Chapter Thirty-Two: Trapped
Gresha sat on the bench in the Royal Corridor and watched her sister and Sashien play with Patches and Matrios. She rubbed her stomach and smiled. She will never forget the feeling of losing her babies. She won’t ever let that happen.
Gresha turned and stared at Psyanne. “What are you doing here?”
“I came to see if there’s a suite available for me to crash in,” Psyanne said as she watched the High Princess.
“Psyanne,” Leih said as he walked up to them.
“Leih,” Psyanne said with a nod.
“What brings you here, and visible?” He asked as he stood beside the bench his wife sat on.
“I left the suite I was sharing with my brother. I don’t want any part of anything else he comes up with to gain your wife’s hand and I don’t want to go home to the tyrant of a father we have.” She said with a frown.
“You’re switching sides?” Gresha asked as she watched her.
“I was never on my brother’s side,” Psyanne said as she shook her head. “I told him I wanted no part in it. He threatened me. But I never denied what was going on, and I warned your husband.” She said as she looked into Gresha’s face.
“She did,” Leih said with a nod.
“That is supposed to make me trust you?” Gresha asked as she watched her.
“No,” Psyanne said as she shook her head. “That, I know I will have to earn. But I would like the opportunity to do that.” She said as she looked between the two.
“I think we should give her a shot,” Leih said as he looked from Psyanne to his wife.
“Do you trust her?” Gresha asked Leih as she looked up at him.
“Enough to give her a chance.” He said with a nod.
“Then she can stay,” Gresha said with a nod.
“Thank you,” Psyanne said as she let out a breath, she hadn’t realized she was holding.
“But know this,” Gresha said as she looked at the woman. “The moment I feel my life or any of my family’s lives are in danger, because of you, I won’t hesitate to…” She snapped her fingers and her mist exploded around her fingers.
Sparks flew across the distance between her and the other princess. Psyanne stepped back as the sparks landed on the ground in front of her sizzling, then evaporated.
“You won’t need to…” She stopped talking and swallowed past the dryness in her throat.
“You can use my sister’s old suite,” Gresha said as she pointed in the direction of the suite.
“I’ll show you,” Tenyar said as he walked up behind Psyanne, having heard the last part of the conversation.
“Thank you,” Psyanne said as she nodded to him. She turned and looked at Gresha, fear in her eyes, then she turned and followed the Kryer’s bodyguard past the children and animals playing.
“What in the world was that?” Leih asked as he sat on the bench beside his wife.
“I found that ever since I saved you the other day, my mist has gotten stronger and has more electric charge to it. The first time I snapped my fingers and it had done that, it freaked me out. But I kept doing it until it didn’t scare me anymore. Took about two days for it to stop fazing me.” She said with a laugh.
“You are something else, you know that?” He said as he pulled her against his side.
“I know.” She said with a grin.
“I think we can trust Psyanne.” He said as he kissed the top of her head.
“I hope so. Gavin seems to like her.” She said with a laugh.
“But she has no breasts,” Leih said as he laughed with her.
“Maybe she’ll be willing to get breast implants,” Gresha said still laughing.
Leih laughed, remembering Gwyneth telling them about the conversation she and Geena had had with Gavin about Sobriehton women and their lack of breasts. He kissed her head and sat there with her as they watched Nahla and her best friend play with the only two pets on the Station.
“He is going to do what now?” Leih asked as he stared at Psyanne.
“He’s writing up a marriage proposal for Gresha. He thinks she came to his rescue because she accepted his favor.” Psyanne said as they sat in the chairs in Leih and Gresha’s back yard.
“I didn’t accept it, per se, I didn’t understand what was going on,” Gresha said as she stared at the other woman.
“I figured as much. But he insists that it means you love him. Or some crazy crap like that.” She grumbled as she took a sip of her Maloose Berry juice.
“Well, he’s going to have a rude awakening,” Gresha said as she shook her head.
“Man, I had hoped when he had saluted me it meant he had given up and accepted defeat,” Leih grumbled.
“Oh, he did accept defeat. Of the match, not the princess.” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“Is this never going to end?” Gresha grunted.
“Not until you are legally married, I’m afraid,” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“We need to get this wedding going, soon,” Leih grumbled.
“Unless you want him to crash it, it should be in secret,” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“How about we send him to the sun for the day of the wedding?” Gresha asked, half-joking.
“Nah, we’d never hear the end of how hot of a time he had there,” Psyanne said with a laugh.
“You’re bad,” Leih said as he grinned at her.
“Was born that way,” Psyanne said as she smiled back at him.
“I’m sorry your life is so miserable on your father’s Station,” Gresha said with a frown.
“If I can stay here forever, I will never think of that Station or that man, ever again,” Psyanne said as she watched them.
“She has proven a lot in just a few hours,” Leih said as he looked at his wife.
“True. But she could be a spy sent to distract us.” Gresha said as she turned to Psyanne and raised her eyebrow as she squinted her eyes.
