The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 41
Zamiel took her up on a tree to watch the ocean from above and far away. It shimmered, reflecting the starry night. It was a beautiful sight.
“Did my father allow you to take me out?” She asked, as they sat on a thick branch.
“I never asked for his permission.” He said.
Heaven was surprised. Considering his personality, she thought he would ask.
“Heaven, I need this night with you. I have left my suffering, but it has not left me. I want to spend time with you so you can know the person I am, the person I have become, and decide if you still want to be with me. You still have the choice to walk away.”
Heaven didn’t want to push him, so she took the easy rode.
“Just don’t try to make me dislike you. If I still choose to be with you, will you choose me back then?”
“I have already chosen you.” He said.
Heaven smiled. As long as he had chosen her she could show him she had no intentions of walking away.
“What else did my father tell you?”
“He asked me what I could offer you. If I could make you happy?”
“What did you say?” She asked.
“I told him I would do my best, that I would let you decide if you want me in your life or not.”
“Do you think my father approves of you?”
He smiled. “I don’t think he dislikes me even though he pretends to.”
Heaven was glad to hear that. Now she would only have to convince the rest.
“Can you jump to that tree?” She asked, pointing at the one in front of them.
“Ladies first.” He said.
Heaven couldn’t believe him. For someone who has been worried about protecting her, she expected him to ask her to not do anything dangerous.
Turning to the tree, she tried to measure the distance with her eyes, then decided she could do it. Standing up on the branch, she looked ahead and prepared herself.
“Alright, I am jumping.” She warned.
He just nodded.
Heaven jumped and caught the branch before climbing up. A smile lit her face as she felt proud of herself for being able to do it.
“Your turn.” She called.
He easily jumped and climbed next to her.
“I want to try it again.” She said.
There was an excitement in the danger.
“Go on.” He smiled.
Heaven jumped from one branch to another now only catching the branch with help of her claws and jumping to the next one without climbing up on it. It felt like she was flying. She became too excited and missed catching the next branch. Suddenly she was falling, so she closed her eyes and embraced herself for the pain to come.
This would hurt, she thought, since the trees were very tall, but before she could hit the ground Zamiel caught her in his arms.
A gasp escaped her lips.
“Easy. You are getting to excited.” He smirked.
“I thought I would break some bones tonight.” She breathed.
“That can be exciting too. But let’s not try that while you are with me or your family might think I did it.”
Heaven threw her head back and laughed. The thought of Zamiel taking her back home with broken bones was ludicrous.
He put her down gently. “I should take you back home.” He said.
“No! The night has not ended. We can watch the sunrise together.” She felt like a child. “I have never seen the sunrise.”
“You should at least get some sleep before the morning comes.” He told her.
Heaven shook her head. “I am fine. I can stay awake.”
Zamiel shook his head at her stubbornness. “Alright.” He said taking her hand and drawing her into his arms.
Suddenly they were somewhere else. Looking around, she found they were in a stable.
What are we doing?” She asked.
“Going for a ride.”
“But these horses don’t belong to us.” She whispered, noticing an old man sleeping on a bench nearby.
Suddenly the loud bark of a dog startled her, waking the old man up. He looked around and took notice of them.
Oh no, Heaven thought.
The old man sat up and rubbed his eyes before staring at them grimly.
“What are you doing here?” He asked, approaching them.
Zamiel reached inside his pocked and took out what looked like a gold coin. “I need two horses.” He said.
The old man snatched the coin out of his hand. He looked at it closely.
“Are you trying to fool me, young man?” He said looking at Heaven’s clothes. She was dressed like a maid.
Zamiel reached inside his pocked again. This time he held up a gold necklace. “Is this enough?” He asked.
The old man’s eyes gleamed, and this time he took the necklace gently from his hand. He stared at it, touching it as if he couldn’t believe his eyes.
Heaven wondered where Zamiel got all this from. Did he steal?
“Take the ones you like.” Said the old man without tearing his gaze from the necklace.
Zamiel took her hand and led her to the stable where the horses were locked. “Pick the one you like.” He said.
“Zamiel. Where did you get the gold from?”
He could see through her. “You think I stole it.” He said sounding hurt. “Don’t worry. It’s mine.”
Heaven wanted to ask him how. He had been locked for so long. What had he been doing during the ten days he was gone?
“Heaven,” He grabbed her shoulders and turned her toward him. “I did not steal anything. As someone who is used to go into a deep slumber, sometimes for many hundred or thousand years I have somewhere safe to store my wealth so when I wake up I can continue living like I did before.” He explained.
Where could be safe enough to store wealth for so many years? She wondered, but she trusted his words.
“I believe you.” She said.
They went on to look at the horses. “Take this one.” He told her clapping a white horse. “She is healthy and strong. ”
Heaven looked at her. She was beautiful. “Alright.” She said.
Zamiel chose a black horse.
“How fast can you ride?” She asked him as she climbed her horse.
She wanted to challenge him.
“I don’t think you can keep up with me.” He smirked, easily hopping on the horse.
“I’ll take it as a challenge then.”
Without giving him a chance to respond, she kicked the horse and rode away. She jumped over the fence and continued riding into the woods as fast as she could.
Zamiel was fast and already behind her. Heaven kicked again, and the horse picked up the speed. She could feel the air whipping her hair back as trees flew by.
But she wasn’t fast enough, and Zamiel had already caught up to her, riding beside her. He seemed to enjoy the ride.
Challenging him was absurd, but she still liked it.
Abruptly her horse halted and reared. Startled, Heaven held onto the ropes and tried to calm her horse, but it reared wildly, causing her to lose balance and fall off.
Something had scared the horse. Looking around, Heaven found a snake in the dark very close to where she fell.
“Heaven.” Suddenly Zamiel’s arm came into sight, preventing the snake from biting her.
Instead, the snake bit his arm before he could break its head off. Heaven gasped in horror.
“Zamiel.” She hurried to him, grabbing his arm. The snake bit his wrist.
She turned to him. He seemed horrified, his eyes fearful as he looked at his wrist. She could see how his face turned pale.
It was the poison. He did not like poison. Heaven could feel his panic. His body trembled.
“Zamiel. Look at me.” She demanded.
But he refused. His gaze stayed fixated on his wrist.
“Zamiel!” She grabbed his face between her hands. “Look at me!” She commanded.
This time it worked. He lifted his gaze to hers and she stared him in the eyes, firmly.
“You are an ancient demon. The strongest being on this earth. You went through horrible things, yet you are here today. Stronger than yesterday. Humans, demons, witches, they all fear you. A little poison can not harm you.”
He looked at her, the fear in his eyes slowly fading away. His body stopped shaking and he let out a deep breath.
Still holding his face, “you will be fine.” She assured him.
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After watching the sunrise together, Zamiel took her back home. They arrived at her garden. Suddenly a sadness settled in his heart. He did not want to let go of the woman in his arms. The one who made him smile and comforted him today. The one who made him want to live.
She was too good for him. He didn’t deserve her. Yet he had awakened her demon. He was both happy and guilty about it. Happy because he was the one to awaken it, that her demon responded to his kiss with such intensity made his heart burst with joy. Guilty because now she would be restless and dealing with intense urges and emotions. And when he couldn’t satisfy her urges, he shouldn’t have awakened her demon.
She looked up at him. Those emerald eyes, staring at him pleadingly. He already knew what she was going to say. She would tell him to stay. Now, with her demon awake, she would be even more stubborn.
He gazed down at her, waiting. Would she ask him to stay or would she refrain from it?
“Thank you for tonight.” She smiled.
He wanted to lean down and kiss her, but he didn’t want to stir her demon. His was already restless enough. It did not help that she took good care of him or that she smelled so good.
A frown settled on her face. “Will you go back to that dark house?”
She didn’t like the idea. It brought a smile to his face. “I am not staying there anymore.”
She pulled back from his hold but still held his hand. “Where are you staying?”
“I’ll show you next time.” He promised.
She tightened her hold on his hand. “I don’t want to let you go.” She admitted.
