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In the morning, Galen was checked out again and I could see that they were stymied about his quick recovery. They released him After breakfast and we headed to our house there in town.
We have since set up our home and not sent word that we are alive. Together, we decided that it was better and safer until this madness is over.
Naturally, my mother is overjoyed at our being nearby. She has been quite a help. While she and I were out, dad and Galen set up the spare room as a nursery. One more month or sooner, we will be parents.
Lucius has returned home. With no more leads and Antheia about to give birth, he felt he is needed there. “If you need me, let me know and I will be back.” He told Grey.
When he got back, he was faced with the contestants of the games. They had been practicing and are eager for the contests to begin.
In his determination to win the Lady Nimerie as his, Marvin begins going through his books for an answer. Suddenly something catches his eye. “Hmmm, if I can’t acquire what I need to have her, perhaps I can make them.” He gets paper and pen, makes a list, slams the book shut then gathers what he needs that he has. “The rest should be in the Forest.” He packs it all up, including the book and heads into the Forest.
In Nemea, Antheia has gone into labor and a midwife has been called. On the way back to their room, her water breaks. She looks at Lady Dragon with wide, worried eyes. “It is okay, my queen, they will clean that up.” She urges Antheia to continue to her room.
”Get Lucius. I want him here. I don’t think I can do this without him.”
”You will be fine, Majesty. It shouldn’t be much different than your birthing eggs as a dragon.”
Antheia moans with pain as they reach the door. Inside the room, Antheia’s maid helps her change and get into bed.
”Have Lucius found and told that I need him.” Antheia commands.
”Yes, Majesty” the maid says and then hurries off.
Lady Dragon sits with Antheia while they wait.
A messenger finds Lucius at the colosseum inspecting the track and grounds for the games. “Sir Lucius, our queen sends word. She bids you to return to her. She said she needs you.”
”Do you know what it is about?”
”She didn’t say but Kendra, her maid, says she is in labor.”
”Thank you. You may return to the castle.” Lucius puts some distance between them, takes his dragon form and takes flight. He lands a few minutes later in the Bailey, startling everyone there. As he heads for the door, he returns to his elvyn form. He enters and runs all of the way to their room.
He enters just as Antheia has another contraction and he rushes to her. She squeezes his hand as he takes hers and soon the pain passes. “It is time?” He asks.
”Soon, I think.”
”It is going to be awhile,” Lady Dragon says. “Your pains aren’t close enough together for the baby to come yet.”
In Kavala, it is a beautiful, warm day. Galen and I had a lunch out in our tiny backyard and now he has gone off to visit his parents. I found a nice place to nap in the sun and have laid a blanket out. I drift off to sleep to the sounds of birds chirping.
"Hon, I'd really enjoy getting out of the Castle for some fun"
Sebastien, Grey Nightwalker, and Lenore erupt in a cacophony of protests. Birch lets out a sharp growl and Anabel bites Sebastien's nose.
The deafening noise finally ceases.
"but I can't. Duty calls. Queen Antheia is having some premature contractions and I must be there."
"Sweetie, I'm not sure I understand. You weren't there when her egg hatched. Why do you need to be there now?"
"That offspring was a male and she had no trouble clutching. I must be there for the Queen or future Queen so either this offspring is the next Queen or Queen Antheia is going to have trouble with delivery. I'll know when it happens why I need to be there."
"If the Nemea games are still going on, we could enjoy them until I'm needed."
The protectors look at each other in consternation. They had not considered that eventually our duties would require at least one of us to leave the relative safety of the Castle.
Sebastien says, "We will leave for Nemea in 3 hours after making arrangements for your safety and that of the hybrids."
Belle and I rush to our rooms to pack our wisps, bathing suits, and sundry other items to make our trip pleasant and fun.
Though Lucius is away, the ones who he had established as officials long before the games were to get started this year have begun the trial games. Destined to last the week, the winners will compete in the final games for this years championship.
