This is the volume 3 of Married To The Devils Son a continuation from Return Of The Devils Son.
A mist appears in her bedroom, materializing into a seductive silver-eyed stranger who proceeds to satisfy her in every possible way.
THE BEAST AMONGST US
Imagine living in a world full of fiery, feral beings, hiding in the shadows, roving in our dreams, creeping under our skin. Eavesdropping, manipulating our minds and exploring our bodies. They are savages, beasts but some of them are companions and childhood friends.
Some are dangerous, others even more dangerous. They live amongst us. Some of us call them Demons, others call them Djinn. But some of them should never be called.
THE BEAUTY LOOKING FOR LOVE
Heaven, the devil’s granddaughter and princess of Decresh has everything in life. Loving parents, beauty, wealth, and status. But one thing is missing. And that is love. Heaven dreams of the kind of love her parents have and now that she has come of age to get married she has to find her dream man and the future king of Decresh. And she has to find him soon.
There is one man. A mysterious silver-eyed stranger who keeps appearing in her dreams. Who is he and what does he want?
As the line of suitors grows, Heaven’s dreams become more vivid forcing her to go on a journey to find the man in her dreams. Could he also be the man of her dreams? Or would he turn out to be a nightmare?
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 1
He was here. Again. Hiding in the shadows. But Heaven didn’t have to see him, to know that he was here. She could feel his presence. Whenever he arrived, the room would turn cold, until his touch inflamed her.
Heaven felt the other side of the mattress sink. He was getting into her bed.
She lay still. She could neither speak nor move. Her body, her breathing, her heartbeat, everything stilled. Her ears strained, her mind conscious of his every movement.
Suddenly, cold fingertips brushed her arm. Heaven recoiled inside in distaste. She wanted to move away from him, but she couldn’t. Her body refused to listen.
As his icy fingers trailed down her arm, Heaven shut her eyes tightly, praying for this nightmare to end. It didn’t go well with the stranger in her bed. Suddenly he grabbed her harshly and turned her around so she was lying on her back. He loomed over her.
“Open your eyes.” He commanded.
Heaven’s eyes fluttered open, only to find herself looking into a pair of smoldering silver ones. They were metallic and gleaming in the dark. It wasn’t the first time she had seen them. He had been here many nights before.
At first, he would only watch her from a distance. Not because he wanted to, but it felt as though there was a barrier between them, keeping him from getting close to her. But slowly he broke through the barrier, and that’s when she began to see him, and when he began to whisper things in her ear. Things she would forget as soon as she woke up, together with his face. But those eyes she could never forget.
His hair fell over his face as he leaned closer. Wait! What was he about to do?
“Kiss you.” He smirked.
As his lips came closer Heaven opened her mouth. She was screaming, but no sound was being heard.
“Stoooop!!” Her voice echoed in the entire room while her eyes shot open. Her hand flew to her throat as she sat up. Thank you, Lord, she thought. Her voice came back.
A moment later her two personal guards barged into her room, almost breaking the door. They quickly looked around for any threat before looking at her.
“Your Highness, are you all right?”
“Yes, I am fine.” She assured, “You may leave.”
They took one last look before leaving the room.
Heaven put her hand on her chest. Her heart was pounding so hard. She dreamed of him again.
This was getting strange and scary.
The first few times she had been scared too, but she would forget her fear soon since she couldn’t remember anything from the dream except his eyes. But the more she dreamed of him, the more she could remember, and now she remembered everything once she woke up. She could even feel his touch on her skin. As if he had been in her bed for real.
Heaven was getting concerned. She used to disregard her fear with the explanation that it was only a dream. But now things were different. For every night that he came, he was getting closer to her, and that scared her.
After getting dressed with the help of her two handmaidens, Heaven made her way to the great garden. Every morning she would have breakfast with her parents there. When she arrived, her mother was already seated at the table, sipping tea from a small cup.
“Good morning, mother.” Heaven greeted.
“Good morning.” Her mother smiled as she looked up from her cup of tea.
As Heaven got seated, she could feel her mother watching her closely. Here comes the scolding again, she thought to herself. What has she done wrong this time?
“Is everything all right?”
“Huh?” Heaven got thrown off by the questions. She had been expecting a scolding.
“It looks like you are not getting much sleep.” Her mother commented.
Well, when a stranger gets into your bed at night, there isn’t much sleeping to be done. Not that she could tell her mother. That would be scandalous.
A maiden. Having a stranger in her bed. It would create havoc. But Heaven didn’t have to worry about that since this stranger was nonexistent.
“I am fine mother,” Heaven assured.
She could see that her mother wasn’t convinced, but Heaven didn’t want to explain by lying.
“How is the selection going for you? Is there someone you like yet?”
Oh, no. This was the last thing Heaven wanted to talk about. Since she turned seventeen, and now she was almost nineteen, everyone was waiting for her to get married. The entire kingdom was waiting as if it was their own wedding.
Heaven could understand. It was a political thing. Since her parents didn’t have a son, the only way to secure the throne would be for her to get married. Her husband would then be the future king of Decresh.
Heaven couldn’t imagine any other man on the throne except for her father. He was a great ruler, loved by the people, yet feared.
“No, mother. There is nothing to like about those men.” Heaven sighed, thinking back to all the men who came asking for her hand.
They were powerful men, either very rich or royalties. But the only reason they came to ask for her hand was the throne. They wanted more power, and the way to gain it was through her. She hated that they looked at her as a tool to gain more power. Heaven didn’t want that kind of husband.
“Those men?” Her mother raised a brow questioningly.
“Yes. Those men who are only looking for power. That is not what I am looking for.”
“Then what are you looking for?” Her mother asked, tilting her head to one side and listening curiously.
Heaven grabbed an apple from the table. “I want what you and father have,” she replied before taking a bite.
“And I hope you find it. But things won’t come to you, so you have to keep meeting these men. Hopefully, you will find someone you like.”
“But mother, please. I don’t want to do this anymore.” Heaven pleaded.
“Then how do you intend to find a man?”
“Maybe I can find him if you let me go out.”
Her mother shook her head. “Heaven we spoke about this many…”
“I know, I know. It’s dangerous and all.” Heaven cut off. “But nobody will recognize me. I can dress like other people and blend in.”
Her mother shook her head again. “You know what. Speak to your father about it.”
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 2
If there was one thing Heaven could change about her life, it would be being a princess. Because of her title, she had been unable to make many friends, or meet new people, or walk around the streets freely, or meet a man and fall in love.
Heaven knew she was being ungrateful. Yes, she couldn’t do all those things, but she had many good things in life that other people didn’t have.
Life was all about taking the good with the bad. “No one lives a perfect life.” That’s what her mother used to say. Now she wondered what her father would say about letting her go out.
He wouldn’t let her. She knew it already. Yet she would try, once again.
As she waited in the hall for her father’s meetings to end, she thought of ways to convince him.
‘Dear father, I have been suffocating…’
No, that would be too much.
‘Your Majesty, as an a.d.u.l.t woman who can take decisions for herself and be responsible for them I would like to go out. Alone.’
No, that was too formal. She needed to add more feelings so that her father would sympathise with her.
Or, she could act like a real grownup and tell him straight that she would go out and no one would stop her. But she wasn’t used to going against her father’s will.. He was her weakness. She loved him more than anything because she knew how much he adored her.
If it was her mother made who taught her everything then it was her father who gave her all the love in the world.
The clicking sound of footsteps echoed in the hall, and soon after whispers followed. Heaven knew it was her father coming. He would always make heads turn, cheeks flush and hearts race whenever and wherever he appeared.
All the females in the castle were smitten by him. Even some men. Heaven couldn’t blame them. She had overheard a maid once describe him as a walking temptation. That, Heaven wasn’t sure of, but yes, her father was very good looking. And he hadn’t aged a bit. He still looked the same as when she was a child. It was the demon part, of course, which very few people knew of.
