Chapter 43:

Chapter 43: Queen Lucilla.

The Master and The Slave

The carriage never once stops or slow down, Neya could see the knights riding a horse while escorting the carriage through the window. The Satyr king in front of never once engaging in conversation with her instead he always seems to be busy with writing, reading, and signing piece of parchment that his own butler provides.Bookmark here

Uncomfortable with the long silence, Neya ask a question to the King "How did my mother get you to do this?"Bookmark here

The king raised his gaze from the parchment his holding onto the elf girl seating in front of him, he places the parchment back on his butler's hand beside him and put down his quill.Bookmark here

"She threatened my entire city," Viria said.Bookmark here

"What? How?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"She has been importing bomb disguise as food ration into my city without me or my knights noticing it," Viria said.Bookmark here

Neya remembers the bomb that Nesto found in the caravans, so that's what it is used for.Bookmark here

"Just a few months after my coronations, my kingdom got threatened by another kingdom, and I have no way of fighting it. I can imagine the other three family's heads are talking about my ruling right now," Viria said as he massages the bridge of his nose.Bookmark here

"I heard about how unique Materna ruling system is, the king changes every fourteen seasons between the great four Satyr families living there," Neya comments.Bookmark here

"The Laerrebru family, Shuden Family, Xollurr family, and my own the Thunastex family," Viria said.Bookmark here

"I've never been to Materna before, they said it's beautiful," Neya said.Bookmark here

"It is, the surface industrialize area is hard to look at, but the underground city underneath it. It's magnificent, beautiful light that illuminates the city, the people, the bustling market underneath, we even have an underground port that leads to the sea," Viria said as he reminisces the beauty of his home.Bookmark here

"The way you said it shows that you really love Materna," Neya comments.Bookmark here

"I can't help it, I do love my birthplace, besides there is no other kingdom similar to it," Viria said.Bookmark here

"I'm sorry that my mother threatens your kingdom," Neya apologizes.Bookmark here

Viria let out a small laugh, "I am angry that she put my entire people live in dangers, but as a fellow leader, I know why she did it. So I don't blame her."Bookmark here

"It either you or war," Viria said.Bookmark here

"What do you mean either me or war?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"It's not my place to said anything, but you should ask your mother why she did it," Viria said.Bookmark here

Neya's face sullen as she looks down, speaking to her mother is the last thing she ever wanted to do or see her face. Viria notices Neya expression change drastically.Bookmark here

"Back at the camp, are they your people?" Viria ask.Bookmark here

Neya looks back up at the Satyr king with a smile, "Yes, they are, but one of them... just passed away."Bookmark here

"Losing people is not uncommon for a leader to be facing, but I can see that your people are loyal and admire you. I also see that you have worked hard to build that place," Viria said.Bookmark here

"I admire that, even though your people built a camp on my land," Viria jest.Bookmark here

A smile form with Neya's lips, "Sorry about that, my King."Bookmark here

"You're not my subject, don't call me 'My king'," Viria said.Bookmark here

Neya notices the glance given by his dark elf butler beside him when Viria said those words. She ignores the glance and focuses on the SatyrBookmark here

"How about 'Sir'?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

"You may call me 'Sir'," Viria said.Bookmark here

"Sir, sorry for my rudeness, but are you interested in a partnership?" Neya ask.Bookmark here

A grin appeared on Viria's face, "What do you have in mind?"Bookmark here

"My camp, I believe I can turn my camp into a town that can benefit your kingdom. I also believe that a friend of mine is coming to my camp to develop a new magic tech that nobody has ever seen before. I could give you the research after we perfect it," Neya said.Bookmark here

"And what do you want from me?" Viria ask.Bookmark here

"I want that land, and to be left alone without any kingdom meddle in how I lead it," Neya ask.Bookmark here

"I couldn't just give you a land unless you accept a title of Baroness, but you will be under my rule," Viria said.Bookmark here

"I don't think Sir would like me to be associated with your kingdom. How about I form a company. In exchange for the land, I would trade you with everything I can give, and the research I spoke of," Neya said.Bookmark here

"You really do want to be free from anybody ruling," Viria comments.Bookmark here

"But as I said before, I admire you, and this deal seems to be one in a lifetime event. So how could I say no," Viria said.Bookmark here

"Thank you," Neya slightly bow her heads.Bookmark here

"But only if you get out from your mother grasp alive though. If you do, I will send one of my men to your camp with the necessary paperwork. But for now, I wish you good luck," Viria said then the carriage stops.Bookmark here

"We have arrived at the exchange place," The dark elf butler said and the door opens. Letting the bright warm rays from the sun to enter the interior.Bookmark here

"If you may," Viria gesture Neya for to go out.Bookmark here

She swallows the saliva in her throat and steps out from the wagons. The moment she steps out, she sees another line of carriages waiting for her just a few feet from the doorway in she in. She goes down the steps while watching the knights guarding her mother carriages watching her from the distance.Bookmark here

A light skin elf with perfectly comb hair walk toward her with a crystal ball, Viria walk pass Neya, and toward the elf.Bookmark here

"Here is the trigger for all the explosive as the queen agrees," The elf said to the king.Bookmark here

Viria snaps his finger, and his butler walks to the crystal ball to inspect it. After inspecting it, the dark elf nods his head to confirm the authenticity of the trigger.Bookmark here

"Now the girls please?" The light skin elf asks.Bookmark here

Viria knight walks toward her to escort her, but Neya stops them by saying "I can walk myself."Bookmark here

The knights look at the Satyr King for confirmations "it's okay, let her walk," Viria said.Bookmark here

