~ Chapter 54: A princess’ embrace (Part 1) ~
The two moons of this world were shining brightly above us surrounded by countless twinkling stars. It was a perfect night for stargazing, especially with so few clouds roaming around above, and the light cast down by the moons was bright enough to shine our path as we moved farther and farther away from the Elora.
Lunaria was the moon always present in the dark sky. It’s yellow face filled with craters reminded me of the old Moon back on Earth. Many stories of the old focused around it. Although I knew a few of them, I had yet to read or hear any myths and legends surrounding the beautiful moons of this world. Lunaria was yellow, but her smaller sister, Lunoria, was like a beautiful, uncut ruby. The shadow of the big moon was cast upon the one behind it, partially hiding it.
Once we reached a reasonable distance from the city, not too close to the forest surrounding this depression, I spread my Dungeon Territory and recreated the room from yesterday.
Stepping inside, I turned on the lights with the help of a Light Power Crystal and summoned a small fire in the middle. Since I didn’t have a storage crystal like Nanya, I was left with creating a chimney for the fire. I also added a small Power Crystal meant to control the air around it. This way, I created an upward draft to pull the smoke out.
“Make yourself at home.” I said and entered after Ayuseya did.
I locked the door behind us. If I remembered right, I gave the key to our room back at the inn to Nanya, so there shouldn’t be any problem with the others. They will glare at me for sneaking out like this, without a doubt, but I had a feeling I would survive.
Ayuseya looked around for a bit and then took a seat in front of the fire like she did the night before. I did the same and poked the embers with a fire iron, to stir the flames a little bit. There was a grave-like silence between the two of us, only the crackles of the wood could be heard, and as a result, I was starting to feel rather uncomfortable.
This situation… it’s a bit awkward, isn’t it? I thought as I gazed over at Ayuseya.
Her cheeks were bright red, and her eyes were focused on the dancing flames before her. That big chest of hers was moving slowly, while she was playing with her fingers in her lap, fidgeting as if unsure what to do or maybe say.
If it was like this, I hardly doubted we would do anything by the end of the night, so I decided to break the silence.
“Is everything alright?” I asked and looked for the smallest change in her behavior.
She flinched and gazed back at me. When she met my eyes, she quickly looked away.
“I-I-I’m alright.” she stuttered a bit.
“Hm?” I squinted my eyes.
Another moment of silence washed over us, threatening to drown our conversation in the dead of the night.
“What did you want to talk about?” I asked her and placed the fire iron next to me.
“Erm…” she looked down, then back up at me.
What is she thinking? I wondered.
[Ayuseya’s point of view]
Illsy led me away from Elora, the capital of the Aunnar Kingdom, and recreated the small house in which we slept a day before, however, I could feel my heart beating in my chest like mad with every step we took farther and farther away from Nanya and the rest. This was also the first time since I was alone with him outside of his Inner Mind. It was embarrassing, and I could barely stand still.
My mind was filled with all sort of thoughts about what I should do and what I should say. The more I was alone with Illsy, the more I felt like Nanya’s words were true. She was right, I wasn’t ready.
Being raised as the princess of Teslov Kingdom, I was never properly taught on how to approach a man. My purpose was to simply offer myself up to his desires, so seduction was one of my least applied and cultivated skills, unlike Shanteya or Nanya. Those two could easily charm Illsy, not to mention the fact that the demoness could be a real cunning fox if she put her mind to it.
On the other hand, I was struggling… The role of a Teslov princess was to be taken, not to take. I was supposed to let Dankyun have me, not run away from him. Although taught in many things, combat and love were two things I never approached. Now I was suffering from the consequences.
What did I come here for? What’s the purpose? Why? I then imagined one of the situations Nanya told me about, the one about me revealing myself completely to Illsy. I can’t do something like that! I can’t! I screamed in my mind more embarrassed than anything, then I remembered that night in Illsy’s Inner Mind when I approached him wearing nothing but a barely-there piece of cloth. I felt like I wanted to dig up a hole and hide in it. Where did I muster the courage to do something like that? No! No! I closed my eyes and clenched my hands into fists.
