Captivated (Night Sky - Pentalogy - Book Three)

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Chapter Eleven: Matrios

“I can’t believe you did that, Father,” Pilar said, staring at his father.

“I knew the man was lying, Son. But I couldn’t prove it without having Gresha repeat her act.”

“How did you know it was the man lying and not Gresha?”

“Because a Kryer cannot lie,” Gio said, smiling at his son.

Pilar laughed, “I hadn’t thought of that.”

“That’s why I’m the High King,” Gio said with a grin.

“What are we going to do about the trainer?”

“I’d like to turn him in for Snoggle abuse. We need to capture it on camera for proof first.”

“Gresha would like that,” Pilar said with a nod.

“Indeed. But that would mean the Snoggle would be taken away,” Gio said with a frown.

“Well, before that happens, I think we should change up the approach. Gwyneth’s clothes are too aired out. I think we need something that hasn’t been hanging in her closet for over twenty years.”

“Good point, Son. I will see if I can find something tomorrow. Until then, keep an eye on your sister. You know she will try and save that Snoggle.”

“Yeah, she’s a lawbreaker like her brother,” Pilar said with a grin.

Gio laughed and shook his head. What is he going to do with his children?


Gresha tossed and turned in her sleep. Her dreams were so haunting. She couldn’t find her mother or her cousin, and they both slipped from her fingers. She cried in her sleep when her cousin fell into a hole, and Gresha couldn’t get her out.


A male voice whispered into her dream. Gresha looked around her as the dream changed from a dark field with holes everywhere to the beautiful field on her family’s land. She spun around and looked for where the voice had come from. She stopped spinning when she saw a large animal across the field from her. She smiled when she recognized the Snoggle.

“Hello boy,” she said with a grin.

The Snoggle ran the distance between them and stopped in front of her. Gresha sighed as she leaned into the Snoggle’s large chest and wrapped her arms around him.

‘I can help you.’

The same voice said as the Snoggle laid his large head on her shoulder. She backed away and stared at him.

“Is that you talking?” she asked, stunned.

The Snoggle licked her cheek, and she giggled as she wiped her face.

‘It is.’

“How can you help me?” she asked as she studied his face.

‘No one understands a Snoggle. They all fear us.’

“Well, you do devour people,” she said with a smile.

‘Only for protection.’

“So, you don’t eat Sobriehtons?” she asked with a smile.

‘No worst tasting meat.’

She laughed as she leaned into the Snoggle. “What do you eat?”

‘Meat. We hunt, but we do not hunt Sobriehtons. They hunt us. There was a time when we lived together in peace.’

“Oh?” she asked as she backed away.

‘But a Sobriehton killed one of my kind, and my ancestors killed the Sobriehton. We had to hide in the forest for thousands of years until they discovered that we are good trackers. Then they started catching us and training us to be what you would call, a Search Dog.’

“That’s horrible,” she said with a frown.

‘Not so bad meal twice a day. But some of the trainers aren’t so friendly.’

“I know my brother told me,” she said as she scratched behind his ear. She giggled when his foot thumped the ground. “Why did you choose me?”

‘I didn’t.’

“I don’t understand,” she said with a shake of her head.

‘Neither do I, I have never bonded before.’

“I was told it was rare,” she said with a nod.

‘I want to help you, Princess, but I cannot unless you learn my name.’

“Can’t you tell me?” she asked, rubbing his large head.

‘I can’t. I don’t know it.’

“That is the oddest thing I have ever heard,” she said as she pulled her hand back.

‘I know.’

The Snoggle laughed, which was the oddest sound she had ever heard. She giggled as she wrapped her arms around him.

“You’re not so mean,” she said with a smile.

‘Don’t tell anyone that.’

He playfully growled at her. She laughed and held onto him tighter. The Snoggle disappeared, and she fell forward.

Gresha sat up straight in bed and bumped Leih.

“Matrios,” she said, looking straight ahead.

“You know it doesn’t do my libido any good when my wife wakes in the middle of the night calling out another man’s name,” Leih said as he sat up and looked at her.

“It’s not a man,” Gresha said as she crawled out of bed.

“Then who is it?” he asked as he watched her dress.

She paused and looked at him, a smile on her face. “It’s the Snoggle’s name.”

Leih jumped out of bed and rushed over to his wife. “Are you sure about that?” he asked as he took hold of her arms.

“I’m sure,” she said happily with a nod of her head.

“If you’re wrong, he can get you for trying to steal his Snoggle,” Leih said as he pulled on his pants.

