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CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
It had been a few months now and she'd, unwillingly, gotten closer to the family next door. It wasn't in the plan but it happened and she avoided any conversation about her past. It wasn't when she opened the door one day to find a line of armored trucks outside her door that it all came crashing down. In the middle of the trucks was a tinted, black car.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Almost half a year of looking after The Lost Duchess had led the Elemental Bureau of Investigation to Prague. One fo te big cities, yes, but not as big as the others they'd searched before. Upon seeing Charlie as she stepped out of the car, Christina felt a dozen emotions bubble up inside her. She walked right in front of Charlie, and breaking into tears, slapped her.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Her head cracked to the side and she stumbled back, having to grab onto the doorframe to steady herself. She deserved that. Her fingertips rested on her cheek, half of her mind reciting how much she deserved it, the other contemplating when Christie got violent and if she'd ever actually slapped her before. What she couldn't do, oh she could hold off the tears, but she'd be damned if she could look Christie in the eyes. No, she kept her eyes on the entourage behind her, "what are you doing here?" She finally asked, "you need to leave right now."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Her eyes flared in anger and happiness as she ignored CHarlie's comment, "We have been looking for you for six months. That means half a year. Do you know how worried I was? And when I got sick, I could trust no one and tell no one!" After this, though, she hugged Charlie oh so tight, "Why'd you leave me?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She stumbled back as she felt Christie hug her but was from going far. She didn't reply, her thoughts mixing together. "It doesn't matter," she whispered. How was she going to do this. Leave or go back? She felt her body clench under the idea of going back and gulped.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"What's wrong with you? Are you ill, too? Come on," she tried dragging Charlie, "We're going back home now that we've found you, thank goodness."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She jerked herself back, potentially out of her sisters grip and landed back on the threshold of her house. Her hand slipped down onto the door and she wondered if Kaz was back from work. She hoped he wasn't. "Christina...I'm not coming back. And even if you drag me, I'll just leave again so save your efforts."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"What? Why? What did I ever do to you? Please come back to us! The kingdom needs you and mom is worried sick about you."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She doubted that but didn't voice it. She twisted the knob, watching the guards behind her. "I'm perfectly happy here," she replied as if that was an answer. "So, please just...just leave me alone."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She furrowed her eyebrows in desperation, "We did not look for you for half a year to come here and be told by you that you are not coming with us! I have direct orders from dad that we need to take you home. You know he loves you and he's been restlessly looking for you."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I didn't realise in the past six months you've met my father, let alone loves me. I certainly did not know that," she said, sarcasm dripping from her voice. "I did tell you not to look for me. It's not my fault you didn't listen."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She balled her fists, "You know that dad loves you. I am really sorry for our situation, but you are my whole sister to me, and blood does not matter. Dad raised you and he provided us with everything he could," though even as she said that last part, she couldn't believe it herself. But she wanted to. For the sake of Charlotte. "Please come back? why did you leave in the first place?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"What did he provide us with? An absent aunt and a forgetful uncle?" She said, rolling her eyes, "no, Christina. This was a waste of time. We both know that. I think you need to move on and maybe accept that I wasn't even meant to exist and we live in different spheres that can never overlap. So move on because I have."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
CHristina started breathing heavily in pain, obviously hurt by CHarlie's words, "So have you moved on from me? Do you not miss the times when we were children and swore that we'd be together foreveer and ever?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She pursed her lips. Give up, Christie, leave. "Quite frankly, no I don't and anyway...we were children. Children promise everything and anything but then they grow up."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She started bawling out now, but remained sient as she crossed her arms, "I'm not leaving without you. Either you come with me, or I will be forced to make the bodyguards drag you into the car."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She looked bored suddenly, "and yet you made it so we were on equal footing. Shouldn't I just be able to order them to not touch me? If I have the same amount as power as you, of course," she replied. Her mind was racing. Surprise. That's all she needed.