Neya took a long breath and walk toward to the middle carriages. Her fingers dig into her palm while her eyebrow furrow, the door opens, and reveal a glimpse of the bottom part of a black gown with both feet wearing black heels visible at the end.Bookmark here

Neya feel the shiver behind her neck when she saw those.Bookmark here

It's her.Bookmark here

Queen Lucilla.Bookmark here

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Somewhere south-east from Halsworthy.Bookmark here

Nesto walks through the treacherous path with overgrown roots and mossy slippery rock toward the place the caster mentions. He remembers the talk he had with the caster as clear as day.Bookmark here

'I'm supposed to bring her to a fortress hidden in the forest northwest from the town of Halsworthy.'Bookmark here

'A hidden fortress?'Bookmark here

'Yes, a hidden fortress, it used to be a research facility for the greed king, it's where I'm supposed to bring her.'Bookmark here

'What are they going to her there?'Bookmark here

'I don't know.'Bookmark here

'I lost someone back at the camp, his name was Za. You kill him.'Bookmark here

'So what you want me to do, apologizes?' The sarcastic tone annoys Nesto.Bookmark here

'I just want you to know, that there is always another way without shedding blood.'Bookmark here

'Yes, there are other ways, but killing is the most effective of them all.'Bookmark here

'Bye.'Bookmark here

'Before you go, I want to say that we will probably meet again and when that happens, I won't hold back. I will fight for my Queen.'Bookmark here

'I hope it doesn't happen' Those were the last word Nesto said to caster before he left him.Bookmark here

A quiet soft giggle snaps Nesto back to reality, he looks around him and sees a glowing blue light visible in a hole inside the tree trunk beside him. A smile form on Nesto face as he realizes what is it; a Fairy.Bookmark here

Because he can notice the tiny butterfly wings poking out from the hole, Nesto takes out a bread and break a tiny part of it. He laid a napkin on a rock, and place the tiny piece of bread on the napkin.Bookmark here

After placing the tiny bread on the napkin, Nesto kept on walking toward his destinations. It is believed that if you offer some of your food to the fairy, it will grant you a hundred years of good luck. Well, it's only a legend, no one had proved that it actually happens, but Nesto had a few foods to spare. So, he gave some to the fairy and continues his journey.Bookmark here

After another long journey in the forest, Nesto had arrived at an outskirt of a cattle farm. A sweet smell catches Nesto attention, when he looks behind him, he can see the fairy hovering toward him while strenuously carrying the napkin with bloated cheeks, and furrowed eyebrows.Bookmark here

He raises his palm toward the fairy and it lands on his hand with the napkin underneath her. She lay sprawl on his hand and panting for air. Nesto took out his leather water flask, opening the cork, he raised it closes to the fairy, she raises her torso upward and took a sip of water from the flask.Bookmark here

Nesto pulls the water flask away from the fairy after she finishes drinking it, "How long have you been following me?"Bookmark here

She spread out her arm as far as possible to show Nesto how long she been following him.Bookmark here

"Why are you here?" Nesto ask.Bookmark here

The fairy pointed to the napkin, "You fly all the way here just to give my napkin back?"Bookmark here

The fairy smiled, then she flew into Nesto's torso pocket and rest inside it. Nesto was confused, but he let her rest in his pocket, it's not like she can do any harm to him. He looks back at the cattle farm, he can see a large old fabric is drying under the sun beside other cloth on the clotheslines. He walks toward it, taking the old fabric, and continues heading north-west.Bookmark here

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Neya has no idea where she should look at, she couldn't gaze on her mother face, if she did, she would... Only Yana knows what she would do if she saw her face. The anger, the hatred, and fear. It's all coming back to her, swirling and mixing inside her. The throbbing pain she felt right now in her had mix with nausea.Bookmark here

Her father death flash before her eyes again, and the day that she cast her aside with no sympathy or love in her eyes. She kept wanting to get out here and be with Nesto because she couldn't stand it anymore. Her restlessness has affected her feet causing her leg to involuntary tap the floor repeatedly.Bookmark here

"Child, stop tapping your feet," her mother distant and cold voice reminds her of the day when she lives in the castle.Bookmark here

She stops her feet, suddenly becoming afraid of her mother words. She was on the verge of tears, but she held on because she is not the same little girl back in the castle.Bookmark here

"Why are you doing this, what do you want from me?" Neya asks her eye still gaze on her mother feet.Bookmark here

"If you want to talk to people, look up at their face, have I not taught you that?" Her mother nag, just like she always did.Bookmark here

"I can't..." Neya mutters.Bookmark here

"Speak up! Child!!" Her mother scolds.Bookmark here

She looks at her mother face with anger and shouts, "I can't! Can't you hear me because I hate you, you're the worst mother that anyone ever had and I wish you would die in a ditch, dirty and cover in maggots!"Bookmark here

A loud pop echoed inside the carriages, Neya felt the stabbing on her cheeks then her eyes went to her mother open hand, just a few lengths from her cheeks. Her mothers had slapped her so hard that it shock Neya down to her spine.Bookmark here

"All those years I teach you how to become a lady, and you flush all it down the drain. What a waste," Lucilla said as she massages the pain out of her palms from hitting her own child.Bookmark here

Neya right hand begin to tremble, she quickly grabs her right wrist to calm her shaking hand while her eyes begin to water. She sniffs her nose, the pain was somehow worse than it seems, she wanted to cry but can't. She kept on looking down at the floor while the carriage ride through the day.Bookmark here

An eerie silence befalls in the carriage, the queen watches her child sniff her tears away, and there was no shred of pity to be given to her own daughter.Bookmark here

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