Alexis couldn't help but stare mesmerised by the angelic being in front of her. The being in turn, just smiled in return as if she was very used to people staring as dreamily as Alexis did.
Her silvery hair framed her pale skin and her green eyes fluttered open surrounded by long silver lashes. Her clothes consisted of a long foot-length white dress, it was simple yet, somehow, it looked amazing on her. She was breath-taking and very tall as well, like a woman out of Greek mythology. Alexis couldn't help but think she was very similar to the emperor in that aspect.
The only feature about her that made Alexis sure of what she was, were the pointy ears on each side of her head. Had it not been for them, Alexis would have thought she was an angel.
"Your an elf, aren't you?" The woman chuckled at Alexis' triumphed face. Her laughter sounded sweet and silky.
"His highness did inform me about your lack of familiarity with other verbally intellectual creatures, but you seem to know our names and features?" She tilted her head while questioning.
"Oh, we have books and plenty of stories about mythical creatures, I think most, if not all of it exist here." Alexis nodded as she spoke, she was fairly confident her brain conjured up all these creatures to distract her from her impending death. As depressing as it was, Alexis hadn't felt the slight bit affected by the thought because she was thoroughly distracted.
"Like history books?" The woman asked looking slightly suspicious of Alexis.
Though Alexis noticed she thought nothing of it.
"No, no fictional books. Like romances and stuff." She knew the word fantasy probably didn't exist here. "Enough of that anyway. Your my mana tutor, right?" Her voice was slightly giddy at the idea of marking things float. A scene from Harry Potter flashing through her head.
'This is kind of cool!'
To her dismay, however, the elf lady frowned and conjured up a bunch of books which fell on the coffee table before them.
"You won't understand anything I say about magic until you've gone through all of those. So I'll start teaching you in a week which should be enough time to go through them."
Alexis' eyes bulged at the huge stack of books, each thicker than her hands, with shock. Reading that would take years.
"P-please make it two weeks" she stammered out. "I don't have to read them right? Just skim through them, right?" Her eyes went from the books to the elf lady and back again.
"No, you must carefully read through all of them and then I shall begin your lessons in two weeks, it seems." The lady smiled a blinding smile taking Alexis mind away from the books and back to her.
“But, now that I think about it. I don’t think I can read the language”.
The woman chuckled at her as if she knew something Alexis didn’t, “your mana should’ve fixed that by now, since it seems stronger than when Tairy bought you here”, Alexis smirked at the nickname the king possessed. It was cute.
‘If what she says is true, then this is one very convenient dream’.
"I don't think I caught your name." She said rather dazzled.
"I said it when I introduced myself, but please allow me to once again introduce myself. My name is Emilia Green, and you are?" She held a hand towards Alexis, gesturing for her to speak.
"A-Alexis. I'm so sorry. Your just so beautiful I forgot you said your name and even forgot to introduce myself." Her face flushed a deep shade of red.
"Don't be, child. Elves have these bewitching appearance, but there are plenty of elves so hideous one can't stand the sight of them. Do you know what we call them?" When Alexis shook her head, she continued, "Strays, they succumbed to their perfect looks and used them for evil and soon their outside matched their insides. That is why being an Elf is a double edged sword one can never take a hold of." She spoke with an air of melancholy around her, as if she recalled a distant memory.
Alexis blinked at the explanation in a surprised manner. Now she was unsure if this really was a dream or not. She couldn't have thoughts like this somewhere in her head, could she?
'No, there's no way it's real though' she shook off her thoughts and spoke.
"So an elves exterior is just a representation of their interior?" If that was true then Emilia must have been a lovely person.
"Yes but we are easily influenced by our desires so my best word of advice is never to trust an Elf. Even the most beautiful elf can be twisted into the most horrific being you could encounter" this time her voice dropped low. She was so serious and Alexis learned she should most likely tread carefully.
"My lady," one the dwarf maids who had followed Alexis to her room spoke, after signing the cursed contract she saw a few of them following her while Agathus escorted her to her room, which wasn't shabby and was actually pretty decent and they were introduced as her maids, much to her horror.
The maid had been standing there this whole time as if she was waiting for something,"might I be of some help by fetching you ladies some tea?" She seemed to be pleading to Alexis who looked very uncomfortable.
