Beautiful was the only word I could think of at this moment. She was the love of my dreams and I felt like the luckiest King in all of Egypt.
In the moonlight, Lin was truly a sight to see up close. My eyes capture every part of her dazzling beauty as the smell of her blue lotus perfume made me forget everything around us.
“Are you deaf? I’ll ask again, who are you?” she begins to yell at me with an impatient voice.
I snap out of my daydream after hearing her voice and begin to chuckle to myself. How foolish of me to be standing here without addressing myself for she must have not realized it was me standing before her.
“What is so funny? Do you know who I am!” she yells again.
“I do know who you are dear princess. Your title is well known all throughout Egypt. But I am surprise you have forgotten who I am, my love.”
Her eyes widen after hearing my voice as I could see her eyes looking over my cloak. I could see her eyes stopping at my brooch and by then, I knew she had realized who was standing in front of her.
“No…it can’t be…” she whispers as I begin to take my hood and pull it back to reveal my face.
Her jaw drops as the dagger falls violently to the ground. Shock was written all over her face as she covers her mouth with her hands. I could see tears forming in her eyes and I was pleased to see her reacting this way. I give her one of my half-smiles that I knew she remembered long ago.
“Aran...” she whispers as I step closer to her while feeling my heart warming to her voice.
“Lin, my love, I missed you dearly.” I tenderly say while stepping closer to her.
To my surprise, while I was stepping forwards she was stepping back from me as if I was scaring her but I only chuckle in response. I knew this wouldn’t last long for the pillar behind her was going to block her from stepping any farther.
“Aran…how did you—“
“Do you underestimate me my love? You are speaking to the strongest and the fastest king in the Serpent Kingdom. Going through your father’s guards was as easy as snapping the head off of a bird.” I reply back.
Her back finally hit the pillar as I press myself against her and hold her in my arms. Her perfume was only growing stronger with each step I took and I was going to lose my mind.
As soon as I wrap one of my arms around her waist, I could feel her slowly resisting me. L run my fingers in between hers and hold her hand as sparks of heat roll off our palms. I could hear her heart beating faster with each second pasting by with my heart try to follow after.
We were looking into each other eyes and I knew I couldn’t hold back any longer. I lean my head over and press my lips against hers as I could feel the sparks and the warmth that came with it. I was lost and I could feel her knees weakening in my arm. I only held her tighter to me to deepen our kiss while she runs her fingers in my hair. It felt like an eternity with her in my arms and I couldn’t help but to feel like the happiest King alive. I had my lover in my arms and nothing could ruin this moment.
I move my head back to take a breath as she was looking into my eyes. I knew she still loved me because I could see the longing for me in her eyes. I was in pure bliss as I knew the only thing that I had to do was take her into my palace and make her my wife for eternity.
“Lin, my love, come with me. I will take you back to my palace and we can finally be together. I can’t wait for you to be my queen. Please, let us leave this place.” I tenderly whisper to her.
But all of a sudden that tenderness in her face begin to harden. I could see concern writing all over her face and I knew there was something wrong. I didn’t like it at all. What was concerning her that made her resistant to go with me?
“Aran…you can’t be here. If father finds out that—“
“Do you think I am afraid of that fool? He doesn’t even have a clue that his enemy—“
“I know you’re stronger than my father but I still can’t—“
“Why does it matter to you that I am here or not? Why are you resisting to go with me Lin?”
I knew she was avoiding my question and it made me very annoyed with more time passing by.
“I just care about you Aran. Why did it took you two years for you to—“
“Because I couldn’t come to you. My goddess and Rashida refused to let me see you because you were inexperienced and young. Your deities gave you back to your father so that I couldn’t see you while my goddess kept me busy with rebuilding my kingdom. Do you know how frustrating that was for me to know all of this? I almost went insane because of the nightmare that kept on haunting me every night and the lack of sleep I had each night!” I yelled at her as she cautiously looks at the palace before looking back at me. “I painfully miss you Lin and now that the goddess is in my favor again, nothing will take you away from me especially if it means claiming you as my queen!”
“Aran…” she whispers but it only made me even anger as I continue to yell at her.
“Do you not love me anymore, Lin? Did those two years made you fall in love with someone else? If it is so, I will find that fool and kill him myself! I can’t stand there and let another man take you away from me. You are mine and only mine!”
At this point, I could see the anger in her eyes before she balls her hand into a fist and yells back at me.
