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The next morning came way to fast for my taste. Priska came in to get me ready for breakfast but I sent her away. I didn't want to face Paris right now. I told her to go apologize for my absence and to tell them that I wasn't feeling well. I figured that if I skipped breakfast I wouldn't have to see him until later. The palace is big enough that I could hide away in one part of it and no one would ever find me. Priska came back a little bit later. She tucked me into bed and told me to get some rest. I nodded and tried to go back to sleep. I drifted back to a peaceful slumber.
I had another weird dream. There was this massive battle going on down on the beach near the ocean. I could see Hector fighting his way through. I looked over and I saw this other man in black armor killing people to. Then Hector and this man met. Everyone around them stopped to watch. At first it seemed like they were equally matched, but soon Hector got the upper hand and he sliced into the mans throat. Everyone looked stunned. Then Hector knelt down and pulled the man's helmet off. Everyone gasped, and I just know that its not the man everyone thought it was. He was just a boy. Hector took his sword and plunged in into the boy. Then he turned to another man.
"That's enough for today" Hector said quietly. The other man just nodded.
"Back to the ships!" He yelled then he turned back to Hector and said "That was his cousin." before he walked away. Who was the boy and who's cousin was he? So many questions swirl in my mind. I don't understand any of it. Why was I having these dreams?
I woke to my door being closed. I shot up and looked to see who it was. It was Zeus. He was still in his suit and tie.
"What do you want?" I asked slightly annoyed. He smirked at me.
"We're feeling a little feisty today. I came here to check on you. To make sure you were doing your job." He said getting serious.
"Well I'm doing the best I can here." I say venom in my voice. He moved closer to my bed.
"Well you have the perfect avenue to success. Paris practically throws himself at you and you deny him? You can stop this whole war before it even starts." He bellowed with a big thunderous voice.
"I didn't deny him.. yet.. and besides Paris is going to fall in love with Helen anyway. It won't matter that he thinks he's in love with me or not. The second he see's her then he'll know that I wasn't the real thing." I explain to him. He got this weird glint in his eye.
"Are you sure that's it? That this doesn't have anything to do with Troy's other prince?" He asked mischievously. I tried not to look shocked. I'm pretty sure tha'ts not it but that would make sense.
"No it has nothing to do with him." I defended myself.
"I'm not so sure." He said mocking me. I stood up and tried to be as confident as I possible could.
"I am the savior of Troy. The ring chose me and I will go about saving this city the way I feel is best, and it is not by seducing Paris." I tell him. He smiled.
"There is the savior of Troy I've been hearing about. Well if you're sure you have all this under control then I'll leave you alone." He answered then he was gone. I really do hate that god.
"Sydney!" Patroclus called out to me. I turned from the garden. He ran up to me.
"What?" I ask.
"My cousin is leaving again." He answered out of breath from running.
"Well that was quick. What does cousin do?" I asked curiously.
"He fights for Agamemnon. He's a greek king who takes over other nations. Achilles and the Myrmidons fight with them." He explained lively. I nod.
"I'm really happy you're here." Patroclus tells me. I smile.
"Me too." I say quietly. Why does this have to be so damn hard?
After my run in with Zeus I decided I couldn't just stay cooped up in my room forever. I would have to face Paris eventually. So I had Priska dress me just in time for lunch. I headed on over there. Everyone was already seated and Paris had saved me a seat beside him. I silently cursed myself for not getting here earlier.
"I'm glad to see you're feeling better Rachel." Priam told me as I sat down. I nodded and smiled not looking at Paris. I could feel Hectors eyes burning into me. I tried not to think about it, but it was hard not to.
The food was brought out and we began to eat. Paris tried to start up conversations with me but thankfully Hector saved me from having to talk to him. I didn't know what to say to Paris. Towards the end of lunch I excused myself. I walked as swiftly as I could away. I heard footsteps behind me and I wanted to crawl under a rock and stay there forever.
"Rachel!" Paris called out for me behind me. I sighed internally as I stopped. I might as well break his heart now opposed to later. I turned to see Paris's concerned face.
"Are you alright? You've been avoiding talking to me all lunch. Whats wrong?" He asked bringing his hand up to cup my face. I back up before he can. A confused look flashed across his face.
"Paris.. what you said last night was sweet but I don't feel the same way." I stumble over my words.
