Meeting between Norway and Denmark
What it seemed to be a nightmare, became to reality the next morning when I woke up. For a moment I wished I could remember nothing but that was too much to ask; still present was the face of that creature I had seen the night before in the forest, moments before I had fainted, the only thing I could remember was Charles' voice calling my name, the thunder of horses galloping toward where I was and the breath of this creature so near my face.
The rest of the night I remain so confused, not knowing who was around me, hearing my name over and over and wishing everybody could disappear. My wishes became true near the sunrise, but before that, I could listen at the distance the yells of men and women. Some voices I could distinguish even in the regrettable state in which I was. My generals were commanding my troops, to protect the castle. I knew well what was at risk, not only the life of my mother and mine, but more important the life of the king and queen of Norway.
"The Queen!" I opened my eyes at the thought of Azyriella. First I saw nothing only darkness around me, and then came the light when on of my ladies drew apart the curtains of my bed.
"Azyriella? Where is she? Where is the queen?" I demanded to the woman next to me. In her face I could see that something was wrong, even if she didn't answer my question. "I must find her..." I said pushing aside the blankets.
"Majesty, you are not well, you are injured!" one of the ladies-in-waiting told me while taking me from my arm, preventing I could fall on the carpet.
"No.." I said, holding myself to her arm. "You don't understand, the queen must be found, the king? Where is the King, is he alive? Is he safe?"
I tried hard to focus in what had happened the night before, I could remember myself riding off the country, into the forest to find the Vesta siblings, and then this windmill under attack, this creatures trying to destroy it and I remembered the French lady, and Tarquin, being taken by my men from that place, but Azyriella? No I couldn't remember we found her.
"The Duke?" I asked again, if someone could know where was the Queen of Norway it had to be him, "is he safe? Did he find the queen?" desperation was in the tone of my voice.
And then I saw that gaze of pity in her eyes. "No majesty, the Duke was injured when he came back from rescuing you, and he ordered to prepare the castle to resist the attack of this creatures, oh majesty it has been a living hell since then, the priests kept praying outside the royal chapel or what is left of it; your mother, queen Anja had been taking care of those nobles who were injured. Your castle became a refugee for those who were not able to reach the churches and the cathedral, it is only in holy ground where we feel we are safe!"
I closed my eyes, when I heard her words, images of what had happened the night before came to my mind. "My castle? Under attack?" I whispered not believing what I was listening.
For years the castle had been a secure place for the people of Copenhagen, for years the kings of Denmark had been able to keep any enemy outside the walls of the city and now they were inside? How was this possible?
My hands came to my head as I kept hearing the screams of my people, until I could not longer bare the pain, if they were suffering I could feel their suffer in my flesh. "Enough!" I yelled, "enough..." and then I could feel again the peace.
Everything was almost in silence, I opened my eyes and looked at them, "I don't want to hear about this anymore." I said trying to keep myself serene. "Take to the window" I asked fearing that would not longer see my beloved city.
What I expected to find was little of what it was, houses were burnt down, from my balcony I could see the soldiers carrying bodies of soldiers, of women, even from children who couldn't cross the gates on time. It broken my heart to see this in my lands.
"Call King Tarquin, I must speak with him at once." I said, as far as I knew he was the only one who could help me against this unknown enemy.