~ Chapter 146: Worries in the night (Part 2) ~
My desire to run up to him and embrace him was betrayed by my own body as with every step I took, my hips swayed, luring him in, tempting him.
“Missed me?” he asked with a purr as he pulled me in his arms and then stole my lips with a kiss.
The warmth of his body, the passion in his touch, the desire in his eyes, the love in his heart, I could feel them all washing down over me. I could finally feel as though I was back home, in my husband's arms.
My knees would have wanted to give in and let me melt into his arms, but I stopped myself from doing so. I was not so weak and feeble so as to fall prey to this desire, not matter how much it howled inside of me.
When our lips parted, I felt as though we did far more than just kiss. My whole body was hot, and Illsy looked so entranced with me that I could barely withhold myself from jumping on him.
I had no fear of being seen by someone out here, in the forest. He too wouldn't have been so relaxed if he didn't know for certain that there was no one here to bother us. With the earlier display of power, I doubt the draconians from Drakaros would be looking for two lovers in the middle of the forest. But even if they did find us, so what? Couldn't a married woman and her husband have a date under the moonlight?
Still, as I laid there, in his arms, glancing into his eyes, completely helpless before their piercing gaze; as I felt his heartbeat and remembered his scent, for the first time since I left Illsyorea, I could finally relax and tell my body to calm down.
“What's wrong?” he asked when he noticed that I wasn't acting as my usual self.
There were so many things that were wrong that I didn't even know which was best to start with.
“For now, please... just hold me.” I told him and then closed my eyes, while burying my head in his chest.
Illsy nodded and then we walked away from that crater. There was a decent spot with little grass not far from here. He took out a couch and a blanket from his Inner Mind and started a campfire to warm ourselves up.
He sat down on the couch, where I cuddled up into his arms. Although I had the bigger body, somehow this didn't seem to bother him.
We stayed there like this, embracing and listening to the crackles of the fire, while he gently brushed his fingers through my hair. His other hand was resting on my waist, my head on his chest, listening to his breath and heartbeat, taking in his warmth and scent.
I felt as though all of my stress was flying away, melting into the nothingness from which it came from...
Yet, I knew we couldn't lay there for too long. An hour or so was more than enough to charge me up with enough energy for what was to come.
“So tell me, my love, how are the children? How are my sister-wives, and how is everyone doing back on the island?” I asked him, wanting to start our conversation with something easy before I got into some more heavy stuff.
“The little ones are doing fine. It's just been what? Not even two months since you last saw them? Nothing major happened, but they do miss all of you, especially their mothers, Shanteya and Nanya.” he told me.
“I would guess that Kormian and Natrasku are the ones who miss their mother the most, right?”
“They all miss their mothers equally, but so far, they haven't shown it. As for how I know something like this, I guess, you can say it's a father's instinct.” he laughed.
“I see... and the festival? Did it go well?”
“Yes, nothing major happened. The students had fun and did their best to make their stalls as flashy as possible. We might get more students next year, so I'm thinking of adding more teachers to our troops. I wouldn't want to start having goblins act as supplementary teachers... That could go wrong in so many ways.” he showed me a wry smile.
I giggled and then asked him to tell me more. For the next half an hour, we kept talking about silly things that happened during my absence from the island. There were the pranks of the children, the mishaps of the Paramanium Emperor who kept trying to win the heart of his sweetheart, and other charming and pleasant moments.
Eventually, I asked him “For how long can you be away from Illsyorea?”
“Hm...” he closed his eyes and answered “I think around two weeks at most.”
“Why two weeks?”
“Because that's how long Zoreya's barrier might last.” he replied and then looked at me.
“Do you not trust the others to be powerful enough to defend the island in your absence?” I asked him.
“No, it's not that.” he shook his head “It's just that there's this inexplicable feeling I always get in the pit of my stomach that somehow, someway, if I'm not close to you I might lose you all... I know that each one of you are powerful enough to take over all the three continents if you wanted to, but sometimes... I get the feeling that you will just vanish, that you'll be whisked away by some unstoppable force, and all I'll be able to do will be to just stand there and watch...” he said and looked down at his hand “It's as if... I won't be able to reach you in time if I'm too far away from you.”
I wasn't expecting such a serious answer from him, and I could tell that it was something that was eating him up on inside. Although, in my opinion this worry of his wasn't something extraordinary or dangerous, rather... it was something I found cute and silly when coming from him. Illsy could be such a worrywart sometimes.
With a smile, I kissed him on the tip of his nose and then told him “You are worrying for nothing, only the gods could take us away from you like that, and I doubt they would risk angering you.” I giggled and then patted his head as I would a child.
“Maybe...” he showed me a wry smile.
We let the silence of the night take over for a few minutes and then I began to tell him everything I went through since I was separated from him. I told him how I was greeted back to my home country, what I saw in the people here, and how sad they appeared to be in my eyes. I didn't left out the tale of how I killed Borgis, Soleya's rapist, and he told me he would have probably done something worse in my stead.
“I wish I could change their fates, but my hearts is now with Illsyorea. Teslov is but a memory, part good and plenty bad.” I said, and this urged him to hold me closer to him.
Then came the story of what I had discovered in regard to the dark side of my country, the tales of the slums and how poverty and corruption was ignored and mostly accepted as a normal thing among the people here, how even the children of nobility weren't safe from the abuse of their own parents or the other nobles around them.
