I should have known that things weren’t as I was told. I should have picked up on the signs before my opinion of someone had formed. It should have been easy for me to notice these things… if I wasn’t blinded by false friendship and lies.
My choice of friends and those I kept close to me had always been a long and tedious process. I didn’t care for those that wanted to suck up to me just because of my station in life. I didn’t want those that saw me as a tool to better their lives or as some omnipotent guard that would let them get away with anything they did wrong. But even through all the nit-picking and information gathering, a fraud still managed to get through and join my inner circle.
This was the case with the Du Pleasant brothers, Marcus and Samuel.
I had met them during my time at the Academy and, after months of casual greetings without anything suspicious coming up, I allowed them to join my small
*Amara*Calix was sleeping soundly when his mother raced into my room, her eyes wide with fear as she searched it for her son. Once she found his little sleeping form on my bed she whimpered and rushed towards him, kneeling beside the bed and its spilling blankets. Her eyes scanned him over and over again as he slept, searching for any sign of injury. When she was finally satisfied that her little boy was unharmed, she went limp and pressed her head against the edge of the bed, her body shaking with her tears.Gingerly, I approached her, placing a hand on her shoulder as her muffled sobs rang out in my room. Unexpectedly, she grabbed my hand and pulled me to my knees, holding me tightly as I looked over her shoulder at the still crying Ivy. Once she was calm enough I helped her up and gave her a blanket to wrap around Calix, allowing him to stay warm and cozy a
My stomach was in knots for the rest of the night, and Ivy’s constant gleeful comments weren’t helping me relax. When I did manage to get to sleep I dreamed about ridiculous things that didn’t make sense at all. And they all centered around the Crown Prince. I felt like I had truly gone mad with these increasing confusing emotions and now my dreams were being plagued by this man I wanted nothing to do with. A part of me was strangely filled with peace when my mind conjured up those deep red eyes and thick black hair. And an invading wave of unwanted emotions filled me when I’d hear his voice echo in my mind. Emotions that I never wanted to feel again.Thankfully, the other piece of me was able to shove those things down once I awoke the next day. I had gotten up expecting to still feel exhausted and drained because of those dreams but I was delightfully refreshed and energized inste
He’s reporting to me?Those words rang out in my head and I couldn’t understand them at all. Why would His Highness ever report to anyone of a lower station than him? He’s a Prince! He should only ever report to his father and mother, not the illegitimate daughter of a Grand Knight and Duke. I hadn’t even taken his promise seriously last night, thinking that he would be too busy with the investigation himself to have time to let me learn what had been discovered.I blinked several times as I looked at him, seeing his warm smile grow as amusement danced in his eyes. Finally, after a long, stretched out silence, I gave in with a sigh, schooling my emotions as well as my expression.“I am deeply grateful that you took time out of your day to meet with me, Your Highness.” I gave him a
Breakfast the next day was filled with news.Ivy chatted happily as she set up the dinette for myself and my brother who was sitting on the loveseat listening intently. She had heard that because of the deaths and the chaos that ensued during the festival, the King and Queen had decided to exempt the Queeness’ from elimination. She also heard that Lady Naveyame had withdrawn as a candidate, packing up her things and reaching out to her family to take her home. This now left only ten Queeness’ within the Palace and the competition, since Lady Heliona was dead and Lady Naveyame was now leaving. This news, though sad, granted everyone a break from worrying about who won the challenge. It also shortened the competition itself by two months, thus removing another challenge that would have been thrust upon us later on. Though the break was quickly taken over as a Palace Maid along with Royal Knights
I was hoping for continued peace after the unfortunate run-in with the Duke and Duchess of Du Pleasant. But as the first few days of the challenge came and went, it was anything but peaceful.And the culprit behind it all was His Majesty, Prince Dorian.At first when he would visit me and wait in my sitting room I brushed it off as mere coincidence. Especially since all we talked about was the active investigation that sadly hit a wall. But when we had exhausted every facet of that topic, moving on to more personal things and tales of our past, I was beginning to question his reason.He would spend the day with whichever Noble Lady was listed as his companion for the day and then, around lunchtime, he would appear and Ivy would announce his presence. He would join me for tea, or maybe a walk through the library when
The first week of the challenge was finally over and I was already expecting another visit from His Majesty in my room. So I picked up the pace as I walked out of the library, having spent my morning skimming through the many books that Lanalee looked after while Calix kept me company. I was alone for once in what felt like a very long time. With Ivy in the Palace kitchen gathering everything she needed for dinner and Arden taking his turn to stand Guard at the front entrance of the Queeness Palace.I was enjoying the peace as I made my way down a shaded walkway that connects the Central Palace and the Queeness Palace. The breeze was wild and ruffling the skirt of my dress as well as my hair that Ivy had worked hard in styling this morning. With my hands holding down my brown locks to my shoulder, I neared the side entrance to the Queeness Palace… and so did someone else. Lanalee and Calix surprised me after breakfast the next day, inviting me, Ivy and Arden out for a hike through the woods behind the Palace. They mentioned visiting some cliffside ruins and getting the chance to Shift and run in their animal forms, which intrigued my brother very much. It had been a long time since I had seen his wolf and I knew he was growing anxious being stuck on Palace grounds. So I agreed and helped Ivy pack a picnic basket, laughing along as she whined about not being able to join us. It was apparently her turn to assist the cooks in the kitchen today and she wanted to come along.After Ivy walked with us as far as she could, I took over holding the basket, standing with Calix while his mom and my brother Shifted inside an outer Change House by the forest's edge. It was a smaller building with two large archways that were covered by thick black curtains. Normal sized doors were beside
Wings, Beasts and Claws Ch. 18 : Woodland Ruins
Lanalee and Calix surprised me after breakfast the next day, inviting me, Ivy and Arden out for a hike through the woods behind the Palace. They mentioned visiting some cliffside ruins and getting the chance to Shift and run in their animal forms, which intrigued my brother very much. It had been a long time since I had seen his wolf and I knew he was growing anxious being stuck on Palace grounds. So I agreed and helped Ivy pack a picnic basket, laughing along as she whined about not being able to join us. It was apparently her turn to assist the cooks in the kitchen today and she wanted to come along.After Ivy walked with us as far as she could, I took over holding the basket, standing with Calix while his mom and my brother Shifted inside an outer Change House by the forest's edge. It was a smaller building with two large archways that were covered by thick black curtains. Normal sized doors were beside
*Prince Dorian*She’s fighting it.That was the first thing I was able to piece together, though she had made it obvious with how guarded her deep amethyst eyes always were around me. I wanted to understand why, wanted to know what was the reason that was making her struggle so much against the Bond that was already formed between us. And even though she was visibly fighting against the Bond, she couldn’t stop herself from sharing those things with me. Couldn’t hide her warm smiles, her soft laughter or the way her eyes would light up when she would look at me.Yet as the Bond grew with every moment that I spent with her, I was also struck with how strong it was. I wanted to spend every waking moment with her by my side. Craved the sound of her soothing gentle voice. And those deep breathtaking eye