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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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No Plagiarism!WlYcGw7foUwcqb8ZCwgGposted on PENANA

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 protection272PENANAr4yIrS74R1

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 protection272PENANApOnn13U9ji

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 protection272PENANA3Pvu1EtEbK

"What is it you request, your highness?" The head butler asked.copyright protection272PENANAlCOTlgMskE

"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 protection272PENANAuJsR7uV1De

"Right away," The butler replied and he headed into the washing room to do so.copyright protection272PENANAkG4Qa6uEKF

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 protection272PENANAo5idZDtL5O

"Bring up some grapes, if you will," Eugene ordered the other one.copyright protection272PENANApzxSrFnnG0

He grew a puzzled look on his face and questioned this.copyright protection272PENANAC1GGRRNmwx

"Grapes, your highness?" The butler asked.copyright protection272PENANA1VDk9CXDo3

"Yes...and peel them if you can." Eugene replied, still smiling.copyright protection272PENANArOCZH4E4rl

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 protection272PENANA43mLKeDxA9

"Can you find out if Princess Rapunzel is done with her lessons?" He asked the butler.copyright protection272PENANA5C4IWelURK

"Right away sir. Do you wish for her presence?" The butler asked.copyright protection272PENANAXizAhhEWl6

"Uh...yeah." Eugene replied, as if it was obvious.copyright protection272PENANAhq9EcUTPrt

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 protection272PENANAZx64f3iBX9

"Your bath is drawn," He announced.copyright protection272PENANAmVsWvKdaGy

"Perfect. I won't be needing you anymore. And here, take some yourself a new hairpiece," Eugene suggested with a snicker.copyright protection272PENANAgXZpCbkv1L

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 protection272PENANAZ1i66y9pa7

A minute later, the second butler entered the bathing room with a small bowl of grapes, each one still fully peeled.copyright protection272PENANAyx21txLGHr

"What is this? I thought I asked you to peel them!" Eugene complained.copyright protection272PENANAfYpeo1qIxs

"I'm sorry sire, but I don't understand this "Peel Me A Grape" concept." The butler apologized.copyright protection272PENANAuxuNDAmNZw

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 protection272PENANAUy3Xzxvldd

"Hehe, I look almost like Rapunzels dad. Except of course, I am way more young and handsome," Eugene grinned to himself.copyright protection272PENANAMsbcHze8iL

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 protection272PENANAAMj4zWFVKE

"Come in!" He called out.copyright protection272PENANAsFdwCN388h

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 protection272PENANAlVKx7r7lzp

"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 protection272PENANA7acqfLnUH7

"Blondie, it's okay. I'm in the tub." Eugene reassured her.copyright protection272PENANAz9MNFpAJyJ

Rapunzel took her hands off from her eyes and sighed in relief.copyright protection272PENANA0UEKrMcz8M

"Sorry, I'm still a bit nervous about seeing you without clothes on," She explained, somewhat sheepishly.copyright protection272PENANAZgWbHcX47E

"It's fine. Now I have a favour to ask," He said, gesturing for her to come closer to him.copyright protection272PENANAcHOZuup5eX

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 protection272PENANAPeRuZjgbSp

"You...want me to feed you grapes?" She asked, somewhat confused.copyright protection272PENANAXRFU3m71re

"No. I want to know if you can peel them," He explained.copyright protection272PENANAGEWuDqZ3wd

"Peel...grapes?" She asked, still unsure.copyright protection272PENANA0lsRPrb6D3

"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 protection272PENANAvAVbvZyC0Z

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 protection272PENANARHENbheblK

"There...happy?" She asked.copyright protection272PENANApl6RdWio2W

Eugene took the grape and stared at it for a second with wonder.copyright protection272PENANAsywoK2niFo

"Eh, it's a grape." He replied.copyright protection272PENANAix5Wlhezsz

He popped it into his mouth and chewed down on it. Nothing seemed different about it.copyright protection272PENANAkSVrJ8n2xq

"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 protection272PENANAY0ZvoJxM2d

"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 protection272PENANAakKgh5yvF1

"Yup. Why?" Rapunzel asked as she pulled up the glasses.copyright protection272PENANA50T0rC9OEG

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 protection272PENANAfDGe84XGRZ

"So...we're toasting?" Rapunzel asked, wondering where this was all going.copyright protection272PENANAT1kEiBKQ7q

"Sure! Let's see...what should we toast to?" Eugene pondered.copyright protection272PENANARcqKcRnlG1

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 protection272PENANA2VEI9NN7tE

"To you Rapunzel, for making me the luckiest man alive," Eugene toasted.copyright protection272PENANA7nGs2Z3NPa

"I can toast to that." Rapunzel agreed and they gently touched glasses.copyright protection272PENANAdHnErAvOVc

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 protection272PENANAQX7vGhiuoL

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 protection272PENANA9w9PYbP1ZE

"Eugene!" Rapunzel cried out.copyright protection272PENANAcclAQNamC6

"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 protection272PENANAys4FYKXgfl

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 protection272PENANA2oSbeQn3Sm

