Chapter Thirty-Five: Discoveries
Leih looked across his living room at the siblings as he finished telling them of Hah-Nah and Gresha’s visions. Both were staring at him; their eyes open wide in fear and confusion.
He cleared his throat and continued. “So, you see, that is why she has done everything she has done. All for the sake of our race.”
“And the love for her husband and children.” Pilar pointed out as he watched them.
For once, Justaine didn’t try to correct them on the marriage point. He looked at his sister then back at Leih and Pilar.
“She’s that powerful?” He asked, shock in his voice.
“She is,” Leih said with a nod. “Even more so in that stage of her powers. It only comes out when something dramatic happens, like when her mother died.”
“She can only be snapped out of it with a distraction,” Pilar said as he watched the siblings closely as they digested it all.
“So, she killed us?” Psyanne asked, her voice croaked.
“In her vision, yes,” Leih said with a nod. “She never got over it in her vision, and still now, she feels guilty, even though she did not let it happen.”
“That’s why she looks at me with a forlorn look, sometimes,” Psyanne said as she shook her head.
“She replays the vision over and over in her mind, every day,” Leih said with a frown. “She is afraid to tell either of you, afraid you would fear her, or worse, never forgive her.”
“What is there to forgive?” Psyanne asked as she looked into his beautiful green eyes. “She stopped the vision from coming to life. She saved us from herself. She accepted me into her life. I consider her a friend, even if she doesn’t me, yet. There is nothing to forgive, if anything, I want to thank her. She not only stopped my brother from doing a horrible thing, but she stopped herself from killing us, and stopped the end of the Sobriehton Race.”
“We’re really that close to a civil war, that will destroy us all?” Justaine asked, still in shock from all the information.
“We are,” Leih said with a nod.
“And Gresha is the only thing standing in the way of it?” Justaine asked as he tried to understand it all.
“In a way, she is. Without a Kryer, our race will fall into chaos, and destroy itself.” Leih said with a nod.
“Do the people who plan to do this, know that it will be the end of our race, including them?” Psyanne asked as she watched the two men across the room from her.
“I don’t think they know,” Pilar said as he shook his head. “And I don’t think they care.”
“This is crazy,” Justaine said as he shook his head. “So, she really wasn’t trying to protect me from doing something stupid, she was protecting you and herself.”
“That’s right,” Leih said with a nod as he watched the man digested the information.
“My father lied to me.” He said as he looked around the room.
“What did father tell you?” Psyanne asked, shocked.
“He told me that she was forced to marry Prince Leih, because the High King had promised Neesah a High Princess as well, and if I tried hard enough, I could win her hand. And anything she does, won’t be for him, but for the love, she will start to feel for me.” Justaine said as he stared at the man across from him.
“That’s sick,” Psyanne said as she wrinkled her nose.
“That explains a lot,” Pilar said as he stared at the young prince. “Do either of you know what your father’s gift is?”
“No.” They said at the same time as they shook their heads.
“Don’t talk to him anymore,” Pilar said as he moved towards the door.
“Where are you going?” Leih asked as he watched his cousin open the door.
“To tell Stalson something I just realized. You three continue your conversation.” He said as he stepped out the door and closed it behind him.
“What has he realized?” Psyanne asked as she looked at Leih.
“Don’t know, I’ll ask him later,” Leih said as he looked at the two in front of him. “Do you understand now?” He asked as he looked at Justaine.
Justaine nodded. “I do.”
“Psyanne?” Leih asked as he looked at her.
“I think I do.” She said with a nod.
“I want to help,” Justaine said as he took a step closer to Leih.
“I thought you were already helping,” Psyanne said as she stared at her brother.
Justaine shook his head. “I was going to find her and rescue her on my own, show her I could do what Leih could not.” He admitted as he looked down at the floor.
“Justaine,” Psyanne said with a sigh as she shook her head at her brother.
“Father told me it would win her hand.” He grumbled. “But I haven’t had any more luck in finding her then they have.” He said as he motioned towards Leih.
“We can use all the help we can get,” Leih said with a nod.
“I want to be on Earth when you go after her.” He said as he looked up at Leih.
Leih eyed him as Psyanne grunted. “Seriously, Brother?”
“Not what you think,” Justaine said as he put his hands up in defense. “My powers work best in an environment. I can’t control the weather from here.”
Leih smiled at the man as he held his hand out to him. “I will be glad to have your help.”
Justaine smiled as he shook Leih’s hand. Psyanne stared at her brother in shock. Was he tricking them all with this side of him, she has never seen before? A light bulb went off in her mind.
“Justaine.” She said as she stared at her brother.
“Yeah?” He asked as he looked at her.
“Have you spoken with father today?”
