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Chapter 419 The Four Sacred Beasts New Masters (1)

The four sacred beasts surrounded the twins. They protected them at their center.

"Leader!" A robed man called. "T-These… these are the four sacred beasts!"

"Yes, I know." The tall man replied. "They are the ones that we need to bring back to Xing."

"They are quite big!" One of the robed men said in astonishment.

"How can we capture them sir?" One robed man asked.

"Tsk, we planned to take the kid in our custody. With that, the four sacred beasts would follow us back to Xing." The tall man said. "But our plan backfired."

"What are we going to do now sir?" Another of the robed man asked.

"Just give us your orders leader." One of the robed men said.

"We shall follow your orders leader." Another robed man said.

"Tsk…" The tall man was in a bind.

On the other hand, the sacred beasts were keeping the twins out of harm's way.

"This is not good. The four sacred beasts have strong power that we cannot match for now. Fall back!"

"You heard the leader, fall back!" Another robed man yelled.

"Fall back!" The order was passed to the robed men.

"This is just the beginning." The tall man said to Alphonse.

"I know." Alphonse politely smiled. "Do not worry, I am sure my descendants here will prepare for your coming."

The robed men started to fall back in haste. Not long, only the four sacred beasts together with Alphonse and Aerith were left.

"It is nice to see you all again." Alphonse replied with a happy smile. "I am happy to see you all together again." 

"We have come back to your side, master." The four replied in unison.

"I see that you all have awakened together with me as well." Alphonse replied. "Genbu, the black Tortoise, guardian of the north. Seiryu, the azure dragon, guardian of the east. Suzaku, the vermilion bird, guardian of the south. And last but not the least, Byakko, the white tiger, guardian of the west. My friends, it has been a long time."

"Master." The four called Alphonse.

"Yes, I was your master." Alphonse replied. "But in this new age, you will have new masters. These masters will be the one that will help me in my journey in the future."

"Master, it has been so long, but you are giving us away?" Byakko said with a sad face.

"Byakko is right, master." Seiryu said.

"We are not what we used to be, my friends." Alphonse said. "Everything has its place. And once I have fully awakened, so shall your reincarnations."

"Does that mean we will not be ourselves?" Suzaku asked.

"We have reincarnated for many times now." Genbu said. "Surely, we are not our old selves."

"Do not worry my friends. When the time comes, your past selves will unite with your new reincarnations." Alphonse replied. "Like I will be once I have awakened." The four sacred beasts nodded in understanding.

"Aaahhh…  cannot follow on your conversation." Aerith shouted in frustration.

"Hahaha, my twin sister is such an adorable little thing." Alphonse hugged Aerith with a happy face. "I am sorry, but you need to forget this conversation for now. Do not worry, once the right time comes you will remember this day." After saying this, Aerith was put to sleep all of a sudden.

"This little girl, I feel something from her." Byakko said while looking at the cute sleeping Aerith.

"Is she not cute, my twin sister." Alphonse said while poking her pinkish cheeks. "But that aside, what you feel Byakko is the connection. She is your master now."

"Oh, I see." Byakko had a smile on her face.

"How about me? Will I have a new master as well?" Suzaku asked in excitement.

"All of you will have your own new masters in this new generation." Alphonse said.

"We understand, master." The four replied in unison.

Alphonse started to rub his eyes. "Oh, it looks like it is time to go back to sleep." He yawned.

"Then see you again, master." Seiryu said.

"Once we awaken again." Genbu said.

"We will see each other again." Suzaku said.

"Till then." Byakko said.

"See you again soon… my friends." Alphonse said and he closed his eyes while lying down beside Aerith.

After this, knights of the palace came flooding in.

"Search for the prince and princess!" William was the first in the scene and ordered the knights to search the rubble of the building.

The knights started to search. They did not search long to find the twins lying on the ground with the four sacred beasts in their animal form.

"Captain, the highnesses are here!" One night called.

It was Philip who first came running to see the little prince and princess.

"Princess Aerith! Prince Alphonse!" Worry was etched in his face. He checked both their pulses and he felt their heartbeat. "Thank goodness, the two of you are alright."

"How are the highnesses?" William came near.

