Anneli hurried behind Castor and Helen through the market towards the port.
“How did you get a ship? Father must have found out.”
“It was fine, Pollux helped and-”
Castor almost choked on the scoff that Helen’s statement summoned to his mouth.
“What? Did Pollux suddenly materialize a conscious or did Araliya browbeat it into him.”
“Step off Castor, Pollux was really upset when he heard about what happened to you.”
“Well it is a bit late now. It would have been great if he cared enough when the court snubbed me or when he was clearly aware that father was out to get me. I have no gratitude for someone who only helped after the fact to only sooth their own guilt.”
“He is our brother he-”
“We don’t choose our siblings Helen. He did not help you when you left for the desert, he did not help Clytemnestra when she wanted to be a priestess, it was only mother and I who helped you. Pollux did nothing but chastise us and silently follow father despite he himself almost starting a war when he eloped.”
Unable to effectively and sharply rebuke Castor, Helen scoffed. The air around them was thick and heavy. Anneli feared any stray spark could be catastrophic.
“You,” growled Helen, turning to Anneli.
“What is you name?”
“Anneli.” Helen scooped up Anneli in her arms. Strangely embarrassed Anneli curled into a ball, trying to make himself smaller.
“What are you doing?” snapped Castor. Helen shot him a dirty look and turned away.
“So Anneli, don’t you think Castor is kind of a jerk? ”
“I don’t think so,” replied Anneli, meekly glancing at Castor. Castor ignored them, trying to give Helen the satisfaction of a reaction.
“Really? I think he is really selfish and rather hypocritical and manipulative. Even though he promises to help you he often does not keep his word and even when he makes good on his promises he always has ulterior motives. He is always smiling and charming but he is actually cunning and will use any means necessary to get what he wants.”
Anneli looked at Castor who did not meet his eye, instead choosing to look forward with a scowl across his face and anger in his eyes. With that a seed of doubt was planted firmly in Anneli’s mind. For the first time he was questioning his blind faith in Castor.