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Rimi sat by her window, staring down at a young man by the gates, who stared back. She jumped as a hand placed itself on her shoulder. “Uncle!” Ansem the Wise stood behind her, a playful smile on his face. “Don’t scare me like that!”copyright protection30PENANAQmLKlhWkQW

“I’m sorry, my dear,” he sat down beside her.copyright protection30PENANAeBIh3YI1xY

“Is there something you needed?”copyright protection30PENANA0xplwQx8lo

He placed a hand on hers. “Have the two of you decided on a date yet?”copyright protection30PENANAvcLgX6yTrp

“No, not just yet. We’re still trying to decide.”copyright protection30PENANAQF0yW4xE54

Ansem smiled at her. Just days ago, he’d given Kaname permission to marry his niece. He passed on the sword, of their family to the young man, which he now wore at his waist, every day. The two were beginning to plan for their wedding. “There’s no rush, take your time.”copyright protection30PENANAD6B3r8UZhf

“Thank you, Uncle.” She smiled before standing. “I’m going to go down and see him.” She left the room, flying down the stairs. She passed by the young, upcoming scientist, Even, who gave her a annoyed glance as she nearly knocked papers from his hands.copyright protection30PENANAnMs83peCiF

Kaname looked towards the gate with a grin as his fiancé came out. “Hello, my darling Rimi!”copyright protection30PENANA18k2Hh7eWc

“Hello, darling.” She went to his side, allowing him to wrap his arms around her waist as she leaned in to kiss him.copyright protection30PENANAizjUDK3xKk

“If you two want to leave, we won’t stop you.” Kaname’s fellow guard, and childhood friend, Dilan smirked.copyright protection30PENANAN77ffaEuMX

“If that’s the case,” Kaname and Rimi strode off, leaving the castle behind them.copyright protection30PENANA9O5uQMLX1H

Aeleus rolled his eyes. “How about we don’t give them any more chances to leave.”copyright protection30PENANAakhteUeirY

“Probably a good idea…”copyright protection30PENANADe6KulV8QI


Rimi clung to her fiancé’s arm as they walked through the streets. Music wafted through the air, making the marketplace feel alive and joyous. People danced in the square to the beat, enjoying the beautiful day.copyright protection30PENANA50wbunYgkZ

Rimi gasped as Kaname grabbed her arm and threw an arm about her waist. “Shall we dance, my dear?”copyright protection30PENANAYvjfZyadRC

“Indeed!” The two twirled around the square, to the music.copyright protection30PENANAcuRielEatu

Everyone around stopped, staring at the two. “Is that the princess?”copyright protection30PENANASzuoLZMJg6

“Isn’t that the captain of the guard?”copyright protection30PENANAJeC3uBCEPt

“Oh, they’re adorable!”copyright protection30PENANAg1Y7kctYmX

“Didn’t you hear? They’re engaged!”copyright protection30PENANAsfwXEhWq1c

“They look so perfect!”copyright protection30PENANAxLr9OVLrAA

The couple spun around to the music, ignoring the people around them. The music stopped and they halted in the middle of the square before Rimi put her hands behind her lover’s head, pulling him into a kiss.copyright protection30PENANAURBTZV5sUs

The onlookers erupted in applause, making the two blush. They left the square and made their way through the marketplace. A woman reached out waving the couple over to her stall. She handed Rimi a small cake. “For you, my lady.”copyright protection30PENANApmIWkmehMf

“Oh, I don’t need this, but thank you.”copyright protection30PENANAtj1VtPRehr

“No,” the woman insisted. “It is for you, my lady, for you and your beloved.”copyright protection30PENANAOcjq5ilbLg

“Why thank you.” The princess tore the cake in two, handing the half to her fiancé. Moments later, a group of young girls came running up to them.copyright protection30PENANADaCm6XIleu

“Lady Rimi!” Their hands were full of flowers. “These are for you, my lady!” copyright protection30PENANAAIOBDhruvJ

The couple smiled. “Why thank you.”copyright protection30PENANAVkVeK0x6bi

“You sure are popular…” Kaname smiled.copyright protection30PENANAmPtZbzWTVa

One of the little girls held a bunch of coronations her hand. “These are for you, Sir Kaname!”copyright protection30PENANAovSc7wuz0Z

