“Radiation, which I suppose is something a fairy-tale princess would know nothing about that… illusion… which I guess is kind of magic, but not really. It’s more like smoke and mirrors type stuff, not real magic where you can point at stuff and zap energy beams at people. It could be a mechanical sort of thing with built-in lights…again, something you probably wouldn’t know anything about.” He waved his hand dismissively, shrugging. “All sorts of perfectly valid, scientific reasons. Not everything is magical.”
His eyes narrowed a bit as Aurora continued to push the issue of Gosalyn, and he became even more impatient, and perhaps even a little bit of his temper flared. “Look here, princess…” He said the word princess in a derisive, snappy manner. “I said she wasn’t important, and I mean that she isn’t important. I don’t appreciate you trying to see things that AREN’T there. Besides that, my personal life is MY business, and even more importantly…”
He scooted close to her, and yanked her down by her shoulder so that he could look at her eye level. “I have enemies. LOTS of enemies. I am a constant obstacle and threat to the plans of evil-doers everywhere.” Even when he was being completely serious, he couldn’t resist stroking his own ego. “That being the case, they would do ANYTHING, and I mean, ANYTHING to get at me… so, they can destroy me. If they find out that I have any special ties or connection to someone… They will use that connection against me, and they won’t care if they hurt the people connected to me as long as it means hurting me in the process.”
His features seemed to be getting sharper, fiercer. “So, I think it would be in EVERYONE’S best interest if you put whatever speculations you have to the side and keep them to yourself because the girl I am looking for is just a helpless, defenseless little girl… and if my enemies get wind of there being some kind of actual connection between us because you can’t keep your STUPID mind from fancying the ridiculous and your royal lips sealed, any harm that comes to her will be on YOU.” He let go of her shoulder and sat, facing away from her with his arms crossed tightly over his chest. The nerve of some people…
It was probably a good thing Gosalyn wasn’t there right at this moment. She would probably object to being called helpless and defenseless because she wasn’t… exactly helpless and defenseless. But still, all of his enemies were very dangerous, and Gosalyn was HIS little girl… It was ultimately up to him to protect her.
“I’ll have you know that I am not a ditzy princess who doesn’t know how to use her brain. As for your ‘theories’ as to how this book glows, who says it isn’t magic? Whatever the hell ‘radiation’ is must only exist in your world because I happen to know some of the smartest scientists in the entire world and never once have they mentioned ‘radiation’. And they would have if it existed!” She fell back into her seat calmly after the duck had let her shoulders go. “And I don’t make-believe. At least, not anymore. You can try and hide your feelings with the words you say, but your eyes and your body language tell everything. “
She turned her attention to her nails, absently checking them for any signs of dirt, as well as trying to aggravate the duck further. What could she say?? It was fun to frustrate someone who gave in easily. He should really learn how to play his cards better. “Look, if you want help getting your girl back, I think it would be in your best interest if you didn’t piss off one of the most powerful people in this world.”
Aurora felt the carriage come to a halting stop, signalling they were in town. “Oh, and I wouldn’t be too worried about my lips, I’m good at keeping secrets, it’s your own mouth I’d be worried about. Because of that adorable speech you just gave, you just proved my point. This girl is worth more to you than anything, despite what you’re trying to make me believe. If you plan on telling everyone what you’re doing here the way you just did, you are going to get that poor girl into more trouble than you could ever imagine. So please, take my advice and don’t piss me off. I’m one of the good girls.” She pushed the door open and graciously accepted the driver’s hand as she stepped out of the carriage with a smile on her face.
A royal pain in the tail feathers was what she was! Darkwing was practically ready to leap out of the moving carriage, but it came to a complete stop before he could attempt it. Princess or no princess, HE wasn’t going to let himself be talked down to by what was clearly, to him, a spoiled, snotty, snobby, STUPID princess. The glare he shot her could’ve melted lead in its intensity.
“Well, EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE me, princess!” He marched out of the carriage, and then turned around dramatically to face the princess on getting out, his cape billowing slightly. He almost managed to look a little intimidating. Almost. It was hard to be intimidating when you were shorter than most everyone… and the only duck in town.
“You clearly don’t know me very well AT ALL, and you presume WAAAAAAAAY too much. I don’t care if you’re the Grand High Ruler of All Beakless Mutants with vast amounts of magical powers or WHATEVER, I don’t need help from the likes of YOU. I’ll find that little girl, WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO CONNECTION TO ME BY THE WAY, and I’m not going to let anyone stop me, princess or no princess!” He reached into his suit and pulled out one of his guns; this one his grappling hook gun. He aimed it at the roof of a nearby house within the kingdom and allowed himself to be pulled up onto the roof. He hopped to the next roof, and the next, and soon, he was too distant to be seen.