Chapter Forty: The Royal Quartet
“Do you think you can have it built fast?” Leih asked as he watched Maisey look over his sketch.
“This is really good, my prince.” She said with a smile. “I can have this done in a few hours, you put enough details into it. Just give me half a day to form it in my mind.”
“You have until Friday evening, Saturday we’re getting married, come hell or fire.” He said as he nodded to her.
She laughed as she rolled up the paper. “I will be ready before then. You just tell me where you want it and it shall be done.”
Leih grinned. “I’ll call you Saturday morning.”
“See you then.” She said as she held up the rolled drawing and walked away.
“What was that about?” Psyanne asked as she came into sight.
“Spying?” Leih asked as he turned to her.
“No.” She said with a laugh. “I was here when you got here. I went invisible because you looked like you needed the privacy.”
“I drew sometime for my wedding.” He said as he walked past her.
“Oh! Intriguing, a surprise.” She said as she caught up to him and got him to spill the beans, as Earthlings say.
“You look fabulous,” Heniesha said as she looked at the young High Princess. “Just as beautiful as your mother in her wedding dress.”
“Oh! Thank you so much Heni, it’s perfect.” Gresha beamed as she slid her hand down her flat stomach.
“Wasn’t hard to pull in,” Heni said as she moved around Gresha and looked at the seams.
“What about the other dresses?” She asked as she looked at the woman.
“Everyone’s dresses fit perfect.” She said with a nod.
“Good.” Gresha beamed at her reflection. She was going to knock Leih’s socks off for sure, tomorrow.
“Knock, knock… WOW!”
Gresha turned to smile at her brother. “Hi.”
“I think we need extinguishers at the wedding, tomorrow.” He said as he walked around his sister.
“What for?” She asked as she watched him.
“You’re going to light the place on fire, you’re so hot.” He said as he stopped in front of her and whistled.
She laughed so hard she had to bend over and hold her side. “Geena is teaching you too much.”
“Don’t bunk it.” He said with a smile.
“Finally!” She hollered, still laughing.
“Awe, did I get one wrong?” He asked with a frown.
She nodded as she tried to stop laughing. When she could breathe again, she took in a deep breath. “It’s, don’t knock it.”
“Ah, still doesn’t make any sense.” He said as he shook his head.
She grinned. “Most of them don’t, Brother.”
“Take dress, off,” Heni said as she pointed at Gresha.
Pilar turned his back as Gresha pulled the dress down her body and stepped out of it. She laughed at her brother as she pulled her robe over her body.
“You can turn around now.” She said, still laughing.
Pilar turned around, his cheeks a crimson red.
“You have seen me naked more than once, Brother.” She said as she giggled at his red cheeks.
“Yeah, but those were emergencies, not the privacy of your bedroom.” He said with a shake of his head.
She laughed softly as she moved over to him and kissed him on the cheek. “Are you going to walk me down the aisle, again?” She asked as she looked at him.
“Of course, do you really think I would miss doing that again?”
“Good.” She said with a smile as she watched Heni clear away her needles and other equipment.
“Did you invite, Justaine?” Pilar asked as he watched his sister.
“We did.” She said with a nod. “He has become a totally different person since he stopped talking to his father.”
“Yeah, we have all noticed that,” Pilar said with a nod.
“Am finished, I will return tomorrow,” Heni said as she bowed to her.
“Thanks, Heni,” Gresha said as she smiled at the woman.
Heni nodded then was gone in a flash of colors.
“Can you still hear thoughts?” Pilar asked as he looked at his sister.
“Only yours.” She said as she moved past him.
“What?” He asked as he stared at her.
“I can only hear what you’re thinking.” She said as she moved to the closet.
“I heard you.” He said as he followed her.
“Can you hear my thoughts?” She asked as she looked at him.
He nodded. “I was able to about an hour after the twins were born.”
“I wonder why I can hear yours.” She said as she turned and looked through her closet for something to wear.
“We need to talk to father and Uncle Masorien.” He said as he watched her.
“Okay, but I need to get dressed first.” She said as she turned and smiled at him.
“Right.” His said and his cheeks turned a crimson red again as he backed out of the closet.
Gresha laughed as he pushed the closet door closed. She pulled down an outfit and pulled it on, then went into the bedroom where her brother waited for her.
“Grab that.” She said as she pointed to something on her bed.
Pilar moved over to the bed and lifted the item and looked at it. “What is this?” He asked as he looked from it to his sister.
“Something I had Heni make for me.” She said with a smile. “Help me put it on.”
He moved over to her and helped her put her arms through it, then secured it in the back. She straitened it, then smiled. He looked at it and nodded. He has seen them on Earth before. But this one was tweaked to work for two babies, both upfront.
He followed her to the nursery and helped her secure each of her newborns into the front pocket of her amazing design. He picked up the diaper bag and followed her out the front door.
They found their father and uncle in their father’s office, going over some legal papers. They both looked up and grinned at them when they entered.
“Gresha,” Gio said as he grinned at her and the babies.
“Hello, to you too, Father,” Pilar said with a laugh.
“Hello, Son,” Gio said without looking at him as he moved around his desk and stopped in front of his daughter. “Can I hold one?” He asked as he looked down at his grandchildren.
“Sure, Daddy,” Gresha said with a smile.
She helped her father release Kenyette from the contraption. He held his grandson and rocked him back and forth as he cooed into his beautiful face.
“We came here for a reason,” Pilar said as he watched his father with the newborn.
