The Sapphire beast

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Chapter 5

“Are you okay, you look very pale?” Scarlett asked me worriedly. "No, I'm not well at all. Can we go home, please?", I hope she understands what I'm saying to her and won't ask a lot of questions. "Is she okay?" asked Valerio, who suddenly appeared beside us. Scarlett just shook her head.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to ask for a moment of your attention. As you already know, this wonderful evening is dedicated to our distinguished guests from Russia. They are our greatest benefactors, because if it were not for them, this college would not be what it is today. One of the most prestigious colleges in the world. So that is it from me ,and now I present you His Majesty King Maximiliano Alexander Romanov who will address you".I could not have guessed who it might be, maybe someone else came with Valerio and Mr. M. But in the next the moment I saw who he really was, my heart stopped, my vision was already starting to blur. What?! How is this possible, my mysterious gentleman is the king, no less and no more but king.

"Scarlet, please, let's go home now, I'm not feeling well," I urged her as best I could."Come on darling let's go, give me your hand so you don't fall somewhere" ,she offered me a hand which I gratefully accepted. "Do you have a ride maybe? If you don't, I'll take you wherever you want," Valerio asked anxiously. "We don't, but I'll call a cab," Scarlett said, urging me to get some fresh air as soon as possible. "Please, Scarlett, I insist.You'll never find a cab at this time, "Valerio said, trying to help as much as he could at this point." Okay, but hurry. We'll wait for you in front, "he just nodded at her answer and disappeared the next moment in a crowd of colorful masks.

"What happened while I was gone? What the hell was wrong? Please tell me," I couldn't tell her the truth, at least not yet. “I got sick at the moment, I don’t know why,”that is the best lie I could think of at the moment. "We're going home now, don't worry about anything. I'm holding you, just hold on a little longer," she said, begging me in panic. It really wasn't my intention to worry her, and to ruin her evening. I didn't know what to do anymore at this moment ...

"Scarlet," Valerio shouted from a distance. We turned in the direction his voice was coming from. He wasn't alone, he was also with him, fucking Maximiliano. It darkened before my eyes,my vision blurred and I could no longer feel the ground beneath my feet ,and in the next moment I saw them fly right towards me, before I sank into a total darkness,a dreamless sleep.But I could not have guessed that this dreamless sleep would turn into the worst nightmare of my life.

"She's not one of us, and she'll never be one of us. Just look at her, she's nobody and nothing. Just a broken and lost girl. What can she understand? I'll tell you what she can understand. Nothing, she can't understand nothing ,she can't understand who we are and what we are, "Svetlana said, laughing wickedly." That's right, love, she's nobody and nothing compared to us. She's just an ordinary drool and a liar eager for attention,and that's what she will ever be, ”Maximiliano said laughing just as viciously as Svetlana. The next moment he turned to her, and took her in his arms and pressed a firm kiss to her lips. She returned the kiss with equal lust and passion. I tried to speak up, to say it wasn't true, but every time I tried I couldn't. My voice disappeared, I became silent. I wanted to look away from them, not to look at that scene anymore. I couldn't, I couldn't do anything, I feel like someone is forcing me to watch and listen to it all. I shed tears of helplessness, there was no way I could wake up from this horror dream.

Someone's sweet voice rescued me from that horror that I experienced as if it were reality.

"Come on, wake up my dear. You've been asleep for two days now. I worry a lot about you," Scarlett sobbed beside me. I try to open my eyes, but I can't. I still can't. "Please open your eyes, open them. If not for me, then for Uncle John. Don't worry him," she continued to sob more than I had ever heard.That was the last I heard before I fell asleep again.

The next time I woke up, I heard music. I couldn't immediately recognize what it was, but it was Bach's last composition. I tried to open my eyes. And this time I succeeded. The light was on so it took me a while to get used to it and to open my eyes. What the hell happened to me, why does my whole body hurt so much? And then it all came back to me. The ball, the labyrinth, he, the knowledge that he is the fucking king, he in front of One Mayfair with Valeria. I still can't come to my senses from the shock, I know it happened because I couldn't even imagine it in the craziest scenario.That dream I had, related to Svetlana and Maximiliano, tells me something. For what reason I can't figure out what it's all about. Maybe my intuition is telling me that they are evil people and that I have to stay away from them the next time I see them, if at all.

