Captivated (Night Sky - Pentalogy - Book Three)

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Chapter Twenty-Nine: I Challenge You to a Duel

“Your father did what now?” Gavin asked as he watched Gresha’s face.

“He promised my hand in marriage to more than one royal, on the start of their voyage through the stars.” She said as she tried to not laugh at the look on his face.

“And this new prince, he wants you even though you are carrying Leih’s children?” He asked, shocked at everything his little sister was going through, now that she’s Gresha again.

“That’s what he said to me.” She said with a nod.

“This is crazy,” Gavin said as he shook his head.

“You’re telling me.” She said with a sigh as she placed her hand on her swollen stomach. “I told him they already have a father. I think Leih fears losing me, though.”

“That’s ridiculous. I remember how close you two were when you were three, and that closeness is even stronger now.” Gavin said as he shook his head.

“Tell Leih that,” Gresha said with a frown.

“I’m sure he knows how much you love him,” Gavin said as he took her hand and squeezing it.

“I hope so.” She said with a sigh.

“Gavin,” Leih said as he entered the suite.

“Hey, Leih,” Gavin said as he smiled up at his brother-in-law…cousin-in-law. He really needs to get used to that again.

“Did you have a nice time in the city?” Leih asked as he walked over to the couch.

“Great,” Gresha said as she smiled at him. “We went out for ice cream.”

“The babies?” He asked as he smiled at her stomach.

“Actually, Matrios and Nahla,” Gresha said with a laugh.

“Ah,” Leih said with a smile as he leaned down and kissed his wife.

“We had a spy today,” Gavin said as he watched Leih with his sister…cousin.

“Oh?” Leih asked as he looked between them.

“It was the prince’s sister. She didn’t stay long once I found her.” Gresha said as she shrugged her shoulders.

“Her gift is awesome,” Gavin said with a grin.

“She was invisible?” Leih asked as he watched them.

“She was,” Gavin said, still grinning.

“How did you know she was there?” Leih asked as he looked at his wife.

“Matrios saw her,” Gresha said as she looked up at her husband.

“He could see her? But how?” Leih asked shocked.

“Another trait no one knew about Snoggles,” Gresha said with a grin. “They can see heat signatures. He felt a presence and looked for a heat signature and found her.”

“You are something else, you know that?” Leih said as he pulled her to her feet.

“Oh?” She asked with a grin as he pulled her into his arms.

“So many things we have learned about Snoggles, that we never would have known without you.” He said as he pressed his forehead to hers.

“I think I’m going to go,” Gavin said as he got to his feet.

“I’ll see you later,” Gresha said, not moving her head from under her husband.

Gavin grinned as he walked out of the suit. There is no way anyone is ever coming between those two.


Psyanne stared at her brother. He was serious. He plans to challenge Prince Leih to a duel of powers. He believes the prince has no true gift and he will be able to take him out of the competition, by winning a duel.

“Princess Gresha won’t choose you, because you won a stupid duel,” Psyanne said as she watched him pull the sword box out from behind the couch.

She stared at the box. When she hadn’t seen it, she had hoped he wasn’t planning to try and duel the prince for the princess’s hand. From what she saw of the princess in the last few days, she is not one to be impressed by this kind of show.

“She will when she sees my powers and sees we belong together.” He said as he set the box on the coffee table.

“This is crazy, Justaine.” She said as she watched him open the box and pull out his own sword. “This won’t work.”

“It will, with your help.” He said with a grin.

“I won’t help you this time.” She said with a shake of her head.

He looked up at her. “You will if you ever want to see your Earthling again.”

She stared at him in shock. How did he know?

“I’ve been watching you, Sister. I have seen how you look at that human.” He said as he shook his head. “Father would be disgusted.”

“Your so-called bride to be is half Earthling.” She reminded him as she watched him place his sword back into the box.

“But her gift proves she is more Sobriehton.” He said with a grin. “What gift does your Earthling have?”

“You know he has none.” She said with a frown.

“My point, exactly.” He said as he moved past her.

“Brother, please, I’m begging you. You won’t impress her with this show of power.”

“It will, when she sees that our powers are similar, we were born to be together.” He said as he opened the front door to their suite, then stopped and turned to her. “Come along, Sister.”

