The Gramophone 8

“Are you awake, Your Majesty?” A voice called out to awaken Captain.
Captain shifted and turned his head, but the world was spinning wildly to him. He flopped back down.
He held his forehead up, and smiled ahead at the person he wasn’t sure if the person was a man or a woman.
“Your Majesty, please, do lay down. It was frightening just to see you lying there with a sword in your shoulder. Rest.” Oh. A man’s voice. Captain’s eyesight cleared up, and the voice belonged to a man with unbelievably long hair that was in a pony tail, and it reached the man’s thighs. But then, Captain’s hair wasn’t short either. His neon pink hair reached the middle of his torso.
Captain looked at his stinging left shoulder and grip tightly onto it and winced, as if trying to tame fire. His shoulder was bandaged up to stop the bleeding and medicine was added to heal it faster.
The man stood up from his chair and said, “Your Majesty, I’m sorry, I have forgotten to introduce myself. My name is Shirai. Shirai Lae at your service.” He got down on one knee and bowed.
Captain smiled from where he lied, and told him to get up immediately.
“Your Majesty, you might want to rest for a little longer. Supper will come after some time so, you might be bored. Umm… Oh, well, unless you’re into novels by Nojeol Joannee.” Shirai said while scratching the back of his head.
Captain sat up hearing his tutor’s name. “Nojeol has books he writes? Ah! Joannee is- excuse me, was my tutor. I’d gladly read them. I’m sorry for having to trouble you so much.”
“No worries. I’ll grab them. Hold on for a second.” Shirai jumped up and ran towards a tall bookshelf. He looked through each row and when it wasn’t there, he flipped a book over and it was the volume of Nojoel Joannee Series. He blew the dust off the the cover and smiled. He walked back and showed the book to Captain and explained the genre of the book, “He writes splendid mystery and tragedy romance novels. This is the series of a tragedy romance novel. Enjoy! I need to cook now. I’ll tell you when I’m done. ”
Captain sat back and began to read.

Shirai had just set the table and had put the dishes on the table when he remembered to call Captain up for supper.
“Your Majesty, it’s time for supper. Your Majesty? Are you awake?”
Shirai walked over to Captain and saw him sleeping there with the book open in his lap. Shirai shook his arm lightly and whispered, “Your Majesty? It’s supper time!”
Five tries later…
Captain shifted around and got up and found his bag of clothing, and changed his clothing to a black and gray suit and cloak in the washroom, and got back out, found his blood-covered sword. He cleaned it, swung it in the air, then unsheathed it. He sat down at the table and ate the supper half-heartily. All of a sudden, Captain stopped eating and slumped back down, and blinked.
“Your Majesty? Are you alright?” Shirai asked quietly.
Captain whipped his head around. He looked at Shirai with unnaturally bright silvery-white eyes.
“Hisss…. I’m fine. I need to get out for a bit. Unless… you want to join me for a long run.” Captain said, and he gave Shirai a creepy charming-ish smile. The smile showed his white teeth, well, it wasn’t white. His teeth was pure silver. Captain returned to his normal stoic expression, but the silver eyes were still there.
Captain stood up, he put on his cloak, slipped on his black silk boots, opened the door, and dashed out towards the snow. Shirai closed his eyes. When he opened his eyes and watched Captain run, his cloak flying with his hair wildly around him.

Shirai went to the washroom and looked at the mirror. His eyes were metallic purple. His eyes were bright like Captain’s eyes. Shirai made a connection to one of the novels Nojoel wrote. The tragical romance series. When the girl’s lover died, his eyes were glowing with a metallic colour. Shirai looked at the window in horror. Am I going to die? What? Noo!

Captain ran through the thick snow. The book… He saw the bright shining light from Shirai’s eyes. The book said, if a person has glowing and shining eyes, it means they will die soon. But it doesn’t mean it’s true. Found his horse miraculously, and the horse remembered him. He got onto the horse and rode it towards his winter palace. After 2 days of travel, he arrived at his winter palace. He led his horse into a indoor stall, and gave it some hay, and a blanket. Then he left, and went inside the palace. He found his room. Like every palace he had lived in, there was a gramophone in his room. And a balcony. His room was said to be the grandest of all royals.