Eventually, I reached the point where I told him about the underground breeding farm and everything I saw there. Illsy listened to me without asking anything, but I could see that my words were affecting him.
The air around us became filled with Magic Energy, and several pebbles around our couch started to float up at just a palm's height in the air. There were also a few puffs of black smoke rising up here and there, all of which were signs that this Dungeon Lord had been angered.
For Illsy, the act of showing off his killing intent was a rare one. He had remarkable control over it, almost as if by nature he found it difficult to think about wanting to willfully kill someone just like that, but when needed be, he could release it like an apocalyptic storm.
I feared that he would snap in anger and march towards the palace to eradicate all those who stood in his way. If he did that, he would have most likely appeared as wrathful criminal, so I had to make sure it didn't come to this.
Taking his palm into my own, I told him “Soon, the King will send word for me to present myself for an audience with him. When he does, I want you to take care of my sister and her baby. Unlike me, who can fight against the entire might of Teslov, she is defenseless and weak. The baby as well, he is basically your nephew, isn't he?”
“I guess so...” he said and the air around us calmed down.
Illsy furrowed his brow and looked over at the fire.
“What of their curse?” he asked.
“Release them...” I told him.
“You know that this means...” he looked back at me.
“When the King summons me, and after you have freed my sister and nephew, we shall end the current Teslov rule in a way that will be deemed as righteous by those who shall witness this event from the outside.”
“And how do you plan on doing that?”
“I will play the helpless princess and not show my power. He will probably try to threaten me or use enslavement magic on me, but this will protect me.” I then showed him my golden wedding ring, which was there ever since I answered 'yes' to his proposal.
“If he tries to do that...” he said, but I placed my fingers over his lips.
“You will let him. Besides, I'm no fool to fall to such obvious magic and you can surely break me free if he somehow manages to enslave me. That's why I want you to pretend to be less knowledgeable and less powerful than you truly are, all in order to fool him into making a mistake that will give us the right to attack him.” I showed him a smile.
“Hm, if he tells you to call me just use the little device I gave you. I've made sure to disable the alarms back at home so it won't wake up the children by accident.” he showed me a wry smile.
“I'll do just that. And if he asks you to remove the curse on him?” I asked.
“I'll pretend I need to use some over-complicated ritual through which I will take a peek at his status as well. It shouldn't be that hard to manipulate my Magic Energy fields in order to do just that.” he said.
“Very good.” I nodded and then gave him a kiss on the cheek. “Now, let us go to the palace. I don't wish to sleep outside tonight.”
“Shouldn't I go rescue the women in the breeding farm?” he asked.
“If you do, he will know something is up, and this will ruin our plan. Besides, he's not going to harm them. They are far too valuable for him... and I'm not certain if they can even function as normal draconians. That crystal that cast a purple light at their foreheads, I fear that it might be some mind controlling device.” I said.
“I understand. I'll analyze that thing once I get the chance, but if I find out that they are all in a vegetative state and can't be saved from it...” he stopped.
“Ending their misery will be the best form of mercy you could offer them, but I don't think the babies are outside of our help.” I told him.
“No, they should be fine... I think. The children too, for the most part. The adults is whom I think will be beyond saving, but I won't give a verdict just yet, I'll analyze that thing properly while you and the others will try to snap them out of that trance.” he told me.
“Thank you, Illsy.” I kissed him one more time.
“But what if this plan doesn't work or he makes a move before we can?” he asked me.
“There are plenty of things that could go wrong with this plan, that's why our best bet is to have even a semblance of a plan in the first place. If it doesn't go our way, we'll at least know our goals and then we can improvise.” I replied with a soft smile on my lips.
We knew far too little about what was going on here and had far to little time on our hands, but if we didn't do anything, the long line of Pleyades sacrifices would continue alongside the ever-increasing suffering of the citizens of this country.
After we put out the fire, we returned to my room at the palace. Getting inside with our magic was so easy, it wasn't even a joke, but I didn't feel right with making love there... The palace was draining all such desires from me, and Illsy too.
We spent the rest of the night sleeping in each other arms, cuddled up like a pair of lovers.
Then, the following day, I was woken up at breakfast time by a loud banging at the door. I quickly put on a robe and then answered.
“Princess Ayuseya Pleyades, you have been granted the right to see his Majesty King Braydan Pleyades for an audience today, an hour after lunch. You are to present yourself in appropriate fashion and by his command you are to not use the name of Deus as your family name when introducing yourself but the name of Pleyades.” so the messenger declared.
With a diplomatic smile on my lips, I told him “I will meet his Majesty today, but in regard to that command, please do remind him that he holds no political power over me, and least he desires an international political incident, I would suggest that he doesn't force the political representatives of other countries to introduce themselves as he pleases even if said individuals had at one point been a part of his Majesty's family.”
“Erm... I...” the draconian tried to say something, but I stopped him from doing so.
“You are but the messenger, don't forget this. Send my message as you have heard it and if you change a single word from it, I will make sure you pay.” I narrowed my eyes at him.
The draconian gulped and then nodded.
With this, I closed the door and looked at Illsy, who was sitting on the bed, looking back at me.
“Well, now that was sooner than I had expected.” I told him.
“So it seems. Tell me where to find your sister then, I will go to her right after we have our breakfast.” he said.
“But of course, my love.” I nodded and then walked up to him, taking off my robe and placing it on the back of a nearby chair.
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