Sins Of A Forgotten King #1

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9. Deals


For the last hour, I’ve been hiding in the garden. My cold body hasn’t stopped trembling.

“Breath Mila,” I whispered while clasping my hands.

My hands didn’t stop shaking from all this, and I knew King Noah was looking for me. They have come twice already, but they haven’t been able to see me.

I looked over my shoulder and sighed. I could hear a few footsteps from afar. Turning back, I let out a shaky breath.

Crudel, that’s the name of the person my mother hides. I knew that was my father’s name because I recently found some old letters on my mother’s shelf. I had memorized it and kept it a secret since then.

As a girl who has been yearning to know who her father is, I’ve been doing my research. And all I could find was that.

It was odd because I had no clue who my father was. The only thing was his name. But was it too much of a coincidence?

I bit my nail and started thinking of anything else I remember seeing in that letter.

There was nothing else except for a name. Maybe I was overthinking, and perhaps it was a mistake. I was well aware that gypsies were people who had disappeared from the kingdom. Few knew of them, and if you encountered one, it would be a miracle.

I sighed and stood up. Dusting my clothes off, I make a mental note to ask my mother more about it. I had to return. I couldn’t be hiding any longer, especially since Zion needed me.

Opening the door, I looked down both hallways. It was eerily empty. Where did I run off?

I closed the door and started heading to the left. To be honest, I felt lost. This place was enormous, and so far, no one was in sight. I moved my head from side to side and noticed a familiar hallway. Holding my brown skirt, I head to the left.

The entire hallway was empty, with no guards or furniture, except for paintings and dark drapes that barely lit the hall. The place lacked life, and it was bothersome. Then, making a turn, I noticed the hallway that took me to Zion’s room. I had memorized it when I left with King Noah.

I walked further and saw the two guards. My hand rested on my chest as I sighed tiredly.

“Excuse me, is the King sleeping?” I asked as both guards bowed their heads slightly.

“Yes, saintess, are you going in?” one of them asked.

“Yes, I will just check on him quickly.” I smiled and thanked them.

Opening both doors, I entered quietly and looked around. When I rushed in, all I could see was Zion. But now I can see his room and have to say it’s enormous.

The room was vast, with long windows and blue drapes that hung from it. I approached one of them and moved the drape away so the sun could lighten the room. I looked right outside and saw the view. I gasped in excitement as I saw the vast green forest right behind the castle. From far there was a town and then the sea. I leaned my body and gawked in awe.

I’ve never been out of the kingdom, so seeing this was making me excited. It was breathtaking.

A groan from behind has me snapping out of my excitement. I turned over and looked towards the bed. Zion turned over and groaned again.

Worried, I rushed over and sat down next to him.

“Hey,” I said with a smile as I caressed his head.

Zion groaned and moved closer. I smiled at how cute he was. Moving my eyes down his body, I check for anything unusual. Zion looked calm, and his complexion was better.

I smiled warmly and brushed his hair away from his face. I kept my gaze on him when he threw his arms around my waist and laid closer. My body tensed as he tightened his hold on me.

“Hey, Zion?” I called softly.

Zion groaned as he wrinkled his nose. I chuckled and slid my finger up his pointy nose.

“Are you feeling better?” I asked him. Zion started, opening his eyes.

Green emerald eyes looked up at me. His eyes were unfocused, but it was normal. I knew he was still in some pain.

“Hi,” I smiled. Zion sat up abruptly, making me jump in surprise.

“Mila?” Zion says as he suddenly winces. His hand moved to his stone hand.

“Easy Zion, laid back down,” I said, fixing the pillows.

His eyes moved to my face like he couldn’t believe it.

A smile broke on my face as I saw his reaction.

“Come now,” I said, patting the pillows.

“Why are you here?” Zion asked with a confused look.

I chuckled and rested my hand on his forehead. His fever was down.

“I came because I was worried,” I said with honesty.

I couldn’t stop smiling at all. He looked so cute and confused that it made my heart flutter.