“What’s going on?” Masorien asked as he looked at his nephew.
“When Gresha went into labor, I couldn’t hear her thoughts anymore, but she could hear mine. We thought it was the babies, but I could hear her thoughts again an hour after they were born, and she can still hear mine.” He said as he looked between his father and uncle.
“I see,” Masorien said with a nod.
“You see what?” Gresha asked as she looked from her son and father to her uncle.
“You two have the instant bond. We have never seen how far it can go, before. It seems you have picked up Pilar’s gift, but only when it comes to him.” He said as he looked between the two of them.
“Does that mean I’ll get her mist?” Pilar asked, half-joking.
Masorien laughed. “I doubt that. But you may have times where when she freezes time, you will automatically become your essence as she does.”
“Great,” Pilar said as he shook his head. “What’s next?”
“Hey, this can be a good thing,” Gresha said as she lightly nudging his arm. “It can come in handy.”
“Well, now my thoughts aren’t mine.” He said as he shook his head.
“Now you will know how I have felt all these years,” Gresha said with a smile.
“Only been just over a year, Sister, doesn’t count when you were three.”
Gresha laughed as she leaned forward and kissed his cheek. “If you say so, Brother.”
Kenyette started to whimper in his grandfather’s arms and Gio moved over to Gresha, she helped him set her son back into the contraption and strapped him back in. As soon as he heard his mother’s heartbeats, he stopped whimpering and fell back to sleep.
“Such angels,” Gio said as he shook his head.
“You will have another one soon, Daddy,” Gresha said as she smiled at him.
“Right you are,” Gio said with a grin.
“Is that all you two needed?” Masorien asked as he watched them.
“Yeah,” Pilar said with a nod.
“Okay, don’t mean to be rude, but get out,” Masorien said with a grin.
“Nice manners, Uncle,” Pilar said as he ushered his sister from the room. When he heard their thoughts, he turned and stared at them. Masorien ignored him as he shut the door in his face.
“No.” Gresha breathed as she read her brother’s mind.
“You’re right, that is annoying.” He grumbled as he turned and took her by the arm, then led her away from their father’s office.
“Well, now we know I can read what you read in other people’s minds.” She whispered as they walked down the corridor.
“I can’t believe they’re going to do this.” He said as he shook his head.
“You know Daddy won’t let anything happen to me or Leih.” She said as she watched his face.
“But still…” He stopped walking and looked down at her.
“Yes.” She said with a nod. “This may be the only way to get him out of his elements.”
“You know what?” He said as he watched her face.
“You find it as annoying as I do?” She asked with a grin.
“I want some ice cream.” He said out of the blue.
“Oh.” She said with a laugh as he led her towards the city.
“Yeah, something you didn’t see coming.” He said with a grin.
“You’re good.” She said with a laugh.
“Practice.” He said with a smile as they walked down the halls to the city and the ice cream shop.
“Wait, your father is doing what?” Leih asked as he stared at them.
“He’s planning to trick the king to come here, to get him somewhere he can’t hide,” Gresha said as she watched her husband.
“And you found this out, how?” He asked as he watched her and his cousin.
“I heard it in their thoughts,” Pilar said with a nod. “They shut me out quickly when they saw on my face that I was reading them.”
“And I read it from Pilar’s thoughts.” She said with a grin.
“Just rub it in,” Pilar said as he shook his head.
“That is interesting, how your bond has grown,” Leih said as he watched them.
“It’s like we’re twins,” Gresha said with a smile.
“Lovely,” Pilar said as he shook his head.
The baby monitor went off as both babies started to cry at the same time. Gresha got to her feet and walked to the nursery. She went to her son and picked him up, she smiled as she rocked him back and forth. She moved to the crib where her daughter laid and leaned in to pick her up and frowned when she disappeared.
“Leih!” She hollered, scaring her son.
Leih looked up when he heard his wife holler for him. He started to stand and stopped when his daughter landed gently in his lap.
“She’s here!” He hollered back as he lifted her and laid her against his chest.
Carrying their son, Gresha rushed out to the living room and sighed with relief when she saw her daughter in her husband’s arms.
“We see what she wanted,” Pilar said with a laugh as he watched his cousin with his niece.
“She’s a daddy’s girl,” Gresha said as she shook her head.
“I think she’s an either girl. It just depends on her mood. And right now, she wants her daddy.” Pilar said with a smile.
Gresha sat on the couch next to her husband and held her son against her, she sighed with relief when he stopped crying. Kenyette and Analiah reached their hands out until they touched, then fell back to sleep.
“Or maybe they wanted each other,” Gresha said as she watched them.
“Maybe we need to put them in the same crib until they’re older,” Leih said as he looked down at his children’s hands.
“I can have someone build a larger crib for you,” Pilar said as he watched his niece and nephew.
“At least his gift is healing, and he doesn’t disappear.” She said as she watched her children sleep.
“I can’t wait to see what their power is together,” Leih said with a grin.
“I don’t want them to grow up that fast,” Gresha said with a frown.
“I know, but aren’t you curious? I mean, their mother and aunt can turn back time. Imagine what they can do.”
“Two powerful parents, two powerful children,” Pilar said with a nod.
“For now, they’re going to stay my babies.” She said as she kissed her son on the head.
“Yes, Tiey Vail,” Leih said with a smile as he kissed his wife’s temple.
Pilar smiled at his sister and her family. “The Royal Quartet.”