Chapter Thirty-One: Turn-Around
Gresha opened her eyes. Her head stopped splitting open and she looked down into the field just as Justaine pointed at her husband.
“Leih!” she screamed at the top of her lungs.
She growled and screamed at the same time, and her blue mist formed a bubble around her husband as the lightning bolt hit him. The electricity from her mist bounced the lightning bolt into a tree and split the tree down the center.
“Gresha.” Leih breathed, turning to look up the hill where his wife sat on top of her Snoggle.
“You can’t have help!” Justaine screamed.
“You did!” Leih hollered back at the man.
“Take him out!” Gresha screamed, pointing at her husband.
Leih looked down at his fist as it glowed with her blue mist. He flexed his fingers and grinned.
“Thanks, Short Stack,” he said, then took off at a run toward Justaine.
Leih punched the other man in the face sending him across the field, knocking him out cold. The other prince’s body jerked with spasms, then settled. Psyanne ran to her brother’s side and sighed with relief to find a pulse.
Psyanne looked over at Leigh, then up the hill at the High Princess, who was still sitting on her Snoggle. Her brother wasn’t the perfect match for the High Princess. This powerful prince is the only one to handle her powers.
She turned and smiled at Leih. “Go to your princess. You have won.”
“I already knew that,” Leih said angrily. “I just wanted him to stop harassing us.”
“I doubt he can deny it any longer,” she said, looking back at her brother. “Even he can now see that you two belong together.”
Leih nodded, then took off for the hill, where his wife still sat on Matrios. When he got to her, he lifted her down into his arms and held her close.
“You idiot!” she screamed, hitting him.
“I know,” he said, holding her close.
“I almost lost you,” she cried against him.
“Never,” he said, kissing the top of her head.
“You almost caused the end of the Sobriehton race!” she screamed, backing out of his arms and punching him in the chest.
“How so?” he asked, eyeing her. He noticed the fear in her eyes and pulled her back into his arms. “First real vision,” he whispered, holding her close.
“Yes,” she cried against him. “I don’t know how past Kryers have survived them.”
“By telling those closest to them. Tell me what you saw.”
She told him everything she had seen in her vision. Including the corruption in the comity. He held her close as she told him of her vision. As she talked, he watched Justaine regain consciousness and look up the hill at them. He gave him a salute before he and his sister beamed up to the station.
Leih hoped that that meant he was giving up on Gresha’s hand and not a salute saying, until next time. When Gresha finished with her vision, Leih held her back from him and looked into her eyes.
“Hah-Nah and the universe were wise to choose you as the next Kryer.” He said with a smile.
“I don’t like it.” She cried.
“We need to tell the family of your vision. Gio and Stalson need to do something about this corruption. They need to find which ones and how many.” he said as he pulled her back into his arms, then pulled out his phone and spoke into it. “Three for transport.”
“That is the hardest thing for a Kryer to go through,” Tenyar said as Gresha finished telling them her vision.
“Losing her family?” Pilar asked as he looked at Tenyar.
“Going through her first true vision,” Tenyar said with a frown.
“What do you remember about those corrupted comity members?” Stalson asked as he watched Gresha.
“I don’t know how many of them or which ones, but I think I know which one the leader of them was,” Gresha said as she tried to remember the vision, and at the same time wanting to forget it.
“If I showed you pictures, could you point him out?” Stalson asked.
“Of course,” Gresha said with a nod.
Stalson stood and disappeared out the door. Gresha watched him leave then turned to her family who was all staring at her.
“I’m okay.” She assured them.
“I should have been there,” Tenyar grumbled.
“You were spending the day with Angeleiya,” Gresha said as she smiled at her bodyguard. “You couldn’t have stopped the vision.”
“I could have been there for you,” Tenyar said with a frown.
“I had Leih.” She said as she reached out and took her husband’s hand.
Leih squeezed her hand as he smiled at her. He knows the thought of being the cause of their children’s death was still gnawing at her.
“Don’t beat yourself up, Tenyar,” Leih said as he smiled at the man. “You couldn’t have done any more for her then what I had done.”
“I think the wedding needs to be sooner rather than later,” Gio said as he watched his daughter and her husband.
“I agree,” Leih said with a nod.
“Agreed,” Gresha said with a smile.
“I’ll get my mother to make your dress,” Tenyar said with a grin.
“Oh!” Gwyneth said excitedly. “You will love her work Gresha. She had done my wedding dress.”
“Yeah, and with Neesah gone, she has had trouble finding work,” Tenyar said with a nod.
“Problem solved,” Gwyneth said with a grin. “Ask her how she would feel about being the High Royal Seamstress?”
“I think she would like that,” Tenyar said as he grinned at Gwyneth. “She talks a lot about you and Gretchen.”
“Perfect,” Gwyneth said as she grinned back. “We can always use new clothes. Have her come over tomorrow.”
“Will do,” Tenyar said with a nod.
“Gresha,” Stalson said as he came back into the room.
Gresha looked up at him and took the folder of photos from him. She looked through the photos and paused at the last photo. Her hearts skipped a beat as she looked into the man’s face.
“Him.” She whispered. “He’s the one who sent me to Krio.”
“That’s Deviene. He’s third in charge, I think.” Stalson said with a nod. “We’ve had our eyes on him for a while now.”
