Slave of the Onyx Dragon

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14. A Memory Lose & Intruders


Valkyrie POV

Groaning in pain, I turn over in bed. My chest hurt, and I felt dizzy. What happened?

Sitting up carefully, I hear a voice, but I cover my ears. Someone touched me, but I slapped their hands away. My body ached. Panting, I try to calm down and open my eyes. Sun rays have me scrunching my nose.

“V-Valkyrie?” I heard a woman’s voice whisper.

Who was that?

Adjusting to the light, I groan once again.

“What happened?” I asked, holding my head.

“Oh my, I should call everyone,” the woman said as she left the chambers.

Confused, I stay seated. I was feeling comfortable in the silence. I sighed. Why was I feeling like shit? I thought I got tortured to death. Looking around, I look where the drapes swing along with the breeze. Calm peace made me relax. But that didn’t last long as they threw the doors to the room open, and someone threw themselves at me.

I felt a sharp pain again. Cursing, I push the person.

“Can’t you see I’m in fucking pain?” I retorted.

Looking where the person has kneeled, I see four other individuals looking at me with shock.

“What?” I spat, annoyed. Why were they looking at me like that?

“Valkyrie? Are you ok?” the man with red eyes asked.

“Excuse me?” I said, groaning, “Who are you?”

***

Dimitri POV

We talked about what happened two days ago when Mia ran towards us, saying Valkyrie was awake.

We all headed to Valkyrie’s chambers. I was excited to see her and apologized to her. I couldn’t control myself and threw myself at her. Hugging her, I started feeling calm. She was finally awake. But unexpectedly, she pushed me away and cursed at us. Confused by her remark, we all stare at her.

What was wrong with her?

Damian asked her if she was right, but she wondered Damian who he was, to our surprise.

“Valkyrie?” I repeated. My hand moved to her, but she slapped it and looked at me with anger.

“Don’t you know who we are?” Michael suddenly asked her as he frowned.

Raising her eyebrows, Valkyrie glares at all of us.

“No,” Valkyrie spat, “Where am I?”

“What’s wrong, Michael?” Damian asked Michael. I was wondering the same.

“It seems she lost her memories,” Prince Cian suddenly mumbled. We all turn his way. “Amnesia. Did she hit her head?”

“Sort off. Well, it was a big bump. She should have been unconscious longer,” Michael explained.

“That’s it then,” Prince Cian, “May I?” he asked, looking my way.

Nodding, I let him proceed. I was sitting on the bed near her. He introduces himself. Valkyrie just looked down at him.

“Valkyrie, it seems you have amnesia. A few days ago you had an accident. Don’t you remember it?’ Prince Cian asked.

“Sorry, but I don’t….” Valkyrie said, frowning.

With a sigh, I stand up and take my leave. What the hell was happening? Did Valkyrie forget about us? About me?

Angrily, I get out and get my thoughts arranged. Then, undressing, I transform and leave the palace grounds. I needed to clear my mind out, and seeing all this would not help.

Watching Valkyrie act indifferent made me feel conflicted. What if she can’t remember? What was going to happen now?

***

After a few hours of flying around, I decided it would be best to go back. Unexpectedly, Prince Cian was waiting for me.

“King Dimitri,” Prince Cian said, “You took your while.”

“Yes,” I mutter as I grab my clothes and change.

“You know, her memories will come back, eventually,” Prince Cian said, “It seems like she changed, though.”

“What do you mean,” I asked as I fixed my hair.

“She looks tougher, and according to what you’ve been telling me these last two days about her. She isn’t like the woman you describe,” Prince Cian said as he crossed his arms. “She will heal. That I assure you.”

“You look quite confident,” I said with a smile.

“I checked on her, and I know when things will get better. After all, I have healing powers,” Prince Cian said smiling, “Which reminds me, I have to ask you for a favor.”

“What might that be?” I asked curiously.

“Allow me to pry on Valkyrie’s memories,” Prince Cian said as I turned and looked at him.

Prince Cian had the power to play with your mind and heal. But his powers were dangerous.

“No need,” I said and walked away.