Zamiel inhaled deeply to calm his demon down. Being ancient, he should be able to do it easily, but it was difficult to resist her, especially now when the urge to renew the mark was still there.
“I don’t want that either.”
Her face lit up. “Will I see you tomorrow then?” She shook her head and chuckled. “I mean today?”
The longing in her eyes only added fire to his own. How was he to step away from her if she didn’t choose him?
“Yes.” He replied.
Suddenly he sensed someone inside her room. It was her annoying friend. What was he doing in her room so early?
Zamiel couldn’t deny that he was curious about this friend of hers. He had come to her rescue twice, and Heaven seemed to care for him a lot.
He wondered if he could be the one.
When he sensed that he was about to leave the room and come to the garden, Zamiel drew Heaven into his arms. He leaned closer as if to kiss her. Would her friend stop them?
Heaven gasped, startled. She turned around. “Zarin. What…”
Her friend Zarin tried to keep a calm face, but Zamiel could see anger flashing through his eyes.
He knew it.
“I should leave.” Zamiel spoke.
Heaven turned back to him. He took her hand and kissed her knuckles. “Get some sleep.” He told her.
She nodded. Then he turned to Zarin and flashed a smile to annoy him before disappearing.
When he arrived at his new home, he just took a moment to think about and enjoy the beautiful memories he created today. He couldn’t remember how long it had been since he felt this happy. Even if this was to be temporary, he would enjoy it.
He lay down on his bed, the joyful memories slowly getting swallowed by the painful ones. He remembered the day he asked Heaven to take his life. Despite knowing how selfish it was to ask such a thing, he couldn’t help it. The pain and suffering was too much to bear, and he wanted to move on.
He never thought he would still be alive. He had been so determined to end his life that day until he saw the pain in her eyes. Why would she care for someone like him?
And when he kissed her goodbye. He could feel the suffering he was causing her. All hope vanished, thinking she wouldn’t accept to kill him if it caused her so much pain. But to his surprise, she was willing to end his misery, even if it meant that she would suffer instead.
Zamiel knew that day. She was indeed the one to save him. Not by killing him but by making him live.
He went back home that day, still alive and utterly confused. Deep down, even though he had been denying it, he knew she was the one. The one his demon chose, his soul needed, and his heart desired.
What was he supposed to do now?
He felt unworthy of her and ashamed to go back to her after everything he did.
What could a broken person like him offer her?
As days went by he tried to convince himself not to see her, but soon he realized he wouldn’t succeed. Instead, he decided to make an effort to be worthy of her. To let her choose if she wanted to be with him and for him to take the second chance he got. He wanted to give her even a fraction of the things she gave him. And if she didn’t choose him at the end, he would be happy knowing that he got the chance to repay her for her kindness.
Tonight she proved to him he could still be happy, but he also became afraid of losing that happiness. Still, he wanted her to make the choice that was best for her. To choose a man who could give her the world, not someone like him, afraid of something so simple as poison.
Was that friend of hers, worthy of her? He seemed too protective for a friend, and Heaven seemed to care for him a lot. She had stabbed him for that friend’s sake and he remembered the joy and worry in her eyes when she found out he came to rescue her.
What was their relationship exactly?
Zamiel didn’t want to feel jealous. He wanted Heaven to choose the right person for herself. He wanted her to find someone better than him. Even if her demon had chosen him, her human side could still fall in love with someone else. Unless her human side also fell in love with him.
If she had been fully demon, he wouldn’t bother to let her find someone else. But human relationsh.i.p.s were different and complicated.
“Zarin. What are you doing here so early?” Heaven asked.
He didn’t look happy, and she didn’t expect him to be either, but she hoped he would understand.
He took a deep breath as if trying to calm himself down. Then his shoulders dropped. It was as if he didn’t know what to say or where to start.
“Come.” Heaven said, leading him inside. “What is wrong?” She asked.
He sat down on the couch, looking defeated. He leaned his head back. “I don’t know, Heaven. I just… hate to see you with him.”
Heaven sighed. After such a beautiful night, she didn’t want it to end badly, so she kept quiet. She didn’t want to argue.
Suddenly he stood up. “I am sorry. I don’t want to ruin your night. I just…” He looked deeply into her eyer. “I just want you to know I am here for you, still. I… I miss you, Heaven.”
He ran his fingers through his hair. He usually did that when he was disturbed or when he didn’t know what to say. Heaven could see that he wanted to say something, but he was hesitating.
“Heaven, I can be the man for you.” He suddenly blurted.
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“Heaven, I can be the man for you.” Zarin blurted.
Heaven blinked a few times, her brain unable to process what he said. What did he mean? He couldn’t mean what she thought he meant.
He would never.
“Zarin,” She went and grabbed his arm and led him toward the door. “You are a friend to me. You need not be anything else.”
She grabbed the door handle and opened the door. “I am exhausted and need to get some sleep before training.”
“Heaven.” He grabbed her wrist and stopped her from throwing him out of her room. “We have spent little time lately. Spend some time with me tonight.”
Tonight? She was supposed to be with Zamiel tonight.
“Alright.” She agreed.
Zamiel would understand, and she needed to make her friendship with Zarin work like it did before all this.
Once Zarin left, Heaven went straight to bed. At first she kept thinking of what Zarin told her. She could still not figure out what he meant. Then she decided to stop pondering about it, and her thoughts gradually drifted to her night with Zamiel. Just thinking of his name made her stomach flutter.
She had never experienced so much joy and nervousness in one night. She recalled their kiss, and it caused her to blush and roll back and forth in her bed and when she remembered her fangs she buried her face in the pillow embarrassed. How was she supposed to sleep now? All she could do was to dream of their night together while awake and yearn to be with him.
She felt giddy just thinking of seeing him again.
Was this how it felt to fall in love?
At last she could sleep but only for a short while before Kate woke her up. “Your Highness, you shouldn’t miss your meeting.”
Heaven had told Kate she wanted to become a ruler. Kate was very supportive of her decision and very excited. She would help her remember her meetings and lessons when things became hectic.
While Kate took care of her, Anna her second handmaiden took care of her clothes, shoes and jewelery. She was a very organized young lady, and that is why Heaven had chosen her.
After getting ready, Heaven hurried to the meeting. On her way, she thought of her mother. She would pay her a visit afterward.
The meeting didn’t start well. The council already began to complain about why Heaven couldn’t just get married. Citizens were getting upset.
Her father didn’t give much importance to their complaint and moved on handily to the next subject.
Heaven listened mostly like she usually did and only gave her opinion when she was sure about something. It was getting easier to keep up with their conversations. Soon she would be able to understand everything. She felt proud of herself.
When the meeting ended Heaven went to look for her mother. She was sitting on her favorite place. The white swing. Her mother had told her about how she and her father fell in love and what the swing meant for her. Heaven thought it was very romantic. Her father was romantic and her mother was difficult to not fall in love with.
She just had that vibrant aura that made everyone feel special and good. Heaven was very protective of her and liked to see her happy. It hurt her the most when her mother was hurt.
“Heaven.” A smile lit up her mother’s face. “I was thinking of visiting you, but here you are. Come.” She tapped on the seat next to her.
Heaven went and sat beside her mother.
“Mother, are you upset with me?” Heaven asked.
“Yes.” Her mother replied. “Not because of that man, but because you didn’t tell me anything. Your grandmother explained everything to me.”
Her grandmother? What did she explain? How much did she know, and how?
“You don’t tell me anything anymore. Don’t I listen to you, Heaven? Have I not been a good mother? You can tell me.”
“Mother,” Heaven was surprised to hear that. She never regarded her mother as a negligent mother. Never. “I am the luckiest daughter in the world to have you as my mother.”
The reason Heaven kept things from her mother was because she didn’t want her to worry. She was a mother, after all, and they worried the most. Especially her mother because of her caring nature. Heaven didn’t want to disrupt her happiness and peace of mind. But she didn’t know she was hurting her.
“Then talk to me. I am your mother. I want to know what is going on with you. I want to be there for you. Nothing makes me happier.” Her mother explained as if she could read her thoughts.