“No, I was waiting for his call when you came to get me.” He said as he looked at her, a confused look on his face.
“That’s it.” She whispered, almost crying.
She had seen this side of her brother once before, in their life. It was the best day she had ever had. They had spent the day together away from their father, just eating and watching TV, and playing with the games Tamhas had brought for them. But when their father had found them and pulled Justaine away from her, she had never seen that side of him again.
She wiped a tear off her cheek and headed for the door.
“Where are you going?” Justaine asked as he watched her.
“To find Pilar and Stalson. I think I know what Pilar had figured out.” She said as she turned to her brother and smiled at him, then left the suite.
“What was that all about?” Leih asked confused.
“Your guess is as good as mine,” Justaine said as he shrugged his shoulders.
“You doing okay, there?” Leih asked as he watched a smile that wasn’t a sneer, appear on the man’s face.
“Never better,” Justaine said with a nod. “I have never felt this good before.”
Leih shook his head. “Would you like to come to the communications room with me and help broaden the search?”
“Yeah, I can help with the weather. If I can see it, I can control it.” He said with a grin.
Leih laughed as he patted him on the back. “I’m sure they will appreciate that.”
“So, it’s true then,” Stalson said as he listened to Psyanne.
“I never thought of it until today,” Psyanne said with a deep frown.
“Don’t beat yourself up,” Pilar said as he laid his arm over her shoulders. “He has hidden his gift well. And it seems anyone who has figured it out either gets killed, deported, or memory erased.”
“Including your mother.”
They turned to the door to find Tamhas standing there, leaning against the door jam.
“Tamhas?” Psyanne asked as she watched him. “You knew of my father’s gift?”
“I suspected it, yes. But not much a bodyguard can do with the information. Besides, everyone who has figured it out and confronted him about it, has, as your friend said, disappeared.”
“You said that’s what happened to my mother?” She asked as she watched his face.
“She confessed to me that she knew of her husband’s gift, and how he used it to get her hand in marriage and keeps her father’s throne. I begged her not to confront him. But she believed she was safe; how could he rule without her. But I never saw her again after that day. Your father told everyone she got sick and went back to Sobrieh, to die.” He said with a shake of his head as his emotions overwhelmed him.
“He made everyone believe it,” Stalson said as he nodded his head.
“I did, for fifty years. But then I couldn’t imagine her leaving without telling me goodbye. Or her children. So, I started suspecting things and started looking into things. I couldn’t find anything, of course, but it still nagged at me every day, for almost two hundred years, now.” Tamhas said as he sighed with regret.
“Tamhas,” Psyanne said, almost crying.
“We have a feeling he has done more than that,” Stalson said as he watched them. “And we are going to bring it to the attention of the High King. He never uses this power, but he does have the power to overthrow any king or queen. The Comity can’t do anything to stop him.”
“He can also overthrow the Comity,” Tamhas said as he watched their faces, the news a bit shocking. “It’s a long process, but High King Gio, is just that. The High King. He could overthrow anyone and everyone and rule everything on his own.”
“How do you know all of this?” Pilar asked shocked.
“I have studied our culture for thousands of years. I know anything and everything. All the laws, all the byways. I found a few books that haven’t been seen in thousands of years before King Gio was even born. There is a lot of laws that everyone conveniently forgot.”
“You will have to share this with my father,” Pilar said stunned.
“Keep your brother from talking to your father,” Stalson said as he looked at Psyanne.
“I will,” Psyanne said with a nod.
“In the meantime, I’m going to tell my uncle what we have learned.” He said as he looked at Tamhas with a smile. “Would you like to help?”
“Would be an honor,” Tamhas said with a bow as he grinned.
Psyanne watched the two leave the room and looked over at Pilar. He was staring into nothingness. She could tell by the way his eyes moved back and forth that he was thinking heavily. When his eyes cleared, he looked at her.
“I think we should do your idea.”
“My idea?” She asked shocked.
“The Numblee Tree told my cousin that he will find her, listen for the clues. I think those clues are you.”
“Me?” She squealed.
“You,” Pilar said with a smile.
“How do you know what the Numblee Tree told him? He didn’t tell us.” She asked confused.
“I read his thoughts.” He said as he tapped his head. “The Numblee Tree let me hear what she had said to him. I think she wants us to find the princess as much as we all do.”
“Good, another one on our side,” Psyanne said with a grin.
“Yes,” Pilar said with a half-laugh. “Let’s go wait in line to talk with my father.”
“What idea are you talking about?” She asked as they walked out the door.
“I think we should broadcast to Earth that we’re here, and we have been here for over two thousand years. Protecting and helping. And that the US government kidnapped one of ours, and we want her back.”
“Oh, that idea,” Psyanne said with a nod.
“I hope it works.”