58. Like a Thief at Night
Panting, I cried. It hurt, hurt watching him go.
“Let me go,” I said, crying.
“You can’t, Valkyrie,” Zar said as he pulled me back.
Leaning my head down, I cry. Why was it painful to watch him go like that?
“Please, my queen. You need to calm down,” Calandra begged as she grasped my hand.
“Just get him, please. Tell him to come back,” I mumble between sobs.
Calandra exchanged looks with Zar. Michael leaned on Damian’s ear and whispered something to him. Nodding, Damian turned and left.
Leaning against Zar’s chest, I feel something warm. I turn and look. Calandra’s hand gleamed with the white light, feeling my body relax. I felt my eyes drooping.
“Sleep now,” Calandra murmured as I closed my eyes.
Feeling something soothing in my belly, I open my eyes. Zar had his hand on my stomach. Making small circles, I quietly watch him.
“Sleep Valkyrie,” Zar whispered.
“What time is it?” I asked.
“It’s morning. You slept all day yesterday,” Zar said smiling, “Please rest.”
“Tell me, Zar. Is it ok to feel sad?” I asked him as Dimitri came to mind.
“Depends. Are you sad because you saw him leave?” Zar asked.
“I… it hurts not only because he left. It’s because of what he told me,” I whispered, leaning my head on his chest.
“And what did he tell you?” Zar asked, smiling.
“That… he loved me?” I said, feeling embarrassed.
“So you love him?” Zar asked.
“Love him?” I whispered to myself. Now that I think about it. I felt this tug in my chest. When he said he loved me. My heartbeat and I wanted to cry. He looked so sincere that I tried to utter the words back. But why couldn’t I?
“You do love him,” Zar said, laughing lightly, “Oh Valkyrie, you love Dimitri.”
I stared at him. Zar was smiling brightly at me.
“You think so?” I asked him.
“Yes, you are just afraid,” Zar said, “Why don’t you accept his feelings? Even though I’m pissed with him because of what he did. He has an honest heart. He loves you, Valkyrie; he’s just learning to. So you don’t have to take everything quickly but tell him how you feel.”
Smiling, I look at my belly. Zar was right. I was afraid of my feelings, but why? It was like something was preventing me.
“Do you want me to call him?” Zar asked.
“No!” I said, shaking my head, “I….”
“Don’t worry,” Zar said, laughing, “If you don’t want to, I won’t.”
Thanking him, I close my eyes.
“Can I get up now?” I asked, groaning. I sat in bed, arms crossed.
It’s been a week since the incident. All this time, I’ve been resting, and my body was already yelling for a walk.
“NO, my queen,” Calandra retorted, “Not right now.”
“But I’m tired of being in bed. At least let me walk here on the balcony,” I pleaded with Calandra.
For the last few days, Calandra has been helping me. I was explaining how my pregnancy to a dragon would be—especially one from royal blood.
So far, my morning sickness had subsided. But some food still made me get nauseous.
Sighing, Calandra stands up.
“Just ten minutes,” Calandra said, offering me a hand. Clapping happily, I reached and started turning over. Slowly, I get up. Thanks to Zar’s help, I’ve been feeling better. The babies are stronger, and my back is healing. Even though I still feel the pain when I lay down. The massive bruise is disappearing.
“Take it easy,” Calandra said, holding me back.
Nodding, I take baby steps. I smiled as I felt my body relaxing. I so needed a pleasant walk.
Feeling the breeze and the sun, I smile brightly.
“This feels so good,” I whispered as I closed my eyes.
Calandra giggles as we walk to the balcony. Making sure my cloak wouldn’t fall. I hold myself from the rocky rail.
“Are you feeling ok?” Calandra asked, glancing my way.
“I am, don’t worry,” I said, smiling.
Nodding, I stayed there with Calandra next to me. Looking around, I see that most of the trees have lost their leaves.
“Winter should be here soon,” Calandra said as a cold breeze graced my face.
“Yes…” I mumble as my hand moves to my belly. Caressing it, I smile. Lost in my thoughts, I don’t feel the other person next to me.
“You know,” I said, “I Can’t wait to meet them.”
“Neither can I,” Dimitri whispered behind me. Turning around, I find him with a sad smile. His golden eyes looked at me. Looking around, I find it’s just the two of us. Calandra left.
“Why are you here?” I asked him as I was caressing my belly.
“I… I wanted to see you,” Dimitri whispered as a soft breeze passed by. Putting a hair strand behind my ear, I smile at him. “May I?” he asked.
I lifted my eyes and looked at him. Was he referring to my belly?
Nodding, Dimitri moves closer and slowly puts his hand over. I watch in awe as he smiles. A beautiful smile spread on his face. Lifting my hand, I caress his face. Stopping what he was doing, he looked at me. I reached for him and hugged him. Dimitri carefully hugged me. His warmth was soothing as I leaned my head on his neck.
“Stay,” I whispered to him.
