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Writer Kristen Verne
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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 protection39PENANAX3MMcnc3os

“I’m sorry, my dear,” he sat down beside her.copyright protection39PENANAztwnAB1L4K

“Is there something you needed?”copyright protection39PENANAHseMgpoMfO

He placed a hand on hers. “Have the two of you decided on a date yet?”copyright protection39PENANA3cRPZ3db6B

“No, not just yet. We’re still trying to decide.”copyright protection39PENANAEF5a3GM4rQ

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 protection39PENANAO9i3WzsklH

“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 protection39PENANA8oU0eT3r5a

Kaname looked towards the gate with a grin as his fiancé came out. “Hello, my darling Rimi!”copyright protection39PENANA3JQ8UTPGYg

“Hello, darling.” She went to his side, allowing him to wrap his arms around her waist as she leaned in to kiss him.copyright protection39PENANAxNqQQmpjHL

“If you two want to leave, we won’t stop you.” Kaname’s fellow guard, and childhood friend, Dilan smirked.copyright protection39PENANA0PaUPoOTQT

“If that’s the case,” Kaname and Rimi strode off, leaving the castle behind them.copyright protection39PENANA4TCU2xORdN

Aeleus rolled his eyes. “How about we don’t give them any more chances to leave.”copyright protection39PENANA8LAyBrV0KC

“Probably a good idea…”copyright protection39PENANALKrVFhktba


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 protection39PENANAmf4Za6xZYK

Rimi gasped as Kaname grabbed her arm and threw an arm about her waist. “Shall we dance, my dear?”copyright protection39PENANAM6wnF7OA8y

“Indeed!” The two twirled around the square, to the music.copyright protection39PENANAcTjEPZW9s7

Everyone around stopped, staring at the two. “Is that the princess?”copyright protection39PENANAkPnoPxvmxu

“Isn’t that the captain of the guard?”copyright protection39PENANA7jBEGgLvRT

“Oh, they’re adorable!”copyright protection39PENANA33NnICmEMP

“Didn’t you hear? They’re engaged!”copyright protection39PENANAL7F9wvG2Sd

“They look so perfect!”copyright protection39PENANAw0x8EeopJf

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 protection39PENANAjNj6a1JxFw

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 protection39PENANAnrE2Aayhdq

“Oh, I don’t need this, but thank you.”copyright protection39PENANAvKr2S5ggvZ

“No,” the woman insisted. “It is for you, my lady, for you and your beloved.”copyright protection39PENANAwOMQVXRFux

“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 protection39PENANAcSZQUz1tQe

“Lady Rimi!” Their hands were full of flowers. “These are for you, my lady!” copyright protection39PENANAUmYloQqF7V

The couple smiled. “Why thank you.”copyright protection39PENANAFEKruFpmlU

“You sure are popular…” Kaname smiled.copyright protection39PENANAUxMTnHtoaj

One of the little girls held a bunch of coronations her hand. “These are for you, Sir Kaname!”copyright protection39PENANAD4FCp4tPJB

“Why thank you, sweetie!”copyright protection39PENANALpfvQKbg7x

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 protection39PENANAa14WVsDoRN

“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 protection39PENANAIuSo6hsA7c

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 protection39PENANAbTBqpsbBIi

“Rimi,” the woman approached. “It has been a long time, my dear.”copyright protection39PENANA8TkcPfEtEv

Rimi took Kaname’s hand. “Yes… it has.”copyright protection39PENANAhm09K7rdHz

“Rimi, who is she?”copyright protection39PENANAqSs2jSvute

The woman looked at him. “Oh, you must be the fiancé I’ve heard so much about. I’m Queen Hanako…”copyright protection39PENANANB78OXnsq2

“My grandmother…” Rimi spoke with disgust.copyright protection39PENANAYHoZR96inO

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 protection39PENANASOHkR0dmvG

“Why thank you young man…”copyright protection39PENANABjhJr5GOy7

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 protection39PENANARxPfwGpDZN


Ansem visibly cringed when Hanako entered. “M-Mother, it’s been a while.”copyright protection39PENANArRB8cs8pPE

“Hello, son,” she dismissed him quickly. “I’m only here because I wanted to meet the man is to become my grandson.”copyright protection39PENANA5rXnaotRd1

Kaname smiled. “That would be me…”copyright protection39PENANAY4zNk5uJIt

“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 protection39PENANAw9k8iwBrVq

“Excuse me,” the captain held up his hands, “What do you mean by ‘contaminated’?”copyright protection39PENANA51R2o2rSTE

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 protection39PENANAUSJtG3zaMh

“How dare you!” Kaname growled. “How dare you speak about her like that?!”copyright protection39PENANAEjrYrJv2ar

“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 protection39PENANAtgsljRnKJh

The man took a breath to calm himself. “My name is Kaname Mae…”copyright protection39PENANAoDa87QbG1Y

“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 protection39PENANAXFhpEJ99Lk

“Mother, calm down,” Ansem broke off. “He’s not his father… he stopped his father from killing us.”copyright protection39PENANABfA4ATVYDF

“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 protection39PENANAf2ipapgm5h

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 protection39PENANAk3WCtBlCL7

The queen held where her granddaughter slapped her. “I won’t forget this…” She stormed out of the room.copyright protection39PENANAWmmwqXqmV3

