The Realm

"So, Felix and Kai... what would it be? The girl," Madeline paused and pick me up by my hair.
"Or the crown?"
A psychopathic supernatural had crossed the Realm; endangering the lives of the hunters and human. Prince Felix recruits Alexer in the hope of keeping her safe. Kai, the leader of the army find it hard to get along with his newest team member, Alexer. When their lives intervene, what will Felix and Kai choose?


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3. Deal of the Prince

 

I was permitted to leave the hospital earlier this morning.  While strolling down the street, the wind seemingly is very calm. Sprinkles of crystalised snowflakes tremble down from the sky.   Soon enough, the curtain of snowflakes drifted like dust throughout the whole street.

 Time is so cruel. 

It's been three days since Madeline had set foot in the human world. She had left neither clues nor evidence besides her fingerprints that were located on my injured neck, the only thing that validated her presence. Was it really a surprise? I mean she succeeds to traverse the realm with her body unimpaired. Not to mention that she breached the hospital security system to which if I recall correctly, she made it herself.

Ever since my parents had been requested to the headquarter that day when I was first admitted to the hospital, they had not returned. My father's connection with Madeline bewildered me.  The panic in my father's eyes accompanied by the scepticism of his voice when referring to her was something I have never witness.  It had a rather guilty undertone rather than fear now that I think about it.

I slid my hand into the pocket but was startled to feel another hand already there. Taken by surprise, I turned to look at the owner of the hand.

"Prince Felix?" I bowed immediately. How had I not hear a person approaching through the dried up tree leaves? When I looked up he had flung my phone into the distant. The sound of my phone shattering made me shiver. 

"Sorry, I thought I saw something," I stared at him in disbelief. Somehow my reaction made him smile. He is way taller than I imagine from seeing him on screen. His sharp complex was unmistakable.  His eyes found its way to my badge.

"Rank Junior?You must be Officer Kim's youngest daughter." He waved his hand while maintaining his smile. Though his smile was gentle, it certainly did not save my phone. He glanced around, not in panic but out of pure curiosity. 

 

While I was in the hospital, Prince Felix was declared dethroned due to his failure to report the case of Madeline to the king despite knowing when and where the incident will happen. He knew Madeline was going to cross the realm yet refuse to do anything about it. Although he was dethroned, I could not find the courage to drop his title when mentioning his name. 

He was still dressed in hunter's uniform, a necessary form of identification in the human world. Though it was slightly ripped near his shoulder where a thin line of blood began to seep through. Now that I have time to look at him fully, I notice his bruised lips and a cut above his cheekbone. Noticing my eyes glancing at his wounds, Prince Felix stepped back a little.

"Sorry. You need someone to look at it though." He chuckled in response. Slowly he began to move closer and as a natural reflex,  I back away slowly.

"Okay, let me get to the point. I know you saw her, Alexer.  Since you are the only person  other than your father and the royal family who had witnessed her, I need you to come with me." He gently grabbed my hand, preventing me from moving away. He was gentle by action but harsh by the tone of voice.

"I know it is rather sudden but I need you to accompany me to the realm," he spoke with worry in his voice.

"I'm sorry but my rank is not qualified to accompany anyone above rank 5" I explained.

"I am aware of that, however, you are doing exceptionally well granted that you only spend 5-10 days per month at the academy," Lord, he looked me up at the academy. Then I suppose he wouldn't just turn up and ask an unqualified person to guard him.

"How about we make a deal? You can make up for all your absent if you accompany me to the realm. It won't be just you and me. A few others hunters will be following us shortly," he let go of my hand and continue,

"I have already asked your father regarding this matter, he said the choice is yours" This is bribery, he knows that  I need to bring up my attendance to pass. But what if he dies while I accompany him? Though Prince Felix is beyond excellent with his fighting skills.

"Alright, when are you planning to go?" I asked.

"Now." He began to walked towards Arthur Street where an SUV car was waiting for him. I quietly followed.  

"Wow,  Felix. First, you got dethroned now you are a sugar daddy? What would Halos say when she finds out?" a guy in a driver seat call out as we approach the vehicle. His bleached blonde hair was slicked back, revealing a cut just above his eyebrow... a fresh one. His bruised lips curl into a smirk.Son of a bitch. Prince Felix shook his head and open the car door, allowing me to enter first.