“Ayuseya?” Illsy called, and I looked up at him.
“Y-Yes?” I said and tried to smile, but my face just twisted awkwardly.
The unexpected reaction shocked me a little.
Was it that funny? I wondered and furrowed my brow.
“Sorry! Sorry!” he said lifting his hand up to stop me from scolding him for laughing.
Illsy is being silly… I thought and then looked down at the embers.
Thanks to this moment, some of my tension flew off, and I didn’t feel like my head would explode in a puff of smoke.
I took a deep breath and then exhaled.
Taking a more dignified pose, I slapped both of my cheeks. The sound echoed in the entire room, and my face felt like it got stabbed by a thousand needles. I nearly cried.
“A-Ayuseya?” Illsy was surprised.
I have to do this… Like Nanya said… If I can’t do this, then I won’t know even for myself and keep running away… I thought and then looked at Illsy with a determined look in my eyes.
[Illsyore’s point of view]
OK! The slap wasn’t something I expected. A blush, a funny face, then a slap, and now she was staring at me like I was some sort of criminal at the court.
Did I do something I’m not aware of? Was it because we avoided entering the sweets shop earlier? But nothing was good there! Is she worried I might attack Tamara? Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not touching her even if she is technically an adult for her kind, in my eyes she’s but a cat and a child. I like my women well-developed! But if it’s not that, then what? Where? How? Huh? as I was tormenting my mind to come up with an answer to Ayuseya’s current weird behavior, the draconian did something unexpected again.
Standing up in front of me, she took a step back from the fire and then took off her clothes. I could only stand there with big, opened eyes as I saw the metal gauntlets falling on the ground, then the leather belt together with her sword, her pair of boots. Then she took off the dress, letting it fall around her body and revealing the chainmail armor I designed for her to be used underneath. She proceeded with removing it and dropping it onto the pile. Her chest showed a bit of relief from being freed from the extra weight, but the holy mountains were still being covered well by another piece of garment, the frilly bra she was wearing. Without stopping, the draconian princess continued by removing her satin leggings and tossing them onto the pile. She was now left only in her white panties and bra.
I gulped and looked at the almost naked woman in front of me, wondering if it was finally time for me to make a move on her.
Did she want it THAT bad? Have I been neglecting her? I wondered.
Blushing strongly, Ayuseya looked down and fidgeted a bit before continuing with removing those two last pieces of cloth covering her body. With her tail wrapped in front of her, she covered her chest with her left hand, and her lower region with her right hand, the draconian was as erotic as she could be.
I gulped again and opened my mouth like a hungry wolf. This was probably the first time in her life Ayuseya presented herself like this in front of a man. With a scrap of clothing on her, she was willingly showing herself to me, and I could already tell where this was going.
“I…” she muttered and then closed her eyes for a moment.
When she opened them, she took a deep breath, and pulled back her hands and tail, showing herself completely to me. There was nothing to hide her gorgeous body, but at the same time, I could see the details of her golden scales. Normally, she had some on her upper arms, thighs, there were some around the sides of her chest, but none on her breasts. A couple scales, smooth in appearance of a light-gold color formed a small protective region around her intimate parts.
So, scales replace the hair for them? I thought and then looked up at her eyes.
[Ayuseya’s point of view]
I have done it now!
Like Nanya said, more or less, I removed all of my clothes and revealed myself completely to Illsy. I couldn’t have imagined back then how shameful this would feel like, or rather embarrassing… very embarrassing, yet it was true… I didn’t wish to hide away from his gaze.
Seeing his eyes move over my body, I could feel my core heating up, my heart pumping fast and if he were to look away… I would feel sad.
To answer Nanya’s question, I wanted him to look at me, I wanted him to hold me and bring me to the same world he did with the demoness, but I didn’t know how… I couldn’t even move.
Then there was the other thing… The question about wishing to have a hold on Illsy. The more I thought about giving myself to him and accepting him as mine, the more I felt the need to protect him, to keep others from having a piece of him. I couldn’t bare the thought of a woman coming here to seduce him away from my grasp, if that was even possible, but if there was… I wanted to keep her away from Illsy.
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