Rimi shook until a hand slipped into her own. “Rimi… thank you, my darling.”copyright protection39PENANA1b6kAhKRDQ


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 protection39PENANA8XU5znGVZr

“Kaname,” Ansem came up to his future son-in-law. “I need you to speak with my niece…”copyright protection39PENANA2VOpsfmSBh

“She won’t talk to me,” He paused, “Is it true, what your mother said about who Rimi’s parents were?”copyright protection39PENANAWCs2X3kHUX

“Yes…”copyright protection39PENANAy3Vs8vPPqP

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 protection39PENANAhtL5Sdke6W

“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 protection39PENANAv2yY5w1peW

“I see…” the captain sighed. “I hope your mother doesn’t do anything rash because of our engagement.”copyright protection39PENANAmMZif8N5Xd

“She already has…”copyright protection39PENANAUeGFkySFNY

Dilan came walking up; Ansem looked over at him. “What are you saying?”copyright protection39PENANABi1ah6GjvU

“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 protection39PENANAfSHfaWoY1m

Kaname growled. “I’m really starting to hate that woman… no offense sir.”copyright protection39PENANAbWASBVruAe

“None taken; I’m not fond of her myself.”copyright protection39PENANAtbxumPB287

“She wants us to break off our engagement?” Rimi’s sweet, but nervous voice came from behind them. “Uncle, what can we do?”copyright protection39PENANAXoZFEaC28D

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 protection39PENANAokAZdbUFFv

“Which is?”copyright protection39PENANAT9HrE3gf6p

“You two get married… today.”copyright protection39PENANAm4NmJsxluF

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 protection39PENANAZT0zSdLNSr

“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 protection39PENANAjMA1ee4vtb

“Tonight then?”copyright protection39PENANAUQfIdYbKkF

“Tonight!”copyright protection39PENANAqjyqTrEEfx


“Uncle, what are you on about?” Rimi laughed as her guardian pulled her to his chambers.copyright protection39PENANA5ykFzyUE3o

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 protection39PENANAPYf5Hs4Sco

“Oh! Uncle!” She took the dress in her hands. “It’s beautiful…”copyright protection39PENANAyDH74ByIfN

“I can’t wait to see you wear it…”copyright protection39PENANAgkmA0V9Vzc


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 protection39PENANAjpbyuT1yLe

“Shut up! I’m already nervous enough!”copyright protection39PENANAXkRFrVg0Ev

Ansem entered the room, smiling at his captain, with Kaname’s mother, Sakura, following. “Are you prepared, Kaname?”copyright protection39PENANAOVQavR5EMF

“Does he look it?” Even chuckled.copyright protection39PENANAR643FzWG8I

The men laughed at Kaname’s red face. “I’ll take that as a maybe.”copyright protection39PENANAU52LKuH0um

“C-can we just start…? My nerves can’t take much more…”copyright protection39PENANAwihmsMeyr1

“Alright…” the ruler went to the side door, opening it. “Come in, dear.”copyright protection39PENANAdi7imMRit0

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 protection39PENANA0n539QxRQ1

“Kaname…” the woman blushed deeply as she took his hand.copyright protection39PENANAdnjvKMiYkJ

There, in the darkness of night, two hearts became one.copyright protection39PENANAZx27QoUIHn


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 protection39PENANAIHLOKUEiMv

There was a faint knock on the door, stirring Kaname. “Yes?”copyright protection39PENANAjZSDvCqNBK

“I hate to disturb you,” came Aeleus’s voice, spoke softly. “But Lady Hanako is here.”copyright protection39PENANAxAizI9YCRF

“Already?”copyright protection39PENANAZznKn8F2qr

“Yes…” the guard answered through the door. “She’s looking for you both.”copyright protection39PENANAxKrpnW2NKD

“Fine, we’ll be there in a few minutes.” Kaname sat up.copyright protection39PENANAyheRRW0QyR

“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 protection39PENANAvyrTjP1ZRr

He kissed her gently. “Don’t worry, my dear. She can’t do anything to us now.”copyright protection39PENANAqpbSPzPRnz

“I know…” The two shared another kiss before leaving their room.copyright protection39PENANAuWRINIFOye

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 protection39PENANAF4N7X6WZ6O

“What do you want?”copyright protection39PENANArxdDp2cfUA

She held up a paper. “If you recall the old judge who lives near me... he signed this order terminating your engagement.”copyright protection39PENANAPowG7kpN8Y

“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 protection39PENANA1O2OW0VS01

“What!?”copyright protection39PENANAHryV4YYhdS

“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 protection39PENANAR2hoJpI8cR

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 protection39PENANA6eF92CaYua

“She’s gone…” Rimi threw her arms about her new husband.copyright protection39PENANA0cCy8Gx6XL

Kaname hugged her back. “Yes she is…”copyright protection39PENANAZPNgdxFWFS

“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 protection39PENANANM6tV9567A

“Thank you, Uncle!”copyright protection39PENANAg8NSGVze1x

“Now,” Kaname yawned. “I’m going back to bed…”copyright protection39PENANAZ0nNhAkXxZ

Rimi clung to his side. “I hope you don’t mind if I join you?”copyright protection39PENANAPkLWOH5TNd

“Not in the least…”copyright protection39PENANAu4lhX2cwge

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