Crucible Vows

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Chapter 27

Most of my time having supper with the King was simple and kind. We talked about a few small things, but nothing major until later in the meal. Luna remained outside of the room but kept the door open to make sure I was safe.

“Tell me about Luna.” King Darien suddenly asked, causing me to fumble my eating utensil. “Is that such a strange request?”

“No,” I responded quickly. “Your Majesty, it’s not. I just wasn’t expecting it.”

“You two spent most your time in Obrenor together. There must be some interesting stories there.” He observed.

My eyes glanced towards Luna. He hadn’t moved from his spot outside the room. It was difficult to see how things between us had drastically changed so quickly. Was I even able to still call him a friend?

“I don’t think I would have made it without him.” I spoke up. “He made sure I was safe at all times, and even taught me some self-defense in case I needed it. He’s always been kind to me.”

“From what I can see, he’s a man of honor.” The King added. “Out of all the things that I could provide him, all he wanted to was to make sure to see that you were safe. Not everyone is like that.”

I nodded. “I’m glad he stayed.”

He looked over me a moment before standing up and walking over to sit next to me. His voice came out in a whisper. “He’s pretty important to you, isn’t he?”

I bit my lip and nodded. “But after he found out I was a Princess instead of just some Elf, he distanced himself from me.”

“He didn’t know you were a Princess?” The King’s eyebrows furrowed.

“I was going to tell him.” I admitted. “But I didn’t get a chance to just say it. He found out the truth when we arrived here. Now he only acts like a guard doing his duty.”

“From what I can see, you’re pretty important to him too. He’s probably still working through the shock of everything.” He offered.

“He grew up in a Kingdom where status and titles are the most important thing to survive.” I added. “He might be only seeing the title of Princess now.”

“When it counts,” King Darien added. “I’m fairly certain he will make the right decision.”

Only a moment passed before the enchanted mirror in the corner began to ripple with life as someone was trying to contact the King. He stood from the chair he was sitting in and walked over to and placed a hand on the mirror, accepting the connection. An image cleared and showed the face of King Rory.

“King Darien.” He greeted.

“King Rory.”

“I wanted to contact you about a young woman who has evaded capture from me and my Knights. She’s a criminal and I want you to...” His eyes wandered behind the King and saw me. He immediately glared at me. “Your Majesty, I demand that you send that women back to my Kingdom. She is a criminal that needs to pay for her crimes.”

King Darien glanced back at me. “But she is an honored guest of mine.”

My hands gripped the arms of the chair hard until I saw Luna make his way into the room to stand next to me, silently giving me support.

“King Darien,” my enemy shouted. “She and her people need to be made an example out of for the Obrenor Tragedy they caused.”

“No.” King Darien’s eyes became dark with rage. “You need to grow up. It was a tragedy that your parents were killed during their time in Nythstaesi, but like a child, you associated it with Elves in general. Those who were the cause of their murders were delt with justly. Your grudge has kill those who were innocent that your hands are soaked with their blood. You’ve created a river by all those you’ve killed. And your actions in attacking and killing thousands, including the King and Queen of Nythstaesi have made you no better than those who killed your parents.”

King Rory was shocked into silence.

“I can’t change what you think about Elves.” King Darien continued. “But I can teach you to be tolerant despite your prejudice. And if I find out you decided to attack and massacre Nythstaesi again, so help me Romos, I will send all of my forces to remove you from the throne because you are unfit to be King. There are more important things to focus on than your revenge on a people who don’t deserve it.”

King Rory stared at us for a while.

“Am I perfectly clear, King Rory?” King Darian asked. “Because I want to make sure that you understand that if you take any action towards the Elves and their Kingdom again, I will make sure that the rest of your page in Romos’s book is completely blank, you waste of ink.”

“Crystal.” King Rory finally answered before the connection ended.

King Darien let out a sigh and turned back to me and Luna. “I’m sorry you had to witness that, but I’m certain he won’t bother you two again. I have to meet with a good friend for a bit. Luna, will you please take her out to the gardens for a bit?”

Luna nodded and took a step back to allow me to pass. A little shaken, I stood up and walked out of the room with Luna close behind. As we went to the gardens, I noticed two individuals that the King greeted. One large man wearing Paladin armor with black hair, like Luna’s. And a young woman with red and blond hair next to him. I kept moving though.

The gardens were beautiful and welcoming. It was nice to get a breath of fresh air. As I walked around, the sun began to set and the wind blew softly causing the leave to rustle on the trees. I soon found a bench and took a seat. Luna stood close by, still remaining stoic. As much as I wanted to talk to him more, I knew the outcome would be the same. Thinking about it caused me to sigh.

Through my peripheral vision, I saw Luna’s head turn towards me before he took a few steps closer. “Are you alright?”

I let out another sigh. “I will be. Just seeing King Rory again sort of shook me.”

“Luckily, King Darien was there to help.” He responded.

“I don’t know what I would have done if I was alone.” I responded looking up to him. “Though he did help me and my people... I’m still scared.”

He glanced around us for a moment before stepping around and sitting next to me. “I know. You’ve been through a traumatic experience. That kind of fear won’t disappear overnight.”

I looked over to him. “I’m glad you’re here, Luna. I don’t think I could handle this alone.”

“You’re a strong woman.” He responded. “If I wasn’t here, you’d find a way to power through.”

A small smile came to my lips. “What do you plan to do when everything is done?”

He looked back over to me. “What do you mean?”

“After I go back to my home. What are you going to do?” I clarified. “Are you going to stay in Alovia? Or see if there’s a way for you to return home?”

He looked down to the ground. “I’m not certain yet.”

I bit my lip. “Do you want to come to Nythstaesi?”

He was silent for a while. “I’m not certain I would be welcome there.”

Luna had a point. We were from two different worlds that wouldn’t accept each other. I wanted things to be different. I wanted to stay with him. I wanted us to be together. But it wasn’t possible. I was a Princess of Nythstaesi, and he was a Knight from Obrenor. We were star crossed. And it hurt to think that it wasn’t possible.

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