~ Chapter 50: Proof of my resolve (Part 3) ~
I felt like my love for Seryanna was fake and just an illusion created by my mind. That no matter what, it couldn't be possible for me to feel like this because I was either too young or not even a member of her species. Yet, her tears... her whimpers... her pain... her struggle... they were real. Only I was the one unwilling to accept them so far as real, the only one acting like a child.
These thoughts of mine, these facts I became aware off didn't happen in one night... These were the result of my struggle and pain, my muffled cries and silent tears for over two months. No, they were the result of my inner turmoil, my inner battle since the moment I realized that I really did love Seryanna. Yet, to break through that fear, I just needed one last push... and Kataryna stepped up for the job.
Funny how all this time I was able to say that I love Seryanna, yet still wonder if I can accept her. But at the very least, I was able to learn my lesson. Now, everything came down to her answer. Our future and our love could truly begin or end with her decision.
“Is it... is it alright if I answer what I want and not what I should?” she asked with tears in her eyes.
“Then... Yes... I want to be your wife and not Draejan's! I want to be loved by you and be together with you!” she cried “I want this... us... but...”
I was happy and relieved by her words, however, I didn't want her to enter doubt, so I quickly got up on my feet and sealed her words with a kiss.
When we parted lips, I told her “No but... Not tonight...” I said and shook my head.
“Is this really alright? Is it really fine for me to go against my King's words?” she gulped and trembled.
“Yes... For tonight, there's no King or Albeyater... It's just us...” I said.
“For tonight...” she smiled.
“I love you, Seryanna.” I said.
“I love you, Alkelios.” she replied.
We ended our talk with a kiss, and what came afterwards was the moment when we became one in both body and heart. Taking off her armor was for more easier for me now than it was before, and I didn't struggle with mine either. Seryanna relinquished herself to the heat inside of her and didn't hold back in showing how much she wanted me, and I didn't allow myself to fall behind either.
Without going into too many intimate details, our first time together was pretty awesome, and thanks to some potions she had at hand, we were able to continue on for much longer. I severely underestimated her desires...
When it was over, it was almost the break of dawn. We were resting while embracing ourselves naked with the thin blanket over us. My hand was stroking her long red hair, while she was smiling softly back at me.
“We actually did it...” she said.
“It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I think after this I might need to replace my bed.” she giggled.
“Yeah, I heard a crack at one point...” I showed a wry smile.
“I blame you.” she said and nuzzled me.
Her lips landed a kiss on my chin and then asked “What are we going to do now?”
“We can't elope... It would be too cowardly, and we still have more hands to play.”
“It crossed my mind, but I wouldn't want to abandon Princess Elleyzabelle or my sister. My grandfather would also be very sad, and with father gone, I wanted him to be the one to bring me to the altar on my wedding day.” she let out a soft sigh.
“You have that custom here too?” I asked surprised.
“Usually, fathers are the ones who bring their daughters to the altar, while the men must wait there to receive them. In some cases, the fathers punch their future son-in-laws. If he can withstand the punch, it's said that he will become someone who can take care of his daughter. If he doesn't, it's said that the daughter will be the one who will lead the household.” she smiled.
“So... I'm going to get punched in the face by Brekkar Draketerus? The one who pushed back the human invasion 38 years ago?” I asked raising an eyebrow.
“Yes, but don't worry. I'm sure he won't send you flying into a dangerous wall.” she patted my head.
“But I'm still going to be sent flying INTO a wall?” I blinked surprised.
“Yes.” she giggled.
“Well then, I better make sure to train hard to withstand his punch.” I laughed.
“Then... I ask again, what are we going to do?” she showed me a smile and came closer to me.
I squeezed her in my embrace a little and then told her what I had planned to do... everything, including what I have yet to tell Kataryna and Kleo.
“That's... dangerous... and stupid.” she told me and shook her head.
“Yes, but the prize for succeeding is totally worth it!” I said and slapped her bottom.
“And you didn't tell even Kataryna about this part?” she asked.
“She knows I'm going to come back stronger than ever, but not about this part. Knowing her, it would just spoil the fun. It's my treat for her. Let her know this when the time comes.” I winked at her.
“Sigh... Well, what I am most surprised about is your [Dragon Tamer] skill... Do you really want to go through it?” she asked me with worry in her eyes.
“I love you, Seryanna. One day, I'll have that old geezer Brekkar carry you down the aisle, and when the time comes, I want to be able to have children with you. Maybe not now or in the next few years, but sometime soon... I'm taking this one step at a time... Still, like this, I'll have better chances.” I nodded.
“Then why didn't you do it sooner, if you had done it...” she then stopped and looked down “If you have done it, you would have become a target for many of the nobles here... in a good and a bad way.” she squeezed me in her arms.