'I don't need any maids... but.' She glanced at the desperate face and broke.
"If you don't mind." She said and instantly the dwarf and all the other dwarf maids faces brightened up and they left to get some tea.
'Did they find it that uncomfortable?'
"You shouldn't neglect your servants like that" The tone in Emilias voice was akin to a mother scolding her child. "I know you’re not familiar with the ways here but dwarf enjoy servitude-"
"How could they enjoy servitude?" Alexis said in disbelief.
'There was no way!' She thought.
"They don't like being trampled on, but they are wired very differently compared to humans. It's not scientifically explained yet, but for some reason when they're left to themselves they act irrationally. Deranged is what people call it, but the truth is they can't think for themselves."
Alexis frowned, unable to comprehend this new information so she changed the subject to her real goal here in this new world.
'Right. Let's figure out what Emilia and the dwarfs think of his highness. I can work off that!'
"Emilia? What are your thoughts on his highness?" Alexis asked changing the strange subject to something she could understand more.
'She'll say he's a tyrant! A cruel person beyond humane feelings!-'
"He's a kind ruler, competent and is probably the only royal with any right to sit on the throne" her words contrasted Alexis' thoughts, causing her to be taken aback.
"What?- but?" Alexis didn't have a chance to properly refute as Emilia spoke again.
"But he thinks he's better than he is-"
'That’s more like it!'
"-to protect himself..."
"What does that mean?" Alexis mused.
"You'll probably realise sooner or later that the cold man who sits on the throne is quite..." she paused as if conflicted with what she was about to say.
'Is quite?' Alexis sat on the edge of her seat waiting expectantly for the insult to come, but the door opened and dwarfs swarmed in with tea pots and delicious smelling cakes and sweets.
'Now I'll never know... what an inconvenient dream' she pouted.
Emilia chatted about many subjects after that, from the fashion which was very Victorian and medieval styled to the types of cuisine and she also filled Alexis on the type of currency in this Empire, which Alexis was very thankful for, but the more she heard of such unfamiliar terms and ideas the more she felt like this might not just be a dream.
Emilia soon left Alexis who still sat in her seat staring drearily at the pile of books left in Emilias wake. She shook her depressed feelings away and turned to the dwarfs.'If dwarfs couldn't apparently think for themselves then how did that one maid come up with the idea to make tea? That was enough of a thought!'"Excuse me? Miss maid?" She called the dwarf from earlier. The dwarf maid noticed and obediently walked over, "Can I ask for your name?"The dwarf maid looked stunned for a bit and then seemed to recover as she gave an adorable curtsy while speaking, "Angela, My name is Angela"."Angela..." Alexis stared at the maid, with her blonde hair and brown eyes, she did pass as an Angela. "Is it alright if I ask you a question?""Oh I'm not good with questions, Ma'm. But I will do my best!" She beamed at Alexis."What made you think I needed tea earlier?" Alexis realised the question was pretty rude an
Deep red rose coloured eyes burned into Alexis making her jump back in a fright. Her whole body had been cushioned by his highness who she thought she saw on the second floor."You crazy fool!" He shouted and grabbed her by the shoulders. "You could've died! Do you have any idea of how stupid-!" His words caught in his throat as an expression of surprise overtook his anger.Alexis had already felt the warmth around her eyes, just as she had felt the shaking of her whole body. Her teeth chattered in shock.“W-why are you?-" he started to ask, but seemed to not know what exactly to say.Tears slipped down Alexis' face making the once fierce man a flustered mess. Her face flushed as if she had a fever and Alastair could feel her trembling."I'm so sorry!" She wailed, still awkwardly perched on the emperor."H-hey! this is no situation to cry-" the King fumbled with his words and soon with a sigh he started patting her
Alexis didn't pay attention to the hydrangea bushes carefully maintained in the garden spaced or the orchids that bloomed along the side of the path she stood on. She didn't notice the captivating Bleeding-heart tree that they passed, nor the stray peonies that popped up here and there like a wonderful surprise.No, she was busy mulling about the Emperors sudden change of behaviour. If the gentle man who cheered her up really existed or maybe the cold, arogant and condescending Emperor was just trying to trick her?She shook her head after a long while with a sigh.'Let's not think about that bipolar mess and focus on discovering those bad rumours.'"How long before we actually manage to see some humans?" Alexis turned to the short green man beside her. Now that she put her mind to it, he was slightly taller than the dwarfs.'Must be the ogre blood.'"Oh, well if we carry on walking we should run into some. Humans really like their flowers,