The only people who knew about them being demons, were her father right-hand man Lincoln and left-hand man Julian who, by the way, was also a witch. Then there were her mother’s two guardian angels, as Heaven liked to call them, Callum and Oliver, who also knew about it. Heaven adored these two men because they took care of her when she was a child. Her mother’s two handmaidens Lydia and Ylva also knew about their secret.
When Heaven was a child, her mother would trust no one to take care of her except for Lydia and Ylva. Therefore, both were very close to her heart. Heaven’s own guards and maids knew nothing, and for that reason she felt alone sometimes.
“Good morning, my princess.” Her father smiled as he neared. Then he grabbed her face between his hands and kissed her forehead, as usual.
“Good morning, father.” Heaven greeted in a sad tone. If she didn’t pretend to be sad how would her father allow her leave?
A frown settled on her father’s face. “What makes you sad?” He asked.
“Father please, I would like to go out alone. Please.” Heaven begged.
“But Lord Aristo is coming to meet you today.” Her father reminded.
Lord Aristo was a very well-known and a wealthy businessman. But he should stick to business and not try to become a king.
“I don’t want to meet these old men.”
Her father chuckled. “I can assure you he is not old.”
“Father, I never ask you for anything,” because he already gave her everything before she could ask. “I just want to go out without having guards trailing behind me.”
“All right then,” Her father sighed. Heaven’s heart raced in joy before he spoke again. “Then I must go with you, alone.”
The joy she felt a moment ago dissipated. “No father. That is dangerous.”
Her father had too many powerful enemies. He could not leave without protection.
“No? Then how do you expect me to send you alone?”
Heaven looked down at her hands. She could never win this.
Her father grabbed her chin and made her look at him. “Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to me. Now get dressed, we’ll leave.”
Heaven felt suddenly bad. She didn’t feel like going out anymore. If anything happened to her father, it would be her fault.
“I can’t leave. I forgot. Zarin and Gina are coming here today, so I need to stay.” Heaven lied.
Zarin and Gina, her only friends who also shared her secret. Yes, they were demons as well.
Heaven hated lying to her father, but he already knew from the amused look on his face.
“All right.” Was all he said.
In the late afternoon, Lord Aristo came to meet her. They took a walk in the garden while he spoke of his business adventures and how he became so successful. At first Heaven listened with curiosity. She also wanted to go on an adventure and discover the world, but then slowly she became bored.
Lord Aristo only spoke about himself. He never cared to ask her something. What she liked or disliked, if she had any skills, or just anything for that matter. When they had dinner, he changed the topic to politics and tried to impress her with his political knowledge. Heaven was relieved when the time for him to leave finally came.
“It was a pleasure meeting you princess Heaven. I hope to meet you again.” He said taking her hand and kissing her knuckles.
Never again, Heaven thought to herself. She didn’t want a man as self-centered as he was.
Once he left, she went to her room feeling exhausted. These men were sucking the life out of her. Her handmaiden Kate helped her change into her nightgown, but Heaven didn’t feel like going to bed. The nightmare was awaiting her, and this time she was very afraid.
“Do you need anything else, My Lady?” Kate asked.
“No, thank you. You may leave.”
Saying good night, Kate left her alone.
Heaven went to her bed, but only sat on it. She looked at the sheets, the pillows and the blanket. Soon she would have to share a bed with her husband. Just the thought of it sent chills down her spine. She couldn’t imagine sharing a bed with a man. Specially not any of the men she met till now.
Suddenly cold air hit her face despite the closed windows.
Damn him. He always appeared out of nowhere since he learned how to do that.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 3
“Zarin! Don’t do that!” She scolded before she could even see him.
Her childhood friend Zarin was probably the most annoying creature to have ever existed.
Heaven grabbed her robe and covered herself quickly.
“Can’t you arrive as a normal human being?” She asked, turning to him.
He stood leaning against the wall next to her bed with his hands in his pockets. Slowly, a sly smile made its way to his lips upon seeing her irritated. That was what he liked to do, after all.
“Except I am not a normal human being.” He reminded.
Ignoring him, she continued. “We are not children anymore. You can’t come here as you please. This is a lady’s room now.”
Zarin looked around, pretending to be surprised. “A lady? Where is the Lady?”
Fuming with anger, Heaven threw a pillow on him. She missed, which made him chuckle.
“Oh. You? When did you become a Lady?” He continued to tease.
Heaven had lost count on how many times she had wanted to kill him. He lived to annoy her, but without him her childhood would have felt so lonely. But what could she do? She couldn’t love him without hating him.
“Just leave! I need to sleep.” She said lying down on her bed, facing the other side.
She could hear him sigh. “I thought… maybe wanted someone to talk too?”
“About what?” Heaven asked curiously.
“About you getting married.”
“I am not getting married.” She muttered.
“You have to, someday soon. “
Why was he adding salt to her wounds?
Pushing herself up in a sitting position, she looked at him for a moment.
“Are you happy that I have to get married?” She asked.
“Only if you are happy with it.” He replied.
“Well, I am not.”
“You just have to find the right person.” He persuaded.
“I don’t think I ever will as long as I am locked in here, which means that I, eventually, will have to get married to someone I don’t like, share a bed with him, let him touch me, give him children and ….”
“Relax.” Zarin cut off. “Take a breath.”
She was panicking and squirming inside. She finally said what she had been keeping inside, but there was more.
“You won’t have to marry anyone you don’t like.” He assured sitting at the corner of her bed.
“You don’t know that.” Her voice almost broke. No, she would not cry. “I am a princess. I have a duty. I will put everyone in a difficult situation if I don’t fulfill my duties.”
“Hell with duties. Your parents love you. They won’t let you sacrifice yourself.” He explained.
That was the problem. They would sacrifice themselves instead, and Heaven didn’t want them to.
“You are right.” She said at the end. Zarin wouldn’t understand, anyway. “Were is Gina?” She asked, changing the topic.
Gina was Zarins little sister and her only other friend.
“Probably in some corner, reading a book.”
She was just like her mother. Who would think the famous warrior princess Klara loved to read during her free time? Heaven had once even received books as a gift from her.
She loved to read as well, but not as much as Gina. That girl could get so lost in a book she wouldn’t know whether it was morning or night.
“All right, I need to sleep now. I have early training tomorrow.”
Both Heaven and Gina received sword training from princess Klara every other day, and tomorrow was the day. Heaven needed to sleep well if she was wanted to perform well tomorrow. Princess Klara could be really tough when teaching.
Zarin stood up before turning to her. He watched her silently for a moment.
“Are you sleeping well these days?” He asked.
Did he know?
He shrugged his shoulders. “Just heard some things.” He said.
“What did you hear?” She asked curiously.
“That you wake up screaming sometimes. Is it true?”
Heaven didn’t want to tell him the truth, yet. “I just have bad dreams sometimes.”
He nodded. “All right, then. Good night.”
Just when he was about to leave, Heaven changed her mind.
Zarin stopped in his tracks.
“Can you stay here tonight?” She asked.
His eyes widened.
“I don’t mean like that.” She hurried to explain. “I just… have really bad nightmares. If you could just stay tonight?” She gave him a pleading look.
The truth was, she wanted to know whether the man in her dreams only stayed in her dreams or out of it as well.
“Well,” He scratched his head awkwardly. “All right. Just tonight.” He agreed.
“Thank you.” She smiled at him before tugging herself in to sleep.
Zarin sat on the sofa in her room before dimming the lights with a thought.
Heaven closed her eyes, feeling safer, and eventually she fell into a deep slumber.
When she woke up, it was still dark. For some odd reason the window was open and the chilly air came into the room. Heaven got out of bed to close the window when she took notice of Zarin sleeping on the sofa.