“I am sorry. I never meant to hurt you.” Heaven apologized.
Then they sat for a long time and chatted.
Heaven told her mother about Zamiel and what he went through. Her mother already seemed to know that, which meant her grandmother knew more than she told her.
“I still don’t like him Heaven.” Her mother admitted. “I understand why he did what he did, but I still don’t like him. I saw how you looked all those sleepless nights. I never want to see you like that again. But I’ll trust your choice and I’ll try to see the good you see in him.”
“Mother.” Heaven hugged her mother out of joy. “Thank you.”
Her mother stroke her back. “All I want is for you to be happy.” She said.
Heaven pulled back and smiled at her.
“Ask him to come over sometime.” Her mother said.
As Heaven walked back to her room, her face hurt because of all the smiling. She was so happy, and now she could ask Zamiel to come over and meet her mother. Heaven was sure her mother would love him.
Heaven waited eagerly for the night to come. Even if she couldn’t be with Zamiel, she was excited to tell him that her mother wanted to meet him. She wanted him to feel welcomed by her family. Especially since he didn’t have his own.
When the night came after what felt like forever Zarin was the first to visit her. Heaven wondered how he planned for them to spend the night.
She realized he felt different when he arrived. He seemed more serious.
“What are we doing tonight?” Heaven asked.
“Anything you want, as long as we spend time together.” He replied.
Heaven tried to think of something. “Shall we leave this place?”
“Where do you want to go?” He asked.
She had to think more. He never asked where she wanted to go before. She had always been satisfied as long as he took her outside.
Heaven tried to think of where he liked to go. “Let’s go to a party.” She said knowing he liked those. Heaven only liked the parties because she got to meet other people who didn’t know who she was. So they treated her like anyone else. She liked that feeling of being like everyone else.
“Alright.” He said, reaching his hand out for her.
Heaven grasped it, and he drew her closer before teleporting them to the party. It was a fancy one with rich demons; it seemed. Heaven looked down at her dress. It was fine.
“You look beautiful.” Zarin assured her.
“Thank you.” Heaven smiled at him, taking notice of a female approaching them.
Heaven recognized her when she neared. It was one of Zarin’s many female friends. The ones who liked to share time together, n.a.k.e.d.
“I am glad you came.” She smiled seductively, ignoring Heaven as if she was invincible. “Come, let’s dance.” She said taking his hand.
To her surprise, Zarin drew his hand away from her grip. “I am sorry. I promised Heaven a dance.” He said turning to Heaven.
Heaven was confounded by the sudden change of attitude. He was acting strangely.
He offered her his hand. “May I?” He asked.
Heaven put her hand in his and he led her to the dance floor.
“What happened? Did you two fight?” Heaven asked as they began to dance. She could see his female friends throwing daggers at her with her eyes.
“No. I just want to dance with you. I told you I wanted to spend this time with you.” He explained.
Something caught Heaven’s attentions as he spoke.
His female friend was talking to a man in a corner behind, while looking at her. She couldn’t hear what they were saying, but the man’s gaze suddenly turned to her and he stared directly into her eyes. It wasn’t a good stare.
“Zarin, let’s go back home.” Heaven whispered but as soon as she finished her sentence the man already stood next to them.
He tapped Zarin on the shoulder. “Sorry to interrupt.” He spoke when Zarin turned to him. “But may I have a dance with the lady?” He now turned to Heaven.
Zarin still held her tight. It was as if he didn’t want her to dance with this man. The man raised his eyebrows questioningly.
Heaven gave Zarin a nod that it was alright and he slowly released her. Then the stranger offered her his hand, and they began to dance. She understood that all this was caused by Zarin’s female friend just to get her away from him.
“What is your name?” The stranger asked, eyeing her.
“Heaven.” She blurted and then realized she told her real name.
The man’s lips curved into an amused smile and Heaven panicked. “So you are the halfbreed.” He said. “I knew it. Those eyes could only belong to a witch.”
Oh no. Heaven cursed inwardly. This wasn’t good.
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Heaven tried to remain calm and not show that she was afraid now that this demon dancing with her knew who she was.
“I am Louis.” He introduced himself. Then his gaze fell on her neck.
A shiver went through her, as if she knew what he was thinking.
“I don’t see a mark on you.” He said. “I don’t have a mate and I know you are looking for a husband.”
This was getting worse than she thought. Why did this man know so much about her? He was probably an older demon, which did not benefit her in this situation.
“I don’t know if you have heard about me, but I am one of the oldest demon lords. Won’t it be beneficial to have a powerful male by your side?”
“My father had already chosen someone for me.” She lied.
Suddenly he drew her closer to his body, causing her to gasp. “Don’t lie to me, young lady. I hate lies.”
Heaven tried to push him away, but he refused and held her tightly. He leaned closer.
“I can see why your grandfather fell for a witch.” He smirked.
“My grandfather won’t like the way you treat me.” Heaven threatened.
She wanted to leave this place without a fight.
She didn’t want to worry her parents, and especially not Zamiel. Her plan was to return home before midnight and spend the rest of the night with him. If she didn’t return, he would suspect that something was wrong. He was already worried about not being able to protect her. She didn’t want to make it worse.
“I don’t think your grandfather cares about you.”
“How would you know?” She asked.
“Your father is still ruling over humans instead of ruling one of the five kingdoms.”
Heaven frowned. “What five kingdoms?”
Louis chuckled darkly. “You know nothing. This only shows that your grandfather doesn’t need you or care about you.”
“You don’t know my grandfather.” Heaven said. “Now release me.”
“Or what?” He challenged, tightening his grip even more.
“Let her go!” Suddenly Zarin gripped his arm.
Louis turned his gaze to Zarin. He didn’t seem the least afraid. Instead, he looked around the room as if showing them how many demons would attack him if he made the wrong move.
His threats didn’t work on Zarin, who didn’t release his arm. “I don’t want any problem either, but if you don’t release her, I am afraid there will be a problem.”
Louis seemed amused. “What will you do, young demon?”
“Zarin, I am fine. We were only dancing.” Heaven lied. She didn’t want to make things worse.
Zarin knew she was lying, so he didn’t listen. Suddenly two demons came to stand behind him. One of them held a dagger in his hand.
Before she could think, a fight break out. Zarin drew his dagger fast when he realized the threat and began to fight the two demons on his own. Heaven knew he would lose. They were older than him.
Quickly she tried to think of a solution when Louis grabbed her chin and turned her face to his.
“Don’t worry. They won’t kill him. They will just keep him busy until we finish our conversation. So what do you say about having a powerful demon lord by your side instead of weak human?”
While he spoke Heaven remembered the spell she had learned from her grandmother’s spell book. How to draw power from nature. Now that Louis was holding her tightly, she decided to try it.
She didn’t have high hopes for it to work, but was surprised when she felt a strange energy seep into her body. It had to be it.
She pushed him, and he flew across the room before hitting the wall, causing it to break. Heaven was stunned that it worked, but before she could rejoice about her success, other demons came to fight her.
Her first instinct was to teleport back home, but she couldn’t leave Zarin behind. Now only the choice of fighting was left.
Heart pounding, she dodged each blow that came her way from the two male demons that were attacking her. Her training became handy and she could detect their movement and easily avoid their attacks. But they were fast and didn’t give her a chance to hit back.
Heaven wasn’t very good at fighting without weapons, and her dress was restricting her. While distracted with how to fight with the dress one of the demons managed to kick her in the stomach causing her to fall back on a table. She groaned in pain when broken glasses cut her skin.
Before she could recover, the other one grabbed her by the hair, but before he could do anything else Heaven grabbed a plate and broke it on his head. Then she stabbed him with a piece of glass in the neck. The other one hurried to help his friend, but Heaven quickly jumped on the table, turning around she kicked him in the face.
From a distance she could see that Louis was amused by all of it. He was sitting and watching while his men attacked her. From the corner of her eye, she could see Zarin fighting a few other demons. They surrounded him, tackled him and brought him down on the floor while holding him in place.
