Pretty soon all thoughts of my cousin have to be pushed back because everyone comes up to me to introduce themselves.
“Hello princess Ebony.” A fiery red head introduces herself. “I’m Layla I’m going to be your tutor to teach you everything you’ll need to know to be queen.” She has kind blue eyes and a big open smile.
“Princess Ebony I’m so glad I can meet you. My names Johonathin. I am your other cousin, I’m Thalia’s little brother.” The boy who introduces himself is young about ten years old and has black curly hair cut short.
“Hello it’s good to meet more of my family.” My mouth widens into a large smile. I have a second cousin and he seems to be a sweetie the complete opposite of his sister. Before I can get to know him better more people crowd around me and start talking
“So good to meet you.”
“It’s great that your finally home.” So many people are talking at me at once that I can’t make out what voice is coming from where. I start to feel overwhelmed and slightly nauseous.
“You’ll never be a true queen, you should have died with your father.” I start at the cold chilling voice that whispers the threat looking around to try to place the voice. Everyone is crowding so close that I can’t tell where the voice came from. “Princess Thalia is the true heir and you will die before you rule.”
“Who.” I whisper in fear.
“Ebony I love your hair.”
“Come meet my mother.”
The whirl of voices adds to my confusion and makes me start to feel nauseous. Who said those things to me? And what do they mean by you will die before you rule. All the colours start whirling around me and i feel like I’m going to faint. Just before I pass out somebody grabs my hand and drags me towards the dance floor.
“You looked like you needed rescuing.” I look up to see the most handsome man I’ve ever seen. He’s even more handsome then my uncle fallow. His red curls just brush the top of his collar and he has about a head taller than me.
“Thank you.” I breathe as I look up into his eyes, thencompletely forget what I was going to say next. His eyes are the deepest pool of black and are so bright that they look like their full of fire.
He smiles down at me and puts his arm around my waist leading me around the dance floor. We spin around and around in circles and everyone around us stops to watch.
“So princess Ebony how are you liking court life so far?”
“Actually its a bit overwhelming so far. But I love having a family. What’s your name?” I ask as I stare at his gorgeous face.
“Aislin.” He smiles as he leans me down backwards and he brushes his lips against my ear and breathes barely loud enough for me to hear. “But you can call me anything you want.”
I blush and look up at him trying to decide if he was serious or not. “I think Aislin is fine with me.” I reply.
“Anything you want my lady.” And he pulls me up and starts to spin me around again.
As we dance around I gradually start to notice the people around us. Everyone was watching us spin around the dance floor deep in conversation. Some were looking on in awe and some with jealousy, I look up at Aislin and smile-definitely jealousy inducing, and one look of such hostility and rage that it’s shocking. I cringe from the look instinctively and Aislin noticing pulls me closer to him.
“What’s wrong Ebony?” he asks scanning the room curiously.
“Nothing I’m just feeling a bit tired I think I’m going to bed soon. Thank you for the dance”
I pull away from Aislin and start walking towards my uncle scanning the room for the man that was shooting the look 0of hatred at me. He’s impossible to miss with his blonde hair falling long and strait down his back but the most distinguishing feature he has is the fact that his eyes are a startling sea green in a roomful of black eyes.
I search in vain, he’s nowhere to be seen. Was he the one who was whispering the threats? Why does he hate me? I cant push these thoughts from my head and i start to feel sick with fear. I cant believe that this is happening to me, i find my family and now someone wants to kill me.
I get over to my uncle and find him deep in conversation with the man i was searching for. He looks up when i stop in shock in front of them and instantly shoots me a look filled with anger, he then turns around and storms off.
“Who was that?” I stare after him in confusion. Why does he hate me?
“Oh that was just prince Jammen of the Seelie court. He came as an ambassador of the Seelie fairies to see our newest princess.”
“Oh ok then.” I look up at him and continue “I think I want to go to bed is it ok if i retire early?”
“Sure whatever you want your rooms are just upstairs and to the left. You can’t miss them there are white ribbons leading the way from the stairs.” He tries to act happy but I can see that he’s disappointed that I’m leaving early. “Have a good sleep. I’ll get you up early to introduce you to the family properly.”
I smile weakly to tired and upset to be more enthusiastic. “Ok I’ll see you in the morning then.” I turn around and walk out of the party glad to be able to breathe. When I see what my uncle has done to the stairs I smile to myself. There is no way I could get lost on the way to my rooms the entire staircase is wrapped in white ribbons.
As I make my way upstairs to my rooms I again sink into thought about everything that has happened. It’s been such a long day and night that I think I’ll fall asleep strait away I’m that exhausted.
When I get to my room I walk in and move my hand along the wall to find the light switch and am shocked into screaming when my hand brushes something warm and alive. All of a sudden someone has grabbed me and dragged me towards them putting their hand over my mouth so that I can’t scream. I try to pull away from them and manage to look up and see their face half obscured by shadows. I instantly stop struggling and drop my jaw in shock. I know who that is. I’d recognise them anywhere.