Chapter Four: The Throning
“Hello?” Leih said, walking into the suite.
“Anyone here?” Gresha asked as she came in behind him.
“Sister!” Nahla screamed as she pushed for Pilar to put her down.
Gresha got to her knees as her sister ran to her. They cried and held onto each other.
“You’re bigger than me now,” Nahla said, looking into her sister’s eyes.
“Yeah, you can’t pick me up anymore,” Gresha said with a bright smile.
Nahla giggled as she wrapped her arms around her sister’s neck again. The kitten cried out when they squished her.
“Sorry, Patches,” Nahla said as she cuddled her kitten.
“Hey there, doesn’t your brother get a hug?” Leih asked as he smiled down at Nahla.
“Brother,” Nahla cried as she wrapped her arms around his legs.
Leih got to his knees and held her close, then reached out and pulled Gresha to his side and held them both for a long while.
“What about the real brother over here?” Pilar asked, tapping his foot.
Gresha stood from her husband and ran into Pilar’s arms. “Brother,” she cried as she collided into him.
Pilar held her close as a tear slid down his cheek. “Sister,” he breathed.
“Okay, so who’s related to who?” Kimberly asked as she looked around the room.
Leih and Pilar laughed as Leih stood and lifted Nahla into his arms, then joined Pilar and Gresha.
Gresha turned to her friends and smiled. “Pilar is my half-brother,” she said, smiling up at him.
“For reals?” Kimberly asked, staring at her. “That makes you…”
“Half Sobriehton,” Gresha said with a nod. “My real name is Gresha.”
“I’m her sister,” Nahla said, pointing to herself.
Gresha laughed as she pulled Nahla into her arms. “Yes, you are,” she said, then looked over at her friends. “Nahla is my full sister. Our mother was an Earthling who fell in love with the High King of Sobrieh,” Gresha said, smiling down at her sister.
“And she’s his sister?” Scott asked as he pointed to Leih.
“She was.” Leih nodded. “But now she’s my little sister-in-law. But the love is still there. Right little sister?” Leih said as he tickled Nahla.
Nahla giggled and pushed his hand away. “Right,” she said with a big smile.
“So that makes Pilar Nahla’s half-brother. And Leih is your husband, and Mason is what?” Kimberly asked, watching the man she thought she had known all these years.
“Our uncle,” Gresha said, smiling at Masorien.
Masorien moved over to them and kissed Gresha on the cheek. “Good to see you, Gresha.”
“You too, Uncle Mason,” she said with a smile.
“Wait, wait, wait. Mason is… Who now?” Scott asked, still confused.
“Masorien is our father’s brother,” Gresha said with a nod to her friends.
“Is he Leih’s uncle too?” Kimberly asked, looking at each of them.
“No,” Leih said with a shake of his head.
“But Pilar is your cousin?” Kimberly asked, looking at Leih.
“Yes. From our mother’s side,” Leih said with a nod.
“Okay, I get it now,” Kimberly said with a deep sigh.
“I’m glad one of us does,” Scott said, looking at his wife.
She looked up at him with a laugh. “Okay, so Gresha, who we knew as Gretta, is Nahla’s big sister and Pilar’s younger sister,” she said, then looked at them. “Did I get that right?”
“Yes,” Gresha said with a laugh.
“Pilar and Leih are cousins from their mother’s side of the family. Which means their mothers were sisters, right?” she asked, looking between Leih and Pilar.
“Right,” Leih said with a nod.
“And Leih used to be Nahla’s brother, but now they have their memories back, and he is her brother-in-law because Leih is Gresha’s husband,” she said as she looked at the group across from them. They laughed and nodded. “And their father is the High King of Sobrieh Mason, or Masorien is the High King’s brother, which makes him their uncle,” she said with a smile.
“She’s got it,” Leih said with a laugh.
“I get it now,” Scott said with a nod. “Tenyar is what now?” he asked as he looked behind them at the man who was still sitting on the throne, holding his daughter as he cried.
“Tenyar is a close friend,” Leih said as he looked at Tenyar. “And my savior.”
Tenyar looked up at them with tears streaming down his cheeks.
“Look what you have done, Gresha,” Pilar said as he pointed at Tenyar.
“What did I do?” she asked, looking up at her brother.
Pilar grinned. “You and Gretta brought emotions back to the Sobriehton race,” he whispered and pulled her to his side.
“Oh,” Gresha said, smiling at her family.
Gresha looked at Tenyar, a sad look on her face. “I meant what I said before,” she said, watching him with his little girl.
Tenyar nodded, then stood from the throne. “This is yours,” he said, pointing to the chair. “I’m going to put Angeleiya down for her nap. I will pack our belongings and find us a suite.” Tenyar walked from the main room to the nursery.
“What does he mean the throne is yours?” Masorien asked as he watched his niece.
Gresha walked over to the throne, an odd look on her face.
