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Chapter 2: An unexpected tremble, in the voice of someone that isn’t allowed to be shaken by fear.

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Chapter 2: Unexpected

“Suit your behavior and posture, don’t show your skin, lie if you must and don’t do something that attracts attention to you even more”.- That was all I had to keep in mind tonight. Besides all the names of  the thousands  guests that are going to be there as well. Names of one’s that lived too long in my opinion.

“Very well, you know who we are going to meet tonight?”-  I thought I heard a little tremble in her voice. She was nervous, I could tell. She doesn’t get like that with anything, its just weird. I knew that she went  to this gathering 500 years ago, what was it that made her so restless. When I just wanted to ask her the reason, I sensed someones presence at the door.

“Lady Luciana we are done preparing everything for Lady Aelliana.”

“Very well Maya, we are done here. Aelliana you should go and get dressed. We are leaving soon.”

I sighed, again. Yes I do that a lot, I hate getting dressed up in suffocating fancy dresses. I have to keep my skin hidden except for my face and hands so no one gets appealed by my scent. Yes my scent, because that is what drives this world’s creatures crazy. At least some of them.

I walked out of the room into the hallway, with very tall ceilings. One glass wall that looked upon the gardens and one white wall with doors. We walked by two doors and came in to the dressing room. The room was large with white dressoirs as large as the walls itself. Dresses, purses, shoes, you name it. This was the room that contained fashion of the centuries. I saw a dress on the counter in the middle of the room, everything was already chosen from stockings to shoes.

“I hope you like it my Lady”

“At least wipe that smile away from your face, you’re enjoying this too much.” – She knew very well that this was torture for me. She walked away giggling to the counter to take the dress.

“I can’t wear this, its too tight. Why is it so hard to get in a damn dress!” – Maya didn’t even button up the back of the dress and I already felt claustrophobic.

“It suits your figure quite well my Lady, you look beautiful. I knew this would suit you!” – When I turned around to look in the mirror, I saw Maya staring at me with big sparkly eyes. Of course she chose the dress! She wasn’t much older then me, in fact we were born in the same year a couple months apart. Her mother worked for my mother in the castle and she was always around as long as I could remember.

I looked up at my own reflection, a wine red dress that hugged my figure with a mermaid tail in the back. It felt a little velvety but it wasn’t, the fabric had a nice feeling to it. It complemented my honey blonde hair, I actually looked good. I sat down in front of the mirror.

“Maya will you come with me tonight?”

Maya answered with a faint voice while putting my hair in a bun.

“I can’t my Lady, but mother will be there. So don’t be concerned, if anything goes wrong…, well lets hope it doesn’t! Just stay with them and don’t do something stupid!”

Just when she was picking up some pins I took her hand.

“Tell me what you know, you’re hiding something from me.”

She looked surprised but relieved at the same time. Its not in her nature to keep secrets.

“Aelliana, I heard from mother that the host of the gathering is a Pureblood.”

“So? That isn’t anything odd or special. They are Purebloods, you know  what they fear the most, The Echluëden.”

Maya looked at me with a worried face. “Not just a Pureblood, the very first Pureblood AND Lord of the cold-ones and warm-ones. He was there when the very first Echluëden was chosen. Because he was created first.”

A chill ran down my spine. “The very first one! That would make him…”

“Yes Aelliana, that would make him millions of years old. As old as your bloodline.”

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