Captivated (Night Sky - Pentalogy - Book Three)

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Chapter Thirty: Aftermath

Gresha and Matrios landed on a small hill beside the field her husband and Justaine were standing in. She looked up to find dark clouds forming with lightning crackling through them. Her head felt like it was going to split open as she looked down at Justaine and watched him point at her husband.

A lightning bolt erupted from the cloud and sliced down on top of her husband’s head. She screamed when she saw her husband fly backward and land on the ground convulsing.

“Justaine!” Psyanne screamed as she ran towards Leih’s convulsing body.

“I didn’t know it was more powerful here!” Justaine hollered as he ran towards Leih.

Matrios ran down the hill and made it to Leih before the other two. Gresha jumped off Matrios and fell at her husband’s side. She leaned over his chest and listened for a heartbeat and found none. She screamed as her body started to shake. She looked over at Justaine and Psyanne as her eyes turned black.

Both stopped and stared at the electricity that flowed through her eyes. She screamed as she pointed at Justaine. Her blue mist erupted from her body in an explosion. It shot out at Justaine and covered his body in pure electricity. He screamed as he fell to the ground convulsing.

“Gresha!” Psyanne screamed.

Gresha turned to Psyanne as her mist whipped out of her body and wrapped around the other woman, sending her across the field, where she landed on the ground convulsing.

Gresha fell to her hands and screamed at the top of her lungs. The ground shook as her mist covered both Justaine and Psyanne. Electricity pulsed through her body as she shook with the ground.

Justaine and Psyanne exploded in electricity.

Gresha continued to scream as the electricity flowed through her body. Her arms flew out away from her as her body convulsed.

Matrios bit down on her arm as hard as he could. Blood poured from the wounds and Gresha cried out as she fell over onto the grass.

“Gresha!” Gio hollered as he and Pilar ran down the hill towards her.

Matrios whimpered as he nudged her with his nose.

“Stay back boy,” Pilar said as he pulled Matrios away from Gresha’s still form.

“Smart thinking boy,” Gio said as he patted his head when he passed the beast to kneel beside his daughter.

“Wrap her wounds, Father,” Pilar said as he pulled his shirt over his head and handed it to his father.

Gio tied the shirt around his daughter’s arm where the Snoggle had bitten her. If Matrios hadn’t stopped her, who knows what her powers would have done next.

“Is there anything left of Prince Justaine or Princess Psyanne?” Gio asked as he looked up at his son.

“I don’t know,” Pilar said as he looked across the field than at his cousin with a frown on his face, then pulled out his phone. “Seven to beam up. You may have to search for whatever you can find of the visiting prince and princess.”

“Yes, Sire.” The tech said into the receiver.

Once on the Station, Pilar looked around for any sign of anything of the prince and princess, then looked at the tech.

“I found nothing of them.” The tech said as he shook his head.

“Damn it,” Pilar grumbled.

“Get your sister to the Hospital Wing,” Gio said as he looked up at his son.

Pilar nodded, then lifted his sister into his arms. Gio had several men help him carry Leih to the Hospital Wing, to be checked over.

Pilar laid his sister on the bed and pulled his shirt off her arm, then pulled out a couple of his devices. He healed her bites then checked on the babies. He almost choked as emotions overcame him, then he pulled out his phone and called Doctor Bengiene.

They worked on Gresha for the next three hours. Pilar had to put aside his feelings, as he pulled the babies from his sister’s stomach. When they were finished, they closed her and moved her into a recovery room. Pilar went to the waiting area where their family waited.

“What’s going on?” Gwyneth asked as Pilar entered the room.

“The electricity was too much for the babies. It split open the balls. The babies didn’t make it.” Pilar said, numb.

“No.” Gwyneth cried out.

Gio pulled his wife into his arms. “How is Gresha?” He asked as he looked at his son.

“She’s alive. But she won’t want to be.” Pilar said as tears streamed down his cheeks.