“Hah-Nah passed the Kryer gift on to Gresha,” Pilar said as he watched his sister.
“By the Gods,” Masorien whispered as he watched his niece move closer to the throne.
Gresha turned and sat on the throne. A light came up from the throne and lit the room with its’ bright glow blinding the others. When the light subsided, everyone stared at Gresha, who still glowed.
“It has accepted her as the next Kryer,” Masorien said as he watched Gresha look down at her glowing arms.
The glow faded, and she looked up at her family, a bright smile on her face. Nahla pushed at Leih to be let down. He set her on her feet, and she ran over to her sister. Gresha leaned forward and picked her sister up and put her on her lap.
“You’re the new Kryer?” Nahla asked, looking at her sister.
“I am,” Gresha said with a nod.
“Does that mean you can see when I’m bad?” Nahla asked with a pout.
Gresha and the others laughed.
Gresha kissed her sister on the cheek. “I hope you won’t be bad enough that I get a vision of it.”
“I’ll be good,” Nahla said as she nodded her head fast.
Leih walked over to them, a smile on his face. “Great way to keep our kids out of trouble,” he said with a wink. “Just tell them their mother will get a vision of anything they do wrong.”
Gresha laughed, then kissed him when he leaned down to kiss her.
“Eeww,” Nahla said as she pushed Leih off her sister.
Leih laughed as he backed away. Gresha chuckled as she hugged her sister close.
“Are you having a baby?” Nahla asked, watching her sister.
Gresha looked at her sister. She had understood what Leih was saying.
“I’m having two,” Gresha said with a smile.
“I’m going to be an aunt?!” Nahla asked excitedly.
“You are,” Gresha said with a smile as she nodded.
“Yay!” Nahla yelled as she jumped off her sister’s lap and jumping up and down. “I’m going to be an aunt!” she shrieked as she ran around the room. Everyone laughed as they watched her. She held her kitten up to her face and grinned from ear to ear. “Did you hear that, Patches? I’m going to be an aunt.”
“How do you know it’s twins?” Leih asked, taking his wife’s hand into his.
“Because when they had me in that place, they were ready to dissect me because they found what they thought were two bombs in my abdomen,” she said with a smile.
“Two balls?” Leih asked as he moved to kneel in front of her.
“Two balls,” she said as she placed her hands on his shoulders.
Leih smiled as he leaned down and laid his head on her stomach. “Hello, my children. I am your father,” he said, rubbing her belly.
“I feel like I’m in a Star Wars movie,” Gresha said with a laugh.
Leih looked up at her and grinned. “Children, I am your father,” he said in his best Darth Vader voice.
Gresha tipped her head back and laughed. Leih pulled himself up and looked into his wife’s face.
“Marry me,” he whispered.
“I thought we already are,” she said with a smile.
“We are. But let’s make it more legal by using your real name,” he said with a grin. “And we will have a huge wedding where everyone will be invited. No hiding this time, a proper Royal Wedding.”
“Leih,” she said as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
“Just say yes, Short Stack,” he said with a grin.
She laughed as she kissed him. “Yes.”
“Yay!” Nahla shouted as she jumped up and down. “I get to be the flower girl again!”
Everyone laughed at the excitement on the little girl’s face. Pilar lifted Nahla into his arms and hugged her close.
“Don’t forget my Earth family,” Gresha said, smiling at her husband.
“Do you think they have their memories back?” Nahla asked as she looked around at her family and new friends.
“I don’t think so,” Masorien said with a shake of his head. “What happened up here only affected the Space Station.”
“I think I can bring it back to them,” Gresha said, looking up at her uncle.
“How do we get it back to the other stations?” Masorien asked. “We can’t take Gresha to each of them.”
“I’ll create a serum and send the same threatening note,” Pilar said with a laugh.
“Sounds good,” Masorien said as he laughed with him.
“Has anyone seen Stalson?” Leih asked as he looked around the room for his cousin.
“Stalson is who now?” Kimberly asked, looking at them.
“Our other cousin,” Pilar informed her.
“Another cousin?” Kimberly asked, shocked.
“There were three sisters,” Leih said with a laugh.
“I haven’t seen him since we got our memories back,” Masorien said as he watched his family.
“Maybe he went to look for Claireisa,” Pilar said with a shrug of his shoulders.
“Who’s Claireisa?” Kimberly asked as she watched them.
“Our mother’s bodyguard,” Gresha said, smiling at her friend.
“And Stalson’s wife,” Pilar said with a nod. “She had disappeared when Gwyneth died.”
“And who’s Gwyneth?” Kimberly asked, getting confused again.
“Our mother,” Gresha said as a tear sliding down her cheek. “She was killed by Neesah.”
“And Neesah is?” Scott asked before his wife could.
“My mother the ex-Clan Queen,” Leih said with a frown.