“That too, but I was simple too afraid of loosing my humanity...” I let out a sigh and gently patted her head. “Right now, I don't mind giving it up if I can have you.”
“We call it draconity. Dwarfs calls it dwarfity. Elves call it elfity. Relliars call it relliarity. But in the end, it's the same thing with minor differences... I don't think you will lose your humanity, Alkelios, on the contrary, you might gain draconity as well.”
“Really?” I furrowed my brow.
“Yes.” she giggled.
“Hah~ That make me feel better, and now that I think about it, you might be right... Having humanity is not something that's defined by being a human, it's more about how we think and act, right? Actually, now that I think about it, there were stories back in my world with characters that weren't exactly human but acted more human than humans in that story did.” I said as I looked up, trying to remember how exactly I came to the conclusion that I would lose my humanity if my body changes.
“You're silly. If I knew you had such worries, I would have been able to tell you far sooner not to worry about it.” she said and rubbed her nose against mine.
“Then, from now one, if anything bothers me I'll come directly to you, my lover.” I said with a smile.
“The same for me, my love.” she kissed me.
After that we talked about a few other things, and she gave me some survival tips for when I was going to be out hunting in the Seculiar Forest. She also told me that I should also keep my eyes out for monster eggs because with my luck, I would be able to easily find a pet.
When it was time for me to leave, I got dressed and gave Seryanna a good bye kiss. I also made a wish for her to be safe while I was gone and for Draejan to stay away from her and my friends.
“Good bye, my love. See you in nine months.” I told her.
“Good bye and be safe.” she replied.
With this, I climbed out her window and left, heading up for the King's balcony.
After this night together with Seryanna, I felt quite confident in the upcoming talk with his Majesty. I had wished for it to end smoothly from the moment I left the inn, and within it laid a big part of my plan. The only one who could keep tabs on Draejan was him. At the same time, he was also the only with whose approval I could make a comeback and ensure that Seryanna's wish was going to be fulfilled as well.
I will see you in a wedding dress, Seryanna, and I'm going to be the one waiting for you at the altar, not Draejan or anyone else! Me! Alkelios Yatagai! I thought as I jumped over the rail of the King's balcony.
Taking out the necklace and the two letters, with the two wax seals visible, I opened the door and came forth.
There, I saw the King of Albeyater, Feryumstark Seyendraugher sitting at the bedside of his wife, the Queen of Albeyater, Elliessara Seyendraugher. His imposing big golden-scaled wings laid folded on his back, but his imposing presence was making me feel as though my life had been forfeited the moment I stepped in.
“Give me a good reason why I shouldn't kill you, human.” he said with a low growl without turning around.
“I come in peace as a friend of Kataryna Greorg, Brekkar Draketerus, and your daughter, the Third Princess Elleyzabelle Sojourn Seyendraugher. I hold the proof in my hands.” I said in a firm tone of voice, but I couldn't help but gulp at the end.
The dragon in front of me was giving off enough killing intent to make an entire army shiver in their boots. He most likely had the strength to do it too. Every cell in my body was warning me that the entity in front of me was by far the strongest dragon I had ever met so far, and he wasn't in a friendly mood at all. One wrong step was going to mean the end of me.
“That's one name I haven't heard in over 500 years, and I can hardly believe that my friend Brekkar, who should be dead by now at the hands of humans had sent you.” he growled.
“Huh? What do you mean by dead? The potion I made for Brekkar healed him completely. I mean, sure it tasted bad enough to make him feint, but he was up and running the next day screaming that he couldn't wait to get back on the battlefield. Are you sure you are up to date with the latest affairs in your kingdom?” I asked a bit surprised by his comment, and for a moment, I completely forgot to speak in a composed and respectful tone of voice, going back to my casual one.
“What?” the King turned around, and with a pair of bright golden slit eyes he cast his piercing gaze at me.
I screwed up. I thought.
“Did you speak the truth just now?” he asked.
I nodded so fast I felt like my head was going to fly off my shoulders.
“Give me those letters and that medal. NOW! I will assess with my own eyes if they are indeed the original ones or not.” he held out his hand.
I gulped. “Sure... Here...”
He grabbed them and then squinted his eyes at me.
“You sure have the guts to come her right after you bedded with a woman. Well, never mind... if it's your last day, it's excused.” he said.
“Nope, I don't think so. I properly wish to take Seryanna Draketerus as my wife.” I nodded and smiled.
“What?” he squinted his eyes at me.
“She's also the main reason I'm here. So go ahead, read the letters and see for yourself whether or not they are from those dragons.” I smirked.
This was it...
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