“Why thank you, sweetie!”copyright protection30PENANAiWjdb4eIap

The two continued on, hands now full of flowers. “If we get many more gifts, we won’t be able to carry it all.”copyright protection30PENANA1wfuwq4skZ

“I hope that this is merely a special occasion, and not something you do regularly. Coming in contact with commoners too much can turn a noble soft.” An elderly voice caught the couple’s attention.copyright protection30PENANADJvwVD2pc3

Rimi turned to see an old woman, in violet and crimson robes, standing behind them, a small entourage of people behind her. The princess tensed. “Oh no…”copyright protection30PENANApvZJJbNXUY

“Rimi,” the woman approached. “It has been a long time, my dear.”copyright protection30PENANAnVvCp13uto

Rimi took Kaname’s hand. “Yes… it has.”copyright protection30PENANAt77YD2CGsO

“Rimi, who is she?”copyright protection30PENANAJSkJC3Uq0O

The woman looked at him. “Oh, you must be the fiancé I’ve heard so much about. I’m Queen Hanako…”copyright protection30PENANAooKT1aU4Eo

“My grandmother…” Rimi spoke with disgust.copyright protection30PENANAs8vz79CJP5

Kaname looked between his wife and the old queen. There was an obvious tension between the two. “Um, why don’t we go to the castle? I think you’ll be more comfortable there, my lady.”copyright protection30PENANAxyYRiAVc0W

“Why thank you young man…”copyright protection30PENANA1okLilWdqA

The queen made her way to the castle with the couple following. Kaname’s fiancé turned to him. “I’m warning you, we’re going to regret this.”copyright protection30PENANABTI7tPg5y6


Ansem visibly cringed when Hanako entered. “M-Mother, it’s been a while.”copyright protection30PENANAb6F9YXKTaK

“Hello, son,” she dismissed him quickly. “I’m only here because I wanted to meet the man is to become my grandson.”copyright protection30PENANAQb9aXswTFX

Kaname smiled. “That would be me…”copyright protection30PENANAugQcoj2EpA

“I do hope you’re of proper blood.” Hanako sat down in Ansem’s chair. “I don’t want to see any more of my line contaminated.” Her eyes drifted over to Rimi for a second.copyright protection30PENANALAHqKFnuzx

“Excuse me,” the captain held up his hands, “What do you mean by ‘contaminated’?”copyright protection30PENANAfqJpBGR7Aw

The queen looked directly at the young man. “Our bloodline was full of nobility, until my oldest son came along, his brother.” She pointed to Ansem. “He went behind the backs of my husband and me, and married an Ido girl… those Idos, all the do is steal and cheat people. And she’s their daughter…” her finger moved to point at Rimi. “Her bloodline is tainted; she’s nothing more than street trash, just like her mother!”copyright protection30PENANA44NVgbejQD

“How dare you!” Kaname growled. “How dare you speak about her like that?!”copyright protection30PENANAUBeB2YhptR

“How dare YOU!?” She stood up. “I may not be ruler now, but I still have power.” She took a deep breath. “Now, why don’t you tell me who you are, before I lose my temper once again?”copyright protection30PENANAXJhG8Sn00Y

The man took a breath to calm himself. “My name is Kaname Mae…”copyright protection30PENANAx52k0jweCn

“MAE!?” She shrieked. She turned on her son. “YOU ALLOWED A MAE TO GET ENGAGED TO ONE OF OURS! He’s the son of an Insurgo! That very Insurgo killed your captain and tried to kill you and Rimi!”copyright protection30PENANASwZ6825pry

“Mother, calm down,” Ansem broke off. “He’s not his father… he stopped his father from killing us.”copyright protection30PENANAhpiy6rrurr

“You let him come into this place! This is worse than her marrying a commoner! You let the son of a radical rebel get engaged to your niece.” She approached her son. “His blood makes him the scum of the earth; he deserves to be in a cage! His bloodline will cause nothing but…”copyright protection30PENANAsZxukxNRMq

Rimi stormed up to her grandmother, slapping the woman across the face. “You can insult me, but you do not insult the love of my life!”copyright protection30PENANAeEWeK5gPuI

