SEARCHING FOR A MATE - Season 5 Episode 64
Tonight was the banquet and ball for my birthday. We were, of course, hosting this ‘party’ in the grand ballroom. I mean, where else were we supposed to host a ball than the ballroom? And the fact that we were going to have so many people in attendance meant that we needed to use the largest room possible.
As Reece led me down to the main floor of the castle, I felt the nerves intensifying within me with each step. We were walking in silence as we went through the halls. Gabriel, Vincent, Noah, Shane, Shawn, and David all took their places around us when we were out of the Royal tower; they had moved in silently and were doing their jobs the way that they should be. I truly did love each of them. They were all family to me; of course Noah was, but the others were now as well.
When we made it to the door of the ballroom Gabriel entered first. This door wasn’t the main entrance that the others entered though; it was the entrance that led straight to the raised platform that I would be having my dinner on with those that were part of my family.. There were two platforms at an angle next to the one that I would be on that would hold the Grand Nobles. The rest of the guests and nobles would be sitting throughout the ballroom on either side of the dance floor.
While we waited, I heard Gabriel’s voice ring out through the entire ballroom.
“Welcome guests. We are delighted that you are here with us to celebrate Queen Trinity’s birthday. We appreciate all of you coming to join us in this celebration. And now, without further ado, may I present to you, our Queen.”
At those words, Vincent and Noah opened the door, and Shane and Shawn led us into the room. Once we were inside, they spread out to the side to flank me, and the others came up behind us so that the five of them were in a semi-circle and ready to guard us.
Reece still held onto my hand as he led me to my chair. Gabriel pulled the seat out for me then did the same for Reece. Reece was sitting on my right side, and to my left was Rika. Likewise, on the other side of Reece was Regan. The two little ones were sitting in what could only be described at miniature thrones. These thrones were in fact high chairs that would help the babies to sit properly for the meal. They were also ornately carved and covered in jewels. They were similar in fashion to the throne-like chairs that Reece and I were currently sitting in.
Only after I sat, did those in the hall actually take their seats. They had all bowed to me when I entered and stayed that way until I had swept the crowd with a look.
“You may rise.” I had told them before they took their seats.
The sound of them all moving at once was something that I was not used to yet. The moving of so many feet, and the scraping of so many chairs at the same time, it was a little unnerving to be honest.
Once they were all seated, I addressed them as well, which was expected of me as the Queen.
“Good evening.” I smiled at some of the faces that I recognized among the crowd. None of my family was out there because they were sitting with me at the table. I turned my head to look at them as they watched me. “Thank you all for taking the time out of your busy lives to join us here this evening.” Even though I would have preferred something a little smaller; I added that part in my head just so that I could let out some of my frustrations. “This is a special day for me, and I am happy to see that so many of my people see it as such as well. Now, I will not take up too much more of your time; let us begin the festivities for the night with the banquet.”
The food was brought out next. It was first delivered to me and then Reece, Reagan and Rika. From there, the food was taken to my family that was sitting around us. I was the one who needed to start the banquet and so I needed to eat first. Thankfully, this food had been prepared by Abigail personally so I didn’t need to worry about poison. And Roisin was attending my table herself so there was nothing to worry about there either. With that in mind, I took the first sip of the soup that was the starting course.
About halfway through, the meal Gabriel came to me with a strange message.
“Queen Trinity, Ella needs to speak with you. There is a bit of a situation.”
“What sort of situation?” I was worried that something might have happened and scanned the crowd for where Devon and Gina were currently sitting. Ella, of course, wasn’t with them. They didn’t look like something was wrong, just like there was something off.
“It seems that you are getting a call.” Gabriel looked like that wasn’t just all it was.
“What kind of call?” I raised an eyebrow as I looked at him.
“I will let Ella explain that to you.” He grinned like he thought it was funny.
Gabriel gestured Ella forward, and I could see a panicked look on her face.
“What is it, Ella?” I asked her, worried about her.
“W..well, I was sitting at the table over there. I brought with me things to take care of your hair and makeup just in case, and w..w..well, uhm, y..your mirror started ringing.”
I saw that she was holding the small, silver hand mirror that came with the new castle, courtesy of Athair mór. The mirror was in fact vibrating slightly, and there was the soft sound of chiming bells coming from the mirror.
“Thank you, Ella. That will most likely be a call from Queen Gloriana.” I smiled at her.
“Really? A call on the mirror?” She looked surprised at the thought, and of course relieved that she wasn’t losing her mind.
“I will take this now; you may return your seat.”
After she nodded her head and ran off back to her seat, I threw up a sound blocking shield over myself, Reece, the twins, and Gabriel since he was right behind me.
“Hello Aunt Glory.” I smiled into the mirror. “I am so sorry that it took me such a long time to answer your call. We are in the middle of a banquet at the moment.”
“Oh I know. I wanted to be there. I had plans to leave this morning to be there in time; however, something came up.” I could see exhaustion in her eyes and some not so pleasant emotions as well.
“I hope you’re alright.” I was worried about her, and the message that Danu had given me. Could this be it? Or the start of it?
“Just some people causing trouble. It’s nothing for you to worry about. I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, Trinity. You’re my niece, but you’re my friend first and foremost.”
“Thank you, Glory.” I smiled at her, happy to have had this chance to talk to her.
“I have to go now. I am still busy, but I wanted to call before it got too late. I love you all,and please tell everyone hi for me.”
The image in the mirror changed in an instant, I was looking at myself instead of Aunt Glory.
“Hmm, that doesn’t sound like a good thing.” Reece was thinking along the same lines that I was.
“I will have Roisin ask her family what is going on in the courts. And I am sure that Valerian could get some information for us as well.” Gabriel was always so efficient. He was already formulating plans that would help us get more information and help if it was needed at this time. We needed to stay vigilant when it came to Gloriana and the Fae compound. I couldn’t let my guard slip at all. And this was definitely going to require me to speak with Athair mór later.