Deciding to visit Valkyrie, I head to her chambers. With a sigh, I knock on the door. Unfortunately, I still didn’t have Valkyrie’s authorization to enter her room, so the spell was repelling me, but with Michael’s help, they allowed me to be inside for a few hours at most.

Mia opened the door, and I walked in. Immediately I felt the pressure. It was exhausting.

“Valkyrie?” I called. She was outside, leaning against the rail. Her hair was loose, and she had a cloak on.

Feeling me, she turns around. Frowning, she keeps her eyes on me.

“How do you feel?” I asked her. It made me nervous, knowing she might push me away as she did earlier.

“I’ll survive,” Valkyrie said, turning back.

“Would you like to go on a stroll?” I offered.

“Where?” Valkyrie asked, a little more relaxed.

“Garden? Or maybe around the palace?” I suggested. Honestly, I didn’t know if I should even make her walk. But if she was here, it meant she felt fine.

“Fine,” Valkyrie said as she walked away.

Smiling, I turned and followed her. Mia told me to be careful with her. Michael and Cian were not around. So it was just Valkyrie and me.

“So tell me. Mia told me you’re the king here, and I’m supposedly your queen?” Valkyrie said like a question.

“You don’t remember?” I asked her.

Glancing sideways, she frowned and shook her head.

“No, I don’t. So why don’t you tell me about this place?” Valkyrie asked with curiosity.

“Well, this is a dragon’s hoard. You live here. You’re the queen, and you have been here for three weeks.” I explained to her. She just nodded and continued walking.

“May I ask, what happened?” Valkyrie asked as she looked outside the window, “I mean for me to get hurt. I asked Mia, but she didn’t wish to explain.”

Tensing up, I lowered my gaze. But, of course, Valkyrie couldn’t see me, so I kept my eyes down.

“You know I don’t need to look at you to know you had something to do,” Valkyrie whispered, annoyed.

“Yes…” I breathed, “It was my fault; I hurt you. But it was an accident. I didn’t know you were there.”

Valkyrie stayed quiet.

“I know I have anger issues. And well, Damian and you. I know I was wrong.” I stutter.

I couldn’t find words to explain. I sounded like an idiot. Would a sorry be enough?

“I’m sorry,” I mumble, embarrassed.

“Let’s go,” Valkyrie said, ignoring my apology completely.

Dejected, I followed her. It was ok if she didn’t accept it. After all, I was behaving like a total jerk with her.

I was walking into the garden.

Valkyrie looks around the flowers and then stops.

She was looking over the cliff. They built the garden near one of the palace cliffs. It had a view of the mountains and the lake. Standing next to her, I observe her from the corner of my eye.

“Fuck,” Valkyrie cursed and held her head.

“Are you all right?” I asked as I tried to hold her.

Valkyrie slapped my hand away. She was groaning in pain.

“We should head back,” I said as I tried to help her.

“J-Just leave me….” Valkyrie mutters angrily, “This is your fault! Ugh.”

Fisting my hands, I look away. Valkyrie was right; it was my fault.

“Is everything all right?” Michael suddenly asked as he and Cian walked our way.

“She just has a pain in her head,” I explained.

“Allow me,” Prince Cian said as his hand glowed.

Valkyrie slumped in his arms. Worried, I helped him.

“Will she be ok?” I asked Prince Cian.

“Yes, I just eased her pain and let her take some rest,” Prince Cian explained, “It seems her memories are jogging around. Was she looking over to the lake?”

“Yes…” I nodded.

“Ok, Let’s go back inside,” Prince Cian said as he carried Valkyrie back inside.

Leaving Valkyrie with Mia, we head to my office. I offered Prince Cian a seat.

Michael sat on the window. He looked lost in his thoughts.

“Dimitri, I wished to ask you, what do you know about Valkyrie?” Prince Cian said as he crossed his arms.

“All I know is that she’s a slave. I found her when we attacked a group of slaves that got used to lure us.” I explained with a sigh, “She mentioned before that she was all alone, no family or friends.”

“Her powers, what do you know?” Prince Cian asked curiously, “Michael mentioned before she has healing and Fire?”

“Yes,” I said, looking over Michael, “She doesn’t know much about it herself. Do you have any clue?”