"They are fine." Philip replied. "They seem to be sleeping." Tears came running down his eyes after relief flushed all over his body.

"Where are they? Where are my children?" Regaleon's voice vibrated in the vicinity.

The royal family in the palace felt the surge of strong magic when Alphonse had partially awakened. They knew by that time that something was wrong. Tempest who should have gone to call for Regaleon was not able to do his task because of the partial awakening of the chosen one. The other sacred beasts were no where to be found as well after the surge of the powerful magic was felt.

Because of these, the royal family has no other means but to take horses and go to where they felt the surge of magic power. Along the way, they saw the other children. Aliyah and Deimos have told their parents what have happened. After that they saw Thali with the now conscious Leonhart. The little prince and little lady were both crying, knowing that they left both Alphonse and Aerith in danger.

When they arrived, Regaleon and Alicia saw their twins lying on the ground with the four sacred beasts in animal form.

"Alphonse, Aerith!" Alicia ran towards the children with worry etched on her face.

"Do not worry your majesty, they are just sleeping." William told Alicia. "They seem not hurt, thank goodness."

"Thank goodness…" Alicia sighed in relief and picked her twins and hugged them in her arms. "Thank goodness." Tears started to stream down her eyes.

"It is okay now, my love." Regaleon wrapped his wife and twins. "They are now safe with us."

"I know." Alicia replied. She saw Leonhart walking towards them. "Come here Leonhart. Look, the both of them are fine. They are just sleeping."

"R-Really? *hic* " Leonhart was in the verge of tears." It is… *hic* it is my fault. I am so weak and got abducted. *hic*"

"It is not your fault, my little one." Regaleon said. "Come here." He gestured for his little son to come.

"F-Father… mother… *hic*" Leonhart ran towards his parents and siblings. The couple hugged their children dearly. "I-I want to be strong. *hic* I do not want anything like this to happened again. I want to be strong to help brother as well. *hic*"

"I understand. Hush now." Alicia comforted.

"I will surely teach you more strictly from now on, so that you could be stronger." Regaleon said. "If that is what you want."

"Y-Yes father." Leonhart wiped his tears away and stood up confidently. "I will be training really hard so that I will be stronger and will not burden big brother and sister again."

"Then be prepared." Regaleon patted his little one's head.

"Please punish me." Philp kneeled down on front of the royal family and bowed his head until it hit the ground. He hit it hard many times that blood oozed out his forehead and stained the ground. "It is my fault that the imperial children were in danger. I am so incompetent. Please punish me, your majesties."

Regaleon looked at the kneeling apprentice knight. He can see tears staining the ground where he was kneeling.

"Do you know what kind of punishment you will receive because of this incompetence, Philip?" Regaleon said with a serious tone. "You can be expelled from your knight apprenticeship, or worse lose your life if found guilty."

The crowd was silent with the emperor's words. It was true, that the safety of the imperial family was put into danger. A harsh punishment was awaiting if found guilty.

"I will take any punishment, your majesty." Philip said with conviction while still having his head bowed down. "Even if it means losing my life."

"No, your majesty." Dimitri came running and knelt down beside Philip. "Please have mercy your majesty. Philip is still young and is prone to mistakes. I will receive the punishment in his stead, as Philip's foster father. I beg of you, your majesty." He bowed his head on the ground.

"Honey…" Angel was about to follow her husband but Anatalia grabbed her arm and shook her head.

Regaleon stood up and walked in front of the father and son.

"Stand up Dimitri, Philip." Regaleon said.

"Y-Your majesty…" Dimitri looked up, still worried for Regaleon's decision.

Dimitri knew how strict Regaleon was even with his men. He was a kind leader, but he does not let off any mistakes. Mistakes comes with the right punishment and being not able to protect the imperial family from harm while on duty was a grave issue.

"Do not worry Dimitri, I know what really happened." Regaleon said and helped Dimitri and Philip stand up. "Philip did everything he could, but it was not enough. Do not worry Philip, your life will not be taken away, but a severe punishment will still be bestowed unto you after everything is settled."

"Thank you… thank you, your majesty." Dimitri bowed.

"Thank you so much, your majesty." Philip started to cry.

