When Whisper was shot by a bullet meant for me... I didn't need footage of it to remember the nightmare that's haunted me these last couple of years. There was so much smoke and so many bullets, the fighting, the chaos. I never saw Whisper's shooter, had assumed it was a random soldier who wanted to kill us intruders. But there's a camera that shows an angle I didn't have that night.
"It was Duke. Just before the camera was destroyed by the blast, Duke steps out from the horde of soldiers, wearing one of their uniforms. He raises his gun, aiming at me. He was finally about to get his revenge on me for making Whisper suffer, for the happiness he should of had with her that was stolen by my father. So Duke pulled the trigger. Whisper jumped in the way. In the grainy image, you can see his feature change from anger to horror. Just before the camera is destroyed."
"Who gave you that footage?”
"I got it randomly in the mail. With it was a picture of a little blonde girl, no more than three years old. It was taken by a security picture at a mall in Quebec, but you can clearly see her face. Noëlle looks exactly like her mother. Whisper's daughter is alive."
"Whisper, as you may have collected, was French. In France, Christmas is called Noël. Whisper's daughter was born on Christmas, exactly 4 years after her and I met."
"Who gave you the footage, Aleksander?"
"There was a message on the back of the picture. It said if I wanted the princess, I needed to meet with her knight."
"Yes, Castor. My father didn't kill her after all. He let her go in the middle of the snowy wastelands of Russia. He knew that she wouldn't be able to tell anyone about the prison without giving herself away and risk being taken back to a prison or testing facility somewhere else. My father threatened to kill Whisper if her knight returned. Miraculously, Castor made it out of the snow to Moscow. She predicted our break out and looked everywhere for us. She found out about our ship and in turn, about Noëlle. When she came across what happened to Whisper after looking into the CADMUS building attack, she decided to keep looking for Noëlle. After three years, she finally decided that she needed my help."
"The princess? She called Noëlle 'the princess'."
"Whisper and I were the Prince and Princess. When our King, my father, disappeared from his place in ruling, we became the King and Queen. Noëlle is Whisper's daughter, and therefore the Princess."
"Why do you hold onto the titles?"
"Castor believes that our war games are not over. I went after my father and ended up killing Taylor. Jasmine is out there, Duke is out there, 121 others, as well as the Princess. On the chess board, I am the King, Castor a Knight."
"And who is your Queen, now that Whisper is dead?"
"It should have been Aryess. But she has betrayed me. I cannot trust her. I have no Queen in this war. But.. Every King needs a Queen. Otherwise there is no balance. But he also needs his heir."
I may write something on Alek saving her... Should I?