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    Second Chance at Love -- the actual story

    This story is set in the original He-Man cartoon and takes place after the events of all the episodes including the Christmas special. While part of this story will take place on Eternia and part on Etheria, I should note that my representation of both worlds is a good deal more serious than the actual cartoons, especially POP. I have tried to stay as true to canon as possible, but some minor changes may be noted for the sake of realism. Anyway, this is a romance – do not expect adventure, though I don’t promise that there won’t be any. Adam/Teela fans should enjoy this, even if they don’t particularly care for the old show or She-Ra. I try to fill in the blanks as I go for those who didn’t watch POP as well as MOTU.
    Anyway, on with the show and I hope you all enjoy this.

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    Adam yawned, stretched his neck, stretched his shoulders and leaned back against his favorite fishing tree with a contented sigh. Finally, I can relax. Finally. Cringer immediately flopped down beside him and fell instantly asleep. Within no time the great green and gold tiger was chasing dream butterflies. Go get ‘em boy. The prince yawned again, closed his eyes and joined his furry friend in somnolence.

    He was certain that he couldn’t have been napping for more than a few minutes when a strident voice pulled him from lumber. “Adam!” Teela yelled, practically shouting directly into his ear. “For heaven’s sake, it’s the middle of the day!”

    Adam sighed wearily and forced his tired eyes to open. “I had noticed, Teela. You see, the funny thing is that the middle of the day is when people usually take naps.”

    Teela snorted, placed her hands on her hips and said, “Yes, but first you have to do something to earn the nap. Now get up. It’s time for our afternoon practice and I am certainly not going to carry you back to the palace.”

    The prince glared up at his oldest friend and playmate, suddenly feeling less than friendly. “And if I don’t?”

    His bodyguard folded her arms across her chest and stared at him, giving every indication that she was prepared to remain in that position for the rest of the day if necessary. Great. Adam groaned internally. Just once, I’d like to be able to tell her that I already did my practice for the day with Skeletor. Just once.

    Standing slowly in order to hide some of the stiffness in his muscles, Adam said only, “Fine. I’ll meet you there.”

    “Oh no,” Teela said, still glaring at him. “I know that trick. The minute my back is turned you’ll disappear again. So you either come with me or I follow you.”

    Insulted and more than a little hurt by Teela’s hostility, Adam squared his shoulders and marched for the home, leaving Cringer to finish his nap in peace. By the time the palace walls came into view, the prince could feel his shoulders beginning to droop. I swear, I think I strained something when I threw that cart at Beastman. I better have Man-At-Arms take a look at me later.

    When they reached the royal family's private practice yard, Teela immediately chose a weapon and shield for her prince, without consulting him, and tossed them at him. Adam caught them deftly enough, but his arm protested the weight of the shield sending small tendrils of fire shooting down his spine. Maybe I should just walk away, he thought lethargically. It’s not like she could have a lower opinion of me than she already does.

    Mentally steeling himself against the pain that he knew was coming, Adam watched as Teela turned her back to him in order to choose her own armaments for their practice bout. His eyes lingered on her roan hair and he wondered yet again what it would be like to run his hands through those glorious locks, to pulls the pins and let it fall loose down her back, to – STOP IT! Adam rubbed his forehead, trying desperately to shake off the dream-like images that assailed him. Just stop it. She deserves better than to have you pawing over her in your mind like some randy courtier. She’s a seasoned warrior, Man-At-Arms’ daughter and your oldest friend, so just keep yourself in check. He turned his eyes away, staring at the enclosure wall. Besides, even if she were the illiterate child of a cobbler, you still wouldn’t have the right to undress –

    “Adam!”

    The prince returned his gaze to his sparring partner, startled out of his introspection. “What?” he asked, uncertain whether she had said anything else while he stood there, daydreaming. “Yes, Teela.”

    Teela sighed, clearly exasperated with him. “Pay attention. I could have taken your head off just now and you would never have noticed.

    “Sorry.” He raised his sword and shield into position, but before Teela could make her first lunge at him, a familiar voice cut through the tense silence.

    “Adam, Teela, I think you’d better skip the practice for today,” Man-At-Arms said cheerfully. “We have guests.”

    The combatants turned in unison. “Adora!” the prince cried, amazed to see his twin sister standing beside Duncan, a huge grin on her face. They had the same brilliant blue eyes, the same golden hair and the same unshatterable bond. He barely had time to drop his training sword and shield unceremoniously to the ground before he found himself enveloped in an energetic hug. “Ooof,” he said, only half joking, as she hit him like a small, cuddly comet. He began, automatically, to swing her around but hastily aborted the gesture when his shoulder and arm muscles began to scream at him. Luckily, only Adora was close enough to hear his tiny gasp of pain.

