……whoever finds it becomes the next Queen…….
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He looked shock to see me. So was I to see him.
“Joan what are you doing?” I asked him.
“What does it look like?” He answered and got me agitated.
“Drop the maiden down this instant and I might overlook the fact that you just slew my guards and wanted to kill my Queen!” I said.
“Why should I? Alani is not your Queen yet. Well neither will she be either?” He replied.
“Why are you doing this Joan?” I asked.
“Isn’t it obvious? If only you had made Amber your Queen, we wouldn’t be here now would we?” He replied.
“Wait! You’re doing this because of Amber? Like you are seriously doing this because Amber isn’t made Queen? Joan you of all people know our customs and you know very well my mother’s wishes. Is it my fault that your sister wasn’t found worthy to be Queen?” I asked, clearly annoyed.
“Don’t talk about being worthy. Is it Alani, a filthy poor thing that is worthy?” He asked and that broke the last straw.
“Don’t ever talk about Alani like that. Now drop Haila!” I commanded.
I reached for the two swords hidden under my tunic.
“I don’t have to spill your blood!” I replied.
I walked towards him. Before I could blink, he buried the knife deep in Haila’s stomach and her body thudded to the floor.
I rushed forward and with great anger, plunged the two swords deep into his stomach.
He blinked thrice and fell to the floor.
“Guards!” I screamed and soon enough, guards rushed in.
“Take Haila to the royal physician and take this idiot out!” I ordered.
“One of you should ring the bell. The Queen is missing and everyone should gather at the square this instant!” I ordered another.
“You, tell the executioner to set the podium. Someone is meeting Hades today!” I ordered.
They all rushed out and soon I heard the chiming of bells.
I heard the chime of bells as I was talking with Melissa.
“And I guess they’ve discovered you’ve gone missing”. Sefan said.
All he did since we arrived here has been to flirt with Melissa.
The door burst open to reveal Melissa’s father.
“The Queen is missing and someone was caught in her room,going to kill her”. He said and I gasped.
That was when he noticed me.
“Your Majesty!” He exclaimed.
“No need to call me that”. I replied.
“How did you get here? The King has gone mad with fury, looking for you”. He said ignoring my former plea.
“I snuck in with my cousin. Just wanted to have fun. Moreover, the King won’t die”. I said, fighting hard not to roll my eyes.
“Do you have any idea how angry he is now. Melissa if the King finds out you aided the Queen, you are dead”. He said, referring to Melissa.
“I know father. She just wanted to have fun”. Melissa pouted.
“A Queen’s duty is not to have fun”. Her father said.
“Ok. Enough of the arguments. You said someone was caught going to my room to kill me?” I asked.
“Yes. I don’t really have all the details. That’s why we are going to the palace now. The King has called for an execution. Everyone is to be present”. He replied.
“Nalan called for an execution!” I exclaimed.
“Your handmaid is injured though”. He added.
“Haila is injured? We need to go back. Sefan you’re coming right?” I asked my cousin.
“Of course I will. I don’t know how many people want to kill my cousin but I won’t take it lightly. As a matter of fact, I’m not leaving Getura. I’ll stay here and protect you”. Sefan said.
“Oh Sefan! So lovely of you to try and protect your cousin”. I said.
“I’m just trying to impress this young beautiful maiden here”. He said referring to Melissa.
“You sack of dry bones!” I exclaimed and slapped his chest.
“You all should stop all this bickering. We have to go to the palace!” Melissa said.
“Of course My Lady! Anything you request, your humble servant will do it without batting an eyelash!” Sefan said and curtsied to Melissa. I only laughed while Melissa’s father glared at Sefan.
“Hey young man! Stop flirting with my daughter!” He said.
We all sighed and left Melissa’s chambers.
I pulled on the hood of my cloak to avoid attention.
Immediately we got to the palace, we heard shouting.
“I don’t care what you say! If my Queen is not found, I won’t hesitate to have your head. Search the whole land if possible!” I heard Nalan scream.
I flinched in shock. Was he that angry?
“He loves you though!” Sefan whispered in my ear.
“What will he do to me if he finds out I snuck out? Surely he’ll punish me!” I said, hiding behind Melissa.
Just then, Nalan strode out, anger radiating off him in waves.
“Lord Gilbert, sorry for waking you. Just have to use Joan as an example to those after my Queen!” He said.
I gasped. Joan! Joan tried to kill me. My gasp attracted his attention to Melissa.
His eyes darkened for a minute on seeing Melissa. I guess he noticed the black hood behind her.
“You there! Come out!” He said and I flinched.
“Come out!” He ordered again.