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Kaz Novacek
He heard lots of arguing from outside, and he'dwanted to get a good rest after his long work day. He yawned and stood up, ready to stand up and ask whoever it was that was screaming outside to please argue inside their houses. WHen he crossed the threshold though, he noticed he was Charlie and some other girl that very vaguely resembled her. He stood in his door and watched attentively, not making any noise, as he was almost positive he hadn't been heard or seen yet.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christina frowned even more, "We are on equal footing, but dad sent specific orders to take you apprehended, should any resistance arise. This counts as resistance, and you know nobody can contradict orders from the King himself. You know he is your dad too, deep inside."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Sorry, I don't really believe you there," she said, still not meeting her eyes, eyeing how she could still get away. "I must confess, isn't ten armored trucks a bit too much? I'd assume one or two, but ten? Bit excessive."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"That just goes to show how worried we were for you. We thought maybe you could have been kidnapped after escaping.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Who would capture a duchess?" She muttered, "not like anyone knows I exist."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"Everyone knows you exist. Especially now that you are all over the Elemental news."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"All the more reason not to come back," she pointed out, finally looking at Christie in the eye, "pull some strings, it's easier for everyone if I stay away. Tell your father you found hanging from the ceiling or something."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christina's eyes twitched a bit, "Why are you doing this? What's in it for you?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She pursed her lip, "I wouldn't fret about that. You'll never know," she replied before slamming the door hard, locking it instantly with both the lock and the chain. With that, she darted out the back door, grabbing her keys to her motorbike and bolted out the back door, heading for the bike.


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Kaz Novacek
By then, he'd already been back to his house, and supposing what Charlie would do, headed towards the garden, which was annexed to Charlie's house's garden in the backdoor, save for a 6-feet fence which he easily climbed and jumped over, now being in Charlie's back garden. "Hey,"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She stopped for a moment and shot a look over her shoulder, "now is not a good time, Kaz," she said. She needed to go. Now.


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Kaz Novacek
He chuckled, "Is there ever a good time for you?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Funny but I'm serious," she said, trying to push past him.


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Kaz Novacek
"Come on, let's go to our usual bar. They're not going to find you there." He smirked, knowing she'd now know he was being serious, too.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She pursed her lips, "fine, bike it though, you can drive," she replied. The thing will probably flip if his weight was on the back.


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Kaz Novacek
His smirk became a full on grin, "I suppose I can not counter that. Get on." He said as he crossed his leg over the motorbike's pilot seat and ignited the engine.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She swung her leg over, wrapping her arms around his waist and cast a worried look at the door. She could hear them making their way throught the house. "Hurry."


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Kaz Novacek
"Maybe it's not the right time to say this, but your arms feel really good around me," he flirted as he rolled the acceletaor in his hand and the bike started running towards the back street.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Definitely the wrong time," she said, pushing it out through clenched teeth and shifted her arms so they held the bike and not him.


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Kaz Novacek
ONce they were out the street, he sped through the major avenue that led towards the Irish bar they'd been to the first time together. "Well, now it is no fun."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Now is not the time for sex, Kookie," she snorted. "Maybe in your dreams."


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Kaz Novacek
"Yet you still call me by a nickname. That is kinky. Whatever, I can wait if right now is not the time," he giggled, trying to lighten the mood.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She pursed her lips, wondering if she could convince him to go to the station, "can we go to some bar we haven't gone to?" She asked instead, they probably know the place is something she frequents.


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Kaz Novacek
He shrugged, "Sure, I can take you to Lødz. That one is Polish."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Well, hurry it up," she replied.


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Kaz Novacek
"If you want to..." he trailed off as he rolled on his grip and gave the bike its full throttle.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She breathed out in relief and soon they were at the bar and she gazed up at it before pushing inside, drawing her coat closer to her body. Should have grabbed a cap. She headed straight to a booth, where she was well hidden from the cameras and door.


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
They sat down on the booth and he looked at her, "So. Mind explaining everything?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"If I tell you," she said, looking at him seriously, pausing for dramatic effect, "I'll have to kill you."


