Being one of the last to come into the dining room meant not many seats were left. I chose the table with only two others, not yet realizing who was sitting there. When I got closer, I noticed Erraline but continued walking. I walked up to the chair across from her and spoke, "I wouldn't be a bother if I sat here would I?"
Brianna waltzed into the dining room with her head down, her golden locks cascading around her like a halo. Her silver dress glided across the floor as she headed to table three. She sat down, making no acknowledgement to the other royals, wishing to stay invisible for the whole event.
For a brief moment, the color drained from my face, but then I cleared my throat, acting as if all were normal. I leaned in so I was closer to Erraline and spoke quietly, but not so quiet that I would draw attention to us. "Of course. Is everything alright?"
"Yeah, everything is okay. To be honest, I am surprised I have even been allowed into Solaria, considering that I am a Lunar Elemental. But then again, it is a special occasion so I should not really question it. I came to speak with you because I have a surprise for you." She responded, speaking more formally than usual.
"Of course you were invited. The Solar king is actually quite friendly once you get to know him. He wouldn't pass up the chance to gather all the royals and make himself seem friendly." I add, mostly joking. "But no matter. What do you have for me?" I ask.
For a moment I didn't know what to say. I was surprised she had remembered that, and that she had even gone as far as fetching me a gift from there. I took them from her and examined them. "Well thank you. They're beautiful." I genuinely told her.
She glanced around the room before glancing to the two. Lunar and Solar, she briefly remembered and smiled slightly as she wondered when they were going to get together. She found it rather obvious. Glancing towards the other girl, she extended her hand, "I'm Amber, duchess of the Air kingdom."
When Erraline had spoken to me, I had been deep in thought. I had been thinking back on my last relationship and the entire rivalry between our two elements. Rage and sadness swelled inside me, something that had built up since the day of my mother's lashing out at me.
When Erraline had spoken to me, it pulled me out of thought. "Huh, uh what?"
Brianna huffed, "Royals and their elegance. I get the light thing, you Solarians are role models when it comes to diet, but sometimes it feels like you overdo it on the "elegance". I have never seen such sparkly rooms in my life."
Being careful not to stand on her black gown, Erraline rose up from her seat. "Please excuse me." She responded, before proceeding to walk towards the palace entrance. She just wanted to be alone for a moment.
Now out of sight from the ball, Erraline spent her moment trying to compose herself and get the feeling of intimidation out of her mind. As guards watched her with interest, Erraline could only feel more intimidated as she looked around. Even though she had been invited, she couldn't help but feel that she didn't belong here. Now she felt the effect that the whole Lunar-Solar rivalry had.
"France, interesting country," she mused with approval. "I've always wanted to visit France. The culture is so rich. But considering the fact that for sixteen years I've been held captive in my own house, that obviously hasn't happened."
I hadn't really heard a word of what Brianna had said. My mind had been on Erraline and why she seemed so distressed. Did she really care that much about how I felt?
I stood up and excused myself. "I need to use the rest room. I'll be right back." I walked out of the ball room and down a hall, near one of the many restrooms. I made sure I was out of sight and then doubled back and exited out a side door to the balcony where Erraline had gone.
Erraline stood there, looking elegant and to some, beautiful, in her black gown. She would have mixed in with the darkness, had it not been for the diamond headpiece she was wearing. As soon as she heard footsteps coming towards her, she instinctively turned around. "Alek, why did you follow me?" She asked gently.
Upon seeing her, it made me think more about what I was wearing. A royal blue suit, with a white dress shirt and a white handkerchief sticking out of the suit pocket. My darker blue tie slightly moved in the gentle breeze. I felt out of breath when I saw Erraline standing beautifully in the moonlight. It felt like a seen out of a fairy tale. "Oh. Uh. Erraline." was all I was able to manage out of my mouth.
"There is nothing to apologize for. I'm sorry if I've made you felt uncomfortable. I just don't like sitting at a table with you and having to act like we've hardly met." I explain, angry at our families, not her. Unable to hold back my thoughts, I continued on. "This rivalry. Nothing has ever made me feel rage. But when I think of it... and my mother... This anger... a vexation even, swells inside me. I would do anything for my country, I love Solaria, but I lo... I care about you too Erraline." When I finished it dropped dead silent. The cool breeze blowing was the only sound to be heard. I could feel the rage welling up inside me. My eyes felt as though they were glowing with the fire of one thousand suns.
Hearing Alek, she started to cry. "Dammit, I've been holding this in for too long. Well, it's too late to stop it now. The reason why I walked out was because I had a horrible vision, whatever you want to call it, of my parents. These visions always make me feel emotional, but I try to suppress my emotions. And the conversation that you guys were having, although this will probably sound stupid, reminded me of them. Ugh, I'm being pathetic."