“Hey! You don’t talk to my cousin like that. Regardless of being the King!” Sefan said.
“How dare you?” Nalan said, flailing his nostrils.
“What are you gonna do?” Sefan said, fisting his hands.
“Sefan! Let it go!” I warned sharply. I knew Sefan well and I knew he’ll put up a fight.
Nalan’s head snapped to my direction on hearing my voice.
My head snapped to her direction when I heard her voice. I totally forgot the idiot that just annoyed me.
She lifted up her head and her cloak fell off.
“Heart it is you!” I exclaimed.
I rushed forward, pushing Melissa away, and engulfed her in a hug.
From the side, I saw Melissa stumble and the idiot from before caught her.
“Hey! Don’t you know how to treat a Lady? Alani, if one of Melissa’s bones break, I’ll break all of yours!” He bellowed.
“Sefan he is the King!” Melissa said, trying to close his mouth.
“So does what? Alani I’ll push you off a cliff if he does not apologize!” The idiot bellowed again.
“You don’t talk to the Queen like that. You don’t even address her by her name!” I warned.
“And if she’s the Queen? I should tear of my pants and make a hat? I’m talking to my cousin so I can choose to call her whatever I want”. He snorted.
“Oh jeez! Can you guys stop it?” Alani said.
“Nalan forgive his attitude. Sefan sorry for the fact that Nalan had to push Melissa. Melissa I’m truly sorry about that too!” Alani said.
“To the main thing, where were you? You got me scared”. I said and she looked down in fear.
“Hey! You don’t have to be scared!” I said, using my index finger to lift up her chin.
“I…I snuck out”. She stuttered.
I bursted out laughing. Was she serious?
“You snuck out? What a Queen I have”. I said, placing my hands by my waist.
“Are you angry?” She asked.
“Of course not. If you didn’t sneak out, goodness knows what that bastard Joan would have done!” I said.
“Talking about that. Where’s the idiot that dared to attack my cousin!” The idiot said.
I won’t stop addressing him as the idiot, even in my subconsciousness.
“Sorry for the lack of introduction”. Alani said.
“Nalan, this is Sefan, my cousin. Sefan I believe you know Nalan already, he’s the King”. Alani added.
“Kind of nice meeting you”. Sefan said.
The nerve of this young man.
“Sefan!” Alani exclaimed.
“What? The first thing he does when we meet is shout at you, then he pushes Melissa and you expect it to be nice meeting him?” Sefan said.
“But I apologized on his behalf”. Alani said, obviously tired of Sefan’s nagging.
Just then a guard walked up to us.
“Your Majesty, I’m sorry to disturb but everyone is at the square, waiting for you”. The guard said with a bow.
“I’m coming”. I replied and he left.
When Alani finally got Sefan to behave, we all went to the square. Sefan was holding Melissa’s hands while Lord Gilbert just glared at him.
God bless Sefan for getting Melissa out of my hair. I was glad to have Alani back by my side where she belongs.
When we got to the square, the whole village were gathered, so were the nobles. Everyone looked so tired.
“I’m sorry for calling you all out in the dead of the night. But, if something happens to the rulers, it affects the people too”. King Nalan began addressing the people.
I stood beside Alani on the podium. A log of wood stood horizontally. A well-sharpened ax lay beside it.
“Tonight, a well trusted person came into my abode, to kill my Queen”. He said and the people gasped.
“I thank the gods for at that time, the Queen had left her chambers without anyone’s knowledge. This traitor found her handmaid and threatened to kill her if she doesn’t give out the Queen’s whereabout. The young maiden who had no idea, told him so. I caught him at that time and he plunged the sword into her stomach. Thankfully, she is still alive”. The King said.
By now, sleep was far away from the people’s eyes.
“I gathered you here to warn you all that I won’t take it kindly with anyone that tries to harm my Queen”. King Nalan said.
That’s the only thing that makes me consider being nice with him. He loves Alani.
“This traitor slew my guards. Hurt my Queen’s handmaid and attempted to kill my Queen. All because his sister didn’t become Queen”. He continued.
“As such, he will be beheaded”. King Nalan added.
“Bring in the traitor!” He ordered and the guards brought in a man.
His face was covered with a black sack. His stomach had two seeping holes that were dripping with blood. It meant the King had taught him some lessons.
He was led to the log and the sack was pulled off. People gasped.
When he turned to face us, the breath left my lungs.
Another cliff hanger!
I’m becoming a pro at it
How does Joan know Sefan?
Sefan is such a charmer and he is funny
Nalan’s love for Alani is so much.
I want to cry sef