Alex was still silent. She did not know what to say.
‘Uhhh, charmed, sire,’ she curtsied. ‘Will you help us?’ Gywn straightens himself up and looks at her.
‘What? You did not even think about it.’ Teg shushes at her, giving her looks to be more polite.
‘I have orders to execute Teg.’ The warriors flank a non surprised Teg.
‘But why would you do that? He saved my life, our life,’ she points at herself and Boon.
‘Libra, you are supposed to be dead.’ Gywn looks down at him. ‘Permission to speak.’
‘Domina Stēlla saved me, your highness. She knew what would happen,’ Boon defends.
‘Terra will be after you. Maybe not now – but soon.’
‘I believe it’s already begun, sire. She tried to kill Domina,’
‘Because they want you dead, not her.’ Gywn says bluntly.
‘Sire, if I may speak…’ Alex interrupts.
‘Walk with me – all of you.’ He commands as he turns to walk, the soldiers’ turns to follow on both sides.
The three of them look at each other and followed the King as he walks deeper into the forest.
Alex couldn’t believe her eyes as they walk through the forest. It was abundant with fruits and flowers of every kind you can think of. The people of Tylwyth Teg were all beautiful that no words can describe how fair they are. She notice that there are no birds flying anywhere, not even butterflies. There are no animals in the forest but she can still hear the sweet soft music hanging in the air.
They reach a large clearing with a throne. The king sits and he instructs them to sit on the grass below him.
‘Domina, how long has it been since I saw you…’ he asks Alex.
‘Ahh..I don’t think we met.’
Gywn laughs loudly at her reply. Alex wonders if she ever met anyone that looks like him. She gives it a thought but she clearly can’t remember seeing him, ever. Despite his odd appearance, he was very beautiful in his own way.
‘I must be honest to you with everyone. I watched Domina Alexandria when she was born, just as I watched Domina Stēlla when she was born. The alignment of the cosmos was too enticing to ignore.’ He pauses to drink from his cup. Alex and Boon are wide eyed at this sudden disclosure from the King. ‘Times have changed everything. We believe its better that mankind forget about our kind. After Terra believing you and Domina Stēlla dead, Tellūs convinced her to pardon the remaining magic folk, alone – to live. Everything was quiet until Domina Alexandria was born. The shifts of the cosmos were different. I got curious, unfortunately. You have to understand that my weakness is your spirit. Your physical form may die but your spirit, oh, how it glows like no other. I was not the only one who was curious but as I relayed earlier, you were not a problem unless you are bonded to a Libra. As I asked you earlier, if you remember me…do you remember seeing a man with a tall hat, hair with curls, approaching you inside a church?
Alex’s eyes went wide. A quick flashback on the day – she was sitting on the seat, waiting for Aunt Hera and her mother finish confession. A strange man approaching her, curtsying and she giggles. She thought he was funny looking. He looks at her with curiosity and tells her not to be afraid of the dark. He placed his hands on her head and she felt her heart skipped. There was something behind her. She screamed when she felt the shadow behind her burn.
‘It’s….it’s you…that shadow…’
‘It wanted you. It wanted to take your essence.’
‘I was bedridden for a year! Surely you didn’t kill it as you planned.’
‘Oh I didn’t kill it. I couldn’t. There are things that the King of Tylwyth Teg is not allowed to do. We follow rules.’
‘Rules of what?’
‘My dear Domina, do you really think I can kill a Chaos shadow?’ He smiles at them, knowing he’s got their full attention.
‘The chaos was after me? Even when I was a child? I thought I was harmless?’
‘You are but you were vulnerable. With your essence, you can easily be manipulated.’
‘I think not!…sire!’ Alex says, defending herself.
‘You are a child, dear Domina. You would not know what is right and what is wrong. I exposed the Chaos’ treachery, perhaps getting them out of the way for another thousand years. And who else can get rid of them…?’ Gywn pauses, watching Alex, Boon and Teg like a teacher expecting an answer to a dutiful student.
‘Terra.’ Alex says, under her breath, unbelieving.
‘She is the only one who can punish them since she is Terra. You have to understand that the Chaos is a result of what could have been good.’
‘Domina,’ Boon is talking to Alex in her mind, ‘remember I told you that we stayed with your family? My brothers and sisters were considered traitors after that.’
‘No cheating,’ Gywn tells Boon. ‘No mind talking here…you know what also interests me?’ Gywn gets up from his throne and sits in front of Alex and Boon. ‘You are bonded…how?’
‘It’s a very long….embarrassing story…,’ Alex answers, ‘….sire’
‘Do you remember this old lady that took care of you?’ he asks.
‘Yes, I do, kind of but I can’t be sure actually…’
‘Do remember her well, it will serve you best.’ He muses. ‘You know what else, Domina? It would be quite amusing if I don’t tell you this bit of knowledge but I must,’ Gywn is feeling quite ecstatic all of a sudden, ‘ Domina Alexandria, what if I told you that your family knew that this day would happen?
‘I am not allowing myself to feel surprised anymore…’ Alex replies.
‘Domina Alexandria, you were not born on the same auspicious day that Domina Stēlla was born but what you do have is her soul essence.’
(Written for 2012 NaNoWriMo.)