Twice Upon A Sword

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Chapter 51- If We're Meant to Be

--Vincenzo POV--

“Why the bloody hell is she still not awake!?”

“I told you, it’ll take time,”

“It’s been two bloody weeks! How much more time is there!?”

Charlotte sighed, crossing her arms and turned her head up to glare at me. Scoffing, I stormed away from her, walking back and forth in my office, the glare that’s been marring my face for the last two weeks didn’t feel like it was going to go away any time soon.

“I’m not the one that stabbed her with a sword,”

“You’re not the one that woke her up from a 300-year nap either,” I glared at her and she shut her mouth, turning to look at the ground.

“Look, clearly everyone’s on edge because Eleanora’s not opened her eyes for two weeks and at this point, it’s uncertain if she’ll even open her eyes-”

“Don’t talk like that,” Charlotte snapped at Maria.

Maria arrived a few days ago to the palace being in havoc. I was going mad and because of that everyone else in the damn palace, we’re on edge too. Currently, I was in my office with Charlotte and Maria.

“But Charlotte herself said that Ela’s free now,”

“She is,” Charlotte nodded her head.

“And according to the book that you found on mages, it says that Ela’s going to wake up a lot weaker than when she was connected to the sword,”

“What are you getting at?” My twin asked with a confused brow raised.

“I’m saying that her body isn’t as strong as it used to be so maybe the process it’ll take to wake her up is going to take longer than expected. After all, she doesn’t have the sword supplying her with energy anymore,”

“Right,” I nodded. “But I still don’t like it,” I mumbled to myself, running my hand down my face in annoyance. I didn’t want to think about it, I wanted to be optimistic but the underlying fear wasn’t unnoticeable.

What if she never wakes up? Or what if she wakes up after years and I’ll no longer be here? They were dumb thoughts and I wanted to laugh at myself at how dumb they sounded but I couldn’t help it. I was terrified of losing her.

2 weeks have never felt so damn long before.

“It’s getting late, you should get some rest. When was the last time you got a good nights sleep?” Maria asked, standing up from the couch she had been sat on.

“When Nora was still awake,” I replied.

“Exactly. I don’t think she’ll appreciate waking up to find you looking like you’ve aged 10 years, Ela will think she’s been asleep for 2 years instead of 2 weeks,” Chuckling, Maria patted my shoulder before she left the room.

“I agree with her. You should do a shower, shave, sleep and possibly eat. You’ll feel better and make the people around you feel better too because great gods, you look like a living zombie,” I rolled my eyes at my twin as she chuckled.

She kissed my cheek before bidding me goodnight and leaving.

Despite everything the two women had just told me, I tried to finish signing off a few more documents but like Nora once said, it seemed like the ink was simply dancing on the paper so I gave up on that and fell back on my chair.

Closing my eyes and simply enjoying the silence, I was too lazy to even move a finger.

“I knew you’de still be here,” At the sudden voice, I slowly opened an eye to see my father leaning against the doorframe.

“Can I help you with something at this time of night?” I groaned, sitting back up on the chair only to slump forward onto the desk.

“Yes, I would much prefer to get some sleep but your mother isn’t planning on letting me do that until I make sure that you’ve at least gotten a few hours of sleep,” He yawned at the mention of sleep and I felt myself almost yawn but gulped it back.

“I can’t sleep,” I grumbled.

“You refuse to sleep, you mean,” I didn’t reply.

“If you were meant to be, she’ll wake up. Trust me,” Once again, I didn’t reply.

“I’m sure that there are people that have already told you this but I’ll tell you too- Get some sleep, you above anyone else know that you need it,” He gave me a pointed look, not turning his hard gaze away from me until I finally gave in with a deep sigh.

“Alright, I’ll go sleep,” I stood up, ignoring his smirk of satisfaction.

“Lovely,” He covered his mouth when another yawn broke through and waved goodbye to me before walking away. I stared at his retreating figure until it disappeared and locked my office door behind me.

“Just as soon as I check up on the woman I love,” I quietly added and walked in the opposite direction of my chambers, heading to the room where Nora was asleep.

Sitting down on the bed beside her unconscious figure, I stroked her cheek lightly and smiled at her peaceful face.

“How long must you keep me waiting?” I mumbled out lightly.

Using my fingers to brush strands of her hair away, I leaned down and kissed her forehead, closing my eyes as I cherished the feel of her skin under my lips.

“I love you,”

I sat back up once more and simply stared at her, clutching her hands in mine.

“Wake up soon. I’m going mad without you...” My face was facing hers but my eyes darted to the shadow of the dark figure looming behind the curtains.

Ah, there’s an unwanted guest here.

I leaned down and pecked her lips one last time before standing up and walking over to the door. With my hand on the handle, I paused for a second and scanned over the room one last time before walking out and closing the door behind me.

That intruder better get ready for my wrath.

I leaned back against the wall outside the room and stayed like that for a few seconds before I heard the quiet sound of feet approaching me.

“Here you go,” He said.

“Thanks,” I replied, checking the number of bullets in the gun.

“For once, I’m grateful for the fact that you follow me around like a lost puppy until I’m in the confines of my chambers,” I humourlessly laughed.

“With all due respect, your highness, I would appreciate it if you could learn to word your sentences better,” I patted Don on the shoulder, knowing that would never happen.

“How long has he been in there?” I muttered under my breath, clicking the safety of the gun off and placing my hand on the door handle.

“I wouldn’t know, I’ve been by your side most of the day,” He replied with an equally hushed tone so the intruder inside wouldn’t be able to hear. “But I’m guessing not for long, he’s just been waiting for the right time,” He added.

I’m grateful for the fact that I used all that money to thicken the walls of this palace. Originally, I did it because it would get cold in the winter and I despised the cold but it had a good few points too, now being one of those times.

“1...” Here we go.

“2...” I slammed the door open.

“3!” I shot the assassin on the thigh, smirking at my effortless timing and spun the gun around my finger, blowing the smoke away.

“And that’s what you get for trying to kill my future Queen,”

I shot the man again but on the shoulder this time. He screamed out in pain, rolling around on the ground as Don ran passed me and restrained him, which didn’t prove to be very difficult thanks to the bullets I put through him.

“Now... You’re going to answer my questions unless you want me to put another bullet through you, this time it’ll go right through here,” I poked his forehead with the gun.

“As if I’ll be dumb enough to tell you anything!” He screamed and I hissed at his loud tone.

“No need to shout, it’s already late enough and I don’t need you waking up everyone in this damn palace, I’m supposed to be asleep right now,” I tutted but his glare only darkened.

I nodded at my best friend and he got rid of the black fabric that covered the man’s face so I could get a good luck at the man that just tried to kill Nora.

“I caught you in the act red-handed. Don’t act innocent,” I mumbled, eyes drifting over to Nora who was still asleep before they drifted back to the perp.

It was taking everything in me not to lose my temper. I had gone through so much to free her from that sword and I wasn’t about to put all that effort to waste because of one measly assassin that had a death wish.

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