Crossbreeds Part 2: Chapter 31 No One Important by RedPhantom ()
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Andy watched Ann sleep. Drepal had retreated but Ann wasn’t ready to come back yet. She would if he woke her. This just helped reduce some of the tension she was under without the risk of a nightmare.
Someone knocked. He slipped into the hall so Ann wouldn’t be disturbed. It was Tylan in the hall. She had a tray of food.
“You two missed supper,” she said.
“Is she alright?” Her mother asked. Ann didn’t typically nap or sleep more than two hours.
“It’s helping her relax. Shunati says he detects a lot of tension.”
Tylan nodded. “I just wanted to thank her for helping with Jaidu and you too. Considering all Remmy put her through, she could have just ignored Jaidu.”
Andy shrugged. “Jaidu had nothing to do with what Remtani did. Ann wouldn’t take it out on her.”
“I know. I’m grateful for it.”
“How’s Remmy doing?” Andy asked.
“He was still asleep the last I heard. Jaidu was with him.”
“Is that wise?”
“She won’t do anything without his consent.”
Andy nodded. Tylan was right. She gave him the tray and then left.
Remtani woke feeling different. Something had changed. Something was missing. The room was somewhat dark. The sun was setting, and no lamps had been lit. He saw Jaidu asleep in a chair by the bed. There was food on a bedside table. Neither plate had been touched. Next to the food was his bracelet.
That was what was missing. But he couldn’t feel the spell. Was the madness finally gone? Ann wasn’t there, but Jaidu was and after what he had thought to do to her… He shuddered. He would never let that happen. But, perhaps he wouldn’t need to worry. Had the spell truly been removed or had Ann found a better charm?
He sat up and Jaidu stirred. He froze. He didn’t want to wake her. There were no signs of the beating she received. She must have used a healing potion. Nobody was bothering Shunati these days with bruises and Mila was still with her sister.
He saw she was wearing another one of those ridiculous outfits her father wanted her to wear. Did all women in Yarba dress like that, or was her father deranged? He wondered what Kamlia would do if he bought her some decent clothes. He wouldn’t, not yet. She would see it as a sign that he would marry her. He still didn’t know what to do about that.
Quietly, he slipped from the bed without waking her. He grabbed his boots and bracelet and went to the hall to put them on. He assigned one of the guards to keep anyone except his family from entering his rooms while Jaidu was in there. When she was awake, she was to be escorted at all times, even if she was with the Yarba delegation. If the delegation made any attempts to separate her and her guard, he was to be notified immediately. He sent a page to let the shift commander know also. The guard would need to be relieved eventually.
He went to the gallery rather than the garden. The weather was too lousy for the garden and guests weren’t normally allowed in the gallery un-escorted, not after Ann and Sapphire had broken in to replace a statue. He glanced at the statue and noticed Shay standing looking at it. She shouldn’t be there alone, but there was no harm done. He went over to her and noticed her collar was gone.
“Sapphire’s work?” He asked, indicating her lack of collar.
“Jaidu is sleeping in my room. I assigned a bodyguard to her who is to stay with her at all times. No one is going to hurt her here, not again, not even her father.”
“Thank you,” Shay whispered.
“You really care about her, don’t you?”
She nodded. She went to a nearby seat where Nim’s drawing case was. -I helped raise her, though not in the matter I would’ve liked. She wrote on the parchment with charcoal.
He sat on the floor near her feet. “What do you think of us getting married? Do not tell me it’s not your place to say.”
She smiled as if that was exactly what she had planned to say. -I wish she were older. I would like her to marry a nice man that she loves and loves her. Her father doesn’t care about that. He’s just interested in what he can get for her. If you don’t marry her, he’ll find someone who will. You’re kind to her. You have a good family who cares. Now that the spell is gone, you won’t hurt her.
“The spell has been removed?” Remtani asked when he saw that.
“Ann finally figured it out?”
Shay shook her head. -I’m familiar with that kind of spell. I was able to guide Drepal in removing it.
“Drepal?” Remtani shuddered. He knew Drepal was part of Ann, but she seemed to be the darkest part.
Shay nodded. She didn’t seem to like Drepal either.
“Shunati could probably remove some of those scars,” He offered.
-It’s not a problem. I’m no one important, and he needs to help his baby.
“Vaila only needs to be kept warm now. There are several dragons who can help with that.”
-I’m no one important, she wrote again.
“You are to Jaidu.” He said.
She looked at him in surprise and nodded. -The copper burns. The scars help block the pain.
“You expect to be collared again?”
She nodded. -I was once a powerful mage, now I’m a servant. Servants don’t practice magic.
“You could be a mage again.”
-Servants don’t practice magic. Besides, I’ve been collared a long time. It’s ruined my magic.
“That might be fixed.”
She shook her head.
“No healer needed.” He grinned. “Ann could probably do it, or Pt’this.”
She raised an eyebrow. She looked intrigued.
“They’re probably the two strongest mages here. Ann lives up to her nickname the White Wyrm, but don’t let her hear you call her that. Pt’this is one of the strongest dragons in Baj-tisk. According to the stories, he’s so strong no one in Baj-tisk could shield him to teach him magic. It wasn’t until this dragon from the Tricot clan came who could shield him. He was so powerful he was black. His name was Mishtali.”
“Mishtali?” Shay asked, looking surprised.
“Yeah, it means living night or something like that and to look at him I can see it. He’s still in Baj-tisk now. I bet he could help you too.”
She shook her head. “No!” She said then wrote -Servants don’t practice magic.
“You don’t have to be a servant, not for that monster.”
-I know my place. I am a servant.
Remtani sighed. She was as condition as Jaidu. He wondered if Jo could help them. He’d talk with her when she came back. He’d also talk with Sapphire. He didn’t want to take up all of Jo’s time when there were others who needed her.
“Do you know what Kamlia wants? Why is he pushing so hard for Jaidu and me to get married?”
-I don’t know.
“Don’t know or won’t tell?”
-I don’t know. I thought I did, but now I think I was wrong. It’s better if I don’t say.
“We can burn these. No one will know. One of the dragons could do it. There wouldn’t even be any ash left for someone to try to reconstruct them.”
-Not for my sake, I’m no one important. I’m worried about Jaidu.
He nodded, but he wondered who she was protecting Jaidu from if he was the only one who would know what she’d said.
“Would you like to go see her?” He offered. She nodded. Using the hidden route he often used to abduct Ann to avoid any Yarbs, he took her to his room.
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zaqxsw () 8:55AM | Fri, 09 April 2021
Outstanding chapter! Very interesting twist... What is Kamlia really after? Can't wait to find out.