The battle for the throne continues in this chapter….
Los Angeles City’s Hospital
Alex is in a VIP ward while Edward is admitted into the second room beside Alex’s room. The doctors are attending to both of them when Malcolm arrived at the hospital. He was about to walk into Alex’s ward when he was stopped.
“Sir, please we can’t allow anyone into His Highness’s room,” a guard said to Malcolm
“Do you know who I am?” Malcolm asked looking irritated
“Yes your highness” the guard replied bowing
“So what is the me…..” He was unable to finish his sentence when he was cut short by a voice
“No one is allowed to enter his room” Malcolm looked back to find out who just spoke. It turned out to be Richard, King Seth’s personal guard and Edward’s dad
“Oh Richard,” Malcolm said surprised
“Your Highness” Richard greeted as he bowed
“I just wanted to see him, why can’t I see him? I don’t understand all this.” Malcolm said regaining his posture
“I’m sorry, Prince Malcolm, his Highness is in a critical condition and my job is to protect him,” Richard replied
Malcolm took a deep breath and then left the hospital looking downcast. On his way, he dialled Remy’s digit.
“Hello boss” Remy voiced from the other end of the phone
“How did Alex manage to survive? Yo piece of shit.” Malcolm said angrily ignoring his greetings.
“I’m sorry your Highness” Remy apologized but this annoyed Malcolm more, as he was about to lash out more words at him he notice Richard is looking at him. He stayed silent for some moment before he calmly told Remy to meet him at his house in an hour.
He hangs and then moved out of Richard’s sight completely.
Texas City Malcolm’s house
As Malcolm enters the hall, all the guards bowed to him although he ignored them as he angrily approached Remy and gave him a heavy blow on his face.
“I’m so sorry, your highness,” Remy said bowing
“You are sorry? Like seriously, does that amend the mistake you made? Do you know the consequences of the mistake? Do you know what that mistake of yours has caused? Huh!!!” Malcolm stated angrily
“I promise, I will get rid of him very soon,” Remy replied
“Too late, Richard is now guarding him personally,” Malcolm said
“So, what are we to do next?” Nicole who has kept mute while watching the two men finally speaks up
“Let’s wait and see who they will choose as their king first,” Malcolm replied
“What if he wins? You know, we need plan B” Nicole said
“Then I will have to send him out of the world myself, but first, I need to see Philip, I know he can help,” Malcolm said and then dismissed his guards as he leave for his room with his wife.
LOS ANGELES CITY HOSPITAL
Alex woke up with his head banging, the headache is severe but he managed to sit up. Just as he turned to his right, he saw Richard and looked away to discover the numerous guards parading the room.
“Welcome back to life your highness.” Richard greeted bowing to him.
“Where are my parents?” Alex asked
Richard was silent for some minutes, as he was about to reply Alex continued, “Where is Edward? Is he alright?”
“Edward is fine”, but I’m sorry for the death of your parents,” Richard replied
“No, tell me you are joking, tell me they are fine, where are they?” Alex said in tears, hoping Richard will tell him it is a joke, but Richard only make a sorry face and then bow.
“NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alex shouted as he started disconnecting the drips from his body in anger, crying bitterly. Richard called on the doctor, who came in and inject Alex then he dozed off.
Three Days After The Palace
Alex is in his room looking worried and broken. A few minutes later, he heard a knock on his door. “Leave,” he said
The door was, however, forced opened and then Richard came in bowing
“I said leave!!!” Alex shouted at him.
“Will you stop this!!” Richard shouted back at him
Alex looked surprised because he has never expected Richard to shout at him like that, since no one dares to shout at him, of course, not even his dad.
“Did you think I’m happy your father died? Or did you think staying indoors will resolve the matter? Look, there are many people out there who need your attention and care. You are the crown prince, the rightful owner of your dad’s seat.” Richard said angrily
“I don’t want the godddamn throne!! To hell with it” Alex replied
Richard remained quiet and then passed him a letter. “This is from your dad,” He said and walked out
Alex opened the letter immediately after Richard left and continued to stare at the content.
I know you reading this must mean I am no more. I’m very happy that Richard gave you this. Don’t be grieved about my death, be strong, and never give up no matter what happens. I know I won’t be able to win the war against China but you will and you must win. Don’t allow anyone to pull you down. Fight anyone who fights over your right and please protect your people. Make your mother and me proud. I LOVE YOU SON.
Your loving father, Seth
With teary eyes, Alex read the letter over and over again until he fell asleep. Edward and Richard watch Alex as he slept through the CCTV.
Edward sighed and asked his father worriedly, “Dad, do you think Alex will overcome this?
“Yes, he is a strong boy” Richard replied and then bent to his son’s height, holding his palm tightly. “Promise me son that you will always be there for His Highness” Richard said
“I promise I will,” Edward replied sounding determined
Three Hours Later
Alex woke up from his bed and realized he is still holding the letter. He read it again and then folded it, put it on his desk and walked out of the room. The guards bowed to him as Alex approached them.
“Where is Sir Richard?” He asked
“He is in the training yard with Sir Edward your highness.” One of the guards replied
With no other words, Alex surged out of the palace to the training yard. Richard and Edward saw Alex coming and stopped their training to greet the prince.
Alex walked towards Richard and said “I am ready”
Richard looked at him with a very stern face asking, “Are you sure?”
“Yes” Alex replied determined.
“Then let the training begins,” Richard said