    “It’s so good to see you,” he said, before she could ask any questions he’d have trouble answering in front of Teela. “I’ve missed you tremendously.”

    She pulled back just enough to look into his care-worn eyes. “And I’ve missed you, Adam. Dreadfully.” She smiled gently, gave him a quick kiss on the cheek, and, miraculously, he felt some of the metaphysical weight on his shoulders slide away. I’m not alone anymore. The next person that spoke shocked him so badly that he squeezed his sister until she squeaked and squirmed free of his grasp.

    “It’s lovely to see such a close family,” she said a warm and extremely feminine voice. “But you’ve hogged him long enough, Adora.” Castaspella, the radiantly beautiful queen of Mystacore stepped forward and smiled shyly up at him. “Would it be terribly inappropriate, do you think, for me to ask for a hug as well, Prince Adam?” She placed her hands decorously behind her back and shifted her stance ever so slightly. “I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the proper Eternian etiquette and I wouldn’t want to start a scandal."
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    I see Adam investing in headache medicine soon.

    more soon!

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    You must write more...NOW!!!!!!! Am I being pushy? I can't wait to read more of this.

    “I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the proper Eternian etiquette and I wouldn’t want to start." What a harlot!!!!!!!!! I hate her already
    Obey the whip!

    Smile like you mean it.

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    Lovin' it!! Want more, you pain! Posting after I went to bed! Argh!
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    Originally posted by divia
    You must write more...NOW!!!!!!! Am I being pushy? I can't wait to read more of this.

    “I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the proper Eternian etiquette and I wouldn’t want to start." What a harlot!!!!!!!!! I hate her already
    Hmmm...

    I didn't think you were an old show fan, Divia.

    Don't worry all, there will be more of Sacrifice and Service and more of this coming soon. It's Fervani that's on hold for a while.

    Thanks for the comments.

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    HEHEHE Cowboy, Adam should be lucky if he only needs Headache meadicne. From the trend I've seen lately he's gonna need cast materials and a secluded hospital room.


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    For a moment, no one moved. Then, to Teela’s intense surprise, Adam stepped forward, bowed and said, “Your Majesty, I refuse to believe that you could ever require lessons in any kind of etiquette.” Whereupon he took one of the stranger’s hands, raised it to his lips and planted a delicate kiss upon the back. He continued to hold her hand for a ridiculously long time.

    What – ? Teela thought. Who is she?

    The woman’s smile brightened and then widened still more when the prince reached forward and enveloped her in a swift and enthusiastic hug. “Castaspella it’s good to see you,” he declared as he released her.

    “And you, Prince Adam,” she replied, setting Teela’s teeth on edge with the musical lilt in her voice. “I hope I – that is, I hope we haven’t come at a bad time.”

    The stranger was also a redhead, but her hair ran more toward the auburn end of the spectrum and flowed down her back like molten copper. Her smile and complexion were flawless, her clothing well-fitted and spotless, making Teela suddenly and uncomfortably aware of the long day she had spent working and sweating in her own armor. Castaspella? Why do I know that name? She doesn’t look familiar to me. The captain of the guard sniffed derisively. What’s she queen of, an Etherian dress shop?

    “All right, you two. Break it up,” Adora said, stepping closer and slipping an arm around Adam’s waste. “He’s my brother, I get him first.”

    “I would never dispute your claim, Adora,” Castaspella said, laughing while Adam –

    What in the world is he blushing for? Teela thought, feeling her gorge rising with mounting annoyance. Courtiers fawn over him like this every day. We’ll just see about this. “So,” Teela said, stepping forward. “Is anyone going to make the introduction, or should I just guess the identity of our guest.

    “Teela,” Man-At-Arms said urgently, stepping quickly to her side, and giving her a look that said, louder than shouting, that she’d stuck her foot in her mouth. “This is Queen Castaspella of Mystacore.” Then, more quietly, he added, “Don’t you remember, you met her at the twins’ birthday celebration earlier this year.”

    Teela could feel herself going scarlet. Oh my… I did meet her. But there were so many – How was I supposed to – Adam’s eyebrows had climbed into his bangs and Adora was looking at Teela like she’d grown a second head. But that wasn’t nearly as disconcerting as the stranger’s reaction. Chin held high, Castaspella studied Teela with an unwavering regard, her steel gray eyes unreadable. Swallowing against her embarrassment, Teela said, “Yes, of course. Welcome to Eternia, your majesty. I hope everything is well on Etheria.”

    “Nearly everything,” Castaspella answered, a small laugh evident in her tone.

    The prince must not have heard the humor in their guest’s voice because he immediately returned his eyes to the woman’s face and reached out to take both her hands in his. “Castaspella, is everything all right? There’s not some problem in Mystacore, is there?”