She felt bad for asking him to stay, so after shutting the window she took one of her blankets to cover him. Just as she was about the put the blanked on him he grabbed her wrist. Startled, she looked at his hand. It was cold, oddly pale and slender, despite the hard grip. Shaken, she lifted her gaze to his face.
It was him. The silver-eyes stranger. The one who caused her to have many sleepless nights.
He tugged at her arm so she fell on top of him; her face getting dangerously close to his. For the first time she could see him clearly.
“Remember me.” He whispered.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 4
Heaven shot her eyes open. She looked around quickly, specially the sofa. Zarin was still sitting there, resting with eyes closed.
So it was all a dream. He had come, but only in her dream. This time she didn’t wake up scared. She was curios.
Why did he ask her to remember him?
Did he exist?
That would be terrifying.
Who was he? And what did he want from her?
“Did you sleep well?” Suddenly Zarin stood next to her bed.
Heaven sat up on the bed and adjusted her hair quickly. “Yes. Thanks to you.”
“Good, I’ll take my leave then.”
Heaven gave him a nod, feeling a bit strange that she let him stay in her room at night. It was very inappropriate for a lady to let such a thing happen. People would start talking if they knew.
Zarin left before her handmaidens came to help her get dressed. This time she wore no dress. It would be trousers because she would fight the famous warrior princess and Zarins mother, Klara.
After dressing and getting her hair braided, she made her way to the castle’s backyard. She knew she was early since nobody was there yet. Heaven took her sword and started practicing by herself. Her mother had made her practice from a very young age.
“I don’t want you to be like me. I want you to strong, confident and independent.” Her mother had told her.
Heaven knew her mother didn’t have a good upbringing. She wasn’t raised to be strong or independent. She was raised to be frail and submissive. But circ.u.mstances taught her to be strong and brave. Besides circ.u.mstances, she had her one and only friend Princess Klara to teach her a few things, like swordsmanship and politics. Still, sometimes her mother would join their fighting lessons and learn a few tricks herself.
“Good morning, Princess.” It was Princess Klara coming from afar with her daughter and my friend Gina trailing behind.
Heaven had always admired princess Klara and had wanted to be like her. She was a woman who walked with such grace and confidence and had an aura that demanded respect. Not to speak of her beauty, she was a woman who turned heads. Her husband Roshan wasn’t any less good looking. He was alluring in his own dark way. You would find yourself drawn to him, yet you would want to keep a distance. But Heaven liked him a lot. He was fun to be around and always full of sarcasm.
“Good morning Princess Klara, good morning Gina.” Heaven greeted.
Her friend Gina was very cheerful, unlike her mother and mischievous like her father. She hurried and gave her a tight hug. “We have a lot to talk about” She whispered in Heaven’s ear.
Heaven already knew what Gina wanted to talk about. She wanted to know if Heaven had found a man. She would be disappointed to hear the news.
As for the fighting lesson, Princess Klara was disappointed with her after the lesson ended.
“What happened?” She asked, concerned. “You are not focusing today. Are you ill?”
Heaven was panting as though she had been running through the entire castle. Her lungs and heart couldn’t take it anymore. She felt weak and exhausted. What was happening to her?
“I am fine.” She lied, but Princess Klara didn’t believe her.
“I think it’s enough for today.” She said despite the quick lesson. “Get some rest.”
Gina who was watching from afar wondered why they had stopped. “What happened?” She asked as she came up to them.
“Nothing.” Heaven hurried to say. “Just a little tired.”
Princess Klara put a hand on her shoulder. “Make sure to rest. I’ll meet your mother.” She said and left them both behind.
Once her mother was out of sight, Gina placed her hands on her h.i.p.s. “Whats wrong?” She asked, clearly aware that something wasn’t right.
Heaven contemplated on whether to tell her about the man who dwelled in her dreams and now in her mind, making her unable to focus on anything except for the voice in her head.
Well, she clearly couldn’t forget him.
“Come, let’s go to my room. I’ll tell you everything.” Heaven said.
Gina was two years younger than Heaven, yet she was more experienced about everything. She knew more about the world and its people. Not because she was more educated, but because she socialized more, whether it was with humans or demons.
“So…” She began making herself comfortable on Heaven’s bed. “Tell me.” She urged.
Heaven sat next to her, ready to share her worries and get some of that weight of her shoulders.
“Well, I have this dream. About a man.” She began and quickly Gina sat up with eyes wide. She seemed excited for some reason.
“Oh. A dream about a man? Tell me about it.” She said excitedly.
“He has silver eyes and…” Heaven wasn’t sure what more to tell her about him. It was all still very confusing. “The thing is, he appears in my dreams every night.”
“Do you know him?” Gina asked.
“No. Never seen him before.”
“Is he good-looking?”
“Well…” Heaven tried to think. Even though she had seen his face it was difficult to remember. “He is very alluring.”
Gina nodded thoughtfully. “You have probably seen him somewhere. Try to remember.”
Heaven was very sure she had never seen him before. If she had, she would never forget those eyes.
“Nevermind. It’s just a dream.” She waved it off. “Now help me with the reality. I have to get married and I don’t want to.”
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“Because, I want to get married for love. Not like this.”
Gina shook her head. “Where politics rule, there is no love. Our parents were lucky to find each other, but only a few people find love and even fewer get married to the person they love.”
“Thank you for making me feel better.” Heaven said, irony clear in her tone.
“I am sorry.” Gina apologized. “I didn’t mean to make you feel bad.”
“It’s all right. You are somehow right. What should I do then?”
Gina seemed to think for a while. “See we are demons. We get to live a long life. You will eventually find love, but right now you need to get married soon. Choose someone you can negotiate with. Tell him you’ll accept to marry him and he will get access to power, but he won’t touch you. Unless you want to, of course. As for an heir, he can have other women. It’s just an idea. Maybe its bad idea. You know what? Forget it.” She rambled.
“No, no. That’s a brilliant idea,” Heaven said with a wide smile. She gave Gina a quick hug. “You’re so smart.”
Now, she would have to find this man that she could negotiate with. Who could it be?
Suddenly someone came to her mind.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 5
At night Heaven waited for Zarin in her room. She had asked Gina to send him to her, but she hadn’t told her why. Heaven wondered how Zarin would react. She knew he wouldn’t like the idea, and he would probably not agree to help her.
While waiting nervously she prepared her speech in her head, but then slowly she became afraid. Would this ruin her friendship with Zarin? She didn’t want to lose him. And where was he, by the way? What was taking him so long? She was getting impatient and tired.
Just when she was about to give up and go to sleep he appeared out of thin air. Heaven felt jealous everytime he did that. She wanted to be able to do that as well, but she couldn’t. Only demons and half demons could do that, and she was neither. Being partly witch, human and demon made her a complicated creature.
“Good evening, Princess.” Zarin bowed teasingly. “How can I be of service to you?”
Heaven smiled at his childish behavior. “You are late.” She complained.
He straightened himself and then ran his fingers through his messy hair to adjust it. Heaven studied him closely. He was handsome, and just like both his parents, he made heads turn.
On top of that, he knew how to dress well, and he would always experiment with his hair. Today he wore a blue shirt that matched his blue eyes, with a pair of black trousers and a black jacket adorned with fur on the shoulders. He let his black hair down except for the one braid on the left side of his head. His pink lips were slightly red. Heaven could tell he had been drinking wine and probably partying.
“I apologize sincerely. But I am here now.” He grinned.
Heaven stared at his mouth. His fangs had elongated, which meant that he had been s.e.x.u.a.lly active. When aroused, demon’s fangs elongate.
“I am sure you had a good reason to be late.” She said ironically.
“Well, I was in the middle of something difficult to get out from.”
Heaven nodded knowingly, but she didn’t know why it bothered her. Zarin had always enjoyed the company of women.
Stumbling a bit, he took off his jacket and threw it on her sofa. Just how much did he drink? Demons and half demons could only get drunk after drinking enormous amounts.