Dimitri tense up.
“Are you sure?” Dimitri asked softly. Nodding, I smile at him.
“Please,” I begged. Then, kissing my temple, he hugged me again. I stayed like that until it was time for me to return to bed.
“Are you feeling any pain?” Calandra asked as Dimitri helped me back inside.
“No, I feel fine,” I said, taking a seat. Mia was changing the pillows on the bed.
“Good, now have some rest,” Calandra said, grabbing her bag and calling Mia over.
“Are you staying?” I asked Dimitri, who had his eyes on what Calandra was doing.
“I should let you rest,” Dimitri said, walking away.
“Wait!” I said, grabbing his hand, “P-Please stay… stay with me.”
Dimitri was looking at me with a conflicted look. I didn’t want to push him, but I wanted him to stay.
“Just an hour, that’s all I’m asking,” I said, letting go, “But if you don’t want to, it’s ok.”
Smiling, I lean against the pillows.
I know I had no right to make him stay. After what I made him go through. I had no right. As he started walking away, I lowered my eyes. He was leaving.
Playing with my hands, I keep my head low.
Feeling a movement next to me, I look up. Dimitri was moving the fur away and laying down in bed.
I smiled at him.
“Come,” Dimitri said with his arms open wide. Moving next to him, I laid down. Dimitri hugged my waist.
We stayed like that, quiet.
“I’m sorry, Valkyrie,” Dimitri said after some time.
“Why?” I asked, lifting my head to look at him.
“Because I put you in danger. I’m sorry. Do you forgive me?” Dimitri asked, removing a hair strand from my face.
I smiled at him.
“Of course I forgive you,” I said, kissing his chin. “How could I not? If I love you.”
I wasn’t sure if he had heard my last words. But I prayed he did. Gripping his shirt nervously, I close my eyes, waiting for a response. Finally, after some minutes of nerve-wracking silence, I look up.
Dimitri was staring at me. A big smile on his face.
“You mean it?” Dimitri whispered.
Of course, I meant it. All these past days, I’ve been thinking about my feelings. I honestly am still afraid. It felt like letting him know I loved him was putting him in danger. I don’t know why that crossed my mind. But that’s how I felt.
“Yes,” I smiled shyly, “I love you… but I won’t lie that I’m afraid of what can happen.”
“What might happen?” Dimitri asked, frowning, “Why do you say that?”
“I… I’ve been having this bad feeling that if I tell you how I feel, something bad will happen… to you,” I explained as tears threatened to come out, “I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
“Nothing will happen to me, Valkyrie,” Dimitri frowned, “I won’t let anything happen to me, to you, or the babies. That I can promise you.”
I know he meant it, but my heart was telling me something else.
“Don’t worry, it won’t be good for the babies,” Dimitri said, kissing my temple.
“But…” I tried to argue.
“No, Valkyrie, trust me. Nothing will happen do you hear me, nothing,” Dimitri said as he leaned and kissed me.
“I love you,” I said, kissing him back, “I love you.”
“And I love you, my queen. Thank you,” Dimitri smiled against my lips, “Thank you for loving me back.”
Smiling at him, I let my tears fall. Finally, I couldn’t hold my tears any longer. Hugging him, I kiss his neck.
“I know you love me. I promise to love you the same way you love me.”
Third Person POV
Waving goodbye, the person walks away—a bag on his back and a cloak over his body. Careful not to be noticed, he steps inside.
It was late in the night. No one was around. Looking around the corner, he scurried. He was taking light steps so no one could hear him. As he waved his hand, a slight blue hue emitted from it. They heard small thuds on the other corner.
Taking a step, he looks down. Two bodies lay next to each other. Smirking, he keeps walking, finally reaching his destination. He uses his magic and unlocks the door. Everything was dark, and no one was around. Putting his bag down, he walks up to the person’s bed.
Red fiery hair laid messy around the blue pillows. Removing his cloak, he walked up, standing next to the person. Pulling something under his cover, he blows on it. No one could hear it.
He leans carefully. A slight rattling sound made him stop. But the other person in bed just moved slightly. Lifting his hand, he waved it over the person’s face. A white mist lowered over the face. Then, feeling it was safe, he picked her up. He was throwing her over his shoulders.
As he walked outside the balcony, he looked around. Suddenly something floated over him. Casting a shadow, the person looked up and smiled. Then, putting his cloak over his head. He jumps over the rail, falling over the silver dragon.
“No one saw you?” the other stranger asked.
“No,” the person said, removing his cloak, “No one saw me, Prince Eros.”
“Good,” Prince Eros said, smirking, pulling the reins. All of them left the place, taking cover between the night clouds that cover the moon.
No one was aware of what happened. No one knew that they had taken their queen. Leaving no trace of who it was.
What will happen to Valkyrie now? Will Dimitri be able to find her? And now that Prince Eros has taken Valkyrie, will there be any chance she will survive?