Chapter 17 - The High Prince’s Gift 🌶
“Want to go back to the room?” He asked her and she nodded. She was looking forward to just sitting down if she was honest.
They walked in and she curled up in a chair, absentmindedly plucking the strings on the stringlet and watching one of the servants start a fire. It crackled merrily into life and she could feel the warmth of it almost instantly. It made her realise that she actually had no idea about the seasons in this world. Days ago it had felt so hot but now, suddenly she felt like there was a chill in the air, like the weather was turning. She frowned, wondering how long it would be before winter came and if they even had snow here in this world.
“What are you thinking about?” Fain asked after watching her for a while.
“The weather.” She said and he looked surprised.
“Yes, it sounds silly but I was thinking about the seasons here, if they’re different from my world. And if it even snows.”
“It snows. It snows a lot.” He replied.
“Soon. In a month or two this whole place will be thick with the stuff.”
“So it’ll be Wintertide soon?”
“No, not for another four months.”
“But it’ll snow so soon?” She asked shocked and he chuckled.
“We only have two real seasons here. Winter and Summer. Summer lasts the longest. Spring lasts no more than a couple of weeks and Autumn even less.”
“Oh.” Alice said before staring back at the fire. She didn’t even have any winter clothes she realised and would probably have to ask Fain if he could get her some which annoyed her a little. She didn’t like how she had to ask for things, that everything she had was provided for her, it just emphasised that she was still as always Uther’s possession.
“You look tired.” Fain said and she looked back at him.
“I feel a little tired.” She admitted.
“Would you like me to run you a bath?”
She nodded thinking that a bath right now would be perfect and then she saw the glint in his eye.
“Is this a ploy to get me naked?” She teased and he laughed.
“Maybe. You’ll have to wait and see.” He said getting up and going to sort it.
Fain watched as she undressed and delicately climbed into the tub, admiring her breasts and the curve of her bottom as she did. As she sunk into the hot water she let out a gasp. The effect was almost immediate, as though someone had flicked a switch and she suddenly felt calm and relaxed but no longer tired. The bath itself was huge and resembled more of a hot tub than the baths she had back in her world. It had a small pipe coming off it with a little fire that kept the water at the perfect temperature and meant it also bubbled a little too. She cracked her neck then stretched out her legs, her toes, letting the hot water engulf her.
“Better?” Fain asked.
“Maybe if you joined me it would be…”
“I thought you’d never ask.” He said pulling his clothes off and she giggled.
He climbed in and pulled her to him. She sighed and closed her eyes, enjoying the moment, enjoying the peace. His arms felt so strong around her and for a moment she relished the safety of it, the peace. And then she remembered what he’d said, before they met Prince Hal about why he’d brought her to Nind.
She turned to look at him and he gave her an inquisitive look back.
“What is it?” He asked.
“You said you had an ulterior motive in bringing me here…”
“Ah that.” He smiled.
He leaned forward and kissed her before he spoke. “Are you sure you want to know right now?”
“Is it good or bad?”
“You’ll have to decide that.” He said and she frowned feeling nervous.
“Tell me, please.”
He sighed and kissed her lightly before he spoke. “This castle, this has been my home for a long time. But before that, I had nothing, only what I was given as a soldier.”
“Okay.” Alice replied unsure where he was going with it.
“It got me thinking, you said your parents were dead…”
“My whole family is.” She said quietly.
“And you also have said numerous times that you feel everyone only treats you as a possession, only sees you as one…”
“But you don’t.” she said now worried about where he was going with it.
“I’ve been thinking for a while that what you need, what would make you happy is a home of your own.”
“What do you mean?” She asked confused.
“I mean, that this castle, my castle, my home, I want it to be your home too. If you want it. I want you to see it as your home. That you can come here and that this is your space, your own space.”
Alice’s jaw dropped and she felt herself tearing up.
“Hey, I didn’t mean to make you cry.”
“You haven’t.” She said even as she was wiping away tears. “It’s just that I’ve never really had a home. I’ve never really had a family.”
“But what about growing up, where did you live?”
“I was put in an orphanage and then a school. A boarding school.”
“It’s a place where you send children to learn but they stay there as well. They live there.”
“Your family put you there?” He frowned.
“My Uncle did. My parents died when I was three. I don’t even remember them.”
“So your Uncle just sent you away?” He asked and she could hear the slight anger in his voice.
“It’s complicated. His wife vanished. He was heartbroken and he probably didn’t want or know what to do with a child.” She said though she was unsure why she was defending him. The man had pretended she didn’t exist for the entirety of her life. She owed him nothing.
“I see. So you just lived at this school?”
“Yes. But then when I turned eighteen I inherited my family’s house. That’s where I crossed over to this world. In the woods. I’d only been there a couple of days when suddenly I was here.”
He looked at her and he sighed.
“I didn’t realise.” He said and she shrugged.
“How could you have. Besides, I got used to it.”
“You said that before. Back in Montefore. You said you were used to being lonely.”
“Do you still feel lonely?”
“How could I when I have you?” She said and she smiled.
He smiled back at her. “And now, you have a home too.” He said gently.
“Thank you.” She said and he leant forward and kissed her.
“Don’t thank me. It’s what you deserve. What you should have.”
She smiled not sure what else to say. No one had ever done that much for her before and she felt like she couldn’t express how grateful she was, how happy she felt. She looked at him as the water bubbled around them and she shook her head slightly. He looked irresistible.
“What is it?” He asked.
“Remember when we first met. Remember how much you hated me.”
“I’m pretty certain you hated me too.”
“I think I did.” She said laughing.
“And look at us now…” He said pulling her across so that she was astride him. She placed her hands on his chest as her heart started to beat faster. She knew what he wanted, she could feel it and she wanted it too.
He moved his hands to her shoulders and he started massaging them, his grip tight as his fingers moved and she let out a moan, feeling her body melt under his touch. She ran her hands over his muscles, over his skin, feeling his strength before she moved lower. Slowly she massaged his balls, he groaned leaning back against the side of the tub. She placed a hand around his shaft and began to move up and down watching his face as she did it. He groaned again and started to move with her before pulling her onto him. She gasped as he entered her, his hand now around her waist holding her to him, with her legs either side. She wrapped her other hand around his neck, his face buried in her breasts and she rolled her hips against him. He groaned and thrust into her. He pivoted her back into the water and thrust again the water splashing as he did it.
“Harder.” She cried before she could stop herself and she braced her hands against the sides of the tub. He thrust again, pushing himself into her, pushing harder, and pulling her hips hard into him. She cried out feeling herself getting close. He thrust and she cried again, the feeling of him almost too much to take. He started to thrust quicker, more urgently and she felt herself being swept up in it, the water splashing around her as she curved her back pulling herself out of the water and cried out as the wave of her orgasm overtook her. He held her waist, held her hard and groaned as he came.