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   Chapter 44 The Luna on Fire

The Alpha King's Claim By JMFelic Characters: 11919

Updated: 2020-03-16 20:35


< Serena >

Yes, we finally arrived in Cirelles, the town near the castle where it had quite a busy market. Our travel time was about twenty minutes on foot after declining the offer of my maids to use the castle coach. It wasn't really an arduous walk. We had fun just watching everything around us.

Apparently, the guards in the castle didn't bother us when they saw us walk past the castle gates. Security for a royal persona seemed close to nothing. Unlike on Earth where the royal family was heavily guarded with bodyguards, here, as queen, I had none and I thought it was either their lax security or that they were just really confident with their kingdom's peace and order and their people.

Rhea and I were both in awe with the town and its not-so little market. Stalls after stalls were seen from left to right of the sidewalks. It was organized in a way that customers could freely choose the merch.

Not long after we arrived, an item caught my fancy and so I decided to approach the seller.

She was an aging woman, sitting on a stool wearing a large printed turban and a long-sleeved dress. Wisps of gray hair fell down her forehead. The moment she noticed me approach, she quickly got up to her knees and bowed.

I was eager to stop the gesture, still not comfortable with all the royalty status.

Beside me, Rhea chuckled.

"How much?" I asked, bending forward to pick up a silver bracelet that was designed like a wolf's head. In a werewolf world, I was bound to find one, or two, or more.

The old woman looked up and smiled at me, her eyes beaming. "It's free for you, Your Highness, " she answered with a short nod.

I quickly waved my hand. "No, please. I want to buy like your normal customers would. Give me the right price for this item."

I heard Rhea chuckle again with this. Her eyes were set on the other trinkets in front of us.

"In that case, fifty maltis, Your Highness, " the seller answered.

Honestly, I didn't even know what she said and I had a feeling Rhea was the same, but since we got money to burn, I handed over the payment without thinking of the change.

"Here, and keep the change, " I said with a big smile.

The old woman's eyes twinkled even more and her mouth dropped. "You're generous, Your Highness. Are you sure you don't want the change?"

"No, don't worry. You're my first buy after all. Enjoy!" I winked at her.

She responded with a deep blush.

We moved to another stall after that whilst I donned the silver bracelet on my left wrist. Rhea poked my rib and clucked her tongue.

"At this rate, you'll be giving away our money. Are you sure the king is okay with this?"

I scoffed.

"The money we have now won't even scratch his wealth."

She shrugged her shoulders, accepting this as a valid point. We were talking about the king after all. The man basically owned the kingdom.

We walked further into the road, checking out a variety of trinkets. She bought some for herself and I did the same, laughing at the same time when we realized we were actually shopping in a realm other than Earth. It was our therapy and she was right, it did take my mind off of the king even for just a bit.

"What's that?"

Rhea tapped my shoulder again to get my attention while I was busy haggling another merchant.

I straightened up and faced her, arching a brow.

"What?" I asked.

I picked up the panic on her face immediately as she pointed to an angry black smoke just a few blocks away.

"Fire?!!" I shouted; alarm bells clanking inside my head.

Seconds later,

transportation. We will provide everything you need there."

They nodded without hesitation.

Soon William came with the coaches and the fire victims lined up for their turn to ride.

I organized the whole process whilst riding my horse. It was easier and faster this way.

By the time the last of the victims left the area, the fire was already under control but it certainly left half of the market in charcoal. At the sight of it, my stomach clenched.

How could someone be so cruel to do this to a peaceful town?

"Your Highness, you should return to the castle too, " Alpha Aaron said when he neared me. In his hand was a soaked towel, probably for wetting his flushed face.

I nodded at him, but my peripheral vision caught something humanoid hiding behind a charred tree.

"The cloak!" I cried, recognizing the garment worn by the witch murderer instantly.

Without thought, I guided my horse to that direction, galloping past a confused Alpha Aaron.

"Queen Serena!" he called behind me, but I was already too far ahead to even give him an explanation.

By the time I arrived on the spot, the cloaked person was nowhere in sight. What remained was the charred tree and a small stone next to the roots enveloped in a blue fire.

"A rune, " Alpha Aaron said behind me. He was definitely quick with catching up with me.

I looked down from my horse and gave him a solemn face.

"You said this fire had magical properties to it."

"Yes, Your Highness, and this rune confirms it."

"I just saw the arsonist in this specific spot, " I stated, cringing at the memory.

"I'll request General Halcynos for a witch-hunt then. She might not have gone far."

"A witch?" My brows furrowed. "How can you be so sure it was a witch?"

"Only witches could use a rune, Your Highness, " he confidently answered. "And there are witches too who could call out the element of fire at will."

He then bent forward and tipped his head. "I apologize, Your Highness, but I have to go and inform the general. For your safety, please return to the castle."

It wasn't a strong justification for me, but I had no choice but to accept it at least for the time being.

"Alright, I will, " I stated.

Taking into account what I witnessed yesterday in the forest, I was more than sure someone was out there trying to cause discord in the Kingdom of Phanteon.

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