As the war raged on outside, Clarke, Lexa, and Niami made their way into the castle. Thanks to Echo they had a map of the castle, so they knew their way to the queens chambers. Slowly they made their way, careful of any guards. They managed to get this far undetected and it would suck if they alerted anyone of their presence now.
Having Nimai was a big help, her ears and nose alerting them of guards before they could even see them. They were getting close and Lexa was getting anxious. How long she has waited for this justice. As much as she wanted peace, their was always a small part of her who wanted this war, this vengeance. She knew once the war was over and she saw the aftermath, she would come to hate the selfishness inside her.
Lexa felt a hand on her shoulder and looked over to find a pair of concerned eyes watching her. She took in a deep breath and nodded at Clarke to let her know she was okay. After taking a moment to collect herself. Lexa started moving forward with Clarke and Niami right by her side. After a few, anguishly long minutes, they finally reached the Queens chambers. There was no guarantee the queen was in there, but knowing her, she would gladly sit in the comfort of her chamber while her people went to war for her. Going by the two guards standing out side the door, they were right in their assumption.
Quickly whipping around the corner, Clarke shot two quills straight into the neck of the guards, causing them to drop to the floor unconscious. Cautiously they made their way into the room. As they entered into the main hall they noticed the bed chambers to their right and a thrown room to their left. Not noticing anyone in the bedroom they made their way towards the thrown room. As they made their way further into the room a voice called out.
"So you finally made it."
"You were expecting us."
"I was expecting you. My messengers informed me you were not on the battlefield, which meant there was only one place you would go."
"You were always a smart one. But you are also selfish and power hungry, and it has finally lead to your downfall."
A wicked smile crossed Nia's face. "You assume you can win. Just because I rather sit here then fight, doesn't mean I am not powerful in my own right."
"I know of your strength. But I also know of mine and I can guarantee that you will not come out of this alive."
"Is that why you brought your little sky princess with you, to guarantee my death?"
"Lexa does not need my help. This is her fight and her fight alone."
"Then you are both fools. GUARDS!"
At the queens words guards came running into her chambers. Lexa looked to Clarke, worry showing in her features. A sad smile spread across Clarke's face
"Don't worry. You take care of Nia and I'll deal with the guards."
As Clarke turned to walk away Lexa grabbed her arm. "Clarke I..."
but before Lexa could finish Clarke silenced her with a quick kiss. "I know. Now go."
With that Lexa dropped Clarke's arm and watched as she ran off to fight the guards. Her thoughts were soon disturbed by a cold voice.
"How sweet. The great commander has found herself another bed warmer. Wonder if this one will last longer then the last one."
"ENOUGH." Lexa bellows as she charges at the older woman.
Standing from her thrown Nia pulls a sword form beside her and brings it up, clashing against Lexa's own sword. They break away from each other, the smile never leaving Nia's face as the two woman circle each other. Lexa steps forward swinging her sword forward as Nia easily parry's the attack, spinning herself towards Lexa's back. Reading the attack Lexa sidesteps and turns herself, bringing her fist around and punching Nia square in the face. Stepping back Nia brings a hand up to her lip, wiping away the blood.
"It's about time you fought back Lexa. For to long I have tried to get you to fight, yet you always stepped back, making me look like the bad guy. You path to equality and peace will cause our clans to crash and burn, but once I kill you, the would will finally see the only was to survive is with power, and power alone."
Lexa lowered her sword and looked straight into Nia's cold blue eyes. Blue just like Clarke's, yet at the same time, nothing like hers. Far to clod and void of emotion.
"If that is what you truly believe, then you are far more deranged then I thought."
Nia scoffed at Lexa as she swung her sword down towards Lexa's side. Lexa blocked it, spinning inwards towards Nia, bringing the hilt of her sword up towards Nia's head. Nia grabbed Lexa's wrist before impact and swiped her foot under Lexa's legs causing her to fall to the ground. Lexa kept hold, bringing Nia down with her, flipping them once they hit the ground so the Lexa was above Nia.
Lexa quickly sat up and started to punch Nia. Blocking Lexa's hits with one hand, Nia reached for her fallen sword with the other. Once she grabbed it she swung it towards Lexa catching her in the side. Letting out a yelp of pain, Lexa rolled off of Nia and pushed herself to her feet. Reaching over to her wound, Lexa could feel the blood pouring out. The cut was deep. Nia got to her feet, a smirk once again covering her face as she walked towards Lexa, picking up Lexa's sword along the way.
Stepping forward with her left foot, Nia brought her first sword down, the second following as she turned her body while swinging the swords. Lexa ducked down and rolled to the side with a grunt. Quickly getting up Lexa landed a punch to Nia side before she could turn back toward Lexa. Before Nia could recover, Lexa grabbed her right wrist and bent it causing Nia to drop the sword. But not before swung the sword in her left hand towards Lexa.