"Now let us clean up here." Regaleon said. "Dimitri and William, I want to know what happened here. Please investigate. I want to know who had the audacity to kidnap my children!" He said with a chilling tone.

"We accept your orders, your majesty." Dimitri and William replied.

Edited by: nalyn
Chapter 420 [Bonus chapter]The Four Sacred Beasts New Masters (2)

Back at the palace, the adults had gathered together in one of the big reception rooms in the palace. The children were told to be at their rooms. But they insisted on staying at the twin's room until they wake up.

The door opened and the couple Satiana and Jack came rushing in with an anxious expression.

"We have heard of what happened." Satiana said with a concerned tone. "How are the imperial children?"

"We let our son Henry join the other children." Jack said. "I am sure that he is also worried for his cousins."

"Thank you for your concern, Satiana and Jack." Alicia welcomed them with a hug. "The children are fine, thank goodness."

"They are brave young children, so I will not worry to much about them." Jack smirked. "They got their bravery from their parents."

"Thank you for the compliment and welcome back." Regaleon also welcomed the couple with a hugged. "You have come at a bad timing, but I am happy that you are here."

"We are sorry for being late as such a crucial hour." Satiana apologized.

"What are your initial findings on this abduction?" Jack asked. "Maybe I can be of help."

"William and Dimitri are still conducting the preliminary investigation." Regaleon said. "But maybe you can help me with this." He gave a piece of paper to Jack.

Jack inspected the paper with full focus. He had his eyebrows squinted until his face gave out a bright look.

"I know these symbols." Jack said. "You can see these symbols from Xing foreigners. I remember seeing some of these symbols written on their documents and some are on their clothes."

"So those men are from Xing country." Regaleon had his face darkened. "They will pay for what they have done in our own country, more importantly to my children."

"Let us wait for William and Dimitri's initial findings first." Alicia calmed her husband who was visibly boiling in anger from within. "We would not want to destroy our diplomatic relations based on little evidence."

"Her majesty is right, your majesty." Gladiolus interjected. "We have worked hard to have good diplomatic connections with Xing in the past years. But if ever the evidence points to them, then I will personally lead this matter and ask them for answers. I will not let them off if their people have done such atrocities here." He said with pure conviction.

"Then I will assign this to you, Gladiolus." Regaleon ordered. "I expect a clear and concise investigation. I will not tolerate any mistakes."

"Thank you, your majesty." Gladiolus bowed his head. "I will not fail you."

"But other than that, what else have you called for us here, your majesty?" It was Anatalia who asked. "I can feel that this issue is not the only thing you would like to talk about, your majesty."

"Yes, there is another issue at hand." Regaleon sighed. "Please, take a seat first before I explain another thing at hand."

The adults all took their seats and looked at Regaleon with curious faces. Regaleon looked one by one at the people on attendance and started to speak.

"This is regarding the sacred beasts." Regaleon said.

"speaking of them, I have not seen them since they arrived at the palace." Gladiolus replied.

"Our familiars or what they called the sacred beasts in ancient times, were found with my twins unconscious." Regaleon started. "They recently have woken up, and they came to me and told me of something that I was also surprised to hear."

"What is it?" Angel asked out of curiosity. She had been living with Carrick who was Dimitri's side for a while now and had considered him as a friend.

"It would be better I guess if they told you themselves." Regaleon replied.

After Regaleon's words the door opened, and four people came inside. Three males and one female. They looked at the people who were seating with bright faces, as if they were old acquaintances.

"Hello everyone." The female said with a cheerful voice. She had white hair and blue eyes.

"You may not recognize at in this appearance." A man with black hair and eyes said.

"But this appearance is just temporary." A man with fiery red hair and amber eyes said.

"We will revert back to our original state after we have finished the tasks given to us." A man with blue hair and sky blue eyes said.

The people seating down were at a confused state. Those who only knew who they were are the people closest to them.

"V-Virgil… is that you?" Gladiolus pointed to the blue haired man with fascination.

"Yes master." Virgil replied with a soft smile. "It is I, Virgil."