Heaven knew she had no chance of winning but suddenly she got angry and strange sensation that made her want to fight to death went through her. With an urge to kill her claws and fangs came out.
She jumped from one table to another, trying to get to Zarin while the demon guests at the party watched the fight completely unbothered.
The ones fighting her caught up to her and knocked her down from the table before she could reach Zarin. Heaven was quick to get back up on her feet. Without hesitation, she sprinted towards her attacker. She knew his movements now and easily dodged the punch that came her way, getting under his arm and ending up behind his back she stabbed him in the spine with her claws.
Louis stood up from his seat. He didn’t seem angry, only surprised as attcker fell on the ground, dead.
Heaven grabbed a vase and smashed it against the table. She kept the pointed piece to fight the other demon. She didn’t know where she got the sudden strenght and speed from. She was getting badly beaten by this demon, but she was also able to hit him back. Again she analyzed his movement and when she recognized his weak points, she killed him as well.
Heaven knew she would never have been able to kill him if Louis had given orders to kill her. She was only alive because Louis wanted her alive. These demons were still much stronger than her. Now that she killed two of his men, he had enough and sent more of his men to bring her to him.
She could not fight all of them. They grabbed each of her arm and dragged her to where Louis sat. One of them kicked the back of her knees to bring her down on floor and the other one pulled her hair causing her to look up at Louis.
His lips curved into a wicked smile as he watched her from where she was kneeling in front of him.
“I like you even more now.” He drawled.
“Let my friend go. You might like me even more then.” She said.
Zarin was being held down by four demons.
“I would. But I don’t think he is willing to go without you.”
“What do you want?” She asked.
He stood up from his seat and came to her. He crouched to her level. “Before this fight, I only wanted to offer myself. Unfortunately for you, I don’t let people deny me twice. So what am I to do with you?”
Heaven could see in his eyes that he already knew what to do with her. He only wanted to play around for a while.
“What about a bite? Just to provoke your witch father. I think that would anger him the most, and you of course.”
A bite? No! He couldn’t bite her. She would never allow it.
The one pulling her hair, pulled even harder, exposing her neck.
“You can’t!” Heaven said. “I am already taken.”
“I don’t see a mark and I don’t care about humans.”
“He is not human. He is demon, and he is ancient.” Heaven really didn’t want to get Zamiel involved, but she didn’t want to be marked.
She hoped this would scare him enough, but she knew it wouldn’t.
Louis laughed. “You say you belong to an ancient demon and he hasn’t marked you yet? Why would I believe that?”
“It’s better you believe my words alone. Because if you were to believe in any other way, it would be too late. You will be dead.”
“Well, if what you say is true, I am sure he will come before I bite you.” He smirked.
Heaven’s heart accelerated as his gaze fell on her exposed neck. She struggled to free herself, but that made him chuckle.
“No need to fight back.” He said tracing her neck with his fingers. Heaven recoiled inside. “I am sure your ancient demon will come to save you.”
“Don’t touch her!” Zarin yelled.
Heaven couldn’t see him, but she knew he was still being held down.
Louis leaned closer, his fangs slowly elongating. Heaven panicked.
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No! This couldn’t happen. She tried to free herself again, but the demon pulled her hair harder.
Heaven closed her eyes, her heart pounding in her ears. She could hear Zarin in the distance calling threats, but it only amused Louis.
When she felt his hot breath on her neck her stomach turned. It was coming. She didn’t want this.
Just when she thought he would bite her, a cold shiver went through her body causing her to open her eyes. From the corner of her eye, she saw something move fast across the room. It looked like smoke flying through the crowd, and suddenly a hand came around Louis’ neck.
His eyes widened in fear and his face twisted in pain.
Heaven’s gaze traveled up. She didn’t have to see to know who came to her rescue.
“Let her go.” It was a command.
His cold tone made everyone in the room shudder in fear.
But it wasn’t his tone that frightened Heaven. It was the lethal look in his silver eyes.
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Heaven could feel the hands that held her firmly before, now shaking as they released her. The guests at the party vanished out of fear and no one was left except for Louis and his men.
The ones holding Zarin released him as well. They all fell to their knees with a simple gesture from Zamiel, who still held Louis’ neck.
Blood seeped from the wounds caused by his claws and his pale face soon turned ashy.
“What do you want me to do with him?” Zamiel asked Heaven.
Heaven got up on her feet. She looked at Louis’ terrified and pained expression.
“Don’t kill him.” She said.
She did not want him to stain his hands with blood because of her, but would he listen? The rage in his eyes was something she had never seen before. It looked like he could cause storms and make lightening strike.
“Alright then.” He said simply and then tore his head from his body.
Heaven was horrified as Louis’ headless body fell to the ground. Zamiel threw his head aside as if it was nothing.
Heaven had never seen something so gruesome. She felt sick by all the blood and flesh. Her stomach turned.
“He is not dead, but he will need his head to heal.” He explained calmly.
He suddenly became another person. Someone she hadn’t seen before. His actions frightened her.
Like a predator searching for his prey, his gaze swiftly shifted to the other demons. Some of them flinched as if his gaze alone could cause them any harm. Heaven tried not to look at Louis’ headless body. Instead her eyes searched for Zarin.
He was gone. Where did he go?
She would think about it later. Now she wanted to make sure Zamiel didn’t let his anger control him.
She went and grabbed his wrist to stop him. “No more killing.” She whispered.
He turned to her. “I won’t kill them.” He assured.
“No head separating either.”
“Then let me break their bones.”
“We were only following our Lord’s order.” One of them spoke.
Oh no. Now he had Zamiel’s attention. Heaven knew she couldn’t stop him now. She would just let him deal with them. They deserved some kind of punishment.
Zamiel went to the demon that spoke. Grabbing his jaw, he lifted his face.
“What is your name?” He asked.
“Ilyas.” The demon replied.
“You must be young. How old are you?”
“Hundred years, my Lord.”
“Dead, my Lord.”
Zamiel crouched to his level. Heaven wondered what was going on. He was fuming with anger, and now suddenly he seemed curious. “Ilyas. I’ll provide you with a new demon Lord. Or shall I say demon Lady?” He turned to Heaven.
Heaven’s eyes widened with surprise. Her? And demon Lord? Lady?
No. She shook her head.
“I swear my Loyalty to Lady…”
“To Lady Heaven.” Ilyas completed his oath.
Heaven stood frozen, shocked by the whole situation. Did she just become a demon Lord? She was only nineteen.
Zamiel stood up satisfied and went on to the other demons. “These are useless. May I kill them?” He asked, turning to her.
Shaken by fear, they started to beg before Heaven could reply. “Have mercy on us, my Lord. I will swear my loyalty to Lady Heaven.”
The fury returned to Zamiel’s eyes. He grabbed one of them by the collar. “You dare lie to me?”
Without waiting for an answer, Zamiel pushed him and turned to Ilyas. “Are any of these worth saving?” He asked.
“No, my Lord.” Ilyas replied.
“Kill them then.” He ordered him.
Heaven opened her mouth to say something, but Zamiel grabbed her wrist and suddenly they were inside a room she didn’t recognize. It wasn’t gloomy like the previous one. It was luxurious. This made her think back of the golden coin and necklace. Was this his new home? Where did he get this much wealth from?
She turned to him. The silver in his eyes looked like grey storms. He was still angry.
“Why did you go there?” He asked.
“You promised not to kill them.”
He drew in a sharp breath as if trying to calm himself down. “And I didn’t. Ilyas did. No one would have to die if you didn’t go there.”
Was he blaming her now? She was about to get angry but realized it was indeed her fault.
“I-I just wanted to go out. I have done it many times before. I didn’t think it would turn out like this.” She looked down at her hands.
“Are you alright?” He asked, adapting a softer tone.
She looked up at his gentle gaze. “I just killed two demons.” She said.
He caressed her chin with the back of his hand. “I wish you didn’t have to do that. But you want to become a ruler.”
