Two more days and things were still the same, but I could practically see myself getting stronger and faster whatever it was that we were about to do, I was almost ready. I could tell Kayden was pleaded with my progress- he didn't treat me quite as rudely as he had before. I still didn't see much of Tristan, he was so busy planning for the mission or whatever you want to call it. But when I did see him he was sweet as could be, holding my now calloused hand, whispering in my ear, kissing me tenderly. It seemed so natural, so perfect I wasn't upset at all when he came down for breakfast one morning and said we would be staying another 3 weeks at his estate. Kayden seemed upset but then again he's never happy, I asked Tristan why but he wouldn't really tell me anything- all he said was that there were some obstacles that needed to be removed before we could act.
That night I was on my way to the stable when I heard Tristan and Kayden arguing and shouting at each other, I couldn't fight my curiosity, I snuck up close to the doorway and listened.
"Really Tristan! What were you thinking when you agreed to let her come?" Shouted Kayden.
"What do you mean? She's perfect for the job!" Tristan replied, he looked like he was trying to keep from shouting himself.
"Perfect for the job? I don't think that was what was on your mind when you decided to let her come along! You just were really lucky she had talent. I mean you are always watching her like those little fools who were always crowding around her back in the city."
"Oh like you never look at her! I see you stare at her, you can't help it! Who could? She has the face of an angel…"
"See! This is what I'm talking about! You keep getting side tracked, you need to keep your mind on your JOB!"
"I am that's why are I brought her!"
"Well you could have chosen someone a little less famous! You know they're going crazy looking for her, right? I mean with all the commotion I heard its causing you mine as well have kidnapped the freaking queen!"
"It's not like they will find us here so calm down!"
"You're right, here is safe but where ever we go there is bound to be some one who will recognize her!"
"Then she can wear a disguise."
"No, she's really good! I swear."
"Somehow I don't believe you."
"She even fooled me once, she dressed up as a young boy. I knew she was coming and she told me about to her disguise but I still didn't recognize her until she came up to me and started talking. She really has a talent for that. And she told me about another disguise she made, a gypsy girl, she worked on vermillion street as a singer and dancer- believe me if she looked like herself we would have heard about it. You know how many of the wealth sons go to Vermillion street for a good time. "
"Still it's really risky…"
"Let her try then we'll decide, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised."
"I really doubt it… and I don't stare at her by the way."
"You do and you know it," Tristan winked, "Even someone as determined and practically soulless like you can't resist her. That's why we need her so much."
"Whatever," Kayden rolled his eyes and walked out on the balcony. I watched him curiously for a moment, trying to picture him staring at me longingly but I could only see him glaring at me with murderous rage…I sighed, Tristan was probably just trying to make him mad. I turned, quietly walking away, and went out to the stable already thinking of my disguise- I was sure they would have a discussion about it when I got back.
I knew it couldn't be too elaborate because I had to be able to put it on quickly and leave it on for a long time with no problems whatsoever, I mean I would probably have to wear it all the time as soon as we left the estate. I was excited, I even cut my short a little bit so I could go back and get started early.
When I got back to the house I purposely made a lot of noise, singing and slamming doors, so they would know that I was back. I wanted to start as soon as possible.
"Deirdre!" I smiled and stopped when I heard Tristan call my voice.
"Yes?" I asked innocently walking over and giving him a quick hug.
"Come back here!" He mumbled when I stepped away and wrapped his arms tightly around me. I relaxed and hugged him back, I loved when he held me like this with his arms locked around me leaving me no room to move and hardly any enough room to breathe. That's when I felt really protected, safe from all the world could throw at me.
"What is it, Tristan?"
"Well, we have something serious to tell you."
"Well tell me!" I smiled.
"I didn't really think about this before but your popularity poses a problem in our line of work…too many people know who you are. Please don't get mad but you're going to need-"
"You two couldn't give it a rest for five minutes while we straighten things out?" Kayden asked angrily as he stalked into the room.
"Actually that's what we were talking about until we were rudely interrupted!" retorted Tristan. Kayden snorted,
"Anyway, my darling, you're going to need to make a disguise for yourself. It can't be too complicated because you are going to have to wear it whenever we leave once we get out of here. Do you think you can do that?"
"Of course, anything for you!" I said with a smile, hoping I was annoying Kayden even more.
"Thank you," Tristan said and leaned down to kiss me. I turned to go and saw the look on Kayden's face- I couldn't help it, I started laughing and turned back to Tristan and gave him another kiss before leaving and rushing up to my room.
Two servants were already there waiting for me, they said they would get anything I needed and that Tristan had also ordered a tailor to come tomorrow and get a whole wardrobe made for me. I was so excited, I already knew what kind of clothes I would have. I sent the servants off to get everything I needed then sat down to draw some designs for the clothes I wanted. Back home I had always wore relatively simple clothes but that was mainly because I didn't want people to pay more attention to me then they already did and I didn't want to look like I was showing off my wealth or anything. But this was different, I was going to have bright colors, gems, and beautiful embroidery- but not too flashy, not bad taste but just rich and vivid. I wanted to attract attention but act like I wasn't trying too, besides this would make it easy for me to disappear- people would remember my dresses and be less likely to remember me when I was dressed differently.
