“I’ll ask you again, what the hell do you think you’re doing?” Alexander demands offhandedly.
“Alex, how glad of you to join us.” The faerie says without looking away from me.
I tilt my head up and glare daringly at him, refusing to be intimidated by his strength.
“Get away from her right now you filthy, lousy creature!” Alexander yells.
“No, she has something that I want.” Phoenix turns his head over to the prince. His words were practically snarled at me.
From my position on the bed, I could see that Alexander’s jaw was clenched tightly and his hands were fisted at his sides. “Get up, Phoenix!”
His brow furrows as he sighs. “Leave us alone. This doesn’t concern you.”
“It does if Jane’s involved.” Alexander growls. I can sense from his tone that he’s losing patience with Phoenix.
Out of all of this, I just hoped that I would come out of it unscathed.
“She has something of mine!” Phoenix states.
I scoff, while also trying to remove him off of me. “It’s not yours, faerie. It’s mine!”
He glares down at me. “Shut up, slave if you know what’s good for you.”
“Phoenix, I’ve had it up to here with your shenanigans. If you don’t remove yourself from her, I’ll rip your throat out and I won’t hesitate to do it.”
The faerie’s eyes wandered over my body, rolls his eyes then appears on the other side of the room. As soon as Phoenix disappears, I let out a relieved sigh and bring myself up to a sitting position on the bed.
Alexander comes straight over and brings his hands to rest on my shoulders. “Are you alright? Did he hurt you?”
I shake my head at his last question. “No, but I feared that had you not turned up when you did, I wouldn’t be alive.”
He smiles at me reassuringly. “He wouldn’t have hurt you, Jane. I wouldn’t have let him.”
I believed every single word.
A single tear slid free from my eyes to which Alexander sees and wipes away with his fingertip. God knows what would’ve happened if Alexander had not barged in here when he did.
Alexander was truly my saviour.
A part of me thought, that when Phoenix looked at me in that evil way, that death was waiting for me. I always had an inclining that he’d be the one to end my life death. Maybe someday, but not today.
“I’m still here you know, and I can hear everything you’re saying. I’m not deaf.”
Alexander’s head swings over to look at the faerie with a look of fury on his face. “You were meant to hear that. You had no right coming here.”
“Trust me, I didn’t want to come here. I wouldn’t even come here willingly.”
Didn’t seem so about ten minutes ago..
“And yet, here I find you making yourself comfortable on top of my servant, and by the looks of things, was going to kiss her.”
Phoenix guffaws. “Don’t be daft! You know...”
“I know what I saw.”
That faerie had definitely kissed me. I know for a fact I hadn’t dreamed about it because a quick glance at his burned hand confirms that he had been here.
Phoenix’s face turns to horror. “I am not interested in your servant. She’s...”
Alexander puts up his hand to stop him. “If you’re going to bore me with your speech on how you despise humans, save it. I do not have any interest in what you have to say.”
“The sight of your human makes me want to vomit.”
Shock courses through my body at his hurtful words. Before I knew it, tears were forming in my eyes and lip begins to tremble.
I gasp. “What did you just say?”
He swings his head towards me and roams his eyes down my body. I instinctively hug my arms over my chest to avoid his intense gaze.
“I can’t stand the sight of you.” Phoenix retorts.
I turn my head away and look at something other than him.
“Then, stay away from her.” Alexander replied angrily.
Phoenix shakes her head. “I can’t do that.”
Alexander sighs in frustration. “What is your problem? You say you dislike my servant, yet you can’t stay away from her.”
“That’s right, I can’t.”
Alexander’s mouth parts. “Why not? You have Lilith. Must you be so greedy?”
“I don’t want your servant in that way.”
Alexander’s eyes widen. “No? Then, tell me why did you feel you had the right to kiss her?”
He rolls his eyes. “I was merely distracting her.”
Alexander frowns. “Why?”
“I was sent here to retrieve something.”
“Retrieve what exactly?” Alexander asks.
I turn my head slightly, and wait patiently to hear what he has to say.
Phoenix thrusts his finger towards me. “That amulet your slaves wearing around her neck.”
Alexander turns to looks at me and glances at the amulet. “Why would you want to take it? It’s not yours.”
“I need it.” The faerie replies coldly.
“What business is that of yours what I do with it?”
“I don’t care what you do.” He motions at me. “I just don’t understand why you’d want a pointless amulet.”
It’s not pointless to me!
I could see the frustration etching on Phoenix’s face, as his jaw clenched. “It’s not pointless. It has its uses. You wouldn’t understand.”
