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Chapter 81: Princess and the Fairy Part 1

"Ahh so I was not mistaken. Your Master is a legend." he replied with a silken smile, offering to help her to her feet. Kyera shook her head and offered a soft, sad smile. Her eyes moved to trace the lion's body beside her.

"I best stay here in case he has any trouble." She reasoned politely. He went to speak when a little girls squeal of delight was heard. Kyera turned her head to see a little girl running toward her. Lavender and grey ribbons fluttering in the wind behind her like streamers in the wind.

"Warrior Lady Kyera!!!" Raina called out to her, carrying the little fairy in her silver cage. The iron having been changed out for the creature's comfort. The little girl's excitement made her forget about the little life she carried. That smile was infectious and Kyera found herself grinning as well.

"My, my little Princess, don't run." Kyera called out to her with a chuckle. The palace was well made and the paths were well kept but little rocks and children's steps could easily cause a calamity. Obediently, the child slowed down and beamed at Kyera. They were eye to eye with Kyera on her knees.

"Oh… yes. My apologies." Raina stumbled over the word a bit but offered another adorable smile to go with it. The excitement in her eyes made her absolutely glow. Black hair falling in intricate curls around her cheeks.

"You know the Princess?" Alexi asked raising a smooth eyebrow at his Niece's quick obedience to this woman. Kyera nodded looking up at the Second Prince from her knees. She was going to respond but a little voice interrupted her.

"Lady Kyera rescued me from bad men the other day." Raina said matter of factly, her little face shyly embarrassed from needing to be rescues.The little fairy in the cage gripping the bars to steady herself from the bumpy ride. It had stopped breathing and was staring at Kyera, its eyes fixed unblinkingly at her. Kyera looked at the little thing in the cage. She recognized it as a lotus fairy right off and was fairly sure she knew why this little one was in a cage.

"Ahh so your the Warrior who risked everything to protect our princess, but then turned out to be a merchant?" he asked looking her over in a new light. Both a studier of the healing Magics and being a accomplished crafts woman was impressive in a world where women were more accessories than assets.

"Mmhm, Grandma likes her trinkets." Raina added with a grin. It was a tidbit of information she had picked up when her father decided to inquire further into the Tigers Trinkets from the village.

"I am glad to hear that. However you seemed to be on a mission… could it be you may have brought someone to help me, hmm?" Kyera asks coaxingly, looking at the little bird cage.

The intricate silver bars made a beautiful elegant cage for the fairy caught within. Little details were etched and painted across the surface like magic energy twisting and swirling from the top. A single iron bead on the top was enough to negate the fairy's powers and ironically is where the magic flourishes on the metal traced back to. Raina nodded handing her the cage.

The fairy quivered in fear watching Kyera closely. The tigress could sense the thoughts of the fae. The scent of her magic tainted with the anger of the shadows. It was a tale tell sign of which child had landed it in a gilded cage. This lotud fairy had broken the codes.Codes older than the fairy clan itself and ignored Kyera's crest. No wonder the little thing trembled. It was Kyera, not her father this fairy had betrayed.

"Please don't hurt me miss…" the fairy begged. "I didn't know… honest… I am sorry." the fairy's voice twinkled and sounded like little tittering birds to the others but Kyera knew her meaning. Years of listening to the shadows had taught her the languages if many fair folk as well as a dew less savory species.

"Enough tittering. I need fairy water. Get it now or my father will exact my Justice." Kyera warned not having time for this thoughtless groveling. "There were no words to make up for a dishonorable heart, only actions for a lifetime to repay a debt." Kyera warned the creature and the little fae became somber and hopeful.

"Yes Mistress of the Shadows." the fairy agreed. Kyera fixed her with a warning glance before opening the double doors to the cage by its little nobs. The fairy nodded, bowed and flew away as soon as the door was opened. Kyera watched without emotion, she was sure the little creature would return, and soon.

Valinteena Valinteena

Here's chapter two for today. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. This is one of the longer scenes and I think it brings Out Kyera's character a bit and some of her skills.



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