Hi everyone. Today I have another installment of Poppy & the Prince. Hope you enjoy. Have a great weekend.
Poppy & the Prince
Claiming One's Heart
It had been three days and Poppy was beginning to think that Seth was going to leave her with the fall king-Tomcat. He had been most kind of course and had made her as comfortable as possible.
Poppy would watch Tomcat talk to his tribe. She could feel their anxiety on her skin. They were anxious too. With every pick up of wind it made her jump and turn around expecting to see Seth standing there. Poppy knew he would not be happy and that's what frightened her most.
The day was beautiful and Poppy decided to go for a walk to clear her head. She knew Tomcat's tribe was out there and would be following her.
It was down a path that she noticed something small up ahead. Poppy stopped to watch it. It was eating something. When it turned its little head it looked like a hedgehog.
They spotted each other. The little creature took off and poppy quickly followed it. "Come back, I didn't mean to scare you." She couldn't see it anymore but she could hear it. Poppy followed the noise.
When she thought she had caught up there was nothing there. The little creature had disappeared. She sighed and turned around and started to walk back. Her eyes were cast down on the path. Poppy went deep into thought as she slowly walked back.
Poppy's nose twitched a few times but she paid no attention. It happened again and that's when she came out of her thoughts.
"I would offer you a penny for your thought but I think I already know what your thoughts are."
She stopped abruptly. Seth was walking beside her. Poppy gasped and her chest suddenly started thumping.
"Don't panic love. It is just you and I."
"What...What do you mean-just you and me?"
"Just that love. We are alone."
Poppy looked frantically up at the trees looking for Tomcat's tribe. Seth's eyes followed her eyes. He grinned. "They're not up there love and they haven't been following you like you thought they were."
Poppy was taken back. "What? They always...
Seth shook his head. "No love, the ones you felt following you were from the summer court."
"That can't be. I swore they were members of Tomcat's tribe. They were protecting me from...She stopped.
"From me? I don't think so. My troupe was protecting you from them."
She couldn't believe what she was hearing. "Why would you do that? Tomcat brought me here to...
Protect you from me and that nasty winter queen?" He shook his head again. "No love, Tomcat is one faerie you do not want to trust. He has agendas of his own love. He has put you here as a pawn in his game."
Seth came close to her and all she could smell was a sweet summer day and the warmth of sunshine on her skin. It felt like she was being lifted and transported to his world.
"Come with me, and I will get you away from him. You belong to me remember? You are going to be my queen when I become summer king. That will be soon." Seth took her arm and threaded it through his. They started to walk again. He took her in another direction from which she had come.
Seth was not mad at her and this made her nervous. Poppy finally spoke out about her concerns. He laughed and told her that he had forgiven her. She would come back with him and they would be married. Then she would be bonded to him and wouldn't leave ever again.
She was calm for some reason and wondered if he had anything to do with that. She looked up at the trees but there was nothing and no sounds came. They were almost at the end of a path. Poppy wondered if they would enter into the summer realm. A funny feeling crept through her.
"Going somewhere are we?"
Seth let out a low growl and pulled Poppy along faster to get to the end of the path.
She wanted to turn around and face Tomcat but she couldn't turn to him or say anything. The path ahead was all she could see. The desire to reach the end of the path grew stronger and stronger.
Tomcat landed in front of them making them stop.
"What's the hurry love? Our good friend here doesn't have to sweep you away from the rest of us."
"Oh yes I do. We all know what you are capable of doing. We are leaving."
He tried to go around Tomcat but no, he stopped them. "Remember whose court your are in Summer King? Oh, but wait, you're not king yet, are you? You don't have a queen and your court wants you to have a queen by your side." Tomcat's green eyes shone and his wings expanded slightly, then relaxed. He looked right at Seth. "Since you are on my turf and have not much power, I will take Poppy for the keeping right now. When you are ready to get married and claim her for your queen, then we will discuss what you can do for me in exchange for your queen."
Seth gritted his teeth. "I will not do any deals with you. I will claim my queen right now. I will marry her today."
Tomcat shook his head and chuckled. "No, you don't get married like that. You have to have a party and celebrate. Only the desperate do it your way." He was taunting Seth now. Poppy could feel the air change. The trees started to stir. Then a yelp echoed in the trees startling Poppy.
Suddenly Poppy was yanked from Seth and she felt herself rising into the air. When she looked down she saw the two of them fighting. They soon disappeared out of her sight. With a blink of an eye she had landed on the ground in tall grass. There was no one around her.
She bolted up with the sound of someone coming toward her. When the grass parted the winter queen was standing there smiling. She sighed. "I knew those two would screw up and leave you vulnerable."
"What do you mean? What do you want from me?"
"Those two want you for themselves. Seth wants you to be his summer queen and Tomcat...She didn't finish what she thought he wanted as if maybe that was a secret.
Her ice blue eyes shone as she came closer. "As for what I want, well...
She reached out and touched Poppy's chest. Coldness went right though her and Poppy gasped. She couldn't breathe. She looked into the winter queens ice blue eyes and tried to speak but couldn't. The queen leaned over ever so gently and kissed her.
Poppy felt ice on her lips and her body fill with cold. She was losing conscience. The last thing she heard was the winter's queens whisper in her ear.
"I want to claim your heart too love."