“I know,” Gresha said with a grunt as she pulled a shirt over her head. “it’s his name.” She pulled her head through the shirt and looked at her husband.

“Then let’s go get your Snoggle,” he said with a wide grin.


“What are you doing here?” the trainer demanded when he saw Gresha and Leih enter the training room.

“My wife has come to retrieve her Snoggle,” Leih said with a grin.

The Snoggle turned his large head to look at Gresha. Gresha noticed the slash across his face and cried out obscenities Leih never heard come from her mouth before.

“You need to leave; you are interrupting my training.”

“How could you be so cruel to such a tame beast!” Gresha cried out as she glared at the trainer.

“Tame beast, you say?” the trainer hollered. “He got that slash because he tried to bite my hand off!”

‘He used that taser on my genitals, ask your husband what he would have done.’

Gresha stared at the Snoggle; she can hear his thoughts. The dream was real. She moved closer to her husband and whispered into his ear and him what the trainer had done.

Leih stared at her. “Are you sure?”

She nodded, “I’m sure.”

Leih shook his head and looked at the trainer. “I guess I would try to bite your hand off too if you used that taser on my manhood.”

“How did you know… I did no such thing,” the trainer said, changing his story in mid-sentence.

“I see,” Leih said, looking from his wife to the Snoggle. “Go claim your pet,” he said with a sigh of defeat, then turned to his wife with a huge smile on his face.

Gresha smiled as he kissed her, then turned and walked towards the trainer and her Snoggle.

‘Did you find it?’

Gresha smiled at the Snoggle. “I did.”

“You did what?” the trainer asked as he held the taser up, ready to use it on the beast.

“I found his name,” Gresha said as she stopped ten feet from them.

“Impossible. That is just a myth. Snoggles don’t have names, only the ones a trainer gives to them,” the trainer said, glaring at Gresha.

Gresha smiled at the Snoggle. “Come here, Matrios.”

The Snoggle wagged his tail, then got to his feet, ready to walk to her. The trainer pressed the taser into the beast’s side. Gresha screamed and shouted for him to stop, then threw her blue mist to surround the whimpering Snoggle. The trainer fell backward, screaming in pain as the electricity from the blue mist turned the electricity of the taser back on him.

“Come here, Matrios,” Gresha said, pointing to the ground in front of her

The Snoggle walked over to her and sat exactly where she had pointed on the ground. She smiled as she scratched his nose.

“Good boy,” she said, then leaned forward and rubbed her nose against his large nose.

Matrios blew out air, which made her hair fly behind her back. She laughed as she wrapped her arms around him.

Leih smiled as he watched his wife with the large beast. The most dangerous beast in Sobrieh woods and his wife has tamed herself one.

“You can’t just make up a name and expect everyone to believe you found his name,” the trainer said as he moved towards Gresha and the Snoggle.

“Stay away from my wife,” Leih warned.

“You stay back. I’m not letting her steal my beast. I own him!” the trainer yelled at Leih.

As he yelled, a gust of wind blew at Leih. Leih’s strength kept him from falling over or flying backward, but the wind was too strong for him to walk through. The trainer grabbed hold of Gresha’s arm and yanked her away from the beast.

“Three lashings for stealing a Snoggle. Two strikes, that makes six lashings.”

“Don’t you touch her!” Leih screamed through the wind.

“Get your hands off me!” Gresha screamed as she tried to yank her hand free from his grip.

Matrios growled and nipped at the trainer. The trainer flicked his wand, and Gresha watched as a whip came out and whipped the Snoggle. Matrios whimpered as he tried to bite the whip out of the man’s hand.

“How dare you snap at me. I am your master!” the trainer screamed as he whipped the beast again.

“Stop!” Gresha cried out.

“And you! No one will stop me this time!” he said as he lifted his hand with the whip and brought it down on Gresha.

The blue mist surrounded her body and blocked the whip. It electrocuted the man, and he fell to the ground convulsing.

Matrios moved to stand next to Gresha, and the blue mist evaporated from around her. The wind stopped blowing against Leih, and he caught himself, then ran to his wife. Matrios growled when Leih approached them, and Leih skidded to a stop before he reached his wife.

“It’s okay, Matrios,” Gresha said as she patted the beast on the shoulder. “Remember he is my husband. He is safe.”

Matrios stopped growling and watched Leih, who was slowly approaching Gresha. Gresha flung her arms around Leih and sighed with relief as he held her close.

“Let’s get out of here,” he said as they turned towards the exit.

Matrios stayed where he was sitting and watched them leave. Gresha turned to him and smiled.

“Come along, Matrios,” she said, then slapped the side of her leg with her hand.

