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Dryden wearily wiped his heavy brow. The talks had lasted long through the day and dragged almost to the witching hour. Even Allen, who always appeared immaculate, his hair now trimmed short on this head, appeared dishevelled as he left the council room. Dryden had a heavy feeling in his heart. They had resolved that this was not a matter for diplomacy. These people, although victims of a terrifying virus, were their enemy. They weren't a nation, or an army, they were simply a force. Sanctions, talks or treaties would be useless against beings who were more animal than human. The elders, politicians and diplomats had all agreed that the only way to protect Asturia against this threat was military force. Dryden had strongly opposed the idea, saying that many of those "beastmen" were as much Asturian as any gathered at that table, but he soon began to realise they had very little options. Finally the body agreed that action had to be taken as far as defence went, however they would not l
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Milerna stared at her open diary dumbly. Taking a few shallow breaths, her gaze strayed anywhere but the page in front of her as a salty teardrop exploded upon it. Rain quietly pattered on the thick window pane. Its quiet rhythm was the only sound to penetrate the small room which was the most intimate of Milerna's apartments.
For three weeks now Milerna and Dryden had shared a bed, sharing themselves with each other regularly. Milerna enjoyed it, she would admit. Dryden was a wonderful lover. So considerate, gentle and yet commanding. He was sensitive to when she was tired, when she just needed to be held and when she wanted his intimacy. In return, she did her best to pleasure him; her efforts keeping him thoroughly satisfied. Her days were now uneventful as she had no depression, or self-pity to wallow in. Dryden had spent more time with her which gave her fewer responsibilities to cope with. She had expected that such time spent in his company would only serve to suffocate her, but
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Milerna pulled the comb through her hair as she stared mutely at her reflection. The voluminous champagne curls slid like silk between its teeth. The young Queen tugged subconsciously on the large bow on the front of her nightdress. It was tonight. It was tonight she truly would become a married woman. But she still wasn't sure if she was ready for it; especially not with Dryden. Dryden. The thought of him did not repulse her as it had. In fact it conjured up the image of a pleasant carefree existence for her. She'd passed all of her medical exams and was awaiting her application to the Bazraam Ladies Institute for the Study of Medicine and the Sciences, to be filled, but she would never have even been given the time to sit the exams had Dryden not taken complete control. She knew how much it had taken out of him and did her best to make it up to him. One of the fondest of these times was when she used her expertise to give him a massage. After a few minutes under her hands, he'd falle
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Dryden opened the door to his study wearily. A maid came bustling past him making a short curtsy to which he gave a courteous nod. He looked around the room. The fire had been lit and his gourmet meal was placed on a large silver tray on top of his desk. He had had a hard day. All morning he had been in discussion with the ministers and the knights over the issue of war crimes. Should the Asturian government go out looking for ex-Zaibach or Bazram soldiers in order to punish them? The officials had argued that it would set an example and satisfy the bereaved relatives of those killed, however Dryden felt that it was meaningless. It created the image of Asturia as a vicious nation whose actions might be frowned upon by other countries. He left after one of the cabinet suggested that Asturia was "bigger and better" than any of the other Gaean nations. Sure, they had their foot in the door of many other political systems, Freid, for example but now they were petitioning for con