she passed  them.

“Good morning.” She said as she passed. She heard the maids
giggling in back of her. She shook her head, knowing that they thought she had
slept with the master of the castle and solidified her place in the castle.

“Lord Mitsuhide is a wonderful lover.” She heard a maid say to
another maid as she was nearing one of the rooms she had wanted cleaned. She stopped
and listened.

“Like you would know. It is known that the Lord of the castle
hasn’t had a woman except for the princess in years.” One of the older maids
said.

“The princess is a prudish woman. He would never find that
attractive.” The first had said again with a humph.

“The princess is a fine woman. She works hard and wanted to
unite all the castles staff. She treats us all as people, not things as some of
those court ladies do. Do not talk down about her for she will be the mistress
of the castle, sooner rather and later. Lord Mitsuhide is taken with her.”

“He is taken with the fact she probably spread her foreign legs
for him the first night she was at the castle.” The maid said, and she could
feel her cheeks flush. She felt a set of hands-on her shoulders and pulled her
away. She turned and saw his face.

“Don’t pay them any heed.” He whispered. “Watch.” As he pulled
her into another room that they could see into the other room.

“Get out!” the older maid said loudly.

“What?” the younger maid asked.

“Get out. If you disrespect the some to be mistress of the
castle you do not want a job.” the maid said as she forced the younger maid out
of the room and was taking her out of the castle.

“What just happened, Mitsuhide?” she asked.

“My senior staff all knows that you are my choice.” He replied. “They
will make sure the rest treats you with the respect you deserve. “

“You told?” she asked.

“No, they saw.” He said, smiling at her. “it is one of those
things they can see, Kit.”

“Mitsuhide what are you doing back I thought you were meeting
with your rough traders?” she asked as she looked up at him and got lost in the
golden pools of his eyes.

“Did you really think I would want to spend the day away from
you?” he asked as he ran a finger down her cheek. “I left earlier than I had originally
planned so I could get it over with faster.”

She leaned into his touch and smiled. He let his finger continue
to trace her jaw as she did. She saw that he meant it with everything he was. “Why
did you put me in your room?”

“That is your room now.” He said softly.

“Not quite.” She said as she smiled.

“As far as I am concerned it is. This whole castle is yours Kit.
Everything that I have is yours.” He said, “You only have to say the words.”

“And those words would be?” she asked coyly. “I can say the
words to a question I have never heard, Mitsuhide.”

“Say you will be mine.” He said, and in the silence of the room,
it seemed to echo.

“I will let you know tonight.” She smiled. “Now, because of a
later start, I have things to do.”

“Fine, my love. You go do your things, and I will see you later.”
He said as he kissed her forehead, and then her nose. As the two were walking
out of the room, some of the older maids were walking up the hallway. They all
bowed to the both of them as he finally let her hand go as she did the same to
the maids. She walked away from him with a smile that she didn’t want him to
see. “Be a good girl now, Princess.”

She turned and looked at him and shook her head, “I should be
telling you that.” She continued to walk down the hallway and soon out of
sight.

“Lord Mitsuhide is everything to your liking?” one of the senior
maid asked. “The princess told us of a few things that changed the way we do
things. I wanted to make sure it was fine with you before we continued.”

“If the princess wants things done a certain way then do it that
way. I am sure she has a few tricks up her sleeve that could help us. As you
all guessed, I am trying to secure the Princess Kit as my wife. When she is mistress
of the castle, you will afford her the same respect you would any other member
of my family.” Mitsuhide said to the women who all had smiles beaming across
their faces.

“Yes, milord.” They all said at the same time.

“You all knew that already though,” Mitsuhide said as he grinned
broadly.

“We did believe that the wind was in that quarter, sir.” One of
the oldest maids in the castle who worked for his family before he was even
born. “She will be a fine addition to the Akechi name.”

“You aren’t bothered by her foreignness?” he asked.

“Not if you aren’t. Sometimes we need new blood to even things
out.” She said with a toothy grin.

