~ Chapter 59: An audience with the Queen (Part 1) ~
[Alkelios' point of view]
Three days... Three very long and sleep deprived days... That was how long Seryanna kept me inside her room.
Although, I wasn't one who would complain about all the passionate tumbling we did, but I was glad one of us knew a spell capable of soundproofing the room. It wasn't the same as the barrier around the forge here, but it did the job. The spell was called [Silence] and belonged to the Darkness element. What it did was absorb all the sounds that touched the coated walls, but unfortunately it also covered the whole room in a pitch-black mantle, forcing us to use a light spell in order to see... erm details.
During these three long days, we didn't just copulate like rabbits. When we took a break, we spoke about what happened to each of us during the time when we didn't see each other, what we went through, what we saw, what we heard. I told Seryanna about my adventures within the Seculiar Forest and the Northern Desert. The funny moments were given priority over everything else because I wanted to see her smile and laugh, but I didn't leave out the bad parts either. Despite my 100 Luck, there had been moments when I stumbled into a bit of trouble. When I first dropped into the forest, more than once I found myself running around while being chased by a mob of monsters. The only thing missing was a funny chase song.
We had no trouble with acquiring either food or water. I had plenty of supplies in my [Purse] rings and [Black Hole] skill.
In the end, Seryanna got to know everything that happened to me, and I also found out everything that happened to her. It appeared as though she Awakened not long after I left, then she went through her first change and assumed her current draconian form. The scales on her body, the tail, the wings, the horns, were all new from my point of view, but they all felt natural to her, almost as if she had them from the moment she was born.
Seryanna's eyes were of a bright crimson, slit like those of any other Awakened dragon out there. From each side of her head, right above her ears, a pair of curved ivory horns extended backwards for about 6 centimeters. The scales on her back now spread from shoulder to shoulder and continued down over her tail. A strong pair of wings were now attached to her back, spreading with an impressive wingspan of 6.3 meters, while her tail reached a length of 1.6 meters. When we slept, she tended to wrap us in her wings and coil her tail around my waist. Even if I wanted to, I couldn't get away from her.
I could have been wrong, but I also had the feeling that she had become a lot more sensual and attractive. Maybe it was her Awakening that gave her the sudden confidence, but she had no problem in using her natural beauty to entice me. Leading the dance had become possible only if she let me, otherwise the spell of her charm was broken, and that was something I wished to avoid.
To be honest, these three days felt both long and short at the same time. The reason was because we both truly enjoyed our time together. After I was brought to this world, there had been very few moments when I found myself in a state of calm and relaxation. All of them were within my lover's arms. Just by being close to her, feeling the warmth of her embrace, being allured by her scent, being trapped in her gaze, I could forget about Earth, about the life I had until now, about the duty I had for my home planet... I could forget everything that bothered me back there and even here, in this new world. All I cared about was enjoying the moment together with Seryanna.
If someone told me that I could spend all of my days like this with her, I would have accepted no question asked, but then again... neither of us was a recluse.
“I told his Majesty that I would keep you for two days at most, but it's been three days now.” said Seryanna as she was putting on her armor.
“I have no regrets, besides, I'm returning tonight.” I told her with a smile as I put on a black cotton t-shirt of my own creation.
“You don't want to ask for your own room?” she asked a bit surprised.
“Nah. I want to sleep with you, not alone.” I shrugged.
Seryanna showed me a soft smile and nodded “I as well wish to fall asleep with you in my arms.”
“By the way, you never told me about the matriarchal system of this kingdom, right?” I asked.
“I think we mentioned it a few times, but for us it was a bit self-explained.” she replied while scratching the top of her head, trying to remember.
“For me it wasn't, although this could also explain the reason why Kataryna's authority was so high... Although, I can't find an explanation for why you were treated so awful if that was the case.” I told her.
“Awful? By whom?” she asked squinting her eyes at me.
“Back when we were in Tomeron and Andromeda, the dragons there gave you a mean look.” I replied.
“Oh, that! Well, that was mostly because I was Unawakened. As I explained, Awakened dragons are treated as adults are in human society, while the others more or less as children. It's... sort of instinctive for us.” she explained.
“Is it wrong to think that's bad?” I asked.
“No, most of the other species believe so as well, it's just that this isn't something we can change over night. It's a part of our nature. When I Awakened, the dragons in the palace as well as those in the city began to treat me in a different way. It doesn't mean that I forgave them, just that I sort of understand their point of view.” she replied.
“Instinctive, you say... Well, true, I do find you more attractive now, but I also found you attractive back then, but in a human's eyes you were dead gorgeous.” I shrugged.
“I appreciate the compliment, my love, but aren't going to be late? You shouldn't keep his Majesty waiting any more.” she said with a seductive smile as she approached me.