“So…” He began as he came to sit next to her on the bed. “You wanted to talk?”
Heaven got suddenly nervous and her heart began to beat erratically.
“What is wrong?” He asked, after hearing the fierce pounding of her heart.
She turned to him slowly. He was sitting close to her and looking at her intently.
“Zarin, I need to ask you a favor.”
He gave her a nod.
“I want you to… to marry me.”
The world went still for a moment before Zarin blinked a few times in disbelief.
“What did you say?” He asked.
Heaven stood up, hands fisted at the sides of her body. She gathered more courage before speaking again. “I said marry me.” She repeated this time, less afraid.
Zarin seemed baffled by her words, so she decided to explain before he told her how stupid she sounded.
“See, I don’t like any of the men I met so far and probably won’t like the ones coming too. Also, I don’t think any of them are worthy of being a King. I am comfortable with you and I trust you. Don’t worry, the marriage will just be a formality. We don’t have to consummate the marriage and you can have any woman you like. Besides, you get to become a King.” She paused. Did she say everything she needed to say?
Zarin expression only seemed to get worse.
“Do you hear yourself?” He asked.
“Yes. And I wouldn’t say this if it wasn’t the best option.” Or the only option. “So what do you say?”
He stood up hastily.”I say no.”
“Why?” She grabbed his arm to prevent him from leaving.
“Because it’s a bad idea.”
“Then tell me a better one.” She demanded.
“Tell your parents the truth.” He suggested.
“And then what? They will say all right, take your time but father will always have to listen to those complains about why I haven’t gotten married yet. People in the kingdom will cause commotion. Also, there is no guarantee I will find someone in the next few years.”
Zarin sighed. “Listen, I can’t give you a better idea. I just know this is not a good idea.”
Heaven dropped his arm. “Fine. Then I will just say yes to the first man that comes here tomorrow and live unhappy for the next thirty or forty years.”
“Don’t try to make me feel bad!”
“You should feel bad. You can’t even help a friend in need.”
“Heaven! Marriage is not a child’s play.”
“I am not playing Zarin. I am desperate.”
“All right, all right. Let me think.” He said sitting carefully back down again.
He was silent for a long moment while Heaven waited restlessly.
“Get dressed.” He said when he finally spoke again.
“We are going out. You were right. You can’t meet someone while locked in here.” He explained.
“Father won’t be happy if he finds out.”
“I’ll handle it. Just get dressed, and not something too fancy.”
Heaven nodded and went on to pick a dress. Then she hid behind the folding screen and slid into the most simple dress she owned. A blue long-sleeve dress.
“Is this all right?” She then asked Zarin showing him what she was wearing.
“You look beautiful.” He complemented before reaching his hand for her to take.
Heaven placed her hand in his, and he drew her into his arms.
She nodded, and just like that they were somewhere else. It went so smooth and quick that she felt nothing but the air blowing her hair and dress.
Heaven looked around once Zarin released her from his hold. It was midnight, and they both stood in front of a large mansion with all the lights on. Heaven could see people drinking, chatting and dancing through the windows.
Zarin had brought her to a party.
“This is Lord Augustins mansion. He is a very wealthy demon Lord, and he invites other wealthy demons to his parties. I think demons might interest you more than humans.” He explained.
“So all those inside are demons?” Heaven asked, feeling slightly nervous. She had never been in a room full of demons before.
“Most of them. There might be a few humans.”
Heaven looked at the big Iron gate where two guards stood. The butterflies in her stomach went wild.
Zarin put his arm on the small of her back. “Don’t worry. I am here.” He assured her. “Just don’t act like a royalty. You are a friend of mine and your name is Anna. Look around, speak to some men, see if there is someone you like. All right?”
She nodded and Zarin led the way in to the party.
Heaven was surprised and looked around excitedly. She had never been among so many people before. Her father was not the kind to throw parties. Yes, they have had many dinners but she could only remember one party and she was very young back then.
Now she found herself surrounded by people in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry. Some of them were dancing, others sitting at a table while either eating, drinking or chatting.
“I’ll leave you alone now.” Zarin whispered.
Heaven panicked. “Why? Don’t go.” She held onto him tightly.
“Men will only approach you if they find you alone. Otherwise they’ll think you are with me.” He explained.
“But… what should I do if they approach me?”
“Just speak to them and enjoy your time. I’ll be over there, so don’t worry.”
Before she could protest, he pulled his arm away from her grip and left her standing there alone. And it didn’t take long before a man came up to her.
“May I have a dance with a beautiful lady?” He asked, reaching his hand out for her.
Heaven took his hand hesitantly, and before she knew they were dancing across the dancefloor. He smiled at her surprised expression.
It must be a demon thing, she thought. She had never danced with a demon before. She looked around. All of them were good looking, including the man she was dancing with. He had dark brown eyes, almost black, with a hair that matched in color. His pale lips were surrounded by well kept facial hair that hid most of his well-defined facial features.
“May I ask your name?” He said while they flowed over the dancefloor.
“I have never seen you before, Anna. Are you from here?”
“Yes.” Was her curt reply.
“Strange. I would never forget your face.” He smiled at her.
Heaven was used to men finding her beautiful, but right now she was in a room with women as beautiful as her if not even more.
“Why?” She asked.
“Look around.” He said. “No one has a face like yours. And your eyes, they are magnetic.”
A blush crept to her face. She was not used to men complimenting her this way.
“My name is Benjamin.” He introduced himself.
“Nice to meet you, Benjamin.” She said.
“The pleasure is mine.”
Benjamin continued to ask her question and shower her with praises before he got interrupted by another man who also wanted to dance with her.
The other man, Ricard, was also charming in his own way. Afte dancing with him, Heaven got the chance to speak and dance with many more men, and all the attention and compliments she got flattered her.
She couldn’t deny she had a good time, but no specific man caught her attention.
After a while, her eyes searched for Zarin in the room. He was sitting in a corner with a beautiful lady and both of them seemed to have a good time.
Heaven was about to avert her gaze when suddenly someone caught her attention. A man sitting alone in a dark corner of the room. He was holding a wine cup in his hand and he seemed to look at her. She couldn’t see his face because of the darkness that surrounded him, but his eyes, she recognized them from her dream.
It was him.
The silver-eyed stranger.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 6
Suddenly the world around her disappeared and the only thing she could see was the mysterious stranger sitting alone at the dark corner. Unaware, she stood up from her seat and started to walk toward him. It was as if he was calling to her, pulling her toward him with an unknown force.
Heaven didn’t resist. She wanted to see him and to know him, but she couldn’t ignore the part of her that was terrified. He didn’t seem to have good intentions. What if he was an enemy and wanted to cause her harm? What if she was putting herself in a dangerous situation?
But again, the curious part of her was stronger than the fearful part. She wanted to know what he wanted from her, otherwise he would keep appearing in her dreams. Maybe even nightmares.
When she was close to where he was sitting he suddenly stood up and walked away.
“Wait!” Heaven called, but he ignored her and continued further.
Heaven lifted her dress slightly and hurried her steps. She pushed through people, keeping her gaze fixated on his back as to not lose him in the crowd. He was walking fast and getting further away from her.
Afraid that she would never get the chance to see him she began to run after him. She followed him out of the hall, then out of the mansion.
“Excuse me! Excuse me!” She even waved her hand, but he kept on walking.
How could he be so fast? She was loosing him.
Soon he walked out of the gate and she was right behind him but when she came arrived at the gate, he was gone. Just like that, he disappeared.
Heaven kept looking around, confused as to why he ran away from her. Wasn’t he the one who visited her dreams every night?
She turned to the guards who stood at the gate. “Excuse me. Who is the man that just left?” She asked.
The guards looked at each other. “What man?” One of them asked.
Heaven looked closely at them. “Are you human?” She whispered.
“No, My Lady.” the other one grinned, showing his fangs.
