Vice & Virtue: Noa

Chapter 12

I’ve lost all trust in her, I should have known better. Lethu reported on her absences while I was gone, leaving without the security of the Dora’s, and returning late.

Being hasty I wanted to make her my queen, without knowing anything about her.

“You’ve known her for awhile?”

“Since she was a child...”

“Her friends, who could she have been with last night?”

“Now that I don’t know, it could have been any of the nobles, one of her peoples...”

“Some random man?”

“No matter what it appears as if she’s done, the Queen is respectable.” Says Lethu.

“She’s not my queen, start the search for another one.”

“Her father won’t take kindly to her being discarded, after you’ve used her.”

“I don’t plan on letting her go, find me a wife, Noa will be my second wife.

“You might as well start practicing now.” He says, with a sigh.

“Practicing what?”

“Sleeping with one eye open.” He says, in parting.

I’ve returned to the outside to help with the cleansing, and left instructions for Noa to be allowed to freely roam, but discreetly followed.

Trying to keep my mind on the task at hand, Egypt responded quickly, but they weren’t ready for Wakanda’s technology. Their tanks exploding, their soldiers dropping dead without a bullet being fired.

We’re wrapping up another successful mission, when the enemy show up in droves, retaliating with sonic canons.

Our weapons, there’s no time to ponder how... triggering my suit, I draw their fire. Working as a unit, we reduce their numbers, taking a loss also. In the end, they retreat and we withdraw. There was no victory for either side.

“Find out who and how, our weapons ended up in the hands of the enemy!”

Okoye receiving my command, hurries away to start her investigation.

Rubbing my temple in an attempt to soothe the oncoming headache, a man enters with four others carrying a caged leopard.

I’ve never seen one so monstrous, it’s roar summoning the Dora’s.

“May I introduce T’akiko leader of the Kubu Clan.” Says, Lethu.

Noa’s father...

“King N’Jadaka, I bestow upon you a conquered land beyond the Kubu boundaries, thusly named N’Jadaka Village, and the symbol of our people, the mighty leopard.”

A slight bow of my head in approval, and the beast’s taken away.

“You’re welcome to stay on as long as you require, Queen Noa will be happy to see you.” Says, Lethu.

“I will be on my way, after I’ve visited her.”

One would think that a father would be more solicitous of his only daughter.

“We need to talk.” I state, coming down from the throne.

I lead him to the conservatory, where Noa usually spends her mornings, the Dora’s tagging along at a distance.

“I’ve decided to take another wife.”

“Who the King shares his bed with, is no business of mine.” He says, after some time.

“She’ll be secondary to the other.”

“You find displeasure in her?”

“There was the possibility of an indiscretion.”

“And you’ve found this accusation to be true?”

“She didn’t deny it, nor try to prove her innocence. She’s remained silent on the issue.”

“He’s not going to hurt me!” States, an angry Noa.

A commotion, a roar in warning can be heard nearby, and rounding the corner the leopard has been uncaged, the Dora’s advancing upon it, spears drawn.

My heart literally skips a beat, at the danger she’s in. Aiming my gun at it, T’akiko’s hand on it forces me to lower it.

“She’s always had a special way with them, a control over them.” He says.

Her hand, palm down towards the beast stalking her. Sniffing her hand, it allows her to pet it, and going to her knees in front of it, his massive body blocking hers, he licks her face.

“Hey...” She says, with a laugh.

She seems at peace, the sadness gone from her features, the first smile in weeks.

“Pa-pa...” She says, finally noticing us.

Her father kissing her hand in greeting, she acknowledges me with a small nod. The animal coming to rest by her, snarls at me.

“You had better learn to master him, before he becomes too attached to my Noa.”

“What are you going to name him?”

“I don’t know, what do you think?”

“Stalker?” She says, with a light smile.

“Let’s name him after you, Preyy.”

My teasing has a promising effect, I’ve never seen this side of her. Shy, I find it to be alluring...

She’s been tutoring me on how to properly dominate, and command Preyy, a task which is tedious but rewarding. I’m learning alot about her.

“I thought all queens did, was look pretty and shop.”

“I know there’s more to you than that, if you were on the outside, what would you be doing?”

“Maybe... something with holistic medicine.”

“Natural healing... a missionary?”

“I don’t know about all that...” She says, with a laugh.

“Why don’t you go ahead and start your studies on it.”

“I’ll look into it, it’ll give me something to do.

Reaching to pet Preyy, my hand makes a connection with her’s, and grasping my hand, she’s frozen in place. Her breathing coming in deep and quick, her grip gets tighter.

“Noa!”

Just as quickly, she’s back... trying to control her breathing.

“What just happened?”

“I’m sorry.... I have to go.”

“Noa..” I plead, reaching for her.

“Don’t touch me...” She states, shaking free of my grasp.

“Stay!” She says sternly to Preyy, who’s attempting to follow her as she makes a quick exit.

We’re both left, watching each other.

“Your first lesson about females Preyy, they’re weird...”

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