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
HE stifled a snort, "No, really. What is it? I know it must be something serious if they are looking for a duchess."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She hummed, "my name's not Charlotte Anderson, well it is kind of but not really," she said frowning, "it was my uncle's name. My full name is Charlotte Isabelle Petrova."


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
He widened his eyes, as his suspicions were correct, "So you're the 'lost' Water princess slash duchess everyone is talking about."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Just duchess," she replied as if it was a habit, "definitely not a princess. ut yes, that would be me."


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Kaz Novacek
"Hmmm... " he mused, "Why did you even escape in the first place? I'm not trying to sound stereotypical but isn't being a duchess really nice apart from the responsibilities? I would do anything to have a little more money."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"It wasn't because of being a duchess, it was for a different reason. One you're not privy too," she said, the warning to 'back off' from that topic clear, "it's nothing personal."


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Kaz Novacek
"I get it. Everyone has their own issues. I just need to know this. Wa it because of your family? I don't need a reason if it is, but is it?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"They didn't play an active part in the decision, no," she replied slowly.


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Kaz Novacek
"I do not know if that is a good or bad thing, but I am sorry either way for your circumstances."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"You do realise I'll have to leave now, don't you," she replied, tugging at the sleeves of her jacket. She missed her clothes.


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Kaz Novacek
"I do. And I'd offer to go out with you and help you out if it weren't for my family. You do understand that too, I hope."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I expected nothing less," she replied shrugging, "but thank you. For the past few months."


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
"Did you honestly ever like me, though? Or was it all a façade?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"I did, honestly," she said, "I actually tried to stay away from you. But...it failed."


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
Kaz smiled weakly, "I will miss you. I really will. I hadn't made a new friend in about foru years."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She smiled back, "I'll try to stay in touch...I don't suppose you could ride me to the train station?"


2d868396a1164e1115173f012c8a1f7c
Kaz Novacek
"I can take you, do not worry. And do stay in touch."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She stood up, heading back to the bike, expecting him to follow.


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Kaz Novacek
Kaz followed and got on the bike, waiting for her to follow suit as he started checking the bike's levels.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Once more, she situated herself behind him, holding onto the bike.


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Kaz Novacek
"You can hold onto my waist if you want. I won't say anything this time," he smirked as he started the bike and they hurried towards the train station.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Give you something to remember me by," she replied, rolling her eyes. She watched the buildings go by, soaking them up. She couldn't help but feel her stomach sink as she reached the station.


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Kaz Novacek
Once they were there, he stopped the bike and helped her down of it, "What are you going to do with the bike and your things at your house? DO you want me to ship them to wherever it is you are going to?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Better not go near my house," she replied, "they'll be pouring through it right now. You can keep the bike." She glanced over her shoulder, "so...I guess this is it."


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Kaz Novacek
He nodded wistfully and hugged her forcefully without asking her for permission. "Take care, Charlie."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"You too, kookie," she replied, hesitating for a moment before wrapping her arms around him. Eventually, she pushed him away and stepped back, giving him one last smile before rushing into the crowd. She pushed down to the stations, buying two tickets to two different locations. Soon she was waiting for the train and got ready to leave.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christie knew for a fact Charlie would be going to the train station. She would have no time to go to to the airport, and getting a car to go somewhere would be too risky for her as she'd be an easy target. So the train station it was. The problem was finding which train station in all of Prague. They'd already searched two stations and she wasn't anywhere to be found. She hoped that she'd honour the saying and the third would be a charm, but she couldn't relaly be sure.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Finally, she heard the train coming and a breath of relief rushed out of her. This was it. She's safe. Safe and gone. This time she'd be more careful, maybe this time she'd go back to Elementrium, the fire kingdom. Would they be able to search for her there? God, she hoped not.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
They searched throughout almost all of the terminals, and when only 4 others were left, Christina spotted far away the back of a blonde she'd never not recognize. "She's there!" She whisper-shouted to the bodyguard's so they'd be reay to pounce when announced to.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
It seemed to take the train an hour to skid to a stop and allow its doors to open and as soon as they did, she darted in, not looking back. Unfortunately, the train was crowded and she could barely find somewhere to fit.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She quickly followed Christie allong with the bodyguards and when she found her, she spoke up, "Charlie, you have to come with us."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She froze before sneering, her face contorting to a cruel expression, "I don't have to do anything."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She looked at the ground, almost ashamed, "Take her, guys."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She looked over at the guards and paled considerably, trying to push through the crowd.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
The guards chased her and attempted to corner her against the corner of the wagon.


