Chapter Thirty-Four: The Riddling Tree
“What did you find?” Gio asked as he watched the two, while they pulled the vests over their heads.
“The government has Gresha and Matrios,” Stalson said as he looked at his family. “They trapped them in a cage, then transported them in a van.”
“How the hell did they capture a Snoggle?” Leih asked as he watched his cousin.
“I found where they had been caged, somehow Matrios had been taken out, he had fallen and pinned Gresha to the ground,” Stalson said as he looked at his cousin.
“Why hadn’t Gresha used her mist to protect them?” Gwyneth asked, with panic in her voice.
“I know,” Leih said, his voice full of emotions.
“Has she lost her powers again?” Gio asked as he looked at his nephew.
“No,” Leih said as he shook his head. “She’s terrified her vision will come true and she will explode, killing the babies.”
“Oh no.” Gwyneth cried.
“Damn,” Gio grumbled. “Why didn’t you tell us?” He asked as he looked at Leih.
“Because she didn’t say anything,” Leih said as he shook his head. “I just know my wife.”
“She’s not your…”
Psyanne threw her vest at her brother, it hit him in his face and kept him from finishing his sentence.
“What do we do now?” Gwyneth asked as she ignored the prince, who has been nothing but trouble since the day they had landed on their Space Station.
“We try to figure out where they took her,” Stalson said as he shook his head.
“It needs to be fast,” Leih said as he watched them.
“Something you know?” Gio asked as he looked at him.
“When they took her as Gretta, they thought the babies were bombs. I doubt they think that any longer. They will want to dissect my children as soon as they can. A half-alien isn’t something they come by every day. And when they find her two hearts and see that she is the one who is half alien, they will dissect her too, leaving nothing left for us to put back together.” Leih said with a hitch in his voice.
“No,” Gwyneth said with a cry.
“What can we do to help?” Tamhas asked as he watched them.
“Right now, we need to find where they are keeping her,” Stalson said as he moved towards the door.
“Right,” Tamhas said as he opened the door for him.
“Until we find where they took her, not much more can be done,” Gio said as he moved past everyone to leave the room, his wife close behind him.
“I still don’t understand why she went back down there,” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“When we get her back, I’ll have her tell you her vision,” Leih promised as he left the room.
Justaine stared at his sister. “You have become friends with them.” He accused.
“I told you, I like it here.” She said as she walked to the door.
Justaine grabbed his sister’s arm to stop her. She turned and looked at him. He let go of her arm and sighed.
“Be safe.” He said as he watched her.
She smiled as she nodded.
“Any luck?” Psyanne asked as she entered the communications room.
“None,” Leih said with a growl as he hovered over one of the techs.
“Maybe we should try another way,” Psyanne said as she watched him.
He looked at her. “How’s that?”
“What about asking the Earthlings for help?”
“What?” Tenyar asked as he stepped out of the shadows.
“We communicate with the Tysonians. Why not the Earthlings?” She said as she looked between the two men.
“We have tried,” Leih said as he looked back down at the screens the techs were searching through.
“You can see what they have done with our princess, that they don’t take kindly to aliens,” Tenyar said as he moved back against the wall in the shadows.
“They have kidnapped one of us,” Psyanne said as she looked around the room. “Have you thought of communicating with the scientists? That’s what we had done. Once they believed, it didn’t take long to get the planet too, as well.”
“We have tried everything,” Gio said from a chair on the other side of the room.
“This isn’t the first time they have kidnapped Gresha,” Leih said as he looked at Psyanne again. “The first time she was an Earthling. They kidnapped their own kind; what do you think they would do with us?”
“They tried to dissect her,” Pilar said as he shoved a monitor across the table.
“She was human?” Psyanne asked confused.
“I disguised her as such, to keep her safe,” Gio said as he looked at his wife. “Or I thought I was.”
Gwyneth pulled her chair closer to his and leaned against him. “He still blames himself for our daughter almost dying from an Earth disease.”
“I made the serums, Father,” Pilar said as he looked at his father.
“But I ordered you to do it. And you’re also the one who saved her life.”
“Pure chance,” Pilar said with a smile.
“The Universe setting things right,” Leih said las he looked at his cousin.
Psyanne looked at them with a confused look on her face. Leih looked at her and smiled.
“We will tell you the whole story once we have our princess, safely home.” He promised.
“Deal.” She said with a nod.
“I think Psyanne has a good idea,” Gwyneth said from her position on one of the couches Leih had carried into the communications room, for those who weren’t sleeping, to have something comfortable to sit or lay on.