“I know.” This was what her parents were protecting her from. Killing even in self defense felt horrible.
“Come.” He led her to the sofa in the room. “Sit.”
She was bleeding everywhere and his sofa was clean.
“I’ll stain it.” She said, but he gave her a light push to sit down.
He looked at her torn and stained dress and then at her wounds. “You won’t take your dress off if I tell you.”
“No. I am fine.” She said while her gaze fell on his bed.
She quickly averted her gaze.
Zamiel chuckled. “You have a wild imagination.”
“I am not the one expecting someone to get n.a.k.e.d.” She defended herself.
“I don’t want you n.a.k.e.d.” He said but paused. “I mean… forget it.” He suddenly seemed disturbed and annoyed.
“I am sorry.” She didn’t know exactly the reason he got angry again, but she made plenty of mistakes tonight.
“Do you…” He just looked at her as if he didn’t know what to do. “Do you need anything?”
Heaven wondered how she looked. Was it that bad? She wasn’t in so much pain, though.
“No. How did you find me?”
He sat next to her, leaned his head back and closed his eyes. “Remember, I still have the urge to bite you. When you are hungry, you can smell food from a long distance.”
The idea of being compared to food was somehow disturbing. Or was it the fact that she didn’t mind being compared to food that disturbed her? She loved food. Why would she mind the comparison?
She turned and leaned into him. “Then take a bite or I’ll torture you until you bite me.”
A smile curved his lips, and he opened his eyes. “Only your torture can bring me pleasure at the same time.”
“Zamiel. You don’t plan to leave me? I hope that is not why you don’t want to bite me yet.” She had to admit she was worried.
He looked at her for a moment before he spoke. “Heaven, I am old-fashioned. I want to marry you first.”
Marry her?! This came as a surprise.
He cupped her face. “The day you are ready to get married, I’ll make you mine in every way.”
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Heaven’s eyes widened in surprise. She was quiet for a long moment, then her eyes darted nervously around. Zamiel knew she had a lot to consider before getting married, and that is why he proposed. It was the perfect way to solve the problem.
He didn’t want to mark her only. What would that mean without getting married? What role would he have in her life? She lived in the human world, and the mark would only tell demons she was his.
If she was going to be his, he wanted the whole world to know. Demons, humans and witches. He didn’t want confusion from his or her side. He wanted her to be his in everyway. Every part of her, human, demon or witch, he wanted to have it all. If a part of her wasn’t ready or didn’t want him, then it would be better to not mark her again.
Heaven seemed confused. He knew she would be. She had her dreams to become a ruler, and she was still young with a long life ahead of her. He didn’t expect an immediate answer.
“Heaven, I am not asking you to marry me now.”
“Zamiel I-I…” He could see the guilt in her eyes.
“You don’t have to answer now.” He cut her off.
She looked at him firmly this time. “My marriage affects not only me, so I have to think about it.”
Now she was speaking like the confident woman he saw the first time he met her. He knew she had it in her.
“But I want you to know that I can’t see a future without you.” She took his hand and intertwined her fingers with his. “Marked, married or not. I consider myself yours already.”
Zamiel looked at their intertwined fingers and then into her green eyes. What was he supposed to do with this woman who surrendered to him completely without knowing what it meant?
The beast in him was drawn to this beauty and wanted to take advantage of her willingness, but he would not let that happen. She was the only light in his life; he had to only make her shine brighter.
She lifted her hand and touched his face. Her touch was comforting and warm. How long had it been since he felt warmth in his life? He had almost forgotten the feeling.
“Heaven. Hold me.”
Both were surprised by what he said, but she quickly wrapped her arms around him. Her warmth and her scent enveloped him, made him find the peace he had been searching for. If he died in her arms at this moment, he wouldn’t regret it.
“Zamiel, are you alright?”
If he said no, would she hold him tighter? Would she never let go?
She pulled back to look at him. “I am sorry.” The guild in her eyes returned.
Zamiel was confused. “For what?” He asked.
“I hurt you when I promised to prote…” She halted.
Zamiel leaned in curiously. “You promised what?”
“Nothing.” She said, a blush creeping to her face.
The fact that she wanted to protect him, an ancient demon, was both amusing and exhilarating.
He grabbed her chin and lifted her face. Could he really stop himself from kissing her this time?
“You did not hurt me.” He assured her.
She looked up to meet his gaze. They looked at each other for a moment before she leaned in. She was going to kiss him.
He didn’t move, allowing her to take her time. Her hands grabbed his face and then every so gently she pressed her lips to his. It was a light touch, yet he lost his breath. But before he could lose his mind too, she pushed herself away from him with a gasp. Eyes wide, she put her hand on her chest while breathing heavily.
It was her demon. Human bodies were not made to control demon characteristics.
Half-demons could have difficulty controlling their demon side. The emotions could be too intense and Heaven wasn’t even half-demon.
She turned to him. “I am sorry.”
He smiled at her. Even in this state, she worried about him first.
“I just… something is wrong with me.”
Zamiel stood up and pulled her out of her seat and into his arms. “Nothing is wrong with you. You only need to get used to it. Slowly.”
Once she was his, he was going to show her, teach her and allow her to do things at her own pace.
She became thoughtful. “While fighting, I got a strange urge to kill. Is that also my demon?” She asked.
He nodded. “Your demon felt threatened. It’s normal for the demon to react that way. But you need to learn those reactions and not let them control you.”
“How can I learn?”
“Only time can teach you.”
“I don’t have time.” She told him concerned.
So young, yet she believed she had no time. It saddened him that she had to live that life. “As long as I am by your side, you need not rush anything. I’ll make sure you have all the time you need.” He promised.
“Then you need to stay by my side for a very long time because I need you.” She smiled at him.
I need you more; he thought.
Gradually her smile faded away, and a frown settled on her face.
“Is something wrong?” He asked.
“Zarin.” The way her eyes showed concern for him made his heart tighten. “I need to make sure he is alright.” She pulled away from his hold.
“I am sure he is.” As a man, Zamiel knew what Zarin was feeling right now. He had also failed to protect his family once. “I think he wants some time alone.”
“How do you know?” She asked.
“He would never leave you with me otherwise.”
Zamiel showed her around his new home. It wasn’t as large as the mansion he owned before, but it was good enough. Heaven took her time to look around. He could see that she had many questions, but she wasn’t asking them.
He would have to show her to explain himself. “Have you ever seen a water demon?”
Zamiel took Heaven back to the ocean where they shared their first kiss. She was going to see a water demon for the first time.
Standing close to the water, Zamiel closed his eyes, and Heaven knew it wasn’t because he enjoyed the weather. He was doing something.
Slowly the wind picked up, causing wild waves on the water, and then it stopped. Zamiel opened his eyes.
“She is coming.” He said.
Zamiel nodded toward the water, and Heaven turned her head. From a distance a head appeared, getting closer while the body slowly emerged from the water. A body like she had never seen before.
Perfectly rounded b.r.e.a.s.ts and curved h.i.p.s that swayed seductively as she walked closer. A skin that glistened in the dark shades of green, blue and purple. It had a shimmer that shifted and changed color depending on where the moonlight hit her body. Long purple wet hair reached her waist, but the closer she got, Heaven could see there were shades of silver in the purple. She had never seen such hair or skin before.
Was she n.a.k.e.d?
Her skin seemed thicker and something unknown covered her b.r.e.a.s.ts and the lower part of her body. Something with the same color as her skin.
Once she stepped on the sand, a smile curved her lips. “Zamiel.”
Heaven was stunned. Her mouth dropped open. She had seen nothing so mesmerizing before, yet strange.
Zamiel smiled at her. “Axia.” She might have gotten jealous if she wasn’t so occupied by staring at the woman.
Axia crossed the distance between them, took Zamiel’s hand, and to Heaven surprise kissed his knuckles before placing her forehead on the back of his hand. Heaven had never seen the act before, but it seemed like it was a way to show respect.
When Axia looked up again Heaven noticed her strange eyes. At first it looked like blue, then quickly shifted to green, and then it turned to purple and then silver.