Matrios got to his feet and sprinted to her. She laid her hand on his large back as they walked towards the door.

“You can’t have him!” the trainer bellowed as he got to his feet and ran across the training room towards them.

Gresha turned to find the man coming at her with a knife in his hand.

Matrios jumped on the man and knocked him to the floor. The man screamed as Matrios ripped him to shreds. When the man no longer screamed or made any noise, Matrios moved off the body and turned to Gresha. His face and chest were covered in blood.

Gresha screamed when she saw what was left of the trainer and hid her face in Leih’s chest.

“Damn,” Leih grunted and shook his head.

Matrios backed away from them with fear in his eyes.

“Gresha,” Leih whispered, looking down at her.

Gresha looked up at her husband with tears streaming down her cheeks. Leih smiled as he wiped the tears from her cheeks.

“Call your Snoggle, he thinks you’re angry with him,” he whispered as he looked over at the still retreating beast.

Gresha turned to her animal and saw the fear and sorrow in his eyes. She smiled as she wiped her cheeks. “Come here, Matrios,” she said, pointing to the ground in front of her.

Matrios seemed to be pulled to her, whether he wanted to go or not. She avoided the blood on his face as she touched his ear and rubbed the soft hair on the back of it.

“Let’s go home,” she said, looking into his eyes.

“Take Matrios home and wash him up. I’ll tell your father what happened,” Leih said, looking at the mangled man on the floor.

“Okay,” Gresha said with a nod. “Come along, Matrios,” she said as she slapped the side of her leg.

Matrios obeyed her and followed her to the Royal Corridor. She took him to the garden area and picked up the water hose, then turned to the beast who sat not far from her. She could see now why Sobriehtons are so afraid of these beasts and why they only allow a skilled trainer to handle them. Though Matrios’s trainer wasn’t very skilled. He only controlled him with pain and fear.

‘Are you angry with me?’

Gresha looked into his eyes for a moment, then pulled the water hose closer to him and ran water over his nose, and watched the blood flow down the drain in the floor.

“I’m not angry with you, Matrios,” Gresha said, looking into his eyes. “I was scared.” She could tell by the look in his eyes he wasn’t sure if he could believe her.

She rubbed his nose to get the blood out of the coarse hair, and Matrios growled, then whined in pain.

“Oh, I’m sorry,” she said as she pulled her hand back.

She lowered the water and saw the large gash on his nose and frowned. She moved the hose to his chest and washed the blood from the white and rust-colored hair. When she was sure she got all the blood, she turned off the hose and looked at him. He still looked at her as if he wasn’t sure he believed her.

She smiled as she walked back over to him.

“Thank you for saving me,” she said as she gently touched his nose.

‘It is my job now.’

She chuckled, “so many have claimed that.”

She touched his wound and moved her blue mist to cover the deep gash, then closed her eyes and concentrated.

Matrios growled as the blue mist stung his nose. When she pulled her mist off his nose, it was fully healed. She smiled into his big brown eyes.

“All better,” she whispered, leaning against him. “My blue mist would have protected me,” she whispered as she leaned against him.

“I saw him before you did and reacted.”

“I’m not angry with you,” she assured him as she wrapped her arms around him.

“Gresha,” Gio said, watching her with the beast.

Gresha turned and smiled at her father. “Hi, Daddy.”

“I thought I told you to stay away from the Snoggle and his trainer,” Gio said as he stayed back from the beast.

“I know, Daddy. But the man was beating him. And Matrios came to me in my dream,” she said as she took a step back from the Snoggle.

“I see,” Gio said, watching them. “He told you his name?”

“No,” she said with a shake of her head. “It came to me when I woke up. I tried to take him nicely, but the trainer kept attacking me.”

“I see,” Gio said with a nod. “Don’t let the Snoggle go anywhere. I need to watch the video of what happened so the Snoggle Society can make their decision on what happens to the beast.”

“But Daddy,” Gresha cried.

“I’m sorry, baby girl. He killed a Highborn. He must be punished,” Gio said, then turned and left them.

“No,” Gresha cried.

Matrios nudged her arm with his nose.

‘To protect you, I would do it again, Princess.’

“It’s all my fault,” she said with a cry as she leaned against him.

‘No. You tried to free me. Just these few moments free with you is better than no freedom. I have been a trained Snoggle for thousands of years, being your pet for a few moments is more than I could have ever asked for.’

“You’re not a pet,” Gresha said, holding onto him, “you’re my companion.”

The sound of the beast laughing sounded funny in her head.

‘As you wish, Princess.’

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