“What was that, Tiey Vail?” Gio asked as he looked over the monitors at her, from where he sat with the techs.
“Psyanne, I think she had a good idea.” She said as she sat up, so she could see her husband.
“Which idea?” He asked as he looked back at the monitors.
“Broadcast a message to Earth, let them know we’re here and the government took our daughter.” She said as she reminded him.
Gio walked around the monitors and sat on the couch beside her, and pulled her against him.
“That will be our last resort.” He promised as he kissed the top of her head. “We don’t know how the human race is going to take the news that aliens have been hovering over their planet for more than two thousand years.”
“Like everything else,” Gwyneth said as she sighed against him. “Childishly.”
He laughed as he held her tight. It has been more than four hours since their daughter was taken by the US government. None of them knew what she was going through at this moment, whether they have already dissected her and the children, or if they are torturing her for information on the alien race.
Or if they have even discovered yet that she is actually one of them. They all prayed none of this has come of light, yet. But the longer it took them to find her, the closer it got to exactly that happening to their daughter and her Snoggle.
“Leih,” Pilar said as he watched his cousin pace back and forth in the Royal Corridor.
“I don’t like this,” Leih said with a growl as he slapped his hand on the base of the garden around the Numblee Tree.
“None of us do, Cousin,” Pilar said as he shook his head.
“I sure don’t,” Psyanne said as she watched them.
Leih looked at the Numblee Tree, then back at his cousin. “Maybe she can give me some answers.”
Pilar watched as his cousin jump up into the flower bed and move over to the Numblee Tree.
Leih turned to face his cousin, then took a deep breath and reached his hand out to the base of the tree.
Pilar watched as his cousin’s eyes rolled to the back of his head.
Leih sat in the middle of a dark room, a torch his only light. He got to his feet and looked around.
“Hello?” He called out, hoping the Numblee Tree wasn’t too busy and would hear him. He has never come in here before, he hoped she was not angry at him for that.
“My prince.” A woman’s voice said as she appeared before him.
“Your Grace,” Leih said as he bowed to her.
She clapped her hands and the room lit up. He spun in a circle and whistled at the beautiful home.
“No wonder Gwyneth and Gresha like it here.” He said as he stopped and looked at the woman.
“I have not seen Gresha since she became Gresha again.” The woman said as she watched him.
“She has had a lot on her mind.” He said as he looked at her throne in awe.
“So, I see. Why have you come to me?” She asked as she walked over to her throne. “You have never done so, before.”
“Yeah, sorry about that.” He said as he pulled his eyes from the throne and looked at her again.
“Accepted.” She said with a smile. “It’s usually the women who come to see me, men aren’t so…”
“Sociable?” He asked as he finished her sentence.
“Fair word.” She said with a laugh.
“I came to ask you if you know where Gresha is.” He said as he moved towards her.
“I do not.” She said as she watched the prince pause. “All I can tell you is that you will find what you need if you share what you know.”
“Gwyneth and Gresha were right, you do talk in riddles.” He said as he shook his head.
The woman laughed. “Listen to your heart, my prince, it will guide you to your princess.”
“Thank you, I think.” He said as he shook his head.
“You must go, your cousin is starting to worry.” The woman said as she stood from her throne.
“But it’s only been a few minutes.” He said as he looked at his watch. He stared at it as the hands spun around and around.
“Now you see what the others who have come here have seen. This place has no time.”
“Wow.” He said as he looked back up at the woman.
“You will find her, my prince. Just listen for the clues.” She said with a smile, then snapped her fingers and Leih felt himself pushed from the room.
Leih opened his eyes and almost fell over. Pilar was in the flower garden with him and caught his arm before he fell.
“Did she have any answers?” Pilar asked as he held his cousin up.
“She did, but they were vague,” Leih said as he pulled his arm free from his cousin and jumped out of the flower garden.
“So, it’s true then, what they said, she talks in riddles?” Pilar asked as he jumped out of the flower bed and watched his cousin run his hand over the flowers, making them stand back up.
“It is.” He said with a nod as he turned to Psyanne, his eyebrows furrowed. “Share what you know.”
“What?” Psyanne asked as she stared at him.
“The Numblee Tree said that you will find what you need if you share what you know.” He said as he repeated the Numblee Trees words.
“What are you supposed to share?” Psyanne asked, confused.
“Get your brother.” He said as he turned from her and heading for his suite.
Psyanne looked at Pilar confused.
Pilar shrugged his shoulders. “I guess he has a plan.”
“I’ll get my brother.” She said with a nod, though she had no clue why the prince would want to involve her brother.