Aden of Aden: Cp21

Aden of Aden
Chapter Twenty-One



I had to smile at my memories of him while answering, “He has presented himself more as a comical figure. I have detected a core of kindness, but also of boldness and dedication. Whether those are truly virtues in him, or vices, I have not yet determined. As for Prince Yelnoth, he has a good voice and sang the Kippayun for me. A very interesting tune.”

“It’s rather common around here. He had been reprimanded by his mother for doing that.”

“He speaks to his mother?”

Aden of Aden: Cp20

Aden of Aden
Chapter Twenty



“As the one who has managed this land I should be able to make sense and understand connections of what you have found.”

Wondering about the presence of this lady, I calmly delivered a fact. “As the one who has managed the land, you are the first I should suspect of being corrupt.”

“But you said that you have not found me corrupt.”

“I however am suspecting that you are attempting to accuse me of that vice.”

Aden of Aden: Cp19

Aden of Aden
Chapter Nineteen



“It is coming for me. I am not a swordsman, but I have some skill with a bow. Maybe its determination to come before me will give me a shot.”

He glared at me, then moved to a leather bundle. Undoing some straps, I saw some rather substantial spiny arrows of a dull, dark, gray metal. He did not pick them up, but moved back to where he had his armor laid out while speaking.

“Please, don’t use them all.”

Aden of Aden: Cp18

Aden of Aden
Chapter Eighteen



I replied, “You were not vulgar or ugly in any other fashion. Yes, you were comical, but like laughter it did bring some enjoyment. Don’t lose that person, Lechost.”

“As king, I might need to.”

“If you seek to become my lord, you better stay true. I understand the need for deception, but I will not have it become my life.”

Dumourl said, “I will support her on that.”

Aden of Aden: Cp17

Aden of Aden
Chapter Seventeen



Nick looked to the one on the throne as he said, “Now, I really do need to be introduced.”

The lady replied, “I cannot do it, Brother.” She stood, and upon raising her hand I heard the sound of bars being placed on the doors as I watched the room become dark as the windows were closed. “This is all make-up. I am not our mother.”

“Then I am doomed?”

Aden of Aden: Cp16

Aden of Aden
Chapter Sixteen



“Well, if that is all you want to say, let me add that I do not like having to wear the same clothes continually.”

Nick said, “Mother should have clothes for you, but it will still be a couple of days. Sorry.”

Dumourl replied, “She was probably honest, but her words were still a misdirect, Nick. Get back to leading us.” While he set himself to following, the eyes of the lizard person continued to look to me until he had a chance to whisper, “Are you falling in love with him?”

Aden of Aden: Cp15

Aden of Aden
Chapter Fifrteen



“I don’t care,” the lizard person replied. “It should keep him away, which should allow me some time to rest. Scream if you need to.”

“I can fight. At least, I can hold a weapon. I never really practiced. Still, my father is only a knight, and we live in an unprotected community. Certain skills were taught.” Not really satisfied with my own words, I added, “I can also scream.”

Aden of Aden: Cp14

Aden of Aden
Chapter Fourteen



The young man knelt, then said, “No. I will take a place as you servant. If you have a claim to protect her then you will have an ally.”

The lizard person looked to me to ask, “Do you know what this is about?”

I replied, “I do not. That young man has not bothered to properly introduce himself, then ran away when challenged. As for the dragon, I do not know about it either.”

Aden of Aden: Cp13

Aden of Aden
Chapter Thirteen



“Well, I was told not to make a decision too quickly.”

“Probably from the very person who latched onto me no sooner than did I step into the courtyard of her home. You’re looking for something, Aden of Aden. I guess that you do not know what, but you are looking. When you find it, why look further?”

I felt the answer to that was obvious, “Because I will not recognize it.”

Aden of Aden: Cp12

Aden of Aden
Chapter Twelve



“I don’t blame her, but I just wish she would talk to me. This is a big decision. It is a major step in my like, and I wish she was here.”

“It is a big decision, Aden. Still, it is your decision. Don’t let me, your parents, or even fate take from you the fact that it is your decision.”

Hearing a word, I felt I had an opportunity to turn the conversation onto a topic that would not trouble me. “Fate?”