Chapter Forty-Three: Sealed in Blood
“We all heard you admit to it,” Leih said, watching the man.
“I heard it,” Psyanne said as she glared at the man, she thought to be her father. No wonder he hates her so much.
“No one will listen to a woman.” The man said as he turned to her.
“I heard it too,” Justaine said as he stepped between his father and sister. “And I would listen to a woman.”
“Boy, you better step down.” Justaine’s father said with a growl.
“Not this time, Father,” Justaine said as he shook his head.
The man turned on Gio. “You did this; you destroyed my family.”
“You did that yourself,” Gio said as he nodded at the man.
The man turned and looked at Gresha. “Babies can be so annoying, can’t they? Especially when there’s two of them, and you want a day all to yourself and they won’t stop pestering you.”
“What?” Gresha asked as she looked from the man to her husband then down at her children.
“They cry, and they cry, and they cry. Doesn’t it make you want to just bash their heads into that podium over and over and over?”
“You’re insane!” Psyanne screamed.
“That’s enough!” Gio hollered. “Trying to get my daughter to kill her children is the last draw for me. As High King, I hereby revoke your hold on the Psypherious Clan.”
“You can’t do that!” The man hollered as he turned and glared at Gio.
“I can, and I am,” Gio said as he nodded to the man.
“What is going on here?” He asked as he looked around. “Tamhas, help me.”
“I’m done helping you, old man,” Tamhas said with a smirk.
“Sorry Father, you have done too much damage for me to help. Even if I wanted to.” Justaine said as he moved to stand next to his sister.
Psyanne leaned against her brother with a smile.
“Papers,” Gio said as he held his hand out.
Masorien moved over to his brother and handed him the paperwork needed, to revoke the man’s claim to the throne, and crown Justaine as the new king. He opened the paper and signed it, then handed it to Tamhas who signed it as a witness and handed it back to Gio.
“Now, you can either return to Sobrieh peacefully, or I can send you to Krio,” Gio said as he held up the rolled paper.
“You can’t do this. Only the comity can…”
“High King has power over everything and everyone. All he needed was a reason and a witness. And he has both.” Tamhas said with a smile.
“This is not over with!” The man screamed as he jumped at Gio.
With a growl, Matrios jumped over Gresha and Leih and landed on top of the old king, pinning the man to the ground as he snorted in his face.
“Down boy,” Gio said as he patted the Snoggle on the back.
Matrios moved off the man and moved to sit in front of Gresha. Gio lifted the man to his feet. The old king stared at the wild beast, in fear.
“Last chance,” Gio said as he watched the man. “Leave peacefully or go to Krio.”
“Fine.” The man growled as he looked at Gio. “But I will be back.” He said as he stormed from the wedding platform and headed for the space dock.
“Follow him, make sure he goes to Sobrieh,” Gio said as he pointed to one of his guards.
“Yes, Sire!” The guard said with a bow, then turned and followed the old king to the space dock.
“Now, back to the wedding,” Gio said as he turned to them smiling.
“This wasn’t funny, Daddy,” Gresha said as she held her children close to her.
“I’m sorry, baby girl,” Gio said with a frown. “It was the best way to get him…”
“You could have found another way without ruining your daughter’s day,” Gwyneth said angrily as she walked up to stand next to her daughter.
“Tiey Vail,” Gio said as he held his hand out to his wife.
“Don’t you, Tiey Vail, me,” Gwyneth said as she glared at her husband.
“Let’s go to the reception,” Leih said as he took hold of his wife’s hand and led her down the aisle and around her father.
“Gresha,” Gio whispered as she passed him.
Matrios ran past everyone and laid down on the ground at the end of the aisle. Leih helped his wife onto the animal’s back, then pulled himself onto the Snoggle behind her. Matrios stood and walked them to the reception.
Gio watched as his family left him behind.
Masorien stood next to his brother. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” He said as he slapped his brother on the back.
“I think it went downhill when the man tried to get Gresha to kill the twins,” Gio said as he shook his head.
“Yeah, that was a bit much,” Masorien said with a nod.
“I think my family hates me.”
“Nah,” Masorien said as he shook his head.
When they got to the reception, Gio walked up to his daughter and son-in-law. “I’m truly sorry.” He said as he looked into his daughter’s eyes.
Gresha smiled at her father. “It’s okay, Daddy. I actually had fun. And I know Matrios did, too. He hasn’t gotten to attack anyone in a while.” She laughed when Matrios blew air on her neck.
“We got to make it legal, Uncle. That’s all that matters.” Leih said as he slapped his hand on his uncle’s shoulder.
“And Justaine got to see what a true monster his father is,” Gresha said with a nod.
“Thank you for not hating me,” Gio said with a frown.
“I could never hate you, Daddy,” Gresha said as she wrapped her arms around her father, careful not to disturb the twins.
“I’m sorry it went as far as it did. I never dreamed he would try to pull that…”
“It’s okay, Daddy. You thought ahead and made sure he couldn’t control any of us.” She said as she backed away and looked up into his face. “Just don’t do something like this again. I think Mom is a bit more upset with you then I am.”
“I know,” Gio said with a nod.
“Go find her.” She said as she smiled at him.
He kissed his daughter’s cheek, then touched each of his grandchildren softly on the head before he headed across the room, where his wife stood, talking to someone. When he approached, the woman looked at him, bowed, then walked away.
Gwyneth looked up at him with a disappointed look on her face. “You have a lot of explaining to do.” She said as she watched him.
“I know, Tiey Vail. I’m sorry.”
“So, tell me how this all got started.”
She said as she took his arm and led him away from the rest of the party.
“Are you ready?” Leih asked as he entered the nursery, where Gresha was packing the twin’s bags.
“Just about.” She said with a nod.
