Jay lost his breath for a few moments. “Soul eater? Are you saying there’s something inside his head that’s going to devour his soul?”
“It’s not inside his head. Isellta’s soul is in another dimension. A dimension that is connected to his body by temerititious links.”
“Maelin didn’t say anything about any of this.”
“Well, that’s because she was raised in a peace dragon home. There are many fey things that she knows nothing about.”
He sat down on the bed and tried to make sense of it all. “So. These soul eaters…What are they? Where do they come from?”
“They are interdimensional creatures that prey on fey who are in fra nae shi. They are our main and deadliest predators. They lull the fey’s soul into a sense of security so the fey will not want to escape. The fey weakens from lack of food. When the fey is at his/her weakest, the nae bi sha will latch onto the soul and devour it.”
“Bring him back.” Jay got off the bed and jabbed a fierce point at Isellta. “You bring him back right now!”
“Or what? You’ll throw a temper?”
“I don’t.” He lowered his arm. “I don’t want that to happen to him. He’s just a poor, innocent kid. Help him. Please. Please bring him back.”
“It is not in my power to bring him back, human. Only Isellta can do that. He must want and need to come back here.”
“I don’t care. Try.”
Jay went down on his knees and groveled before her. “Please. I don’t want to lose him. Not like that.”
Preyuna regarded the groveling guard with smug pleasure.
It is so good to see him humiliate himself like this.
Is that what Mark Caten thinks about me?
Am I losing myself?
Am I becoming more and more like him?
What will I wind up becoming?
How low will I sink and fall?
“Fine. It doesn’t make sense and it is a vast waste of time, but—”
He raised his head.
Preyuna sat next to Isellta.
She looked at his glittered blond hair.
His closed eyes.
The calm set of his lips.
She traced his lip-line with her fingertip.
She stretched her hand along the side of his face and turned it her way.
She leaned forward.
“I just want Robin.”
“I love him.”
“Please let me see him. Let me go back to him.”
“I love him.”
“I love him. I love him I love him I love him.”
She balled her hand into a fist and punched his shoulder with a furious yell.
Jay grabbed her arm and dragged her off the bed.
Her eyes turned white. “Hands off.”
“You have no right to hurt him like that.”
“Stupid guard. I am his Queen. You’d be surprised by what I, as Queen of the Fey, have a right to do.”
“I don’t care if you’re queen of the monkeys. You will not hurt him.”
She jerked her arm away from Jay. “You know what? Forget it. He isn’t worth my bother. Have fun watching him die.”