Muses – The Reward

Author note: This muse can be taken out of context without some backstory especially if you have not read The Exiled Prince or talked to me at great lengths about the Prince of Aslann. Here are important things to keep in mind while reading this muse:

  • The Prince of Aslann is Tatsuya Tylo and generally is referred to as he. However, he is a ‘she’ physically and a he mentally. During historical days (unlike our modern era) there was no surgical way to match the brain and the body other than through the use of very old and forbidden magic.
  • The Prince is always about protecting his nation. He will go to great lengths to do this even standing against his father Emperor Miroku. To ensure that his nation survives he uses his Tylo eyes to search through the past, present, and future for a means to protect the nation. There were very specific events that needed to transpire for that to happen and that included the resurrection of the Goddess Tearra.
  • To resurrect Tearra, Tatsuya had to sacrifice his body in two ways. First, he uses his female body and has sex with Seiji Shima thus resulting in a child. This child was a direct decedent of Tationy. The next thing he needed was the blood of the Goddess Tearra and he got that in the form of Mikio. Among other conditions, once these conditions were met, the Prince had most of his consciousness put into the body of Agito Tylo.
  • His body, was left with a sliver of consciousness which was used to keep the body alive because it was with child and to summon Tearra’s soul back in time and bind it within the body of the Prince of Aslann.
  • However, the Prince of Aslann left out several very important details when he enlisted the Ishi to assist. The first, was that Tearra actually no longer existed that her soul is overpowered by Tationy’s who is her reincarnate and the other thing he failed to mention was that the version of Tationy he located was only six years old.
  • Had the Ishi know this, they would never have allowed what was to transpire to happen. Tationy at six, did not engage in any adult interactions. The child mentioned in this chapter is carried by the body of the Prince of Aslann and was a result of the female body of the Prince engaging in a sexual relationship with Seiji Shima prior to Tationy’s conciseness being transferred into the body of the Prince of Aslann.

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That morning Kuro had watched the departure of the Prince of Aslann in his newly acquired body. No longer would he succeed his father for the position of Emperor. Tatsuya would be nothing more than a lesser Tylo known as Agito. All of it he had done to save the great nation of Aslann; every sacrifice was a simple means to an end. No matter the cost.

The Ishi had paid their own price. An oath to the Prince of Aslann bound with their own blood. Any clan would have refused, but Tatsuya Tylo had offered them the only thing of value he could use to sway the Ishi; the resurrection of the Queen of the Gods. It was too great a reward to pass upon.

The risks had been many. Between fighting in the war and making preparations there had been uncertainty for years. Only after the Prince of Aslann had awoken did the reward seem to be within their grasp. Still, they were waiting.

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Days and weeks had gone by and the body of the Prince of Aslann which was to be the vessel of the resurrected queen laid there motionless. No hope. Many Ishi had departed the estate of the Elder Jin with despair in their hearts. Only Kuro and his younger brother Mikio remained within the halls taking turns protecting the heart of the Ishi.

Kuro could not speak for his brother, but what troubled him more than anything was the fact that Rin had not returned. Even when messages were sent to their father informing him that the queen would be resurrected. Nothing, not even a hint that he cared one way or another. It concerned Kuro.

He sighed. The book he had been reading was a mere distraction for his thoughts and even it was not quieting the racing of his mind. That was about the point that his eyes shifted to the hand of the vessel as it moved slightly. It was the first real sign that the queen might open her new eyes and look upon the world lost to her several hundred years before.

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Only for a moment did his eyes remain fixed on her. It could be several more days, weeks, or perhaps even months before she would awake. It was really a waiting game at this point and lucky for Kuro he had an abundance of patience.

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As the hours ticked by the movement of her body increased accompanied by soft little licks of her lips and the word, “Shesho.” He was confused by her use of the Yamada word for grandmother. “Shesho,” She said it again, but this time a bit louder.

“Your grandmother is not here,” Kuro finally stated though he could not hide his own confusion.

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Her eyes finally opened, then closed. Repeating the process several times before she was able to keep them open to look upon him. There was a soft audible sound that escaped her lips, “I know you.”

Kuro felt his mouth quirk slightly in what most would describe as one part sneer and another part smile, “Oh, who am I?”

There was a moment when her eyes closed and he thought that her weakened state would result in her losing consciousness, but just as quickly as the thought was there it was gone. Those silver eyes staring upon his face as she practically whispered, “Kuro of the Ishi.”

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“You should not try to move,” He stated as she began to lift herself.

“Why is my body so heavy? Am I sick?”

Kuro frowned, “Sick, nothing of the sort. I don’t know all of the specifics, but Nao said you might feel a little disoriented and weakened upon awaking. It is best if you…”

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His words cut off suddenly when she adjusted her body, hung her legs over the side of the bed, and tried to quickly set up. Much too quickly from the look of the way she brought her hand to her face. “My head feels weird. Like that time Anjou gave me a drink from shesho’s special cider.” Kuro snorted which elicited a pout from her lips, “Are you laughing at me?”