I stayed up late that night getting everything ready, I planned on showing them my new look minus the new clothes, the next morning.
I practically catapulted out of bed the next morning and hurried to fix my hair and makeup. I had borrowed a dress from on of the maids, I really wanted to surprise them. As soon as I was done I rushed into the kitchen and grabbed a platter and walked casually into the dinning room were Tristan and Kayden were talking about hunting.
"Would you like any fruit, my Lord?" I asked Kayden in a meek voice.
"No thank you." He said, hardly giving me a second glance.
"How about you, my Lord?" I asked Tristan.
"I'm good." He replied.
"Fine, when you get scurvy don't come crying to me!" I said and placed the tray noisily on the table.
"What?" Kayden and Tristan both said at the same time, both glaring at me.
"You heard me." I answered grabbing a plum off the tray and taking a bite.
"You," Tristan said motioning to one of the other servants, "Go get the housekeeper this instant." I took another bite of my plum, trying to hide my laughter- this was better than I thought.
"Who hired her?" asked Tristan angrily, pointing to me, when the housekeeper came in.
"I, I certainly didn't, my Lord, I've never seen her in my life!" The poor woman cried, looking legitimately distressed. I couldn't help it any longer, I broke down and started laughing, I laughed until I couldn't breath and had to sit down in a chair. Tristan, Kayden, and the housekeeper just stared at me like I was crazy.
"Deirdre?" Tristan said staring hard at me.
"Deirdre!" Kayden echoed like my identity just came to him.
"I'm sorry for bothering you," Tristan said turning to the housekeeper, "Our friend was playing a joke, you're free to leave." She nodded and dashed out before he could change his mind.
"You were right." said Kayden, still staring at me.
"Wow, Deirdre, you look amazing!" stammered Tristan. I laughed and reached up to touch my hair. It was curly now, and pitch black and fell about six inches passed my shoulders. I had changed my bangs too, my hair was parted to the left and my bangs angled down from my eyebrow to the bottom of my ear, hiding one eye and giving me a more mysterious look. I had dyed my skin too, one of the servants new of this chemical that would darken your skin a few shades and lasted for almost two months- I took a bath in it! And I had done my makeup different, making my cheekbone stick out more and making my green eyes seem so much brighter. I had to admit, I loved it. I looked different, a lot different, this disguise seemed to emphasize all my features.
"I have some designs for clothes sketched out too." I said but neither of them seemed to be listening, they were both still staring.
"Hey! You two! Stop staring at me!" I laughed, they both looked down, embarrassed.
"So is this good enough?" I asked, knowing the answer already.
"It's amazing" said Kayden, it looked like it physically hurt him to say it which made it so much better.
"Perfect!" Tristan smiled and gave me a kiss, "I knew you could do it." I smiled and kissed him, a year ago I could have never imagined this would be what my life would be like.
Later on that day the tailor came and I spent all day with him, getting measurements, picking colors and fabrics, ad designing gowns and dresses- everything I would need for the next few months.
The next day everything went back to normal, I had my defense class with Kayden and worked on more codes. I had finished the first book and Tristan had given me a second, more complicated one to start on. I had just come back from my run and was walking back in the house when I heard Tristan calling my name from one of the sitting rooms.
"What is it?" I asked as I stepped in.
"There's something I need to tell you." He said, his voice and face were very serious.
"What happened?" I asked, sitting down next to him on the couch. He took my hand in his.
"I'm leaving tomorrow."
"I have to leave tomorrow."
"For how long?" I was starting to get scared, Tristan gone?
"I don't know, it might take a while to get things settled."
"What about the mission? What are we going to do?"
"Well if I'm not done by then you and Kayden will travel there and I'll meet you when ever I am done."
"Oh…" I looked down, trying to remain calm and not cry. This was his job, it wasn't up to him if he left he just had to do what his bosses told him. Besides I didn't want to make it any more difficult for him by causing a scene and begging him not to leave.
"Don't look so sad love, I'll be back before you know it! You'll be so busy you won't notice I'm even gone! And I'll write you."
"Sounds good." I said, trying to smile.
"I have to go finish packing. I'll see you soon my darling," He leaned over and gave me a tender kiss then got up and left. I sat there stunned for a while, wondering what I would do without him. I didn't see him constantly but I felt my day would be empty without him. I finally got up and went to my room. I must have fell asleep because the next thing I remember was sitting up and seeing a note on my dresser. I opened it up,
I didn't want to wake you, you were sleeping so peacefully! I'm riding out at dawn, I'll be back as soon as I can! I don't want to spend a moment away from you if I don't have to, I'll miss you every second of the day.
~ TristanI stared at the note for a good five minutes before flopping back in bed and puling the covers over my head. He was gone, he had left me again…I let a few eyes escape before clamping my eyes shut and praying for sleep to come.