Part 2Alektoro was a sight to behold. His blonde hair flickered in the torch light. Hiscreamy skin reminded Anaerea Machaira of a dove’s flesh. His eyes were the colours of ripe, dew-glistening cherries. Anaerea Machaira shook her head.
Why the hell am I thinking about food when looking at him!
, she thought furiously. “Is there somethingwrong, Princess Anaerea Machaira?” Alektoro murmured with a voice like the boom of waves upon a shore. “No, Prince Alektoro. Nothing is wrong at all.” Anaerea Machairasaid looking back at the Emperor. “Eiphero. Take our princess to her quarters. She must be tired from that long journey. We shall see you when you awake.” The Emperor saidwith a nod of his head. Eiphero bowed and slowly backed away. Anaerea Machaira bowed her head and walked out of the room without a second look.Anaerea Machaira stalked down the highway. Eiphero appeared in frontof her, finally showing his inhuman speed. “My princess. Follow me.” he said. Mishancame to Anaerea Machaira’s side. “Princess. I don’t like that Emperor. He reminds me of an old squid guarding his treasure ship. Evil and crotchety.” Mishan muttered in hisdelectable accent. Anaerea Machaira shook her head again that night.
Am I hungry? Whyis everything edible tonight?
She thought savagely. “My lady, are you okay?” Mishanasked cocking his head to the side. “I don’t know. I…” Anaerea Machaira stopped talkingas she looked down a side hall.A tall-beautiful woman who looked like she was in her early thirtieslooked into Anaerea Machaira’s eyes. The woman had yellow eyes and blood auburn hair.“Enodia.” Anaerea Machaira whispered. It was her daughter. Or, Machai’s daughter?Things were blending so that Machai’s and Ana’s memories seemed to be hers. AnaereaMachaira strode down the hallway and stood before Enodia. Anaerea Machaira cocked aneyebrow at Enodia. “Where are your manners, blood blossom?” Anaerea Machaira askedhands on her hips. Enodia’s eyes filled with pink tears. “You really are my father.” Shesaid bursting into tears and throwing herself into Anaerea Machaira’s arms. AnaereaMachaira stroked Enodia’s hair. “Shhhh. Crying doesn’t help anything. How have you been, blood blossom? I’ve heard that you have children. I’m so proud.” AnaereaMachaira said squeezing Enodia.Enodia backed away but grasped Anaerea Machaira’ hands. “It is asAkzaree said. But, it is so weird to see you as a woman. Hello, Lord Eiphero. I see youare taking my … father to … her rooms.” Enodia said scrunching up her nose. “I am. Andwe need to keep moving, My princess.” Eiphero said with a bow. Anaerea Machaira took Enodia hand and followed after Eiphero. “What should I call you? Do you mind mecalling you Father?” she asked. “I am your Father. But, it is true that I am not only your Father. I will have some differences but, I don’t mind being called Father. Haha! Peopleare going to look at us funny though.” Anaerea Machaira laughed. “Mother is still alive.”Enodia said quietly. Anaerea Machaira’s head whipped around to look at Enodia. “Whereis she?!” Anaerea Machaira hissed. “The Emperor has put her under surveillance. He isafraid something will happen if you contact her.” Enodia said. Anaerea Machaira noddedsharply. “Take care of her. I won’t be able to see her for a little while. Sigh. Things havechanged so much since I was alive … or since I was first here.” Anaerea Machaira said