“It was a little funny.”

“Where is my grandmother?” She asked as she pulled her hand away from her face. Kuro noticed how her body stilled and her hand rose again. He thought for certain she had moved much too quickly and the room was spinning again, but instead she stared at her hand. It was probably safe to assume that was the moment that she realized her body was different.

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Her next action caught him off guard. She was up quickly and he had barely a moment to drop his book and reach out for her before the two came tumbling to the floor. With a sigh he said, “I told you that you should not be moving around. Had I not been here you would have hurt yourself and the baby.”

“Baby…” She repeated the word as she stared at his face.

Kuro had been around those eyes long enough to know exactly what was happening. She was peeling back the layers of time; peeking at the past, the present, the future to learn what was going on. However, there was something in the way she looked at him that stilled his body. It was clear, she read his future.

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“Your….” She began to speak.

“Don’t read my future baby snake.”

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Kuro noticed how her eyes widened a bit. It was clear that whatever she saw had an effect because he had noticed an increase in the tempo of her heartbeat. Labored breath brushing lightly along his face as her lips parted. Baby fangs peaking out, it was not exactly fear in her eyes. Something else; some form of trepidation that overtook her entire body quite aggressively.

“I can’t breathe,” She barely managed to speak the words.

Admittedly he thought perhaps he was leaning upon her a bit too much as he forced himself to pull away. When he turned to offer his hand to help her up, she was crouched and trying desperately to control her breath.

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“I don’t understand,” Her pained voice took him by surprise. There were no tears, just a heavy gasping of breath and poorly strung together words of confusion. Which matched his own.

“You said you know me. Spoke my name,” Kuro began as he knelt down by her. “If that is the case, then why is there so much fear in you right now?”

At first she offered no response. With a noticeable sigh he reached out his hand and rested it to her head. She tensed and did not relax even as she spoke the words, “Am I dreaming? I can’t tell.”

“This is real. I am real,” He tried to comfort. “Tearra….”

She interrupted him, “My name’s Tationy.”

Kuro felt a knot form as he looked upon the vessel before him. So many questions came rushing to his mind. Had the Prince of Aslann tricked them? Even though he wanted to rush and get Mikio calming the young woman before him seemed far more pressing. “Tationy,” He said her name which unexpectedly relaxed her body. “What is the last thing you remember?”

“My shesho.”

“Oh, what was she doing?”

“There was going to be a party,” She said in a lighter tone. “I couldn’t attend though. Not old enough.”

Not old enough? “How old are you?”

“Six,” She whispered. Kuro was angered; what damage had the Prince of Aslann caused? This was not what they gave their blood for. A child forced within the pregnant vessel of the Prince and all of the dangers that came with that. No, this body was meant to bring forth the reincarnate of Tearra. What sin had they committed? Kuro hung his head and realized why it was that Rin had not come when called.

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11 comments

  1. Good old Tatsuya, he doesn’t care about the cost, so long as he gets what he wants in the end. Poor Tationy, being shoved into a pregnant body when mentally she is only 6… it is a wonder this didn’t drive her mad! Will we get to see what happens next? I know the 6 year old doesn’t stay in that body, but I am now wondering how the pregnancy can work out if there is no consciousness in the body. :/

    You know me. I have questions HAHA. And now I am trying to reconcile them with what I have read in TEP. Anyway, this is a great muses! I am so glad you decided to write this one. I wanted to know more about Tationy meeting Kuro the first time.

    • Tationy stays in that body actually for a long time. She is raised by the Ishi, Mikio and Kuro. She actually gives birth to the child and remains with them for 12 years. Raised with the child she really is in a lot of ways, we will see the growing experience. When she returns to her own body she returns as a six year old, but this is part of why she has always been a little adult. The Tylo eyes would do this to some degree anyway, but really it is this event that made her older than her years.

      Yes, Tatsuya is an evil nut in his own right. Due to Tationy still having a sliver of him when she is sent back to her own time, they really are the same person, but he handles things in a much darker and sacrifice it all sort of way.

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it. We will definitely see what happens after this. Kuro and Mikio talk, Nao is even brought in to try and fix things and we will learn why it is that she remains for so long as we see a Modern Day Mikio as well working on the solution not to mention why historical Mikio did not prevent the event when he has the same eyes.

      • HAHA no wonder she always acted like an adult. She lived an adult’s life way sooner than she should have. Freakin’ Tatsuya, what a selfish bastard, to do that to a girl…

        Still, she was raised by Kuro and Mikio, so she at least had some kind of normalcy, despite everything. Which makes Kuro losing her and Osa so soon like he does, all the more painful.