"Then does that mean the other three are the royals familiars?" Jack stood up in surprise and astonishment. "I cannot believe it! First they can converse to us using human speech and now these beings could also take human form! My father would be thrilled to learn of this. He could write another book about the royals familiars." He said in wonder and amazement.

"Hold your horses, honey." Satiana giggled. "I believe there is still something they need to tell us."

"Go on." Regaleon ordered.

"Then let me be the spokesperson." Carrick was the one to take the lead. "The chosen one was partially awakened from the incident earlier."

The adults gasped after hearing Carrick's words. Hearing the name 'The Chosen One' put shivers on their skin.

"No need to worry because he has come back to his slumber because the time is not right yet." Carrick quickly calmed the racing hearts of the adults. "But with his awaking, we awakened as well. And because of that we found our calling and that is to aid the chosen one in his journey."

"Does that mean that Prince Alphonse is now your master?" Gladiolus asked.

"Not quite." Carrick replied. "It is true that our master to whom we serve has changed, but is we still have different masters from one another."

"What do you mean?" Angel asked with a confused face.

"Our new masters are the ones that will aid the chosen one in his journey." Tempest replied.

"We have been given these temporary bodies to aid them in growing up." Snow said.

"We will teach them of what they need to learn, and we will be their guardians in growing up." Virgil said.

"D-Do not tell me that…" Anatalia got the sacred beasts' message in the words they have just uttered.

"Yes." Carrick nodded. "Our new masters are your children."

The mothers gasped after hearing Carrick's words while the fathers were quite shocked.

"So, you are telling me that my child… my little Thalia will be a master of a sacred beast?" Gladiolus broke the silence.

"That is correct." Virgil was the one to reply. "And I am happy to serve the little lady. I have been by her side while she was growing up." He smiled.

"And I will surely love being with Aerith." Snow said with a smile. "I have always like her from all of your children Alicia." Alicia giggled hearing Snow's words. She knew that Snow had her favorite since the beginning.

"I will be serving young master Deimos." Carrick told Angel, who is the representative parent while Dimitri is away. "I am sure be part to him my knowledge and wisdom."

"Does that mean my Henry will be exempted from this?" Jack was the first to ask because he knew Satiana was also concerned about this and was not able to voice it out. "I mean, none of us, his parents, have had a familiar like you."

"I am afraid I will be the one serving young master Henry." Tempest said. "My link was given to him."

"M-My little Henry?" Satiana was in disbelief. She had known that her son had high magic abilities unlike her. She just dismissed it as Jack being a pureblooded Atlantian and mixed with royal blood, Henry had strong fire magic. But now she was having the thought that her son was chosen as well from the new generation.

"Our children are the new generation of royal blooded Atlantians." Regaleon said. "They are direct ancestors of The Almighty One and are now given the task to help my son, who was prophesied as the chosen one."

The parents were silent in the room. They were having their own thoughts of the situation. But there is one thing they are certain about. Their children's fates are now woven with The Chosen One. It was a fate that cannot be broken. Their path will lead to the destruction or prosperity of the continent and the whole world.

"Then please guide my daughter well." Gladiolus was the one to break the silence. "Me and Ana will be there to stay by her side until her destiny calls her. Right, my wife?" He held his wife's hand and kissed it gently.

Anatalia sweetly smiled and nodded. "If that is her fate, then so be it."

"My son will also walk the path destined for him." Angel replied with a huge grin. "I never thought that little bookworm will be given such a burden to bear, but I am sure he can handle it. I know Aliyah will stay by her twin brother's side and will also help him with this burden."

"I am also sure that our Aerith had her destiny intertwined with her twin brother since they were in my womb." Alicia looked at Regaleon with a gentle smile. "They are quite inseparable, and it is not really a surprise that she will be there to assist her brother." Regaleon was happy to hear Alicia's words and kissed her on the forehead.

The only one that was not yet replying was the couple Satiana and Jack. Jack was looking at his wife who was still in the state of shock and confusion.

"Honey?" Jack held his wife's hand and gave her comfort. Satiana was woken up from her reverie and smiled gently.