Then how did they not see him? She was sure he left through the gate.
“Heaven!” Zarin came running to her. “Where did you go? You know I will be held responsible if something happens to you.” He scolded.
“Zarin, did you see the man with silver eyes?” It was as if she didn’t listen to what he was saying.
“Do you know a demon with silver eyes? Anyone with such eyes?” She asked desperately.
“No! Are you looking for someone?”
Heaven sighed. “I saw him in there. In the party. He just left.”
Zarin was utterly confused. “Who is he? Who are you talking about?”
Heaven kept staring at the gate. She lost him. Now, how would she know what he wanted?
“Heaven?” Zarin tapped her shoulder. “What is wrong?” He asked when she turned to him.
“Nothing. Let’s go home.” She said feeling disappointed.
Once they were back to her chamber Zarin gave her a questioning look. “What happened to you?”
“I don’t know.” Heaven said letting herself fall on her bed. She stared at the ceiling.
He exists, she thought to herself. She had just met the man in her dreams. What was he doing there?
“Heaven! Are you listening to me.” Zarin loomed over her.
“Zarin. I need to get some sleep before the morning comes. Thank you for taking me out.”
“Are you asking me to leave?” He asked, confounded.
She nodded. She needed to sleep in order to see the man in her dreams.
“Fine.” He said. Heaven could hear that he was upset, but he would forget about it by tomorrow.
Once he left Heaven changed into her nightgown and hurried to get some sleep. Unfortunately, she woke the next morning without having a dream.
Wait! Why was she feeling sad about it? It was what she wanted. But now she was too curious, and she couldn’t stop thinking about him.
He had told her to remember him, then why didn’t he come to her? Why did he run away from her?
While pondering, alone in her room the door guard informed the Kings arrival.
Heaven turned to the door, and soon her father entered. A smile lit up his face upon seeing her, and he opened his arms for her.
Heaven ran into his embrace. With her father, she still felt like a child.
“My Princess.” He said holding her tightly and placing a kiss in her hair. “Did you sleep well?”
Heaven nodded. “And you?”
“I have slept well. Thank you. I have some free time and thought you might want to go to the market.”
“We are taking guards with us, right?”
“No. Only you and me.”
“But that is dangerous. I told you.” She felt like a parent scolding her child.
She knew her father felt bad for keeping her in the castle or sending many guards with her everytime she left, but she couldn’t blame him. He was only trying to keep her safe.
She remembered this one time when they left the castle and were attacked by demons who tried to kill her father. That day they were lucky. Her grandparents and Roshan were there to help them protect themselves.
Since then, Heaven feared for her father every time he left the castle. She would rather go by herself. No one would recognize her, anyway. Her father had kept her away from every demon and witch, while everyone knew him.
“Don’t worry. Nothing will happen.” He told her.
Heaven wondered what kind of plan her father had in mind. Whatever the plan was, she decided to trust him.
As to not get recognized by the citizens they dressed up as commoners and then rode into the market.
When they arrived Heaven realized that changing clothes wasn’t helping much. People gawked at them. Her father had every woman’s attention, and whispers and giggles followed soon. That didn’t seem to bother him. What bother him and her was the way men looked at her. It was with carnal fascination. Their eyes gleamed with l.u.s.t and if her father hadn’t been with her, she knew they would come up to her.
Heaven felt uncomfortable. She realized she didn’t belong here. Her father noticed her discomfort and tried to avert her attention to something else.
“Is there anything you would like to buy?” He asked.
Heaven looked around. There was nothing she didn’t own.
“Father, lets go to that lake with the ducks.” She said.
When she was little her father once took her to a beautiful lake where many ducks swam.
“All right.” Her father nodded.
They climbed their horses and then rode away.
Once they arrived they sat on the grass near the lake and watched the ducks swimming. It was calm and quiet. The only sound being heard was that of the nature. Birds singing, the wind blowing and trees moving to it.
Her father sat quietly next to her and even though his gaze was fixated on the lake, she knew he wasn’t looking at it. His mind was somewhere else.
“Heaven.” He finally spoke.
He turned to her. “Are you happy?” He asked.
The question surprised her.
“Yes, father. Why?”
“You know. I wanted to give you a better life than mine and your mothers. I didn’t realize that I was giving you the same isolated and lonely life that your mother had. You didn’t choose this life and I…”
“Father,” Heaven cut him off and put her hand on his shoulder. “No one chooses the life they get born into. Neither did you nor mother. It’s not your fault. No one lives a perfect life. Everyone has different struggles and mine is to live secluded from society. But I have you and mother and Zarin and Gina and grandmother and grandfa…” Heaven abruptly stopped.
Grandfather was not in her life anymore. He left them. Heaven shook her head. She didn’t want to think of him now.
“What I am trying to say is that I am a happy father and I have never blamed you or mother.”
Her father put his arm around her shoulders. “I didn’t realize how much you have grown up and how wise you have become. You make me proud.” He smiled. “And about the marriage. Take your time. When I met your mother, my loneliness disappeared. Still, I never feel lonely. I hope you can find someone you can share everything with.”
Heaven smiled. “Me too. But father… the men I am meeting now are all humans. Shouldn’t I meet demons and witches as well?”
A frown settled on her father’s face. “Demons hate witches and witches demons.” He explained.
Oh, and she was both. No demon or witch would accept her as their partner.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 7
Heaven was surprised to find Gina in her room once she was back from her trip with her father. Zarin must have told her about the marriage thing. Heaven hoped that this wouldn’t change anything in their friendship.
Gina was reading a book while waiting, as usual. She probably didn’t even realize that Heaven had arrived.
“Hello,” Heaven called, throwing herself on the bed next to her friend.
“Oh,” Gina looked up from her book. “You are here.” She smiled, putting the book aside. “Where were you?”
“Father took me out for a while.”
“And where did you go last night?” Gina wiggled her eyebrows.
“So you know?”
“I do know. So tell me. Did you meet anyone interesting?” Gina leaned in, curious to know.
Heaven shook her head. “It doesn’t matter. Demons hate witches.”
“But they love beautiful woman and you are stunning, my friend. Just look at you.” She encouraged. “Once they see you, they won’t care about anything else.”
“I am not sure about that.”
“You should be. Listen, tonight we will go out again. I’ll prove it to you.”
Heaven didn’t protest. Gina was too stubborn to deny. Besides, a part of her still had hope to meet someone. Maybe she would meet the silver-eyes stranger again.
When the night came and the palace became quiet because everyone was asleep, Gina came to her room. Gina was already a stunning woman, but tonight she dressed to kill. She wore an olive green dress with long sleeves and a v neckline. It was adorned with lace and ribbons and flowed from the waist down. Her black hair was braided and attached to her head like a crown. Her hazel eyes were surrounded by thick dark lashes and she had added some colour to her pale cheeks. Gina looked innocent when smiling but when being serious her sharp facial features gave her a very elegant aristocratic look.
“So… “She said twirling. “How do I look?”
“Beautiful.” Heaven smiled
“Thank you. I put in a little extra effort. It’s the first time we are going to a party together, after all.”
That was true.
“Now. What have you decided to wear?” She asked.
“I don’t know what’s appropriate.” Heaven wondered.
“Come, let’s see what you have.”
Gina picked a wine-red dress for her. “This will suite your skin color so much.” She explained.
Without questioning her friend’s choice, Heaven slid into the dress. It looked like Gina’s except for the lace and ribbons. This one was adorned with golden embroideries and a golden belt at the waist.
When she was done, Gina helped her put some paint on her lips and cheeks, and since none of them were good with hair, they just let her hair down.
Gina took a step back to take a good look at Heaven. “Good Lord. You are going to provoke some demons tonight.” She smiled, satisfied.
Heaven on the other hand didn’t like the idea of provoking demons. “Maybe I should change then.”
