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A Rich Man
Writer E.E.Depeel
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A Rich Man
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Dec 5, 2015
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Eugene sighed contently as he sprawled himself on his luxurious bed in the palace of Corona. He had everything he could ever have wanted when he was a thief and he finally had it now that he was The Prince Consort of Corona. After returning Rapunzel to her parents, they pardoned all of his crimes and he was free to marry their daughter. And that's just what he did because Eugene truly loved Rapunzel.copyright protection239PENANA9A3xfKRNtg

While Rapunzel was away for the day doing her lessons, Eugene had the day to himself to do whatever he wanted. He decided to take advantage of it and he gripped the fresh satin sheets on his bed and pulled them over him to enjoy a nice long nap. He never had time to have naps while he was a former thief.copyright protection239PENANACvzol0nCdi

Waking up an hour later, he rose from the bed and stretched out his muscles. He then pulled down on his tassel bell that called up the servants. Immediately, three butlers entered his room.copyright protection239PENANA9gbfp3Glf6

"What is it you request, your highness?" The head butler asked.copyright protection239PENANAGpGKWVvOJY

"Ah, my good man! I would like to have the finest bubble bath that you can draw," Eugene ordered, a smile on his face.copyright protection239PENANA4luEJQE7tS

"Right away," The butler replied and he headed into the washing room to do so.copyright protection239PENANAqC8BRyExUU

Eugene turned to the other two butlers and thought of the many things that he could ever ask for as a royal. Hmmm...what should he do while he bathed?copyright protection239PENANADBjklgfQ4Z

"Bring up some grapes, if you will," Eugene ordered the other one.copyright protection239PENANAP9kjN4ascD

He grew a puzzled look on his face and questioned this.copyright protection239PENANAkCftd71SFW

"Grapes, your highness?" The butler asked.copyright protection239PENANAMjx6DSmTJr

"Yes...and peel them if you can." Eugene replied, still smiling.copyright protection239PENANASyAcSoh2Qt

The butler pondered this. How did one peel a grape? He thought this over as he left the room to fetch them. Finally, Eugene turned to the last butler.copyright protection239PENANAFa5VDi3FaI

"Can you find out if Princess Rapunzel is done with her lessons?" He asked the butler.copyright protection239PENANABX293F1pzK

"Right away sir. Do you wish for her presence?" The butler asked.copyright protection239PENANAQrjrEbPVdF

"Uh...yeah." Eugene replied, as if it was obvious.copyright protection239PENANAoTPtPtMS9W

The last butler nodded and went on his way. The head butler returned from the bathing room and held out a nice white fluffy towel.copyright protection239PENANABLTDUWjVmS

"Your bath is drawn," He announced.copyright protection239PENANAGdjZEYbtTp

"Perfect. I won't be needing you anymore. And here, take some yourself a new hairpiece," Eugene suggested with a snicker.copyright protection239PENANA9iiZM8sy1C

The elder man seemed somewhat offended by this remark but did not refuse the gold. He left in a huff, still offended by the hair piece comment. Smiling to himself, Eugene entered the bathing room where he stripped off his clothes and stepped into the nice warm bubbly bath. He sighed contently again as he basked in the warmth of it.copyright protection239PENANAvCnoghlzdI

A minute later, the second butler entered the bathing room with a small bowl of grapes, each one still fully peeled.copyright protection239PENANAsTVLTAK44E

"What is this? I thought I asked you to peel them!" Eugene complained.copyright protection239PENANAtdWMcIVFgW

"I'm sorry sire, but I don't understand this "Peel Me A Grape" concept." The butler apologized.copyright protection239PENANAhMzFbQWwq9

Eugene understood the mans frustration towards this and excused him to leave. Once he was alone again, Eugene gathered some of the foamy bubbles in his hands and plastered some on his face. He pulled up the mirror on the side table and looked at his reflection.copyright protection239PENANAfS3bEXLo1P

"Hehe, I look almost like Rapunzels dad. Except of course, I am way more young and handsome," Eugene grinned to himself.copyright protection239PENANA2v3YifHdVY

He put his mirror down and took off the bubbles from his face. He blew at them and they danced in the air for a few minutes before landing on the bearskin rug that lay on the ground in the bathing room. A knock sounded on the bathing room door.copyright protection239PENANAadKKSVAOs0

"Come in!" He called out.copyright protection239PENANAYIS1TxZEV0

The door opened and Eugene laughed when he saw his wife walk in, her hands over her eyes as she felt her way around.copyright protection239PENANAuXwxWPNE3I

"Eugene are you alright? The butler asked me to come see you as soon as I was done my lessons," Rapunzel explained, still feeling her way around the bathroom with her hands over her eyes.copyright protection239PENANACdWnYOiyDL