“Ex?” Pilar and Masorien asked at the same time.
“Oh right, they weren’t there,” Gresha said as she looked at her husband.
“Right,” Leih said with a nod.
Leih turned and told them what had happened after Pilar had taken Tenyar to the Hospital Wing. When he finished, everyone stared at each other.
“Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead,” Pilar sang happily.
Gresha threw her head back and laughed. “You got one right, Brother.”
Pilar grinned, “I do once in a while.”
“She’s not dead,” Leih said with a frown, “she was sent to Krio for a thousand years.”
“That’s dead enough for me,” Pilar said with a grin. “A thousand years without her, that’s going to be heaven,” he said with a sigh.
Gresha laughed at the bliss on her brother’s face.
“And now that we have everything back, I know now that my wife will be with me in a thousand years,” Leih said with a grin.
“So, will our children,” Gresha said with a smile.
“Leih,” Pilar said, looking at his cousin.
“Yeah, Cousin?” Leih asked, turning to him.
“Just before I set off the memory bombs, Stalson came to me to tell me that Claireisa had disappeared just after Gwyneth was killed,” Pilar informed them.
“Does he think she’s the traitor we heard about?” Leih asked.
“He had had a bad feeling about it. But I told my father, and he wouldn’t believe it,” Pilar said with a shake of his head.
“Neither do I,” Gresha said with a shake of her head.
“Me either,” Nahla agreed.
“I don’t either,” Leih said with a nod.
“No one has seen her since then. Not even after the memory bombs,” Pilar informed them.
“She has to have a reason,” Gresha said, looking at her family.
“I agree,” Leih said with a nod.
“We’ll ask her what happened when we find her,” Gresha said, watching them. “No accusing.”
“Agreed,” the other said with a nod.
“Agreed,” Nahla said a bit late.
The adults laughed, and she giggled.
“Leih,” Gresha said, looking at her husband.
“Yes, Tiey Vail?” he asked, looking back at her.
Gresha fought back the tears as she sucked in a shocked breath. “My father called my mother that,” she choked.
“I’m sorry,” he said with a frown.
“No, it’s fine,” she said, smiling at him. “What does it mean?”
“Oh,” Leih said with a smile as he leaned forward and kissed her. “It is old, Sobrieh. If I were to say it in English, it would be My Love.”
“Oh,” Gresha said with a smile. “You are My Love as well,” she said, then pulled his head back to her for another kiss.
“What did you need?” he asked, pulling back with a chuckle.
“I don’t want to take this suite from Tenyar and Angeleiya. This is their home,” she said, looking into his eyes.
“You are the new Kryer,” he said as he watched her.
“Really, all she needs is the throne,” Masorien said as he watched his niece with Leih. They made the perfect couple just as they always knew they would.
“Oh,” Gresha said with a smile, “then it’s settled.”
“I guess it is,” Leih said with a laugh.
“Don’t argue with the High Princess,” Masorien warned Leih.
“Yeah, I already know that.” Leih said with a grin.
“We can live in your suite…”
Leih kissed her before she could finish her sentence. When he pulled back, he smiled down at her.
“We are about to have a family. My suite is too small,” he reminded her.
“There’s a suite on the High Royal side that’s almost as large as your father’s,” Masorien said as he watched his niece and nephew-in-law.
“Sounds good to me,” Leih said with a smile.
“Does it have a skylight like my father’s?” Gresha asked, looking at her uncle.
“I do believe it does,” Masorien said with a nod. “And if not, we can make one.”
Gresha smiled. “I want the throne to be under the stars,” she said as she looked up. “Whoever created this room was brilliant.”
“I can get you their number,” Tenyar said as he walked into the room.
“Oh,” Gresha said, looking at him with a smile.
“Sorry I missed your Throning,” Tenyar said as he walked over to the throne.
“It’s okay,” Gresha said, smiling up at him.
“No,” Tenyar said with a shake of his head. “As the Kryer Bodyguard, it was my duty to be there for it. But I…”
“Tenyar. You are in mourning,” Gresha said with a frown. “She was my best friend, but she was your wife,” she said as she wiped a tear from her cheek.
“Yeah. Well, I’ll be out of here…”
“No,” Gresha said with a shake of her head. Leih backed away as she stood. She moved over to Tenyar and took both his hands into hers. “That is why I was speaking of a skylight. This is your home Tenyar. Yours and Angeleiya’s.”
“You’re the new Kryer,” he said with a shake of his head.
“All she needs is the throne,” Masorien said as he watched them.
“See,” Gresha said with a smile, “just the throne. The suite is yours.”
“Thank you,” Tenyar said as a tear slid down his cheek.
“Anything for a friend. And the man who saved my husband,” she said as she threw her arms around him. Tenyar held her close. “Don’t say anything, I’m not ready to tell them yet,” she whispered into his ear.
“Anything you say, princess,” Tenyar whispered back.