“Actually,” Prince Cian said, looking at Michael, who was ignoring us. “You remember I mentioned earlier that Valkyrie was my cousin, right? She is not any cousin.”

“I’m still skeptical about that,” I said, pinching my nose, “Why are you so sure she is your cousin?”

“Because she resembles our aunt. Not only that, those eyes of hers,” Prince Cian said, frowning, “If I recall correctly. The late queen had those types of eyes, right?”

“Queen Mother?” I asked, surprised.

“Yes, she has a resemblance, but it’s not related to your mother’s blood. It’s just those eyes,” Prince Cian said as he was thinking, “Aunt had amber eyes, so it surprised me she has two different ones.”

“May I ask what happened to her?” I asked Prince Cian.

Lifting his gaze, he looked at me. His eyes were glaring deep into mine.

“They sold her. We never found her. When the dragon tamers destroyed their home under King Gabriel’s order, we were unaware of it. When we found out, it was too late. Uncle made it back but without aunt,” Prince Cian said as he sighed, “Those were tough times.”

“But how come you never found her?” I asked.

“Because they took her to King Gabriel, and then she was to turn into a slave. All we knew was that King Gabriel made her suffer. You also know that we can’t do anything once we lose dragons under the control of tamers. And they even captured my uncle’s horde,” Prince Cian said, “I hope that when Valkyrie recovers her memories, I can know more about her. I need to know more about her powers. And asked her if she knows how aunt died, even though we know the answer.”

Nodding, we all stayed quiet. Michael never spoke a word as he looked lost.

“Prince Cian, I just remember. You said you came to take Michael back, right?” I asked, intrigued.

Prince Cian never finished explaining what the reason for coming was.

“Yes, Michael, you need to come back. It’s about mother,” Prince Cian said, making Michael turn and frown.

“What with her?” Michael asked angrily.

“She is ill, so she wants to see you,” Prince Cian said. “You only have to meet her, and then you may come back.”

“Go back home?” Michael asked, annoyed as he stood up from the window, “I’m sorry, but I’m not going back.”

“You have to!” Prince Cian said, standing up to stop Michael from leaving.

“Move, Cian!” Michael hissed, “Don’t make me fight you.”

“Enough,” I said, intervening.

Both brothers turned to look at me. Then, groaning angrily, Michael walks out, banging the doors.

“I’m sorry….” Prince Cian whispered as he sat back down.

“Look, allow me to speak with him. But you have to tell me first why Michael fled home,” I accused.

“Very well,” Prince Cian said.

With a sigh, Prince Cian stood and grabbed a book from my shelf.

“The reason Michael fled home was that he tried to kill our third brother. Father was enraged and asked for him to get punished. Michael always said he had a reason, but I never found out what that reason was,” Prince Cian said as he shuts the book, “But that’s in the past. Father is no longer mad at him. And everyone, especially his mother, missed him. So we have been looking for him.”

My fingers tapped the table as this extra information came into my mind.

“But he doesn’t look like the type who would kill,” I said.

“Yes, but that time he tried,” Prince Cian said sadly.

Sighing, I lean against the chair.

“Dimitri?” Damian suddenly mind-linked at me.

“Something the matter?” I asked him.

“We have intruders. They’re King Gabriel’s men.” Damian briefed me.

Standing up, I cursed and headed to the cave where Damian was. Prince Cian was following me. Once reaching the shelter, I find Damian and five other dragons with him.

“How are things?” I asked as I stood next to Damian.

“Leo said we have a group of twelve men,” Damian said as he glared at me.

“Twelve?” I was surprised, “Who is leading them?”

“It’s King Gabriel’s son. It seems they infiltrated the south side of the mountain. They’re on horses,” Damian explained as he looked over the mountain. “We need to do something.”

“Don’t you find it strange they are here?” Prince Cian suddenly said.

Damian and I look at him, confused.

“What do you mean?” I asked him.

“I mean King Gabriel sending his son here? There must be a reason.” Prince Cian said, shrugging his shoulders.

“Dimitri?” Damian said with a questioning look.

