~ Chapter 44: Draconian Politics (Part 2) ~
With a push on the handle, Seryanna opened the door, and we all entered the elegant bedroom of a high class noble woman. To be brought inside the private chamber of the Third Princess was... unexpected, but I had to say that luxury and exquisite taste was one thing that defined someone of royal blood.
The dragoness herself was quite beautiful from many points of view, but the refined air that surrounded her surely increased her quality by several folds. Like the dragon who was the Prime Minister, she also had two scale colors: white and gold, but unlike in his case, I didn't feel the same oppressing aura from the Princess.
“Oh? So you are the one this knight calls her 'master'?” Kataryna asked calmly.
“Indeed I am.” Princess Elleyzabelle nodded and replied in calm tone of voice.
Seryanna walked next to her and stood by her side with her hand resting on the hilt of her sword. In a moment, this meeting took on a very serious note.
“A pleasure to meet you, your highness! I am Thraherkleyoseya Draketerus.” Kleo introduced herself and gave a polite bow as it was required.
Hm, and here I was thinking that she's incapable of showing a polite and elegant side? The apocalypse must be upon us... I jokingly thought as I looked at her.
“Kataryna Greorg.” the silver-scaled dragoness introduced herself.
“My name is Alkelios Yatagai.” I followed suit and made a small bow in front of the Princess.
“A pleasure to meet the ones my Royal Knight sees as friends.” she nodded.
“I should say the pleasure is all ours, but this summon of yours is a bit strange. First off all, we were called to the palace by some rude fellows who follow Draejan what's his name, then we were surprised to find out that the welcoming committee was in fact formed solely out of Seryanna here. Now, it seems that the first one we are going to meet is not the so-called general who issued the summon but you, the Third Princess who is rumored to have severely weakened in power.” Kataryna said with a smile as she looked straight into the dragoness' eyes.
Seryanna had nothing to refute against her words. She could only look away and show a grimace on her face.
As for me, I was bit surprised by the sudden attack.
“That is true. My current party is only made up of those you see present in this room and a blacksmith who was unable to arrive, and whose absence I hope you will excuse.” she revealed with a calm demeanour.
“Are we to be included as well?” Kataryna asked squinting her eyes at her.
“While your strength would provide an impressive aid, I by no means wish to force or coerce you into supporting me.” she replied.
“So says the sheep in wolf clothing.” Kataryna smirked.
Erm... Well, I've lived to hear this one as well... I looked at the dragoness with a blank expression.
“In the past, you may have considered me a sheep, but now... I'm more of a wolf.” she smiled.
Please stop with the sheep and wolf analogy, you're making my brain bleed! I cried on the inside.
There was a moment of tensed silence between us before Kataryna let out a sigh and spoke on our behalf.
“So tell us then, Third Princess, for what reason have you summoned us... or to be specific, why was Alkelios summoned to the Palace?” she squinted her eyes at her.
“A fair question.” she nodded and closed her eyes for a moment before she replied looking straight at me “As you know, it was not I who extended this summon, although I wished so initially, it was Draejan Andrakaryus Doesya who did so. This dragon is part of the Sixth Princess' party and will soon become the General in charge of the Brekkar Army. The soldiers gathered outside the city's walls are those who were led into battle 38 years ago by Sir Seryanna's grandfather, Brekkar Draketerus.” she explained calmly.
“And why would this dragon have need of Alkelios?” Kataryna asked, putting pressure on the word 'need'.
The Princess smiled and replied “Fu~ Why would YOU believe there is a need for this human?”
Kataryna squinted her eyes and let out a guttural growl. Her tail swished in the air, showing her impatience.
“I do not have time for such games, golden scale. Either you reveal what you know or we leave this place.” she threatened.
“I don't think that would be a wise idea...” I pointed out.
“Political games are not something I enjoy or wish to participate in.” she growled.
Ah yes, she absolutely loathes them because of what happened to her friend. I remembered.