"I don't understand.. I thought that you..." Paris sounded heartbroken. That's when everyone came out of the dinning hall. They stopped to watch.
"Paris I'm so sorry but I care for you like a sister cares for her brother." I try to explain to him. He just looked so sad.
"I don't understand. I love you!" He cried out. That broke my heart a little bit. I look at him sadly.
"You think you do, but Paris there is a girl out there that the Gods picked out for you to be with. You are not meant to be with me." I try and tell him. Then he got angry.
"I don't want anyone else! I just want you! You led me on. You made me fall in love with you!" He yelled. Hot tears slipped down my cheeks. I didn't want to hurt him like this. Then he ran.
"Paris!" I yell after him, but he kept going. I look back on everyone else. Priam looked disappointed. Everyone else looked like they felt bad for us. Hector looked relieved and upset at the same time. After a few seconds of tense silence Andromache comes over to me and puts her arms around me and starts to lead me to her room.
When we got there she laid me down on the bed. She sat down on the bed and I put my head in her lap. Then I cried. I cried hard while Andromache gently brushed my hair.
"Feel better?" She asked after I had cried my last drop. I nod.
"He'll hate me forever now." I say sniffling.
"He'll come around. His pride is just bruised." She said softly trying to make me feel better, but it wasn't really helping.
"Can you go talk to him?" I ask sitting up. Her face softens.
"Of course I will. You stay here and I'll be back." She told me while hugging me. I nod and lay back down. She left and I was alone. I laid there for a few minutes before I sit up and look around. Andromache's room was much bigger than mine. I look over and there was a much bigger balcony than mine. I look over to the left of that and there was as suit of armor. That's when it hit me. This is Hectors room too. I jump off the bed. That's where he sleeps. I think to my self. I walk over to the suit of armor and run my fingers over the rough surface.
"I wonder how many men he's killed in this." I wonder out loud to myself thinking about the dream I had.
"Too many to count." A deep voice says behind me. I nearly jumped out of my skin. I turn to find Hector standing there. I didn't even hear him come in!
"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to intrude. Andromache was helping me after what happened then she went to got talk to Paris." I say the words falling out of my mouth.
"Its alright. I've fought many battles in that suit of armor, and have been saved from death in it." He said quietly coming up behind me. I could feel him behind me even though we weren't touching. My breath stuck in my throat. I tried to mentally shake him off but he was still there in every way possible.
"That must be a terrible burden to carry around." I say very quietly.
"Yes. Have you ever seen a man die in combat?" He asked. I thought about it of course I haven't. Not the real thing.
"No." I reply trying to breathe.
"I hope you never have to. After what you have been through I hope you never see war again. I'll always protect this city and all of its people. That includes you now and I will always protect you." He said getting even closer to me. I could feel his heartbeat. I almost died right there.
"Well now I can sleep at night knowing that." I say trying not to faint. Its getting harder to breathe.
"I'm happy I found you on the beach that night." He said softly. I freeze. I know I have to fight this.
"Me too." The words fall out of my mouth faster than I can catch them. This can't be happening. I turn around and come face to face with him. I could feel his breath on my face. I look up into his dark brown eyes then down to his lips. I know I can't have him but the heart wants what it wants. His fingers traced patterns on the palm of my hands. Then his fingertips traveled up to my arms . His touch sent delightful shocks through my system. I was completely entranced by this man.
"I wonder how your good friend Andromache would feel about this?" I hear Zeus's voice in my head and I snap out of it. I back up, Hectors hands falling to his side.
"I'm sorry." I say as I leave the room. How could this be happening? I mean how can I do this to Andromache. She loves him and Hector his her husband. Not me. For Gods sake she carrying his child. We can never be together, besides I came here to do one thing. Save this city and get home to my real family. I don't have time for this.
If I keep telling myself this maybe I'll start believing it.
I thought everything was perfect. Before Rachel came into my life I slept around with everything female. I craved love, but couldn't find it. So I filled that hole in my heart with random women. It was terrible, but I kept doing it. I was slowly dying on the inside and my heart earned for my true mate. I knew she was out there somewhere. I could feel her.
Then Hector found Rachel. I remember the night that she came. I was in my garden thinking about my next romantic conquest. When Hector came strolling by with a women in his arms my interest was immediately peaked. I quickly followed after him. Hector wasn't one to fool around with mistresses. He wasn't like me. Hector was a good son, husband, prince and older brother. He wasn't like me at all.
