"This is Lien, we made it to Kraagor's gate. Just checking up with a sending spell. O-chul didn't enjoy the ride. So what's been happening?"

"Thanks for update, Lien. I just recieved word that Roy has made it to the western continent. Nothing much's been happening. I'll keep you informed."

"Whew, this 25-word thing isn't as easy as it looks."

"No sir, lord Hinjo, but you did a remarkable job though."

"Thank you, you may go now."

"Thank you, sir. I actually have been requested to visit Kazumi and Diago for a checkup on their heir." The cleric leaves.

"So it begins…" mumbles Hinjo to himself. He looks out at the night sky from his personal quarters. He didn't know what time it was, but there was nothing else to do today. Lifting himself off his chair, he goes and changes into his night clothes. He eases himself into bed, blows out the candles, and settles in to a deep sleep.

He was standing on an island in the middle of the ocean. Waves were rolling onto the beach, spraying seawater onto his face. The rustle of leaves from the trees were heard over head. For some reason, Hinjo felt happy and no longer stressed. He stood there, enjoying to scene, when he heard a faint sniff behind him. He turns and see's, looking at him with a sad expression, Miko.

"Oh… Miko… what's..*Ahem* What's wrong?"

"Um… Hi, Hinjo. I… I hope I'm not intruding."

"No, not at all. Though what are you doing here, I thought you were dead."

This seemed to upset Miko more. "I-I am dead."

"Oh…" Hinjo stood there feeling like an idiot. What was he supposed to say? She's psycopathic, yet here she is crying.

"I… I-I want to s-say I'm, s-sorry about everything that's happened, Hinjo."


"Yes. Everything. Killing your uncle Shojo, nearly killing you, destroying the gate, getting O-Chul imprisoned, everything."

"Ummm…" Was this really Miko? "Uh.. why are you apologizing now? You didn't listen to reason when you were alive."

"Because I didn't know any better!" Wailed Miko sinking to the ground. "I thought all this time that the Order of the Stick were evil and they corrupted you." She puts her face in her hands. "It wasn't until after I was in the afterlife that I finally understood what was happening. Soon showed me what happened during the battle, how even the Halfling risked his life to save you."

"Did he? I didn't know." Hinjo starts approaching Miko.

"Yes, I thought they were evil because they lied about killing Xykon. But Soon explained to me that they didn't know about liches phlactery's yet. I just saw him and was ready to assume that they were working for him. Maybe that's why I believed his lies about them working for him so easily…"

Hinjo kneels down and puts an arm around Miko. "It's alright, bluff is a sorceror class skill. And with their charisma, it's hard to use sense motive on them."

"But I didn't even use sense motive on him. I instantly believed him."

"Oh, Miko." Hinjo shakes his head disapprovingly. "What were you think?"

"I told you, I wasn't." Miko lifts her head out of he hands. "I was just ready to believe him." She curls up around his chest.

"There, there. It's alright. We got through it in the end. You still haven't answered my question on why your here."

"I've been watching what's been happening to you guys from above. All the hardships with Kubota and everything. I've been begging for months to come back as a ghost, but Soon wouldn't let me. He finally gave me this one time to enter your dream and apologize."

"Well, then I forgive you for what's been done."

She looks up at him. "Really?"

"Yes, I do. Everyone makes mistakes Miko. Not even the Saphire Guard is impervious. Considering what Xykon did to them."

Miko wipes away her tears. "Thank you. Knowing that, I can rest easier in the afterlife. Though it's funny I was the stronger of both of us yet your still alive."

"Ya, though that was probably because of my position. Atleast I don't have to hear my uncle keep going on about finding me a girl."

"I always kind of hoped it would be me."

Hinjo looks down at her. "Really?"

"Ya. But I was more into honor and the oath that I took little time to acknowldge it."

"Well… honor has no real value in dreams right? Maybe we can do this right."

"Ya." Miko shifts and hugs Hinjo who returns the embrace. "This will be my parting present and good luck." She kisses him on the lips.

After a while, their lips part. "Maybe we need to do a little more… just to increase the good luck."

Miko grins. "Okay…" She starts to undress. "Ready or not, here I come."

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