''Faye... A-Are you alright? Faye?'' A worried Alm asked. The feral look that oh-so-briefly flickered in her eyes unnerved him, those eyes growing hollow soon after unnerving him even more so.
''You’re very special to me, Faye. Just… not in the way you want...'' He had hoped phrasing his rejection like that would have helped. Faye really was special to him so seeing it hadn't helped upset Alm.
''I'm fine, Alm.'' Light returned in Faye's eyes, and a smile returned to her face. ''I just need a small moment. Could you... please turn around while I take in what you just said to me?''
''Of course, Faye'' Alm smiled and did as she asked. But by doing so, he failed to notice Faye picking up a rock from the ground to strike his skull with. Before the young hero knew what had happened, he had already lost consciousness.
Hours later, Alm opened his eyes. Once his sight adjusted (somewhat) to the dark cabin, the absence of his blue armor's familiar weight became obvious. Looking downwards, Alm could see his bare body, with his white briefs serving as his one piece of clothing. Even before his eyes fully adjusted, Alm could tell he was lying on a soft bed. The touch of the comfy silk was quite pleasant to his skin. But there were these weird brownish lines over his body he couldn't quite make out. Once his eyes adjusted completely and his senses returned, the realization struck Alm like a brigand's axe.
''ROMMMPH!'' The young general yelped out in distress. This was bad! A coil of rope sat wrapped around Alm's chest, another over his belly, both serving to restrain Alm's arms behind him. His arms were also bound together at the wrists, as were his legs, ankles, and feet.
Wait... ''Rommmph?'' What was that about? Why couldn't he just say ''rope?''
''Urmmh!'' Moving his eyes slightly downwards, Alm could see some white fabric beneath his nose. When trying to stick his tongue out Alm discovered something was blocking it.
Time to make some noise then!
''MMMMMMMMHMH!'' Yup, that was a gag alright. A big white cloth covered Alm's mouth and chin.
The severity of his predicament quickly started to dawn on Alm. He lied helpless on someone's bed and his armor had certainly been taken off for a reason. And what of his friends? If he had been captured, did that mean his army had been defeated in battle? And Faye? The last thing he remembered was that she was with him. Was Faye alright?
''Urmmmh! Hhhhhhhmmh!'' Alm started to struggle and squirm on the bed. He had to make it out of here and find his friends.
''Alm!? Is that you? You're awake!'' A perky voice called out from another room.
''Fymme!'' Alm screamed into his gag. Well, that was a problem solved! Faye would just cut him loose and they would leave this place. Right?
''Fmm... Fymme!'' Alm's cheeks turned red. Faye had entered the room... and was clad only in her smallclothes.
''Now before we begin I want you to know I'm not mad at you, Alm'' Faye smiled and proceeded to sit down next to Alm. ''You fought those awful Duma Faithful not to long ago. Their magic just messed up your mind. But I know you are just as happy to share my dream with me as I am to share it with you!'' She inched her hand across Alm's chest. ''You're so toned... Yet so cute! And you are so brave and strong...''
''Fymmh....'' Alm moaned sadly. This all started to sound so pitiful.
''You didn't nod your head when I told you! I know you meant to say yes.'' Faye pointed out, her eyes narrowing into a glare. ''So... nod your head, Alm.''
''Mmmmh!'' A high pitched shriek came from Alm's gag. Suddenly, there was a steel dagger held at his neck.
''Nod.'' Faye repeated in a voice that sounded far more forceful then her previous dreamy tone.
Left with little choice, Alm slowly nodded.
''Oh, thank you Alm! I just know you are going to make me so happy!'' Faye's tone suddenly made a drastic reversal, and she soon took place on top of her crush. ''I always dreamed of this moment. I'm sure you did as well!'' Her lips lowered herself on Alm's gag causing the boy to squirm and moan awkwardly beneath his childhood friend.
''Fymmh! Stmmh!'' Alm managed to get out through his gag. Despite being muffled he was sure the loud ''stop!'' was heard.
''What's that Alm? I'm sorry but I can't understand you like that'' Faye smiled. From his gagged mouth she moved her lips to Alms cheeks before heading down, planting kisses all the way from Alm's neck to his belly.
''Urmmh... Mmmmmh!'' Alm moaned awkwardly, thinking Faye was going to plant a kiss on his underwear next.
''You certainly seem to like it!'' Faye smiled ''I do too, but... I can see your cute little briefs and... No bulge. That's just because you're stressed out, right? But I think you're very into this. I'm right to think so... right?'' This time she didn't pull a knife on Alms neck... but held it against his briefs. This produced an even higher shriek from Alm.
''Ymmmh! Ymmmh! I lmmmh immh!'' The poor boy peeped and rapidly nodded his head.
''Good! But here's something you might like even more!'' Faye lowered her prisoner's gag. This time she would plant a kiss onto Alm's lips.
