Chapter 7 – Flowers of the past – I

 


Chapter 7

Part I

Flowers of the past


“Come on, hurry up!” Exclaimed the young girl as she got impatient and started running faster before gracefully jumping over the wall. “Why are you always so impossibly slow Thrista?! You’re slower than a snail, you know that?!”

“Wait for me Silena!” Begged the young boy as he tried his best to follow the young princess, but she was much more agile than him and had got so far away that she had to regularly stop and wait for him which really exasperated her.

“Come on, faster! They’re going to catch us if you don’t move!” Simply replied the young girl.

She was particularly excited and nervous that day as her father had posted even more guards than usual around the palace to prevent her from sneaking away, they had almost gotten caught as they were jumping over the wall of the gardens. And all that because of Thrista’s inefficiency to move quickly. They were supposed to meet the others I the park of the eastern district but they would never get there in time with such a snail. Silena hated his crybaby attitude and the fear he had that she would leave without him. He already knew how to use the basics of the art of emporium but the simple act of screaming at him was enough to completely paralyze him in fear. That said he was one of the rare persons of her age, even if he was three years younger, with whom she enjoyed playing so she always wanted to make the most of their time together. Even if that meant she would be punished afterward. This was the third time they left the palace together and without any authorization whatsoever from her parents, well, officially, it was the second as the king and queen had no idea about the first time they had sneaked out. Her father was furious enough about the second one, as she put her and Thrista’s lives in danger by going out unsupervised, even more so that the king was supposed to keep an eye on the young boy while his father was away, so she wasn’t about to tell him that she had done it before…

They finally reached the familiar gate of the park which was surrounded by a metallic arch, despite being called the park gate it didn’t provide any way to prevent people from entering it as there were no doors and no walls around it to close it off. It was here as a symbol more than anything and had slowly started to be covered by vines over the years, making it difficult to read the name that was engraved on it. Despite that, rare were the people who did not walk through it to enter or leave the park as it represented and homage to the centuries of peace that the city had lived since the last great invasion. The young blonde girl ran through the gate, Thrista catching up to her a few seconds later, and as they caught their breaths they walked towards the center of the park where they were supposed to meet with their friends. Excited cries and shouts could already be heard coming from their destination as they got closer, finally they could see the children running around, yelling and laughing as they played passionately. The two of them quickly joined the others, also running around and shouting. They played like that for almost two hours, barely stopping to catch their breaths as they ran after each other, threw balls at each other and accepted acrobatic challenges each harder than the other. The sun was reaching maxima when they decided to finally part, most of the other children too scared to miss lunch and the others following the movement as they had too few comrades left to keep playing. Thrista and Silena also decided to go back to the palace. They took the long way around, by the northern road, to try to sneak in the palace without being seen by the king or his guards but without much success as they were called out by a deep voice behind them as they were entering through one of the kitchen window.

“Well well my young lads, you are right on time for lunch!” Exclaimed Oscius, one of the four captains of the royal guard, as he spotted them. The man, even though of regular height and of relatively ordinary appearance, an aura of power that intimidated many people emanated from him, even the princess herself couldn’t help but shiver when his steel grey eyes focused on her.

“Your father has been looking for you everywhere young lady.” He simply said, motioning for them to start moving towards the corridor behind him.

He was smiling slightly, amused by their determination to sneak out despite the king’s warnings, but his presence cut short any protestation that the two children could have had. They both walked beside him in silence, looking down to the floor as they felt a bit of shame, and followed his directions as he took them directly to the royal chambers. He opened the door and told them to enter the room before announcing their presence. Then he simply nodded and left after closing the door behind him, leaving them there, waiting in silence for the king to come reprimand them. However, to their surprise, it wasn’t king Marco that waited for them but a dark-haired woman dressed in a simple but elegant dress. She walked into the room and walked towards them before sitting down on the sofa in front of them. Silena’s eyes almost popped out and a large smile spread on her face as she ran towards the woman and hugged her.

“Mom!” She exclaimed happily as she did so.

“Despite having come to the castle a few times and having already spent two weeks in the castle this time, this was only the third time Thrista saw the queen of Tebor in person. While her husband took care of the international affairs of the country she was often gone on trips throughout the whole kingdom to evaluate and find solutions to the different problems that could arise. She was always trying to improve the life of the people of Tebor. She was tall and thin, her long hair fell down on her back and the deep brown color of her eyes reminded of the color of her skin. Silena had inherited her mother’s silhouette and her dark complexion but her eyes and her golden hair were her father’s. This gave her an exotic appearance that, as her father often said, would attract many young men as she would grow up. Her personality came without a doubt from her mother. Despite seeming sweet and inoffensive, the beautiful dark-haired woman hid a fierce will and determination that had bent far more than one. She knew how to act as soft as the breeze or as strong as a hurricane when it was necessary, and her daughter had inherited most of that.

The first time the young boy had met the queen he would have never thought she was Silena’s mother if one of the guards hadn’t announced her arrival in the room. It was the third day after his arrival to the palace with his father on their first visit together to Eneleïa. The king and his father were talking to the ministers around the long table in the throne room. Not far from there, on another smaller table that had been set for the occasion, Thrista and Silena had been playing a game of chess under the care of the princess’s governess. The young boy had proved to be a more worthy opponent than the young woman to the princess and was now revealing his talent as a strategist. His father had taught him how to play several years ago and they had kept their bouts as a tradition. Despite having greatly improved since the first time he had played the young boy had never been able to defeat his father more than twice.

“You should move your knight to the white square on the diagonal you know.” He had told her after having sat at the table and watched the match for a few minutes on the day he had arrived to the castle. The princess hadn’t even replied but had shot him a curious look before looking away. He had remained silent after that and watched Silena as she had played out her own strategy. However, after the fourth unsuccessful move, she attempted to follow his instruction and managed to beat the young woman in only two moves after that. She had looked at him again curiously, seemingly seeing him in a new light. Thrista had started feeling nervous as she kept looking at him after that, she had appeared to be in deep thoughts, and he was about to ask her what was wrong when she finally motioned for him to take her governess’s place. He slowly got up and switched places with the young woman on the side of the black pieces, he was hesitant at first but he was reassured by the gentle smile the young woman gave him as she sat back down.

“You seem to know chess a bit. Let’s see what you’re worth!” Had exclaimed the princess with a smile as she had moved the first pawn. To her great displeasure he would’ve won the game, fact that she would never admit after that, if her mother hadn’t arrived at that moment. The young girl had gotten up so quickly that she had toppled the whole board, making it impossible to continue the game. Thrista had always had his doubts about her actual intention to do that, he was sure she had used that opportunity to deny him a victory.


 

A little late but as promised it’s here! :D

*yawn* Now, off to bed, it’s too late for me…

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