A Daughter's Secret
Claimer: I own all of these people, so no stealing them or I will send the
chibi's after you!
Meredith put on the lacy black gloves that matched her dress,
relishing the feel of the silken spider lace against her wrists. A human
slave slipped black garters up her legs to rest on her shapely thighs.
Another place the black goblin leather heels on her feet and helped her to
She surveyed herself in the mirror. She was slim, pale skinned, eyes
three colors of blue and hair a striking ice blond waterfall to her feet.
She had no need of any cosmetics to enhance her beauty, the beauty that
came naturally. The black dress made little effort to cover her top at all
with no sleeves and merely two pieces of black cloth crossing over her
breasts to hold them and connecting to the skirt in the back, but blossomed
into a nearly sheer ballroom skirt.
" You may go to your quarters. Wait for me. I will ring you when I get
back." Meredith said, flicking a gloved hand at them and they left
silently, faces down and mouths in a straight line.
All of a sudden her hard faced attitude fell and she fell to her
knees, head in her hands. Tears would have fallen, but she hadn't cried in
so very long, she almost thought she couldn't remember how to anymore.
She'd been born in the Hill, raised within its most beautiful palace with
the rest of the other noble elven children. She had many friends, but only
few were true to her.
She was always the odd one out. When most of the maidens were taking
dance lessons and their fathers choosing husbands for them, she was out
hunting and using her magics for more than water weaving and little
transformations on flowers and animals. The Elders looked down upon it, but
did not stop her. She was always looked down on for two reasons, she used
everything about herself differently, and she was a halfling. Her father
had been human.
" Meredith, it is time to go!" Vaya called from outside the door.
Vaya never has anything to worry about. She's fully elven, beautiful,
and a powerful lady. Why can't I be more like her? Meredith thought as she
composed herself and opened the door.
Vaya stood there in silver and red with Roa standing behind her in
greens and brown.
" Black? You do not wish to participate in any games tonight?"" Vaya
If you wore a suit or gown of black to one of the Queen's banquets, it
meant you had no intention of playing the Queens' games that night. Not
many of the gentler fae chose to, but the wild wood elves were always
" Not fully black." She hitched up her skirt to reveal the ruby red
satin underwear she had donned. " Always dress for the parties, you never
know who might be peeking."
Vaya smiled as her surrogate daughter repeated the one rule of any
" True." Vaya smiled as Meredith let her skirt, took Roa's other hand,
and took her entourage to the party.
Meredith stopped dancing with Typai and went back to her group of
" You can't do anything without showing off?" Mya pouted, pursing
Her three friends always wore the same colors to any party. Mya wore
the blues, Trini the reds, and Dayl wore greens. Typai, the only male
friend they had that had no sexual interest in them, wore yellows. Vaya had
often remarked that they all looked like a rainbow, with Meredith the dark
cloud behind them.
" So you noticed? I thought you were too busy watching Kosem over
there." Meredith waved her hand at the Prince, who was dancing with the red-
" Dayl's such a flirt it makes me sick to watch her with him." Mya
frowned, glaring at her friend.
Meredith feared for Mya. She and the Prince had something going on
together, he had granted her the symbol that showed everyone he loved her,
the bright red flower blossoming on her left shoulder, a tattoo designed
and administered to her by himself. When it came time for Prince Kosem to
marry, Mya would be devastated. She expected her to do something harmful to
" Are you not playing tonight?" Trini trilled, coming back from the
banquet table, her crimson lips twitching in a smile.
" Why should I? I have no wish to lose what little innocence I have
left." Meredith scoffed.
" But human girls your age are already married and has at least one
child, expecting another! Besides, Lyra plays and she's a year younger than
you." Trini said before being swept away by Typai.
" Lyra is a hussy and only the perverts of the court will touch her."
Meredith frowned as she spotted the little elven girl-child with the dark
chestnut hair and black eyes flirting with a gentleman.
If you could call what they were doing, with their hands all over each
other and Lyra's hands in his pants, then they were flirting. Meredith just
hoped that the man knew what he was getting into and kept it just at that.
Mya made a face at the two and went to steal Kosem from Dayl's clutches.
Everyone stopped and looked as the bells peal rang out above the music
and the Queen walked onto her throne's podium. She wore the exact same
dress as Meredith, but for the color. Hers was the same pure white as the
snow on the ground outside. It made a striking contrast to her thick black
hair and luminous purple eyes. Carmined lips were thin and straight as she
scanned the crowd that waited for her to do something.
" Before we start anything tonight, I have an announcement to make."
She pouted slightly and walked down two of the steps on her black marble
podium. " My son, Prince Kosemanira, has given up his royal title so he can
marry his lover!"
People in the crowd gasped, some girls cried, others merely stood
there waiting for the Queens' reaction.
" But I allow him this. I have lined up another heir for the throne,"
She looked out to the crowd and her eyes pierced Meredith straight through.
" If she'll have it."
Vaya and Roa suddenly appeared from out of the crowd, grasping
Meredith's bare arms and walking her up the podium.
" She even dresses like me!" Queen Mellina cackled, noting the
dresses. " Though I have the feeling we are as different as day and night."
" The Queen wishes to make you her heir, do not anger her!" Vaya
whispered, clutching her hand tightly.
" My Lady, I will accept your proposal if you answer me one question."
Meredith spoke loud and clear as she should have.
" Anything, Princess Meredith." Mellina bowed mockingly to her.
Meredith knew she was trying to test her, see how she was under
pressure or anything else other than adoration and love. But she would not
bend, much less break. She was made of stronger mettle than that.
" Why do you choose me? Why not some other girl? I have no royal blood
flowing in my veins, not that I can see." Meredith's knees were shaking as
she stared into Mellina's tri-colored purple eyes.
" Why? Your mother," She looked at Vaya who turned aside her eyes. "
Your real mother, was my sister. You are my niece."
Meredith's mind reeled. Vaya was not her mother, she was the niece of
the Queen, and was to be the next Queen herself!
Answer. Whispered a voice that pushed the other loud thoughts into
submission. Answer and all your dreams will come true. She willed her knees
to be strong, her thoughts to quiet, and he head to rise and face her
" I will accept my aunt's gracious offer." The crowd quieted and bowed
to her, putting themselves on their knees and offering her their throats in
the wood elves version of lower rank.
Meredith looked around, and to her amazement, even her foster parents
and the Queen were on their knees, throats bared and eyes closed.
" But you are still Queen, and I just your Princess, so rise Aunt, and
join me in a dance." Meredith said, grasping her aunts hand and pulled the
laughing woman onto the floor as the music struck up again.