The Swan Queen
So it’s finally here!!! I hope you guys enjoy. Keep in mind that that this the prologue as well as the first part.
And also @lady-nesta-archeron whose birthday is today so happy birthday 🎂🎉🎁
And yes I know the title is bad but bear with me okay
Nesta was pacing in the room of the small cabin. He was going to come here and expect an answer. Nesta had already said no the other two times but he wouldn’t accept it. She was worried about Elain and Feyre and what he would do to them. Nesta was only sixteen years old and didn’t want to marry someone who was twice her age.
The old man had saved her from Tomas Mandray. While she was thankful for it, he would not get of her back. He called himself Hybern and he had a daughter also. Hybern had proposed to her and she refused. Today was her last chance to accept it. She was the only one who could defend her sisters. Their father was a drunk and was of no use.
“What’s wrong, Nes?”
She turned to see Elain and coming up behind her was Feyre.
“I told you two to stay up in our bedroom.”
“We don’t want to.” Feyre said.
As Nesta was about to answer the door was pulled off its hinges by a powerful wave of magic. She pulled her sisters behind her and saw him. Hybern was not a man to be crossed. Nesta gulped this was the second time she had been truly scared in her life.
“Have you thought about it,dearest?”
“My answer is still no.”
“After all I did for you. I can take care of your family. You will never have to do a thing.”
Tempted as Nesta was, she rather work as a maid in a household.
“My answer is still no.”
“Then you’ll suffer the consequences.”
His ring started glowing and he pointed it towards the three girls. A black mist had surrounded them and they couldn’t escape.
And all three of them had disappeared.
Six years later
It wasn’t just a normal day at the castle. It was Prince Cassian’s birthday and Queen Selena had made her goal that he enjoyed his 25th birthday. She had loved him and Azriel since the day she took them both in.
They weren’t the heirs but her blood son Rhysand was and as soon as Rhys came of age next year Cassian would become the general and Azriel the spy.
Until then they were the Princes and the people of the kingdom of Velaris had no problems with it.
Rhysands father had died when Rhys was 15 and she had become the acting ruler until Rhys came of age. That was when she announced that Azriel and Cassian were Princes.
The Queen had decided to go and see them in the castle grounds and called her handmaidens to help her.
Cassian was drinking and dancing. He was having the time of his life with his brothers. Every girl wanted to dance with him but his legs were about to fall and he excused himself.
“Tired already, Cass.”
Rhys smirked as he grabbed some grapes.
“No” Cassian rolled his eyes. Azriel walked towards them and patted Cassian on his back.
“So, how does it feel like to be a year older.”
“Really? Is that a grey hair.” Rhys gaped.
Cassian got up, threw the fruit from stainless steel tray and looked and sighed in relief as he was about to get back at Rhys, the horns blew signifying that Queen Selena was about to come.
All of the gathered guest bowed, including the Prince’s. The Queen asked them to rise and go about their business. She hugged Cassian and wished him a happy birthday.
“Now, my dear it is time for your gift.”
“You didn’t …”
“Nonsense. I wanted it to.”
The guards brought the crossbow and handed it to Cassian. He loved it and hugged The Queen.
“I love it. Thank you, Mother.”
Selena nodded,” It is also time for you and Azriel to find a wife.”
Rhys snickered and his mother glared at him. Cassian and Azriel gaped.
“You’ll need the right kind of girl by your side, to support you, help you and put with your silliness. She doesn’t need to be a princess or from a noble family. It has to be some you love. Who’ll listen to you, you’ll feel sparks every time you see her and every day is a new day when you wake up with her.”
She smiled and kissed them all on the cheek and went back to her duties. Cassian didn’t know what to say but he said, Let’s go hunting tonight. I’d like to try the bow.”
Rhys and Azriel nodded. They had asked the serving boy to prepare the provisions for their journey.
They were going to the Oakheart forest where according to a myth, lived the most beautiful swans ever to be seen.
And Cassian was going to hunt one.