“I have a plan,” I said as I whistled to gather my horde of dragons.Valkyrie POV

Groaning in pain, I turn over in bed. My chest hurt, and I felt dizzy. What happened?

Sitting up carefully, I hear a voice, but I cover my ears. Someone touched me, but I slapped their hands away. My body ached. Panting, I try to calm down and open my eyes. Sun rays have me scrunching my nose.

“V-Valkyrie?” I heard a woman’s voice whisper.

Who was that?

Adjusting to the light, I groan once again.

“What happened?” I asked, holding my head.

“Oh my, I should call everyone,” the woman said as she left the chambers.

Confused, I stay seated. I was feeling comfortable in the silence. I sighed. Why was I feeling like shit? I thought I got tortured to death. Looking around, I look where the drapes swing along with the breeze. Calm peace made me relax. But that didn’t last long as they threw the doors to the room open, and someone threw themselves at me.

I felt a sharp pain again. Cursing, I push the person.

“Can’t you see I’m in fucking pain?” I retorted.

Looking where the person has kneeled, I see four other individuals looking at me with shock.

“What?” I spat, annoyed. Why were they looking at me like that?

“Valkyrie? Are you ok?” the man with red eyes asked.

“Excuse me?” I said, groaning, “Who are you?”

***

Dimitri POV

We talked about what happened two days ago when Mia ran towards us, saying Valkyrie was awake.

We all headed to Valkyrie’s chambers. I was excited to see her and apologized to her. I couldn’t control myself and threw myself at her. Hugging her, I started feeling calm. She was finally awake. But unexpectedly, she pushed me away and cursed at us. Confused by her remark, we all stare at her.

What was wrong with her?

Damian asked her if she was right, but she wondered Damian who he was, to our surprise.

“Valkyrie?” I repeated. My hand moved to her, but she slapped it and looked at me with anger.

“Don’t you know who we are?” Michael suddenly asked her as he frowned.

Raising her eyebrows, Valkyrie glares at all of us.

“No,” Valkyrie spat, “Where am I?”

“What’s wrong, Michael?” Damian asked Michael. I was wondering the same.

“It seems she lost her memories,” Prince Cian suddenly mumbled. We all turn his way. “Amnesia. Did she hit her head?”

“Sort off. Well, it was a big bump. She should have been unconscious longer,” Michael explained.

“That’s it then,” Prince Cian, “May I?” he asked, looking my way.

Nodding, I let him proceed. I was sitting on the bed near her. He introduces himself. Valkyrie just looked down at him.

“Valkyrie, it seems you have amnesia. A few days ago you had an accident. Don’t you remember it?’ Prince Cian asked.

“Sorry, but I don’t….” Valkyrie said, frowning.

With a sigh, I stand up and take my leave. What the hell was happening? Did Valkyrie forget about us? About me?

Angrily, I get out and get my thoughts arranged. Then, undressing, I transform and leave the palace grounds. I needed to clear my mind out, and seeing all this would not help.

Watching Valkyrie act indifferent made me feel conflicted. What if she can’t remember? What was going to happen now?

***

After a few hours of flying around, I decided it would be best to go back. Unexpectedly, Prince Cian was waiting for me.

“King Dimitri,” Prince Cian said, “You took your while.”

“Yes,” I mutter as I grab my clothes and change.

“You know, her memories will come back, eventually,” Prince Cian said, “It seems like she changed, though.”

“What do you mean,” I asked as I fixed my hair.

“She looks tougher, and according to what you’ve been telling me these last two days about her. She isn’t like the woman you describe,” Prince Cian said as he crossed his arms. “She will heal. That I assure you.”

“You look quite confident,” I said with a smile.

“I checked on her, and I know when things will get better. After all, I have healing powers,” Prince Cian said smiling, “Which reminds me, I have to ask you for a favor.”

“What might that be?” I asked curiously.

“Allow me to pry on Valkyrie’s memories,” Prince Cian said as I turned and looked at him.

Prince Cian had the power to play with your mind and heal. But his powers were dangerous.

“No need,” I said and walked away.

