~ Chapter 58: Draejan's escape (Part 1) ~
[Alkelios' point of view]
Draejan was left knocked out on the ground with his armor and weapon shattered to bits. It was a humiliating defeat for him because he wasn't able to do anything to me, not even lay a single scratch on my armor. Two of his soldiers took him away after the King announced my victory.
Stretching my wings a bit, I returned Chaos to its individual components: Heaven and Hell. With my weapons sheathed and a smirk on my scaly face, I walked up to where the King and the others were.
“I guess there's no problem now with me taking Seryanna as my wife?” I asked as I placed my hands on my hips.
“You are a dragon, so no...” Feryumstark replied, but judging by the gaze in his eyes there was something bothering him.
“Even if you weren't, I still would have taken you for a husband, Alkelios.” the dragoness replied with a smile as she came forth and stopped in front of me.
When I looked into her captivating red eyes, I could feel her boundless love for me. Seryanna had turned over the course of these past several months into a woman who was far more attractive than before. I felt my cheeks turning red, well... sort of, it couldn't be seen on account of the scales, but the idea was that I felt flushed, and my heart was pounding in my chest faster than it normally did. My tail was wagging as well, but that was a minor detail I didn't notice. Maybe it was my draconic side reacting to her new Awakened self?
“And I agree of this union as well!” declared Brekkar.
The old dragon's words pulled me out of my daze.
“Technically speaking, I'm a human-dragon hybrid, that's why I will never be able to take the beast form. What you see is the best I can do.” I pointed at myself.
“Bah! Details!” Feryumstark waved it off and then laughed.
While we talked like this, the nobles who were watching the duel from the sidelines approached me and congratulated me on my win and what I had accomplished today. This gesture of theirs took me by surprise and their polite words held no mean intention behind them. One after another approached me and then bowed to the King so they may take their leave.
“It was a splendid duel, Alkelios Yatagai! I congratulate you on your win and hope to see great achievements from you now that you have officially declared your allegiance to our proud Kingdom!” a dragon with a slim build said as he held his chin up high and showed me a smile.
“I will try and do my best... erm...” I said, but I stopped here since I didn't know his name.
“Marquise Eonstrak.” he introduced himself.
“Yes, a pleasure to meet you, Marquise Eonstrak.” I replied with a nod.
He then turned towards the King and made a deep bow.
“Your Majesty, if you have no more need of me, I shall be retreating to my room. I must inform my wife immediately of what transpired today and see to it that we do a thorough search in our fief for any such traitors as those discovered today.” he told him in a polite and respectful manner.
“Please do so, Marquise Eonstrak. If you hear of anything suspicious, do not hesitate to send news to the palace.” he replied.
“As you wish, your Majesty!” he declared.
Afterwards, he gave a short bow to me and those around me before taking his leave from the stage.
These words had more or less been repeated by all the nobles who came to congratulate us. Not even one of them spoke about exchanging further pleasantries or inviting us to some sort of event as I initially thought they would. After all, with so many famous dragons around and the King as well, it seemed quite likely.
What I wasn't thinking about at that time was the fact that they might have felt worried or troubled by the fact that they were put to the same test as the other traitors were. This meant that the King suspected them of being traitors. Today, they proved their loyalty, but their pride took a terrible hit.
What I didn't get was why was it so important to mention this news to their wives? It sounded as though ALL of those dragonesses thought their husbands were cheating on them or lying to them, which in my opinion was a bit sad.
Once all the nobles were gone, we guided the King back to the throne room. I was walking with Seryanna on my left and Kataryna on my right. In front of me, Brekkar was walking next to the King, both of them were talking about the situation with the Brekkar Army, and behind us were Kleo and Iolaus walking side by side. As for Elovius, he went to visit the dungeons and interrogate the traitors. There was a lot of paperwork waiting for the Prime Minister as a result of today's events.
After taking a seat on his throne, Feryumstark looked at all of us standing in front of him and then took a deep breath.
“I wish to commend you all for a job well done today! We rooted out some traitors that had been plotting right under my nose, and we even manage to reinstate Brekkar in his position as a General. Least to be said that none of these things could have been possible if not for the efforts of one Alkelios Yatagai. As such, I see it only right to offer you a Noble Rank and a spot at my Court. With you having pledged your allegiance already to my daughter, Elleyzabelle, there is no problem with this and if any dare to complain, I'll make sure to shorten their tails with a rusted dagger!” he smirked.
“Thank you, your Majesty. I appreciate it!” I bowed my head respectfully in front of him.
Because I was still in my half-beast form, my stature was rather imposing and I was also currently the tallest among all the dragons present here.
