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- Published: Tuesday, 08 October 2013 23:00
- Written by Mike Cropo
Wolves and Dragons of the Blood: Revelations
“We would need to inspect him?” Vesara blurted out.
Aricia blinked as Saydia’s eyes went wide. “Vesara that is out of line!” She declared.
“It is our right!” Vesara proclaimed. “We inspected all of those who shared your bed! We will be the final say in this! Not you and not your daughter!”
“So you would dismiss what this could mean for an archaic ritual that is hundreds of years old?” Saydia demanded.
“Yes!” Vesara spat. “I will not approve this… this Union without it!”
“How dare you!” Saydia snarled now coming to her feet.
Aricia looked at Saydia. “I don’t understand.” She spoke. “What does she mean?”
Seran rose to her feet now reaching for Saydia’s arm even as Anthylea did as well in order to keep her calm. “It is an ancient Tasmor ritual Queen Aricia. Those chosen to share the beds of any member of the Sovereign’s family. The Quorum reserves the right to inspect them to insure they will be suitable… suitable reproductive material for the Tasmor.”
Aricia looked taken aback and she looked at For'mya quickly. She turned back to Seran. “You wish to physically inspect our son?” She asked.
“He will present himself to this Quorum for inspection. Questions will be asked of him and we will decide if he is a quality specimen for breeding with a Tasmor daughter of the Regent’s blood.” Vesara snapped. “That is our law.”
“Androcles Leonidas is a Crown Prince of his people!” Saydia snapped. “He is not Tasmor and therefore not subject to that law! For you to demand this is preposterous!”
“It is even more important because he is not Tasmor!” Vesara quipped right back. Vesara looked around the table. “I believe I have the support of the majority on this issue!”
Saydia noticed that all but Seran nodded their heads in acknowledgement of Vesara’s words and this made her even angrier. Aricia and For'mya detected the spike in her scent because of her anger and Aricia moved up beside her.
“I will make the arrangements.” Aricia blurted out.
“This must take place before he arrives here.” Vesara continued. “Before he sees Namiri Daret in person! There can be no delay!”
Aricia looked at For'mya. “Kinosaurgai?” She asked.
“We can use the HELIX Corvette assigned to ARC ROYAL.” She answered almost instantly. “We have their coordinates and course, we can have them hold position and jump to them in perhaps twenty hours.”
Aricia nodded her head. “Then I suggest all of you rest for the remainder of the day. We will leave in the morning.”
“Aricia…?” Saydia began but Aricia shook her head.
“No, we will honor your traditions just as we ask that you honor ours.” Aricia spoke. “It is only fair.”
Vesara nodded her head arrogantly. “As well you should.” She snapped and then spun around and walked out of the building. The other Tasmor Quorum members rose and followed her out with the exception of Seran, who moved closer to Saydia Daret.
Saydia turned to fully face Aricia once the room was empty but it was Seran who spoke first. “What is going on Saydia?” She asked causing her to turn and look at her. “We have been friends for over fifty years and I know you. What is going on?”
“Seran…” Saydia began.
“No!” Seran interrupted her. “I have thoroughly read the reports submitted by Drenia and Anthylea. I know that these Svorag monsters are as large a threat to our people as to everyone else in this Quadrant. You obviously have a plan worked out with the Queens here. I know your daughter Saydia, Namiri is as stubborn as Emylea and she would not…”
Saydia looked at Aricia. “I don’t believe Namiri is the issue any longer.” She said. “Is she?” She asked.
Aricia shook her head. “This is not something we anticipated.” She replied. “We did not know about this custom of yours.”
Anthylea stepped closer now. “Your son… he will not look fondly upon this I take it?” She asked.
For'mya moved up closer to Aricia and their hands came together and their fingers interlaced. “That would be an understatement.” For'mya spoke now.
Aricia looked at Saydia. “The last person who attempted to do something similar to this with our son, he was a member of what we call the School of the Mages.”
“Do we dare ask what happened?” Anthylea asked.
Aricia looked at her. “The man spent four months in a body cast and another six months to fully recover from his other wounds.”
“Your son beat him?!” Seran gasped in shock.
For'mya shook her head quickly. “No! Well… not really.”
“What do you mean?” Saydia asked.
“Andro only hit him three times.” Aricia answered.
THIS IS A SCI-FI/FANTASY NOVEL ORIENTED TO THE MATURE CROWD. IT HAS GRAPHIC LOVE SCENES AND MULTIPLE PARTNERS IN SOME RELATIONSHIPS. IT HAS VIOLENCE AND EXTREME LANGUAGE IN SOME PARTS. IT IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. I HAVE RECEIVED PERMISSION TO USE THE IMAGES ON THIS SITE FROM THE DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS, OR TOOK THEM FROM THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THOUGH MANY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE IMAGES DO FOLLOW THE STORY, THEY ARE IN NO WAY INVOLVED OR ENDORSE IT. AT LEAST NOT AT THIS TIME. WHO KNOWS IN THE FUTURE.