Slave of the Onyx Dragon

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42. Fixing the Mess

Valkyrie POV

I was banging the double doors. I groan in anger.

I was feeling frustrated, angry. How could Dimitri call me that? And why were they blaming me? I don’t recall even kissing Cian. So what was Irene even talking about?

Cursing, I discard my clothes. Everything felt heavy and suffocating.

Hearing some loud banging on the doors, I turn and ask who the hell was it.

“OPEN THE DAMN DOORS, VALKYRIE!” Dimitri yelled from the other side.

“FUCK OFF, DIMITRI!” I yelled as tears threatened to escape. My eyes sting as I try to hold them in. He didn’t deserve my tears.

Standing in the middle of the room, I feel my tears finally slide down my face. A sob escaped my lips as I dried my tears with the back of my hand.

“OPEN THE DOOR, I SAID!” Dimitri yelled again.

Covering my ears, I crouch. I needed to get away from him. Looking around, I see the balcony. Running out for some fresh air, I lean over and cry. What the hell just happened?

Trembling lips, I cover my face and curse to myself.

Suddenly we heard a roar somewhere in the palace. That wasn’t Dimitri, but Damian. What was happening down there?

Leaning on the rail, I look down—bad idea. The place shakes as another dragon growls loud, and I hear a loud bang. Where are they fighting?

Curiously, I tried to look where they were. But I couldn’t see a thing. The growling and banging continued for a while. I kept myself steady in case something happened.

“Valkyrie? Please open the door,” Dimitri said, sounding calmer this time.

Was he still there? I thought he had left already. Deciding that it was best for me to go, I looked for an exit. The only escape I had was the balcony. The rough boulders that made the palace were the only ones I could hold on to. Looking at the door, I scoff.

Putting my sandals on, I climb the first boulder. It was dangerous, but I couldn’t be here anymore. I needed to escape and be away from everyone.

As I climb down steadily, I look around. Finding an opening, I take a step and let go of my hand. Falling on my four, I curse. That was a dangerous move to do.

Looking around, I frown. Whose room was this? As I walk in, peering around. I hear a door open. Leaning against the wall, I waited to see who it was. I just hoped that it wasn’t Irene’s room.

“I know you’re there, so come out,” a voice I recognized said.

Sighing, I smiled shyly.

“Sorry…” I whispered as I looked inside the chambers.

“No need to worry, Valkyrie,” Casen said as he held his hand for me.

When did he move so close?

Staring at his hand, I look up and find him smiling. A warm smile spread on his face. He was pretty handsome. Reaching for it, I slowly place my hand on his. Smiling more, he grips it softly and pulls me in.

“If my guess is right, you’re escaping the king?” Casen asked, smiling mischievously.

Embarrassed, I nod.

“It’s ok. You can stay here all you want,” Casen said, guiding me towards a wooden chair. “Take a seat.”

Doing as he asks, I sit and sigh. I was feeling tired.

“I want to apologize for what happened,” Casen said as he handed me some water.

“No need,” I said, shaking my head, “It wasn’t her fault. I don’t even know what she was talking about.”

Casen gripped the goblet as he looked lost in thoughts. Then, focusing on his face, I study his features. Of course, he was handsome, but why did I always feel something familiar with him?

Squinting my eyes, I keep staring at him.

“Am I that handsome for you to stare at me like that?” Casen said, chuckling. Feeling caught, I embarrassedly look away.

“Sorry,” I mumble.

Casen just smiled warmly. A comfortable silence fell between us as we sat.

“Uh, there’s something I wished to ask you,” I mutter.

“Go ahead, ask,” Casen said, drinking his wine.

“Who are you?” I asked as I stared at him. Thin lips Casen stare back. His eyes waver for a bit before lowering them to his hands.

“If I tell you… Do you promise not to get scared?” Casen said, making me frown in confusion.

Nodding, I wait for him to answer my question. But, instead, he fidgeted in his chair. What was wrong?

“Valkyrie… have you heard from Michael and Cian that they are your family?” Casen asked me. Crooking my head, I nod. “And has Cian mentioned to you, you might be a princess?”

“Yes…” I breathed. Where was he going with all this?

“Did he ever mention that you might have your father alive?” Casen said, making me go tense.

Panting softly, I put my hand on my chest. My lip trembles as I connect dots. Standing abruptly, I back away.

“No way,” I mutter as my body shakes in fear, “You’re my father?”

Casen looked scared. Frantically he stands up and raises his hands.

“Calm down, Valkyrie, and listen, please,” Casen muttered softly, like if I could break any moment.

“Please explain,” I said, backing away, “Just stay away from me.”

Hurt, Casen nods.

“Valkyrie… I’m your father,” Casen muttered nervously. Then, lifting his gaze, he locks eyes with me. “You’re a princess. You don’t have any idea how long I’ve been looking for you.”

“How sure are you?” I snap, closing my eyes. I was trying not to freak out and run away. “Tell me! How sure are you?”

“I’m sure because you look exactly like your mother,” Casen said with thin lips, “Those eyes, that hair. There’s no mistake. Looking at you is looking at her.”

“Impossible!” I retorted, “How can I be your daughter? When I was a slave?”

By now, I was panting. I started feeling the need to run away, but I couldn’t. I needed to hear this.

