Ryko and I entered Tozay's home a few minutes later, only to find out that Kygo had been shown a room and was currently resting. I sighed with relief, having no wish to see him right that moment. In fact I wanted to prolong our reunion as long as possible.
So I went to my room to get some sleep, having risen early that morning and also because I feared that Kygo would appear any second, ascend the stairs and look at me with such fury and hate that I would be forced to flee the room he would be in.
I awoke to someone knocking sharply my door. I shot out of bed in a defensive stance before remembering where I was. I slowly opened the door and saw a servant girl standing there.
Eyes downcast she spoke "Miss, Master Tozay requests that you join 'em in the dining room downstairs."
"Just a moment. Let me get dressed."
The girl nodded and I closed the door. I took off my nightgown and put on one of my dresses. It was dark green, cheap, but it fit me nicely- I think. I left my hair down, cascading past my shoulders and quickly ran my fingers through it.
I glanced out the window on my way and saw that the sun was high in the sky and assumed it must be midafternoon. Exactly how long have I been asleep? I opened the door to the dining room. No one had noticed my arrival yet.
I saw Tozay sitting in a chair and Lady Dela sitting next to Ryko. My eyes finally landed on a young man sitting on a chair talking to Tozay and surrounded by a group of well-built men. He was simply dressed, thin, yet muscular so his shirt fit him well and he had bags under his eyes. The man looked familiar. And then it hit me-it was Prince Kygo! I nearly tripped because of that realization. He looked so different without his fine cloths, or when he wasn't surrounded by finery.
At the same time everyone noticed me and I quickly hid my face with my hair, hoping none of the guards recognized me. As soon as Tozay saw me he ushered the guards out the door, assuring them the prince would be safe and that they could guard the door. I brushed my hair aside and met Kygo's eyes the moment they left. He hadn't recognized me yet. His eyes roamed by body and for some reason I felt my face grow warm. Suddenly his eyes shot back to my face and turned cold before he looked away altogether.
"So good you could join us Eona. As you can see his Highness has already joined us." I bowed to Kygo and he nodded, still not looking at me.
"His highness joined us only a few hours ago. I was just telling everyone our plans for the next few weeks. We will be staying here until we build up an army and march to face Sethon's own armies."
I nodded. Ryko suddenly coughed and I went to sit by him. "How are you feeling?" I asked him.
"Well." He replied weakly. He really was working too hard.
"But not well enough. He should be in bed." Said Lady Dela sternly.
"I am fine." Ryko said just as stubbornly.
Prince Kygo suddenly spoke up. "I would like a word with Eon-a, alone." Tozay nodded and left the room. Lady Dela seemed to hesitate but I nodded at her and she left with Ryko.
Kygo didn't say anything for a while. He walked over to the other side of the room and poured himself some water, drinking deeply.
"I did not expect to see you again so soon." He finally said.
"Neither did I." I replied. Another long pause.
"I cannot believe no one at the palace realized that you were a woman. Those lies about being a moon shadow really worked. No one even suspected. But looking at you now, it's a wonder no one recognized you." He said after some time, still not facing me.
I felt myself blushing again. Really, what did one say to something like that? "But then again, maybe it is a good thing you aren't a man. Maybe if you were, you would have been killed as well, like all the other Dragoneyes and their apprentices..." he laughed bitterly. I looked at my feet, not knowing if he'd just insulted or complimented me.
I was about to say something when he walked over to me determinedly and took hold of my chin, forcing me too look up. "Look at me when I talk to yo…" he stopped upon seeing my face. Letting go of my chin he stepped back and looked away again. I cleared my throat awkwardly.
"They told me what happened that night, three months ago, at the Palace. I suppose I escaped in the nick of time. Hmph I suppose I should have taken my mother with me, they say he killed her." He huffed. "What sort of a prince am I? I couldn't even protect my own mother." He shook his head and sighed.
"I don't think you could have done anything sire. I'm glad you escaped when you did, or else Sethon would have killed you as well. And not only me, but every person here is happy you escaped as well." I said, trying to sound reassuring.
Of course they are you fool. They need me to help overthrow Sethon, just like they need you." Kygo said bitterly. "I don't even know why I wanted to talk to you. Every time I look at you I feel so angry..." He then turned towards the door and left, banging the door shut, leaving me there gaping after him. That was it! We weren't in the Palace anymore and he wouldn't even be here if it hadn't been for me. Next time he decided to talk to me that way I would tell him exactly what I thought of him!
I growled angrily and walked out of the room.
A week later, at nightfall, I entered my room, ready to take a relaxing bath after the day's events. We had started planning on how to get an entire army into the capitol and planning the attack was harder then it seemed. So after a week of arguing and discussing battle strategies, we were still right where we had started.
Taking off my dress, I gently stepped into the warm bath. Feeling the Mirror Dragon's presence beside me made me smile. I washed my hair and scrubbed myself clean. Then stepping out of the bath I searched of my gown.
"Drat!" I had left it in my room. Wrapping a towel around myself, I opened the door joining my room and the bathing room and closed the door.
I entered the room and froze. The fire was going and a few candles had been lit and there standing with his back to me was a man, back bent, he was leaning against the fireplace. Whoever he was he seemed lost in thought. He sighed and slowly walked towards my bed, shadows covering his face. He was pretty close now.
"What are you doing in my room?" I asked. He looked up abruptly, eyes wide and I saw that it was Kygo. I gasped and in an attempt to cover myself, moved to the left, not noticing the puddle of water at my feet, and slipped. Kygo lashed towards me and grabbed my arm, but still I fell flat on my back with Kygo landing on top of me.
"Y-your highness! Wha-what are you doing here?" I asked, turning beet red.
"I uh, needed to talk to you uh..."
"What could you have to say to me? Or were you just looking to insult me again?" I asked coldly.
"I wanted to apologize for what I said to you the other day." He replied, shifting his weight but not getting off me.
"huh?" I asked brilliantly.
He looked up at me then down looking at the towel barely covering my breasts. A brilliant flush creeping up his face. "I um, I wanted to apologize for what I said to you a week ago when I arrived here. I shouldn't have said such a thing. I can tell you're still mad at me. I was tired and I suppose the weight of the situation was just getting to me. But I know that isn't an excuse." He looked at me and our eyes met. His eyes were filled with sadness and pain. He was so close I could feel his breath on my cheek.
"What makes you think I'm mad at you?" I asked, all of my anger evaporating.
"You haven't spoken to me since. Even at our meetings when we're discussing our plans you wouldn't look at me. I tried to catch your eye but you wouldn't look at me. And later I tried to talk to you but you left before I could get a word in. I suppose I just-"he sighed and hesitantly but gently brushed the hair away from my face. "miss our friendship."
I sighed. "I still want to be your friend your Majesty, but only if you want me to be, if you forgive me for lying to you." I said looking him straight in the eye to prove my point. He shifted his gaze for a moment, his eyes slowly moving down my body, lingering on my curves.
He smiled. "So your real name is Eona."
Something in his tone made me realize that he had forgiven me but that I would have to work hard to gain his trust again. Getting off me, he extended his hand which I gratefully excepted, using my other hand to keep the towel from slipping off me.
"Well, I'll see you at dinner." He said, his face growing red again as he remembered what I was wearing.
I blushed and nodded.