12th Dîsciplê Episode 16
12th Dîsciplê Episode 16
(His Royal Majesty)
By: Faith Lucky
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I arrived home, feeling so ecstatic. And to crown it all, mum and dad were home as well.
“Bitna!” mum called as soon as she spotted.
She was the first person I met and she sat alone in the sitting room, a laptop on her leg, and scattered files and papers beside her on the couch.
“Hi mum” I beamed and ran to peck her.
“Hm. You look happy. How was the banquet?” She asked as I sat next to her on the couch.
“It was excellent, mum! So..amazing” I replied happily, smiles allover my face.
“Wow! Really? Too bad I couldn’t attend” her fingers were busy on the laptop.
“Um….actually, I think the King is sick” I said.
“He actually collapsed during the toast”.
She took her eyes from the system and looked st me immediately, shock written over her.
“Whaaat??? He collapsed??” She shrieked and I nodded.
“Oh my God! How did it happen? What’s wrong with him?”
“I don’t know, mum. He just….passed out. And because of that, the banquet was canceled”.
“Wow! But…if the banquet was canceled, why then did you say it was fun?” She asked and I smiled.
“Well” I paused and cleared my throat.
“I got to talk to prince Nathan”.
She arched a brow.
“Prince Nathan?” She asked, rather amused.
And I nodded like a baby.
“O…..kay. So, what happened? What did you two talk about?” She turned to face me, suddenly picking interest.
“Well….nothing much, mum. You know he’s kinda quiet and grumpy. But he touched me” I smiled, picking my fingers shyly.
She was about saying something when dad’s presence interrupted us.
“Bitna” he called in his usual manly tone as he walked down the stairs, his hands in his nicker pockets.
“Hi dad” I stood up and went to hug him.
“You didn’t come for the banquet” I said as I pulled away from him.
“Yes, dear. Got really hooked up at the office. How was it?” He asked.
“Bitna said the King collapsed” mum replied before I could.
“What? He collapsed?” Daddy’s face was crumpled.
“Yes, dad. We have no idea what happened. He just passed out when we were about making a toast” I shrugged and he scoffed in surprise.
“Woah! That’s serious” he mumbled.
“I’ll be in my room, mum. Need to take a shower” I said, aloud.
“Okay, darling. Don’t forget to take your milk, okay?”
“Yes, mum” I replied and took the stairs.
I couldn’t wait to tell Hana and Jeong about my encounter with the prince.
I came out of the bathroom, my hair dripping wet and towel tied around my waist.
I walked over to my second wardrobe,took out one of my night robes and just as I was done putting it on, my door opened and I looked to discover it was mum.
“Son” she smiled sweety as she walked in.
She was also putting on a nightie and looked like she was about going to bed.
“Hey, mum” I muttered and went to sit on the bed.
She didn’t say a word till she had gotten close to me and sat next to me on the bed.
“Wanna sleep?” She asked as she touched my face.
“Yeah….I feel a little drowsy” I told her and she smiled and stroke my hair.
“Any improvement on dad?” I asked but she shook her head.
I exhaled deeply.
“So…what happens when we don’t find this 12th disciple? Does it mean he’s just gonna die?” I asked, perturbed.
“Unfortunately, son. That’s what it means.
“But perhaps, he might survive if we find her”
“But, how mum? Its been 18 years since she went missing. How do we find her? How do we even know her location?”I grumbled.
“Don’t worry, son. I’ll have some private investigators look into it”
My eyes dimmed.
“Huh? You wanna involve an outsider? Remember what the doctor said, mum. He warned us to keep it a secret and amongst ourselves, mum. Because, if the 12th disciple gets to know we’re looking for her,,she might go into a more complicated hiding….”
“Yes, yes, I know, son. I know. And that’s the reason I’ll be employing trustworthy people. Don’t worry. But…you still need to make efforts to look for her.” She enthused.
“How, mum? Where do I start from?”
She sighed and touched my hair.
“A little tip” she leaned closer and whispered.
“Each disciple had a mark on their waists according to their numbers. So, apparently, the 12th disciple would also have a mark on her waist – with the number 12”.
I stared at her, silently, trying to digest the info.
A mark on her waist.
“So…does it mean I’d have to open the clothes of every lady I meet just to find a mark?” I asked and she laughed.
“It’s just a tip, Nathan. Don’t worry, we’re in this together” she winked at me and stood up.
“I should leave you to have some rest. Goodnight, okay?” She kissed me.
“Goodnight, mum” I mumbled and she walked away.
For a long while, I was still and silent, reminiscing on the whole incidence – dad being sick, finding the 12th disciple., becoming the heir to the throne…
Gosh! It was so overwhelming.
I took in a deep breath and buried my face in my palms, thinking deeply.
Why did this had to happen now, huh? Why the curse?
I stood up from the bed and went to my third wardrobe, bringing the bracelet out of it.
At least, I needed something to calm myself.
I returned to the bed with it, laid and covered myself up with the duvet, then stared at it, my fingers playing with the letters of the name – DAN.
I still couldn’t find her. Where could she be? Hasn’t she seen the news?
And why could she be running from me? Anyone would die to be in her possession. So, why was she acting differently?
I sighed and stared intently at it.
Somehow, I just couldn’t feel at ease without finding her. I felt I needed to see her.
I couldn’t really point out the reason but, I just needed to see her.
Dan – I’ll find you.
I yawned and stretched on the bed as I felt someone calling me.
Oh crazy. Who could it be?
“Dan! Wake up, Dan! Its morning already” I heard the annoying voice and quickly recognized it.
“Oh! Nana,what have I ever done to you?” I grumbled as I turned to back her, but she slapped my arm.
“Your grandma’s outside” she snapped and my eyes flung open at once.
I turned sharply to look at her.
“My grandma?” I asked, like I hadn’t heard her.
“You heard me, Dan. She’s outside…waiting for you”.
I furrowed my brows and sat up
Huh? What’s she doing here? And how did she know I slept in Nana’s house?
Probably because Nana was the only friend I had.
“Come on, Dan. You shouldn’t keep her waiting” she said as she stood up and tried lifting me up the bed.
“I….I don’t wanna see her” I pouted.
“Huh? Are you kidding me?? Stop being such a spoilt brat and her off the bed. Now!”
And with that, she succeeded in lifting me up the bed.
Oh God! I really didn’t feel like meeting her
Nana held my hand and forced me out of the room, then out of the house. And there I met grandma, standing and waiting.
Her face was plain.
“She’s here now, ma’am. Sorry it took long” Nana smiled as she dropped me in front of her and left.
“Good morning, granny” I mumbled as I stared down at my shirt, keeping my face straight.
For a while,she was silent. And I wondered if she didn’t have anything to say.
“You should come with me. We need to go home” she said in a flat tone and turned around.
“I’m not going home”I pouted and she turned to look at me.
“I wanna stay here for sometime” I added, under my breath, fiddling with the tip of my shirt.
I heard her sigh.
“Really? Well…I thought you might want to start classes today” she said and my eyes beamed.
Seems granny has finally agreed to Danica’s request.
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