Chapter 5

"So your husband is no more?" Achmed was trying desperately to be as comforting and unexcited about the whole thing as he could. He hoped that he was coming off as sincere, and in truth he was. He really did feel a need to comfort her and felt sorry for the pain she was going through, but it still didn't change the fact that the news of her husband's death was the greatest thing that he had ever heard. It was the news he had been waiting for ever since he met the man. Way down, deep inside, in some hidden vault, Achmed loved the fact that he was the reason that the dragon finally won and took over the man.

"Yes. He couldn't live with the fact that I had gone to the arms of another. He knew that I would never be able to be completely happy if I remained torn between the both of you. So his death was as much for me as it was for himself. I just wish I never caused him so much pain."

"Not to belittle the pain that he must have gone through," Achmed began. "But it seems to me that he has caused his share of pain on you throughout the years. This was not a one-sided affair. The pain traveled both ways and really he did the best thing for everybody involved. And I won't lie, that includes me."

"You always seem to have a way of finding the benefit to yourself in a situation, Achmed," Rhapsody said through a smile. "Regardless, the question is now, where do we go from here?"

"Well, obviously, we both still have our own separate countries to run, so logistically we could never marry."

"I know. I wish we could, but that would never work."

"So here's what I think. Lovers it will have to be, much like you and Ashe were while we were all too busy bringing countries together and saving the world. You will once again assume the role of First Woman here and, depending on how you wish it, you can either take up quarters with me while you're here, or you can have your old one back. Sorry to say that Elysian is not very up to housing you anymore. Other than that, we see each other when our time allows."

"That all sounds good to me. I must add one thing; we keep none of it quiet. I know how much you value your privacy, but I won't live a double life. It will not be hushed up that we are lovers. If anyone begins to wonder, we tell them the truth."

Achmed sighed before answering, "I knew this would happen and I am ready for it."

"Good, now let's go tell Grunthor our good news. He'll be very happy that you will have one less reason to mope about now."

Achmed rolled his eyes and gave an exasperated sigh before following her out the chamber door. This was going to be interesting.