“Well, six months from now, he will be the leader,” Gresha whispered, still looking at his face.
“Interesting,” Stalson said with a smile. “You will have to tell the captain. He will have no choice but to believe the Kryer.”
“The Kryer can’t lie,” Gio said with a smile.
“Exactly,” Stalson said with a wide grin.
“It’s impossible for them to lie,” Tenyar said as he watched them. “They stutter when they talk if they try to lie, especially about a vision. It’s how Neesah got the answers she needed about the twins.”
“I would never make anything up or lie,” Gresha said as she shook her head. “It was so real.”
“Because it was,” Tenyar said as he watched her. “You were seeing what was to come if things stayed on the same path. That’s how a Kryer can change or fix the future. They see what will happen and decide the best course to change it.”
“But that seems so unfair,” Gresha said as she shook her head.
“Any different then you going back in time to bring your husband back to life?” Tenyar asked as he watched her.
“Oh,” Gresha said as she looked at him. “I never thought of that. I guess it is helpful.”
Tenyar laughed. “To say the least. You said I said something about it not being what Hah-Nah died for?”
“Yes,” Gresha said with a nod.
“That means it’s not the way the future was supposed to go. Someone or something changed it. And a Kryer is warned to fix it.”
“I see,” Gresha said with a smile. “As much as I hate the visions, especially the headache, I am glad for them.”
“Me too,” Leih said as he moved to sit next to her on the couch and pulled her against him.
“Who’s up for a celebratory dinner?” Gio asked with a grin.
Gwyneth and Gresha both groaned.
“What are we celebrating?” Pilar asked as he watched his father.
“Your sister’s first vision, and her success at keeping it from coming true,” Gio said as he grinned at his daughter, very proud of her.
“Here, here,” Masorien said as he grinned at his niece.
“I’m in,” Claireisa said with a smile.
“Let’s get the kids,” Gwyneth said with a soft laugh. “You would celebrate the water dripping in a pan.”
“Only if you put it there,” Gio said with a wink.
Gwyneth laughed as she gave her husband a shove. Gio laughed as he pulled her against him.
“Let’s get the kids and our friends and go celebrate,” Gresha said as she smiled at her parents.
“Justaine, there is no limit to your stupidity!” Psyanne hollered as she watched her brother put together a proposal for the High Princess’s hand in marriage.
“She came to my rescue,” Justaine said with a smile as he continued to write.
“She came to Leih’s rescue,” Psyanne said as she watched her brother.
“Only to show that there are no hard feelings,” Justaine said, not looking up from the papers.
“She helped her husband kick your ass,” Psyanne mumbled as she moved around the table.
“If I had hit Leih with the strength of that bolt, it would have done some damage, that I couldn’t have gotten out of. Not even father could have gotten me out of it.”
“You’re delusional.” She said as she shook her head.
“She accepted my favor.” He said with a smile.
“She probably didn’t know what the hell you were talking about.”
“She knew, I could see it in her eyes.” He said with a grin.
“I can’t take this anymore.” She said as she walked towards her room.
“What are you doing?” He asked as he turned his head to look at her.
She paused as she turned to him. “I like it here. I’m going to stay here if they will have me. You can return to father and his reign over you.” She said, then turned and walked to her bedroom, where she packed her bags.
Tamhas knocked softly on her door as he watched her pack.
“Leaving, princess?” He asked as he watched her.
“I’m tired of my brother’s stupidity. He almost killed Prince Leih the other day, and now he thinks Princess Gresha is going to fall at his feet.” She said without looking at her brother’s bodyguard.
“About that,” Tamhas said as he leaned against the door. “Justaine said it was your idea. That dueling Leih would win Gresha’s heart.”
“Damn him.” Psyanne cursed as she turned to glare at the bodyguard. “Believe what you want.” She said angrily. “I told him not to do it. He threatened me if I didn’t help.”
“I believe you,” Tamhas said with a nod.
She paused for a moment. “You do?” She asked shocked.
“I always have.” He assured her.
“Then why haven’t you told my father…”
“Because I am your brother’s bodyguard. If I went against him, I could be punished. But I have always watched your back. I am the reason you are never punished. I tell your father to let me handle it, and of course, I do nothing.” He said with a smile.
“You…you do that for me?” She asked as she choked on her emotions.
“I also know you have been crying in secret since you were a child. You can’t hide much from me, young one.” He said as he watched a tear slide down her cheek.
“Justaine is a spoiled brat.” She cried out.
Tamhas laughed with a nod. “That he is.”
“I’m leaving.” She said as she watched him. “Are you going to stop me?”
“No, princess. You can do as you please. I am not your bodyguard. I choose to protect you. This is a good place for you to be. Your father won’t even miss you.” He said with a frown.
“That’s what I thought.” She said as she turned back to her bags and finished packing, then lifted her bags and turned to the man who has been more of a father to her than her own. “Watch out for him.” She said, talking about her idiotic brother.
“You know I will.” He assured her with a smile.
“Don’t let him do anything so stupid again.” She said as she stood in front of him at her door.
“You have my word.” He said as he crossed both his hearts.
She dropped her bags and wrapped her arms around him. “I wish you were my father.” She whispered.
He hugged her tight. If only he could...
“Well, I’m off,” she said with a smile. “See you around,” she said, then lifted her bags and left the suite.