“She won’t see anything. If Leih accepts the challenge, he won’t allow his very pregnant wife to follow you to the duel.” She said as she walked past him and out the door.

“She is not his wife.” He said as he closed the door.

“She may as well be,” Psyanne grumbled.

“And once I give her my favor, she will come on her own.” He said with a grin.

“Don’t.” She whispered.

“Let’s go.”

He said as he pushed her towards the Royal Corridor.

~*~

“You want to do what now?” Leih asked as he stared at the other prince.

“A duel of powers,” Justaine said with a grin.

“I’m not dueling you,” Leih said as he shook his head, remembering what Psyanne had told him about this duel. That her brother likes to cheat.

“Yes, you are. We will duel for the right to marry the beautiful, High Princess.” Justaine said with a grin.

“She won’t go for it,” Leih said as he shook his head.

“Sure, she will, when she sees who is more powerful, she will choose the best man to keep her safe,” Justaine said as he watched the younger man.

“She will be angry,” Leih said as he shook his head.

“It’s either this or I will block any wedding you plan until she chooses,” Justaine said with an evil grin.

“She has already chosen me,” Leih said as he glared at the man.

“She will choose on her wedding day,” Justaine said as he watched the man. “And I guarantee she will choose me, they always do.”

“You’ve been married?” Leih asked, confused.

“Not yet, but I’ve had many women beg to be my bride. But I knew I was meant for someone else.”

“Lord,” Leih said as he shook his head with a sigh. “She won’t like that we dueled. She’s not that type of a woman.”

“She will be thrilled we want her so much we will fight for her,” Justaine said as he smiled at the younger prince.

“You really don’t know her,” Leih said as he shook his head.

“I know women,” Justaine assured Leih.

“Not this one, you don’t.”

“Look, we either duel, or I’ll make your life miserable for all eternity, as I keep you from getting married and convince her I am the one for her,” Justaine said as he watched Leih’s face.

Leih sighed as he remembered what Psyanne had said about him probably being the only one who could actually beat her brother in a duel. That is if the man doesn’t cheat.

“Fine,” Leih grunted. “But not on the Station.” He doesn’t want Gresha to know anything about this.

“Good, works better on a planet. Find us a place on Earth, and we will leave in thirty minutes.” Justaine said as he held his hand out to shake Leih’s.

Leih paused for a moment, then shook the man’s hand. He watched him leave his suite, then looked over at the wall.

“Happy now?” He asked, knowing Psyanne was still there.

“Not really.” She said as she became visible. “He’s going to cheat.” She said as she watched him.

“Then I guess I’m warned.” He said with a nod.

“Be careful.” She whispered before she vanished again and left the suite.

~*~

“Where are you going?” Gresha asked, watching her husband.

“Just down to Earth to find a few things that we need. Patches needs food and litter, and there are a few other things that are needed, that we can only find on Earth.” Leih said as he pulled her into his arms. “I shouldn’t be, long.” He whispered as he kissed her.

“Be safe. They know what we all look like now.” She whispered as she held onto him.

“I will Tiey Vail, I promise.” He said as he held her close, then looked at his watch. “I’ve gotta go. I love you.”

“I love you too.” She whispered as he pulled away from her.

She watched him leave their suite and sighed. So much for having a romantic day out. She moved over to the door and opened it with a sigh, then walked into the Royal Corridor and moved over to the Numblee Tree.

She hasn’t visited her since she had become Gresha again. Maybe she should put that on her to-do list. She paused when she saw a smiling face in the tree that had never been there before.

“Princess.”

Startled, Gresha jumped and turned to find Justaine standing behind her, grinning from ear to ear.

“I had hoped to find you here.” He said as he approached her.

“What do you need?” She asked as she eyed him.

“I have something I want to give to you.” He said as he moved closer to her.

She backed away from him until she felt the base of the planter for the Numblee Tree garden behind her and she couldn’t back up any further. He stopped within inches of her.

“For you.” He said as he held his hand out to her, palm up.

Gresha stared at his palm, there was nothing there, then he pressed his other hand on top of his hand and ground them together. Gresha watched in shock as electricity erupted from his hands then a white swirl floated off his hand.

When he opened his hands, a blue rose laid in his palm. He blew on it and snowflakes flew around his hand, then he held his hand out to her with a smile.

“I offer you my favor.” He said with a smile.

