A secret passage... that was perfect. Aspen followed Grace through it, tiptoeing rather fast and speeding up her pace. Once she was right behind Grace, Aspen clasped her hand around her mouth and grabbed her wrist, feeling uncomfortable herself.
She pulled down her sleeve with her remaining hand. "This is my proof. She did this to me when she kidnapped me." She showed Aspen a deep scar. "Even my boyfriend and my half-brother doesn't know about this."
Aspen raised an eyebrow. She decided that Grace was telling the truth, but that didn't mean Aspen was going to put all her faith in her. "If you're against Victoria, tell me what you know about her masterplan.
"Very well. She doesn't plan on just taking over the Fire Kingdom throne, she intends on taking over all of Elementrium. She wants her brother, Liam, dead because he's the heir apparent. As of Layton, I think it's because of personal reasons. That I don't know much about. I'm telling you the truth, even though it's risky."
She realised that it was time to defend herself. "I'm not a follower of Victoria, I'm only pretending to be. Me and my half-brother are working on a secret plan to decrease her influence and eventually stop her."
"And what might that be?" Aspen knew this wasn't enough evidence to try Victoria for treason. Even so, as long as she was alive, be it in prison or free, her influence would live, and that was bad. "Your half-brother is...?"
Aspen had gotten the intel she required. She promptly began walking to the direction she had come from. "You're an Edan. If you notify him, he should believe you. If he is aware of Victoria's plans, he will be cautious. If he is cautious, there's a chance the assassination attempt will fail. If it fails, Victoria will be exposed. If she is exposed, she will fall." Aspen was nearly back at the entrance.
Aspen pondered for a moment. She decided to keep it vague. "Ever since... Ever since a certain incident, my job has been to keep peace and balance between the Elementrian Kingdoms. As Victoria is planning to destroy that balance, I must eliminate her." Aspen wasn't aware that her wording made it sound like she wanted Victoria dead. She just wanted to make sure Victoria wouldn't take over the world.