“Why are you surprised?”
The final Snoflakian dove reached the D’Annimos. Strangely, they were not expecting such an invitation which was surprising given they are all about prophecy.
Nevertheless,with all the invitations sent, thoughts inevitably turned to the peace summit itself.
How would the families all react to the suggestion of peace? This ideal of living together in harmony, to work together for the prosperity of all inhabitants of Earthykinda. To create a world not defined by war and suffering but of understanding and respect.
Well, from what Bryce could work out they were all planning to use the Peace Summit to kill one another.
The Toonidunzas had a very straightforward plan – have sex with them, kill them, eat them and not necessarily always in that order.
The D’Annimos were just going to poison everyone and given that they are all prophetic they probably had an idea whether their plan was going to work or not.
The Bursteads were a little more devious and planned to rule the kingdoms not by obvious force but by stealth.
Their intention was to suggest that the families are united by marriage. With everyone effectively related there would be peace.
Bryce was unsure if this was a master stroke of diplomacy or if this was more to do with their preference for suitors. If everyone is technically related maybe nobody will care what the brother and sister got up to.
In any event, once married the intention was to kill everyone else anyway.
Despite calling for the Peace Summit the Snoflakians had a similar plan, although it was a little more subtle.
Like the Bursteads they wanted the families united by marriage but such a union would not immediately end in death.
The Snoflakians would use the weaknesses of their enemies to manipulate their strengths. They wanted peace but it had to be on their terms.
If the others refused to be compliant then that is when they would die. It was quite clear that even peace loving Snoflakians could be like a cunning Burstead when they had to.
Clearly, everyone had an ulterior motive for wishing to attend the peace summit.
Bryce left the world of Earthykinda to concentrate on some developments in her own life. She too was dealing with an unexpected invitation.
“Why are you surprised? You are my girlfriend after all”
Bryce blushed and lowered her head. She loved hearing Tyler refer to her as ‘his girlfriend’.
They had been dating for sometime but this invitation to the wedding would be the first time he would introduce her to his family and close friends…..and she’d be introduced as his girlfriend!
“It’s in a Hotel, so I thought we can stay there the evening. You know, so we could both have a drink”
“Separate rooms?” Bryce enquired.
“Well a lot of guests are staying” Tyler replied, awkwardly rubbing the back of his neck “So….I could only get one room”
Bryce just nodded. It was understandable that it would be difficult as well as expensive to get two rooms. It was a long drive to the Hotel and neither of them would want to make that trip home late at night.
Yet in the back of her mind something troubled Bryce. Was Tyler expecting sex? That the potent cocktail of wedding romance and alcohol would be enough for Bryce to willingly give up her virginity?
Maybe Bryce would be happy to do so. That seeing how proudly he introduced her to his family would be confirmation that he is her one true love.
But what if she didn’t feel that way? Should she just agree to any sexual request, if nothing more out of gratitude for a lovely evening?
Of course Tyler may not be expecting that at all. His reasons may be genuine and honourable; he most likely would offer to sleep on the floor.
Bryce cursed herself for even thinking that Tyler may have less than gentlemanly intentions.
After all, not all invitations have an ulterior motive.