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“They’re dead!” Tish screamed. “Mom!”
I whipped around and faced The King. He remained on his throne, watching me with those arrogant red eyes. No expression on his face.
He’d wiped out Earth—my family—without even batting an eye?
My heart exploded into a pounding so hard my chest burned. Clenched so tight, my jaw throbbed. Nails bit into my palms as I fisted my hands.
“You killed them.” Tears stung my eyes. Tish and I were truly alone. The King had no right. No mercy. He didn’t deserve to rule.
I stepped toward him.
He titled his head and whispered, “There’s the Barbarian in you.”
This was not fair. None of this was. How I was created. His son dying. Everyone the scientists hurt. My family—
Janet’s face flashed before my eyes. You’re so sweet, Riley. You have a big heart.
She’d told me that more than once. Even though I wasn’t human, she treated me like one. They all did. They loved me.
But she wouldn’t like this anger and hate rampaging through my body right now. I didn’t like it. Darkness. Pain. Everything felt heavy.
I stopped and looked back at Tish. She lay on the marble floor, hugging her stuffed monkey, crying. Heat flared to life in my chest again. I swallowed it back.
She needed me. I had to take care of her.
“It takes a strong will to beat back the Barbarian rage.” The King stood.
“Hurting you solves nothing.” I glanced back to where the screen was, hoping it’d flicker my family’s images. That they’d be okay. That this was a nightmare.
“As if you could hurt me, boy,” The King said. “You have no idea what it takes to rule the Realms. All its inhabitants. You think I like punishing my people.”
“You didn’t punish them. You ended them,” I yelled. Tears burned. I refused to cry in front of him. Never. I would stay strong.
He slammed his staff against the marble floor. The screen appeared again, but this time images of The King and a boy filled it. The boy was small but looked like The King. Laughing, The King launched the boy into the air. Giggles that sounded a lot like Tish’s filled the throne room. Echoed off the marble.
Cut right to my chest. “Your son,” I whispered.
Tish took my hand and held Alastair in her other one. Tears ran down her cheeks. Her nose was red and so were her eyes.
“Phael.” The King stood beside me, watching the supernatural screen.
His long beard lay along his armor, nearly reaching his belly. His knuckles whitened as he squeezed his staff.
“Feel better now that you vaporized the Realm that killed him?” I swallowed the lump in my throat.
Killed them. He…killed everyone on Earth.
The King grunted.
“Was it worth it?” My voice cracked.
The dam of tears burst open. My knees met the hard floor, and I hugged Tish. Everyone was gone.
“You reap what you sow,” The King whispered.
“I don’t even know what that means.” And I wish he’d quit saying it.
“How you live your life. The choices you make. It comes back on you.” The King stepped away, and the screen vanished.
He sat down on his golden throne, rested his head back and closed his eyes. He’d just wiped out my Realm and now he was going to take a little nap?
I looked around, not really sure what to do other than hold on to Tish. The marble went all the way to the ceiling. From what I could see behind the throne there might have been a couple of doors, but I had no clue where they’d lead me.
I didn’t have anywhere to go, anyway. Nobody to help me. What would happen now?
“Mercy and compassion.” The King scrubbed his face. “Determination and courage. Makings of a great leader.”
He was missing the mercy and compassion part for sure.
“Despite the horrors you faced, the pain you experienced, and how you were created, your heart remains pure. Compassionate. Injustice grieves you.” He cleared his throat. “Therefore, you will reap what you sow.”
He jammed his staff against the floor. Lightning flashed. I grabbed Tish, blinking through the blue spots in my vision.
“Riley!” Janet yelled.
I turned around, taking Tish with me, and there was my family.
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