"What?" Alexis, offended that Agathus would think she's suicidal, questioned.'Wait... I did try to commit suicide a few hours ago... what was I thinking back then?' Alexis shook her head at her impulsive thinking earlier."Was it a hard question?" Agathus seemed surprised, but he realised some humans were naturally quite air-headed."No! I understood it, of course. But why would you think I'd do something like that?""My first impression of you was someone who was kind of stubborn and I'm good at gauging personality types for humans. So I would say, it astonishes me that you haven't escaped and are actually trying to help his majesty." His voice was full of praise, but Alexis didn't seem to take it as it was and looked at him with furrowed brows."Even a stubborn person will listen if it meant acting out would leave them in small bits..." she muttered, she intended it not to meet Agathus' ears, but his sharp dwarf ears heard the wo
Soon the mesmerising laughter died out and the man heaved shamelessly in front of the now, completely embarrassed Alexis."You're a tyrant." She coldly said, shocking everyone else on the table except, of course, the emperor."How dare a plebeian like you call me such!" Alexis couldn't tell if he was mad or just saying it because he was used to it."What is that word? What does it mean?" She was fed up with this King.'What a clown!'Soon a dwarf holding a steaming tray came near her and effortlessly placed utensils and bowls of food in front of her. A steaming steak with strange vegetables on the side, drizzled with what she hoped was lamb sauce."Thank you." She said to the dwarf, her actions were seen as bizarre by the royals."Why thank someone whose just doing their job?" Alastair asked, curious at what the otherworld girl would say."It's polite.""So you have manners, it's the first I've seen any
That night, Alexis balled her eyes out to sleep.Why?Because it was unfair. Here she was, in a magical world, filled different creatures, magic and people with different hair colours, but she was stuck- captive- in a confining palace with a set of terms she might never accomplish, all because of that stupid bastard!‘That ridiculously handsome one... what a waste of good genes...’Her eyes blinked up at the ceiling above her and she groggily lifted her tired body, while rubbing her eyes.'I want to go home...'Her parents faces flashed before her and her lip quivered. ‘Why didn't I study harder? They supported me all the way, and I just screw up everything like this...’She remembered her little brother who would beam at her every time he saw her. how he would proudly tell her that he bragged about how she was a lawyer and she would laugh at how cute he looked when he said it.Wiping the tea
"So, let me recap there just for a second," Alexis held her finger to silence the solemn looking Agathus. "The scum-His highness! Was sent to a fake war between the Kaedmen Empire and the Eastern Empire along with his 18 other half-sibling princes, planned by the previous Emperor and the current Emperor of the East? This sounds like a drama." Alexis was now completely immersed in the unfolding story."That's right." An unexplainable emotion stormed behind Agathus' eyes."It was supposed to be a trap to kill all the illegitimate royal heirs, however, Alastair ended up killing the Eastern Royal family and destroyed the original plan. So the bet couldn't be finished through? Are any of the other princes alive?" Alexis again, felt that familiar pang she felt yesterday when speaking to his highness.'His own family sent him to his death...'"No, he was the only one who lived along with five other soldiers... It was a massacre, so it's known as the battle initi
She heard a splash and gasped when she realised he must have stepped out of the water. She wondered whether she should ask him if he needed any clothes, but soon she heard a rustling noise behind her and the Emperor came out behind the dressing blinds in a long red robe."I take it Agathus has explained my scenario, Dirt?" He asked. Alexis couldn't bother getting mad at him and just nodded, she felt solemn as she recalled his situation."He told me, and I think the best way to spread your "good" name is through people" Alexis who was eagerly ready to propose her plan was shot down."I thought I clearly I don't like people" the emperor who casually sat on the richly purple Victorian style coach, his arms spread out, as if he was a player at a frat party."I know, the people here tend to discriminate towards other beings and that's why you dislike them, correct?" She asked, hoping he would let her get her idea across so she could speak her mind."Yes