"Blondie, it's okay. I'm in the tub." Eugene reassured her.copyright protection239PENANAzBtsDmZC1U

Rapunzel took her hands off from her eyes and sighed in relief.copyright protection239PENANADwSa3P0Rt3

"Sorry, I'm still a bit nervous about seeing you without clothes on," She explained, somewhat sheepishly.copyright protection239PENANAz5hwtfkLOX

"It's fine. Now I have a favour to ask," He said, gesturing for her to come closer to him.copyright protection239PENANAxnz1PdnOQp

Reluctantly, Rapunzel made her way over to her husbands bathtub and she noticed the small bowl of grapes sitting on the table right by it. Eugene pointed to them.copyright protection239PENANAIuVBFZqFQT

"You...want me to feed you grapes?" She asked, somewhat confused.copyright protection239PENANAIqZZWsfhe3

"No. I want to know if you can peel them," He explained.copyright protection239PENANAfMqONf2b3T

"Peel...grapes?" She asked, still unsure.copyright protection239PENANAAMnwo2wOHm

"Rapunzel! I'm sitting in the lap of luxury and can have anything I want! Why can't anyone not peel grapes?" He inquired.copyright protection239PENANAIqNIpKbE1q

Rapunzel rolled her green eyes and a single grape from the bowl. With her long manicured nail, she managed to peel off the skin of the grape and she handed it to him.copyright protection239PENANAHgc850n8br

"There...happy?" She asked.copyright protection239PENANA1MeojCrPr9

Eugene took the grape and stared at it for a second with wonder.copyright protection239PENANAc9zZRZK3EL

"Eh, it's a grape." He replied.copyright protection239PENANAtm2Fu8FSgR

He popped it into his mouth and chewed down on it. Nothing seemed different about it.copyright protection239PENANAkiDyHXb8MC

"Oh I forgot something. On my way up here, I thought that I would get us some champagne for tonight," Rapunzel said, pulling up the bottle that sat by her feet.copyright protection239PENANAhYMRYEQJHv

"Tonight? But that's so far away! It's only noon. Blondie, do you have the glasses?" Eugene asked, sitting up from his leaning position in the tub.copyright protection239PENANAvaRxQlGweW

"Yup. Why?" Rapunzel asked as she pulled up the glasses.copyright protection239PENANAnyf17WYi4L

Eugene took the bottle from her and undid the bottle with the corkscrew that sat on the table. It popped open and a spray of white came sprouting up. He put his mouth over the bottle to catch the fizz and he gulped some of it down. Taking the glasses, he poured the liquid gold into it and handed the one glass to his wife.copyright protection239PENANAVmKHeJl4s2

"So...we're toasting?" Rapunzel asked, wondering where this was all going.copyright protection239PENANAzXdru3NbA1

"Sure! Let's see...what should we toast to?" Eugene pondered.copyright protection239PENANA7XzmZGjYZn

He looked at Rapunzel and felt his heart leap into his throat. Dang! He loved her! Like... her really loved her. He didn't know how he got so lucky marrying someone of royal birth. Everything about her was beautiful. Her hair, her eyes, her lips, her smile.copyright protection239PENANAJUKtBYcX3E

"To you Rapunzel, for making me the luckiest man alive," Eugene toasted.copyright protection239PENANA0DCd46hRhR

"I can toast to that." Rapunzel agreed and they gently touched glasses.copyright protection239PENANATpPtMO95N9

They drank their toasts and went on to toast more things that they loved about each other. At one point, Eugene toasted to all the riches that he now owned and Rapunzel playfully slapped him for acting like a bit of a jerk. But she loved him either way. When they finished off the bottle, both of them were super giddy and giggly.copyright protection239PENANAtw3d0FccDf

Eugene was still in the tub which by now the water had run cold, but he didn't care. The married couple stopped giggling and looked deeply into each others eyes and without saying another word, Eugene pulled his wife into the tub with him, soaking her dress to her body in the process.copyright protection239PENANARDStRXA9PS

"Eugene!" Rapunzel cried out.copyright protection239PENANA1IiQb4Flas

"Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realize you still had your dress on. We should take that off before you catch your death of cold," Eugene offered and started working his hands on her dress.copyright protection239PENANAvEZySZe4cS

Of course Rapunzel was still shy about showing off her body to her husband, but because she loved him and she was stupidly drunk, she didn't care and the two were soon holding each other close and exploring many wonderous things.copyright protection239PENANAk3wdxoa7x0

About a month later...copyright protection239PENANA0yIipUn5gy

"Wow, this room always takes me by surprise," Eugene said as he entered the royal treasury.copyright protection239PENANAyLcyk4xz9K

