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, you see." He seemed uncomfortable.
"Flowers?" Alexis questioned and then noticed her colourful surroundings and squealed, "Oh my God! This is beautiful!"
"I told you so." Agathus seemed slightly more comfortable as he laughed at the girl who seemed mad with curiosity.
"I've never seen freesia's in real life before!" Her voice was now high pitched like an excited child.
Agathus noticed a familiar figure glancing at them through heavily tinted glass, a few stories up in the looming castle. It was mostly thanks to his ogre blood he could notice this and it made him smile when the blonde man realised he'd been seen and scurried away.
Alexis was so busy rushing around the garden she hadn't realised she wasn't alone anymore.
"My, what's a commoner doing, ravaging the garden like this?" A beautiful voice, with a not so beautiful tone, spoke behind Alexis, shocking her into standing upright and facing the woman.
Green, Blue and Pink.
They were the first thing she noticed and blatantly stared at. Three women, standing before her in rich Victorian style dresses that were of the highest material, clearly, but Alexis didn't notice them but rather, the hair on these people.
The woman who spoke to her had pink hair and eyebrows and beside her, was a woman exactly the same except green and another with blue.
"Who are you? We shall have you thrown out if you don't answer!" The blue haired woman intervened, disgust etched across her beautiful features.
They were all beautiful and seemed to be having a tea party. Alexis managed to do some quick thinking and made herself a pseudo identity.
"I'm so sorry Madams. I'm a new employee you see and i was captivated by the roses and lost my way" she pretended to be embarrassed.
"Ah, then off with you. Shoo! you stink of commoner scent" the green haired woman spoke.
"Ah, but If it's alright can I ask you beautiful ladies some questions I've been meaning to ask? I haven't found any intelligent looking people yet and you ladies seem to be the only ones." Flattery did get you places.
The pink haired woman laughed and spoke.
"You have a good eye, ask away then, hurry."
"I've heard some rumours about the emperor I'd wish to confirm, would you know of them?" Alexis smiled so hard her cheeks hurt.
"Oh who doesn't, everyone knows the rumours about that filthy half-breed and it's all true!"
"That's right! That half-breeds sits without a single worth on the throne unlike our Prince Dwayne who deserves every right!"
'Half-breed?' Alexis frowned understanding they didn't like him, but why? Not bothering to question about this Prince Dwayne, she carries the flow to her advantage.
"I heard he's violent?" She spoke as if unsure.
"Violent as one can be! Do you know the countless amount of heads he's slaughtered!"
"The priests even say he can't enter the church!"
"No, Marlene! That's because of his filthy blood" the green haired woman shouted at the blue one.
"Oh, that's right..."
"He killed a lot of people? Where?" Alexis asked.
"Why in the war, of course, you daft girl!" The green haired woman shouted.
"Isn't that where you're supposed to kill people?..." Alexis frowned, 'why was he getting shamed for defending his country? There must be something else!'
"Isn't he a bit arrogant?" She asked and was met with silence.
The women shook their head.
"No he's rather stoic." Said Marlene.
"I'd say docile," said the pink haired woman.
"Not with that face." The green haired woman snapped.
'Someone didn't like him.'
"So he's quiet?" Alexis asked,a bit stunned.
The women nodded."Oh so this so where my beautiful girls where hiding!" An old voice croaked, interrupting Alexis' investigation.
"Your highness!" The women shouted in union.
Alexis realised she should leave now and did so, but not before catching sight of a perverted old man who openly groped the ladies in a hug.She crinkled her face, writing him off as an important rich man, because otherwise, what would he be?
"Who the heck's that pervert?" She muttered as she left.
"That would be the previous emperor, Daron." A familiar gender-less voice spoke spooking Alexis.
"Agathus! Where were you?" She gasped in surprise.
"I'm sorry Miss, I'm not all too comfortable around humans" he seemed uncomfortable once again.
"No it's better you didn't show up, those women were pretty nasty. Now, let's go back to the castle. I'm drained."
"Of course, this way" the trust-worthy man lead her away in silence and she was left to her chattering thoughts.
'He's violent because he fought in war. That wasn't something she could fix. He's quiet in public, so nobody hates him for his awful personality. And then there was that other thing, a half-breed? Like Agathus?'
Her head started to hurt. And her stomach rumbled.
‘I’m hungry and I have a headache’ and for Alexis that was the worst time to trigger her."I'm surprised you haven't tried to escape miss. Can I ask why?" The green man spoke out amidst their walk, with only the most beautiful flowers listening.
"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
A day or so, had passed since that conversation and Alexis spent most of her time holed up, trying to read through the thick books Emilia had left her. The books were more packed than her college books and shortly after her head would be spinning.Terms like, central mana, epidermal mana, mental mana and emotional mana. After a while she had to read through the same pages multiple times, barely grasping an understanding.One of the books, the one on magical creatures was actually interesting. It had long chapters that focused on a single creature, it was packed with their abilities, mental capabilities and even hobbies and preferences with dislikes labeled boldly. Warning the readers not to anger them.She didn't realise that five nervous men stood outside in the guest gardens, under the chrysanthemum tree, shading from the blazing sun, while sitting on a large round picnic bench."To think we're all here to meet the violent- I mean, his Emperors mage" on
The first to introduce themselves was the beautiful man."Hector Mainstar, I'm a mana teacher." His voice was definitely that of a mans, but was still soft and not deep, more boyish than manly."Jake Seal" the neon haired boy spoke, staring curiously at Alexis. "I teach mathematics and numerics.""I'm Wallace of the Silver dukedom, I've come as a response of his majesty and specialise with languages" Alexis was drawn to the smug mans beard.'Purple...'She recalled a time her father had made the mistake of buying purple hair die and applied it to his white beard. He meant it to go black so he could look more put together, and ended up loosing the whole beard. She couldn't help but chuckle at the memory and smiled warmly at him.It surprised him since he meant to come off as cold."Noah Bell, I'm a scientist." Alexis ears pricked when she heard the words coming from the tall white haired gentleman."Scientist? In w
Alexis couldn't sleep.It was like university all over again, except if she actually studied and didn't waste her time away attending frat parties she didn't even partake in much. But, somehow, she became a centre personality for the parties and everyone went to her when they wanted to attend. She scoffed amidst her thoughts, cutting the train of thoughts.And where did that leave me...'She held her temples, "Agathus you worked through this in half an hour?, was it easy?" She didn't want to know, but the checklist she made to check these things bothered her."I've been given high level’s of education by his highness, so I'm quite fluent in all these. But the only one I'd call easy would be the language exam." He placed a quill in an ink bottle, raising it only to write on the important documents in front of him.'Scumbag? I haven't seen him ages.' Two days to be specific."Fine give Mister Wallace Silver a call, email, let