“How can this be happening?” Tenyar asked as he stared at Pilar. “They were meant to save us.”

“Gresha exploded when Leih died,” Pilar said as he shook his head.

“Leih.” Gwyneth cried. “He’s…”

“Braindead,” Pilar said with a nod. “His heart had stopped beating after Prince Justaine had electrocuted him. That was what set Gresha off. If Matrios hadn’t bitten her, she would have exploded, and probably taken three miles of Earth in each direction, with her.”

“Where is Matrios?” Gwyneth asked as she looked around the room.

“He’s in his forest,” Gio said as he choked on his tears.

“This doesn’t make any sense,” Tenyar said as he shook his head. “This isn’t what Hah-Nah gave her life for. It’s not what she saw.”

“She also didn’t see Prince Justaine.” Pilar pointed out.

“Can I see Gresha?” Gwyneth asked as she looked at her son.

“Not yet. Maybe tomorrow.” Pilar said as he shook his head.

Pilar moved from the waiting room and headed for the room they had placed Leih, to spend the rest of his existence. He stared down at his cousin. That lightning bolt had to of been pretty damn strong to have done this kind of damage to his cousin. But it was nothing compared to Gresha when she is in the most horrible state of her gift. He never wanted to see that side of her again.

Gresha woke slowly and moved her hand down her body. Her stomach was flat. Her babies…

“Gresha.” Gwyneth cried when she saw her daughter open her eyes.

“Mama?” Gresha moaned as she looked over at her mother.

“Oh, baby girl.” Gwyneth cried as she leaned over the bed and hugged her daughter.

“Where’s my babies?” Gresha asked with a cry.

“They didn’t make it.” Gwyneth cried.

“No.” Gresha cried out.

“I’m sorry, baby girl,” Gwyneth said as she rocked her daughter.

“Leih?” She asked as she looked at her mother.

“He’s in a coma, he’s braindead,” Gwyneth informed her daughter as she stepped back out of the hug.

“No.” Gresha cried. “Justaine? Psyanne?”

“They um…”

“No,” Gresha whispered, remembering what she had done to them. “How long have I been out?”

“Two weeks,” Gwyneth said with a frown. “We thought you weren’t going to wake up.”

“I killed my babies.” Gresha cried out.

“No, baby girl. That Justaine started all of this.”

“But I did it, Mama. I killed my babies!”

Gresha broke down and cried so hard Gwyneth’s ears rang. She pulled her daughter into her arms and let her cry herself numb.

“They’re ready for us,” Gio said as he looked at his daughter.

“What is going to happen now?” Gresha asked as she stared ahead.

“If they find you guilty?” Gio asked as he watched his daughter’s blank stare.

“Yeah.”

“I don’t know,” Gio said as he shook his head. His daughter hasn’t been the same since the day that had destroyed her life, six months ago.

“I’m ready for anything.” She said as she entered the communications room.

“High Princess Gresha.” The comity said as she entered the room.

Gresha nodded to them as she moved to stand at her place.

“We have come to a decision on your punishment.” The comity said as they watched her.

“So, you found me guilty then?” She asked as she looked at them.

“Of abusing your powers, yes. For murder, no. It was an accident after Prince Justaine killed Prince Leih.” The comity leader said as he watched her and noticed the emotions on her face didn’t change.

“What?!” Justaine and Psyanne’s father hollered from another monitor. “She killed my heir!”

“And Prince Justaine killed King Vicsorio’s heir.” The comity leader said as he brushed off the king’s complaint. “Because you feel remorse and your power abuse was not intentional, we sentence you to two hundred years on Krio.”

“What?!” Gio demanded angrily.

“We are sorry, High King. Though she is your daughter, she does not get a free pass. If she still had a husband, he would be the one to sentence her. But because she is of age, with no living spouse, it falls to us. The years will go by fast.” The man said as he nodded to Gio.

“Stop!” Tenyar hollered as he entered the room.

“Tenyar.” Gio hissed as the man moved to stand beside Gresha.