About a month later...copyright protection272PENANAH5z3FqRQNt

"Wow, this room always takes me by surprise," Eugene said as he entered the royal treasury.copyright protection272PENANAWlW01ULYa0

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 protection272PENANAkdodpC3NFW

"I always wanted be surrounded by enormous piles of money!" He cried out loud, knowing it was safe within the thick walls.copyright protection272PENANAan1KrHaixX

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 protection272PENANALtjIulCfkN

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 protection272PENANAfF0ESqhWdX

"I see that you were in the treasury again." King Frederich inquired.copyright protection272PENANASnkT7MBi48

"Huh? How did you know?" Eugene asked, puzzled for a second.copyright protection272PENANAgQCzy6Vblf

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 protection272PENANAYAVZfNpwJC

"What can I say? Money is drawn to me." Eugene joked.copyright protection272PENANAtB0Ov7A6qE

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 protection272PENANAfGvRg3Xbfj

"My good sir!" He called for the butler.copyright protection272PENANArdUmc9aBFU

He came over to see what the Prince Consort wanted. Eugene handed him the peach.copyright protection272PENANAe8weW1mw8M

"Can you skin this for me? And save the fuzz for my pillow!" Eugene requested.copyright protection272PENANAbntGfJKcV0

Everyone looked strangely at Eugene for the sudden request. Had he gone mad?copyright protection272PENANAvmdpJqyT2e

"What?" He asked, noticing their expressions.copyright protection272PENANAOgmkvjlSQu

"Nothing. It's just that peach fuzz isn't used in pillows," Queen Eleanor frowned.copyright protection272PENANAE2R8J6RtjM

"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 protection272PENANAuP9HeS7NMa

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 protection272PENANA2AqpUWIgOz

"Show me you love, kid glove me," He said.copyright protection272PENANAKtBCBkJtO2

"Okay, the showing love part got to me. Forget the rest of that," Rapunzel spoke, her eyes twinkling with mischief.copyright protection272PENANAfiRoZ6h7U3

Three months later...copyright protection272PENANAhWEIlyE4Pt

Eugene was out and about with Rapunzel in the market when she finally told him some news that changed his life forever.copyright protection272PENANADzWfcyzV1n

"Eugene, I'm pregnant," She announced.copyright protection272PENANAYgFQFFXWNR

He stood shocked for a second, trying to process what she had just said. He was...going to be...a...father?copyright protection272PENANA05OENadsf2

"That's...that's great honey. I'm so proud for us," He said, placing hs hand on her belly.copyright protection272PENANAVTCS8PqHLs

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 protection272PENANA4JJKzoqxle

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 protection272PENANAomjd16oezD

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 protection272PENANAhvwUnEKOmv

Approaching the study, Eugene knocked and was welcomed in.copyright protection272PENANAgre0cOoClK

"Eugene, what can I do for you at this late hour?" King Frederich asked.copyright protection272PENANAQK7aY8hmnQ

Eugene sat down in the chair opposite his father-in-law and he buried his hands into his face.copyright protection272PENANA0ElxzJcjyy

"Rapunzel is pregnant and...I'm scared." Eugene confessed.copyright protection272PENANAPPZ3PbSeOd

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 protection272PENANAZFY6PWe6iB

"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 protection272PENANAXjgiQQ22aA

"So you know what I'm going through?" Eugene asked.copyright protection272PENANAAZqA3fMVuB

"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 protection272PENANA9tg8A64Odn

"So, I need to change then?" Eugene asked.copyright protection272PENANAqaGHtxxvzI

King Frederich slapped his hand against his son-in-laws back with a proud thump.copyright protection272PENANA6aHxLLMxHh

"You bet. Now get some sleep." The King ordered and Eugene went on his way.copyright protection272PENANA9RLqZlw49J

Nine months later...copyright protection272PENANArAT8hmFOSe

"Eugene...wake up!" Rapunzel cried at around three o'clock in the morning.copyright protection272PENANAxZpfwa0jHI

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 protection272PENANAARzlhzGNDQ

"Eugene, the baby is coming." She announced.copyright protection272PENANAx4qrcHOSwG

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 protection272PENANA73GwicGjvo

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 protection272PENANA16fArw98kN

"Your highness, you may come in now," She announced and Eugene made his way in.copyright protection272PENANAYSRoj467WC

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 protection272PENANAO3GuzYHghd

"What should we name her?" Eugene asked.copyright protection272PENANAEjjUTLr3TM

"I was thinking Annora Grace," Rapunzel said.copyright protection272PENANAQSEIhXNn5J

It suited her.copyright protection272PENANA0TNGonF5DX

"Can I hold her?" Eugene asked, holding out his arms.copyright protection272PENANAiigCdanEeg

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 protection272PENANAq584Np2AN7

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 protection272PENANAkO08upvav9

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 protection272PENANA8NropFyNjN

And having a family was something that he would treasure for the rest of his days.copyright protection272PENANA3KScPGCRhq

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. 
2 years agoreply

Jess Rufus - Is that the end yet?
2 years agoreply

E.E.Depeel - I'm sorry, it's a one-shot from my Fanfiction account. 
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