“Yes, we do,” Mitsuhide said as he took his leave of the older
women and went back to clear his desk of anything that was there so he could
continue his quest of getting the princess to agree to be his and marry him. if
he could secure her and get her with child in the next few months, his life would
be smooth, and everyone else in the clan could relax. He knew some of his
cousins were also actively trying to position themselves as the next clan
leader if Mitsuhide did not have any heirs. He thought of those cousins, and
though he was sure they could lead the clan and continue his vision of
rebuilding it, he knew he had to continue his line as well. It was his duty,
one he had heard of since his birth. His uncle had driven the clan almost to
ruins, and he had brought it back. His son would do more with it, and then his
grandson would have a strong clan all his own. It was his main job to prepare
for the future. The idea of one of the court women and worse yet, the emperors
court women, sickened him. he didn’t think he could stomach even bedding one of
them. Kit was a breath of fresh air. She was everything the other women weren’t.
she would see his view about one wife and accept it. She would help him heal
the clan. He could have her be a leader within the clan alongside of him. He
knew she was it.

She was the future of the clan. It was easy to see to everyone
but her. She still was finding her feet though because of her time in the other
universe, she was better at changing those few little things that she needed
too. She was nearly flawless in his eyes. If she wanted to raze the whole
castle down, he would let her. He knew he was well and done for when it came to
her. When she had kissed him yesterday, it took everything he had not to take
her into the room and completely claim her. He wanted too, but he also knew the
gains to playing a long game. He wanted her for life, not one time. He wanted
her now. Though he was trying to give her time to find herself, it had been
only a week or so since she arrived, he knew he was ready for the next stage. He
had seen all he needed to see. He wanted her and only her. He thought she
wanted him as well. He hoped she would say yes tonight. He knew he had to make
sure she was set up in the position as his wife properly. Any children he had
with her had to be completely one hundred percent seen as legitimate due to any
family members who would try to use her foreignness to gain the power of the
clans leader.

He sat down at his desk and looked off into the corner of his room and
pictures a small cradle there. He knew what he wanted. He was going to set out
to get it anyway he could. He plotted for her heart. He went back to all their conversations
and started to pick things together. He smiled to himself. He knew how he was
going to do this. He walked out of his room, forgetting anything on the desk. He
was on a mission now. To him right now nothing else mattered.

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Chapter three

Over the next week, he watched from behind the scenes as she took over the castles responsibilities. He watched her as she talked with the maids and housekeepers and she explained and sometimes even showed them how she wanted things done. Everyone was amazed with her as she did not demand things but instead talked to everyone as a person regardless of their station. She had been accepted as a princess, but she didn’t act like one. She could be found on her hands and knees scrubbing the floor along with the maids while talking to the cooks about what was for dinner for the week. The other Mitsuhide could not taste food. She wasn’t sure if this one could, but he did not mash his meals together, so she wished for things to taste good to be served to him.

She was becoming well liked. In her free time, she was found talking to the seamstresses of the castle. She was talking with them of their tasks and watched them as they went. On the day she took for herself he walked with her to the marketplace in the next town over, though it wasn’t too far he felt the need to go with her himself. If only to have her company. When they got there, she went straight for the fabric stall and began to look.

“Do you see anything you wish to have?” he asked.

“I see too much I wish to have.” She replied, and he laughed. “Mitsuhide these are all so beautiful.”

“Pick a few and get what you want, my dear.” He said as he propped up on the edge of the tent and watched as she talked with the fabric dealer. She did know her stuff as she could easily hold her own while talking about the fabric. He glanced over and looked at one fabric and had no idea that there was so much to talk about. it all seemed so simple to him.

“My dear, would you pick out another piece of fabric. I find myself wishing to see your talent and would like another kimono made for myself.” He said.

“Are you sure?” she asked.

“Sure that I would like you to make me something, yes.” He said with smile.

“Alright.” She said as she looked at him and then at the fabric. Then she looked back and forth a few more times. She then smiled as she went to a slightly patterned one and told the dealer how much she wanted of it and the matching thread and other notions. She was smiling as everything was wrapped up in a bundle for them to carry back to the castle. He told the dealer that she was able to charge to the castles accounts.

“You should be careful with that Mitsuhide.” She said. “I could bankrupt you that way.”

“Then, I shall endeavor to have the castle make more money for you to spend my dear.” He said as he took her hand. “Princess I do have to ask you something.”

“What?” she asked.

“Are you happy here?” he asked softly. “Is there anything I can do to make things better for you?”

“Mitsuhide, thank you for thinking about me. I am trying to do what I can to make it happy here. I know I want to go home and have told you that a few times but the simple fact is I think you may be stuck with me. I should have waited for my friend and the actual wormhole to appear. Now I believe I am stuck. If I go through another crack, I may just shift to another dimension, not actually go home.” She said with a sigh. “I don’t think that would be all that good and to be honest here is very nice.”

