The hushed voices in the dimly lit room woke me up but I didn get up. ”So its decided then, shell be going over to live there. ” I shudder at the words I hear, who will be leaving to live where? I shrug and drift back to sleep.

” Zelda, Zelda, Zelda wake up. ” I rub my eyes and wake up to see my brother Alans face right before me. He helps me sit up and hands me a cup of water to be awake fully. I gulp down the remaining and stare at him, ”whats wrong Al? ” I ask as a sense of foreboding fills me with his grim look.

” I promise you that this won be long. You won spend your your live there forever working as a mere maid, Ill do something quick to make our lives more comfortable I promise you. Just know that Im not in support of this act, I never was and will never be, Ill work harder till sunset to earn more, and together well run away, Yes well run away to a better place where Ill give you the comfortable life you deserve, you don deserve this Zelda….. ” ,he trails off and his words are choked with his tears.

I stare at him in confusion and cup his face in my small hands and say, ”Im not going anywhere Al… ” my words were cut off with the slamming of the door and my father bangs in with an angry look on his face, ”Get your stupid self up and go outside. The Garcias guard is outside, so don keep him waiting. Your bags have been packed so just get up and leave! ” . I shudder at his shouting but confused as well. Im already used to his harsh treatments and anger always directed towards me but the question why? lingers.

”Shes not going anywhere! ” , Alan quickly gets up and stands before me shielding me. My confusion increases.

”Alan stay out of this. I throught weve discussed this over and over again. Having this girl here will leave more mouths to feed and…. ” , my dad says before being cut off by Alan.

”You been taking care of her for seventeen years, whats a few more years then shell be married or will be able to cater for herself. ”

My father gives him a death glare at his retort, grab my arms and drag me outside. I struggle to free them but it proves abortive. He successfully drags me outside. There I saw my mom silently sniffing, I run to her and grip her shoulder and asks her what was happening.

My dad furiously grabs my arm and pushes me, while roaring incomprehensible curses, ” Weve decided that you
e an extra burden to us and weve decided to sell you off to the Royal family. Getting rid of you in the appropriate way and also making quite a fortune of it. Thats killing two birds with a stone, isn that right? ” , he shakes my limp body while questioning as I haven recovered from the shock.

”Sold? ” My eyes brim with tears as I stare at my mother first who quickly averts her gaze,I can tell shes been crying seeing her eyes, how puffy and red they are, I look at my brother who stares at my father with intensity as though eyes could kill with his knuckles clenched and gritting teeth, slowly I look at my father and the tears flow freely. Since age of reasoning, I haven experienced what fatherly love felt like, Im aware he doesn like me but wasn aware the hatred was deep rooted to the point of selling me off.

The guard opens the carriage door and gestures that I go inside. Still in a trance of not fully understanding the situation at hand, I don comprehend the words my brother say to me while giving me a light kiss on my forehead. I step in the carriage and stare at my family as the carriage starts moving. I keep staring at them and the villagers and passersby that stood at far places watching the scenario. With a bent head my cheeks are wet again with tears till I hear a voice in the carriage which startles me.

”Don cry for those who don deserve your tears, dummy ”. I slowly lift my head up and meet his intense gaze with his imposing aura. His eyes are the calmest Ive ever seen, light blue eyes that reminds one of the sea, his high cheekbones and sharp square jaw. His hair is combed backed with about four or five strands settling on his forehead. His look screams PERFECTION! Slowly I lower my gaze to his royal blue coat which has a horse with raised hooves embroidered with golden threads on the chest, the Royal familys insignia. My eyes slowly lift up and linger a little more on his lips before I notice his intense gaze on me with squinted eyes.

I swallow unconsciously and swiftly shift my gaze to the window to watch the passing trees.

His gaze which I can feel lingers on me a little while before he shifts them to the paper asking without looking up.

” Whats your name? ”

”Zelda… Griselda Capell ” , I answer fiddling with my nightdress which I didn get any chance to change or at least have a bath before my father dragged me out. I clench my knuckles relieving the incident that just happened.

”You shouldn get yourself hooked up on things and people of irrelevance Zelda ”. He says calmly with his eyes still glued to the paper.

” what? ”, I ask with my eyes looking up at him swiftly.

He totally ignores me, exhales and begins, ” The Queens maid was found stealing and she was killed, leaving the position vacant. Your father approached with the intention of selling you off as the Princes mistress, a maid or anything your use might be needed for. The Royal family bought you and now you
e their property, and would be working for the queen as her temporary maid ”.

I clench my fists in anger at the thought that my father sold me off as a Princes mistress or anything they deemed fit. My eyes brim with tears as I look out at the window.

”Those feelings will lead you nowhere so perish them. Anger, sadness, revenge, whatever it maybe, perish it ”. He says without sparing me a glance.

With trembling lips, I keep my eyes on the window. I wanted to let an outlet where I would cry out my feelings. With muffled cries, I mumble an incomprehensible okay .

The ride to the Royal mansion was long. The wheel moved swiftly avoiding potholes. Its been two hours I guess, I yawn in hunger with my head leaning on the glass window and my hand fumbling with a loose thread on my gown.

He glances up at me at my yawn and continues scribbling. After a few minutes, he taps on the window and the carriage comes to a halt. My closed eyes jerk open as I stare at him. He tosses a wrapped bread smeared with butter and an apple to me and places a bag of water on the seat next to me.

” Eat this and stretch your legs a little bit before we continue our journey ”. He says swiftly, opens the carriage door and steps out.

I drink some water first before gobbling up the food and drink the remaining in a swift manner.

In about forty minutes we arrive at a narrow path with trimmed flowers on the sides leading to a large gate. The carriage arrives slowly to the gate and after a few seconds the gate is opened to reveal a large mighty glorious mansion.

Not the common type of mansions that the elites live in, this is a different type. In all in its glory and splendor, the sun reflects on its creamy white colour giving a bigger magnificence.

The surrounding was so spacious that one could get lost in it. Different flowers and water fountains are arranged neatly. The carriage suddenly comes to a stop at the entrance. A guard quickly runs and swiftly opens the door while another stands beside him both with bowed heads.

The man in the carriage who I didn get to know his name, steps out of the carriage swiftly and in a stylish way. I follow behind, he arrives at the entrance and walks in but I hesitate looking at his retreating figure not sure what to do. He stops in his steps, faces the butler and says something I couldn comprehend while the butler removes his coat. He finishes up and walks farther away without sparing me a glance.

”Follow me! ” ,the butler says and I swiftly do so.

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