Her hips swayed with a deadly temptation with each step she took and when she stopped in front of me, she wrapped her arms around my shoulders and pulled me into a long, passionate kiss. When we parted lips, her feverish gaze told me she wanted more, but she was the one who pushed me back.
“You should go before three days turn to four.” she giggled and turned around.
“I think I'm starting to understand why dragons might have a matriarchal society.” I blinked surprised.
With another giggle, she looked back at me over her shoulder and said “Maybe, but I think if you ask his Majesty directly, you will receive a better answer.”
I shook my head and put on a dark-brown leather jacket.
“I'll see you later, Seryanna!” I told her as I walked over to the door.
“Have a good day, Alkelios!” she replied.
Before I stepped out, I removed the darkness spell [Silence], returning the room to normal.
Today, I saw no reason in wearing my heavy plate armor, so I wore a pair of casual clothes: a pair of cotton pants, a black t-shirt, a leather vest, and a pair of leather army boots.
I made my way straight to King's room, where I was stopped by the guards. After a brief introduction, one of them knocked on the door and told his Majesty that I had arrived.
“Let him pass.” came the reply in a stern tone of voice.
“Yes, your Majesty!” replied the guard and then stepped aside.
I opened the door and walked in.
The Queen appeared to be awake and reading a book to her children, while the King was... knitting.
That's an odd hobby for a fierce dragon king. I told myself as I tried not to stare.
“You must be the rumored Alkelios Yatagai. It's a pleasure to meet you. I am the Queen of Albeyater, Elliessara Seyendraugher. Last time, I was a bit out of it, so you will have to excuse me if I don't hold a memory of you.” she told me in a polite tone of voice and with a small smile on her lips.
“No, it's alright. I'm happy to see you are feeling better, your Majesty!” I smiled back and nodded.
“Hm, you really do behave like a Breakthrough-er.” she remarked while tapping her right cheek with her pointing finger two times.
I blinked surprised and tilted my head to the left in confusion.
“Why do you say so?” I asked.
“Only a Breakthrough-er would dare act so... casually in front of me. Any other dragon would have knelt on the ground and wouldn't even dare lift their head up unless I ordered them to do so.” she explained.
“Meh. You are my friend, so acting like that to you would be considered far more disrespectful, wouldn't it?” I asked.
“Ouch!” the King poked his finger.
The Queen blinked surprised to my words then giggled when she saw her husband trying to mend his wound.
“You are just as my Feryumstark described you, fearless, cunning, yet... very honest. Qualities you don't normally find in either humans or dragons. And above all, you are not of this world, correct?” she asked.
“Yup.” I nodded.
“You are a fascinating man, Alkelios, but where are my manners? Please, have a seat. I was just about to finish this story. Once I am done, we can have a friendly chat.” she replied with a smile.
“Now you know why I'm knitting.” said the King.
“Hush, my dear, I need to focus.” she giggled.
Feryumstark looked at me and then shrugged like it was nothing and went back to his knitting. He wasn't making anything, just wasting his time, or maybe I was the one who wasn't able to guess what he was making.
Since I had nothing to do, I decided to sit back and listen to the queen's story as well.
With a calm voice, she began, while the twins listened to her with big curious eyes.
“And so... night fell upon the lands of Varkminsha. The prince, injured from his previous fight struggled between life and death, yet he had no desire to give up. Failure for him was not an option, for if he were to fail, his entire Kingdom would sooner or later fall into ruin, and his people would suffer terribly. Losing the people of his Kingdom was something he feared far more than losing the sacred treasures stashed away in the Euphorium. If fate allowed him, no... if he didn't give up, then certainly, he would reach it before the crack of dawn. So, with one hand pressing over his injured side, he marched forward through the back alleys of the capital, leaving behind only a small trail of blood...”
The Queen was a good storyteller. The way she spoke those words pulled you in and made you listen. She brought to life the characters within the tale, and even I found myself losing track of time as I listened to the adventures of the prince and his unlikely ally. It was a somewhat fitting tale for a young Prince and Princess. It was about honor, duty, love, and the desire to save the people living in a Kingdom sentenced to doom.
She stopped reading long before the story was over, but it was a rather thick book, so it was far better to end it in a random point, for now, instead of continuing until she reached a cliffhanger. The twins also showed signs of being tired, however, before the two of them left, they turned to look at me.
“Hello...” I said a bit confused.
“Thank you for saving our mother, Great Hero!” the two made a formal bow and then showed me a bright smile.
“Although I'm not done yet, I will do my best.” I gave them a thumbs up and smiled.
They looked at each other, then back at me. “We believe in you.” they nodded.
With this, they left the room.
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