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Kristen Verne
Dec 5, 2015
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No Plagiarism!yUBdlYuyQZwlyI4tYZODposted on PENANA

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 protection36PENANAekr4VZqXhY

“I’m sorry, my dear,” he sat down beside her.copyright protection36PENANAzPTa3e8xMZ

“Is there something you needed?”copyright protection36PENANAwjk52pz0pn

He placed a hand on hers. “Have the two of you decided on a date yet?”copyright protection36PENANAEEI5IE59Bm

“No, not just yet. We’re still trying to decide.”copyright protection36PENANA7ac0lgftO2

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 protection36PENANAslmNrod0pD

“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 protection36PENANAo3h780Ld9n

Kaname looked towards the gate with a grin as his fiancé came out. “Hello, my darling Rimi!”copyright protection36PENANAAhyNiT3xmR

“Hello, darling.” She went to his side, allowing him to wrap his arms around her waist as she leaned in to kiss him.copyright protection36PENANAAPcWDDkQEJ

“If you two want to leave, we won’t stop you.” Kaname’s fellow guard, and childhood friend, Dilan smirked.copyright protection36PENANAu3MLaVMV9V

“If that’s the case,” Kaname and Rimi strode off, leaving the castle behind them.copyright protection36PENANAjKdRxvKB37

Aeleus rolled his eyes. “How about we don’t give them any more chances to leave.”copyright protection36PENANAtDXFzAjUrY

“Probably a good idea…”copyright protection36PENANADV2qHclt8v

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 protection36PENANAorfCjN73oa

Rimi gasped as Kaname grabbed her arm and threw an arm about her waist. “Shall we dance, my dear?”copyright protection36PENANAbRN8xnIRha

“Indeed!” The two twirled around the square, to the music.copyright protection36PENANAPU5SlM4Hgd

Everyone around stopped, staring at the two. “Is that the princess?”copyright protection36PENANAcFFrhYeo2D

“Isn’t that the captain of the guard?”copyright protection36PENANAzduml1K4S1

“Oh, they’re adorable!”copyright protection36PENANAfIWkAh7FYo

“Didn’t you hear? They’re engaged!”copyright protection36PENANASb3yDkwRIy

“They look so perfect!”copyright protection36PENANAuhMZE70ocT

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 protection36PENANAqrCnMdFUTE

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 protection36PENANAiLPljsGQko

“Oh, I don’t need this, but thank you.”copyright protection36PENANApOGbOljOKv

“No,” the woman insisted. “It is for you, my lady, for you and your beloved.”copyright protection36PENANAIbXlyKydFs

“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 protection36PENANARXeGjy9Zot

“Lady Rimi!” Their hands were full of flowers. “These are for you, my lady!” copyright protection36PENANAoNi5Y6rhVb

The couple smiled. “Why thank you.”copyright protection36PENANANDnLZVvy9a

“You sure are popular…” Kaname smiled.copyright protection36PENANA008eHsMQsa

One of the little girls held a bunch of coronations her hand. “These are for you, Sir Kaname!”copyright protection36PENANAjQYBWXIneD

“Why thank you, sweetie!”copyright protection36PENANAz2gWNfSjN1

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 protection36PENANAuO1C2J5Ozx

“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 protection36PENANAZToYvkVdI9

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 protection36PENANAQhc7e0n6jb

“Rimi,” the woman approached. “It has been a long time, my dear.”copyright protection36PENANA7OZ9r2SwQs

Rimi took Kaname’s hand. “Yes… it has.”copyright protection36PENANA3QmsOSMJ5v

“Rimi, who is she?”copyright protection36PENANATWN6416r8q

The woman looked at him. “Oh, you must be the fiancé I’ve heard so much about. I’m Queen Hanako…”copyright protection36PENANADgeCqFEjbv

“My grandmother…” Rimi spoke with disgust.copyright protection36PENANAMfm8Ha0uU6

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 protection36PENANA0O3NU7P0yX

“Why thank you young man…”copyright protection36PENANArbeFOEktXw

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 protection36PENANAYJMkSuvSZq

Ansem visibly cringed when Hanako entered. “M-Mother, it’s been a while.”copyright protection36PENANAZZe2M89B9I

“Hello, son,” she dismissed him quickly. “I’m only here because I wanted to meet the man is to become my grandson.”copyright protection36PENANAzAUNgIrBcp

Kaname smiled. “That would be me…”copyright protection36PENANA8a8Uv0p1To

“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 protection36PENANArSnGVaP4LZ

“Excuse me,” the captain held up his hands, “What do you mean by ‘contaminated’?”copyright protection36PENANANlAH8QqAsC

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 protection36PENANAZAN8vj8Ul2

“How dare you!” Kaname growled. “How dare you speak about her like that?!”copyright protection36PENANAjMUHtQRiUD

“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 protection36PENANAiIYSp7JQHb

The man took a breath to calm himself. “My name is Kaname Mae…”copyright protection36PENANAsHLgPhzXcU

“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 protection36PENANA0vHUcbK4tF

“Mother, calm down,” Ansem broke off. “He’s not his father… he stopped his father from killing us.”copyright protection36PENANAHLoGEONnEv

“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 protection36PENANAy7ckn1BXZO

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 protection36PENANASZjzUwLFBe