“You stupid, arrogant snake! Of course I love you! Do you think I was enjoying myself with a bunch of men for those two years? I am not that foolish Aran and you know it! I spent most of my days studying in this stupid palace for my father while I long and hope for you to come each night. I wanted you to take me but you didn’t came. I waited days, weeks, months but only to be disappointed with nothing. Do you know how painful it was for me to lose hope in you? To feel heartbroken and lost without you? I couldn’t tell anyone other than Alex who could only see me once a month! I missed you so much that I lose my will to eat or even sleep and now I am in a deep hole with my brother thinking I love him each time I give him my fake smiles. You came to late Aran, my duty is to my father’s kingdom now.” She says as my heart shatters into pieces.
My blood boils in my veins and after hearing her denial, I could feel the pain in my heart. I could feel my eyes turning red while thinning out into my true Serpent Eyes. She begins to trembling in my arm for she knew what was going to happen next.
I squeeze her hand tighter in mine as she let out a painful cry in response. Who did she think she was talking to? Have she forgotten that I am still the most dangerous Naga King in all the lands? I will have to remind her of her place in front of me even if it means causing pain for her.
“Have you forgotten who I am princess? My title is still well-known and fresh in people’s mind and here you are yelling at me as if I am one of your worthless servant. You no longer have the power to control me nor can take away my power therefore if you continue to speak to me with that tone, you are asking for me to bring you to an early death.” I say in a deadly tone.
“Aran… please stop…you’re hurting me.” She whimpers but I ignored it and continue to yell at her.
“Have you forgotten your sacrifice Lin? You promised me that you would become a full blooded Nagi that will soon become my queen. You promised under your god and my goddess names that I would become your husband! What has made you so foolishly—“
“I was only sixteen years old Aran! You even said I was immature for that age!” she starts yelling at me while looking away.
I was furious to the point of breaking the pillar behind her but instead of doing so I grab the back of hair and pull her head up to look at me in the eyes. Instead of feeling fear, like I had expected, there were courage in them, something I knew years ago and I have not forgotten.
“No matter what age you were, you made a promise to me therefore I will make you keep that promise even if it means hurting you. Like it or not, I will take you away from this palace and make you my queen. There is nothing you can do to stop me even if it means you will hate me once again.” I say as I could see the resistance in her.
I didn’t want it to end this way but this had to be done. If I did not make her fear me and force her to go with me, she would have refused to go back with me. I was not going to go back empty handed after how much work it took to get here.
There was silence between us until she finally speaks to me. But instead of the usually stubborn and feisty attitude that I had gotten used to, she just sighed and begin to show me a side of her I never knew was possible.
“Aran… I know how stubborn you can be but please, just for one day, let me try to reason with my father about this family feud. Maybe it is time for two kingdoms to unite once and for all. Maybe I marry you in front of our families will end this hatred for our future sake. I can’t let our children grow in a time of hatred and bloodshed where one of them can die in the hands of an enemy kingdom. Please my love, I just ask you this one favor.” She was begging me to the point of my anger subsiding.
I was hesitant about her favor for I did not know if this was the time for my kingdom and her father’s kingdom to unite. I feared that she was speaking lies to me so that she could go to her father to kill me. But when I look into her eyes, I knew there were no lies in her words.
I knew when she had said “our children” that my heart begin to warm by the thought. It was no surprise a Naga King would desire an heir to the throne by his lover and I was no exception.
Truly, I was also afraid for my children being born in the time of bloodshed and hatred. If this was the only way to stop this eternal war, I figure I would take the risk even knowing how dangerous this maybe for both of us.
I let go of her hair and her hand before stepping back from her. I run my hand in my hair and close my eyes to let out a sigh. I couldn’t believe I was going to admit defeat and was going to leave this place empty handed but I figure it could be worse.
“Very well then, but just one day, that is all I can give you. However, if your father refuses to even acknowledge the alliance between our kingdoms, you are to report back to me and tell me how you want me to take you back to my palace. It must happen in the night and you must make your father realized that you had been killed. Do you understand?” I order her as her face begin to turn pale.
“Aran, you’re asking for the impossible. Do you know that once my father knows I’m dead, that news will spread like wild fire! That means that news can spread all over your—“
“My people could care less about what happens in your kingdom. Rumors can spread but it never reaches as far as spreading into my Kingdom. As far as you are concern, you are safe as long as your plan works. If you cannot make a plan within the time I have given you, I make it and take you away myself.” I threaten her as she thin out her lips.
