Daenerys woke the next morning, so it had happened. She looked to her side and saw Stannis sleeping soundly—after how much he drank last night, she wasn't surprised. Hopefully she could escape the room without waking him. She felt for her underclothes and found them at the foot of the bed on top of strewn blankets. She got up quiety and found her dress on the floor. She had almost made it to the door when she heard him call to her, "Daenerys?"

"Yes?" she turned to face him.

"Bring Davos to see me. I know he walks around here early in the morning."

"Okay," she said quickly and exited the room. Sure enough as she was walking back, she happened upon Davos.

"Good morning, Ser Davos."

"Good Morning, my queen." He added a smile.

"Thank you. The king expects you in his chambers now."

"I will go right away. I hope you enjoy your night?"

"It was...enjoyable." Dany smiled and blushed only a little. Davos bowed and left, while she walked back to her room. Asha was sitting there, waiting, sitting in a chair—with her foot propped on the table. "You've got some explaining to do."

Dany sighed and began.

X

Stannis told Davos everything. Davos knew that he wasn't the kind to bring up sexual conquests as some men did in conversation. There must be something deeper than he let on.

"I think I was foolish."

"What do you mean?"

"I shouldn't have shared a bed with her."

"Perhaps not...yet. But do you remember what happened when you didn't share a bed with your last wife?"

"I remember." Stannis didn't need a reminder. It was miserable for everyone.

"The Queen seems eager to please you and she cares for Shireen."

"Yes but I was too eager to please myself, Davos. She can be my ally, but never my lover."

"She is your queen."

"And what do queens do to the kings they claim to love?"

The words hung in the air, with both men knowing the answer. Robert was a foolish idiot, but his queen had been smart. In a cloud of daylignt, all of hopes that he entertained the night before were forgotten. Fantasy kills kings. I will stay sharp.

X

Daenerys had set up her chamber, it was a family dinner of sorts. They had never eaten in the chamber before. She made sure there was food that Shireen and Stannis would favor and had spent the day getting a vase of flowers from the garden and getting proper arrangements. Shireen, Davos, and Stannis would be there to join Asha. Asha stood in place of Ser Barristan, who had been feeling weak earlier. It would only be a matter of time before he passed on, she knew. How small is the amount of people I really trust. Stannis entered with Davos behind him and Shireen followed in behind them.

"My queen." Davos bowed and Shireen followed. Stannis only nodded.

"Please come in and sit. Everything's ready. The servant poured wine and food was the only thing that broke the awkwardness in the room. It was like everybody knew, but was afraid to say. Shireen was acting weird. She, who was always so loving towards Dany, wouldn't even look at her. When she did, she would only smile and respond courteously. Davos always gave her smiles. He is always kind, no matter what him and the king hatch in private. What hurt her most is that Stannis wouldn't even look at her. She would smile, trying to establish contact between them. He would only look away and ask Asha questions about the Iron Islands. She hadn't noticed that he would sneak a glance at her whenever her attention was turned elsewhere; though he fought every urge as it came, he couldn't pull himself away from was over quickly, with everyone eager to leave. Dany graciously bid everyone a goodnight at her door. "Stannis, can you stay a moment?" Stannis nodded at her and Asha left to give them privacy, closing the door behind her.

Dany crossed her arms and stood a comfortable distance away from him. "Why won't you look at me?"

He sighed. "It was a mistake, Daenerys." He crossed to the table and fiddled with a glass."

"Oh?"

He turned around and grabbed her arm. "It's not your fault. We both had much to drink."

"Don't touch me," she said forcibly taking his hand off her. There was a pause. "Don't think I'm in love with you. Don't treat me as a woman scorned."

Stannis nodded.

"Don't you have anything to say?"

A moment went by and there was no answer.

"Fine. Go sharpen your steel. See what army you can raise against your heart and against me. Go now!" she yelled, letting her temper get the best of her.

X

Stannis left and Asha followed in. "Oh Asha," she said. She hadn't allowed herself to cry for months and she knew that Asha might be shocked, but she only followed Dany over to the bed. She sat on the edge while she forced Dany's head onto her lap. She ran her fingers through her silver hair, trying to calm and stop her tears.

"How are you so strong?"

"My mother taught me."

"I've never had a mother, maybe I would have been better off."

"You are strong." Asha said and lifted her up to face her. Dany sat cross-legged and looked at Asha. Something in her glance made her believe every word her companion said. She couldn't take her eyes off of her.

She looked down. "He doesn't know how much it hurts. How weak I get when he pretends to be strong."

"Show him who you really are."

Dany's tears stopped as Asha's strong hands pushed a strand of hair from her face. She took Asha's hands after they had fallen from her face. "He has steel, let him feel my fire." Asha smiled and Daenerys could only return it.