      • Yeah exactly. We get to see the “kid” in her in the past, but in the modern age when she is a “kid” we do not get to see her be a kid. She is a little adult and this is really why she is that way and is our first real look at the difference between Historical Tationy who is quite young and in some cases spoiled if you believe what Abe said about her in TEP. Her Modern age childhood was very much a young adult, that would be offended if you called her a kid. HAHA.

        Yes, she was raised by Kuro and Mikio so she had a normal childhood for the most part which we will see some of through muses.

        Exactly. Kuro loses Osa, in a way he also loses Mikio because of the damage done to him after fighting Atsuki, and he loses Tationy who was with Mikio and Kuro for 12. She was basically raised by them and there did come a point much later on (when she is sixteen) that he starts realizing that his feelings are no longer that of a “father figure” or a “big Brother” and a couple years later he learns that her feelings match his. Basically they become a couple when she is 18, but he loses her shortly after. It is quite painful.

      • I am not sure which is worse, being a child stuck in an adult’s body, or going back to being a child with the maturity of an adult. Ouch. Starting to understand why she has so many problems. 😦

        I swear, Kuro and Tationy have all the makings of a “star crossed lovers” kind of story, what with all the trauma and separation, the losing each other and whatnot.

        Basically, you’re saying Kuro went from having a family, to having no one. Sure, Mikio was there physically, but mentally I’m sure he became a wreck of a man…which is plain tragic.

      • In a lot of ways yes it could be interpreted that way. Kuro hates that term though because it takes his own fate out of his hands and basically says it is beyond their control and he does not agree with that. ^_^

        Yeah he lost his entire family even Mikio (who changed after that) all in one get go. Very hard for him and as you can see he has never quite recovered.

      • HAHA no, I would never consider using that term around Kuro. He would probably kill me for saying that. I know he is very much a “you change your own fate” kind of guy. Not sure how you could recover from something as traumatic as losing your family the way he does. Explains why he is so pent up, and willing to expend himself.

  2. I love this kind of muses. I always reread them a few times to puzzle it together!
    So this is his first encounter with Tationy yet it is not the first one to her, but at the same time he knows her because she’s still both Tearra and the Prince in a way?
    That must be pretty rough thing for a girl to appear in a body like that, though she lived so many lives through her dreams that she’s not exactly a girl.
    That is all so interesting. In a way if Tationy wouldn’t get trapped into this body her future wouldn’t happen, cuz future is an outcome of the past… but if the Prince wouldn’t perform the ritual there would be no Tationy. Or the whole thing is in a way a ‘future’ to what happened even before between the gods and already was a possibility?
    I wonder why Rin didn’t come… maybe he already knew Tearra was overpowered by Tationy? Or he got the pick into the future from Tearra earlier?
    So many things to think about!

    • HAHA, it sounds complicated but yes.

      This is Kuro’s first encounter with Tationy during historical days. Tationy has “met” Kuro before in a way in the modern age. She has seen him at parties and knows who he is in a social setting, but they have not interacted.

      Yes in a way he knows her because she is Tearra (even though at this point she does not appear to be) and because there is still a sliver of the Prince of Aslann within the same body.

      It definitely is very rough for a little girl to appear in a body like that. In the Modern age as we seen in TEP-Prequel she dreamed a lot. There were points where she could not tell the difference between her dreaming and reality. So, she really thinks it is a dream.

      Exactly, without a series of event, Tationy could not exist. Soti in the TEP-Prequel went so far as to say Tationy was never meant to exist and that is true, she was not. Prince Tatsuya willed her into existence by ensuring he took every path that would make sure she came to be which included sleeping with Seiji Shima to have Osa who is the foundation for Tationy’s family line. Without this event, we would also not have Miroku, Soti, or Sin. Their blood would have died off as well, so it is not limited to just Tationy as we see in the Prequel.

      Tearra already saw these events, so she was aware of this outcome when she was still among the heavens. Tearra knew that war would come among the gods and she had to ensure that not only that there was a chance that the other gods could beat Kazuma, but that her and Rin would be strong enough to do something about it. Through this course, she saw the path of the Prince of Aslann, and chose to use his path and ultimately use Tationy who would devour her soul because Tationy and her Rin would be strong enough together to stop Kazuma. So, Tearra did see this path and even warned Kuro that it was a path that he must suffer upon to live and even warned Rin that it was one he could not deviate from. Did they listen? Only time and muses will tell. MAHAHAHAHAHA!

      Rin knew everything so yes, he knew that Tearra was already in the process of being overpowered by Tationy. She still existed within her up until a few years after Bak was a teenager, but not to the degree that Rin knew her. He also did not agree with this course of action taken by the Prince of Aslann nor did he appreciate that Tearra allowed it to happen because she sacrificed herself.

      Yes it brings up so many questions so many little details that mean something, but what? ^_^ I am evil for the questions as you can tell. We will learn more as we delve into further muses with Tearra, Rin as well as Tationy (in the body of Prince Tatsuya), Kuro, and Mikio.

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