''Well, I'm sure someone will say something of your species, as elves visiting our empire are quite rare.'' Hendrina smiled as she chuckled softly. ''I see you, you get angry quite quickly... Hopefully, I don't get on your bad side.'' Hendrina smiled at the prince. ''You two have quite a good relationship, considering that you're both of different social classes,'' Hendrina commented as she motioned her hand to have the two follow her. As she walked down the hall, Hendrina took in the guards stationing considering that it may need to change.
"I'm calm and in a good mood for now"Zack hummed and smiled as he followed Princess Hendrina down the hall."Derek basically treats me like an older brother than a server"He said.Derek smiled as he puts his hands behind his back"True but his parents wanted me to stay by his side 24/7 and to make sure to keep his temper at a low level"
''That's good.'' Hendrina mused as she listened to the men. ''I see... Must be nice to have a healthy relationship.'' As Hendrina smiled as she spotted the wooden oak door with the carvings of the ancient witches. ''Please, this way.'' The guards were stationed as they spotted the elves, their faces scrunching in anger. With no sign of protest, the guards opened the door as their gazes remained onto the princess. The scent of papers, the smell of the old books filled the air. The wooden tables and chairs were settled around the large room, books scattered on various shelves. ''This is the library. We divided the library into genres and different documents. Some, of course, we cannot let you see as it belongs are confidential.'' Hendrina commented of the old library. Her hand touched the different covers of the many books as she smiled. ''So, what would you like to read?'' Asked the princess.
Zack noticed the guards looking at them but didn't say or do anything and tapped his chin, looking at the many books"I'm interested in reading this one"He said as he pointed at the book on witches.Derek looked around the library as he looked at all the books but didn't touch any of them since he didn't know which ones he could read and what he could not read.
''Ah, that has information of many witches, as of now, it should be updated. Though, for other reasons considering my family's bloodline aren't within that book. Oh! It has quite a bit of the witches history within the first few sections.'' Hendrina commented, nodding with each fact she stated. ''As the confidential papers are on the top shelves, near the ceilings I advise you stay from those sections. Otherwise, we have many books to read from.'' Hendrina began scanning over the books her eyes full of pride. ''This library has much information on the humans as well, unfortunately, most of that information is confidential. Ah, we might meet the book nerd of the harem here as well, if he's not in his room.'' Hendrina scoffed at the mention of the book nerd, Albert Jepsen. ''He's quite shy,'' Hendrina commented as she pulled out a book of spells, various spells were cast over, most being of spells to cause destruction rather than creation.
Zack nodded his head eagerly as he smiled brightly,wanting to know more."So I can read it?"He said happily,almost acting like a curious child before he composed himself as he blushed"Sorry about that..".Derek heard Princess Hendrina say that the books on the top shelf were off limits for him to read and then picked a book from the bottom that was about the humans before he started to read it.
Hendrina laughed with the nod of her head. ''Of course.'' She smiled as Hendrina continued to have her fingers touch the papers of the book. ''While you two read, I'll be looking for someone who you two must meet. He has read most books here within our library. He is one of the men within the harem. I won't be far in case you two need me.'' Hendrina smiled before leaving, she eyed Prince Zack, a question lingering in her mind. ''How do you feel with the competition of other men who ask for my hand in marriage?'' She questioned wanting to know the answer.
Zack nodded his head and grabbed the book and began to read it.He then heard Hendrina ask him a question and tensed up slightly."....I wouldn't let those men take you...all they have is nothing but hunger radiating off of their body and they probably won't even treat you like royalty...I don't like that..."He said as he glanced at her for a second before going back to reading.Derek didn't pay much attention to them as he read the book, extremely interested in the book of the human race.
Hendrina's cheeks had a faint red color to them at Prince Zack's words. ''I-I see. N-Not all of them are the same.'' Hendrina stuttered, clearing her throat soon after. Licking her lips out of a natural habit. Hendrina's heels clicked with the wooden floorboards. ''I-I'll be back.'' She whispered, almost towards herself as she continued forth. Whilst walking Hendrina could hear the deep sound of her own heart pounding against her ribcage. The tables within the secluded area of the library seemed empty besides the one table within the farthest corner.
Slipping past the various tables, Hendrina reached her destination. The man who she leaned over refused eye contact as his eyes were glued to the passages of the book. His blonde hairs were elegantly pushed into a ponytail as rounded glasses were fixated onto the bridge of his nose. Lips pressed into a firm line as his expression showed his full attention to the book. His adoration for books always sparked a flame within Hendrina's heart as she drummed her fingers on his shoulders scaring the man. ''O-Oh, dear!'' The man shouts in fear. The book laid flat against its hard cover. ''Princess Hendrina,'' He cleared his throat. ''Nice to see you well, what are you doing here? If you're planning to play your game of seduction, I refuse to go along with your plans!'' He groaned as he closed the book, revealing the title of the book. ''No, no.'' She let her words linger until she leaned against his back, whispering into his ear. ''Maybe.'' Hendrina hummed.
''I'm here with our guests giving them a tour of the Hiria's infamous castle, Albert. As a part of the harem the Prince of the Elven Kingdom, who willing be joining the likes of you men wishes to meet the competition.''
''Or did you enforce that said 'meeting' onto him?'' Albert snapped back.
With a laugh, Hendrina grasped his hands trailing around the library a bit which he disliked in his own way. He gulped at the sight of them and yanked her hand to lead her another way. With that, the two argued in between the aisles of books. As the two argued, Albert's hand was holding a firm grasp onto Hendrina's.
Zack soon heard arguing as he puts the book face down on the page he was on and then went to investigate the argument.He then saw Princess Hendrina and a blonde haired male,who he assumed was Albert but what caught his attention was that Albert's hand had a firm grasp onto Hendrina's.Scowling deeply,he cleared his throat to get their attention.
To the sudden sound of someone near, the two turned their head. Albert's face flushing bright red as he released the princess' hand. ''M-My apologies Princess H-Hendrina, Prince Zack. It's n-nice to meet y-you.'' Albert stuttered as he held out his pale hand. Hendrina smiled towards Prince Zack, her heart racing. ''Oh, Prince Zack. This is Albert Jepsen. His father is a merchant here within Hiria and his mother is a genius, helping the royal bloodline many times. Especially with my teachings but, until recently I have met Albert. I'm sure you too can get along well, Albert has quite the temper.'' Hendrina laughed, her hands, fumbling with her sleeves. With a flushed scrunched face Albert kept his hand raised but, glared towards the ground.
''Indeed. Albert here is quite the handsome fellow, my family approves of him as well as I but, I do not know if I would accept to spend the rest of my days with this hot-headed book nerd.'' Hendrina insulted a smile gracing her lips. ''Princess, I respect you and your well-being. I refuse a forced marriage unless my partner and I have some romantic feelings towards one another.'' Albert reminded the princess as Albert wasn't one to force himself upon a woman. ''At least I don't force myself onto others,'' Albert commented on Hendrina's quite romantic relationship with the other men within the harem. With an innocent smile, she wrapped her arm around Albert's pinching his arm with force as the man groaned in pain.
''That hurt.'' He hissed.
Albert cleared his throat as he looked at Prince Zack, analyzing him. ''So, Prince Zack is it true you have been asking for the Princess Hendrina's hand in marriage? Pardon me, sir. Have you yet to ask for her hand?'' Questioned Albert. Curiosity has always been something that may one day kill him. Pushing the dark violet locks behind her ear, Hendrina smiled. ''You can answer if you want to, Prince Zack,'' Hendrina said, hoping to ease the man if needed to.