    “Oh, Adam, you’re always thinking of others.” She gave another small laugh, like tinkling bells as she gazed up into his face. “Everything is fine on – ” Abruptly, the smile vanished and in its place was a look of deep concern. “But, oh, dear me, Adam you don’t look at all well.” So saying, she freed one of her hands from his and reached up to brush a lock of hair from his forehead and press one delicate palm to his high brow.

    Teela crossed her arms over her chest and sighed gustily. For pity’s sake, this is the most appalling attempt to –

    “What?” Adora said, stepping around to get a better look at her brother’s face. She must not have liked what she saw there because she frowned and then immediately slipped one of her arms back around his waist.

    Adam shifted his feet in place, looking suspiciously guilty to Teela’s practiced eye. “Ladies, I’m fine, really. I just – ”

    “You are not fine, your highness,” Castaspella insisted, stepping to his other side and sliding her own arm around him. “Forgive me, Adam, I should have seen right away that you were unwell.” Teela’s jaw dropped. “Adora, where are his rooms? We should put him to bed instantly.”

    “Castaspella, please, I – ” The prince sighed, suddenly drooping between his gallant supporters. “I have been feeling a little under the weather.”

    “Your too hard on yourself, Adam,” Adora said, clearly tightening her grip on him. “Lets get you tucked in before you fall over.”

    He gave his sister a half-hearted smile. “Sorry, Adora. Rotten homecoming for you.”

    “Don’t you worry about me,” she said brusquely, giving him a quick hug and then letting go. “I’ll lead Casta, you make sure he doesn’t fall over.” The Etherian queen nodded and together the women escorted the prince from the practice yard.

    “I’m not that badly off, really…” his words trailed away as they turned a corner and Teela lost control of her already thinning temper.

    “Well,” she snapped, throwing her hands in the air. “If that wasn’t the most blatant display of – ” She broke off as she caught a glimpse of her father’s face. Man-At-Arms had one arm folded across the chestplate of his armor while he rubbed his chin with his other hand. There was a distant look in his eyes as he stared into empty space. “Father?”

    “Hmmm?” For a moment there was no other indication that he was even aware of her presence, then crossing both his arms, he said, “I think I’ll just go ask the royal surgeon to stop in and check on Adam. The boy did look awfully pale.” He spared one quick smile for his daughter, said, “I’ll see you at dinner. Dress for company,” and then left her alone in the courtyard.

    What in all Eternia just happened?
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    Loving it! More, more, more!
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    DUM DUM DUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    Is something the matter with out beloved hero?

    Will Teela rip him a new one?

    Will Duncan ever be rid of that annoying itch under his chin?

    these questions to be answerd next time.....well maybe not the last one....

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    LMAO

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    Originally posted by Fusion Blaster
    Will Duncan ever be rid of that annoying itch under his chin?
    Okay, this is dangerous stuff!! I'm at work; I can't be busting out with laughter like that without potential consequences!!!!!!
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    You have made my day SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better.

    Please more soon.......I'll beg if needed
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    There will be more tonight or tomorrow.

    But thanks, praise always makes my fingers type faster.

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    *bows to the greatness that is catslyn*

    I will bring offerings of chocolate if need be.....
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    Cat I adore sacrifice and Service with all my heart but She-ra is my idol. Even though I love He-Man and he was my first hero She-ra was my idol (not first though, she replaced Teela).

    The fact that you have incorporated her character and those of the pop universe in your fanfic leaves me excited and ecstatic because I know I am in for a fabulous feast of quality literature. Your plot, the story, the way you characterize is magical. I am totally psyched about this and can't wait for more.

    Do hurry!
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    Less embarrassed than he would have expected to be, Adam allowed himself to be gently but firmly marched all the way to his private suite. The prince didn’t really feel up to the polite chatter that he knew Castaspella would expect from him, but the Etherian sorceress and queen was uncharacteristically silent for the entirety of their brief journey through the halls. Still, not all communication passed in the form of words, and Adam couldn’t help but notice the warm looks that Castaspella shot at him through her long, dark lashes.

    Adora was also silent. Though she smiled and nodded at the people she passed, her generally grim and business-like expression did not invite interruption. There had been times in the past when Man-At-Arms had run similar interference on Adam’s behalf, but the old campaigner didn’t do it with nearly as much grace or beauty. The prince smiled gratefully down his sister’s friend and was rewarded with a dimpling of her cheeks.

    When they reached his door, Adam feared that he might have to resort to rudeness to keep Castaspella out of his rooms, but with her usual instinct for such things, the fiery-haired queen excused herself. “I’m sure that you and Adora have a great deal to catch up on,” she said as she released her hold on Adam’s waist, blushing slightly. “But do try not to stay up too late, your highness. You need your rest, and – ”

    “Don’t worry, Casta,” Adora said, taking the little queen’s place at his side. “I’ll make sure Adam gets his beauty sleep.”