“No, no.” Gina crossed the distance between them and embraced her. Before Heaven could think of what to say, they had already arrived outside the party.
“Come on.” Gina said, taking her hand and leading her inside.
This party seemed different from the last one. It seemed calmer. The hall was dimly lit with slow music in the background. It had somehow a romantic feel to it. Probably why Gina brough her here.
“Regina.” A familiar voice called from behind.
As both of them turned, they froze in place. For different reasons.
“Uncle?” Gina seemed embarrassed and a little scared.
It was Enoch. The angelic looking demon. Heaven had seen him a few times when she was young and actually believed he was an angel. Now she was staring at him with the same fascination.
“What… what are you doing here?”
“I should ask the same.” He spoke.
“Eh… we just…”
“It’s my fault. I told her to take me out.” Heaven hurried to save her friend.
Enoch turned to her and looked at her for a moment, as if trying to recall who she was. Then his eyes widened with realization.
“Princess Heaven. You truly shouldn’t be here.”
“Please uncle. Can’t you just pretend you saw nothing. And please don’t tell father.” Gina begged.
Enoch looked around, unsure.
“Please uncle. Zarin is coming too. We will keep an eye on Heaven.”
So this was about her now?
Enoch sighed. “All right. Only this time. Don’t get into trouble.” He warned her, then turned to Heaven. “It was nice meeting you, Princess.” And then just like that he was gone.
Gina let a breath of relief. “Lord. What was he doing here? He isn’t the party type.” She wondered.
“I am not sure. He isn’t very talkative. Anyway, that guy there has been staring at you.” She nodded toward a handsome male staring at her through the crowd. When their eyes met, he smiled at her.
Heaven averted her gaze quickly, feeling slightly uncomfortable.
“Oh Heaven. Come on. Dont be shy. If you don’t like him, pick anyone in the room and talk to them.”
Heaven panicked. Was she supposed to make the first move? She would never dare.
“Alright. I’ll just leave you alone to… Oh, someone is coming here.” Gina gave her a push with her elbow.
Who? Heaven looked around quickly. A man was approaching them. Good. Then she wouldn’t have to make the first move.
“My Lady. May I have a dance?” He reached his hand out for Gina.
Gina raised her eyebrows. Surprised, he asked her for a dance instead of Heaven.
Heaven would have been happy for her friend if it wouldn’t mean that she would be left standing there alone. But she forced herself to smile. She didn’t want to ruin the night for Gina, so she gave her a nod to go on.
Gina took the man’s hand, and he led her to the dance floor. Heaven could tell they were flirting by the way they leaned into each other and Gina giggled. If she only had half the confidence her friend had.
“My, my. What do we have here?”
Of course he was here. She turned to him. “Zarin. What are you doing here?”
“Well, I couldn’t miss the party my sister and my friend were attending.” He let his gaze slowly travel up and down her body. “And I am glad I came.” He added.
Heaven felt something strange in her stomach. It was as if his words meant something else.
“Why?” She asked.
“Because it’s dangerous the way you dressed. It must be Gina’s doing. She dressed you to be a meal for many hungry demons in this room, and I can’t let that happen.”
“What do you mean?” His words confused her.
“Come. Let’s dance while we speak.”
He took her to the dance floor and drew her into his arms before they began to dance to the music.
Heaven realized this was the first time she danced with him. It also made her realize the man her childhood friend had become. He wasn’t the silent, broody and innocent little boy she knew anymore. He was confident, mischievous and very tantalizing.
“So. Have you thought about my offer?” She asked.
She leaned closer and whispered. “To marry me.”
He chuckled. “Are you still on that? I thought we moved on from it.”
“Is the idea of getting married to me that unpleasant?”
“Yes.” He replied.
Heaven felt hurt by his words. “Why?” She asked.
“Because I like to live freely. I don’t want to be bound by royal duties.”
Oh, so it wasn’t because of her.
“Also, I wouldn’t make a good King.” He added. “But don’t worry. We will find you someone.”
“Demons won’t like me when they find out I am partially witch.” Heaven whispered.
“Well, your grandfather liked your grandmother.” He reminded.
“That was a onetime thing.”
“If it happened one time, it can happen twice. You just need to find a very powerful demon, like your grandfather. One who is centuries old. Then he won’t care that you are a witch if he truly likes you.”
Powerful, centuries old demon didn’t sound good.
“And if he doesn’t like me, he will kill me on the spot.” Heaven added.
“Oh. It will be very difficult not to like you in this dress.”
Heaven’s cheeks flushed, which caused Zarin to laugh. “What is funny?” Heaven asked, annoyed.
“You are adorable. You need to become bolder than this. If you get together with a demon, I promise you giving compliments is the least he will do.”
Heaven knew demons were very s.e.x.u.a.l creatures. She could only imagine what they could be doing behind closed doors. Nothing she would want to know, yet.
“So where do we find this powerful, centuries old demon who won’t kill me?”
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 8
Zarin introduced Heaven to his friend Lozan, a man who according to him knew almost every demon.
“You need to be more specific.” Lozan inquired when Zarin explained that he was looking for old male demons. “There are many old male demons.”
Zarin turned to Heaven. “Anything specific you would like?”
Heaven felt as if she was ordering a meal or buying clothes.
“Someone kind.” She said.
That made both Zarin and Lozan laugh out loud. “Your friend is funny.” Lozan told Zarin.
Zarin tried to hold in his laugh. “We are looking for someone who might be interested in finding a partner.”
“Oh,” Lozan turned to Heaven. “You can’t possibly have difficulty finding someone.” He said surprised. “But that’s not how it works with demons.”
“I know, I know. They have to be mates, but that will only happen once they meet, right?”
“All right. But why does it have to be an old demon?” Lozan asked.
“We have our reasons.” Was all Zarin said.
“How old are we talking about?”
“Well, at least five centuries old.” He looked at Heaven for approval.
Heaven had to think. That sounded a lot, but she decided to go with it for now.
“Preferably rich.” Zarin added.
“Then you are looking for a demon Lord.”
Heaven knew demon Lords were the ones that ruled over a group of demons. They were the leaders.
“That will do.” Zarin said.
Lozan seemed concerned. “Your friend seems to innocent to get involved with a demon lord.” He pointed out.
“She just looks innocent. It’s her charm.” Zarin explained.
Her charm? Heaven wanted to laugh.
“If you want to meet a demon Lord, you need to go to different kinds of parties. Ones that are heavily guarded, therefore you will need an invitation. I am sure you father can get you one easily. Once you are inside, your friend can use her charm. I am sure it will work effectively.” He grinned.
If Lozan knew almost every demon, then maybe he knew the silver-eyes stranger.
“Do you know a male demon with silver eyes?” Heaven asked.
Lozans expression became serious. “Silver eyes? That’s very rare nowadays. Have you seen one?” He asked.
“No, my friend has.” She lied.
“I don’t know if she is lucky or unlucky.” He said scaring her.
“Well, lucky because she got to see something rare. Unlucky because they are very dangerous and she might be in serious trouble if she provoked him.”
Now she was terrified.
“What do you mean they are dangerous?” She asked.
Lozan leaned in, his eyes gleaming with excitement of what he was about to tell her.
“They are the original ones. The created ones. They lived from the beginning of times, here on earth, before the humans were created. Even though all of them were demons, they were different by nature. There were the fire demons, they had fiery eyes. You could see the flames in their eyes.”
Heaven thought of her father’s eyes. But he didn’t exist from the beginning of times. Was it maybe because her grandfather did?
“Then there were the smoke demons. They had metallic silver eyes, and the water demons had multicoloured eyes. When humans were created and sent to earth, the demons moved to the oceans. But the water demons wanted the waters for themselves, so they banished the fire demons and the smoke demons from the oceans and forced them to live on land. Amongst the humans. Now you probably understand why they are dangerous. They are ancient, therefore extremely powerful. Only a few of them exist today, and they usually conceal their eye colour so that no one can recognize them. Unless they really want to scare someone.”