“I need you to lay down, Zion,” I said as I tried to distract him.

Zion looked between the pillows and me. Not knowing what to do, I held him in his hands and pulled him. Zion tried to resist me, but I pushed him down. He must have had many questions, and I understood. However, I still felt confused about everything.

Reaching for a cloth, I wet it in a wooden bin and squeezed it. I turned and smiled at him without saying a word. Putting it over his head, I try not to look at him.

“How long have you been here?” Zion asked after a while.

“Since the morning,” I smiled.

“Why? Did my brother call you?” Zion questioned me.

I stopped cleaning his face and frowned.

“Yes, your brother came to look for me, but I came because I was truly worried about you,” I said. Zion looked taken aback by my answer. “You didn’t come back.”

I lowered my eyes and returned to cleaning his face, moving the cloth down his chest. Zion reaches for my wrist and grasps it hard. My eyes met his, and he looked angry.

“Why? Just why are you here helping me? I don’t deserve your help,” Zion retorted.

I sighed tiredly and pulled away from him. Then, putting the cloth back on the water, I turned my attention to him.

“That day on the lake, I knew you were in pain. Now I am here to help you, so why are you acting like this? I’m here because I want to, so don’t think otherwise,” I said, annoyed.

“I don’t need you, so leave,” Zion ordered.

My jaw clenched as I stayed seated.

“Why are you so ashamed of this?” I asked.

Zion snapped his head around. Anger was written all over his face.

“Ashamed? You think I’m ashamed?” Zion growled. “You fucking don’t know a thing!”

I kept my stern face on him.

“Can’t you see I’m a monster? A complete disaster? A sinner and one that could kill you?” Zion blurted angrily.

My eyebrows furrowed. What did he just say?

“Leave Mila,” Zion ordered.

“Sorry?” I snapped at him. “You want me to leave and let you be in pain?”

Zion grabbed my arm and stood up. Dragging me to the door, I looked at him, stunned.

“You heard me, Mila, get out if you don’t want to die!” Zion hissed as he opened the doors and pushed me out. “Stay away from me!”

The doors slammed on my face as I stared at the closed doors, shocked. The guards looked surprised but frightened at the same time.

“Are you all right?” the guard asked as he offered his hand.

I blinked and turned to look at his extended hand. Slowly, I grasped it and thanked him as he helped me up. I fixed my skirt and looked back at the tall doors.

“King Zion is like that, my lady. So I apologize on his behalf,” the guard explained.

I was speechless and confused.


My hands clasped hard as I beamed a smile. King Noah chuckled and took a seat.

“So care to explain what happened?” King Zion asked. I cleared my throat and smiled.

“Regarding?” I asked, feigning ignorance.

King Noah raised an eyebrow and looked at me like I was making a fool out of him.

“Mila, why did you leave? Did you know you looked sick?” King Noah said, sighing.

“I’m sorry,” I apologized. “It’s that the name surprised me.”

“Why? Is there something wrong?” King Noah questioned. I shook my head and looked at the floor.

“Nothing, it’s just I heard that name before, that’s all,” I lied.

If there was a thing, it was not to reveal what I knew. Not when I’m sure of. Because if I admit it, this might turn into a mess, and things would look bad for Zion.

“Ok, let’s leave it like that,” King Noah sighed. “Now I heard Zion threw you out of the room?”

I chuckled awkwardly.

“Sorry, Mila,” King Noah chuckled. “To be honest, that happens a lot. Zion throws everyone out of his room, especially when he is sick.”

“Why?” I asked curiously.

King Noah smiled and stood up. Then, walking closer, he removed a hair strand and put both hands over my shoulder.

“Remember, I mentioned the gypsies?” King Noah asked. I nodded silently. “Well, Zion also did something else. He messed not only with gypsies, but he killed our father.”

“What?” I muttered. “He did what?”

“You heard me, Mila. Zion isn’t any saint. The guard told me Zion warned you about killing you,” King Noah said as his grasp tightened on my shoulder.

