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Dragon Bride 5Elise did not like how her husband and her long time friend were behaving to one another. During their discussions, she would try to sooth the King but his words were vicious non-the-less.
"You have all that land and we cannot share in your bounty!"
"You have shown your loyalties to the other blue bloods means more than an oath to the Fae!" Phoenix said from across their small table. "We do not have land to spare, as we share the mountains with the Ents, and the eastern shores are off limits even to our finest warriors. Dragon’s land is merely neutral spoils."
"Neutral spoils!" the King snarled back at her, slamming a goblet onto the table. "That beast has the best fields! Wild sheep and ponies grow fatter and fatter and wasted under his clawed grasp! What good does he for horses and wool!"
The dark haired woman narrowed her gaze at him. “I am speaking as Marquesse of my people. I do not speak for our neighbors, or the Dragon. If you were not such a coward, and invit
Dragon Bride 4Upon returning back to the castle, Duane and Neil were rushed in to meet their father. They had been out for hours, and apparently, they had guests.
Duane’s mother was conversing with a noble women dressed in vibrant blue gowns and her raven hair down in a braid that had beads woven into it. Queen Elise introduced the men, frowning that they were still dressed in their hunting clothes.
"Get ready for dinner," the queen smiled at them both, her gaze wary. Duane kissed his mother’s brow, Neil hugged her close, then both rushed off to look suiting.
The woman in blue’s company included a female escort dressed in dark brown and tawny gowns and two sons who looked no older than sixteen. One was fair, the other was olive toned. The King seemed uneasy by them, and was visibly upset that the Queen had taken such tolerance to be in her company.
"Are these your boys, Phinny?" Elise smiled down at them. "Twins! What a joy!"
Phinny smiled, “These two are brothers, my other t
Dragon Bride 2"There’s a Dragon in these mountains," the archer Marcus snickered.
"Maybe that’s why you haven’t bagged a buck yet." snapped a blonde companion, Collin, scratching his beard.
"If you would both stop your damn squawking, we’d finally catch something!" hissed the Prince Duane.
Neil watched as his half brother argued with his friends. He snickered a bit, but shook his head. “Duane, maybe we should head back. We haven’t seen anything in this forest.” he remarked.
Collin nodded in agreement. “Not so much as crow in these parts.”
"My point exactly!" Marcus threw up his hands. "It’s too quiet in these parts. We should go back to the glen, the closer we are to the river, maybe we can at least bag few geese."
Duane shot a glare at Marcus, then trudged on in the forest. Collin sighed and followed his ward, Neil followed with a groan and Marcus brought up the rear.
The sounds of nature were muted, the only noise that any of them heard w
Dragon BrideI tugged at my bound hands, the thick ropes chafing my wrists raw. It hurt, and I was sick of hearing everyone speak to me. What a great honor it was! How proud my family must have been!
I had tried to run for it, twice, before they had taken a cane to the soles of my feet. The pain was immense, a deep pulse that traveled from my feet to the tips of my limbs.
"We’re very sorry Princess." one of the guards in the caravan assured me. "But this… you know what this means for the kingdom."
I gave him a dirty look, my joints feeling the ache of a long journey in a cart like a bale of hay or the sheep we tended in my home village. My village with clean fresh glens, springs, and grasses sweet and full. My village where my family had been for several generations.
I stared at the rose pink and off white gown, that was illfitting and unmanageable.
My throat was as raw as my wrists and my eyes were dry as midsummer in the hills. I wanted water, but none was offered. Every time I attem
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