“Why do only a few remain?” Heaven asked curiously.
“Living for many thousand years can become tiring, so some of them decided to move on to the afterlife. Others have gone into a deep slumber, planning to wake up when the world changes into something that might excite them.”
“How do you know all this?” Zarin was surprised by his friend’s knowledge.
“You have to know your history.” He winked. “Tell you friend to be careful, and if possible avoid him.” He then warned Heaven.
An original demon. Not centuries old, but ancient and powerful. That was bad news for her.
What could this original demon want from her? Maybe she should stop looking for him and hope that he never comes to see her again.
Heaven thanked Lozan for his help before turning to Zarin. “We should go home.” She said. “Where is Gina?”
Zarin said goodbye to his friend and then they both looked for Gina in the crowd. She was still with the handsome male who had asked her for a dance.
“We should leave her alone. She knows you’re with me.”
“Will she be alright alone?” Heaven asked.
“Trust me. This is not her first time.” Zarin assured.
Once they were back to her chamber, Heaven felt afraid. She didn’t let go of Zarin.
“Can’t you stay here tonight?” She asked.
Zarin gazed into her eyes for a long moment before he shut them tightly and pushed her away gently. When he opened his eyes, he took a deep breath before looking at her again.
“Is there something you are not telling me?” He asked. “Who is this silver-eyed demon? Is he troubling you?”
Heaven shook her head. “No. It’s just the nightmares again. Please stay.”
She could see that he didn’t believe her, and that was probably why he agreed to stay.
“Alright. Go and change.” He said.
Heaven hurried to change into her nightgown and when she came back, she found Zarin lying on her bed.
“What are you doing?”
“No more luxury for you Princess. If I am going to sleep here, then I am sleeping on the bed. You can try the sofa. If it doesn’t suit you, you are always welcome to sleep next to me.” He smirked.
Heaven wanted to slap the smirk out of his face but forced herself to smile at him instead. She was the one who asked him to stay, after all. “I’ll sleep on the sofa. Enjoy the bed.”
Taking her pillow and blanket, she lay down on the small sofa that barely fit her length. This was at least better than having nightmares, she comforted herself.
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 9
Heaven woke up feeling cold despite being wrapped in her thick, heavy blanket. But it wasn’t the weather that was cold.
It was him.
Every time he came, the room would turn cold. Or maybe it wasn’t the room but her body that froze.
Sitting up, her eyes searched for him in the darkness, but she couldn’t find him. Yet she knew he was there. Gripping her blanket, she held it tightly against her body, as if it would protect her.
“Hell0?” Her voice trembled. “Are you there?”
Slowly he emerged from the darkness. The sight of him made her draw in a sharp breath and want to hide under the bedcovers. He was beautifully terrifying, if that made sense.
The stranger took a step toward her.
“Don’t! Please.” Heaven shrieked, crawling back in her bed.
“I won’t hurt you.” He assured.
“What do you want?” It came out as a whisper.
He came closer. “I want you. Come with me.���
“Why?” She asked.
“Because we belong together.”
“I don’t even know you.” Her heart accelerated with every step he took toward her.
“But you have been looking for me. And if you really want to know me, then come to Black rosewood.” He said.
“What if I don’t want to?” She asked, afraid.
In the blink of an eye, he stood right in front of her, causing her to squeal in terror. Leaning down, he brought his face close to hers. Heaven held her breath.
“Then I’ll come back to convince you.” He smirked, leaning even closer.
Heaven shut her eyes tightly, praying he would disappear. When she opened them again, she was sleeping in her bed. The morning sun shone through the window, lighting up the room.
Heaven let out a breath of relief. It was all a bad dream.
But wait! How did she get into her bed? She had been sleeping on the sofa.
Turning to her left, she found Zarin sleeping next to her.
What on earth was happening?
“Zarin!” She rocked him. “Wake up!”
Slowly, his eyes fluttered open.
“How did I get here?” She asked accusingly.
He rubbed his eyes before looking at her.”You don’t know?”
She shook her head.
“Well, I don’t either.” He smiled tauntingly.
Heaven took her pillow and started hitting him with it.
“All right, all right, stop.” He held his arms up in defense, but Heaven kept hitting him.
“Stop!” He grabbed her wrists turning her over he pinned her down on the bed.
She struggled to free herself, but he was strong.
“I am still stronger than you,” He reminded. “And faster too.”
But that was not what made Heaven stop.
It was him, in her bed, on top of her. When he understood her reaction he released her.
“You will get me in trouble one day.” He muttered before vanishing.
Heaven was confused for a brief moment before her handmaidens knocked on the door. While they assisted her to get ready for the day, she kept thinking of the silver-eyed stranger. He wanted to meet her after so many visits.
Why now? What changed? And what did he mean by them belonging together? She shook her head. It didn’t matter. She would not go meet him.
When her handmaidens were done with her, she looked at herself in the mirror one last time before making her way to the great garden, where she would have breakfast with her parents.
When Heaven neared the garden, she heard her grandmother’s voice. She became thrilled and hurried to meet her.
“Heaven!” Her grandmother Irene stood up from her seat, meeting her halfway for a hug.
“I miss you.” Heaven said.
“I miss you more, my Angel.”
Heaven was so happy to see her grandmother. They chatted happily while they ate their breakfast. But Heaven knew her grandmother was not as happy as she looked. Since her grandfather left, she could see the sadness behind her grandmother’s smile. Until this day, Heaven could not understand why her grandfather left.
He had never been the warm type to begin with, but she never thought he would abandon them.
She could still remember the day he decided to leave. He had explained that he was on earth for a purpose, and that he for a moment got distracted and forgot why he was here.
“What is the purpose that is more important than your family?” Her father had asked.
“I am here to mislead God’s creation. That’s the purpose of my existence. I am not here to live a normal life.”
“You say that now?” Her father had been outraged and Heaven could understand why. But her grandfather had remained calm.
“I did not plan to have a family. It just happened, and I got caught up in it. Now I am back to who and what I should be.”
“Yes.” Her grandfather replied calmly.
“So you want to leave us?”
“You can come with me. We can mislead everyone. We can make the world ours.”
Her father shook his head. “I don’t want to be part of your evil schemes.”
It was the first time Heaven heard her grandfather laugh. Until this day, she never heard a more malicious sound. “You are part of me, Lucian. Evil is part of you, whether you admit it or not.”
“No one is born evil. It’s a choice you make, and I choose not to be what you have become.”
Heaven had felt proud of her father, but she had been very disappointed in her grandfather. She couldn’t understand why misleading people was so important to him, but when she grew up, she learned the reason to why the devil was on earth. He had rebelled against God.
“Father, do you believe in God?” One day Heaven had asked her father when she was a little girl.
“Yes.” Her father answered simply.
“I don’t mean if you believe there is a God. I mean, do you believe God is good?”
Her father who was busy reading some papers put them away and looked at her. “Yes. I believe God is good.”
“But those who believe that God is good are also those who believe demons are evil.” Heaven argued.
Her father studied her for a moment. “If those people believe God is good, they should know that God does not create evil. It’s something his creation chooses to be, and as demons we have the choice to be what we want.”
And so Heaven chose to be good, despite not knowing what it truly meant. At that time, when she was a little girl, to be good meant listening to her parents, not fighting with others and being kind. But today Heaven wondered what it truly meant to be good.
Could she still be good despite being the devil’s granddaughter?
“Is something wrong?” Her grandmother asked, breaking her train of thoughts.
Heaven realized everyone had emptied their plate while she was lost in old memories.
“No, no.” Heaven shook her head.
Now, both her parents looked at her worriedly.
“I am fine. I am just trying to eat less. I have gained some weight.” She lied.