Captain went to bed, and as normal people do, he woke up. He woke up to a banging on his balcony window on the door. He rubbed his eyes and saw Shirai bounded up by Lord Darcgoldy. He was pounding on the glass. He jumped up, and found his sword and he slid open the door.
“What in heavens are you doing? He saved me when I was planning on killing myself. He’s innocent, he just wanted to save his ruler. Or the heir of the ruler. Oh my saints.” Captain said. All of a sudden Shirai’s and Captain’s eyes began to flash the metallic colours. Viktor Darcgoldy laughed, but stopped when he saw the two’s eyes’ colours. He started to panic, but then, he let Shirai go, and he stared at Captain like he was a monster. In reality, yes, he was a monster. Only people who had royal blood would get crazy eye colours. Not the made-up reason by Nojoel Joannee. Royals were not normal. They had supernatural powers. They were like vampires, except they like to keep blood to it’s owners. They were fast, they could fly. But as generations went on, they decided to keep it a secret to the younger ones. And when they got older, and their parents thought they were capable of keeping a horrid secret, they would tell them.
Captain smiled the same creepy smile as he had that other day, except it was at Viktor.
Viktor staggered back and jumped off and out of the balcony, falling to his death. At least that was better than getting killed by a royal prince.

“Shirai, those eyes. I have read in a book in my father’s old study here, that if you have bright blazing metallic coloured eyes, it means you are a royal. You’re a royal?” Captain asked, his eyes shining brighter then ever.
“Uhm, yeah. But our kingdom was conquered. Our fortune was wasted by my father. I, at least was able to get money to live here for 2 decades alone here since I was 6. I still don’t know how to cut my hair in case I looked like a mess,” Shirai took a short breath, ” The kingdom was called Ik-Sawtackta. It was taken over by your people. I don’t mind. I can still live.” He smiled a small smile that didn’t have a meaning. He looked into the snowy distance, and tears slowly made it’s way down his cheek.
“Shirai, once I had a lover. But she died. She was killed by her father. Her father was Viktor Darcgoldy. I had just discovered my feelings for her when she died. when she died, I knew it was my fault. All along. I want you to live on. I have no heir, and my parents are not ruling the kingdom. Listen, I want you to rule the kingdom with your lover. I have decided I have nothing to live for. I want this kingdom to rule on. Will and can you do it?” Captain said.
Shirai looked at him in awe, and… disappointment.
“What, why? You’re going to die? I’m supposed to rule for you?” Shirai asked in disbelief.
“Yes. You have royal blood anyways. Oh right. A secret about all royalties. We can run with inhuman speed, and… we can fly. When we need to and want to fly, to need to think of a raven, and you’ll have black wings and you think of flying up, and towards your destination. Inhuman speed, well, you run to your fullest. I want you to rule. Yes, you got that part right. I’m going to die. Take care of the kingdom.” Captain whispered to him, in case servants were still in the winter palace. He gave Shirai a medallion that was made of silver and bronze. The flag of Mystrietian was printed on the back in metallic colours.

Captain showed Shirai the rooms, and the floor plans of the palaces. He showed him how to fight with a sword. They did that together for 3 days, when Captain announced, “I’m going to run away instead of killing myself. I will come back everyday to visit at night and teach you about the kingdom. And I will teach you calligraphy. I will teach you everything a prince needs to know. I’m going to have to go. The servants are being taught by the butler right now. The butler will come at night to tend to your needs. And in the morning. The butler knows about me. I’m gonna go. See you.” Captain waved at the now cloaked man, and dashed, again, into the blinding light of the snow.
Word Count: 1662

Hi. Yeah, it’s long. Like Shirai’s hair. *thumbs up* It was supposed to be the end, but it would’ve been superbly looooooong, so I didn’t. It’s still pretty long. Ehhh, whatever. 9 will be coming up! See ya!

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