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After an hour.
Anthony already walked into his room, being busy with his guitar as usual. He knew his mother would not want to tell him about Nicholas, if she was ready, she would.
Vivian seized the oppurtunity to visit the Kitchen and sat on one of the plastic chairs there. She noticed Victoria didn’t notice her presence and cleared her voice. Victoria suddenly turned and saw her. “Vivian.” She mentioned.
“Vic, Nicholas is really not dead?” She asked her, finding it hard to believe she really saw him.
Victoria smiled. “I also saw him, Vivian. So, that shows he’s been alive and possibly been around you for a while.” She told her.
“Around me? You mean for him to locate here?” She asked.
“What assurance do we have that he is not The Unknown? What if he’s been the one saving your life? Remember the scent if the body spray?”
She nodded. “That’s really true. He’s the one, always concerned about me and Anthony. Wait, does he already know Anthony is his son?” Her eyes widened.
Victoria just smiled. “How will he know? He can’t.” She replied as she continued with what she was doing.
“Is that a guess or you are sure?” Vivian questioned.
Victoria turned around again. “See, girl. I’m beginning to suspect something, is it that you don’t want him to know he has a son with you?”
There was a brief silence.
** ** **
Craig and Doris appeared before the King and his Boss. They just came to check on the criminals when they saw the King and his guards also there. They patiently waited and began to listen to all they were saying.
“What’s happening here?” Edward exclaimed.
Harry just continued laughing.
“I have told you before and I’m repeating it again, ask your father!” The King replied.
“So, the King already knows? I never knew. No wonder you didn’t help me.” Harry brushed to his feet.
“Even if I never got to know, I still wouldn’t have helped you! I’m not a bad person who stays on the side of unrightheousness and guilt. I try to clean my hands and be free from any trouble.”
“I see. For your information, I don’t even need your help. But, know that a day will come that I’ll leave this place! At least, you know you don’t have a son, not even a son, you don’t have a child! Who becomes your heir?” He laughed again. “Then, my son and I will be able to leave this place, when the throne becomes empty!”
The King clasped his hands. “You’re really out of your mind! Have you also forgotten Margaret was pregnant when she was banished?”
** ** **
“I certainly cannot do that, that’s what I have been longing to tell him.” Vivian said after the short silence.
Victoria shone her teeth. “Better.”
Vivian clenched his fists together. “But, why do you think Nicholas never showed himself?”
** ** **
“Because I don’t want her to get hurt in the journey.” Nicholas said to Stella.
Stella stared at him. She just finished dressing his wound and wondered what he was talking about when he said he didn’t want her to get hurt. “Who?”
“Vivian.” He said and took a deep breath. “It was her place I went to, Stella.”
Stella was surprised. “You’ve finally showed yourself to her?” She asked, happily.
He nodded. “She was so shocked that she slumped, Stella. I know she must suspect I’m The Unknown.” He stroke his beard as he spoke.
“Why?” She constricted her eyes.
“What else? Maybe because of the perfume, by the way I’ve always saved her and the likes.” He replied.
“That doesn’t matter.” She paused and continued. “What’s your plan now? Do you really wish to get back together?”
Nicholas smiled and nodded. “Certainly. But, I’m wondering if she will give in because of her son.” He said.
Stella sighed. “She should. At least the husband is dead, right?”
“She should. For someone to have fainted when she saw you, you should know it’s not been a joke. She must have had you in heart too.” She winked.
Nicholas laughed. “I pray so.”
“So, what’s the plan? You’re going back?”
“Yes.” He nodded again.
** ** **
“So, what’s the assurance you’ll find Harry? What’s the assurance the child is even a male?”
King Dennis laughed. “If the child is a female, her husband will be the King. But, who told you I won’t be able to find them?”
Harry chuckled. “The two of them must be dead wherever they are. A woman banished long time back! Thank God I even used that way to send her out of the Palace.”
“What!” He was quiet for a while. “I’m not shocked, that’s why you will never leave this place!” He began to walk away.
Doris was just flooded with thoughts as the King left. Edward is not the real son? The King has a child and a wife somewhere? Who are they?
** ** **
Victoria shook her head. “Perhaps he has been waiting for the right time.” She told Vivian.
“Right time?” Vivian squeezed her face. “Has the time being wrong?”
She chuckled. “That’s the main reason I still think he’s The Unknown. Maybe, he’s been under the cover just to make sure he finishes his mission successfully.”
Vivian thought for a while and sighed.
** ** **
It was evening already. Craig just dropped Doris and sped off. He was really tired already, though he wished they could discuss more. They already discussed on the King and his family, the two were wondering what would eventually happen.
It would really be disastrous if someone like Edward becomes the King and has a father like Harry as his backbone.
Doris fickled her wrist and checked watch. It was just 6:47pm. She hurried inside the house, she couldn’t wait to tell Nicholas what she saw. As she remembered that, she began to link things together, what if Nicholas is even the King’s Child?
“Hello.” She greeted as she entered.
“How are you, dear?” Stella was glad to see her sister again. She was hale and hearty after going around since morning.
“I’m good, Stella. What of Nicholas?” She asked.
“He went out some minutes back. Guess what?” She brushed to her feet, grinning.
“He has shown himself to Vivian. He went to her place.” She replied.
She dropped her bag and sank into the sofa. “What of Henry?”
“He went out since.” She replied.
“Can you believe that Mark on Nicholas is a royal mark?” She asked her.
“What?” Stella drifted forward.
“Yes, Stella. All children from the Royal Family have the birthmark.” She replied.
“What are you now insinuating?”
The was silence.
** ** **
Vivian had been eager to see Nicholas again. She didn’t know why she couldn’t get her mind off him, praying he would come that evening. Just as she was still thinking about him, there was a slight knock at the door.
Anthony rushed up to check the gate when Vivian called him back. “Didn’t you say you want to have a cold shower?” She asked.
“Yes mum.” He replied.
“Go and have your shower.” She told him, just to keep him off, in case it was Nicholas. Victoria was just coming out of her room then. “I’ll get the gate.” She said as Anthony went to his own room.
Vivian was eager to see who was at the gate. She couldn’t explain her boy as she saw Nicholas again. “Viv.” He smiled and entered the living room.
“Nicholas.” She smiled.
Victoria just shut the door and winked at Vivian as she walked to her room.
“How have you been?” Nicholas asked. E didn’t even know how he would starthis discussion.
“Nicholas..” as she called his name, Anthony walked out of his room in his boxer shorts only. He wanted to get his towel on the line. He greeted Nicholas and walked on.
“How.. ” As Nicholas was about greeting him, he saw a mark. “Wait!” He exclaimed as he stood up gradually.
Vivian was still wondering on what was happening. Suddenly, she remembered the birthmark and froze.
Anthony had already undressed when he remembered he had spread his towel on the line in the morning.
“This.. mark…” He drawled.
Vivian just cleared her throat and broke the suspense. “He’s your son, Nick.”
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