Chapter 5: Before They Knew
About an hour after dinner was over, the entire castle came outside and under the light of the moon and a party began. Ryland and Emali were sitting on a small hill overlooking the big pond that reflected the full moon in the sky. Their shoes were off and their feet were resting in the soft grass. A little while off people were dancing and having a blast.
"So how was your 15th birthday, your highness?" Emali teased.
"It was okay. Nothing great." Ryland answered, looking out at the dark pond.
"That's how I feel, too. It could have been better."
"Much better," he agreed.
"Yeah..." Emali said, running out of words to say.
"Hey, do you want to dance with me?" Ryland asked, surprising Emali.
"Dance? Sure!" Emali got up and wiped the grass off her dress.
She grabbed Ryland's hand and they ran to the dance floor set up in front of the castle.