''Fmmmh! Stmmh immmh!'' Alm tried to protest but a light metallic poke into his side quickly put a stop to that. It wasn't like he was able to protest, either. As soon as the cloth was gone, Faye's lips were on his own before he could get a word out.
''Oh Alm! That was wonderful! Just as I always imagined!'' Faye made sure to tell Alm after breaking away from the long kiss, and while starting to remove his briefs.
''Always, I... Alright, listen Faye! I understand how you feel, I do!'' Alm was finally beginning to lose his patience with this girl. ''I love you Faye, I really do but not li-MMMMMH! NMMMH! LSMMH TMM MH!'' Faye had cut Alm off at just the right moment. Once she heard the part that interested her she shoved Alm's briefs into his mouth, then removed her own underwear and shoved it in too. Alms cheeks started to bulge up, his attempts to spit them out was foiled by the cloth being returned to its place over his mouth.
''I... I can't believe y-you said it! Y-You looooove me!'' Faye was practically glowing with pride and happiness. ''Oh, Alm, I love you too! We'll be together always! ...In fact!'' She suddenly out a ring from an area Alm didn't want to think about and moved it onto his finger. ''As a cleric of the Mother Mila, I can proclaim us husband and wife! That's great, isn't it? All I need is a nod from you...'' Not willing to leave anything to chance, Faye forced Alm to nod by grabbing his hair and moving Alm's head up and down. ''You don't have to say the words, I do. And I already know what you're thinking right now, Alm!''
''Mmmrmmmh! Urmmmmh! Hhhhhmmmh!'' Alm screamed and desperately struggled against the bed. This was too much! He needed to escape this insanity, this instant!
''Now, as husband and wife, we should really start doing that thing that husbands and wives do!'' Faye's face came closer and closer to Alm's, and soon a frightful scream filled the night.
''A-m! Alm! Are you okay!?'' Such a frightful scream, plus her husband sweating profoundly was enough to make Celica worried. The kind-hearted Queen gently leaned over her king, gently placing her hands on his shoulders Soon, Alm's wake shot open.
''By the-! Oh! Oh... J-Just a nightmare, huh?'' Looking around, Alm was relieved to find himself awake in his own room, with his own bed, with his underwear nicely in place, and not a single rope mark to be seen. ''J-Just what was that about?''
''Thank the Mother. I'm glad there's no reason for you to make a scream into my ears like that.'' Celica sighed, but gave Alm an understanding smile.
Alm smiled right back at her ''Hehehe... Yeah, that must have been rude of me! Ha... Sorry, Celica.''
''So would you tell me what you dreamed about?'' Celica tilted her head in curiosity.
''O-Only if you promise not to laugh!'' Alm stammered and blushed. He and Celica held no secrets from each other... but this would be quite awkward.
''It's alright. I promise I won't laugh.'' Celica answered with a kind nod.
''Thank you, Celica. W-Well... It was about Faye. She had tied me up on a bed, a gag over my mouth, and started doing... things to me. Unmentionable things to me.'' Alm told her, finding it hard to look Celica in the eye.
''Oh!'' Celica hadn't been expecting that. ''Um... T-That sounds... disturbing.'' Celica responded after trying her best to find the right word. She had obviously been taken aback by this. ''Darkly prophetic perhaps...'' She added to herself in a soft mumble.
''What was that?''
''Oh! It's nothing, Alm! Do you think you can return to sleep peacefully after such a dream?''
''Haha! I'm a big boy... Nay, a grown man! A bad dream is nothing for a king to lose sleep over!'' Alm said. A dorky smile started to form. ''Sooooooo... Would you like to hear all the things in the dream Faye did to me? You are my wife, so if it was you it wouldn't be as bad!''
''Alm!'' Celica giggled and gave her husband a gentle shove.
''Hahaha! But still... I feel a little bad about this. What did Faye ever do to deserve a dream where she acted so... horribly...'' Alm had to admit it bothered him.
''Have you never noticed Faye can be a little... peculiar, around you Alm?'' Celica hesitantly asked.
''Not really. I mean... Yeah, she had feelings for me, but can you blame her?'' The dorky smile grew bigger. ''I'm quite the catch if you haven't noticed!''
''Haha! I DID notice that!'' Celica giggled and cuddled up to Alm.
''People just take her the wrong way. She was stressed out and homesick, which could make her come off as a little odd. That's all.'' Alm said ''When back in Ram Village and not out on the front lines, Faye's was just a normal, kind village girl. I just hope the war didn't change her...''
''She certainly is a good friend.'' Celica smiled and meant it... but she did doubt part about Faye being normal. Reports of Faye behaving oddly after the war had reached the palace. Perhaps she would have Saber keep his eye on Alm during their next visit to Ram Village.
Just in case.