“Very well then. The reason for summon is to simply see this man who claims to be Sir Seryanna's lover. That was my only intention, but... Draejan might have something else in mind.” she closed her eyes for a moment. “He is a dragon who despises humans, so I do not believe his intentions are friendly.” she said.
“But what did I do?” I asked surprised.
“You are a human and this would be enough to stir the anger of most dragons in this Palace, but besides that, you have also stolen the heart of his... fiance.” she replied calmly.
“Huh? Well I am a human... I can't do anything about that, but not all of us are bad and... wait... Fiance?” I furrowed my brow. “Who? When?” I titled my head to the left.
“Me.” Seryanna replied to my questions.
“Sister?” Kleo said surprised.
“Hooo~?” Kataryna was also intrigued.
I was in a state of shock. Those words took me by surprise and gave me a right hook straight to the chin. My mind stopped working, the air was trapped in my lungs, and my heart felt like it had been strangled with barbed wire.
Everyone was silent now, waiting for my reaction, while Seryanna looked with apologetic eyes at me. I honestly didn't know what to do now.
Did she lie to me all this time?
Was this a joke?
Was this a scheme to bring me here and use me?
I didn't know and I feared the truth as well. My whole world was suddenly collapsing around me. The ground was shattering under my feet. My strength was leaving my body.
What's happening? I asked myself.
“I'm sorry...” she apologized and looked down.
“Why?” I asked.
“If I said it was because you are not strong enough to protect her, would you understand?” the Princess asked.
“What? Of course not! What does that have to do with her being that guy's fiance?!” I shouted.
“Alkelios, please calm down.” Seryanna told me in a soothing tone of voice.
“Calm down? How can I calm down?! You were just introduced as that dragon's fiance! Isn't he part of another political group? Doesn't this mean you are betraying the Third Princess as well? And what about me? When was I supposed to find out? At your wedding? Just walk by and ask me: hey do you want to be the man of honor at my wedding with the man I never TOLD you about?” I asked outraged.
It was clear that my emotions and feelings were all going haywire. Nothing inside my mind made sense. All I know was that I had been betrayed and made a fun off. All I knew was that the dragoness I was almost willing to sacrifice everything for, including my own species, turned out to have fiance she never told me about.
Wasn't it clear that I had been abandoned? Wasn't it clear that I was used?
How could I explain my feelings? How could I even look at Seryanna after this?
Was this also why she suddenly asked about a marriage and mentioned that if she was ordered to, she would have to? Where was the fight for us? Where was the struggle? Did I mean nothing for her?
All these questions, all these thoughts turned my mind and heart upside down. I didn't know what to believe, where to look, and what to think.
To find out that the woman I loved had a fiance... was... shocking to say the least. And this was clearly seen on my face.
“Maybe you were wrong when you chose this man, Sir Seryanna.” the Princess then said.
“What?” I said as I felt my rage reaching its peak.
“No, I don't believe so... Alkelios, please calm down and listen. This isn't what I really want... The King sent an official declaration. This was all a political move that stole the power from the Third Princess' grasp. As she said earlier, only I am left serving under her. This dragon, I never even met until yesterday, and this engagement was as shocking to me as it is to you now. Please believe me, my heart lies with you not him.” she told me in a heartbreaking tone of voice, while she struggled hard not to cry.
I listened to her. I looked at her, but the words trust and belief didn't ring a bell inside me.
I felt empty and lost... I felt abandoned.
“Then... what do you want to do?” I asked her.
“I...” she stopped and looked down.
Why do you hesitate? Why? I thought.
If she loved me, she should have immediately declared that she wanted to be with me, not him.
“Seryanna...” I took a deep breath and asked her in a trembling tone of voice “The King ordered you... ordered you to marry this man.” I gulped “Your master, the Third Princess, doesn't seem against it from the looks of it... so...” I clenched my fist and gulped again “You... what are you... what do you want and what are you going to do?” I asked her.
The redhead dragoness clenched a fist at her chest and looked down with a troubled on her face.