    The prince grinned, but before he could speak one of Castaspella’s eyebrows shot up and she drawled, “Now, Adora, don’t be silly. The last thing you brother needs is beauty sleep.” Then, flashing one last quick smile at Adam, the Etherian sorceress turned and strolled away. The prince’s eyes followed her progress as she moved steadily away.

    “For heaven’s sake,” Adora grumbled as she bumped Adam’s door open with her hip and drew him rapidly inside the room. “She is incorrigible.”

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    Originally posted by catslyn
    The prince’s eyes followed her progress as she moved steadily away.
    Is it really her progress he's watching? Hmmm. . . .
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    Nice job and very good narrative style, as always . I liked the interaction between Adam and Teela at the beginning. I'm just not sure about Casta and Adam... I thought always, she was too mature for him to be of any serious concern (although I remember that Pop-episode when Casta had the hots for him. ).
    I could better imagine an Adam-Glimmer coupling.

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    This is getting good. Can't wait to read more..... please post more soon

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    This is really good! Please continue! Pretty pleeeeeaaaaaaaasssse with sugar on top and anything else you want!

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    must have more!!!

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    “For heaven’s sake,” Adora grumbled as she bumped Adam’s door open with her hip and drew him rapidly inside the room. “She is incorrigible.” The prince stumbled coming across the threshold, but his sister’s quick reflexes kept him upright and off the floor. Laughing, Adam turned in her arms, easily changing her desperate clutch into a brotherly hug.

    “I’ve missed you, Sis.”

    “And I’ve missed you, Brother.”

    For a moment, Adam seriously considered suggesting that they stay in that position for the rest of the day, but an untimely yawn marred the beginning of his speech. Adora pulled away, took a step back and peered closely at his face. The prince resisted the urge to fidget as his sister’s expression underwent an all too familiar transformation. “All right,” she said in what he recognized as her Horde Force Captain voice. “What’s going on, Adam? You really do look like someone could push you over with a feather.”

    The prince shrugged. “I’m fine, Adora, really I – ” He broke off as she favored him with a flinty-eyed glare. “Okay, Sis. You win,” he said as he walked over to his favorite chair and lowered himself gingerly into the deep cushion. “I’m feeling pretty run down.”

    Adora came over and perched on the edge of an ottoman, facing him. “Has something serious happened?” she asked, concern writ plainly on her fair face.

    Sighing, Adam leaned his head against the chairback and closed his eyes. “No, no, nothing… significant. It’s just been one little thing after another. First Trap-Jaw attacked a mining town in the Mystic Mountains, then Beastman was harassing campers in the Evergreen Forest, Skeletor attacked Grayskull with some ridiculous, mysterious artifact for the hundredth time and then Evil-Lyn attacked a magical academy in – ” Adam opened his eyes and stared into the distance, brow furrowed. “The school was in the city of – ” He groaned and dropped his head into his hands. “Terrific, I can’t even remember the name of the city.”

    “Somehow, I still don’t think you’ve told me everything,” Adora said, managing to sound stern and concerned at the same time.

    How can she be so much like Mother when they’ve barely had the chance to know one another? Adam raised his eyes to his sister’s worried face and gave her a reassuring smile. “No, you’re right, that isn’t everything. But the rest is just more of the same.”

    “How long has this been going on?” she demanded.

    The prince tried to stifle a yawn and failed. “I’m not sure since I didn’t start counting right away, but I think there have been twenty to twenty-five attacks in roughly three weeks.”

    “Adam!” his sister shouted, sounding more outraged than he’d ever heard her before.

    What did I do? He blinked, rubbed his gritty eyes and stared at her, unable to fathom why she seemed so angry and why her ire was directed at him. When he didn’t speak, she stood up, hands on her hips and loomed over him.

    “What?” he asked, mildly alarmed by the return of her force captain demeanor.

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    Getting more interresting...

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    poor Adam,

    Sis is gonna let him have it ^^

    get more out soon! as in NOW!

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    She took a deep breath, as if to calm herself, then said, “Why didn’t you ask for help?”

    “Help? But, Sis, there was nothing that merited – ”

    Stomp! “You should have sent for me, Adam! Look at you! You can barely keep your eyes open!”

    I don’t need this right now. I just – Adam stood, forcing Adora to either step back or collide with him. She backed away, but her hands did not leave her hips, and her lips were set in a thin line. “I keep telling you, I’m fine. I’m just tired. You know what it’s like around here. Adam disappears and everyone expects him to be well-rested when he reappears. I’m starting to think that I’ll have to take an inn room as He-Man just to catch up on my sleep. At least that way, no one would ask why I’m being so lazy!” Adam threw his arms into the air and immediately regretted the movement as the muscles of his back clenched and spasmed. He hunched over instinctively, felt something in his back shift oddly, and then pain sent him down into darkness.

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