The queen held where her granddaughter slapped her. “I won’t forget this…” She stormed out of the room.copyright protection30PENANAoM7Hke8LIA

Rimi shook until a hand slipped into her own. “Rimi… thank you, my darling.”copyright protection30PENANAdbzKFTitK4


Kaname looked up at his fiancé’s window; ever since her grandmother left, a week ago, the poor girl had been depressed. She didn’t want to see anyone, but considering some of the thing her grandmother said, he wasn’t surprised.copyright protection30PENANATZIQdsVuiq

“Kaname,” Ansem came up to his future son-in-law. “I need you to speak with my niece…”copyright protection30PENANAcHckoxzwjh

“She won’t talk to me,” He paused, “Is it true, what your mother said about who Rimi’s parents were?”copyright protection30PENANA6xsGh8zzCk

“Yes…”copyright protection30PENANAEvjmmxPi27

The young captain leaned against the wall. “So her mother was an Ido huh… I know a few Idos: traveling merchants and performers, infamous for stealing. I didn’t know your brother married an Ido. What was she like?”copyright protection30PENANAJeOVzct8JM

“Mariko was gentle and loved my brother and myself. She was an amazing singer; that’s actually what she used to do when she lived with her Ido family.” He gave a sad smile. “That dear girl, she even treated my mother with kindness. It was a sad day when she and my Hachirou died. Honestly, my brother was supposed to be king, but because he married Mariko, that title was taken from him and given to me. However, because he died… I don’t think it really mattered.”copyright protection30PENANAqQjTwB26bE

“I see…” the captain sighed. “I hope your mother doesn’t do anything rash because of our engagement.”copyright protection30PENANArPaKcwi1Pk

“She already has…”copyright protection30PENANA9yzYu8aXhU

Dilan came walking up; Ansem looked over at him. “What are you saying?”copyright protection30PENANAKIK4BhFEnR

“I looked up some contacts who work for Lady Hanako. She’s been gathering people who support her to come and forcibly make you break off your engagement. They’re coming tomorrow…” His face became solemn.copyright protection30PENANAiOHszTZSVO

Kaname growled. “I’m really starting to hate that woman… no offense sir.”copyright protection30PENANAc5nM3RVeOc

“None taken; I’m not fond of her myself.”copyright protection30PENANA8zVSDx9jbx

“She wants us to break off our engagement?” Rimi’s sweet, but nervous voice came from behind them. “Uncle, what can we do?”copyright protection30PENANAatmSWVMWNH

The man thought for a moment before smiling. “We’ll do the same thing your parents did to prevent my parents from stopping them.”copyright protection30PENANAK0M8MQZI4O

“Which is?”copyright protection30PENANAVcnQ51nfky

“You two get married… today.”copyright protection30PENANAMv28nY49US

The couple looked at one another; they’d been planning to wait a few months at least before getting married. “If we marry, her hands will be tied.”copyright protection30PENANARFSENFuNny

“I know…” she smiled. “I didn’t realy want to wait long anyway. I love you and wanted to marry as soon as possible, even though I didn’t act like it.”copyright protection30PENANACiLZ9Q1w5l

“Tonight then?”copyright protection30PENANA4SQ71e66o0

“Tonight!”copyright protection30PENANAYfGRUuwoiU


“Uncle, what are you on about?” Rimi laughed as her guardian pulled her to his chambers.copyright protection30PENANAXUdIUmzVSE

He wore a wide smile on his face. “There’s something I want to give you.” He went to the wardrobe at the back of his room. “Your mother didn’t have much for her wedding either, but she did have this…” He pulled out a long, white, silk dress. It was plain looking with long flowing sleeves. “And, she wanted you to have this one day.”copyright protection30PENANAgXx75zlbFJ

“Oh! Uncle!” She took the dress in her hands. “It’s beautiful…”copyright protection30PENANAcDZSuTn1iF

“I can’t wait to see you wear it…”copyright protection30PENANAWgA9Yuwxpp


Kaname nervously straightened his uniform. Dilan, Aeleus, and Even stood nearby, smirking at his unease. “I don’t think you’ve ever looked this scared before.”copyright protection30PENANAcGnKNsj9EY