“You will stay with me?” he asked, slightly surprised.

“I don’t think I have a choice. I understand if you want me to leave at some point. I know you have to marry sooner rather than later and one more woman may be too much for the castle. I will gladly hand over the reins to your wife.” She said, trying to smile.

“Do you think I could make you happy?” he asked as he stopped in the middle of the dirt road.

“What?” she asked as she looked up at him.

“I know you loved him, do you think you could ever love me?” he asked.

“Mitsuhide.” She said on a whisper.

“No, princess, could you?” he pushed further.

“I could, yes. You are not like him. I could not be his concubine, and I won’t be yours either.” She said.

“I wasn’t asking if you would be that. One woman is all a man really needs. The right woman.” He said softly.

“Mitsuhide.” She said.

“Princess, will you let me court you?” he asked. That was it in her mind. The straw that broke the camels back. She had been watching him to see the differences between the two men who shared a face. This was the major difference. This Mitsuhide was openly kind, and though he was still known as the torturer of the Oda forces, he was gentle and loving with his people. She saw them as different people. She knew she could love this man. She was already beginning to feel the pull between them. She was grateful to see this man, and she knew what he said was the truth in his eyes.

“Yes.” She replied as she looked him in the eye. “I think that would be fine.”

“Good.” He replied. “I will be good to you, princess.”

“You already are, Mitsuhide.” She said with a smile.

“Come then. We will go home and enjoy the rest of the day.” He said as he retook her hand. Something happened between them then as they both looked at their interlaced hands and then each other. They smiled at each other and continued on their way back to the castle. “Do you know how to use a gun?”

“Yes.” She said with a giggle.

“I assume he showed you?” he said with a certain disgust that was present in his voice.

“No. I knew from my time. Our guns are different, though. They can fire rapidly, and you don’t have to reload every time.” She replied.

“You are joking.” He said.

“No. I am not. It holds between ten and fifteen bullets, and it works without adding the gunpowder. You just have to pull the trigger.” She said.

“I wish I could see one of these guns you speak of.” He said.

“I wish I could show one to you.” She replied with a laugh.

“Is the future so different from here?” he asked.

“It is. Not better or worse though just different. We still have wars. We still have plague and famine. We have ended many diseases that are here as well, but for all the good, there is bad as well. The people who rule are not like the rulers today. They all have their own issues, and our weapons are ones that could destroy the entire planet. Things are different for sure here. It is simpler here, but you have to work hard for everything. It is just too difficult to explain the differences.” She replied as the castle can into view.

“What would you like to do for the rest of the day, my dear?” he asked as he tucked a stray lock of her hair behind her ear. His long fingers trailed down the side of her neck softly with feather light touches.

“I don’t know.” She said with a laugh. “I don’t know how one courts here.”

“What did you do before?” he asked.

“We went on dates. Dinner out, movie, amusement park, something fun.” She said. “You don’t have any of those things here. What do you do here?”

“Honestly I have no idea. You are the first woman I wanted to court like this.” He said with a smile.

“Wonderful then we are already stuck in a rut.” She said with an airy laugh.

“I am sure we can amuse ourselves. How about reading of a book?” he asked.

“With you reading?” she said as she nodded. “I still am having trouble with the writing of your time.”

“That is fine. I will teach you.” He replied. “Come, let’s go to the library workspace and pick a book. I will read to you on the veranda until dinner is served. We will also share a meal there. Maybe a moon viewing if the weather holds?”

“That sounds like a wonderful rest of the day, Mitsuhide.” She said.

“I hope you enjoy it, Kit, you deserve a break.” He said softly. “My people are impressed with you. I am as well. You will make a good mistress of the castle.”

“Aren’t you jumping the gun there a bit?” she asked.

“No, I don’t believe I am Princess.” He said with a smile as he tilted her chin up to him to look into her sky blue eyes. “I don’t believe I am.” He whispered again as he leaned forward and touched his lips to hers softly.

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She woke to a strange room surrounding her. The futon under her was new. She blinked as she took it all in. The room was like her previous one in Azuchi when it hit her she never left. She was still stuck in the sengoku with him. He was him she saw the night prior. Sakamoto was one of his estates. Her door slid open and she looked at the intruder on her her thoughts.

It was him.

“My dear did you sleep well?” He asked.

“Mitsuhide what am I doing here?” She asked.