��I am glad to have you back.” She said.
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“I am glad to have you back.” Axia smiled, relieved.
Heaven was still staring at this fascinating woman.
“You had me worried. They were saying you moved on to the next life after we found out about what happened to your family. But I knew you didn’t.”
“You always know.” Zamiel smiled at her.
“You should have told me. Just given me a word. I would drown every witch in this ocean. I would…”
“Axia.” Zamiel cut her off then turned to Heaven. “Meet Heaven. The woman I love and care for the most.”
He said he loved her!
He loved her!
She looked at him, but he didn’t seem to realize what he said. Or perhaps he was very well aware.
“And Heaven, this is Axia. She is a dear friend of mine. We rarely meet, but our friendship remains the same.”
Axia turned to Heaven, her mesmerizing eyes gleaming with distrust. “You are a witch.” She said with realization.
Then quickly she turned to Zamiel. “Zamiel, don’t tell me…”
Zamiel put his arm around Heaven’s shoulders. “I trust Heaven.” He cut her off. “She saved my life.”
Axia turned to Heaven and then came to stand in front of her. Her aura was intimidating and her gaze threatening. “If you ever hurt him, I’ll feed you to the sharks.” She threatened.
“I have no doubt.” Heaven replied.
Axia’s lips curved into an amused smile. “I like her so far.” She told Zamiel.
He smiled proudly. “What is there not to like?”
“I am glad to see you happy. But never disappear like that again!” She warned.
Heaven had expected a formal relationship between them from the way she had kissed his hand, but they spoke comfortably to each other. She had never seen Zamiel smile this much before, and he even touched her bare shoulder while assuring her he was alright.
That she was almost n.a.k.e.d and had the most enticing body did not make it easier.
“I think you Lady is jealous.” Axia told Zamiel before turning to Heaven. “Don’t worry. I have a mate who looks better than this.” She said pointing at her body.
This woman knew she was magnetic.
Zamiel looked at Heaven, amused. Was her jealousy visible? She did not want to show it.
“I am guessing you came here to spoil your woman. I have kept your property safe with me.”
Zamiel chuckled. “Thank you. But Heaven doesn’t need that kind of spoiling. She is a princess.” He said.
“Oh.” Axia nodded.
“I came here to show Heaven who I trust my wealth with and she gets to see a water demon.”
So that is where he got his wealth. He had a water demon keep it for him in the ocean.
Axia had that distrustful look again. “Let me know when you need it.” She said. “I need to get back to my duties. Come by some other time.”
Zamiel nodded. “I will.”
She turned to Heaven. “It was nice meeting you, Heaven.” She said curtly. Then she turned and went back into the ocean.
Zamiel and Heaven stood there and watched her until she disappeared completely.
Heaven had so many things going through her mind. So many questions. How come he was friends with a water demon? He seemed to have known her for a very long time.
“Do you keep all of your wealth under the water?” Heaven asked, breaking the silence that followed Axia’s departure.
“Most of it. As an ancient demon or an older demon, it is important to have a trustworthy water-demon friend. Because we sleep for long periods, we need to store our wealth somewhere safe from humans and other demons. No place is safer than under the water.”
“I thought water demons, and other demons were not on good terms.” Heaven said.
“You mean the water demons banning the other demons from the waters? That is their home. When the land demons caused corruption and bloodshed on land, they tried to hide in the waters. The water demons were only protecting their homes.” Zamiel explained.
Corruption and bloodshed? Now Heaven was curious.
“Is she your only water demon friend?”
“I have a few in different places. I divide my wealth and they keep it safe for me. If something happened to one of them, I still have some of my wealth stored in other places.”
So he had more water demon friends whom he trusted.
“Why did the land demons cause corruption and bloodshed?”
Zamiel slowly sat down on the sand and Heaven sat next to him. “Did no one tell you the history of demons?” He asked.
Heaven shook her head. “Tell me!” She urged.
And so Zamiel began to tell her everything. From the beginning.
“Long before humans existed, djinn lived on this earth. Just like humans, most of us had homes and families. But the peace did not last long. In all of us there is good and evil, but djinn are more drawn to evil because of the demon inside of us. Most of us let our demon control us. We got prideful and greedy. We became ungrateful to all the good we had received. A war broke out. Demons wanting more power, more wealth. Some of them acted like Gods. Others prayed on the weak. This went on for a long time, and the earth that was once beautiful became a dark place ruled by the powerful and ruthless. Eventually the weak had enough, so they built and army against the ruthless rulers and another war broke out. This one lasted for many years, and demons become almost extincted. But the war still continued until an army of angels came down and wiped out the corrupted demons.” He stopped, but Heaven wanted to know more.
“What happened after that?” She asked.
“By the time that happened, only few demons were left. Many children and women lost their lives. This is how the demon species became mostly male.” He turned to her. “That is how cruel we had turned.”
It sounded frightening.
“That is also how the marking began.” He continued. “Before we almost became extincted, just like humans, we fell in love and got married. But after the war there were far more males than females. The females became almost hunted by the males. So when a man found a woman, he would mark her so other males would that she was taken. The mark would also connect them and when she is in danger or other males are harassing her, her mate knows and comes to her rescue.”
Heaven was surprised by how the marking began. She never thought it was to protect the female.
“But what happened to those without a woman?”
“They waited for a female to be born.”
“That sounds lonely.” Heaven said.
“It was for many. But things changed when humans came to existence. For many years of their existence, we never mixed with them. We did not even think it was possible. But one demon was brave enough to explore. To see if humans and demons could interbreed, and that is how demons began to mate with humans as well.”
So it was never a sure thing that humans and demons could interbreed. Heaven wondered who this demon was that dared to explore without knowing the outcome.
“You know that demon.” He said. “It is your grandfather.”
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Heaven’s mind went blank, then got flooded with many questions. What did this mean? Did her father have siblings? And did she have uncles or aunts she didn’t know about? Did her grandmother know anything about this or her father?
No! Heaven refused to believe this. Her grandmother would be hurt if she didn’t already know this.
“I am sorry.” Zamiel apologized when he noticed her confusion.
“No, don’t be. I am glad you told me.”
But she wasn’t alright. She asked Zamiel to take her back home. When they arrived at her room Zamiel looked at her with concern.
“Will you be alright?” He asked.
Heaven forced a smile and nodded. “Yes. I am fine.”
He told her not to think much and get some sleep. Then they said goodbye, and he left. Heaven went to clean up and change into her nightgown and then came back into her chamber. She was surprised to see Zamiel standing next to her bed. Why did he come back?
She walked further in with a questioning look.
“I… It didn’t feel alright to leave you like this.” He said. “I’ll only stay until you fall sleep. I can sit there.” He pointed at the couch.
It was the first time she saw him a little nervous. It made him look more human.
Heaven wanted to assure him she was fine, but she wanted him to stay, so she went to bed quietly. She lay down facing where he sat on the couch and just stared at his face in the dim light. He smiled at her.
It reminded her of what he said earlier. That he was willing to marry her. What would that mean for her, or her family, or the kingdom? She had never thought of it before, but getting married would mean giving up to rule.
“Zamiel. Do you think I will succeed in becoming a ruler?”
He thought for a while.
“I don’t doubt it. But it will take time and you have to think of it as climbing up stairs. You have to take the first step up to the throne, yield some kind of power before having it all.”
Heaven nodded, but her brain was too tired to think of what it meant. So many disturbing thoughts occupied her mind. She pushed them to the back of her head and continued to watch Zamiel in the dim light. Looking at him helped her forget everything. All of her problems.
“You are… beautiful.” She told him. It just came out of her, but it was true. She had seen many beautiful men in her life, but no one like him. Any man standing next to him would pale in comparison.
Zamiel was taken aback for a brief moment before his gaze darkened. “You shouldn’t say that in the darkness.” He said.
Was he displeased by her compliment? He closed his eyes and leaned his head back, but she could see his hands clenching into fists.
Not understanding how she disturbed him, she decided to stay quiet and eventually she fell asleep.