Deciding to visit Valkyrie, I head to her chambers. With a sigh, I knock on the door. Unfortunately, I still didn’t have Valkyrie’s authorization to enter her room, so the spell was repelling me, but with Michael’s help, they allowed me to be inside for a few hours at most.

Mia opened the door, and I walked in. Immediately I felt the pressure. It was exhausting.

“Valkyrie?” I called. She was outside, leaning against the rail. Her hair was loose, and she had a cloak on.

Feeling me, she turns around. Frowning, she keeps her eyes on me.

“How do you feel?” I asked her. It made me nervous, knowing she might push me away as she did earlier.

“I’ll survive,” Valkyrie said, turning back.

“Would you like to go on a stroll?” I offered.

“Where?” Valkyrie asked, a little more relaxed.

“Garden? Or maybe around the palace?” I suggested. Honestly, I didn’t know if I should even make her walk. But if she was here, it meant she felt fine.

“Fine,” Valkyrie said as she walked away.

Smiling, I turned and followed her. Mia told me to be careful with her. Michael and Cian were not around. So it was just Valkyrie and me.

“So tell me. Mia told me you’re the king here, and I’m supposedly your queen?” Valkyrie said like a question.

“You don’t remember?” I asked her.

Glancing sideways, she frowned and shook her head.

“No, I don’t. So why don’t you tell me about this place?” Valkyrie asked with curiosity.

“Well, this is a dragon’s hoard. You live here. You’re the queen, and you have been here for three weeks.” I explained to her. She just nodded and continued walking.

“May I ask, what happened?” Valkyrie asked as she looked outside the window, “I mean for me to get hurt. I asked Mia, but she didn’t wish to explain.”

Tensing up, I lowered my gaze. But, of course, Valkyrie couldn’t see me, so I kept my eyes down.

“You know I don’t need to look at you to know you had something to do,” Valkyrie whispered, annoyed.

“Yes…” I breathed, “It was my fault; I hurt you. But it was an accident. I didn’t know you were there.”

Valkyrie stayed quiet.

“I know I have anger issues. And well, Damian and you. I know I was wrong.” I stutter.

I couldn’t find words to explain. I sounded like an idiot. Would a sorry be enough?

“I’m sorry,” I mumble, embarrassed.

“Let’s go,” Valkyrie said, ignoring my apology completely.

Dejected, I followed her. It was ok if she didn’t accept it. After all, I was behaving like a total jerk with her.

I was walking into the garden.

Valkyrie looks around the flowers and then stops.

She was looking over the cliff. They built the garden near one of the palace cliffs. It had a view of the mountains and the lake. Standing next to her, I observe her from the corner of my eye.

“Fuck,” Valkyrie cursed and held her head.

“Are you all right?” I asked as I tried to hold her.

Valkyrie slapped my hand away. She was groaning in pain.

“We should head back,” I said as I tried to help her.

“J-Just leave me….” Valkyrie mutters angrily, “This is your fault! Ugh.”

Fisting my hands, I look away. Valkyrie was right; it was my fault.

“Is everything all right?” Michael suddenly asked as he and Cian walked our way.

“She just has a pain in her head,” I explained.

“Allow me,” Prince Cian said as his hand glowed.

Valkyrie slumped in his arms. Worried, I helped him.

“Will she be ok?” I asked Prince Cian.

“Yes, I just eased her pain and let her take some rest,” Prince Cian explained, “It seems her memories are jogging around. Was she looking over to the lake?”

“Yes…” I nodded.

“Ok, Let’s go back inside,” Prince Cian said as he carried Valkyrie back inside.

Leaving Valkyrie with Mia, we head to my office. I offered Prince Cian a seat.

Michael sat on the window. He looked lost in his thoughts.

“Dimitri, I wished to ask you, what do you know about Valkyrie?” Prince Cian said as he crossed his arms.

“All I know is that she’s a slave. I found her when we attacked a group of slaves that got used to lure us.” I explained with a sigh, “She mentioned before that she was all alone, no family or friends.”

“Her powers, what do you know?” Prince Cian asked curiously, “Michael mentioned before she has healing and Fire?”

“Yes,” I said, looking over Michael, “She doesn’t know much about it herself. Do you have any clue?”