"Who's that? I called out to Hector. He didn't even turn back to look at me.
"I found her on the beach. I think she might be injured. Summon the healer!" He said sternly. I quickly went to go find the healer. When we got back to the guest room Hector was watching over the girl. That's was the first time I got a good look at her. She was soaking wet but she was still beautiful. The most beautiful women I have ever seen.
The healer asked us to leave so he could properly examine her. Hector and I stood at the door waiting for him to finish. Our father came to see what was going on.
"Who is this girl?" He asked Hector.
"I don't know father. I found her out on the beach. It looked like she swam to the shore. I didn't see a ship. I don't think she's Trojan." Hector explained to father.
"She could be Greek." I add in my input. They nod.
"Make sure she's alright then give her some food and water and send her on her way." Father told Hector. He started to walk off.
"Father wait!" Hector called for our father. The king turned.
"What is it my son?" He asked confused.
"I feel like we should keep her here." He told him.
"Keep her here?" Priam asked. Hector nodded.
"I feel like the Gods sent her here for a reason. I feel like she was sent to us." Hector explained. Father thought about if for a moment.
"If you feel the Gods sent her here then we should let her stay, but you must watch over her. She is your responsibility now." Priam told him. "Come with me we have many things we need to discuss." He beckoned Hector to come with him. Hector looked annoyed but went with father anyway. We learned later that Rachel was just exhausted. The healer said that she must have been through a lot. That night I had dreams about her.
The next day when she came into the throne room I knew I was a goner. She was the one for me. She just didn't know it yet. I wanted to hit Cassandra after she was so rude to her, but Mother put her in her place. Then when I saw her in my gardens I just knew that the Gods intended her to be mine.
That night at dinner I saved her a seat beside me. She would be mine. When I saw her in that dress I almost took her right then and there. She truly was beautiful. I was so happy to be able to help her when Cassandra was being mean to her. The second I took a hold of her hand I felt complete. After hearing her tale I wanted to always protect her from such horrible things.
After that night we were inseparable. I showed her around and told her things that made her laugh. For once in my whole life I felt whole. I felt like I had found the place where I belonged and that was by Rachel's side. When Hector took her out riding I was extremely jealous. That should have been me out there with her. I wasn't stupid I could see what was happening, but I didn't want to believe it. I can see it now looking back. The way he looks at her. I'm surprised no one else has noticed it. Its not like they try to hide it. It made me feel sick, but anyway when Rachel came back hurt I wanted to kill Hector for not protecting her. I've never felt so afraid in all of my years. I was so relieved when she was alright.
Yesterday night was going perfectly. Rachel looked beautiful like always and I knew exactly what I wanted to say to her. I said what I wanted to say and I thought it went well, but this morning I was blindsided. Rachel doesn't love me. Have I been so blind all this time? Did my father really raise such a fool? Looking back I can now see what I missed. Rachel doesn't love me because of Hector.
I wonder if Andromache knows whats going on. Andromache and Rachel were like sisters. That just makes it that much worst. Maybe the whole Hector and Rachel thing is just my imagination. I don't know what to think anymore.
Should I tell Andromache or should I just leave it alone?
Dinner was so awkward. Paris wasn't there and no one would talk. Andromache tried to start up conversation but we just cut her off. I don't even know why I even came in the first place. I wasn't even hungry. I try not to look at Hector. I know he's looking at me though. I can feel it.
"Menelaus has sent peace envoys. I think we're getting closer to peace with Sparta." Priam said quietly. That's where Helen is.
"I'm thinking of sending you and Paris to Sparta to speak with him in person." Priam turned to Hector.
"I want to be here when the baby comes." Hector tells his father. Priam nods and we all go back to eating. After dinner I walked back to my room alone. I didn't hear the footsteps behind me.
"I know why you don't love me." Paris's voice rung out with the empty hall. I jumped and turned around. Paris was standing there with this sad look on his face.
"What?" I say. He came up closer.
"I know why you don't love me. Its him isn't it." He said pitifully. I frowned.
"I don't know what you're talking about." I say trying to hide the truth. He shook his head.
"Of course you don't, but its okay. We both know the truth." He said while he walked by. I watched him go. I hate it when I'm wrong.
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