He had gone exploring that day while his wife again was in lessons and he had ended up in the treasury as it happened to be what he visited often. Seeing all the gold, Eugene ran towards the biggest pile and dove into it, drowning momentarily in the riches that he owned.copyright protection239PENANArtNXGllRtT

"I always wanted be surrounded by enormous piles of money!" He cried out loud, knowing it was safe within the thick walls.copyright protection239PENANARtsAMRv9XL

He floundered around in the piled of gold for the next hour and observed different pieces. He also managed to find some rubies, diamonds and emeralds. He was gleeful as he pretended to swim in it, drown in it and even try to eat it. No matter what, Eugene would never get over the fact that he was in the lap of luxury.copyright protection239PENANAHvxU3RYBr7

When he was done with the treasures, he left the room and headed down to the dining hall where dinner was waiting for the royal family. Entering the dining hall, he took his place by King Frederich on the right sidecopyright protection239PENANAlSB9Qhub8Y

"I see that you were in the treasury again." King Frederich inquired.copyright protection239PENANA5ZrxAdo5nm

"Huh? How did you know?" Eugene asked, puzzled for a second.copyright protection239PENANAQ4RoZVgYxH

The King reached over and pulled out a single gold coin from the collar of Eugene's shirt. It had somehow managed to stick to him this entire time.copyright protection239PENANA6SAH2qYxC7

"What can I say? Money is drawn to me." Eugene joked.copyright protection239PENANAvH7XeHbDNy

Rapunzel and Queen Eleanor laughed at his gleeful attitude and soon everyone was enjoying their meals. In the middle of dinner, Eugene grabbed a peach from the fruit bowl and suddenly found himself overcome with a strange request.copyright protection239PENANAZEDR2CNiAk

"My good sir!" He called for the butler.copyright protection239PENANA0GdAng1mND

He came over to see what the Prince Consort wanted. Eugene handed him the peach.copyright protection239PENANAujlCgzjrd6

"Can you skin this for me? And save the fuzz for my pillow!" Eugene requested.copyright protection239PENANAZcKD3NfR6Q

Everyone looked strangely at Eugene for the sudden request. Had he gone mad?copyright protection239PENANAb6wpGUFIhs

"What?" He asked, noticing their expressions.copyright protection239PENANAlMLGo2gHtt

"Nothing. It's just that peach fuzz isn't used in pillows," Queen Eleanor frowned.copyright protection239PENANAOtGz6KmlBs

"Oh...okay. It was a strange request anyways. I just thought that you know...being wealthy meant that people did everything you asked them," Eugene explained.copyright protection239PENANAbMzIcgDRYU

Rapunzel just rolled her eyes and continued eating dinner. That night, the two were getting ready for bed when Eugene came up with another strange offer.copyright protection239PENANAjjG5047gMB

"Show me you love, kid glove me," He said.copyright protection239PENANAKB4qbaaxwM

"Okay, the showing love part got to me. Forget the rest of that," Rapunzel spoke, her eyes twinkling with mischief.copyright protection239PENANA0IzzqLP4CN

Three months later...copyright protection239PENANAYW7F27K9ox

Eugene was out and about with Rapunzel in the market when she finally told him some news that changed his life forever.copyright protection239PENANAL99PAk0KSw

"Eugene, I'm pregnant," She announced.copyright protection239PENANAxSe6sFRiJu

He stood shocked for a second, trying to process what she had just said. He was...going to be...a...father?copyright protection239PENANA6Iqeosm9CL

"That's...that's great honey. I'm so proud for us," He said, placing hs hand on her belly.copyright protection239PENANAGnUPcuadf2

But to be honest, did he feel proud? He had been so caught up in the lap of luxury that he hadn't thought about a family. Yes he was now part of a royal family and that meant having to raise a family...but was he ready for it? Was he ready to move on and become a selfless man who indeed had to raise this future generation?copyright protection239PENANAJMVYToDKGn

That night as he lay in his satin sheet bed while Rapunzel slept beside him, Eugene thought of all the things he had done ever since he moved into the Castle to start his new life as a royal. Everything he had done, he had done it mostly for himself. He felt guilt run through him as he thought about all the selfish things that he had done. He had become so wrapped up in the wealth around him that he had forgotten about Rapunzel sometimes, and most importantly the kingdom that he would one day be running. Was he ready for it?copyright protection239PENANAeN6F1u7nDK

As the question haunted him, Eugene crawled out of bed and put his night robe on top of his pajamas and he headed down to his father-in-laws study. He knew that The King was still up and he needed to talk to him, especially now when he was plagued with the horrible sins that he committed.copyright protection239PENANA9k73akxkxN

Approaching the study, Eugene knocked and was welcomed in.copyright protection239PENANAmgAiftGTdm

