Chapter 46:

Forty-six Selene POV

The Scorned

I landed gracefully on my feet and slowly took in my surroundings.

Humans were everywhere, and they all seemed to be celebrating the war that they didn't help win. It made me sick to my stomach with their cluelessness. They had no idea just how close they had all come to dying.

With nothing else to do, I began to stroll around the town, but quickly grew agitated with how many humans were bumping into me.

I wasn't sure what I was exactly looking for, but suddenly a smell caught my attention. I had no idea what it was, but it was heavenly. My body seemed to move of its own accord, as I roughly shoved my way through the crowded streets, trying to find the source of this smell.

Before I knew it, I ended up in front of a noisy tavern and stepped inside. Just as I thought, this place was absolutely packed, but I didn't let it deter me from my new quest. I ignored all of the humans and quickly shoved my way to the front until I saw a bar. Just like the rest of the tavern, all of the spots were filled entirely.

I paused for a moment deciding my next move. I could quickly kill all the humans in my way, but I knew Leo would be upset with me if I did. I let out a sigh and shook my head. When did I become so worried about following a human's rules?

I was snapped from my thoughts by a below-average man staring at me. He was making no attempt to hide his gaze as he slowly looked me over. With a big smile, he babbled out, "Please take my seat. A beautiful woman like yourself shouldn't be standing." I wanted nothing more than to punch him in his face, but the food just smelled too good. I acknowledged him with a grunt and quickly took his spot. A slightly overweight and extremely sweaty man approached me from behind the bar. Before he could speak, I stated, "I would like to eat whatever smells so good." He stared at me for a moment, then replied, "Of course. That will be two silver coins."

I paused, unsure of what to do next. I didn't have any human currency on me. And honestly, I was used to Leo giving me whatever I wanted.

Taking advantage of my silence, it was as if every man around me tried to pay for my meal at the same time. In no time at all, there was a pile of coins in front of me. Completely ignoring all the men, I turned back to the bartender and said, "I will take as many meals as this will get me." Shaking his head, the bartender scooped up all of the coins and disappeared.

I sat in my chair, eagerly waiting for my meal. I could hear a few people trying to talk to me, but they weren't worth my attention. It was as if they believed that buying me food meant they were worth my time. This didn't have the same feeling as when Leo would give me things. He would do it to make sure I was happy, while these men only do it to get something in return.

Suddenly, I sensed movement to my right, and out of the corner of my eye, I watched as a man reached out to grab me. He was so slow, but I decided to let him hold me for now. I could use a little entertainment while my feast was prepared.

I felt his hand grip my wrist weakly as he begged for my attention. With a sigh, I slowly turned in my seat and looked at the man. He stared back at me with a scowl as he whined out, "I just gave you my seat and money. Now you are going to ignore me? You have some nerve, woman."

With a laugh, I responded, "It's not that I'm ignoring you. I honestly forgot you were behind me. That's your fault for being so forgettable." The man had to pause for a moment, his slow brain trying to figure out what I had just said.

Eventually, my words processed, and I couldn't contain my laughter at how angry he looked. With his face growing redder by the second, he yanked on my wrist. I barely felt his feeble attempt to move me, which only made me laugh harder. The man was now furious by my blatant disrespect, but why should I care? While I continued to laugh at his expense, I quickly grew tired of his grimy touch.

Without thinking, I ripped my hand from his grasp, sending the man sprawling forward. His face slammed into the bar with a loud crunch, and he didn't move. I stared at him worriedly until I noticed that he drew in a pained breath. I let out a massive sigh of relief, seeing that he was still alive. I hadn't killed him, which meant that Leo couldn't be upset with me.

I heard the bartender approaching and happily turned my attention his way. Smelling the food he was bringing, I instantly forgot about the crumpled man at my feet. With a nervous look on his face, he placed three platters in front of me and said, "Three roasted duck for you, ma'am," and quickly walked away.

I had no idea what he placed in front of me, and I didn't care. Without hesitating, I picked up the first duck and took a giant bite.

I almost fell off my stool with how great it tasted. Why were humans capable of making something this mouthwatering? It took all of ten seconds for me to inhale the first duck. I was about to dig into the second duck when I noticed that all the men were staring at me.

Tired of their eyes on me, I grabbed a duck in each hand and hopped off my stool. Looking down at the unconscious man, I giggled out, "Thanks for the meal!"

Before I could even take a step, two soldiers appeared and stopped in front of me. With their hands on the hilt of their sheathed swords, one called out, "Ma'am, we are going to need you to come with us."

Hearing this, I instinctively clutched my two precious ducks to my chest and replied, "These are mine. You can't have them. I paid for them, so you aren't allowed to take them from me."

The soldiers shared a confused glance but eventually replied, "Ma'am, we are not after your food. We are here because of the unconscious man at your feet that you threw face-first into the bar."

Letting out a massive sigh, I said, "That's a relief. I thought you were here for an important reason." Taking another bite of this fantastic meal, I asked with a full mouth, "So where are we going?"

The soldiers shared another glance and said, "We are going to take you to a holding cell until we figure out exactly what happened here."

"Just to be sure, I can keep my food. Correct?"

"Umm, sure?"

"Alright, then let's go. I was on my way out anyway."

As I said this, I began to walk towards the exit. The two soldiers quickly composed themselves and walked on either side of me.

Shoving more duck into my mouth, I asked, "So which one of you gentlemen is going to hold the door open for me?"

The two of them looked at each other, then one reached out and opened the door. As soon as he did, I slipped out and disappeared into the crowded streets. I could only laugh at how easy it was to escape from those humans.

Turning my attention to the crowd, I noticed that everyone was heading in the same direction. Something was going on, and the closer we got, the louder the citizens became.

With nothing else to do, I decided to see what was happening.

Slipping into a side alley, I made sure no one was watching me, then effortlessly hopped onto the nearest roof. Scanning the area, I couldn't help but smile at what I saw.

The remaining of the Prince's army had been captured and was being led through the town. To make things better, the Prince was still alive and was at the very front of the line. I couldn't help but laugh as the crowd threw rotten food at him as he walked by. It looked like a fun time, so why shouldn't I join?

Finishing the last of my second duck, I carefully aimed and threw a bone at the Prince. I didn't hold back, and I was happy to see that he was dazed for a moment from the bone hitting him in the side of his head. When he finally gained his senses, he angrily scanned the area, trying to find who had thrown the bone.

Eventually, the Prince spotted me, and I enjoyed the sight of his face going pale when he recognized me. Unfortunately, he was led into a heavily guarded building before I could make another move.

Now that the prisoners had reached their destination, the crowd began to disperse, thinking the fun was over.

I, on the other hand, knew that the fun was only starting. Hopping off the roof, I pushed my way through the crowd, ready to pay the Prince a visit.