Joshua led the N’d’lan leader to the palace’s medical center. He showed him the door of the N’d’lan woman’s hospital room.
“I’ll have to be sure that she’s ready for guests before I can let you in, sir,” said Joshua.
“Since this appears to be your custom, I will wait,” replied the N’d’lan leader.
“Thank you,” said Joshua as he then entered the room.
The woman was lying down in the hospital bed looking very awake.
“Who is that?” she whispered.
“He appears to be the leader of your people,” replied Joshua. “Are you ready to see him?”
“No,” replied whispered. “I was on death row. I had broken the rules of my people. I couldn’t take it anymore.”
“What do you mean?”
“I was betrothed to our leader’s son, but he was always angry and wanting to gain more power and control within the tribe. I didn’t want to marry him,” she continued. “I met one of your country’s people two years before today. He was kind to me. We met secretly, and I disguised myself as one of your people for several of my meetings with him. I am now engaged to be married to him and not the prince of my tribe.”
“Yes,” replied Joshua. “And then what happened to you?”
“One of our tribesmen found me with him one late evening. We were walking back from a meal at one of your city’s restaurants, as you say. The tribesman who found me was the prince himself. He tortured me with a whip, and then I was put on trial. I had broken the law by wanting to marry a foreigner. They sentenced me to death. So, I ran away that next day in search of Collin. That is his name.”
“That’s a very harsh punishment,” replied Joshua. “I’m sorry that you went through this. I will see what I can do.”
Joshua then got out his phone and sent a message in the Rhukashlavian language to a few of those in service at the palace.
“What did you say?” asked the woman.
“You needn’t worry. I’m helping you stay as safe as possible,” replied Joshua.
Joshua then left the room and again greeted the leader of the N’d’lan people.
“Is she ready?” asked the leader.
“No,” replied Joshua. “She still needs rest. You aren’t allowed to see her at this time.”
It was at that moment that the N’d’lan leader became very angry. He then pulled out his sword.
Joshua pushed a button on his phone, and the he pulled out his sword as well.
“She needs to come back to her people, where she belongs!” he yelled.
The sword fight began. Anyone who was walking around in that hallway at the time began to clear. Red emergency lights began to flash within the hallway as well.
“You must follow the rules in this palace,” said Joshua.
“No one rules me,” said the leader.
“I will,” replied Joshua.
He then knocked the sword out of the N’d’lan leader’s hands and let it toss to the side somewhat of a distance away from both of them. He then put his sword towards the leader’s neck.
“According Rhukashlavian palace rules, you are now under arrest,” began Joshua.
“You can’t arrest me,” he said.
It was at that moment he began to flee down the hallway and onto the balcony. Joshua tried to chase him, but the N’d’lan leader jumped down the balcony before Joshua could even catch up with him. It was then that he noticed that tribal leader had disappeared without a trace.
Joshua then ordered everyone to be on his or her guard at that time. The palace was soon on lockdown until the new fugitive could possibly be found.