“I am normally the one asking questions and it seems you have the better of me.” He replied.

“What does that mean?” She asked.

“You seem to know me but I am sure we have never met. I never forget a face and I would not forget one like yours.” He replied.

“You don’t know me?” She asked. She wondered if this was hell again. Her own private hell.

“ You are a stranger in a strange land i see but I don’t know you as you seem to know me.” He replied. “Can you please tell me how you came to fall out of the sky? I have been trying to figure that out since you landed in the lake.”

“You really don’t know me?” She asked.

“No my dear.” He said as he sat down next to the futon.

“You aren’t married?” She asked.

“No.” He chuckled.

“Then where the hell am I?” She asked her self.

“I welcomed you to Sakamoto last night.” He simply stated. “I am the lord here.”

“I know. You are Akechi Mitsuhide.” She said without thinking.

“You are?” He prompted.

“Kit.” She said as she struggled to sit up.

“Now Kit can you tell me how you know so much about me?” He asked as he looked her over.

“It’s a long story and one you probably will never believe.” She said.

“I have heard some of those before.” He chuckled. It was always a sound that warmed her heart. She forgot in those few moments all the pain she had felt for days as she listened to it.

“Alright don’t say I didn’t warn you though.” She said and the words tumbled from her mouth. He sat there looking at her blankly as she spoke and waited until she was done.

“That is an interesting story.” He said.

“The sad part is it is all true.” She replied. “I know it seems far fetched but I swear it is all true.”

“It does seem to be beyond reality itself. However I watched you fall from the sky. No trees nor mountains were around you. You fell from nothing into the lake. You did have to come from somewhere. You are different. You speak different. You hold yourself differently as well. I have to believe in your far fetched story as if it is the truth until you prove it to be other than the truth.” He said as he looked her over. “Though it does not explain where you know so much about me though.”

“We were close in the other place.” She said softly, “Until he was ordered to marry.”

“Ordered to marry?” He asked.

“Nobunaga was adamant that all his vassals marry to create the next generation to protect his line.” She said.

“That does sound like Nobunaga.” He laughed. “However here he would not do that. Our lives are our own as long as we continue our service when he needs us. Peace has been established through most of Japan now. There are no major wars anymore.”

“What?” She asked.

“It has been this way for a few years now.” He said with a smile. “Most saw the idea of unification as a good one. There were only a few hold outs which were easily fixed. The ones you said Masamune, Hideyoshi, Ieyasu, and Mitsunari all have their own estates now and we mostly live on them and not in Azuchi.”

“Peace is here?” She asked.

“Yes.” He replied.

“Everyone is okay?” She asked.

“Yes.” He replied.

“Thank god.” She said as she let her breath out. This was like Sasuke had said once before, there must have been crossovers in the timelines at times. The crack she went into lead to one of them. This land was one of peace. An alternate reality or a parallel universe with a different line but the same people. “Why haven’t you married yet then?”

“Good god you sound like every other woman in my clan.” He said as he let out a bark of laughter. “Don’t you think a question like that is more for later?”

“I’m sorry.” She said, “I am forgetting I know the other you not the You, you.”

“If this is not going to be confusing enough.” He chuckled. His golden eyes were laughing as well. The situation was not lost on him either.

“I will try to remember you are not him, just another him.” She said.

“You loved him didn’t you?” He asked.

“Yes.” She replied. “I stayed in this time for him. I could’ve gone back to my own. I chose him though.”

“And he chose to follow orders instead of you.” He said softly. “I am sorry.”

“It wasn’t you.” She said.

“But a different version of me though.” He said. “I am still sorry.”

“I tried to go home.” She said.

“Instead you ended up here.” He replied.

“Yes.” She said as her head hung lower.

“Maybe that was a sign instead of a mistake.” He said. “Though I can not make you a princess of the Oda line I can declare you one of the Akechi line. You shall reside here until you can find a way back to your world.”

“You would do that?” She asked.

“I just did.” He replied with a smile. “Welcome home Princess.”

“Mitsuhide I don’t know what to say.” She said as she looked into his face. It was the same as the other but it seemed so different at the same time. This man was not the same but he was.

“Say thank you Mitsuhide.” He prompted.

“Thank you Mitsuhide.” She said with a smile.

“Good girl.” He said with a smile and she felt her heart soar again with a possibility for happiness after all.