"Eugene, what can I do for you at this late hour?" King Frederich asked.copyright protection239PENANAhsan7cRfAv

Eugene sat down in the chair opposite his father-in-law and he buried his hands into his face.copyright protection239PENANAZJP6MZqkkY

"Rapunzel is pregnant and...I'm scared." Eugene confessed.copyright protection239PENANA7HfHZuaFoo

The King reacted differently from what Eugene expected. Eugene thought that the King would tell him to get a grip on himself and act like a man. Instead of that, The King got out of his chair and crossed over to Eugene's side and clasped his hands on the young mans shoulders.copyright protection239PENANA2FQd2YpTdZ

"I know. You don't think you can become a father, can you? I've been keeping an eye on you, Eugene." King Frederich said.copyright protection239PENANAocIejueJPy

"So you know what I'm going through?" Eugene asked.copyright protection239PENANAIXgXFfsQVQ

"Of course I do. Why when I became King, I only thought about all the things that I could do once I took over my father's inheritance. I became selfish just like you. I ignored Eleanor except for when love-making became involved. It almost destroyed me. But when Rapunzel was born, it all changed," King Frederich explained.copyright protection239PENANAeXv5ax3Arh

"So, I need to change then?" Eugene asked.copyright protection239PENANAzQth4NMixC

King Frederich slapped his hand against his son-in-laws back with a proud thump.copyright protection239PENANARfz7cenE4i

"You bet. Now get some sleep." The King ordered and Eugene went on his way.copyright protection239PENANAujgZorxs1Y

Nine months later...copyright protection239PENANAJAOdSS0Fbx

"Eugene...wake up!" Rapunzel cried at around three o'clock in the morning.copyright protection239PENANAh3NQaZ5xE9

Eugene muttered something unintelligible and he tossed in his sleep. Rapunzel gritted her teeth as she felt another sharp pain stab her in the gut.copyright protection239PENANAP9t69RxGky

"Eugene, the baby is coming." She announced.copyright protection239PENANAE49si1ljGx

And with that, he was wide awake and calling out for the royal doctor. He managed to dress quickly, getting his shirt on backwards in the process and when the doctor arrived, he was shoved out of the room so that the baby could be delivered.copyright protection239PENANARXAEOKETii

As Eugene waited anxiously outside, many thoughts ran through his head. What if he was a terrible father? What if he ignored his child the same way he ignore Rapunzel for a while? What if greed took over him again and he never saw his family again because he got so engrossed with his wealth? His thoughts were interrupted minutes later when the nurse poked her head out.copyright protection239PENANA38sweBoLhI

"Your highness, you may come in now," She announced and Eugene made his way in.copyright protection239PENANAkWNtp5uLob

Looking at the bed, Eugene found Rapunzel smiling down at a baby bundled up in a pink blanket...a girl! He found himself by her side and he stared down at the pink baby that his wife held. She was gorgeous, just like her mother. She had an unusual amount of dark hair on her head but she had green eyes like her mother. She was...she was...more precious than anything he could imagine!copyright protection239PENANAif9SUXDyRW

"What should we name her?" Eugene asked.copyright protection239PENANAQU4irjUP5c

"I was thinking Annora Grace," Rapunzel said.copyright protection239PENANAyp8lSxqmjP

It suited her.copyright protection239PENANAyB5HtZE7xw

"Can I hold her?" Eugene asked, holding out his arms.copyright protection239PENANA3oq8HRsBHx

Rapunzel obliged and gently handed their daughter over to him. Holding his baby girl, Eugene felt his heart melt. Never had he felt so much love for some one so small before. When his daughter looked up at her father, her tiny fingers curled around his finger and his heart felt like leaping out of his throat.copyright protection239PENANAOfWWAOu1bN

Tears flowed out of his warm brown eyes and Eugene smiled down at his daughter. He suddenly wasn't so afraid of being a father anymore. Nothing else mattered in the world right now except his family. He may be the richest man alive, but it wasn't because of all the treasure he owned.copyright protection239PENANAQJoWqSV50t

No, Eugene Fitzherbert was the richest man alive, because he had a wife who loved him and he loved back. He was the richest man alive, because he had a family...a family of his own.copyright protection239PENANAB4S2dAUFcB

And having a family was something that he would treasure for the rest of his days.copyright protection239PENANAc0Q8WqXrs8

Comments ( 4 )

Jess Rufus - Oh. O-o-o-k-k-k...
Oh, well. It was still brilliant anyway.
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E.E.Depeel - Haha well thank you. 
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Jess Rufus - Is that the end yet?
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E.E.Depeel - I'm sorry, it's a one-shot from my Fanfiction account. 
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