The Princess' Fate

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
A Princess trapped inside castle walls, engaged to be married to a man she hardly knows, lays eyes upon a handsome stranger.

Submitted: May 02, 2016

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During a time long ago there was a kingdom ruled by a noble king and his loving queen. They were adored and respected by all who lived in the villages beneath their castle. Unfortunately, as time progressed over the years, the kingdom has been losing its stability. Families were becoming more poor each second and most food became scarce. No matter how hard they tried, nothing the king and queen did seemed to help. Then one day, a king from a neighbouring kingdom entered the castle with speaks of a deal. He proposed to the king that his kingdom will be glad to assist financially by becoming one...but for a price: the new kingdom will be solely reigned by the new king. The noble king agreed, saying he'll do anything to save his kingdom. As the sounds of his newborn child echoed through the walls, the new king gave s mischievous grin and glare in his eyes. The deal was made that the kingdoms would unite under the new reign after the newborn daughter became old enough to marry the new kings eldest son. As the noble king became pale, his daughter's destiny was set before she had even seen the light of day. 

 
Years went by as the Princess grew up and word spread across the villages of her beauty. Her long blonde hair flowed gracefully down her shoulders, as if kissed by sunlight, and her eyes were a delicate blue, as if touched by the sea. She kept to herself as her father did not allow her to leave the castle grounds. Afraid of her falling in love if she ever entered one of the villages, the noble king secluded her from the outside world. However, what her father did not know was that the Princess had found a small opening in a hedge on one of the grounds far away from the castle. She would push branches aside and sneak through the opening at least a few times a week. She did not to very far as she always made her way to a stream close by. The sound of the water flowing and the birds chirping satisfied her thirst for the world outside the castle walls...but she always craved more. Her special spot however, was a place she could be alone. Away from the servants waiting on her hand and foot and her parents from leaving her side. Until one day...
 
As she approached her stream, she saw a man standing over it with his back towards her. Never before seeing another person there, she greeted him politely.
"Hello." She said with a smile. The man turned around to face her. The Princess had never felt such a strong presence to some one before, a stranger nonetheless. The man she is supposed to marry is considerably attractive, but there was something about this man that drew the Princess towards him. Maybe it was his light brown hair that glistened and matched his warm brown eyes? Or maybe it was the way the sky lit up as he smiled in response to her?
"Hello." He replied. "A lady like you should not be this deep in the wood."
"Well if you must know, I do come. Here quite often." She said while raising her chin up a bit. 
"My apologies..." After gazing upon her outfit of a designed gown, he quickly bowed, "...your Majesty."
The Princess began to blush as she told the man there was no need to bow. As she continued to the man she found him quite intriguing, as he did with her. He would tell her stories about things he would do as a child, how he grew up in a one bedroom household with four other people, what he enjoyed doing in his free time when he wasn't working at the bakery in one of the villages, and other things that the Princess took in with every word. However, she felt envious that he had so much to share where she only had little from growing up in the same castle walls. But there was something about this person that she wanted to hear more of. 
 
As the sun began to set, the Princess realized she had to return to her castle before the staff is ordered to search for her. "I'm terribly sorry, but I am afraid I must return." She gazed at him with longing as she wanted to stay.
"Will I get to see you again?" He asked her with hope.
"How about the day after tomorrow?" She smiled, her heart beating a little faster than normal. 
"I will see to it then." He said as he held up her hand to kiss it. 
As they parted ways, the Princess began to count the hours left till she saw him again. 
 
Days and weeks went by as the Princess and the man continued to meet at the same stream. Each moment they spent together made them fall equally in love. Since the days flew by and the Princess has never been happier, she almost didn't realize that the day for her arranged marriage was drawing nearer. She knew at one point she would have to tell the man, but she was afraid for she loved him and not the Prince she was intended to marry. On a day of one of their meets, a single tear slid down her cheek. "What has made you so unhappy?" The man asked as he placed his hand gently on the wet cheek.
"I am afraid that I have been dishonest with you." She whispered.
"Princess I can assure you that no matter what you say, me feelings for you won't be persuaded otherwise." He says to her. As she told him of her fixed destiny, he light in his eyes began to dim. Instead of turning away, he placed the other hand on her other cheek, holding her face in his hands. "If this is the truth, than I cannot be with a married woman..." He began, "...but that does not stop me from placing a kiss upon you now."
He gently presses his lips against hers and kisses her softly. The Princess had never felt anything like this before as she continued to feel the man's lips upon hers. The passion and love intensified between them as the refused to part. As night fell upon them and the day of the wedding only hours away, the Princess sadly returned to her castle.
 
Once she returned, she found her father waiting. Revealing that he has noticed his daughter wandering off for hours in secret, he had one of the guards follow her and informed the king of what he had witnessed. "You know you cannot be with him." He said to her sternly. 
"But father I love him! It is unfair that my fate has been decided for me without a say of my own." She began to cry.
"I am truly sorry, but it's for the good of the kingdom." He put his head down. "If there was any other way I would have chosen that path instead. But my only daughter, this must be something you must do to save your people." He said apologetically.
The princess knew what she had to do and decided that must go through the pain of living without whom she truly loved. 
 
The next day arrived and the Princess was preparing for what has been coming for all of her years of living. She was nervous and heartbroken, but knew that this was what is best for her people. She told herself that if she wants to be a good queen someday, she would need to put the need of others in front of her own. Finally, she was fetched to start the wedding. As she waited behind closed doors with tailors and ladies-in-waiting putting on the final touches, the ceremony began. She slowly walked down the aisle to the Prince waiting for her at the end of it. Only having met him a few times, she knew he would not be the same as the man she fell in love with ay the stream. The ritual was performed in front of hundreds of people, all eyes on the Princess and the Prince. As the rings were being placed on both fingers, the doors suddenly burst open.
"Stop!" A voice announced.
The Princess was overjoyed and confused as to why the man appeared at her wedding. 
"I have word from the neighbouring kingdom that this wedding is a sham. The king has been stealing for years from this kingdom, hoping that our king would one day make a deal with him to hand over the kingdom. Making him ruler." He announced as he pointed to the new king sitting in the front row.
"Guard take this man away, he is obviously delusional." The new king demanded.
"Father is this true?" The prince asked.
Suddenly, a villager walked in. "Yes, it is true." He looked to the noble king, sitting in the front row as well. "My king, my dearest apologies, but I have been threatened to steal from you and give it to the other kingdom. He threatened to take my boy and wife from me." He confessed, seemingly shaken. 
"And not just me, but others as well, we were just too afraid to come forward." He finished.
 
After the truth was revealed and the deal was off, the kingdom rejoiced as the villagers were freed and that things would begin to be how they once were. Since the deal was broken, the Princess no longer had to marry the Prince, and was instead allowed to marry the man that she loved. The Princess was finally able to roam free from her castle as she got to travel to all of the villages, spreading her wisdom and kindness. In the end, she got to live happily ever after with her newly wedded Prince.
 
 
 
 
 
Happy 9 Months to the love of my life <3


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