Curious, she reached out and touched the rose. It was cold to the touch. He said his favor, what did he mean by that? She recognized the word, but she couldn’t remember what it was for. Why was her photographic memory failing her now? Did her pregnancy block that too?

“Take it.” He said as he watched her.

She gently picked the rose up out of his hand and he grinned as he leaned forward and quickly kissing her cheek before she could dodge him.

“When I return, you will be mine.” He said with a grin, then turned and left her standing there, stunned at his words.

‘Princess?’

Gresha turned and looked at Matrios.

‘He is up to something.’

“I agree,” Gresha said with a nod. “But what?”

‘We should tell Leih.’

“Yes, but he is on Earth.” She said with a frown.

‘Something doesn’t feel right.’

“You’re right, it doesn’t,” Gresha said angrily as she moved over to her Snoggle.

He laid down to help her onto his back. Once she was situated, he took off at a run in hopes they could catch Leih before he left for Earth. When they got to the shuttle bay, they saw one of the captains and found that no one has taken a shuttle in days. Frowning, they left the shuttle bay.

“Maybe he was beamed down.”

She nodded. “Let’s go.”

When they entered the room, the techs looked at her and smiled.

“Princess.” They said at the same time.

“Did Prince Leih go to Earth through here?” She asked.

“Yes, Your Grace.” One of them answered as he watched her.

“With that new prince.” The other said as he looked at the panel in front of him.

“Prince Justaine?” Gresha asked, knowing it was the only new prince here.

“Yeah, him.”

“There was a third party with them, but we couldn’t detect who it was.”

“Psyanne,” Gresha whispered. “Thank you.” She said as she and Matrios left the room.

‘What are you thinking, Princess?’

“That this all sounds hinky,” Gresha grumbled. Her eyes widened as she looked at the frost rose in her hand. “His favor.” She whispered.

‘What’s that?’

“He said he was giving me his favor.” She said as she stared at the rose. “I remember what it means! Go back, go back, go back.”

Matrios stopped and turned around, then headed back to the room.

“I can’t believe I accepted his stupid favor.” She said as she almost cried.

‘What is going on, Princess?’

“Prince Justaine is going to duel my husband.”

Matrios picked up speed and got them back to the room. The techs looked up and smiled at her again.

“Can you beam us to the same place you beamed the princes?”

“Of course.” One of the techs said as he pressed some buttons.

“Are you sure it’s safe, your highness? For the babies I mean.” The other tech asked as he watched her and Matrios move onto the pads.

“No more so then what’s going on down there with my husband.” She grumbled.

The beams surrounded them and sent them down to Earth.

~*~

Leih stood across the field from Justaine, the sword on the ground in front of him.

“I know you’re there.” He whispered.

“Don’t hate me,” Psyanne whispered back, almost crying.

“Ready?!” Justaine hollered from across the field.

“If you say so.” Leih grumbled.

“He can’t hear you,” Psyanne whispered.

“Ready!” Leih hollered across the field to the other man.

“Pick up the sword,” Justaine said with a grin as he picked up his own sword.

Leih looked down to pick up the sword and paused. The sword was no longer on the ground in front of him. He looked around him and found no sign of it.

“Psyanne.” He said with a soft growl.

“I have to.” She whispered back.

Leih felt a blade come down on his back and turned to find Justaine standing behind him with a shocked look on his face, as he stared at his broken sword.

“It’s true.” He whispered.

“Is that how you fight? You get your sister to steal away their sword, then attack them from behind?” Leih demanded with a growl.

“No, I just had to see if the rumors about your skin were true,” Justaine said as he looked at Leih. “And how did you know my sister is here? Psyanne, are you giving away our plans?”

Psyanne appeared across the field from them with Leih’s sword in her hand.

“No Brother, he knew I was there.”

“Interesting,” Justaine said with a smile. “But doesn’t mean you’ve won.” He said as he moved back away from Leih and tossed the broken sword onto the grass. “You may have impervious skin, but there are other ways to hurt you,” Justaine said as he stopped twenty feet from Leih with his arms over his head and his head tilted back as he looked up at the sky.

Leih watched as the sky darkened, and the clouds parted. A dark cloud, centered between the white clouds and lightning crackling around the dark puffs.

Justaine’s head came up, his eyes black as he pointed at Leih.

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