Using her free hand Lexa grabbed the blade of the sword, sliding her hand down until she was able to grab the hilt. Lexa pulled on both of Nia's arms bringing her towards her as she brought her head forward, bashing Nia right in the head. The impact caused Nia to loosen her grip on the sword, allowing for Lexa to take it from her. Spinning the sword in her hands, Lexa dropped her arm and swung the sword upwards, piercing Nia's abdomen. Nia's eyes widened as Lexa removed the sword causing her to fall to her knees.
"That was for Clarke, and this... this is for Costia." Lexa brought up her sword and swung it to the side, removing the Queens head in one clean swipe. Nia's head hit the floor with a thump, and Lexa let out a breath as she fell to her knees, adrenaline finally wearing off.
Clarke easily took care of the guards, there weren't many considering the war raging outside. Even though the cost seems clear, Clarke remained outside the doors, not wanting anyone or anything to disturb the fight going on inside. Clarke wanted so badly to run to Lexa's side, to help her fight, but she promised that she would let Lexa take care of the Queen. Soon the atmosphere became eerily quite, and Clarke gathered her courage and entered the thrown room, her heart sinking at the sight. She ran to Lexa who was lying on the ground and check her pulse, it was weak, but she was alive. Quickly Clarke got to work checking for wounds and patching her up.
Feeling Clarke's presence, Lexa opened her eyes only to find find watery blue ones staring right back at her. Groaning Lexa tried to sit up only to have two hands push her right back down.
"You need to rest."
"No. This wound is deep, and I just got the bleeding under control."
"There is a war going on Clarke. I will not lie down to rest in my enemy's chambers while my people fight."
Hearing the desperation in Clarke's voice, Lexa stilled. She reached her hand to Clarke's cheek using her thumb to wipe away her tears.
"I am well enough to walk. My spirit is not going anywhere Clarke. My people need me, this fight is over."
Nodding Clarke help Lexa up and started heading out of the room, but Lexa stopped and look behind her.
"The queens head. I don't want other people to get."
Clarke just stared at Lexa, not believing what she was hearing. Confusion turned to understanding at the smirk that formed on Lexa's face.
"Really. A joke. Of all times. Plus this is nothing like me wanting my kill, you just being ridiculous."
Lexa just raised her eyebrow in response. Clarke just let out a sigh.
"Fine, what ever you want commander." Lexa let out a chuckle as Clarke went to retrieve "the Queen."
"Sorry Clarke, but we really do need the head as proof. Only then will the Azegda stop fighting."
"What ever lets go."
Clarke went back to Lexa and helped her as they walked out of the castle. They left the way they came in, still not wanting to draw attention to themselves. As soon as they got close to their army, Lexa removed herself from Clarke's care. She was still commander and couldn't afford to look weak, especially right now. Walking to the front of her army, she singled one of her warriors to sound the horn, causing the fighting around her to decease. Lexa walked to the front of her army, standing before the Azegda warriors, speaking as loudly as she could.
"This fight is over. Your Queen is dead."
Slowly Lexa removed the Queens head from a bag and showed the army before throwing it towards them.
"Lay down your swords now and you will not be punished for your Queens treachery."
Lexa looked at the army before her and saw the uncertainty in their faces. Their Queen may be dead, but they are still her army. Yet they do not wish to die meaninglessly either. Lexa looked behind her and beckoned one of her warriors forward.
Slowly Echo emerged from the army and walked up beside Lexa.
"This is Echo kom Azgeda. Your new Queen."
When Echo found out Lexa's plan to appoint her the new Queen she refused, stating she was no leader. Lexa assured she would do fine, and her people needed someone like her who was willing to fight for peace. Even so Echo was still hesitant to take on the role, but Lexa promised they together they would find another who was qualified and trustworthy to take on the role once everything has settled. Knowing she didn't have much choice in the matter, and not wanting to see more needless death she agreed.
Stepping forward Echo spoke to her people.
"I know you are all loyal to your Queen and for that I thank you. But she is dead and this is not a war you can win. Look around you, you have lost so many already. There is no need more more death. We will not lose our place in this world. We will remain strong and powerful, but we will do so at the commanders side, as part of the coalition. Together with the other Clans we will use our strength to fight for a better and brighter future."
Echo paused and looked over her people.
"Now as your new Queen, I order you to drop down your weapons and return to your homes and to your loved ones. All those who fell to the red smoke should be awakening soon, and I'm sure they would be happy to wake up to a safe and war free home."
Some started to retreat but some stayed, still not willing to stand down.
"I said to return now. If you refuse I will kill you myself. Do I make myself clear?"
At this the remaining warriors gave a bow and returned home. Echo felt a hand on her shoulder and looked over to find Lexa smiling at her.
"Well done. You will do just fine as their leader. Now return home with your people and we will discuss what happens next in a few days."
With a bow of her head, Echo headed back with her people.
Lexa walked back to her army and told them it was time to go home. Having no complainants they quickly packed up and headed home. As the army was getting ready to return, Clarke headed over to her furry family to see if they were okay. Niami ran ahead of her, just as worried about her family as Clarke was. Taking note of all the wolves she noticed a few were missing. Of course their would be losses, but that didn't mean it made it any easier to take. Just over twenty of them needed medical attention and eight of them didn't make it. Quickly getting to work, Clarke started taking care of the injured wolves.