I gulped down.

This had to be some joke, right?

I was well aware Zion was no saint. That he was getting punished for his sins but capable of killing me with no reason? It made no sense.

“Mila, I want to ask you something and answer me with all honesty, would you?” King Noah said as I nodded. “Are you scared of Zion?”

“What?” I frowned. Why was he asking that?

“Are you scared of my brother?” King Noah repeated.

I frowned and looked down at the floor. My hand loosened up, and I reached for King Noah’s hand. Slowly I pushed his left one away, and I took a step back.

“Why would I fear him?” I asked angrily. It was infuriating. “I have no reason to fear him. SO please don’t ask me for that. Zion is innocent in all this or whatever he did. For me, he is just like us. I don’t care what he is. For me, he isn’t a monster like he calls himself and you, King Noah. I expect you to be aware of that. King Zion is your brother, so why ask me all this if you’re aware I’m not scared?”

King Zion looked surprised.

“I’m sorry,” I said and looked away.

I heard a chuckle and turned to look at him. King Noah stood straight with his hands on his back.

“Now I see why my brother is infatuated with you,” King Noah laughed. I blushed at his words and rolled my eyes.

“Please don’t say nonsense,” I mumbled.

“It’s not nonsense. Zion is infatuated, and I can see you are also,” King Noah stated. I gasped and scoffed at him. It was disrespectful, but right now, I didn’t care. I had more important questions to ask.

“Is that why Zion doesn’t like people near him?” I asked.

“You mean Zion pushing everyone away?” King Noah said and walked back to his chair. “We can say that, but if I have to say it’s because of how he looks at himself. His insecurities and everything he did, the people here know.”

I turned around and walked over to the window. King Noah’s gaze followed me.

“What about his sins? Everyone despises him because of that,” I sighed.

“Indeed, that’s why I asked him to come back,” King Noah whispered. “Zion needs to be here and not alone in that old secluded place.”

“What place?” I asked, turning around.

“Have you heard about the Garden of Poison, Fry?” King Noah asked.

“Yes,” I frowned, “It’s one of the most dangerous places for any being.”

“Exactly, that’s the place where Zion lived,” King Noah whispered as something dark crossed his face. “We couldn’t visit him, so I ordered him to return, Mila. This is his home, where he belongs.”

“But Zion doesn’t want to, right?” I sadly answered.

“Yes, that’s why I need you here,” King Noah smiled wryly. “You could help my brother, Mila. You can save him.”

“King Noah,” I shook my head, “I think you’re mistaken.”

“Why?” King Noah asked, standing. “I can see how capable you are, saintess. So please, I’m begging you, stay with Zion. Come and move to the castle. I won’t ask for more, just until we find a solution to it.”

My hands balled on each side as I kept my head high. Again, I felt trapped between walls.

“I know you care, Mila,” King Noah continued.

I sighed in defeat and nodded. This was a hassle and a mess. But I know I want to be here for him. I don’t understand why, but my heart was telling me to stay.

“I will,” I mumbled.

King Noah smiled and nodded in appreciation.

“Good,” King Noah started, but I raised my hand, stopping him.

“Under four conditions,” I pointed out. King Zion nodded. “First, I will come and go how I please. Second, my work, I won’t be moving it here unless I say otherwise. Third, I need payment, and fourth….” I observe King Noah. “You will tell Zion about this. I will be there, but you will be the bearer of news because I know he will be furious.”

A smile played on King Noah’s lips as he slowly nodded.

“Good. I agree with all of them. So you will get paid fifty gold coins, is that all right?” King Noah asked as I choked.

“Excuse me?” I asked, baffled.

“Fifty coins, and no need to say no. This is what I will give you,” King Noah smiled, “Also,” he said, turning, “Zion is a pain in the ass, so I know he will give you a hard time.”

I crossed my arms over my chest and looked at him.

“What?” King Noah chuckled. “I know he will. Now follow me. Let’s tell my brother the splendid news.”

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