There was only one word I wanted to hear from her, only one sentence... that she would fight for me.
“I want to be with you, but I am going to marry Draejan to prevent him for harming you...” she replied as she looked at me.
Her words stopped at his name. The rest wasn't registered by my mind.
Feeling weak to my knees, I slumped down on the ground and felt like the whole world shattered around me. A strange darkness turned and twisted in my heart as spears of pain sprung forth and stabbed mercilessly. I wanted to cry, but I was empty inside. I wanted to scream, but I didn't have the strength to open my mouth. I wanted to do something, but I had no idea what... I was at a loss...
No, I lost... and felt lost.
My lover abandoned me, but maybe this all came as a retribution to what happened before, when I failed to return her love, when I went limp. I failed so many times that maybe she was the one who felt the most betrayed out of both of us.
I didn't know what to do, so I looked up and said “I see... then this is good bye... for us...” I then got up, and walked back to the door.
Kleo called out to me and so did Kataryna, but I couldn't hear them.
I was devastated...
[Kataryna's point of view]
After Alkelios said those words and turned around, Seryanna called out to him, but he didn't reply. Hurt by the outcome and end of their relationship, she too slumped down to the floor and cried.
This scene was heartbreaking, and I could only imagine what these two were going through. What sort of numbing pain did they feel to have them both crumble on the floor like that?
Kleo rushed up to her sister, to comfort her, while the princess was clenching her own fragile fists. Maybe this wasn't the outcome she was hoping for, or maybe Draejan got to Alkelios before any of us did. What surprised me the most was Seryanna's decision. The will and strength she would require to sacrifice herself for the man she loved wasn't something any woman could do. For this alone, I grew a new sense of admiration for her.
But this left only one thing unanswered in my opinion, so I turned my gaze towards the Princess.
“Is this really the end for them?” I asked.
“I didn't want it to be...” she replied, leaving aside her mask of royalty.
She spoke like a dragoness who was looking at her hurt friend and shared her pain as well.
“Then?” I asked.
“It's the truth... Alkelios isn't strong enough to compete against Draejan. Not only in a battle of strength but of words as well. As for me, I do not have the needed backing to change the King's mind.” she said.
“Are you hoping I would lend a hand?” I asked.
“I wanted to ask you for your cooperation... but only if Alkelios proved himself at least to be strong enough to retort to Seryanna's decision. However, you saw it yourself... He gave up.” she looked into my eyes, and there was a small sign of anger in them.
“The boy is just confused... give him time.” I let out a sigh.
“We don't have any time left!” she shouted.
“Then use my name and gain some.” I smirked back at her.
“What?” she blinked confused.
“I'm going to deal with Alkelios... Ah, Seryanna... remember that talk we had?” I asked her.
She didn't react.
“Well, I guess we'll talk about it later... For now, I'm going to go and see what happened to him. Oh, and if in the end Alkelios doesn't come through... I might end up doing something... bad.” I tilted my head to the left and smiled then turned around and left.
I didn't want to give any explanation to the princess. It was her job to figure it out before it was too late. As for me, I was a Breakthrough Awakened. Those like me didn't follow the normal rules, and as such dealing with us could be seen as quite... dangerous.
“Sigh... That's why I hate draconian politics.” I said as I scratched the back of my head.
Note from the author: Thank you for reading this chapter, I hope you enjoyed it! Oh, and be sure to check out my other stories too!
Just to let you all know, I have read ALL of your comments as I always do. I hope this chapter answered some of your questions regarding Alkelios' current state of mind and also about how the dragons would have reacted if he went with some of those "solutions".
Also, someone mentioned Alkelios' weird question in regard to how nobles and commoners act with each other. Alkelios isn't that dumb, but out of fear, he unconsciously tries to deny the world around him as shown in this chapter. It's not at a visible level, just a subtle one. This question in the previous chapter was all about pointing out this little fact.
Aaand, I'm saying to much again... well... yeah...
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