Chapter 48 - Perhaps

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After the banquet, which was quite the event, all the guests had asked that we joined them for the evening entertainment which consisted of dancing and talking with everyone face to face. Steve and Nat made sure they never left my side when going around and greeting people. Call it mistrust or defence, but they weren't leaving me any time soon.

"So, who are these human friends of yours?" A man that had approached me asked, pointing to rather bored looking Nat and a skittish Steve. The question, for some reason, made everyone turn and look I'm our direction. Perhaps they too were curious as to why I'd bring outsiders to the planet.
"Well, this is Steve Rogers, and he's my.. personal guard." I answered, glancing at Steve who forced a smile.
"And this is Natasha Romanoff, and she's kind of also my guard but also my advisor." I explained with ease, holding my hands behind my back. "I'd trust them with my life, and so should you. There's nothing to worry about with these two. They're good people."
"Even her? She smells like she's been touched by the Shadow." Someone called out, pointing to Nat, and almost immediately two guards appeared out of no where, coming towards us. I simply held up my hand and shook my head, the guards stopping in their steps.
"Even her. It was an accident that took place but it had been dealt with by my guardian so there is nothing to worry about." I answered them. "You're all a little untrustworthy because they're human and they're different and can't do what we do. But don't forget that I'm part human, too. And if I find anyone has made an attempt to harm these too, I will make sure they do not go unpunished. Have I made myself clear?"

"Yes, your majesty." Everyone replied unanimously. I smiled and nodded my head, the music from before resuming and everyone slowly returning back to their previous conversation.

I turned around to face Nat and Steve, looking at them both. "Tell me if anyone tries something against you. I know that your job was to protect me but this is my land and you two are foreigners. Which means it's my job to protect you. And I will. That's a promise."
"Why, I thought you hated us?" Natasha asked, crossing her arms over her chest.

I shook my head with a small smile, refraining from making a comment at how childish that sounded. "No I don't. I don't think I can.. it's just looking at you two, it... It doesn't matter." I shook my head again, pointing behind them. "They have a chocolate fountain. Chocolate exists on this planet, my lord, I have been blessed." I quickly walked between them, using the excuse of the chocolate fountain as an escape. I'm guessing I still wasn't okay with the seeing them, let alone seeing them together. It made me feel sick but also really sorry for myself. The fact that I was still moping around over it like a child.

Just as I had reached the fountain, the music in the room stopped and someone broke the silence that fell by clapping loudly. I turned around to see that Alex had stood on a chair and had a grin from ear to ear. "My people, you have all met and spoken to our beautiful Queen, but we have forgotten our tradition. She has not yet performed her welcome dance."
"My what?" I asked, unable to stop myself from letting the words leave my mouth.
"Well, you see, usually you'd dance with your betrothed but you haven't got one, yet, so if I might have the honour of being the substitute, you'll dance with me." He explained, jumping down from the chair and walking towards me. I shifted uncomfortably as everyone's eyes fell on me, and I could tell that they wanted to see me dance. If it was for tradition, I had no right to refuse the offer so I lifted my head, nodding with a soft smile.

"I don't see why not." I answered, everyone cheering in response as Alex jumped off the chair and ran towards me. "You really ought to explain things to me before I do something like this so I know not to embarrass myself." I whispered to him whilst he took my hand and led me to the centre of the room.

Thankfully, I didn't embarrass myself. In fact, I got the dance moves pretty quickly, and seemed to bag a dance with most of the men in the room. Apparently that was also tradition.

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