The Realm

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"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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4. Deal of the Prince

 


At the palace...

"Why didn't you warn the Citizens!" the king yelled at his son who was black and blue.

He stared back at his father with burning ambers in his eyes. There stood before him was his father yet he felt so foreign.  The impact of a metallic object colliding with his jaw brought him back to reality. 

The reality that he faced alone. 

"Do you hear me, child! God, you are just like your pathetic wife," the king roared in anger as he paced on the spot.

His words reopen the wounds the tired prince had been trying to heal. But he must remain silent. 

The news of Prince Felix disabling the Realm warning system spreads through words of mouth that finally reached the ear of the King. The king tried to turn a blind eye on it but the long list of hunters slaughtered in daylight made it impossible to do so. 

"You will not be returning to palace until that filth  is captured."

2 days later...

I was allowed to leave the hospital earlier this morning.  While strolling down the street, I saw sprinkles of crystalised snowflakes trembling down from the sky.  Soon enough, the curtain of snowflakes drifted like dust throughout the whole street. The weather has been playing up ever since Madeline had set foot in the human world. 

As soon as I woke up that day, I reported the incident with the nurse. They, stupidly, dismiss my claim saying that I was hallucinating. I don't get it. 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? No. I mean, she succeeds to cross the realm with her body uninjured. Not to mention that she breached the hospital security system to which if I recall correctly, she made it herself.

My father's connection with Madeline puzzled me.  The fright in my father's eyes accompanied by his ambiguous voice when referring to her was something I have never witness.  It was almost like guilt.

Lost in my clouds of thoughts, I bumped into a person in front of me. Taken by surprise, I looked up.

"Prince Felix!" I bowed immediately. I glance back at him to find his eyes glimpsing at my badge.

"Rank Junior? You must be Officer Kim's youngest daughter," He exclaimed. 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. 

While I was in the hospital, Prince Felix's title was removed due to his failure to report the case of Madeline to the System 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. 

He 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 shifted awkwardly.

"Sorry. You need to get it dressed though," I suggested. He chuckled in response. 

"Yes. To be honest, I was on my way to see you. " He gently grabbed my arm, 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. Why would he want to go to the Realm? 

Unless...Madeline is there. Hell no. I am not going with you

"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,

This is bribery, he knows that  I need to bring up my attendance to pass. But what if he dies while I accompany him? A part of me wanted to leave but... I need to graduate or I'll be disowned.

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

"Now." He began to walk 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 called 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 can tell.

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 called my parents but like the past few days, they did not answer so I left a note about my possible whereabout  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 asked with annoyance.

 "Can I borrow your phone? I want to talk to my mum, I have no credit left," 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 grinned.

"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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