“You’re right, I don’t understand.”
Listening to them talk about how worthless my my mother’s necklace was began to stir something inside of me. Until this point, I had remained quiet and reserved, but that was so unlike me. I wanted to show these superior creatures that I was more than just a simple minded blood servant.
“You still had no right to take it.” I say quietly.
Phoenix tilts his head in my direction. “What was that, slave?”
I bring my head up and straighten my shoulders. “This is my amulet and you’re not going to take it from me. It’s a family heirloom and it means the whole world to my mother. Now, you can come and try and take it if you want it so badly, but you’ll probably burn your hand again. I really hope you choose the latter because nothing would please me more than to see you get hurt.”
Suddenly, the faerie’s hand wraps around my neck and pushes me until my back connects with the wall. “Nothing would please me more than to squeeze the life out of you.”
With his superhuman strength and speed, Alexander pushes the faerie so hard into the wardrobe that it falls down and smashes into bits and pieces. Completely destroyed.
“That’s enough, Phoenix. I want you to leave and never come back here.”
In less than a second, the faerie comes to a stand and straightens his clothing. “Fine, I won’t, but I’ll leave right after she gives me the amulet.”
Why does he want my amulet so much?
Alexander’s voice rises. “What is with you and this bloody amulet!? Just leave!”
“I’m not leaving this place empty handed. If I do that, it will not go down well.”
“With....” Alexander thinks for a moment. “Wait a moment. Who sent you?”
“Who do you think?”
There’s no hesitation. “Of course, it’s Lilith. Anything to do with jewellery and she’s got to have it.”
Phoenix takes a small step towards me. “Yes, but that amulet isn’t just any ordinary piece of jewellery. According to Lilith, it’s an extremely rare amulet.”
There’s isn’t any way he’s getting his hands on my mother’s amulet and giving it to that vile woman.
“And Lilith couldn’t get it herself?” Alexander asks.
“I’m doing her a favour. Much more than I can say for you.”
Sounds to me as though she’s only using the faerie to do what she wants. What a despicable thing to do, but that doesn’t make me like him any less.
Alexander throws back his head and laughs.
“Why are you laughing?” The faerie asks with a serious expression on his face.
“This is fantastic.”
“What is?” Phoenix seethes.
“You believing that she’ll appreciate you doing things for her.”
The faerie takes another step towards me. “What are you talking about?”
“Are you blind? She’s using you, Phoenix! Can’t you see that? She’s using you to do all of her dirty work.”
“No, she isn’t.” Phoenix grits out while taking another step towards me. “Now, give me the amulet, slave.”
I see him getting too close for comfort and immediately glare at him. “Stay away from me.”
Secretly, I wish for him to reach for the amulet just so he gets burned again.
He glares back at me. “How can I when knowing just a few inches from me is Luther Ward’s daughter?”
“What?” Alexander blurts.
I swing my head over and frown at Alexander’s sudden interest in my father. “Yeah, my father’s Luther Ward. So, what?”
Phoenix scoffs. “So, what? That’s all you’ve got to say?”
I half shrug. “Yes.”
“Do you have any idea what your father did?”
What he did?
Ignoring his question, I look over to Alexander. “What’s he talking about?”
I wait patiently for him to answer me, and when he doesn’t, it leaves me frustrated.
Alexander puts his hands in the pockets of his slacks and sighs at the faerie. “Can you give us a minute?”
“Please, just do it.” Alexander cuts him off. “I know what you said, but she obviously doesn’t know what happened.”
“Fine, but I’ll be back, and when I do, that amulet’s all mine.” Phoenix shoots a brief glance at me before completely disappearing from the room.
Alexander gazes at the doorway and suddenly grabs my arm. “You need to leave right now.”
Shock flooded through me. Leave? Now? Why? What had I done?
“What? Why?” I stutter as I follow in his footsteps.
Without another word, he leads me out of my bedroom, down the corridors, down the stairs, through the library and sitting room until we’re standing outside the palace entrance.
I bring my arm down hard to grab his attention. “Alexander!? Why are you telling me that I need to leave?”
He slowly opens the palace doors and peers outside. “You need to leave and never come back.”
“Why? For what reason!?”
He releases my arm and lowers his eyes. “You were better off where you were. If it wasn’t for this stupid rebellion, none of this would’ve happened to you.”
I shake my head. “I don’t understand.”
He puts his arm on my lower back and leads me out of the palace. “You need to leave before Phoenix comes back.”