" Alexer meet Kai, he will be the leader of the group who will accompany me. Kai, this is our new recruit,"  He explained once I was seated. 

Prince Felix walked toward the driver seat, removed Kai from the seat and released him onto the ground. Kai stood up and let out a groan.  They both look like they were beaten up not so long ago.  I took a quick peek at Kai's ranking badge. Royal Guard. All the royal guards I know are in their mid-thirty, that's how long they normally train. Once the door was slammed shut, the engine thundered to life and the car slightly jerked forward.

"Sorry, I rarely drive," Prince Felix mumbled.

We stopped at my house along the way, enabling me to pack some clothes, combat shoes, my shotgun, its refills and my debit card as well as the hunter's uniform and some cash. I left a note in front of my bedroom door about my possible whereabouts.  Once I re-entered the car, Kai frowned his eyebrows together.

"She's a junior?" Kai paused and stare at Prince Felix.

" It's technically illegal, we c-" Prince Felix cut him off by saying,

"I know what I am doing, Kai" Silence then followed.

 The car ride itself was somewhat awkward. Prince Felix exchange a few words about a conference that he will arrange for us in order to prepare the group for the Realm. It is well known that the area outside of the city, near the Realm patrolling station, are full of robbers and murders alike.  It was a whole different kingdom. My father said that when they have to transfer reinforcement they had to flew them over the area to guarantee their safety. I had only seen it through the academy observation deck.  The closest thing I could compare to it was a wilderness version of the Hashima Island of Japan.Abandoned. Run-downed. Hopeless. 

"I hope you don't mind me asking but... why are we going to the Realm if the allocated hunters are already there?" Honestly, I should have questioned this prior to making the deal.  Especially since the additional reinforcement that was recently sent, there should be no necessity to send any more.

"I believe Madeline may have established a new identity over at the realm patrolling station." Prince Felix replied. 

"I reviewed the reinforcement list a couple of days ago, they all seem to be using fake identities," I muttered an okay. While looking around I spotted what appears to be a mobile phone in Kai's pocket.

I softly tapped him on the shoulder. He glanced over at me. 

"What ?" He asks with annoyance.

 "Can I borrow your phone? I want to talk to my mum, I have no credit," I pleaded. She always worried when I have to go away.To make things worse, this time I didn't get to tell her before I go. 

" What are you, 10? " With that, he turned to look out the window. The car began to slow down as we reached the edge of the city. Prince Felix let out a long sign.

" Here, take mine, the reception might not be too great but it should work,"He handed me his phone with a smile on his face.

 "Thanks!" I eagerly grab his phone and punched in my mum's phone number. During the first ring, I noticed Prince Felix getting out of the car. 

No response.

I redial the number.Kai started to open the door and stepping outside.Still no response.Giving up, I followed Kai out of the car. 

"No signal?" Prince Felix asked as I returned his phone to him.

 "No, the signal is great... She must be busy," I replied. She usually answers on the first ring. 

"She must be," Prince Felix ruffled my hair gently before taking a pile of bags from the trunk. Weapons bags I would assume.  Kai was nowhere to be seen so I chose to help Prince Felix unpacked the trunk.   He looks outrageously tired. The cuts and wounds were still not treated.  The spot where his Royal Badge used to be were ripped off from the uniform. Despite being in his mid-twenties, he had done more for the Hunters than the king is currently doing.  Noticing me struggling to hoist the bags, Prince Felix smiled.

"It's alright, why don't you go check in for a room. Put it under my name." He pointed to the nearby building where I spotted Kai leaning against the entrance. I nodded and grabbed my bags then began to walk. The building turned out to be a hunters-run hotel. Seeing me approaching the entrance Kai moved to block it. He reached into his side pocket and handed me a silver key containing my room number, I expected. I stretched my hand to grab it but he wouldn't let go.

" I don't know how good you are in combat but if you were to slow the team down, I will get rid of you my self. Understand?"He yanks the key back and dropped it on the floor before making his way to Prince Felix. 

 

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