The queen held where her granddaughter slapped her. “I won’t forget this…” She stormed out of the room.copyright protection36PENANAli0JYFxM2b

Rimi shook until a hand slipped into her own. “Rimi… thank you, my darling.”copyright protection36PENANAhBjtVHuxEu

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 protection36PENANAlwtF6ocR3N

“Kaname,” Ansem came up to his future son-in-law. “I need you to speak with my niece…”copyright protection36PENANA6o6775NFRP

“She won’t talk to me,” He paused, “Is it true, what your mother said about who Rimi’s parents were?”copyright protection36PENANAR9qaCmR7Uw

“Yes…”copyright protection36PENANACg35Wau92x

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 protection36PENANAW9W3h494J0

“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 protection36PENANAUBalLMHDUC

“I see…” the captain sighed. “I hope your mother doesn’t do anything rash because of our engagement.”copyright protection36PENANAawSeCOo6Xr

“She already has…”copyright protection36PENANAEUAAYSE7Wo

Dilan came walking up; Ansem looked over at him. “What are you saying?”copyright protection36PENANA8QZicL4ToZ

“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 protection36PENANAwzvoN7dcea

Kaname growled. “I’m really starting to hate that woman… no offense sir.”copyright protection36PENANADS5ds367b2

“None taken; I’m not fond of her myself.”copyright protection36PENANAvjTuB5fGZE

“She wants us to break off our engagement?” Rimi’s sweet, but nervous voice came from behind them. “Uncle, what can we do?”copyright protection36PENANAFvdbU1j7dx

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 protection36PENANAiQqo4SraZC

“Which is?”copyright protection36PENANAcvW6Zxcfeb

“You two get married… today.”copyright protection36PENANATUH75B8pJl

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 protection36PENANAW1bmpgfRqf

“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 protection36PENANAuDKqJKYWZd

“Tonight then?”copyright protection36PENANA7T7P1dq9C9

“Tonight!”copyright protection36PENANAvzbHWBXcto

“Uncle, what are you on about?” Rimi laughed as her guardian pulled her to his chambers.copyright protection36PENANArX1coLXnHX

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 protection36PENANABPRIESW52z

“Oh! Uncle!” She took the dress in her hands. “It’s beautiful…”copyright protection36PENANAfy9qf52div

“I can’t wait to see you wear it…”copyright protection36PENANABKtDXRoUf6

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 protection36PENANARQVIzABwFD

“Shut up! I’m already nervous enough!”copyright protection36PENANA5UbelrknED

Ansem entered the room, smiling at his captain, with Kaname’s mother, Sakura, following. “Are you prepared, Kaname?”copyright protection36PENANATgnmTkeiet

“Does he look it?” Even chuckled.copyright protection36PENANAo6jkPTVqpB

The men laughed at Kaname’s red face. “I’ll take that as a maybe.”copyright protection36PENANA3vveJRF4fk

“C-can we just start…? My nerves can’t take much more…”copyright protection36PENANAH8A5vtpJME

“Alright…” the ruler went to the side door, opening it. “Come in, dear.”copyright protection36PENANAcbLwwApr0P

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 protection36PENANA24kyj4qZ8F

“Kaname…” the woman blushed deeply as she took his hand.copyright protection36PENANAjQOTVjnl29

There, in the darkness of night, two hearts became one.copyright protection36PENANAZflKMRlcil

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 protection36PENANA1lpmTIqjHz

There was a faint knock on the door, stirring Kaname. “Yes?”copyright protection36PENANAZ1qOUl7iGa

“I hate to disturb you,” came Aeleus’s voice, spoke softly. “But Lady Hanako is here.”copyright protection36PENANAsGqNrcFMoX

“Already?”copyright protection36PENANA7pjxMcgcwX

“Yes…” the guard answered through the door. “She’s looking for you both.”copyright protection36PENANAMwYckTxsce

“Fine, we’ll be there in a few minutes.” Kaname sat up.copyright protection36PENANADFU3slf78E

“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 protection36PENANA5f3oNPB328

He kissed her gently. “Don’t worry, my dear. She can’t do anything to us now.”copyright protection36PENANA1OEZ0ZTys6

“I know…” The two shared another kiss before leaving their room.copyright protection36PENANAN5LH9d3olb

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 protection36PENANA2rr6PfWriZ

“What do you want?”copyright protection36PENANAzjNejOednG

She held up a paper. “If you recall the old judge who lives near me... he signed this order terminating your engagement.”copyright protection36PENANAjaM4SViWkD

“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 protection36PENANA7n5zuVPqm7

“What!?”copyright protection36PENANAqWrebL2qYq

“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 protection36PENANA6hATmsPEp9

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 protection36PENANAiwxn61iVsF

“She’s gone…” Rimi threw her arms about her new husband.copyright protection36PENANA3SBu6Nf9de

Kaname hugged her back. “Yes she is…”copyright protection36PENANAzjwadSD2w2

“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 protection36PENANAcPzJcGKvBd

“Thank you, Uncle!”copyright protection36PENANAaF5LaczqlM

“Now,” Kaname yawned. “I’m going back to bed…”copyright protection36PENANAEV5a5j3JlA

Rimi clung to his side. “I hope you don’t mind if I join you?”copyright protection36PENANALxpkhB017C

“Not in the least…”copyright protection36PENANAfhik3sxCST

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