Annalise sprung herself onto her bed, tears in her eyes. She repeatedly smashed her fist against the pillow.
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Annalise gritted her teeth, "That bastard has no respect for women, what a vulgar piece of-"
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"M-M'lady, you run quite fast..." Emonie scurried toward Annalise. "Look, the prince didn't mean what he said. When anger takes control of him, he loses track of himself." Emonie stroked Annalise's crimson hair. "He's really kind once you get to know him."
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Annalise cried out, "I don't want to get to know him! I just want to go home to my mother and continue my life the way it was."
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"I wish I could help you but frankly, there's nothing I can do."
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A haunting melody danced around the walls of the castle. Nathaniel played his organ to let out his anger. Music had always helped him release his anger.
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Annalise jumped out of her bed, "What is that noise? It's beautiful!"
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Emonie chimed, "Talented, isn't he? Prince Nathaniel has been playing the organ since he was a 4. He's a remarkable man, I dare to say."
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"Yeah, yeah..." Almost as if she were put under a trance, Annalise followed the trail of the melody. The music brought her back to the Grand Hall where the prince was left alone, playing the wonderous tune.
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He looked up and jumped almost off of his stool.
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"Ah, Annalise... I wanted to apologize for what I said to you earlier." He stood up from the organ and stepped closer to her.
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She closed her eyes and demanded, "Play."
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"You heard me, play." Annalise pointed at the wooden organ.
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"I wanted to apologize-"
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"If you play me the melody of before, I shall forgive your cruel words."
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Nathaniel tensed up,"Oh, of course. For you, M'lady..."
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He sat back down at the organ and began to flutter his fingers across the keys. Music flooded through Annalise's ear. A haunting, heavenly melody danced around his finger tips. When he stopped playing, he grinned over at Annalise.
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"So... Did you enjoy my music? I actually wrote the piece that I just played. Not to brag or anything..." Nathaniel smirked at a slightly blushing Annalise.
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"Y-you are forgiven." She faced her body away from him.
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The sweet aroma of honey tickled at his nose. It was getting harder and harder to control himself.
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Annalise tousled her hair behind her ear. Nathaniel couldn't control his urges anymore. He wrapped his arms around Annalise's waist. Out of shock, she froze in place. Nathaniel circled around her neck with his tongue, his fangs slowly forming out of his gums.
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Annalise's voice shook, "Y-your magesty, what in the world are you doing?"
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Almost instantly, he had regain conciousness. Reality smacked him in the face. Nathaniel panicked and pushed Annalise away.
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"I... I'm sorry." He couldn't look her in the eyes. Out of shame, he turned and walked away.
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"Wait, thank you for the music..." Annalise tugged against his blue, linen tunic. "It amazes me that you wrote such a beautiful masterpiece."
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Nathaniel spoke in a monotone voice, "Thank you, I'm sorry but I really must be going..."
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He walked away, leaving Annalise alone with her thoughts.
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She rubbed her neck, "What the bloody hell just happend?"
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Dominic stomped over to her, "Lady Annalise, may I have a word with you?"
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"Oh sure! Actually there's something I need to say to you also." Annalise trailed along side him.
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Dominic led her into a large, magnificent garden full of bright and colorful flowers and other plants.
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"I have to tell you something and you must promise to keep it confidential. The prince must never find out about this." Dominic frowned at his thoughts.
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Annalise sighed, "Sounds kind of sketchy to me, I will need a bit more information before I promise you anything."
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Dominic rolled his eyes at her, "Very well... tomorrow is Prince Nathaniel's birthday and his father, the king will be surprising him with his arrival."
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"That's sweet. A father-son reunion!" Her eyes lit up.
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He shook his head, "No M'lady, His Majesty and his son don't have the best relationship."
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She asked, "Oh... then why must we keep his arrival a secret?"
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"If he finds out before hand, he won't ever leave his room. Him and his father need to patch up their relationship." He patted her shoulder, "I count on you to help me."
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"You really care about the prince, don't you?" She nodded her head to him.
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Dominic smiled, "He's like a brother to me."
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"That's really sweet..." Annalise couldn't hide the smile that crept onto her face.
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Trying to change the topic, "Oh, that's right. Wasn't there something you wanted to talk about with me regarding the prince?"
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"Well... yes. The weirdest thing happend. I was listening to him play the organ-" She was cut off.
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"Oh yes, Nathaniel is quite the prodigy."
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"Anyway... when he stopped playing, he started acting strange."
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"How strange?" He asked.
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"The prince tightened his grip around me... I was so shocked that I couldn't move. And then..." She touched her neck. "Oh nevermind, it's too embarrassing. You wouldn't believe me anyway..."
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Dominic's eyes widened.
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"Are you okay Dominic?" She was worried.
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His voice trailed for a moment, "Oh, yeah... I'm perfectly fine, you on the other hand have a crazy imagination!" He forced out a couple of convincing laughs. "I think what you need is some sleep and you'll be fine."
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Annalise's stomach gurgled.
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"Forgive me..." She bowed her head.
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"I'll let the cooks know that dinner will be served for two this evening." He lightly smirked at her.
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She nudged his shoulder, "I couldn't impose. I don't mean to be a bother to you."
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"How could you be a bother? I'm not the one cooking. Plus, what kind of man would I be if I let a poor lady go without food. That would be most ungentleman like." He pursed his lips teasingly.
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Annalise giggled, "Whatever you say Dominic."
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When Annalise went upstairs to get ready for dinner, Dominic barged into Nathaniel's quarters.
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He flung the door open and announced, "Prince, we have a problem."
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Nathaniel sprawled on his bed, with his tunic tossed on the floor and his top half buttons of his shirt were unbuttoned.
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He groaned with his hand over his face, "Don't you think I know that?"ns126.96.36.199da2