“We leave in ten minutes, Short Stack.”
“I know.” She said as she looked at him.
He noticed she had something heavy weighing on her mind and moved to stand in front of her. She faked a smile when he reached out and took both her hands in his.
“What’s wrong?” He asked as he studied her face.
“I’ve just been thinking about Earth.” She said, her face still in thought. “Doesn’t it bother you at all that there has been nothing said on Earth about my parent’s broadcast?”
He pulled her closer and looked down into her beautiful eyes. “You ever think that that may, be a good thing?”
“I don’t know.” She admitted as she shook her head. “It all seems too quiet…”
He lightly kissed her. “Quiet can be a good thing.” He whispered against her lips.
“How?” She asked as he lifted his head from hers.
She looked into his eyes and tried to read his thoughts. If only… None of what had happened on Earth was a good thing. Why was this? Her people had shown their powers to save her, including her… She has had this ever-growing feeling that just won’t go away, that Earthlings are going to be afraid of the aliens in their space, more now than ever before.
A pain erupted through her head and made her lose her balance. Leih caught her before she hit the floor. She cried out as the searing pain exploded through her mind. Leih held her close as she rode through the vision. When it finally settled, tears slid down her cheeks.
“What did you see?” He asked as he held her.
She looked up at him and took a deep breath. “Your surprise was a nice idea, but we won’t be having a honeymoon.” She said with a frown.
“Kind of hard to surprise a Kryer.” He said with a soft laugh. “Did the universe decide we don’t deserve one?”
“No.” She breathed as she tried to sit up in his arms. “We had one in my vision, a really good one.” She half-smiled as she pulled herself to her feet. He stood with her as he held onto her. “Really nice idea, and we have a really good time, for about two hours.”
“That’s all, huh?” He asked as he watched her face.
“We’re interrupted by some very angry humans, who don’t want aliens anywhere near their small country.” She looked into his eyes as he stared at her. “It was a really nice idea Leih, and I would have loved it so much. But even if we timed it and left before they attack, I can’t chance them coming in, just a second earlier. I won’t put the twins in danger.” She said as she shook her head.
“Damn. We don’t even get a full day in paradise.” Leih said with annoyance as he pulled her into his arms.
“No.” She said as she shook her head. “And my mother is going to be so disappointed. She had really liked the people of that country. She had told me a couple of stories on how sweet they were. And how much she loved her land there.”
“Tell me about your vision.” He whispered as he held her.
She sucked in a deep breath and told him her vision. He held her close as he listened and shook his head when she talked about the people and how angry they were. When she finished, he looked down at her and watched the emotions play across her face.
“Your parents should hear this.” He whispered as he held her close.
Gresha peeked in on her babies before she joined her husband in the living room, to wait for her parents. They were both sound asleep, holding each other’s hands. She was so glad her children could not read her thoughts. They didn’t need the nightmare that kept replaying over and over in her mind.
She smiled as she kissed her fingers then touched their connected hands.
She left the nursery and joined Leih in the living room. Her parents didn’t knock as they entered their suite. Which had become the norm for their family? Why knock? Especially when you’ve been invited over.
“Gresha,” Gwyneth said as she pulled her daughter into a hug.
“Hi, Mama,” Gresha said as she closed her eyes and held onto her mother.
“So, what’s the important news?” Pilar asked as he entered the suite.
“Have a seat,” Leih said as she motioned to the couch.
Once they were all settled, Gresha took a deep breath and then told them about her vision.
“It has started,” Gwyneth whispered, disappointment on her face.
“Hard to believe the sweet locals could do something like that,” Gio said as he shook his head. He watched his daughter’s face and frowned. He could tell she has been replaying her vision in her mind all day.
“That’s just horrible,” Pilar whispered as he watched the vision replay in his sister’s mind.
“That bad?” Gwyneth asked her son.
Pilar nodded. “That bad.”
“People do horrible things when they’re scared,” Leih said as he watched his family.
“This is more than fear,” Pilar said as he continued to read his sister’s thoughts. “This was anger and disgust.”
“Anger and disgust?” Gwyneth asked, not understanding why anyone would feel either emotion for the alien race that has brought them a lot of technology and healed their sick and dying.
“I don’t think they care for that either,” Pilar said as he looked at his stepmother when he read her mind.
“I have a feeling we’re going to have a meeting with the leaders of Earth, soon,” Gio said with a shake of his head.
“I’m sorry,” Gresha whispered.
“For what?” Gio asked as he looked at his daughter.
“If I hadn’t gone to Earth and gotten captured, you wouldn’t have had to broadcast for help to find me. And we would still be a secret up here.” She said with a frown.
“It’s not your fault, baby girl,” Gwyneth said as she watched her daughter.
“Your mother is right. We have been trying to tell them we are here for hundreds of years. It’s humans, they’re just so…”
“Careful Husband, that is still my race,” Gwyneth said with a laugh.
Gio laughed as he pulled his wife to his side and kissed her lips. “You’re one of us, now.”
“Especially now,” Pilar said as he smiled at her.
“I still can’t believe my race is like this. I never knew they could be so closed-minded.” Gwyneth said as she shook her head.
“Look how they react to humans with abilities, they lock them up. What did you expect them to do with an alien race?” Gresha asked as she looked at her mother.
“You’re right,” Gwyneth said with a nod.
“We knew this day would come, sooner or later, Tiey Vail,” Gio said as he took his wife’s hand in his.
“I know,” Gwyneth said as she leaned her head on his shoulder.
“And don’t forget that we had gotten some help from the humans.” Leih reminded them as he remembered all the humans who had helped him, and his family, rescue his wife.
“You’re right,” Gwyneth said as she smiled at him.
“Too bad not enough of them, though,” Gresha said with a frown.