“Actually,” Prince Cian said, looking at Michael, who was ignoring us. “You remember I mentioned earlier that Valkyrie was my cousin, right? She is not any cousin.”

“I’m still skeptical about that,” I said, pinching my nose, “Why are you so sure she is your cousin?”

“Because she resembles our aunt. Not only that, those eyes of hers,” Prince Cian said, frowning, “If I recall correctly. The late queen had those types of eyes, right?”

“Queen Mother?” I asked, surprised.

“Yes, she has a resemblance, but it’s not related to your mother’s blood. It’s just those eyes,” Prince Cian said as he was thinking, “Aunt had amber eyes, so it surprised me she has two different ones.”

“May I ask what happened to her?” I asked Prince Cian.

Lifting his gaze, he looked at me. His eyes were glaring deep into mine.

“They sold her. We never found her. When the dragon tamers destroyed their home under King Gabriel’s order, we were unaware of it. When we found out, it was too late. Uncle made it back but without aunt,” Prince Cian said as he sighed, “Those were tough times.”

“But how come you never found her?” I asked.

“Because they took her to King Gabriel, and then she was to turn into a slave. All we knew was that King Gabriel made her suffer. You also know that we can’t do anything once we lose dragons under the control of tamers. And they even captured my uncle’s horde,” Prince Cian said, “I hope that when Valkyrie recovers her memories, I can know more about her. I need to know more about her powers. And asked her if she knows how aunt died, even though we know the answer.”

Nodding, we all stayed quiet. Michael never spoke a word as he looked lost.

“Prince Cian, I just remember. You said you came to take Michael back, right?” I asked, intrigued.

Prince Cian never finished explaining what the reason for coming was.

“Yes, Michael, you need to come back. It’s about mother,” Prince Cian said, making Michael turn and frown.

“What with her?” Michael asked angrily.

“She is ill, so she wants to see you,” Prince Cian said. “You only have to meet her, and then you may come back.”

“Go back home?” Michael asked, annoyed as he stood up from the window, “I’m sorry, but I’m not going back.”

“You have to!” Prince Cian said, standing up to stop Michael from leaving.

“Move, Cian!” Michael hissed, “Don’t make me fight you.”

“Enough,” I said, intervening.

Both brothers turned to look at me. Then, groaning angrily, Michael walks out, banging the doors.

“I’m sorry….” Prince Cian whispered as he sat back down.

“Look, allow me to speak with him. But you have to tell me first why Michael fled home,” I accused.

“Very well,” Prince Cian said.

With a sigh, Prince Cian stood and grabbed a book from my shelf.

“The reason Michael fled home was that he tried to kill our third brother. Father was enraged and asked for him to get punished. Michael always said he had a reason, but I never found out what that reason was,” Prince Cian said as he shuts the book, “But that’s in the past. Father is no longer mad at him. And everyone, especially his mother, missed him. So we have been looking for him.”

My fingers tapped the table as this extra information came into my mind.

“But he doesn’t look like the type who would kill,” I said.

“Yes, but that time he tried,” Prince Cian said sadly.

Sighing, I lean against the chair.

“Dimitri?” Damian suddenly mind-linked at me.

“Something the matter?” I asked him.

“We have intruders. They’re King Gabriel’s men.” Damian briefed me.

Standing up, I cursed and headed to the cave where Damian was. Prince Cian was following me. Once reaching the shelter, I find Damian and five other dragons with him.

“How are things?” I asked as I stood next to Damian.

“Leo said we have a group of twelve men,” Damian said as he glared at me.

“Twelve?” I was surprised, “Who is leading them?”

“It’s King Gabriel’s son. It seems they infiltrated the south side of the mountain. They’re on horses,” Damian explained as he looked over the mountain. “We need to do something.”

“Don’t you find it strange they are here?” Prince Cian suddenly said.

Damian and I look at him, confused.

“What do you mean?” I asked him.

“I mean King Gabriel sending his son here? There must be a reason.” Prince Cian said, shrugging his shoulders.

“Dimitri?” Damian said with a questioning look.

“I have a plan,” I said as I whistled to gather my horde of dragons.

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