The younger maid finally mustered up the courage to speak up but was quickly rejected.
“I believe you are needed elsewhere, ladies.”
The young maid tried to respond again.
The older maid standing beside her understood that the prince was referring that he wanted to be alone. She grabbed the young maid’s hand and bowed.
“We will take our leave.”
The prince nodded and proceeded down the stairway alone. Despite the old maid’s feeling of utter abandonment, she left proudly back down the hall with the other tailing behind her. Nafilah hid behind one of the columns as the maids began to pass her. She did not want them to know that she had been following them because they would be sure to call her out. Unfortunately, her attempt to be unseen had failed. The older maid had caught a glimpse of Nafilah as she passed the column. The maid froze and stood staring at the column. The younger maid noticed her staring at the column and began to walk towards it.
“Did you see something, ma’am?”
Nafilah tensed up as the maid moved closer toward her. The older maid looked away and spoke loudly.
“There is nothing there! If there WAS someone than I would advise them to go back to their room.”
The young maid turned around before peering around the column. After warning Nafilah to leave, the older maid began to walk away with the clueless maid still trailing behind her. Nafilah waited until the maids had cleared the hallway until she walked out from behind the column. She made her way toward the stairway that the prince had used at the end of the hall.
“I hope he hasn’t gone too far.”
Nafilah ran her hand down the railing as she cautiously made her way down the stairs. There were several stairways down this one hall but this was the first time she had ever adventured down this one. As she placed her foot on the last step, she lifted her head to the long dark hall that appeared before her.
“What could possibly be down here?”
Nafilah proceeded down into the darkness. As she walked farther down the hall a small light revealed itself. The faint sound of voices resonated from the walls as moved closer. The light led her to the door that was left slightly open. Nafilah leaned into the crevice of the opened door. Behind the door was a large empty room with two steel tables in the center. There beside the steel tables was the prince, two knights and a man in uniform.
“What do you mean dead?”
The prince turned his head to the two knights.
“Their bodies were found ripped apart and mangled. Although most of the damage was done by animals, there was also evidence that the Nymphians took part as well.”
The man in uniform turned toward the prince.
“The Nymphain body was also reported missing.”
Nafilah leaned closer to the door. She couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
The prince turned toward the man in uniform with little concern.
“Let them have it. What use is a dead body to us anyway?”
The prince looked at the two knights with a stern expression.
“As for the other issue, make sure to notify their loved ones of their deaths.”
The man in uniform stepped closer to the prince in disagreement.
“Your highness, what if killing our men was a message. What if those savages are planning to attack us?”
Nafilah inched closer to the door. Listening to their words made anxious.
The prince stepped next to the man and patted him on his shoulder.
“If they value their peace with us… they won’t.”Nafilah backed away from as the prince approached the door. She hid against the wall. The prince exited the room and walked down the hall toward the stairway. After a few seconds, the two knights and the man in uniform followed behind him. Once the sound of footsteps had vanished, she slipped into the room.
“What is this place?