”Do you want to never see your sister again? To let her suffer alone when that wayward father of yours is tried and jailed? ” Edgar taunted

All he heard was her gulp then silence but her body shook as he held the sword closer, feeling it dent her skin, just a breathe away from slicing into her neck and letting the beautiful red flow, end her once and for all, no man dared him, no man.

”I just wish yo protect my sister ”

”And if I told you I have plans for her? I will ensure she is sold to the black traders, raped, over and over again, by as many men, then slowly wasted, like every other woman in your filthy tribe will be. Your tiny village dare anger my land? Surely only an idiot provokes me, it takes beyond that wide mouth to govern a kingdom Miss. But Im sure you never knew, now you never will ” Edgar taunted, seeking a solid reaction from her.

The chill came over him, drowning him in that familiar pit of anger and self hate and loneliness. He wanted to make others cry too, to show them what it meant to be him, to make them weep, plead for the same mercy he was never granted, he wanted blood, he wanted fear and tears.

Awareness came back to him as the girl in his arms flinched, her sniff was heard as something wetted his hands. He pulled away, scared hed gone too far. He turned to look at her. Her eyes were held close tightly with tears running down her chin, a pink trail led down to her shoulders and that is when he realised hed cut her neck. The small cut was by the side, a shallow break that reddened her olive porcelain flesh. He saw her chest rise and fall quickly, anticipating what she thought was to come. Bold, just like his Monique even when she was led to the flames that took her away from this realm…..

”Guards! ” he thundered, unwilling to evoke such memories anymore, it was like a nail, drilling deep into his soul each time he dwelt on it.

The guards rushed in and stood with swords drawn out.

”Take her away, lead her to the rooms at the east wing till I instruct otherwise ”Edgar said and quickly dismissed them with a flick of his wrist.

He needed silence and he needed it now.

Hurrying to the window, he drew open the beige curtains and stared at the corner field below, it always calmed him. His mother always love grains.

He took deep breathes and slowly came back to normalcy. He needed to spar, he wanted a distraction.

No news came from his troops, it wouldn be the first time he lost men to the Kiros but he would keep trying until he had what he wanted. News on the walkers.

”My lord ” came the deep baritone of his friend

Edgar nodded without turning, he knew only Nicholas would force himself into his throne room with the guards outside. The man was more than a servant, he was a friend.

”I saw the Riverlands princess led to the east wing, she was bleeding ” he stated with a hint of accusation

”So that worries you ” Edgar asked

”That is no way to treat a royal and a lady at that ”Nicholas scolded with a ”My lord ” afterwards

”I lost it with her ” Edgar admitted

”I would be more careful next time my Lord ” Nicholas said

”Certainly, the princess needs to keep away from me or Ill skin her white hide ” Edgar stated in frustration

”I see you have met her lips as well, I heard all suitors ran from that mouth of hers ” Nicholas said

”Rumours and you, you make me think if you
e a woman my friend ” Edgar replied with a fond smile

He turned to the man who was clothed in his black blue uniform and a hat, his gray hair adding to his air of prestige and regality.

His fondness of the man he was certain had little to do with his direct relations with the Oalistair but more with his brilliance and wisdom.

”Alexandra is with that lady Sylvia as she said ” Nicholas said in hushed tones

”Good ” Edgar muttered

”She rules well ” Nicholas said

”I can do nothing of this, it was fathers wish, the council has seen prove, makes me wonder if he wanted me to have any at all ” Edgar said with the same emotion he felt each time he recalled his father-spite

”He did, Gavin loved you no matter what you think, he just wanted only you not your mother ” Nicholas said

”To hell with such love, he wanted a stone as a son and a pot to grow that stone ” Edgar spat

”My lord, Sol has never seen a better king than you and Gavin has made you who you are today ” Nicholas said

”And then what? Halved my inheritance to a woman? To double taxes and make stupid laws? It seems Sol is didvided into two, the provinces are dying! They are living as slaves! ” Edgar said angrily

”They are not complaining ” Nicholas replied

”How will they? Alexnadra would behead such person, she rules with a tight fist, women are missing every day with no trace, its hell in there ” Edgar yelled

”What difference is it here my lord ” Nicholas challenged

”I may be a murderer, I may be a killer, I may have burnt down three kingdoms and conquered six towns but my people remain happy, no one misses, no outrageous tax is imposed on them, I take willing slaves and servants and I am generous to my faithfuls, only an enemy sees my wrath and you shouldn be on that side Nick ” Edgar growled

Nicholas bowed, he was trying to make the young Lord see he was letting his lust cloud his judgement, Sol Empire could be better, make alliances with other Empires to give their people all they wanted then they wouldn have to plant so much on their not-so-fertile soil.

But Edgar trusted no one, he was a man who better stood alone than in a crowd.

”Surely my lord, pardon my words ” Nicholas said

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