The door to her chambers opened. And Kahreen, commander of the Second fleet stormed in, face a mesh of purples and blues.
“You should breathe Kahreen,” Kylie said tiredly. She had not slept. And she wasn’t in the mood to fight with him. “Last night, were where you?” he snarled, finally taking a lung full of air.
Kylie turned away from him so she would not have to lie to his face. “Walking along the Nile,” she whispered quietly. She didn’t like confrontation. But he did. He stalked towards her and spun her around, moving her face until she was level with him. “You were with Keahi again weren’t you?” he hissed. Kylie looked away. “You were!” He roared.
He did not understand.
She understood that he loved her. or at least he thought he did. She’d know since they were children and still to young to make decisions. To chose. But she was no longer a child. She was a princess. She would one day be queen. And although he thought he loved her, her heart belonged to another. She would not dishonor him by pledging herself to him while loving someone else.
He seemed to think differently.
“You are promised to me! Why do you continue to see him? It is forbidden!” He roared. “What more must I do—”
“I love him!” Kylie yelled. Her entire body rocking with the force of her anger. Her passion. Just the thought of him, hands of liquid fire. Warmth. The complete opposite of her ice made her heart pang. Wind smashed against the windows, threatening to crack them. Ice slide along the ground. Tense and waiting.
Pain. Rage. Betrayal. Then pain again thundered across Kahreen’s eyes. He stepped back. “You will get yourself killed Kylie. He is using you. The future Queen of the Icye Tribe. The greatest of the Four Kingdoms. If he wins your hand, then he has control of them all. He’s using you, don’t you see– !”
“Everyone uses me,” Kylie whispered, daring him to object. “Even you.” She was not clueless. She knew that he chose her as his bride for the same reason any man would. For along with her beauty, lied power. “You will die. If you stay with him , you will die, ” He snarled, his brown eyes flashing electric blue.
The two stood in silence. Kahreen barely restraining his power, and Kylie barely containing her own. And then, quiet suddenly, Kahreen’s face drained of all emotion. “We wage war on the Phyre tribe at first rise.” He whispered, watching her reaction. “You might want to say goodbye.”
And having said what he wanted, he left.
Leaving Kylie to watch the slow rise of the moon. And the awakening of the stars. Praying that she could get to Keahi before he did.
-Jae Lei Nyght