Regarding this nobility reward I was offered, I didn't really know what to say. It didn't hold that much of an impact on me, and I felt neither flattered nor insulted by it. If I were compare it to something, it was the same as receiving a gift on a random day from a random friend. I accepted it and took it, but I didn't make a big deal out of it. Maybe this nonchalant attitude was the fault of my Breakthrough.
“As for the rest of you, I came to understand that you played a vital role not only in bringing Alkelios here but also in helping him take the side of dragons. For this, I will see to it that you are all properly rewarded as well.”
“Thank you, your Majesty!” they all said and bowed their heads at the same time.
“Now then, Alkelios, I will discuss this nobility matter in more detail with you after I had spoken with my wife and son about it. And speaking of which, my wife, the Queen of Albeyater wishes to speak with you in person when you have the time.” he smiled.
“Of course! I'm guessing she is feeling much better now?” I asked.
“Thanks to you, yes.” he nodded.
“Good to hear!” I smiled.
“Your Majesty, I apologize, but I will hand over Alkelios tomorrow or maybe the day after.” Seryanna said all of a sudden.
“Huh? Hand over?” I blinked surprised.
Did she just say 'no' to the King? AND QUEEN?! I thought, and I felt my heart beating a bit faster because I had no idea how his Majesty was going to react.
I mean, this was pretty serious and considering the whole matter with the Queen's current poisoning situation and all...
“I see. Very well.” the King nodded while rubbing his chin.
“Huh?!” I turned and looked at the dragon surprised.
“Hm? Anything the matter?” he asked.
“Well... Erm...” I didn't know what to say, but all of a sudden I lost my balance and fell face first on the ground. “OMPH!” I groaned.
“Then, we will take our leave! Have a good day, your Majesty!” Seryanna said while literally dragging me away by my right foot.
“WAIT A SECOND! What's with all this?!” I complained.
“What do you mean?” asked Feryumstark, and Seryanna showed me a puzzled look as well.
“How is this normal? Shouldn't royalty take priority in this?!” I asked.
“Well...” the King was looking away, avoiding my gaze.
“This is a matter between dragonesses. Besides, I am your fiance, and I have not seen you for a year. It is natural that you will be handed over to me immediately, no questioned asked.” Seryanna declared with a nod.
“What am I? A dragon for lend?” I retorted.
“No, but I take priority.” she declared.
“Huh?” I blinked surprised.
“Did no one tell him?” Feryumstark asked around.
“Tell me what?” I asked raising an eyebrow.
All of my 'friends' were looking away.
“I may have forgotten this tiny detail... or was randomly mentioned at one point but wasn't given any attention.” said Brekkar.
“Tell me WHAT?!” I retorted.
“Ahem. Dragons have a matriarchal society.” said the King.
“A what now?! Then why did the whole thing with Draejan happened?!” I retorted.
If this was true, then Seryanna's vote and opinion in the matter was far more important than that dragon's.
“Well, she wasn't Awakened yet at that time for one thing. Secondly, my wife was ill and couldn't be bothered with such things. You of all dragons should know quite well what her condition was at that time. Third of all, because I had assumed the role of the dominant figure in the Kingdom, many male dragons began to have more courage. We ended up as a semi-patriarchal society for a small period of time, but the truth was that most power remained in the hands of the wives. Fourth, there was a noticeable difference in the ranks and titles the two held. Seryanna was a Royal Knight and a Noble, true, but she held no title. After the battle 39 years ago, the Draketerus Dukedom was reduced to ashes and so was their title, which remained only in name, but only for Brekkar. Overall... it's complicated, and I am certain my wife would sympathize with Seryanna right now. I don't see it as a problem either, so you have my blessing miss Draketerus to... take him away and lock him up in your room for now.” he showed me a wry smile.
“Say what now?!” I retorted.
“See? No problem!” and then she continued to drag me.
“At least let me walk on my own! Don't drag me like I'm some washed up drunkard!” I retorted.
“Fine.” she let out a sigh and let go of my leg.
“Good.” I said, but before I could get up, she lifted me up by the waist and tossed me over her shoulder.
“Greeeat! I have been upgraded to a 'sack of potatoes'.” I squinted my eyes at the 'friends' who weren't even attempting to help, they were just trying VERY hard not to burst into a loud laughter.
“Well, you are MY 'sack of potatoes', and I'm not sharing!” she said as she walked away with me, waving her tail like the happy dragoness she was.
“Shouldn't we... help him?” Iolaus asked.
“Nah! He'll be fine! You, on the other hand, we need to resume last night's 'play'.” Kleo showed him a devious smirk.
Iolaus froze and looked around for help with a desperate look on his face.
“Ehehe, my erm... 'wife sense' is tingling. I think she's calling me!” said Feryumstark as he fled the scene.
“Yes. Ahem! I need to erm... train this sword! I meant to say train with this sword!” Brekkar ran towards the closest exit.
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