“Shut up! I’m already nervous enough!”copyright protection30PENANATQCTJ6N685

Ansem entered the room, smiling at his captain, with Kaname’s mother, Sakura, following. “Are you prepared, Kaname?”copyright protection30PENANAM4lmekQLRg

“Does he look it?” Even chuckled.copyright protection30PENANAa4WyOK08UE

The men laughed at Kaname’s red face. “I’ll take that as a maybe.”copyright protection30PENANA6NvIGePtlX

“C-can we just start…? My nerves can’t take much more…”copyright protection30PENANAz72Vuhfl37

“Alright…” the ruler went to the side door, opening it. “Come in, dear.”copyright protection30PENANABdbyM0iN8c

Kaname’s breath caught in his throat as Rimi entered the room; dressed in the white silk dress, with her hair tied up in a braid, and a crown of flowers circling her head. “R-Rimi…”copyright protection30PENANAsf0XXGbMax

“Kaname…” the woman blushed deeply as she took his hand.copyright protection30PENANAKKFNF95Uv8

There, in the darkness of night, two hearts became one.copyright protection30PENANA16mdF8eXVn


Rimi took one look at her sleeping husband. Husband… how strange it felt to say that. Her face warmed as she looked at him.copyright protection30PENANAanCalzRwm2

There was a faint knock on the door, stirring Kaname. “Yes?”copyright protection30PENANA47MJVsS1mn

“I hate to disturb you,” came Aeleus’s voice, spoke softly. “But Lady Hanako is here.”copyright protection30PENANA9ouwCaFQ7B

“Already?”copyright protection30PENANAdiZQtkpkRM

“Yes…” the guard answered through the door. “She’s looking for you both.”copyright protection30PENANAnVUaEQCxRY

“Fine, we’ll be there in a few minutes.” Kaname sat up.copyright protection30PENANAV1nqxZAcQI

“And so it begins…” Rimi pulled on her robe, tying it about her as Kaname pulled on a pair of pants and a shirt.copyright protection30PENANAO40NUt7kOZ

He kissed her gently. “Don’t worry, my dear. She can’t do anything to us now.”copyright protection30PENANA7cU1myRY6J

“I know…” The two shared another kiss before leaving their room.copyright protection30PENANAX1Kkrhk2ub

They entered the study to see the elderly woman. She narrowed her eyes at them. “Oh, did they have to wake you… so sad…” her voice dripped with sarcasm.copyright protection30PENANAKigK6aeev3

“What do you want?”copyright protection30PENANAdCf7EBGwAM

She held up a paper. “If you recall the old judge who lives near me... he signed this order terminating your engagement.”copyright protection30PENANAfxOZSggdiL

“Well,” Kaname smirked. “It’s a good thing our engagement’s already over.” The woman looked a little surprised; the couple pulled closer together as Kaname held up his hand, showing the wedding ring. “As of last night, we’re married.”copyright protection30PENANAp24FNaQ1ol

“What!?”copyright protection30PENANA5BYkJCWq8w

“Mother, if you’d look right here, I have their marriage certificate; it’s legal and binding, and there’s nothing you can do about it…” Ansem bore the same smirk as his captain.copyright protection30PENANAdo31nWhEaA

The woman looked from the paper to the couple, face turning red from fury. “I won’t forget this…!” She stormed out, leaving the three staring after her, smiles on their faces.copyright protection30PENANAqzCuepE4r3

“She’s gone…” Rimi threw her arms about her new husband.copyright protection30PENANAqwFoRo0NO9

Kaname hugged her back. “Yes she is…”copyright protection30PENANAj2yn3VklAu

“Now,” Ansem smiled. “You two enjoy this day; since we didn’t really have a chance to celebrate yesterday, we’ll have a feast tonight.”copyright protection30PENANAV03yviYamp

“Thank you, Uncle!”copyright protection30PENANAdMWTbNhbA6

“Now,” Kaname yawned. “I’m going back to bed…”copyright protection30PENANAlU8UhcQByq

Rimi clung to his side. “I hope you don’t mind if I join you?”copyright protection30PENANA5ur92Wr07O

“Not in the least…”copyright protection30PENANAqkAneLavXL

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