"I am okay, honey." Satiana replied. She looked at everyone and nodded. "I am sorry if I am late in giving my reply. Henry has been the apple of my eyes and has been my most dear sweet boy. Since he was little, I had seen his exceptional talent using his magic and have always brushed it away, not really looking at the possibility of his future path. But not that it has come to this, I have no other choice but to accept the path he has been given. Jack and I will be helping our son as well, for the path that he must walk through." Everyone breath a sigh of relief after hearing Satiana's words.

"Thank you everyone." Regaleon said. "We are all on the same boat. We do not know where this road will lead our children through. But I am sure that we as parents will guide them for the future ahead." All of the adults nodded in agreement.

The children had their fates intertwined this very day. This was the start where their journey as a group will begin.

Edited by: nalyn

Chapter 421 The Next Generation (1)(unedited)

The next morning, the children were all gathered in one room, and that was Alphonse and Aerith's room. The twins were still sound asleep on Alphonse's bed inside his room .

"It has been a while since they were sleeping?" Aliyah who was seating beside Aerith's bedside said. "I hope they are alright."

"My mom said they are doing fine." Thalia was seating on the couch that was taken from the twin's common reception area for the children to sit down.

"Your mom is an imperial doctor, so I am sure she is quite capable." Aliyah said. "But, why are they still asleep. A full night has passed by, and the ball was canceled because they are still asleep." She sighed heavily.

"Yes, they are such sleeping beauties." Deimos agreed with his twin sister. "I mean, look at Alphonse's hair. How did it grow this long? And it has also turned silver."

"These two now looks identical." Aliyah said. "It is quite interesting."

There was silence in the room once again.

"I cannot believe you all have gone through such an experience." Henry, Satiana and Jack's son said and broke the silence. "I mean, I know that sneaking out of the palace was normal for you guys but encountering kidnappers." He shivered with the thought.

Henry was a little older than Thalia and younger than Leonhart. He had his father's features, with red fiery hair and green eyes from his mother.

"If it was not for me, big brother and sister will not have gone to save me." Leonhart said. He had guilt plastered all over his face. "They would not have gone and saved me."

Thalia was also guilt stricken with Leonhart's words. Like him, she was also abducted together with him.

"Do not blame yourself, Hart." Aliyah walked towards the little prince and gave him a pat on the shoulder to comfort him. "This is not anybody's fault. I heard from my dad that some group of men planned all of this to kidnap Alphonse. You were just bait."

"I know!" Leonhart yelled in anger. "I know and because of that my brother and sister are like this. I was their weakness. If I was just stronger, then…"

Deimos walked towards Leonhart and also patted his other shoulder. The twins Aliyah and Deimos were by Leonhart's side and hugged him tight.

"Your siblings will not like you blaming yourself, Hart." Deimos said. "They will surely scold once they wake up and hear you."

"T-Thank you…" Leonhart sniffed, tears were starting to fall from his eyes. "Thanks for being there for us."

"Of course." Henry walked towards the hugging children and joined the hug. "We are family after all." He smiled.

Aliyah saw Thalia who was reluctant to join their little group hug.

"Come here Thalia." Aliyah called and gestured to her. "You are family as well."

"R-Really?" Thalia smiled sweetly and ran towards them.

"Of course." Aliyah replied. "We are family."

The children giggled while hugging each other.

"Did we miss something?" Aerith's voice rang inside the room.

"Aerith!" The children looked around and saw Aerith and also Alphonse sitting up on the huge bed.

"I feel quite refreshed after a good night's sleep." Alphonse said while stretching up his arms. "Wait, I do not remember going to bed or coming back home!" He was hit by the realization.

"Wait, you are right. How did we get back?" Aerith also realized. "And what about the birthday banquet?! Mother and father will surely kill us. Al, what are we going to do?!"

"Aerith… Alphonse!" The children ran towards and jumped on their bed to hug them.

"W-Wait…" Alphonse said while being crushed with their cousins and little aunt and uncle's hugs.

"I cannot breathe…" Aerith exaggerated and the children laughed together.

"You guys made us worry." Leonhart was wiping a stray tear from her eye. "You were asleep since yesterday afternoon you know."

"Asleep for that long?" Aerith said in surprise. "What happened? All I remember was falling asleep when we beat up those bad guys. Right, Al." She looked at his twin brother.