I slowly try to get out of bed to go get a glass of water. My mouth is so dry, like I haven't tasted water in days or even years. In the living room, I find Scarlett sleeping on the couch. The pillows were scattered on the floor as well as the projects she had to complete for the lecture. "Scarlett, wake up," I said softly so I wouldn't scare her. But my plan didn't work because she jumped like someone was pouring cold water on her.

"Persephone," she shouted as she jumped to hug me. "How are you, when did you woke up, do you need anything, are you hungry? I'll make something for you," she said, staring into the kitchen. "Take it easy, Scarlett, breathe", trying to calm her down a little. " I just need water"."Great, sit there now, I'll get you some water," pushing me to sit on the couch where she slept until just a few minutes ago. At the speed of light she went to the kitchen to pour me a glass of water, and also returned quickly. "Here you go, darling, do you want me to bring you something else?" I just shook my head. Through the window I could see that it was already quite dark outside. "How long have I slept Scarlett?" I asked, lowering my glass to the table in front of me. "You slept for three days. You scared me a lot. When you fainted, we took you to your apartment and called the doctor, "tears welled up in her eyes as she told me what had happened." Scarlet, you say that in the plural? Who's that "we"? " I am a little confused. "Valerio, Maximiliano and I. Maximiliano drove us to your apartment and called his private doctor," she said as if she was uncomfortable for some reason.

He was in my apartment, in my bedroom. I wonder why, why he cared for me, doesn't he have a girlfriend or what is Svetlana to him. "Is there perhaps something else I need to know?" I asked angrily. "No, that would be it. Are you better now?" Trying to change the subject. I just nodded in agreement, grateful to her in a way for trying to change the subject. I can't and I don't want to think about him now. "I'm going to sleep, I see it's late and you need to rest too. You look very tired. And thank you for taking care of me these past three days," she just hugged me. We said good night to each other and I headed for my bedroom. When I went to bed, I just wished I had no dreams tonight.

The next morning I was awakened by the smell of breakfast coming from my kitchen. I didn't even realize how hungry I was until my stomach growled in protest. I got out of bed, put on the bathrobe that was at the bottom of my bed. And I headed to the kitchen to see what was for breakfast.

"Good morning," I said as I entered the kitchen. "Good morning, how did you sleep?" Scarlett, who was standing behind the stove and making breakfast, asked me, "Great, and I feel so much better today," I said, tossing in a slice of toast in the process. "Should I ask you, or will you tell me yourself what happened to you and Valeria"? I said taking a sip of coffee. She sat down at the table, giving me a plate of fried eggs and bacon. She fidgeted a little before answering me. “Honestly anything and nothing,” she said absently. "I don't understand, I saw it, in the middle of the ball you disappeared somewhere," I frowned at her. "We slipped out of the ball, it's true. We went to the maze to be a little alone, and we talked," I squeezed her hand to encourage her to keep talking. "He told me about himself, he was born in Russia,he is occasionally coming to London for business .He finished economics at our college, he is twenty-nine, hes the only child, same as me.He told me he was going back to Russia.In fact they left yesterday, he stopped by here yesterday before they left. We exchanged phone numbers so we can talk. He says that this what is between us, he wants it to succeed. But I don't know Persephone, I'm afraid he'll like some other girl there and he'll forget about me completely. And I'll be here, heartbroken as always",she looked sad as she told me all this. She seemed to be trying not to cry. She likes Valerio a lot and even wants to have something serious with him. "Don't think like that. He's not the type to seduce a girl today and leave her tomorrow. I see he cares about you, I'm sure that you two will make it in the end," I try to dissuade her. "You're right, for now I'll trust him until it turns out to be something completely different," that's Scarlett, whom I know. Strong and someone who never gives up on there goal.

We had breakfast in peace and when we finished she helped me clear the table. Scarlett had to go home because she has a lecture early tomorrow morning, but she promised to come by when her lectures were over for the day. When she left, I decided to get a little busy by cleaning the apartment, and see what I missed is my lectures this previous three days.

After several hours of cleaning, I finished everything. I checked what I missed in the lectures, and miraculously there wasn’t that much that I missed. I decided to end the day with one of my favorite books, “Love Letters of Great People,” turning the page to Bach’s love letter.

"Ludwig Van Beethoven to his 'Immortal Beloved'
Letter 1
Good morning, on July 7
My thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved I can live only wholly with you or not at all
Be calm my life, my all. Only by calm consideration of our existence can we achieve our purpose to live together. Oh continue to love me, never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved.
Ever thine
Ever mine
Ever ours".

And with the last words of Beethoven's love letter, I fell asleep.

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