* * *“Nothing Ari, nothing.” My dad said as he stared at me through his light reflecting glasses.
* * *I really did wish I could have wished all my problems away. Shortly after departing from our home in Seattle, Washington, I had gotten word from the security heads from the country’s army office that my father was in critical condition and might not make it back to Seattle without dying first. In the rural country of Terisscott, they didn't have the equipment to save my father's life. That's probably why he was dead now. He was dead because that country's monarchy could care less about health care. They probably thought, 'Oh, because we're so special, there will never be a war! Much less one that takes away the all the family a young seventeen year old girl has left!'
* * *“I don't know Miss Mortimer, he still is very agitated. I don't think she's ready to leave the country. He father died yesterday. She has emotional scarring.” I heard a man say. I wasn't sure, but I was guessing it was the doctor.
The doctor reached out his hadn to help me. I hesitated at first, but he reminded me of my father. His eyes, light brown and calming. His hair, also brown and tastled. I lifted out my arm,
placing my hand in his. He helped me up. Once on my feet, I took me only but two sencondes to grasp onto him in a tight hug. My face not lifting from his scrubs, staining them with tears. He
hugged me back resting his head on my shoulder. I thought I heard Tiffany sigh with impatience, but I didn’t care. She could go die in a hole for all I cared. Guardian or not, she was still a
snobby little baby that couldn’t stop whining. After a few minutes, I got myself together. I pulled away from the doctor, apologizing for staining his scrubs. He told me it was fine and returned
to his work, he obviously had other patients. I looked at TIffany, her face cold and hard, once again hiding a look of digust. She then looked me over, after a few moments, her face turned soft
and sympathetic. This time, not to cover up. She touched my arm gently and smiled. I tried to smile back, but my face remained neutral. My eyes were red and puffy, my cheeks wet with tears and my
nose still sniffling. She lead me back into the room and sat me on the bed she sat next to me and said,
“Listen Ari, I know that this is extremely hard for you. When your mother died, it was a loss for you father. He had no one else to turn to. Our country and the Queen, didn’t want anything to do with him or you. When your mother married him, your grandmother went into an uproar. She made certain laws that, went against her better judgement. But, it wasn’t her fault, you mother’s or you father’s. It was just something that happened. That’s how this war started. After many laws of injustice were passed, the whole country started to rebel against Queen Liana. She couldn’t do anything about it, the stress got to her, and she passed away few weeks ago. I called your father right after she died Ari, he had to know, since you are the only heir left to the throne of Terisscott,” I stared at her in awe, I was the only heir left to the throne?! “Ari, when your father got to Terisscott, he didn’t want to fight, but he was forced. He was swept into the fighting of the crowds. When he tried to explain to everyone what happened, he was killed. He was shot Ari... and beaten, I’m so sorry.” Tears dripped from her eyes. Why was she crying? She couldn’t have known my father that well... Could she? “Ari, your father was my brother. I married a man named Adrian Mortimer. My maiden name is Tiffany Rose Dyson. I’m your aunt Ari, and I need you to come back with me to Terisscott, this country needs you.” I wasn’t sure what I should say. Should I say yes? Or Hell no! She was my aunt, but that didn’t mean I needed to trust her. For all I knew, she could have been lying. Lying was easy to do, but the emotion she was showing, was hard to do. As I looked at my aunt, I could see the resemblance between her and my father. I smiled, she was like my father in many ways.
“Alright, I’ll go.” I said to my aunt, her face immediatly lit up. Her eyes were full of sadness still, but she was none the less happy that I was going to go with her.
* * *The plane ride was long and grueling, it was nice to be on solid ground. As I got my bearing, I saw fields of green behind a GIANT castle. When I mean GIANT, I mean, GIANT. Like, ten stories high, a gazillion sqaure feet in area! I gasped, looking over the castle, my aunt by my side and surrounded by Royal guards.
“Welcome to your new home, Princess Ari.” My aunt smiled and squeezed my shoulder. I smiled back as she led me to the castle’s giant door. When it was opened, I almost fainted at its beauty. The foyer had two marble staircases on each side that each had a red carpet. A gold and diamond encrested chandelier hung from ther ceiling. It’s light lit the beige tinted walls with a warm glow. On either side of the room, there was a door. The doors were made of solid wood, and had tainted glass windows. It was beautiful. One of the doors was open, and my aunt led me through it. It was the library. The walls were so high, it looked like they never ended. The book cases continued up the walls following them until the very top. I glanced at some book selections, and I found my favorite book, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll. I smiled at the memories that story held for me. My father read it too me many times, I could remember it practically word for word. It was a bittersweet moment, to see my favorite book that my father read to me, it showed the realization he was truly gone. He wasn’t gonna come back this time... My heart ached and longed for my father. Which only made me realise, was I making the right desicion? I hadn’t actually agreed to be the queen yet, but did I even make the right choice in trusting my aunt? Was that lady even related to me? ‘It’s easy to lie, but harder to actually be family.’’
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