Alison looked at Matthew, his face looking desperate and eager to get outside, as the sound of battle was now loud and aggressive. The screams of terror and the growls of victory began to roar around the palace, like the volume on a television, which was on maximum for a hard of hearing individual, who did not want to miss a verbal comment.
“It sounds bad,” Alison commented as she heard the blood drench scream of a man who had been defeated.
“You get used to it,” Matthew stated anxiously, as he looked agitated at being cooped up in a room.
“Matthew, I think I can manage from here. Your men need you,” Amir stated as he looked at Matthew.
He knew from personal experience that he was not a warrior who wanted to be held prisoner, while his comrades fought.
Matthew did want to fight, the thirst of blood tantalising his veins, as he thought of what he would be able to do, to diminish the lives of the enemy. However, a feeling inside him told him not to, that he was to stay put and that he was to be used in another way. And as much as he hated this gut feeling and tried hard to eliminate it from his mind and body, he shook his head and smiled as kindly as he could.
Amir looked at him, uncertain to the warrior’s behaviour, but with the expression on Matthew’s face, he knew there was a reason to his refusal of warfare.
Alison looked at the gem, the glowing was still on show in the drawer, she’d hoped that Lidah had been found safe and sound. Robert walked over to Alison. He felt as though Matthew and Amir wanted to speak to each other without a young lad eaves dropping on their conversation.
“I hope their okay,” she whispered as she began to peek at the gem once more.
“They’ll be fine. It is you I’m concerned about,” Robert stated softly as he looked at the gem too.
“Me?” Alison laughed. “Why?”
“If you are to be queen, then you must be away from the battle. You should’ve gone into the woods with the other children and villagers, protected by the forest. I would feel much better knowing that you were safe. Alas, you are not and as I feel responsible for your life, I will take care of you the best way that I can.”
Alison smiled; she had no idea why he was talking to her like a person older than he was.
“I can take care of myself,” Alison shrugged, as she screwed her face up at Roberts’s confident stature.
“I feel as though you will need me, maybe not now, but one day,” Robert nodded, as he began to look at the gem once more.
Amir sat on a chair watching Matthew pace the floor like a dog in need of a good resting ground. With each boom, clang of sword and words of wars going on outside the palace, Matthew was restless.
“Are you all right? I sense your anxiety,” Amir stated as he continued to watch Matthew with curiosity.
“I wish I could say all was well, but alas, a feeling within me is telling me that all is not right, that something is going to happen. As much as I would like to go outside and take on the enemies, something is holding me back.”