“How long ago?” Tanaka asked as he jogged beside captain Daichi.
“Not long,” Captain Daichi replied, “ready the troops and await my orders. I will go straight to King Kageyama and let him know.”
“How many men?”
“A score and twenty,” captain Daichi replied, “and they are moving at speed.”
“We’ll be ready for them,” Tanaka said confidently, “is King Kuroo leading?”
“No. Which concerns me. He could be leading a second attack from the east,” captain Daichi said as he stopped at the barrack doors, “I will ask the King what he wishes to do, and then return.”
The pair parted ways and captain Daichi made a run back to the King’s chamber.
“My King! Nekoma is on the move!” he called through the door, “they are headed this way. I have rallied the troops and sergeant Tanaka is preparing the men now. What are your orders?”
King Kagayama came to the door immediately.
“Prepare for battle,” he said, “I will lead.”
Captain Daichi nodded and bowed, then ran to help get the Karasuno army ready for a clash while King Kageyama called for his armor to be bought forth.
“Where is Hinata?!” the now riled King yelled at those who were getting his metal platings.
“He is unable to attend,” one said meekly.
“I care not for his reasons. Bring him to me!” the King demanded.
The attendants looked at one another, hoping anyone else would speak but no one dared speak again- which made the King even angrier.
“I will have his head when I return,” Kagayama seethed, angry that Hinata had been missing for the past few days, seemingly shirking on his duties.
Once the armor had been fitted, King Kageyama called for you to be bought to him, and it was in your deepest sleep that you woke to the sound of urgent knocking on your door.
Thinking that Hinata was in trouble, you nearly fell out of the bed you were up so fast, running to the door.
“Has he taken a turn?” you asked the attendant at the door urgently.
“I? … My apologies. The King is in fine form, and wishes to see you,” the attendant said with a bow.
“The King? Oh! The King… yes, let me change,” you said, quickly closing the door and running to get a new garment.
In record time, you were changed and out the door, following the replacement attendant to the King.
“Has he heard about Hinata? Why is he calling for me so early?” you wondered, eagerly walking to the King’s door.
Once there, you called out to him and he answered the door immediately, as if he had been waiting for you on the other side.
Your jaw nearly fell to the floor when you saw him dressed from head to toe in his armor.
“Come,” he beckoned and you stepped into the room, occupied by only you two.
Taking your hand delicately in his, he led you to the balcony and dropped to one knee before you.
“Y/N,” he said to you in a deep, sincere voice, looking up at you through his fringe.
“Yes?” you asked softly.
“I declare that I will return, and when I do, we will wed,” he stated.
“Where are you going?” you asked with growing concern, trying to put the pieces together; him in armor, leaving…
“Your former King wages war,” Kageyama said sternly, still on bended knee, “and I go to defeat him.”
“Must you go?” you asked in an unsettled tone.
“I must. My men need me and what King would I be if I were to let them go to battle without my leadership,” he replied, standing again.
“You are a good King, Tobio,” you said softly as he bent his head to capture your lips against his.
“Wait for me in my chamber,” King Kageyama said, “I want to come back into your arms.”
You nodded and slowly let his hand go as he took a step backwards then bowed a little to you before turning and heading to the exit.
He headed out without even looking back and you nervously took a seat on the side of his daybed.
“How long will he be?”
King Kageyama walked purposefully down the hallway, the soft clinking of his armor as he walked, creating his own soundtrack.
Attendants stopped and bowed low as he passed them but he paid them no heed as he walked to the barracks to talk with his men.
Getting to the barrack gates, he entered and nodded at captain Daichi, and sergents Tanaka as well as Asahi, who were all awaiting him.
“Men,” he greeted them.
They all bowed deeply to him.
“Any word?” he asked.
“They are still approaching. I have yet to sight their King. He is either not present, or he is launching a sneak attack,” captain Daichi said to King Kageyama.
“Send for two guards to attend my concubine. She is in my room and if he is launching a sneak attack then he will be aiming to abscond with her.”
“Yes, King,” captain Daichi said, calling two of his men forward and directing them to King Kageyama’s room to guard you.
“Now,” King Kageyama said, “battle formations. Call your squadron leaders forward so I can give direction.”
While the leaders were being given directions from their King, the Nekoma army was approaching rapidly.
“Kenma!” King Kuroo called to the shy, relatively new, recruit that was riding a stride behind him.
“Yes, King,” Kenma asked as he cantered up closer to his leader.
“You will come with me,” the raven haired king said, making sure his horse was still in the mid to back row of the galloping army of horses.
“Where are we going?” Private Kenma asked in a somewhat bored tone.
“Is that how you address your King?” King Kuroo asked with one raised eyebrow.
“Although you are King, you forget that we grew up together,” Kenma replied, “I only became your private because you told me I wouldn’t have to do anything. I would have much preferred to have stayed within the gates with my wooden toys.”
“Ah, but this is exhilarating, is it not?” he asked as their horses cantered swiftly side by side.
“It is not,” Kenma replied with a deadpanned expression.
“You and I will change clothes mid-ride, and then make our way around behind the city of Karasuno. Our men will fight while we obtain Y/N and bring her home,” Kuroo said.
“Must I come?” Kenma sighed, speaking just above a whisper so that Kuroo couldn’t hear him.
Reluctantly, he changed into a sand coloured garment, as did Kuroo, and then the pair urged their horses to the outside of the galloping group and disappeared behind some rocks to make their way around to the back of the city.