"Maid, I want to hear your side of the story first. So, go on, Sasha. Do tell." I murmured just loud enough for the entire room to hear. "W-w-well, Mistress, I went into the master's room and he was lying down to take a nap, but he was not yet asleep. He told me to come over and then ordered me to remove my clothes, so I did, as is my job to do whatever the master or mistress wishes. He then ordered me into the bed with him and I did so. Then, he fell asleep for a little while. Soon, though, he awoke and wanted some things of me, so I did them willingly and gladly for the master is very kind and handsome and I would like very much to be able to do it again... I love him, Mistress. And, so, I love to please him." I growled low in my throat, not believing the lies that she had spun. "Very well, Sasha. And you, Zayn? What does my lover have to say for himself?" Sasha's eyes went wide when I used that word. She must not have known who it was that she was tending to. "None of that is true! None of it! I swear-" "You will use a softer voice and be kinder to your queen!" I interrupted, though it broke my heart a little when I saw the look in his eyes. "I am sorry, My Queen. As I was saying, None of what she said is true save that I did lie down to take a nap. I fell asleep and awoke with her in my bed trying to... touch me." I flinched slightly as my hand wanted to reach for my sword, but I would not let it. The people were murmuring, discussing what they thought the decision should be. When they had decided, they came up and whispered their ruling in my ear. I almost cried with relief, but showed no emotion as I nodded and stood as tall as I could while they ran back down to their spot. "The jury, as well as I, find you innocent of any crime, Zayn. You, however..." I said, pointing to Sasha and smiling. "You have been found guilty of trying to steal my lover and for trying to rape him. You will have thirty days in the dungeon and then you will be executed on the palace steps. Do you understand?" She nodded her head slowly and I let my smile fade as the people from the town left. I sat down on my throne and Anna immediately came rushing over to me and gave me a giant hug, one which I greatly needed. "You did it! You saved his life!" I laughed and then stood again, hugging her a little tighter. "No, we all did it!" "I don't understand. What's going on?" Zayn asked, now freed from the irons." I giggled as everyone took a seat on the steps while Sasha was led away. "Sit down, it's a long story..."
"...There used to be more of my kind around. More shape-shifters and half-bloods like me. We weren't always so rare, I found that out the hard way. Most of us have to hide to protect ourselves, stuck as humans or demons or something for most of our lifetimes. Well, we went out, all of us, and found a few more of my kind, ten in all. I brought them here and promised them all safety if they sided with me. They said no, that they would not be won over that way. One of them, however, was telepathic. He read both yours and Sasha's minds, determining who was telling the truth and who was telling a lie. You were the one telling the truth and he came up here and told me so. He also told me what the punishment was to be for Sasha, for I have no control over that. They then told me that they would stay here for thirty-one days, just long enough for the execution, and then go. They want nothing to do with this world that I rule. I don't blame them, either. They are only staying this long because they know that if they leave, I won't execute her, only leave her in the dungeons for the rest of her life. That is why it took me so long to return. I am sorry to have kept you waiting, my love." I was left in utter shock. "You guys did all of this for me?" They all nodded in turn and I found myself rushing to all of them and hugging them tightly, Ty included. "So, did you an Ty get along?" Lu asked from her throne just a few steps away. "Yea, he's ok enough." I heard him sort as he took his place beside Lu. "Come on, guys. There are enough rooms in this castle for all of you and we've all had a hard day. Some more than others. So, let's sleep for the night, spend the day getting pampered tomorrow, spend one more night, and then head home. Sound ok?" Lu asked, obviously tired. "That's fine with us. Anna said quietly while motioning to Harry. Liam and Louis nodded, as did Haley and Niall. "Alright. Everyone follow me, Queen's wing is this way." As she headed off, Ty kept me behind for a few seconds until it was quiet and we were alone. "Look, Zayn. I like you. Really, I do. But... if you hurt her, I won't hesitate to kill you. Same goes for your friends, got it?" I nodded, annoyed that he could think such things of me and the others. "Now, come on. We've got to catch up before Lu thinks that I've already killed you." He smiled and I couldn't help but laugh. I understood why he had said what he did. He loved Lusetta like every captain should love his queen... Honorably. When we caught up to Lu, everyone had gone into their rooms but her. "There you are. I was wondering how long it would be before you two turned up... or if there would only be one turn up...." I smiled and she took my hand, pulling me over to her before looking to Ty. "I want double patrols on this wing of the castle and-" "There are always double patrols on this wing, My Queen. You just don't know about them..." She rolled her eyes and pointed to the doors where everyone slept. "Just make sure that they're safe, ok, Ty?" He nodded and smiled at her, making me blush and get a bit jealous of their relationship. "Yes, My Queen. Consider it done." As he walked away, I kissed Lu and headed to an empty room to sleep for the night. "Where do you think you're going?" She asked, pulling me back to her. "To bed...?" I answered, unsure of what she was thinking. "Bed's this way..." She whispered, pulling me towards her room. "You're sure?" I asked nervously. "Oh, yes. It's about time we did this." She whispered seductively as we disappeared inside her room.