“Just leave! Go home back to your mother and flee!”
I frown. “But you said I couldn’t go home.”
“I know what I said! But that was before I knew about your father and the amulet.” He seizes both of my arms and brings his face close to mine. “f you don’t leave now, you’ll be in danger. You could even die if you remain here.”
I blink in surprise. “Well, could you at least tell me why I’m in danger? Or the fact that I could possibly die? I mean, I think I deserve an explanation.”
Alexander bites his lip nervously. “I wouldn’t know where to begin.”
“From the start?” I suggest.
His jaw clenches. “No, not from the start. There isn’t any time.”
“If you do not leave, the whole world will come after you once they hear that the amulet still exists!” Alexander snaps impatiently.
I sigh in annoyance. “This whole chatter about my father and my mother’s amulet is really starting to irritate me.”
He searches my eyes and looks at me in pity. “I don’t blame you, really I don’t. It’s just there’s no easy way of telling you this.”
“Just tell me.” I plead.
I gaze brokenly up at him. “Please, Alexander?”
He stares numbly back at me, and gives me his back. “Your father, Luther Ward was the human that began the rebellion thirty years ago. He was the leader that started all of this.”
My heart lurches violently at his words. I couldn’t move, breathe or utter a single word. I could only stand unmoving and stare at his back.
He was lying. He had to be.
Alexander continues. “During the rebellion, your father wore that amulet around his neck and used it to slaughter thousands of creatures.”
I shake my head as tears streamed down my cheeks. “No, he wouldn’t do that. Surely, you’re mistaken.”
Before I knew what he was doing, he moves slowly towards me and wraps his arms tightly around my waist. “I’m sorry, Jane. Truly I am.”
I was in denial.
“No, I don’t understand. He would never start something like that. You’re mistaken.”
My voice rises. “He didn’t hate the supernatural. He didn’t!”
“We’re running out of time. You need to leave.”
“And where would I go?”
“Back to your mother. I thought I could keep you safe in this world, but I’ve managed to do the complete opposite.”
I couldn’t bring myself to say anything. Not after what has been revealed to me.
He releases his hold on me. “You must leave here because if you stay, you’ll never be safe. You’ll always have some creature looking for you.”
“Because of the amulet?” I manage to say.
He nods. “Sadly, yes. That amulet you’re wearing has the power to destroy the whole world.”
I shrug. “Then, I’ll destroy it, or get rid of it somehow.”
“No, do that and it will eventually be found, and it mustn’t end up in the wrong hands. Believe me when I say that it’s safe with you. With you it should remain.”
I can only bring myself to nod.
He brushes my hair away from my face and stares directly into my eyes. “Now, look into my eyes, Jane.”
“Just do it.” His voice is merely a whisper.
Slowly, I bring up when my eyes to meet his and when I do, I notice that Alexander’s eyes are red. Once our eyes latch on to each other, I find myself unable to look away. It was like he was pulling me into him but without any kind of contact between us.
Why couldn’t I look away?
“Yes?” I answer almost instantly.
His deep, red eyes feel as though their looking into my soul. “You must leave and never come back. Do you understand?”
“I understand, but why?”
He tries his hardest to give me a warm smile. “Because you’ll never be happy and you’ll always be in constant danger, and I fear that I won’t be able to protect you. The truth is, you don’t belong in this world, Jane. It’s too dangerous and far too cruel. I wouldn’t want a woman such as yourself living in a world such as this. Go home, back to your mother and flee. Run far, far away and live your life as a free woman.”
Somehow, the connection breaks and I’m suddenly wrapped up in a woollen cloak. “Take my horse and start your journey immediately. Don’t stop, not even for water. Just keep going until your reach your mother. Do you understand?”
He leads me outside, towards the stable where a big, black steed already waits for me.
“Jane?” He says my name with a sense of urgency.
“Yes?” I ask.
“Do you understand?”
I nod once. “Yes. I’ll ride through the night and won’t stop until I reach my mother.”
“Aren’t you happy?”
“I’m a little overwhelmed, but I know that when I see her, alive and well, I’ll be happy to finally be back in her arms.”
“That’s the spirit.” He gently helps me on to the horse and places my feet in the stirrups. Once he he gives me the reigns, he comes to my side. “Jane?”
He smiles but there’s also sadness in his eyes. “Farewell.”
I smile softly and bring my hand up to wave. “Goodbye.”
With one final glance at me, Alexander brings up his hand and strikes the horse on its rear, sending the horse on its way, back to the place where I call home.