Twice Upon A Sword

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Chapter 44- Sunlight & Stardust

--Vincenzo POV--

“Why?” I raised a brow and he went to sit cross-legged on the other side of Nora.

“The council are having a small war in the meeting room and if you don’t hurry up and go end it then I’m afraid that their war will only progress and ruin your precious palace,”

“Damn it. They’re still here,” I facepalmed.

“Well yes... You’re the one that acted all cool for a moment then wandered off and left me there alone to try and calm them all down since nothing you said made any sense,”

“You’re the first-in-command, it’s your job to clean up after me,”

“It’s either the palace steward- Victor’s job to clean up after you or your secretary whose name I have forgotten. It’s my job to train the knights of Lysandra, not entertain your council,”

“There are only three smelly old men who are in my council. The rest of them are young men or women, one of which you used to have a crush on,”

“Yeah, well... That didn’t turn out very well,”

“Now that we’re on this subject. When will you get married? Mother is getting impatient and as my older brother, you can’t just push your responsibilities onto me,” I stood up and brushed down my clothes.

“Why not? You should have known what you were getting into when you decided to become King without having a wife first. Father changed the law for you so that you didn’t have to be married before your coronation,” I huffed at his words.

“You were originally supposed to be King,” I stated as a matter-of-fact.

“I abdicated the throne because being King wasn’t cut out for me,”

“I’m not trying to sound rude or anything... but you brothers are getting on my last nerve so I’m going to politely ask you to go fight somewhere elsewhere I am not present because if this nonsense carries on for a second longer then I’ll accidentally pop both of your heads open,”

“You can do that?” Silas asked, astonished.

“Would you like me to test it out on you?” I shivered at the menace in her voice.

“No. I’m good. Little brother, let’s go,”

And then he jumped up, grabbed my arm and began to drag me back inside as I stared at Nora, watching her sigh then close her eyes again and continue working.

“Call me King Vincenzo,” I said, simply wanting to annoy him. It worked.

“You’re my little brother before you’re my King,” Silas scoffed.

“I’m both of them and I would prefer you to call me the latter,”

“Not happening,”

“I’ll tell father you’re being rude to your King,”

“I’ll tell mother you’re being a snitch,”

“What are you? 5?” I rolled my eyes.

“Says the child that always acted docile in front of the adults then became a devil behind their backs,” He tried to flick my forehead but I easily dodged.

We continued to bicker like that as we walked through the halls of the palace and towards the main meeting room where my council members were apparently having a little war.

“At least I wasn’t terrified of everything,” I mumbled and he shot his head to glare at me and I innocently looked away, interlocking my hands behind my back.

“I’m letting you off simply because you were less annoying than Charlotte,” He pointed at me.

“Everyone’s less annoying than Charlotte,” He chuckled at that.

“I couldn’t agree more,”

“What are they fighting about anyway?” I asked.

“What to do with Alpheus and Conrad after we capture them. Burn them? Throw them in the dungeons? Behead them?”

“None of those options are sanitary,”

“Then what? Should we drown them?”

“I’ll think about it,” I patted his shoulder as if I would actually give it some thought then nodded at the guards to open the doors to the meeting room and walked in, silencing everyone in the room as soon as I stepped one foot in.

“Why are you annoying lot still here?” I glared.

“Your majesty... We were simply conversing of what to do with the criminals once we’ve captured them,” Elias nervously chuckled out.

“Instead of conversing about what to do with someone whose not even been captured yet, you should waste your time doing something that’s more useful... Like how to catch them,” They all tilted their heads down as I sighed in annoyance, massaging my temples with a groan.

“Get out. I don’t want to hear any more of the nonsense that you have to spout. If it’s nothing important then I don’t want to have to hear from you at all. Am I understood?” I skimmed over the bunch of them, the glare unmoving from my face.

“Yes. We understand very well... We shall take our leave now,” Elias squeaked and the rest of the members of my council rapidly nodded along to him before scurrying out of the room.

“You’re like a tyrant,” Silas chuckled, coming to stand beside me.

“Only to people who get on my nerves,” I mumbled and my older brother chuckled, giving me an encouraging pat on the shoulder which I shrugged off.

“Vince!” Hearing the voice of someone whose voice I needed to hear right now, an instant smile crept onto my face and I turned around just in time to see Nora pop her head through the door with a smile emerging on her face upon finding me.

“What is it?” I asked lightly, walking up to her.

“Can I go out?”

The smile dropped and was now replaced with a frown.

“Why?” I cautiously asked.

“One of the eagles got injured while it went out in the main city. It’s my fault cause I’m the one that sent it out so can I go get him... He’s injured,” My eyebrows furrowed and I massaged the place in between them.

“Can’t you send someone else to get him?”

“He’s a wild eagle, he’s not going to listen to just anyone,” She said as a matter of fact.

“Fine... But take someone with you,” She nodded her head and gave me a thumbs-up, spinning around to leave but stopped and turned to look at me.

I waited, thinking she was going to give me a goodbye kiss.

“You shouldn’t frown so much, I heard it’ll give you wrinkles,” She whispered and my lips fell even further down in a frown when Silas couldn’t hold back his laugh.

“Who do you think is to blame for that?” I narrowed my eyes at her and she innocently shrugged as if she really didn’t know.

She took my breath away and turned my mood around when she got on her toes and lightly placed her lips on mine, moving back with a small smile, her golden eyes focused on mine.

“But don’t worry... I’ll love you regardless of how you look,”

Then, without giving me a chance to properly process her words, she had run out of the room, leaving me alone in shell-shock silence.

“Hmm... You guys have already used the ‘L’ word with each other, check you out,” Silas nudged me with a large grin on his face and I glared at him before turning back to look at where Nora had been standing barely a second ago.

She said... she loved me.

Damn it, she beat me to it. If only that pesky second-of-command of mine hadn’t interrupted me that time. I want to beat him up.

“Have you gone any further than a kiss yet?” Silas asked and I glared at him.

“Even if we had then I surely wouldn’t be telling you,” I poked his chest before leaving him.

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