The woman looked at me in shock and utter disgust. "She wants to kill an innocent child?"
I watch her, afraid that I should have kept it all a secret.
"And of royal blood? Doesn't she know that you are destined to take the throne?" She says.
"She might, but she'll do anything to stay queen." I say.
"Your safe here and I hope that you'll stay with us." The woman says. "I never introduced myself.....I am Rosalie."
Smiling, I look into her eyes. "Nice to meet you, Rosalie. Thank you for being so kind to me."
She smiles, noticing the little rhyme. "Your very welcome Snow White, please stay as long as you'd like." She returns the rhyming game and my smile widens.
"Thank you." I say.
She nods. "Now, about that bath."
* * * *
Before me was the box--stained with blood--and Demetri was standing still.
"You asked for her heart and I brought what you wanted." He says with a smirk on his face.
I smiled at him. "You shall be rewarded for this."
"I wish nothing of the sort. I've actually got some hunting to do in a kingdom away from here." He says.
"I see...." I say disappointed. "Well come back when you are able and I wish you safe travel, Demetri."
He nods, bowing and then walking away.
Once he was out of view, I took in the box.
"How beautiful." I said aloud, the words almost twice as loud as I had said them.
The heart inside was the one I needed, it was the necessary piece of the puzzle for my mirror.
I was now the fairest of them all and I was getting ready to hear it from the mirror.
It took about fifteen minutes since I was taking my own sweet time, but I finally made it to my study and away from the throne room to hear the words I had so desperately wanted to hear.
I held the box in my hands as I spoke to the mirror, smirking evilly.
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall...Whose the fairest of them all?" I asked ready to hear my name be mentioned.
"Evil, evil is the queen, that stands right in front of me. You are one who will not learn, so I hope this is a lesson learned." The mirror said, continuing. "The heart you holdeth in your hands, is not the fairest of the land. You have been deceived by one, that protects the chosen one."
My eyes widened in fury as I glared at the mirror.
"HOW DARE YOU!" I shouted. "THE HEART I HOLD IN MY HANDS IS FROM THE FAIREST IN THE LAND!!!!!"
The mirror chuckled. "The heart you hold in your hands is in fact a deer's heart. I hate to disappoint you, but that is not Snow White's heart."
Instant panic and shock took over.
"I have been lied to by my own huntsman?!" I asked myself and I looked at the box.
"Funny how things go so wrong, if only you'd listened all along." The mirror chanted.
"You evil thing!" I hiss at it.
"I am evil? You should take another look and guess again." The mirror says as I gaze into it to find an old wrinkled woman looking back at me.
I gasp, dropping the box and watching as the woman copies me.
"That--That isn't me!" I snap.
"Oh, but it is. In years to come." The mirror says. "You have much to learn, Evil Queen, for Snow White is not as mean. She isn't cruel and she doesn't lie, but she runs from you because she'll die."
"And die she shall!" I growl. "Painfully and slowly." I mumble under my breath as I walk out of my study, throwing the box to the floor.
My eyes like daggers, my voice like knives, my moves deathly and only one goal in sight...Kill. Snow. White.
* * * *
I had tricked the guards into thinking that Claudia had given me a horse for payment of killing Snow White.
Within the last few minutes, I had raced the horse down secret passageways and through small towns.
I was a good ways away from the castle, which I didn't want to be near when Claudia found out that I had decieved her.
Hopefully that stupid mirror she had would go all out on her, telling her how cruel and torturous she was.
I didn't like having to run, and lying was another thing I hated, but as a hunter, I had an instinct to protect...Which meant I would do anything.
As I raced through the forest and jumped a small river, I tried to figure out which direction to take that would keep me safe.
I wanted to see Snow White again, I had to leave and find somewhere to hide out for a while.
Then I thought of the small cottage in the woods that my parents had raised me in.
My father was probably gone on a hunt for someone, but my mother would be home and I thought that maybe I could ditch the horse a few hundred yards from the house.
It seemed like the best thing to do at the moment, and I was taking a risk that could mean life or death for me....But I knew that I had to take it, or else I would never know.