“I’ll do as much as I can Aran… I can’t promise you that things will work out with my father and me.”
“I don’t expect it to be Lin. Our hatred towards each other existed because the violent history your great grandfathers. But I am willing to put an end to it if your father only agrees to an alliance. Truly, I do not want any more of my family nor my people to be killed.”
In that very moment there was a smile on her face. I didn’t know why she was smiling at me but it caused my heart to warm by the sight of it.
“Is it me or is the all mighty and feared Naga King is softening for me.” She teases as I couldn’t help but to smile at her.
“Enjoy it while you can because it won’t last for long.”
“I figured much but it’s good to know there are others side of you that still makes us no different.”
I move my hand to caress her cheek as she leans forwards towards my touch while closing her eyes and smiling the most dazzling smile I had come to love.
“And soon you will be one of us.” I murmur to myself.
She begin to frown at me as I raise one of my eyebrows in response.
“Must I be a Nagi to rule the Kingdom with you, Aran?”
“If you want my people to become outrage and create a riot against us, than I suggest to come to me as how you are. Even as King of the Serpent Kingdom, even I cannot stop a horde of my people from hating your kind and wanting to kill you.”
I expected her to flinch in response but instead she only close her eyes and sigh.
“I figure there was no way of being your queen without a sacrifice of being a human.” She responds.
“Lin! Lin, my child, where are you?” Her father calls as we flinch to his voice.
“Aran, I’m glad you came here to see me but you must leave now. If father find out that you are—“
Before she could finish, I press my lips on hers again as I could feel her weakening to my touch. She still loved me and I was glad it hadn’t changed for those two years. I step back to pull our lips apart before taking my hood and covering my face again.
“Remember I am only giving you one day. After, if you do not tell me if your plan, I will take you without your father realizing your go—“
“Alright alright, I get it!” she says as she shoves me back. “Go before I call my guards on you!”
I chuckled at her threat before turning around and walking quickly into the shadows. I was fortunate that as soon as I left, her father had come out from the palace to see his daughter standing there and smiling at him.
Now to do the plan in reverse as I quickly and silently through the streets without begin caught by any of the citizens in the kingdom. Efficiently, I was able to reach the river where my two Serpent Warriors chatted away as if there was no care in the world.
“Hey Ian, do you think he got her in time?” Seba asks.
“I wouldn’t doubt about it but it would be funny if the girl did fall in love with another man right in front of him.” Ian answers back.
“Ha! I would love to see how his face would look like if that were true. If only we could—“
I kick the boat to see it flip over as they both fell into the water with a large splash. I hated gossip even more when it was spoken behind my back. It amused me to see them fall into the river for if they saw how I came back empty handed they would tease me all the way back to the kingdom.
Their great and powerful Naga King, coming back empty handed would surprise them by no means.
Within a few minutes, the boat flips over with both of my Serpent Warriors giving me the death stare as I stand there with my arms cross and smiling at them. The best part about it was they couldn’t even lay a finger on me, even if they ever tired.
“Thank you for the big Introduction but the last time I remember, you were supposed to be with the girl.” Seba says as he hops onto the boat while soaking wet.
I shrug it off and see them glare at me as if their eyes could burn holes into me.
“Change of plans I guess. She wasn’t ready to leave yet.” I explain.
“Change of plans! We took all this time to get your stupid but over here and you come back empty handed and tell us you changed your mind!” Ian yells before hoping on the boat with Seba.
“Don’t tell me she found another man—“
This time I gave them a death stare as they flinch back before I hop on the boat with them.
“If she does find another man to love, I will snap him in half right in front of her. Both of you know I will in a heartbeat.” I say in a deadly voice as they both swallowed hard.
“So what really happened Aran?” Ian asks.
“I made an agreement with her that I would let her spend one more day with her family to try to convince him to have peace within our kingdoms.”
“But you know that is impossible! Our kingdoms has been in war with each other since the end of time!”
“I know Seba, but the agreement is done. She only has one day to do as we agreed to and if she fails, she will agree to be with me as my wife for eternity.”
After a few minutes, Seba sighs as he gets up and swing his arm to summon the wind.
“You may have made an agreement with her but you still have to explain it to your family.” He says
“I know... and I am trying to think a way to avoid them…especially my mother...” I groan as they begin to snicker at me.
The boat begins to move again as we sail back to my kingdom. I turn my head to look back at the kingdom that held my future wife before it disappears from my sight.
How much longer do I have to wait my love?