Later that day when she could move again without wincing he had brought her some new clothes since everything she had was wet from her fall in the lake, she had changed and he was showing her around. “What did you do in Azuchi?”

“I was the caretaker.” She replied.

“Did you enjoy it?” He asked.

“It was a job and I could earn my keep.” She said.

“But did you enjoy it?” He asked again.

“Not really but I would do it again if I had too.” She said.

“What would you like to do?” He asked.

“I was a seamstress in my own time though it had a different name there. I was a fashion designer. I designed new clothes and different styles.” She said.

“Is that what you wish to do?” He asked.

“I would like to, yes.” She said.

“Then I propose a deal for you.” He began as he stopped. “If you help with running the castle and my other estates for you time here I will set you up as a seamstress and you can use your free time as you wish.”

“Mitsuhide how can you do that?” She asked.

“I am master here my dear, remember?” He chuckled, “I can do as I wish.”

“But setting me up is too expensive.” She replied.

“I doubt you could break me or my coffers, my dear.” He said. The people of the castle were watching their lord and the new Princess as they toured the castle grounds. They were shocked to find her there as they had not been informed she would be a guest. They saw the way their lord was around her and though the idea of the foreign born princess being an Akechi princess as well was beyond their minds it was the way he looked at her that made people stop and pay attention. She would be their lords. They all knew it. They watched her as well.

“Your people are watching me like a hawk.” She laughed.

“They have never seen someone like you.” He easily replied.

“The traders.” She started to say.

“Not your foreignness, Kit. The fact you are beautiful.” He said.

“Oh.” She replied, “but I am not.”

“Do you really think that Princess?” He asked as he hooked his finger under her chin to lift her head up to look into her eyes.

“Sure why not. I am nothing spectacular.” She said easily.

“We must change your perception of yourself then.” He said, “because you are spectacular and blinding.”

“Mitsuhide.” She said softly.

“You may not like the truth but it is how everyone sees you, my dear.” He said equally as softly as he let her chin go and she turned to hide her crimson hot cheeks. He chuckled as well as she did that. “Color in your face suits you as well.”

“You are a tease.” She said. “I guess that never changes.”

“Am I like him?” He asked quietly.

“A little.” She replied. “You sound like him, you look like him, somethings are the same and some are different.”

“If you could go back would you?” He asked.

“No.” She said. “I want to go home.”

“Tell me more about it.” He prompted and he listened as she went on and on about the different things. He knew he would lose his heart to this woman who already won over one version of himself in a different reality. He was going to enjoy her, he was relaxed as they walked.

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The reality of love ch 1

Alternative universe the damn wormhole messed up….

She stood in the hall as Nobunaga had made his announcement. She was jn shock, disbelief, and every other emotion rolled through her. They all accepted their fates with barely anything. The five men stood there and looked at him with a nod and then they were on their ways. She hurt. Everything hurt in that moment.

She watched as his his flickered her way for a second and then steadied themselves back on Nobunaga. She saw his acceptance of the ruling. It was after all exactly what he had expected in life. They all had. This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. Her heart was breaking and there was nothing she could do about it.

“Problem fireball?” Nobunaga asked as she also headed out of the room.

“I hate you.” Was all she could ground out and she went off to her rooms. She packed a small bag of the things she would need. She waited till it was dark and then slipped out of the castle doors. The path was lit by the moon and soon she was past the front gates. It would take a few days to walk to Honno ji but she would do it.

Sasuke had been keeping her informed of the next wormhole but she had been working on it too. Though her math was wrong she was close to figuring something out when she noticed a small pattern. Tiny tears appeared all the time from the wormhole. All she had to do was wait for one of them and she could slip through and leave this hell and return home.

She walked on and on remembering things she didn’t want too. Two weeks ago amidst everything going on she had confessed to him she loved him. He had reciprocated the feelings and they had spent their nights together since that fateful day. He didn’t fight for her when the announcement had been made. He nodded and moved on. How was she supposed to get over that? She had fallen in love with a man who had to do what he was told and marrying her was out of the question. She wouldn’t be his concubine they both knew that. She wanted to be home. To forget and move on.  The next real wormhole would happen in a few months Sasuke had warned after they missed the first one right after they had arrived here. She knew the next tear should happen this week though. That was were she was headed. She would slip the tear and go home. She had no reason to stay any longer. He was going to be someone else’s husband and lover. Silently she sent a prayer that he could find happiness into the world and continued in her way.

