This photomanipulation and eight others have been entered into the Holiday Challenge hosted by *CAStock. My nine entries create an illustrated short story of love and betrayal set in the Long Winter years 2201 to 2222 AD.
CHAPTER 5 ~ I cant marry Victor! I wont! Kiera declared vehemently to herself as she walked quietly across the foggy square to the house where Victor lived with his mother. If hes any decent kind of man at all, he wont hold me to a marriage contract I had no control over. As she approached his room, she was surprised to hear two voices, Victors and that of a young woman.
Its getting late, Moira. Time for you to get dressed and get out of here before Mother finds you in my bed, she heard Victor say.
Are you sure you dont want me to stay just a little longer? purred a soft, persuasive female voice. Once youre married to Kiera, you wont have need of me any more, she complained.
Kiera means nothing to me. The betrothal was Mothers idea. Once Kiera is expecting a child, shell be, shall we say, indisposed, and unable to govern the clan. Ill become the new leader. And then, he paused for added effect, you and I will continue right where we left off. Come here, Moira, and show me what Im going to miss in the meantime.
Kiera could not avoid an audible gasp. Taken totally by surprise, Victor looked up just as she stepped across his doorway.
What do you think youre doing here spying on me? he demanded. The young woman gathered the sheet about her and tried to leave but Victor pulled her back to his side. So what did you expect, Kiera? That Id wait patiently for you to come of age? A man has needs, you know. Youre not lily white yourself. I saw you flirting with Alexi at the dance. Hes always hanging around you all the time. Why, Id be surprised if he hasnt already bedded you himself!
How can you say these terrible things? she exclaimed. Unlike you, Alexi is a good and honorable man. He stays near me because hes assigned to guard me, not because hes looking for a way to get me into his bed.
Lighten up, Kiera. We both know were stuck in a marriage contract that neither of us wants. But we dont have to let that get in our way of having some fun, do we? Once were married, you can spend all the time you want with Alexi. And Ill spend my time with Moira here. Of course, you may change your mind about Alexi after you have a chance to really get to know me.
I would rather die than sleep with you, Victor! And Alexi is a thousand times the man you are or ever will be.
You shouldnt have said that, Kiera; youll be sorry you did when were married, he threatened.
I will never marry you, Victor. Never! And with one last withering look at him, she turned and hurried from his room, brushing past Miriam who had been disturbed by all the shouting and who was now standing in the doorway.
You fool! Miriam screamed at her son. And you, she pointed at the young woman, get out! She swung back to confront Victor as the younger woman gathered her clothes and rushed from the room. You know Kieras going to go straight to Alexi the moment he returns and tell him everything thats happened here.
I dont give a damn about Alexi! he replied vehemently.
Well, you should give a damn! Hes the last man you ever want to cross. In case you havent noticed, Victor, hes obviously in love with Kiera. And Alexi wont rest until hes settled the score with you.
It doesnt matter what she tells him. Its her word against mine. The Council has nothing they can hold against me.
First, Victor, Alexi is going to believe her and not you; and he wont care how the Council decides. But second, even if Kiera pleads with him not to beat you within an inch of your life, Alexi can be extremely persuasive when he wants to be. Hell have that piece of fluff of yours spilling everything she knows to the Council in no time.
Then I guess we need to keep Kiera from saying anything to Alexi, dont we.
A drastic situation requires drastic measures, she observed. We need a plan and we need it now, before the Guard and Alexi return.
My aide trapped a tiger, he said after a short pause. So, we were just planning a wee bit of sport, he offered in response to her raised eyebrow. There could be an accident instead.
Youll only have one chance, Victor. Make it count. And she walked out his door.
these are simply my
opinions and are not
meant to imply that
you should agree or
disagree nor should
these prove to be
offensive in any
way; if I do come
then you have my
Magepresented by the
This article came
about after a
requested that we
write ten clear,
simple tips for
information can be
very useful, but
it down into
chunks is so much
easier. So without
further ado plea...
This feature is for
all the happy
couples in the
world, the love
shared in families,
and for the good
friends.What I see
in these pictures..
The love, the
tenderness.. This is
what I search for. I
really hope I will
find someone like
you already did.Look
upon the sunand
think of that...
`anmari has been spreading her infectious positivity throughout our community for over 6 years. Throughout this time Ana has been at the core of all things devious, passionately developing an eclectic gallery, helping organise devmeets, participating in chat events and also recently completed dedicating her time as a Community Volunteer. We are absolutely delighted to bestow the Deviousness Award for May 2013 to `anmari, congratulations! Read More