In This Nightmare

I looked at her with an raised eyebrow.
"And if I don't let you go?" She starred back, furious.
"You will die." I laughed, before my eyes became serious.
"No. You will." I was glad I just had the knife sharpened. It would have been a lot messier to cut her throat with a dull one.

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9. Chapter eight (Cairistíne)

“My dear queen, you must understand that without ethics, humanity has no future, and without ethics mankind cannot be it's true self.” I smiled warmly at the man that had grabbed my arm and dragged me to meet his wife, a large woman with a lovely smile and probably a big heart.

“Sir, that is indeed true words, and those I shall bring with me forever,” I solemnly told him, and nodded my respect at him, in the hope that he'd let me go now.

“However, your Majesty, I saw how you acted along with the lady Laelynn earlier, and I feel it is my duty to make sure that you are familiar that divorced from ethics your leadership of this country is reduced to simple management, and your foreign politics will turn into nothing but mere technique. You must remember to let your heart find peace and let the past behind you to find your place as a true queen – showing some of the lovely manners your beloved father taught you. Just look at your fine brother.” I was close at choking on a laugh, but covered it in a cough, before excusing myself and making my way to try find Laelynn again. These people were making me sick.

I grabbed a glass on wine from a passing servant and emptied it at once. The warmth spread through my body, but the calmness I had hoped for failed me. I guessed I just couldn't escape this. Eventhough I just wanted to go home.

Why had he showed up? What did he want from us?

But more importantly I wanted to know how I stopped him. But the gods knew he was to smar for me to do anything. Besides the nobles all adored him. He could blind anyone. He had blinded everyone.

Finally I eyed Laelynn and everything inside me started screaming. Not only were Prince Duarcán laying hands on her, but he was also forcing himself on her. I opened my mouth to have my guards throw him out of the room, but I was startled to find Vasilios was the hero of the day. 

“You know when you see a man who enjoys humiliating women, he is really afraid of other men. However when you meet a man who appreciates and respects the women in his life you know that he is strong to the point where he should be feared." His voice was so calm yet his words were so deadly. I wondered how Duarcán had not yet dropped dead.

I was angry at him. I wanted Laelynn to be saved but I did not need to give Vas the chance to shine even more in the eyes of the nobles, that now all had their attention on them. I didn't want Vasilios to be the one to do it. I didn't want him anywhere near her at all, but at least, maybe just this once, he was better company than Prince Duarcán. 

The better result of this was that Duarcán let his hands of her and turned to Vas, pale and somehow confused, as if he needed to think of what those meant. Clearly he was not even near understanding the deadly threat behind my brothers words. I hurried over to Laelynn's side, but also so Vasilios would be aware if he did anything would not hesistate to have them both thrown in prison. 

Finally Duarcán seemed to realize what had been said, and a look of rage fled over his face. It seemed he had realized that Vasilios was a lesser prince than himself, and that he should be deeply offended that he even dared suggesting such a thing. 

"What nice words you have learned, highness. A shame you only have but older and more advanced people to throw them at. The Lady Laelynn and I were just talking, and you was is in fact interupting a very important buisness." 

"Forcing yourself on her, you mean," Vasilios replied calmly, but it was a voice I knew very well. The shame voice I was adressed in when I in his eyes had made a terrible mistake. 

"How dare you talk to me like that? I am the Crown Prince of Welveth and I do to women as I please. The lady was leading up to it!" He exclaimed in a voice that was so snobby, I had to think twice about it. I had always known, that he was not a good person, he was spoiled inhuman and he wouldn't make a great king, but so far my hopes had been, that he somehow knew the difference between right and wrong. My hopes just dropped to the ground and was smashed. Not only did he catch my rage by atempting to hurt my best friend, but his disrespect for women was sickning. Vasilios started laughing.

"Let me spell it out for you," he said with a smile completely lost of anything but madness and without of warning gave Duarcán a right hook to the jaw. The audience gasped as if with one mouth.

"Women are not your property and it is not your desicion to make who she marries. She is in charge of her own body and free will. Do not touch a woman without her permission. A man who has the need to force himself on a women to get what he wants is no man at all." His voice was steady but there was poison dripping from the pointy teeth. "Women are worth just as much as any man. In other word: If you ever the lady Laelynn again I will chop of your head."

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