The Hellewells' Campus, Granite Falls, 2028
Victor checked his phone. "It's a bit late guys, maybe we should... discuss things tomorrow?"
"This isn't helping, Victor!" Lauren snapped.
Henry focussed his energy on the ground at Alex's feet. He was so angry. I am not fighting Alex, Lauren. If this is what you're planning, I'm out... okay, that's easier said than done... but I don't care!
"I do not accept that ridiculous proposal, king! There is no way I'm making peace on the premise that we accept an Evil Genius as our ruler and we stop killing His Evil Services descendants like you!" spat Lauren with a passion so great, Henry was surprised a tree hadn't fallen on Alex.
A mischievous smile escaped Alex's lips as he peered up at the fuming Lauren.
"Now come on, Lauren," he said. "It's either accept my offer, and you must admit it's a reasonable one, or I'll have to kill you..." He glanced at Henry whose eyes had made the shape of an owl's... "or enslave you."
"How about we fight it out?" said Lauren. "And I'm meaning to the death, if necessary!"
"Lauren!" cried Madelyn. "We can't fight the king! That would be wrong!"
Alex laughed. "I think it's a much better solution than a straight forward execution for refusing my... did I mention perfectly reasonable offer?" he replied.
"I accept. I'll give you a day to discuss your... 'battle tactics'... And tomorrow evening, we shall fight here along the Granite Falls river. Sound good?"
No, thought Henry. Doesn't sound good at all.
"Fine!" said Lauren. "What weapons will we use?"
"None, hopefully," said Kristen.
"Madelyn! Kristen! You're Sweglords, not Goodie Two Shoes!" snapped Lauren.
No, please no weapons, thought Henry. What is Lauren thinking? Madelyn and Kristen aren't even trained for combat.
"None," said Alex.
"Henry stop looking so worried, you're good at hand-to-hand combat," snapped Lauren. "You can teach my nieces some tricks of the trade - stuff you learnt from your father."
No, thought Henry. This is going to end in a river of blood!
"And if we win?" said Lauren.
"You can denounce me as your king and kill me if you like and the rest of the His Evil Services descendants in our group."
NO! cried Henry internally.
"Agreed," said Lauren. "And if you win?"
Alex smiled. "You have to accept me as your king and stop killing His Evil Services Descendants."
"But that means..."
"Yes, going against the Sweglord Code!"