“I swear, I have nothing to hide. Look up my sleeves.” Psyanne said as she held her sleeve open for Gresha to look up it.
Gresha laughed as she slapped the arm of her chair. “We will see how things go. I can’t promise forever, but you’re welcome here, for now.”
“Thank you, princess,” Psyanne said as she bowed to Gresha.
“Gresha, Leih, Gio wants to go out to celebrate!” Gwyneth hollered from her back door.
“What are we celebrating tonight?!” Gresha called back.
“He saved fifty cents on the building they’ve been trying to restore!”
Gresha burst into laughter and tried to pull herself out of the chair. Leih jumped to his feet and helped her stand. Once on her feet, she looked at Psyanne. “Would you like to come?”
“That’s a family thing,” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“It’s a family and friend’s thing,” Gresha said with a smile. “If you want my trust, this is the first place to start. If you can’t get along with my family, there’s no use for you here.”
“Good point,” Psyanne said as she got to her feet.
“And fair warning. My father celebrates almost everything.”
“Sounds like fun,” Psyanne said with a grin as they headed for the back door. She sighed as she watched Leih help his wife inside.
This is the kind of family she has always wanted hers’ to be.
Gresha stood at the top of the hill and stared down at the field, where she had almost lost her husband and their babies, just a few short days ago. She laid her hand on her stomach as she leaned against Matrios.
‘We should go home, Princess.’
“Not yet.” She whispered.
‘Why are we here?’
“We almost lost our future.” She whispered as she stared down at the field.
Prince Justaine had handed her father the marriage proposal this morning, and when she had seen it, she had almost come unglued. She had had to escape before she had exploded. In more ways than one.
She knew coming here would remind her of why she needed to keep her temper under control. And it has, she will never forget that vision. This is where having photographic memory sucks.
‘Someone is approaching.’
“Did they figure out where we had gone?” Gresha asked as she turned to look behind them.
She heard Matrios growl in her mind as well as through his teeth.
She pulled herself onto his back as he crouched down to give her access. Once she was on his back, he stood, and she pulled her phone from her pocket.
‘Two for transport.’ She whispered into her phone.
“Sorry, princess, but there’s interference, we can’t find you.” The tech said in a panic.
“Go find my father and Prince Leih.” She breathed into the phone. “Now!”
“At once!” The phone disconnected as the tech fled the room in search of the royals.
‘We need to run.’
“Go.” She whispered as she held onto his neck.
Matrios took off at a run across the hilltop as fast as he could without falling into grooves and hurting his princess. They made it almost to the other end of the hill when Matrios cried out in pain as his leg snagged on something sharp, a large cage crashed down over them and trapped them inside.
“No, no, no,” Gresha whispered as she looked around them at the bars.
Matrios growled as he snapped his jaw around the bars, a sharp shock flowed through his teeth and down his spine. He yelped as he fell over and pinned Gresha beneath him.
“Matrios.” Gresha cried out as she tried to push the beast off her legs.
She looked up when she heard something scrape across the bars of the cage, and watched as the crazy doctor who had tried to dissect her and her cousin, scrape his metal hand across the bars.
“Look what I have here.” He said with a grin.
“You again.” She said with a grunt.
“Yes, me again. I told you I would get you, and your dog.” He said as he stopped in front of her.
“What did you do to him?” She asked as she patted her Snoggle on his large neck.
“I didn’t do anything. He did it to himself.” The doctor said as he watched them.
“Matrios.” She cried as she shook his neck.
“He will be out for a while. That was a large shock he received. I’m sure if they weren’t electrified, he would have broken these bars with those massive teeth of his. Intriguing.” He held his mechanical hand up so Gresha could see it. “You see what he did to me, last time we met? I owe him one, though I do love my new hand.” He said as he scraped the metal hand across the bars again.
“If you hurt him, I will…”
“You will what? You will have no way to do anything, young lady. You two are now my new project. I’m going to open you up and dissect those children inside you.” He said as he grinned again.
“No.” She breathed as she started to panic.
“Yes, I know they’re not bombs. You are carrying one of those alien’s children. Tell me, did they plant them in you, or did you sleep with one of them?” He asked as he watched her face, she looked down at her large stomach and he grinned. “I see.”
“Hey Doc, we need to get them out of here.” One of the soldiers said as he came up to the cage. “The aliens may return for her.”
“Pity, I had so looked forward to talking to you before dissecting you. I have learned my lesson with you, I will make sure you are so out, not even the destruction of Earth will wake you.”
Gresha growled as she started to pull her mist around her and Matrios. Someone from behind shot her with a dart before she could fully form her mist, and she groaned as she fell to the ground and stared up at the top of the cage.
If she hadn’t been so scared of hurting her babies with her powers, she would have used her mist sooner, and not be in this mess.
Now, because of that fear, her children really are in danger.