"My last memory was after Leonhart got pushed and he lost consciousness." Alphonse replied. "I felt angry and I just snapped. That was the last thing I remember."

"Really?" Aerith was surprised. "You did not remember beating up those bad guys. You looked so cool back there, using your strong magic to put those hooded robed men in their place. You also grew your hair, and we now match." Aerith got a hand full of Alphonse's long hair and showed it to her brother.

"What the…?!" Alphonse was surprised to see his hair. He was in disbelief and held the silver long hair himself. He traced it to his own head. "H-How did my hair grow this much? I look like a girl now!"

"Hahaha, yes you do." Aliyah teased. "You look like Aerith now."

"We also wanted to ask you how this happened. But I guess you also do not know." Deimos said.

"But it looks good on you." Thalia said with a sweet smile. Alphonse blushed hearing her sweet words. "I believe it suits you."

"T-Thanks." Alphonse shyly scratch his head in reply.

"I am happy to see you awake now." Henry said. "I was surprised to know of what happened the first thing me and my parents arrived here at the palace."

"Henry, you are here." Aerith said with an excited voice. "We are happy you came for our birthday party."

"Technically, yesterday was your birthday haha." Henry replied and laughed.

"The banquet was canceled because of you two." Deimos said.

"A-Are we in big trouble?" Aerith asked with concern.

"Well, you made your parents worried sick." Aliyah said. "I am not sure but maybe you will be grounded once again."

"You are not alone on that." Deimos scoffed. "Our parents gave us a good scolding."

"Uhuh." Aliyah said with a nod. "We also put Philp in a bind."

"What?" Aerith replied in a shock voice. "What happened to Philip?"

"I heard he was given one month suspension and a cut from his pay for a year." Leonhart was the one to reply. "Fortunately, he was not kicked out from knight's apprenticeship."

"The first thing we need is to apologize to Philip." Alphonse said. "We pushed him to come with us when we snuck out. It was not his fault."

The twins had very sad expression on their faces. They knew the error of their little trip in the capital to see the festival.


The door opened and Tricia was the one to come in while being accompanied by Philip.

"Excuse us children…" Tricia was holding a wash bin with water and a towel for washing when she saw Alphonse and Aerith awake and sitting up on their bed. "Oh my, your highnesses! You are awake! I need to tell your parents as soon as possible. Philip, you stay here with them." She said in surprise and put the wash bin down. She quickly exited the room to call for the imperial couple.

"Your highnesses…" Philip was in the brink of crying. "I-I am so happy to see you awake and well."

"Philip!" Alphonse and Aerith got out from bed and hugged Philip.

"We are so sorry, Philip." Aerith said.

"We heard you were suspended for a month, and your pay was cut down for a year." Alphonse said. "It was our fault that you were given these punishments."

"You do not need to apologize to me, your highnesses." Philip shook his head. "It was my fault that I was not able to keep you safe. It was my duty protect the two of you and I was not able to do that. My suspension will start after the festivities for your birthday are done. I will still guard you for the next six days."

The twins hugged Philip tight while feeling guilty of the punishment he had been given.

Quick footsteps were heard outside the room. Not long the door opened, and the emperor and empress came in with worried expressions.

"Oh, my babies." Alicia walked towards the twins and hugged them. "I am happy that you have awoken."

"Mother we are sorry we sneaked out of the palace without your consent." Alphonse replied.

"It was our idea, so please don't scold the others." Aerith said.

"What will I do with you two?" Alicia sighed in relief.

"Of course, you two will have your punishment for sneaking outside without telling us." Regaleon patted Aerith and Alphonse's heads. "But first, let us celebrate your birthday. Would you still like to continue the banquet tonight?" He asked.

"Really?" Aerith asked in excitement.

"We still can enjoy our birthday banquet?" Alphonse asked in excitement.

"Of course, you can." Regaleon chuckled. "That is why all of your guests came here, to celebrate your birthday."

"Thank you, father." Alphonse and Aerith hugged their father.

"Come here Leonhart." Alicia called.

Leonhart ran towards them and they had a family group hug. It was a picture perfect moment for the whole family.