The third day of walking she was tired but still continued she remembered the way from when Masamune had brought her to Azuchi. She knew she was headed in the right direction. She was surprised though no one had come for her. She was not that surprised that she wasn’t missed to much.  It wasn’t like she was important here. She was nothing more than a toy to amuse them. It stung. She would miss them until her dying day and they hadn’t even noticed she was gone from the castle. The tears fell down over her cheeks without her even realizing they were pouring out of her. She wanted to be home.

The says were long but out of the tree-line she saw the temple appear. It was the day she knew the tear would appear and she could be home again. She wanted nothing more then to sit and cry in her small apartment and then continue on like this was nothing more than a bad dream. She sat on the edge of the forest and waited.

She heard the hoofbeats before she could see the horses. There were a few. She wondered if it was another attack on the temple but she saw the men on the horses dressed in their amour. They had come for her. They did notice she was missing. She looked and saw his white hair blowing in the breeze and her heart soared for a second. She heard the crack from the sky as he turned and locked eyes with her as if he knew where she had been the entire time. He looked away for second and back to Nobunaga who was also with the men on horseback.

The second crack came. She knew the time was coming quickly. She forced herself to stand and look around for the sign of where it would open up. They all looked at her as she saw the shift in the reality she was in. The men waved but she walked in another direction. They began to move closer to her as she turned with tears in her eyes as she saw the five women standing with the horses. Their wives. It had already happened. The tears streamed down her face as she heard him yell out to her, “Don’t! I love you princess.”

The first real confession of love from him the last words she would hear from him as well. She knew the third crack was coming. She felt it. She turned and looked at them as they stopped for a second in their running towards her and she took another step and the tiny tear appeared. She looked back, “I love you too.”

She stepped into the tear and blackness took over again.

The feeling of weightlessness was there and it seemed as if peace surrounded her for a few moments in the vast bleakness she knew was coming. This time she held her eyes open and she knew there was nothing around her. Nothing at all. She could feel the mist surrounding her and she knew she would be home soon. The feeling was that of pain and happiness. She could move on. She would never forget him. She couldn’t. He had stolen her heart with his teasing ways. The kindness he only seemed to have for her. The simple life they could have had together would always be a dream. The pain in her heart would fade she knew already. It was better this way. She would let him go so he could do what he had to, to serve his lord. Love be damned. Duty would always be his first goal.

She knew it had to be this way. She knew life would never be the same as she would be forced to follow in their footsteps. Nobunaga would order her marriage as well, sooner or later. They would both be married to other people. They would have to watch each other be that way. Love be damned it wasn’t meant to be. Fate had other things in store for them. She hated fate. It wasn’t like she was supposed to be here in  The first place. Five hundred years before her birth and she was finally going home. She was happy to be on her way, she would deal with the rest later.

Maybe she could find love again. Someone who could love her for who and what she was. Not being a pawn. She was being to feel the tug back to a solid world again. It would be soon over. A dream and nothing more than that. He would reside in her memory forever.

Life was going to be back to normal. She saw the opening in the tear. It was small. She moved closer to it and then she could feel everything again. It had seemed quicker this time than the one before. She smiled as she was getting used to the idea she was becoming a seasoned time traveler. The hole was still there and she was going to pass through it. She looked and found herself not near the ground but higher in the sky.  She hoped this was not going to be the end. As she passed through the crack she noticed the lack of lights again. She shook her head not knowing where she was as she knew she was falling. As she plummeted towards the ground at full speed she knew impact was coming but she was confused as she went back to look around. She was not by the temple. She was in a forest that she didn’t know. She looked around again as she hit the water. A lake, she thought. She was able to swim towards the edge even in the darkness with the moon light guiding her way.

She pulled herself out with her bag still attached and looked around. This was not familiar to her but someone would tell her where she was.

She didn’t see the man standing near a corpse of trees. He had watched with wide eyes as she fell from the sky into the lake. He silently approached her as she looked around.

“Welcome to Sakamoto.” He said softly.

She whipped around to look at the man who had said that. She was in shock. She looked at him and knew exactly who it was. She hadn’t gone anywhere. “You!” Was the only words that came out before she collapsed from everything. The pain took over, the tiredness took over, the confusion as well. She hit the dirt before him before he could react.

“Come my dear, you know who I am but I am afraid I have no idea who you are.” He said as he hauled her into his arms and carried her back to the castle. He somehow knew everything had changed and his world just became much more interesting.