“I know…” Casen said, “And it’s a long story, Valkyrie. It’s just. I don’t want to overwhelm you.”

Casen tried to approach me, but I stopped him. I felt a tremendous headache coming my way. Closing my eyes, I massage my temple.

“Follow it…” a voice suddenly whispered near my ear. Turning around, I see no one there. Scared, I started looking around the room.

“Valkyrie?” Casen suddenly said as he approached me again.

“NO!” I yelled, “Just stay there, please.” I snap as I hold my aching head. “Just stay there….”

My words started slurring as I started feeling dizzy. Trying to hold myself from something, I stumble.

“Valkyrie!” I hear Casen say as he holds me in his arms.

Trying to push him away, I tried to sit up, but it was in vain. Then, seeing black spots, I lose consciousness.

“Follow it…” a voice whispered as I closed my eyes and succumbed to darkness.

Feeling sick, I turn over with an aching body and start throwing up. My stomach was making flips as all my contents came out.

Panting, I grip the bed.

“Shh, it’s ok. Just let it out,” a familiar voice said.

Slapping the person’s arm away, I lean my head on the bed. I was feeling like trash. This reminded me of when I used to get beaten and left on the floor without taking care of myself.

The aching body was like this. Groaning, I push myself up.

“Valkyrie calms down,” Michael said as he made small circles on my back.

“Let go!” I snap back as I lay back down. Then, taking a deep breath, I feel my stomach turn again. “Where is Casen?” I asked him. Michael turns towards the door.

“I didn’t let no one in. Casen stayed outside after he brought you here, worried. Everyone else…, well, they stayed out.” Michael said, frowning, “I know you wouldn’t want to see no one.”

Nodding, I ask him for some water. I didn’t want to see anyone. But I had to finish my talk with Casen. Taking a drink from my water, I ask Michael to call Casen in.

Peeking inside, Casen smiles wryly as the doors shut. I sat up.

“Don’t move, please,” Casen said as he sat at the edge of the bed.

Shaking my head, I move. Michael offered me his hand. Careful not to trip, Michael helps me get up from the bed. Lifting my head high, I look at Casen with determination.

“I think we have something pending. We shall finish talking, and then I shall give you any answer you need from me. But now I need you to explain to me why you’ve come. Because if you think I’m going back with you. You’re wrong. I’m not going with someone who says it is my father. And just because Cian says so. I won’t either. So you tell me the real reason, and I will see what the best course to take.” I scolded.

Nodding, Casen asks me to sit back down.

“I’ve come here because just like you said. I want you to come back with me. You’re not only my daughter but a princess. The princess of the Fae Kingdom,” Casen explained. “You are the right ruler, and you should be next to Cian. after all, Cian is the Prince next in line for the throne, and both of you would work perfectly together.”

“Together?” I mutter as I scoff, “Why do you think that?”

“What do you mean?” Casen asked, confused.

“Don’t you see? Irene said it, Cian kissed me. When? How? I don’t recall, but if he did it while I was unaware, well, damn him. Because the little trust I had towards him just got fucked by me,” I said, crossing my arms, “So the least we have here is a perfect together, as you call it.”

“Wait, that was a mistake!” Casen said, standing up, “I’m sure that’s all a misunderstanding.”

“It’s not,” Michael whispered with his head low. Casen snapped his head, eyes wide looked at Michael.

“What do you mean it’s not a lie?” Casen said with a low growl, “Explain, please!”

Lifting his head, Michael looked my way.

“I’m sorry, Valkyrie,” Michael whispered with a sigh.

Scoffing, I turn around. I gripped my dress as my anger boiled.

“Michael!” Casen growls, “Say it!”

“Cian… He accidentally kissed Valkyrie while she slept a few days ago in the library,” Michael explained, pinching his nose, “It was an accident, Valkyrie. He said that you threw your arm around him and pulled him down. He didn’t want to wake you up, so he stayed with his face on your chest.”

“Chest?” I asked, confused, “Didn’t he kiss me?”

“No,” Michael said, shaking his head, “He kissed your chest, where the mark is. When your mark appeared, Cian freaked out. That’s why he fought with Dimitri. He thought it was his.”

“Wait, hold it!” Casen said, grunting, “You mean to say it was all a misunderstanding?”

“Yes,” Michael said.

“So why was Irene mad?” I was curious to know more.

“She thought you were also his mate. Irene doesn’t know that your mark belongs officially to Dimitri and only him. She’s confused.” Michael said, smiling.

Sighing loudly, Michael sits down.

“I’m sorry for this mess. I tried explaining it to Dimitri, but it was futile,” Michael said as his eyes met mine.

I scoffed and stood up. Then, walking over to the balcony, I watch as the birds fly by.

“I can’t believe Cian did that,” Casen said, standing up and pacing the room.

“No… I remember he came by and woke me up. I fought with Dimitri, and I remember falling asleep in the library. When I woke up, I found him there,” I said, furrowing my eyebrows. “It’s possible I did that.”

“Are you sure?” Michael exhales.

“Yes,” I mutter as I think about what to do with Cian.

“Now explain to the king then!” Casen said as he prompted himself down on a chair.

“Dimitri… he can beg me for what I care about right now,” I mutter, making Michael and Casen look at me astounded.

If Dimitri thought I would forgive him easily this time, he was wrong. I won’t make it easy for him. He would have to beg me for this one.

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