When she woke in the morning Zamiel was gone. How could she already miss him?
She prepared for the day and went to her fighting lesson with Roshan. Roshan was waiting for her, as usual. She looked around for Zarin, but he was nowhere to be seen.
“Good morning.” Heaven greeted.
“Good morning, Heaven.”
Heaven was glad that Roshan acted as usual. He didn’t seem angry with her like Klara, but she still wanted to make sure he wasn’t.
“I hope you are not angry with me.”
“I am not and don’t worry about Klara. She will come around.” He assured her.
After her fighting lesson, she went to the morning meeting with generals and the council.
This time she didn’t sit in a corner to observe. She took a seat at the table and they all looked at her surprised except her father. He went on with the meeting as usual.
Heaven looked around. They were all men sitting at the table. Not a single woman was present. Why?
She looked at the highest ranking generals. Highly respected men who took part of decision making. Some of them even made decision without involving her father.
Suddenly it hit her. What Zamiel had told her last night about taking one step at a time and yielding some power before taking the throne. She needed to become a general first. A respected one. She had to rule beside her father and gain the trust and respect of the council and other generals before ruling on her own.
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While thinking how, they were still discussing of convincing other kingdoms to trade with them. Some general suggest threatening the other kingdoms and if needed, declare war against them and take over. But her father didn’t want war. He wanted to solve things without a fight.
“I can personally go visit the King of Valish and convince him to work with us.” Heaven said.
“That is not safe, Your Highness and I don’t think their King would want a princess to visit him. He would find it insulting.” General Harvey spoke.
“Now you are insulting me. Besides, I am sure their King would appreciate talking to a nice female than men in armor.” Heaven replied.
Without giving him much importance, she then turned to her father. “Your Majesty with your permission, of course. And General Harvey is right. Going there as a princess isn’t fitting. If I complete this mission successfully, I would want another title that allows me to perform these kinds of royal duties.”
Her father seemed surprised, and so did everyone else in the meeting room.
Lincoln who sat quiet finally spoke. “Your Majesty. If Princess Heaven comes back successfully, I think she deserving of a suitable title.”
General Roger agreed. He was an old man who had worked with her father for many years.
Her father finally agreed to give her a suitable title if she succeeded, and so the meeting ended. Heaven was proud of herself, but now she needed to come up with a plan. What if she failed badly? She would embarrass herself.
No! She could not fail this simple mission if she wanted to rule a whole kingdom. Now she had to set a plan. But first she would visit her friend and make sure he was alright. She also had to figure out what she learned about her grandfather, but that would have to wait at the moment.
Heaven teleported herself to Zarin’s home and then knocked on the door to his room. After a short while he opened the door.
She was relieved to see him. She scanned him from top to toe. He seemed alright.
“Are… are you alright? You just left last night.”
“I am fine.” He replied curtly.
“I am glad.” She said.
An awkward silence followed. “Can I come inside?” She asked.
He moved away and motioned for her to come in before closing the door behind her.
Heaven turned to him, feeling nervous. It felt like she was losing her friend.
“Zarin. Let’s be honest with each other. I don’t want you to keep things from me and I won’t keep things from you. Let’s fight it out instead of acting like strangers. I want you back.”
“You don’t need me anymore.” He said.
“That is not true. I just need you in a different way now.”
He shook his head. “I can’t do it.” He almost whispered. Heaven wished she didn’t hear those words. “I can’t be your friend anymore.”
Heaven felt her heart drop. No! He couldn’t have said that.
“Why?” She asked him, walking closer. “What did I do wrong? I will apolo….”
“Don’t!” He cut her off. “You did nothing wrong. It’s just me.”
Now it was her turn to shake her head. “No. It can’t just be you. There must be a reason. I need to know.”
“I told you. There is no reason. I just don’t want to be your friend anymore.”
She grabbed his arms and looked at him. “I don’t believe you. There has to be a reason. I am not leaving before you tell. Now tell me. Why can’t you be my friend anymore? Tell me.” She demanded.
“Because I love you.” He yelled.
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Heaven was in shock. She didn’t know what to say. Her body and mind froze. This couldn’t be happening.
Zarin took a deep breath as if calming himself down. He turned away and then back to her. “You said we should be honest with each other. This is me being honest. I know you have already chosen him. I just want to why him? Why him and not me? Be honest. Have I not always been there for you? Did I not do enough for you?”
Heaven stared at him for a long moment. She contemplated on whether to be honest because being honest would hurt his feelings.
This time things went too far, and she thought she might as well let it all it. Not keep any resentment or misunderstanding inside.
She took a few steps away from him and looked him in the eyes.
“That is the problem.” She began. “You always remind me you have been there for me, like I should repay you in some way. I have always felt grateful to have you as my friend, and as a friend I thought it was only natural for you to be there for me. I- I never minded waiting for you while you were out partying with your other friends, and I never envied you for that. I was happy that you were living a different life than mine. I waited patiently because once you came it felt like I never waited. Never did I mind apologizing first either every time we fought, because your friendship meant more to me than my pride. I was always the one that needed you more, and you knew it. You knew I would always come to you.”
A frown settled on her face now that she said it all out loud. It was not only his fault; it was hers too. If she hadn’t chased him as much maybe he would have valued their friendship more. Maybe he would have needed her as much as she needed him.
“You ask why him? Because he needs me as much as I need him. Because while you still see the girl I was, he sees the woman I can be. While you try to protect me by putting me in a cage, he sets me free to fly, but is there to catch me when I fall. You may put a smile on my face, but he makes sure it stays there, and while a part of him is still lost in the darkness, he guides me to the light.”
She looked at his pained eyes. He didn’t want to hear more of it, so she stopped.
“Me making those mistakes, we were young back then. I never intended to make you feel that way. I can see he loves you, but I don’t love you any less. He is able to do those things for you because you gave him a chance. I might not do as well as him, but I would try my best.”
Heaven shook her head. She had a hard time processing his words. She knew he had always been stubborn, but never this much.
“Did you love me when I was meeting all those suitors? When I was anxious and worried to get married that I went as far as asking you to marry me. Did you love me then? Did you love me when you disappeared for several days and didn’t speak to me because of a disagreement? Or did you love me while having fun with your female friends? When should I have given you that chance? While you were doing all of that?”
His eyes widened as if she had said something shocking, but at this point she didn’t care. She was angry. If he had tried to kill her right now but apologized soon after she would have forgiven him, but until now he didn’t even apologize after what she told him about how he made her feel.
“If you couldn’t try your best before a chance was given I doubt you will after.”
He looked hurt and angry by her words. Now both of them stood there trying to contain their feelings. They didn’t even look at each other, avoiding to see the pain and anger in the other person’s eyes.
“I understand.” He said at last. “I am too late.”
Heaven fought back the tears. She just lost her friend.
“Yes, you are. I am happy with Zamiel now.” She said, the tears burning in her eyes. “I am not the old Heaven anymore. I have moved forward and so should you.”
She could see him nod from the corner of her eyes. She felt a lump in her throat. He wasn’t saying anything, so she had to speak.
“I hope you find what you need and I wish you the best. Good bye, Zarin.” She said and then made her way out of the room.
A few tears fell down her cheeks, but she wiped them away quickly. If she cried now, she might not be able to stop, and she had things to do. She would not cry. At least not yet.
She didn’t have time. She had to plan her trip to Varish and think of how to successfully convince the bald King.
Taking a deep breath, she made sure that she was calm before she teleported to Zamiel’s home. Even though he had showed her around, she still felt lost.
“Heaven.” His voice startled her.
“Oh, you scared me.” She said as she looked to her left where he stood.
Swiftly he moved across the distance and wrapped his arms around her. Heaven was surprised. He did nothing like that before, but she didn’t mind. She found comfort in his arms. Again the tears burned her eyes, but she fought them back.
“Did something happen?” She asked.
“No. I just missed you.”
Heaven felt like something happened, but he wasn’t telling her. She pulled away and looked at his face. He looked a little pale.