“Who is this?” The comity leader demanded of Tenyar.

“I am Tenyar, bodyguard to the Kryer for thousands of years,” Tenyar said as he bowed to them.

“We know she’s the last Kryer, Tenyar.” One of the comity members said.

“If you put her away, you may as well say goodbye to our race,” Tenyar said as he watched the men.

“We cannot look past this just because she’s the Kryer.” The comity leader said as he shook his head. “The sentence stands. It will be carried out immediately.”

Two guards came into the room and took hold of Gresha’s arms.

“Gresha!” Gio hollered as he moved towards his daughter.

“Take her away.” The comity leader ordered.

“Let her say goodbye to her family!” Gio ordered.

“A criminal has no rights. Take her!”

“Gresha, I failed you,” Tenyar said as he held onto her hand.

“No, I failed us all,” Gresha said as she squeezed his hand.

“She will go insane in there!” Gio hollered as the guards pulled her away from Tenyar.

“Don’t worry.” She said as she looked at her father. “I will have Gretta.”

Gio and Tenyar watched the guards take their princess away. Tenyar looked at his king and motioned with his head for him to follow him out of the room. Gio nodded as he opened the door for them to go into the hall.

“Family meeting,” Tenyar whispered, then was gone in a flash of colors.

The royal family met in the High Royal Suite. They cried over the loss of their princess before Tenyar got down to business.

“Something isn’t right here.” He said as he watched his family. “Abusing your powers is not punishable by two hundred years on Krio, especially for a first offense. They knew they couldn’t get away with murder because it was an accident. And you can’t lock up the Kryer, or chaos will commence. I think there’s corruption in the comity.”

“How are they getting away with this?” Gwyneth asked, confused.

“Because Leih is not here to stand up for her,” Gio said as he shook his head.

“If he was here, there would be no reason for this at all,” Gwyneth said as she looked around the room.

“We know,” Tenyar said with a nod. “We need to go into hiding before our people start turning on each other. This is exactly what Hah-Nah kept seeing in her visions.”

“When I almost died,” Gwyneth said with a nod.

“Right,” Tenyar said as he nodded back.

“Where will we hide?” Geena asked as she looked around the room at her family.

“Somewhere no one will find us,” Gio said with a sigh. “I hate to leave my people, but my family is more important.”

“Right,” Pilar said as he pulled Geena to his side.

“We will need anything medical that you can sneak out, Pilar,” Tenyar said as he looked at the man. “Anything Leih will need too, he’s coming with us.”

“I would never leave him behind,” Pilar said with a nod.

“What about Gresha?” Gwyneth asked as she looked between Tenyar and Pilar.

“We will figure that out once we are safe. Gio was right, she can go insane there, but as she said, she will have Gretta to keep her sane.” Tenyar said as he nodded to her.

“Right, no one knows about Gretta,” Gwyneth said with a smile.

“We’ll get all the kids packed and ready to go,” Kimberly said as she stood.

“I’ll help,” Gwyneth said with a nod to the young woman.

“Make sure you don’t leave anything behind that will lead anyone to us,” Tenyar said as he looked between the two women.

“I will help pack up the heavy objects.” Claireisa offered.

“That will be helpful,” Pilar said with a grin. “You can move Leih and anything we will need for him.”

“On it,” Claireisa said with a nod.

“I can’t believe we’re doing this,” Gwyneth said as she wrapped her arms around her flat stomach. A cry from the nursery had her jumping to her feet.

“It’s the best thing for our family, Tiey Vail,” Gio said as he watched his wife leave the room.

“I know,” Gwyneth said with an angry growl. “Doesn’t mean I like it!” She said as she turned from them and headed to the nursery.

“Who’s getting Matrios?” Pilar asked as he looked around the room at his family.

“That’s right, we almost forgot about the Snoggle,” Claireisa said as she looked around the room.

“Gresha would never forgive us if we left him behind,” Pilar said with a frown.

“I’ll get him,” Gio said with a nod.