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She got pressed against the wall and her mind went blank. She thought about using her powers even with a number of humans around them. This would certainly give them a different reason to search for her but...it wasn't worth it. Due to the amount of time she spent thinking she felt their hands grab around her arms and she muffled back a scream and began to struggle.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
They led Charlie back to the black sedan and Christie looked at her twin, "I am really sorry."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She spat at her face. "Go to hell," she growled kicking at the guards.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
She winced and tried to ignore the spit, "CHarlie, you know for a fact this is not how I wanted things to be."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Neither did I, but here we are," she snapped, trying to ignore the curious glances of the humans around them.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christie wiped the spit with a handkerchief. They got into the car and the guards pushed CHarlie inside of it next to Christie, where the princess whispered softly into Charlie's ear as teh guards made their way into the two front seats."What did really happened?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She looked at her, sagging. There was no point in arguin now. She'd lost. "It doesn't matter. Not anymore," she replied, before turning to look out the window.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"I know it was something serious. Or at least enough to leave me. You'd never do that for just being 'slightly output' by school. Do you not trust me after everything we've been through?"


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She bit down on her lip, stopping herself from crying. "It's not about trust. I asked you to come with me. I practically begged and...I get I left earlier than I promised but the situation changed."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"What changed about it? Charlie, I can not know how to compromise with you if I do not what caused you to leave."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Then don't compromise with me," she said, finally looking at her, "because I'm not going to tell you.'


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"That is your choice to make then. But let it be known that I tried. I did my wholehearted best to help you."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She purses her lips, forcing herself not to say the first cruel thing that entered her head. "What's going to happen now?" She asked, thinking through pathways she could run away once more. Better someplace they won't expect it. An event perhaps. Maybe she could throw a welcome back party.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christina shook her head "I honestly do not know; but we cannot let dad or mom know anything about this," she whispered. "They need to think someone took you to avoid any punishment from you. I kept the note a secret for your sake."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
She froze before whipping her head over to stare at her, "what?" She asked, not able to say anything more for a while but continued to stare at her with furrowed eyebrows. "You did..." she breathed out, "I'll tell the truth. I'll accept the punsihment. God knows I deserve it." She bit her tongue, not meaning to say that.


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"We do not even know if there will be a punishment," She clarified, "But if there ever is, let me tell you that you shoulf svoid it at all costs. Trust me in this, it will be the right hing to do."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
"Why? What are they going to do?" She asked, rubbing her wrists, "throw me in jail? Lock away the key?"


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
"No, of course not, but you know how strict mom can be when it comes to discipline."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Maybe someone should discipline her. A slap on the wrist everytime she looks at another man. She didn't say it but she wanted to. "No wonder you want me back," she said, "stop you from getting in trouble for lying."


ChristieP1
Christina Petrova
Christina turned around and glared darkly at CHarlie, "I did not lie. I just hid the truth. Besides I did it for you, and no, that's not why I want you back. If you ever think that all I've done in the past few months is for myself and not for you, then I guess you never really got to know me."


CharlieWb2
Charlotte Petrova
Good idea, Charlie, let's piss your only ally off. Another great choice. She rubbed her temples, "I don't think there ever was a period of time where we got to know each other. Unless you count the time in the womb as that period."


ChristieP1