It took a few hours, but she was finally done and with some rest all the injured wolves would make a full recovery. Now that Clarke had a moment to herself she felt Lexa's presence.
"Its creepy to stare you know."
Clarke turned and walked up to Lexa.
"How long have you been here?"
"Not long. I didn't want to disturb you."
"You have your own injury's to worry about. Why aren't you resting?"
"I will rest when we get home. For now there is to much to do."
"Fine. It's not like you listen anyways. But when we get home I'm not letting you out of bed for at lest to days."
A smirk played on Lexa's lips. "As long as your in bed with me, that will not be a problem Clarke."
"Your impossible, you know that." Clarke tried to sound mad but just couldn't. Lexa reached her hand u and cupped Clarke's face, leaning in to give her a kiss. Breaking the kiss she leaned her forehead against Clarke's.
Giving one final look over her furry friends, Clarke called for Nimai and took Lexa's hand into her own as they headed towards home. As they headed trough the forest Clarke noticed Niami's head shoot up. Looking to Lexa with concern they followed Niami. It didn't take them long to find what caught Niami's attention. It was a wolf pup, but not just any Wolf pup. She looked like a tiny version of Nimai, coat as white as the snow that covered these lands. The only difference was the blood red patches of fur the covered the tips of the pups tails and ears, as well as each of her paws. Clarke approached the pup, but instead of letting Clarke get close, she took a defensive stance, growling and showing her teeth to Clarke. Only then did Clarke notice a little girl behind the pup. Of course they were lost souls.
Calling over Niami,Clarke bent down and started to run her hand through Niami's fur, showing the pup she means no harm. Patting Niami on the back Clarke nodded towards the pup and Niami headed over, calming the pup down. Looking back at Clarke, Nimai nodded her head, allowing Clarke to come closer.
"It's okay. Your safe."
Looking straight into Clarke's eyes, the pup realized who she was and stepped down allowing her to see the girl. The girl had short, straight, red hair, with hazel eyes. Over her right eye she had a distinctive scare, marking her as an Azegda. The girls right leg was bleeding badly, so Clarke called Lexa over to help her take care of the girl.
"Whats your name little one?" Lexa asked as she bent down beside the girl.
"Hello Eva. This is Clarke, and I'm Heda Lexa. Why are you out here."
"I ran when the fighting started."
Eva looked into Lexa's eyes unsure if she could trust her. But seeing nothing but concern in her eyes she continued.
"I live in the castle. I was hoping to escape during the commotion, but got caught up in one of the blasts."
"Why did you wish to escape?"
"I'm the Queens niece, and I did not enjoy the life she had layed out for me. She wished of me to be Queen like her. Rule like her. Her people are loyal to her, but they do not care for her, and I didn't enjoy the way she lead, or the training she put me through to make me worthy of her title."
"Well then do you wish to come with us. We can train you and your new friend here. We can help you become the leader you wish to be."
Eva was hesitant. She wanted to escape her life, but maybe with the help of these two should become a Queen who was loved by her people.
"Can I become someone who is loved by her people?"
This time it was Clarke who spoke up.
"Lexa here is the greatest commander to ever rule. She has brought peace to feuding clans and is loved by all her people. If you wish to become a great leader then the commander here will be the greatest teacher you could ever have."
A smile appeared on Eva's face
"Okay. I think I would like that."
Without wasting any more time Clarke picked up the little girl and headed home with Lexa, Niami, and the pup by her side. A smile crossed Clarke's face as she notice Eva fall asleep in her arms.
"Echo will be happy to know we found her replacement so soon."
"Sha, but no need to rush. With the right training I believe this girl can become a great leader."
They walked the rest of the way in silence, just enjoying each others company.
Epilogue – Epilogue – Epilogue
Months have past sense the war, and things were finally settling down. Relations between the Skaikru, Azgeda, and Trikru were stronger then ever. Lexa moved back to Polis, and Clarke went with her, inviting her friends to join them. Only Octavia and Lincoln moved to Polis, the others not wanting to be so far from Camp Jaha, but they promised to visit all the time.
Clarke walked down to the training grounds where Lexa was training the Natblida along with Eva. Eva was showing great promise and fit in easily with the Natblida. Clarke watched from the shadows and waited for Lexa to dismiss the children before walking up to her.
"It's rude to stare Clarke."
"Sorry, I was just enjoying the scenery."
Lexa smiled bright. "Really now."
Clarke just nodded in confirmation before walking up and kissing Lexa. Just a few weeks prior, they made their relationship known, no longer wanting anything holding them back. Clarke pulled back from the kiss and looked into her lovers eyes.
"Do you think it will last."
"This peace, this happiness."
"There will always be conflict Clarke, its the way of the world. But I worked to hard for this life, this happiness, and I wont let any one or any thing take that from us."
Clarke's heart fluttered at the way Lexa way looking at her. Clarke didn't know what the future would hold, but she knew what ever came their way they could handle it together. Reaching her hand up, Clarke traced the outline of Lexa's face.
"I love you Lexa"
"Ai hod yu in Clarke."