Chapter 6

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She came out of the throne room looking worried and possibly scared. I didn't want to talk in the hall where anyone could hear us, so I silently grabbed her arm and pulled her along with me back to the room. She got the message and remained quiet. Once there, I pushed her to her mat and checked to make sure no one else was nearby. She settled down on the mat I had rolled out for her while she was dizzy, her doe eyes watching me as she hugged her knees.

Finally, I asked. "What did he want?"

"He told me not to tell you, but I will listen to you over him. Do you want me to go against your king and father's wishes?"

I waved a hand in the air, telling her that I didn't care.

"Very well then. He said that since my job is to get rid of dangers to you, I should help you hook up with Mira in order to get rid of the danger I present."

I continued pacing, letting a scowl contort my face.

"What danger?" I asked, just to be sure.

"The danger that your legitimate children will be half human."

My scowl deepened. "No one believes me, do they?"

"I think he believes that we haven't done anything but we will. Apparently, I am, in his words, attractive and any male who does not agree is homosexual. He thinks that I am tempting you."

I stopped. Do I tell her? Do I not? Why not, if my dad already spilled the beans?

"You do." I said, simply.

She blinked rapidly. "Wait- what? I'm lost."

"You get lost easily. You are beautiful and sleeping in my room. It's kind of easy to be tempted by you."

That cute little pink blush grew over her cheeks, and she hugged herself harder.

"That's great." She said sarcastically. "Just great. And to top it all off, her brother was staring at me like some piece of meat."

I ran a hand through my hair. "I wasn't paying attention to the nobles. Your impressions?"

"Well, most of them think of you as an upstart boy. None of them know you well enough to respect you. Mira wants you badly. The king thinks you're still wet behind the ears."

I chuckled dryly. "Yah, I got that one. Who's the biggest threat?"

"In my opinion? Mira's brother. But that's a threat to me, not you. To you, probably the worst is the woman who sits to the king's left, one seat down."

"Diana? She's Mira's mom."

"Yah, she was glaring daggers at you the entire time."

"Well, I know why that is..."

"Her name is Diana?"

"That's what I said."

Diana was her middle name, and she thought it might have some significance similar to mine. I had to dispel that thought from her mind. Her heritage was beginning to make itself apparent, but I didn't want her to have any clue.

"It's just a coincidence, Sunshine. There are plenty of humans with that name."

She sighed. "I know, but I'm used to grasping at straws that aren't there. I don't need to anymore."

My stomach growled, so I started to see if there was anything in the pantry. Of course not. This was a spare room, why would it have food?

"Why don't you?" I asked, already knowing the answer.

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