At the castle, Lucius is staying close to Antheia and making sure her needs are met. Slowly, her contractions are getting closer together.
The local midwife has shown up and is preparing to examin Antheia. She shews everyone out of the room except Lucius. Antheia has a contraction as the midwife does her thing. The midwife talks to her calmly and helps her to handle the pain using breathing. “How far apart are those contractions?”
”Probably an hour apart.” Antheia answers.
”You have a long way to go before giving birth, your Majesty. I suggest you drink water to stay hydrated and get up and walk around, it will help.”
”Thank you, “ Lucius says.
She nods to him then picks a corner, sits down to wait and gets out her knitting.
In Kavala, Galen wakes me. “Have a nice nap?”
I turn to him, “very nice. I think I dreamt of our future children and Antheia’s daughter. They were playing together. The girl told me that she would soon be born.”
”Interesting. I haven’t heard of those kind of dreams.”
”Me neither but one never knows what is going to happen when one is dreaming.”
The wind picks up and because it is coming from off the lake, it is cool. To me it feels good but Galen shivers some. No words are needed, I get up, he grabs the blanket and we head inside.
”I picked up a few things so I can make dinner tonight.” Galen says.
”Ooo, can’t wit wait. Can I help?”
”You can help me chop.” We head to the kitchen.
Elsewhere, our lack magic sorcerer is making progress. He has molded 2 butterfly pterippi and is now preparing for the magic part.
In the Forest, The sorcerer has completed his creations and brought them to life. “Observe and learn from the herd animals. Emulate them and o no harm.” He orders his gollum pterippi them takes them to Lady Nemerie’s Sanctuary. He walks to the door and knocks.
A few moments later Diantha answers the door. “Yes. Can I help you?”
”Tell your mistress that I have brought what she desires.” Then he steps aside.
Diantha takes a good look, “wait here” then she goes to get Lady Nemerie.
In Nemea, the first of those competing in the semi-final games has been decided by the gods. The best 5 will go on to the final games.
At the castle, Antheia’s contractions have begun to happen more frequently, every half hour. Though it seems that the midwife doesn’t care about what is happening, in reality she is using her knitting to time what is happening before her. She already knows how Antheia is doing.
Needing to move around, Antheia gets out of bed with Lucius’s help and together, they take a walk in the hall. “I will be glad when this is over. I didn’t have this kind of pain as a dragon clutching.”
”You are as strong as your dragon and you will get through this.”
”Thank you, Lucius but that doesn’t make this any easier.”
”Just keep reminding yourself that you can do this.” Seeing no one around at the moment, he takes her in his arms and kisses her before heading back to the bedroom. The sit on the window seat instead of returning to the bed. The midwife just barely looks up.
In Kavala, Galen and I have taken care of the groceries that he brought back and prepped for dinner but it is too early for that. He tells me about his visit with his parents. His father is doing good and sends his love. His mother is another story, she still resents her son’s fated mating.
”You do know that she will never accept me. We are just going to have to patient with her.”
”I know, but I still wish she would just accept. I do know one thing, she will never see her grandchildren again if she is likes this when she meets them.”
”At least they will have their other grandparents to watch over them and teach them. So, what do you want to do until dinner?”
He kisses me and his hands wander. When his looks up, I can see in his eyes what he really wants to do.
The sorcerer caught Diantha just as the door shut. Not sure what to do with her, he gently laid her on the ground then shook her. Unable to seemingly wake her, he stood up and went to the door only to find it locked. He threw himself against it but it didn’t budge.
Meanwhile, the gollums were doing as their master bid as they watched the herd animals around them. They moved around as though they were part of them and pretended to eat.
The sorcerer tried to force the door again but it still held. His shoulder and arm hurting, frustrated, he produced a fireball and threw it at the door. It caught fire but it took a second one to blow a hole in it. He gave it a moment before taking advantage of the hole and entering the building.