Matrios has spent most of his time in his forest, away from the family, since everything had gone down. Gresha would sit with him as they stared into nothingness, almost every night. One of them was going to have to break the news to Matrios, that they won’t be seeing their princess for a couple of hundred years.

“Can you handle him?” Pilar asked as he looked at his father.

Gio nodded. “We have an understanding.”

“Break the news to him gently,” Stalson said as he watched his uncle.

“Right,” Gio said with a nod.

The family agreed to what each of them would be responsible for and went their separate ways.

It took them two months, but they got everything ready to go as soon as they found a place habitable for them. They left in the middle of the night, not leaving a trace of themselves behind and found a dark planet to live on. It wasn’t the best environment, but they built the shelter needed to keep them safe, and they knew no one would come looking for them on such a desolate planet.

The years went by slow as they barely survived on their new planet. A hundred years was like a thousand. Gwyneth watched her sister age and die over and over in her mind years after she was gone.

Her children grew up so fast it was hard to keep hold of them. Pilar tried to create serums to keep their Earth family alive a bit longer but couldn’t seem to concoct the right stuff with what little they had to work with. Their last full-blooded Earthling died on their hundredth year on the Planet.

Pilar stood over his cousin as he did almost every day and watched him breathe in and out as he listened to his hearts. The machine started to make noises above Leih’s head and Pilar tapped the machine, then watched as his cousin’s brain waves went off the charts.

“What the hell?” Pilar grumbled as he backed away from the bed.

Leih came up off the bed so fast Pilar fell to the floor against the door.

“Leih.” He breathed.

“Pilar?” Leih asked groggily.

“You’re alive.” Pilar gasped.

“What the hell happened?” Leih grumbled as he looked around the room. “Where are we?”

“You’re going to need to sit down cousin, there’s a lot to tell you,” Pilar said as he pulled himself to his feet.

Leih sat on the bed and watched his cousin as he walked around him, disconnecting tubes and sensors. As he did so, he told Leih what has happened in the last hundred years since he has been brain dead. Leih frowned as he listened to his cousin. When Pilar finished, Leih shook his head.

“All because I didn’t want the little brat to steal my wife away,” Leih said with a growl. “And in a way, he did anyways.”

“He also destroyed our race with that stunt of his,” Pilar said as he shook his head. “Just as Hah-Nah had seen it, our race destroyed itself. There’s not many of us left.”

“Good thing our family went into hiding,” Leih said as he got to his feet.

“Maybe you should rest.” Pilar cautioned his cousin.

“I’ve been resting for a hundred years. I want to go get my wife.”

Leih, Gio, Tenyar, and Pilar formed a plan to rescue their princess. As they landed on Krio, they found that even the guards were scarce on Krio. Their race would be no more soon enough. Leih broke the walls as they made their way to where they found they were keeping their princess.

Leih looked in the capsule that had his wife’s name on it. She looked just as she had a hundred years ago. He watched her eyes follow him and smiled, then took hold of the door and pulled it off its hinges. She fell forward into his arms as he tossed the door to the side. She smiled up into his face as he looked down at her.

“Am I dreaming?” She asked as she touched his cheek.

“No, Tiey Vail, I’m real.” He whispered, then kissed her.

“Enough of that, you two can reunite later. Let’s get out of here!” Pilar hollered from the other side of the room.

“Pilar.” Gresha cried out when she heard her brother’s voice.

Pilar smiled as she and Leih walked past him. They made their way off Krio and took their princess back to their planet, where they celebrated the return of their prince and princess.

That night, they were attacked by those who wanted the Kryer to stay locked away. They must have followed their ship there from Krio.

Their family was captured and sentenced to a thousand years on Krio, for breaking Gresha out.

Hundreds of years went by and the only Sobriehtons left were those left on Krio. Mostly criminals, and no one left to release those trapped in the Krio capsules.

Gresha spent the rest of eternity staring at her husband in the capsule across from hers.

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