Heaven was thankful that demons couldn’t hear demons thoughts. Otherwise, her parents and grandmother would have known she was lying.
After the breakfast Heaven took her grandmother aside. “I need to talk to you.” She whispered. Then they went to her room to speak privetly.
“So, what troubles you my dear?” Her grandmother asked once they arrived.
“Grandma, I don’t want to worry anyone, but something had been troubling me for a long time.”
“What is it?” Her grandmother looked very concerned.
“Dreams or nightmares. I don’t know. But they feel so real, and it’s the same person as everytime. I think it might be more than just a dream.” Heaven explained.
Her grandmother listened carefully.
“I think it’s a demon. He has silver-eyes, and he comes almost every night.” She continued.
“What does he do when he comes?”
Heavens cheeks flushed.
“Oh dear. It’s that kind of dream.” Her grandmother said.
“No!” Heaven’s blush deepened.
“It’s normal.” Her grandmother cut off. “You have grown. You are a woman now and you yearn for a man.”
Heaven sighed. She didn’t expect her grandmother to react the way Gina did.
“Who is he?” She asked curiously.
Heaven shook her head. “I don’t know him. But he seems to know me. That’s why I am afraid.”
The concerned look returned to her grandmother’s face. “You don’t know him?”
She was quiet for a long moment before she stood up. “Come. I’ll perform a spell on you. It will make demons unable to enter your mind.”
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 10
Heavens grandmother gave her a necklace with a magic spell that would keep demons away from her. Despite that, the silver-eyed stranger visited her once again. Just as he promised.
If the spell didn’t work, then maybe he wasn’t a demon.
But… what else could he be?
She would guess a witch, had she not seen him at the party. As a witch, he would not risk coming to a party full of demons.
One thing Heaven was sure of. He was not human. He was far more sinister. The way he crawled into her bed made her shrink and shiver. What would he do to her this time?
She could feel him looming over her while she pretended to be asleep. She tried not to panic, but her heart was beating so fast she had a hard time breathing normally.
“I know you are awake.” He spoke.
Heaven kept her eyes shut. Tonight she would not open them until he disappeared.
The stranger leaned closer. His soft hair fell on her face and tickled her. Then she felt his icy fingers on her neck. Heaven squealed internally but kept it together on the outside.
It’s just a dream. He will disappear soon, she chanted inside her head.
But the stranger went nowhere. Instead, she felt his cool fingers get a grip on the necklace around her neck. Then she heard him chuckle.
“Did you think this would protect you from me?” He asked, amused.
Heaven continued to pretend to sleep, but he wasn’t willing to leave.
“You don’t need protection from me. I wouldn’t hurt you.” He caressed her cheek with the back of his hand.
“Look at me.” He urged softly.
His words were compelling, somehow taking control over her and forcing her to open her eyes.
No! Why did she open…
The words faded from her mind as soon as she saw his face. There was something about his appearance that took her breath away, yet when she woke up she couldn’t remember what he looked like. Except the eyes.
“Why did you not come to meet me?” He asked.
“I was afraid.” She blurted.
“You need not be afraid of me.” He traced his fingers along her jawline and down to the curve of her neck.
His cold touch made her shudder, yet her body grew hot. Her senses came alive and his scent filled her nostrils. He smelled like wet earth after rain.
Heaven inhaled his delicate scent. She loved rain. The smell of it, the sound of it, and the feel of the cold water dripping on her skin.
Why did this man remind her of rain and storms?
“I’ll wait for you tomorrow.” He said, but it sounded more like a question. As if he was asking her if she would go to meet him.
“I can’t.” She shook her head.
His lips curved into a smile. “At least this time you didn’t say you don’t want to.”
Heaven stared at him, confused. “It’s the same thing.” She said.
Suddenly he was out of her bed, standing on the other side. “I’ll be waiting for you.”
Heaven sat up. “I told you I can’t.”
“I am sure you’ll find a way.”
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“I…” Before she could say anything else, he dissipated into smoke.
When she woke up this time, she was covered in sweat. This nightmare was affecting her more than she thought.
She reached for the necklace around her neck. It was still there, but it didn’t protect her.
Her grandmother was a powerful witch. If her spell didn’t work, then there could be two reasons. The first would be that the stranger wasn’t a demon, and the second, he is too powerful for the spell to keep him away. After all, he had laughed at her attempt to protect herself, but he had also told her he had no intentions of hurting her.
Could she trust his words?
And if he didn’t want to hurt her, then what did he want?
Rubbing her eyes, Heaven forced herself out of bed. She had her training with Princess Klara and Gina today, so even if she wanted to sleep a little more she couldn’t.
Her handmaidens helped her as usual before she made her way to the backyard of the castle where she usually trained. Today it seemed her mother was joining them.
Not wanting to interrupt the fight between her mother and Princess Klara, Heaven went to sit next to Gina who was also watching the fight.
“Good morning,” She greeted her friend.
“Good morning.” Gina smiled without tearing her gaze from the fight between their mothers. “Aunt Hazel has become so much better.”
Heaven nodded proudly. Her mother was truly a fighter, never giving up. Yet she was gentle in everything she did. That’s why everyone loved her. Even now while fighting, every time she felt she struck too hard she would make sure Princess Klara was alright. She was so caring.
While their mothers fought Gina and Heaven decided to fight as well. Unlike their mothers, they were not gentle with each other. They really attacked one another, without holding back. Kicking, punching and wrestling, they bruised each other until one of them gave up.
Today Heaven gave up first. She had too many sleepless nights and her mind was somewhere else.
“All right, I give up.” Breathless, Heaven accepted defeat
Gina fell on the ground, also gasping for air. They took a moment to catch their breath before retiring to her room.
Heaven ordered for some food and drink. She was starving. Then she threw herself on the couch to rest.
“So, how was he? The man you were chatting with at the party?” Heaven asked.
Zarin and she had left Gina behind that night because she seemed to have a good time.
“His name is Wren, and he was very charming. But I met someone else last night.”
“Oh,” Was all Heaven managed to say. Her friend was juggling men. Heaven didn’t know how she felt about that.
��How was it for you? Did you find someone?”
Heaven shook her head. “No, but I found something. I think the man in my dreams might be an ancient demon.”
Confusion settled on Gina’s face. “But you said he was just a dream.”
“Yes. I mean no. I don’t know, really. But he feels so real and he told me to… meet him.”
“What? Why didn’t you tell me all this?” She hurried to sit next to her on the couch.
“Because I am not sure myself. A part of me wants to find him, the other part tells me it’s dangerous.”
“Well, if he is an ancient demon what could he want from me? Other than to hurt me. Maybe he is my father’s enemy and wants to cause him harm through me.”
“If he is an ancient demon, then he wouldn’t be scared and hide in your dreams. Trust me. He would already have caused you harm. Also, ancient demons have no reason to be your father’s enemies since they won’t see him as a threat. They already have enough power of their own.”
She had a point. “If so, what does he want?”
“Maybe he likes you, but is too afraid to approach you. Because you know, your father and grandfather. Did he indicate that he likes you?”
Well, he had said they belonged together. Did that mean he liked her?
“I’m not sure…”
“I think you should give him a chance. You are looking for someone to get married to so it wouldn’t hurt to get to know him. ”
Gina made everything seem simple, but something was telling Heaven this was more than just a demon liking her. He wanted something else from her. She had felt it in her dreams. The fact that the necklace didn’t protect her was also distressing. If he wasn’t an ancient demon, then he was something else. Something as dangerous if not more.
And if she didn’t go to meet him, then he would come for her again, and again, Also, she couldn’t deny the fact that she wanted to meet him. She wanted to know who he was and what he wanted.
Heaven knew she was about to make a selfish and dangerous decision, but she couldn’t help it.
“Yes, maybe I should give him a chance,” She finally said.
Her friend’s eyes widened in surprise. “Good.” She nodded excitedly. “Now where do we find this man?”