“Something happened. You can tell me.” She told him.
He smiled at her. “I just had a bad dream. Nothing to worry about.” He assured. “What brings you here?”
She pulled away from his hold and took a few steps away. She was going to talk duties and had to think clearly then. His closeness made her loose track of her thoughts.
“You made me a Lord last night. I don’t know how to call Ilyas.”
Heaven knew little about demon Lords. She knew they existed to rule over other demons and make sure that no demon breaks the demon law. Demons could choose which Lord they wanted to serve. Most of them wanted to serve a powerful demon Lord because it also meant getting protection from other powerful demons. But it didn’t work that way anymore. The Lords abused their power, and many demons were afraid to leave their Lord to serve another, unless that other demon Lord is more powerful.
“You can’t call him. You have to make an agreement to meet at a place and at a time.” He explained.
How was she supposed to do that now if she couldn’t call him?
“Shall I call him for you?” He asked.
“You can do that?”
He chuckled. “I can do many things.”
Of course. She was half human and only nineteen. He was ancient, even though he looked nothing like it.
Ilyas materialized into the room. When he saw them he bowed. “My Lord, my Lady.”
Zamiel motioned for her to go on with her business. Heaven walked up to Ilyas.
“Ilyas. I need favor.”
She knew she could just give orders directly, but she wanted to win the love and respect of those who served her. Just like her father did.
Ilyas looked confused for a brief moment. “I am always at your service, my Lady.” He said.
“Do you know the Kingdom Varish and King Rufus?” She asked.
“Yes, my Lady.”
“I want you to find a secret or a weakness that I can use against King Rufus.”
“It will be done, my Lady. Anything else?”
She turned to Zamiel. “Can I meet him here again?” She asked. It was not safe for Ilyas to come to her, yet.
She looked at Ilyas. “I need to know his weakness soon. We can meet here again until I find a solution.”
When Ilyas left Zamiel asked her what was going on.
“I am thinking of becoming a General first.” She told him about her plan and what she had to do.
“Is there any way I can help you?” He asked.
“You already did.”
The Devil in her Dreams Chapter 50
Heaven went back to the castle, but something didn’t feel right. It didn’t feel right to leave Zamiel alone. Something told her he was sad. The way he held onto her hand when she was leaving told her he wanted her to stay. His nightmare seemed to disturb him more than he admitted.
Was it a nightmare about his family? Or the coffin?
No. She had to go back and make sure he was alright. She had promised to protect him and never let him get hurt again.
When she arrived at his home, she was surprised to see him standing exactly where she left him. Now she got really worried.
“Zamiel.” She called carefully. He seemed lost in thoughts. He didn’t even notice her arrival.
He looked at her surprised. “Heaven, what brings you back?”
“I was worried.” She said.
He shook his head as if waking himself up. Then he smiled. “There is nothing to worry about.”
“Zamiel. I just lost a friend because I thought I was protecting him by not telling him the truth. I don’t want to lose you, so lets be open with each other.”
He sat down on the sofa with a sigh. Heaven went to sit next to him.
“I-I can’t sleep well. When I close my eyes, I see things from the past. My wife, my daughter…” He paused, looking almost guilty that he said it out loud.
Heaven took his hand in hers. “I don’t expect you to forget about them or never about talk about them. I know they will always be a part of you and I am…in fact, curious to know what your wife and daughter were like. If you want to talk about them, I’ll listen.”
She didn’t know how to act in this kind of situation. She thought that maybe if he had someone to talk to about his family, it would be easier than keeping it to himself. Or maybe it was still painful to talk about them. She didn’t know.
“My wife Gamila, and my daughter Micah they… they were my world.” He began but stopped. It seemed like he didn’t know what to say or where to start.
“How did you meet your wife?” Heaven asked.
Was it right for her to ask? She didn’t know. She trusted that he would tell her if he wasn’t willing to talk about it.
“I was at the marked one day when I heard this female voice arguing with someone. Of all the voices, hers caught my attention. I instinctively searched for her in the crowd and when I saw her, when I looked into her eyes I just knew. It was her. The one I was fated to love.”
Heaven knew he was lost in his memories from the distant look in his eyes. But he had a smile on his face when he spoke about her.
“Was she the first woman you loved?” She asked, thinking of the long period he lived.
“Yes. She was. Not all of us are lucky to find the one, and I thought I was one of the unlucky until I found her.” He turned to Heaven. “And now I found you. Can I be lucky twice? It feels like I am dreaming and I am afraid to wake up.”
“If this is a dream, I promise to never let you wake up.” She told him. “Do you trust me?”
He seemed surprised by her question. “Yes.”
“Then trust me when I say I will never leave you.”
“You said you lost your friend?” He asked.
“Oh…” Heaven didn’t feel like talking about it now. “About that… I’ll tell you some other time. Now I need to leave. I have to make preparations.”
“Alright.” He agreed.
Heaven went back to the castle, determined to only think about her mission now and not let anything else distract her. She went straight to her mother’s room.
“Mother, I need to borrow you guards. I need people by my side who know what I am. You can take my guards.” She said.
It seemed like her mother already knew what was going on, so she let her take Callum and Oliver without asking why.
“I want you to find good trustworthy men and prepare for us to go to Varish.” She told them.
They nodded and left.
Heaven went back to her room. She wondered how long it would take for Ilyas to find the information she needed. Grabbing her jewelry box from the dresser, she chose a bracelet and a necklace. Then she looked for her spell book.
She had to find a way to meet Ilyas when she needed him, so she thought of using magic. Calling each other by using objects. She had read it somewhere in the spell book her grandmother gave her, so she knew it was possible.
Once she found the spell she needed, it was time to try if she could succeed in performing the spell.
Heaven tried once, twice, thrice, but she didn’t think it was working. What was she doing wrong? She needed her grandmother.
“Do you need help?”
And she always appeared when needed.
“Yes, please. This is giving me headache.”
Her grandmother chuckled and came to sit next to her. “Performing magic is all drawing power from nature. You are part of nature, but it is difficult in the beginning to use your own strength. So try using something else. Something more physical. Here.” She handed her a flower.
Heaven took it, holding it in one hand as she held the necklace in the other.
“Now imagine taking force from the plant and adding it to the necklace.” She continued.
Following her grandmother’s instruction, Heaven did as she was told. She knew it worked this time because she felt it. She felt the force go through her and she was happy until she saw the dead flower in her hand.
“This is why we use infinite sources to draw power from. Like the sun or the moon.” Her grandmother explained.
Heaven felt bad for killing the plant.
“I heard you want to become a General.”
“Yes.” Heaven nodded. “Grandma, what happens with my plans to become a ruler if I marry?” It was something she had wanted to ask.
“Well… I think your husband would become the ruler then.”
Heaven already expected that answer. Why would they accept a Queen as a ruler when they could have a King?
“Do you want to get married?” Her grandmother asked curiously.
“I-I don’t want to make Zamiel wait.” She admitted since her grandmother already knew about them now.
“So will you give up to rule?” She asked.
“I don’t know. Maybe I can’t keep both. Maybe I have to choose one.”
“Heaven, I don’t want you to give up your dreams or goals because of a man. No matter how much you love him or he loves you. Usually women give up everything when they find love and when they lose that love it leaves them with nothing. Love shouldn’t make you give up your dreams, goals, or the things you love. And if a man truly loves you, he would never ask of you to do that. He would always find another way.”
“I understand. But it is not that easy.” Heaven said.
“Love is not easy. You have to water it just like you water a plant or it will die.”
“But what if I am the water and he is the plant? He needs me.”
“I think if Zamiel loves you, he not only needs you but wants you as well.”
Heaven wasn’t as wise as her grandmother, but she understood the meaning of her words. Still, she was confused about what to do.
“Why don’t you let him figure out a way to be with you? I am sure he would find a way.” Her grandmother suggested. “It would be interesting to see what he comes up with. I am sure he has what it takes to overcome obstacles.”
He did. He had helped her overcome her own so far. She didn’t doubt he would find a way.