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Kristen Verne
Dec 5, 2015
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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 protection34PENANAXcGOhrh2q1

“I’m sorry, my dear,” he sat down beside her.copyright protection34PENANAFi2DKYkc9O

“Is there something you needed?”copyright protection34PENANArXsgXRRqPL

He placed a hand on hers. “Have the two of you decided on a date yet?”copyright protection34PENANAWNXCBe4Sgv

“No, not just yet. We’re still trying to decide.”copyright protection34PENANAUWOXAyVUK5

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 protection34PENANAIc2asZ1jqR

“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 protection34PENANA4nF20hg4ax

Kaname looked towards the gate with a grin as his fiancé came out. “Hello, my darling Rimi!”copyright protection34PENANAA5to23WXXH

“Hello, darling.” She went to his side, allowing him to wrap his arms around her waist as she leaned in to kiss him.copyright protection34PENANA3GT5Qm5SGw

“If you two want to leave, we won’t stop you.” Kaname’s fellow guard, and childhood friend, Dilan smirked.copyright protection34PENANAKKTqMTH3YR

“If that’s the case,” Kaname and Rimi strode off, leaving the castle behind them.copyright protection34PENANAAyW4WZ7TW5

Aeleus rolled his eyes. “How about we don’t give them any more chances to leave.”copyright protection34PENANAB0Mu6DRbvx

“Probably a good idea…”copyright protection34PENANAIgiBG5vo8u

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 protection34PENANAgJ3dN0cUT9

Rimi gasped as Kaname grabbed her arm and threw an arm about her waist. “Shall we dance, my dear?”copyright protection34PENANA0u9MZfpRrV

“Indeed!” The two twirled around the square, to the music.copyright protection34PENANAo9cHLSMhhU

Everyone around stopped, staring at the two. “Is that the princess?”copyright protection34PENANALxDOKrOWlI

“Isn’t that the captain of the guard?”copyright protection34PENANA6mdf8dvy4W

“Oh, they’re adorable!”copyright protection34PENANAtt6FaRyX8P

“Didn’t you hear? They’re engaged!”copyright protection34PENANARUnvJ8Wx4i

“They look so perfect!”copyright protection34PENANAgbFuqOHVmM

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 protection34PENANASPgYvrQ4oZ

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 protection34PENANAUgThMCpJau

“Oh, I don’t need this, but thank you.”copyright protection34PENANA1qFHU6vC2R

“No,” the woman insisted. “It is for you, my lady, for you and your beloved.”copyright protection34PENANApUHGTc7Jhv

“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 protection34PENANAIbLBtxeSgo

“Lady Rimi!” Their hands were full of flowers. “These are for you, my lady!” copyright protection34PENANAniP3ZK9umb

The couple smiled. “Why thank you.”copyright protection34PENANAmM63sZgzJx

“You sure are popular…” Kaname smiled.copyright protection34PENANA5sJQ3coi5F

One of the little girls held a bunch of coronations her hand. “These are for you, Sir Kaname!”copyright protection34PENANAGsXvvXfFrC

“Why thank you, sweetie!”copyright protection34PENANAROpXRSX7sG

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 protection34PENANAFx8oocBMuG

“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 protection34PENANAsb9pGFmWkO

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 protection34PENANAzbCY8uQ5Ci

“Rimi,” the woman approached. “It has been a long time, my dear.”copyright protection34PENANAMhQUGe6h1B

Rimi took Kaname’s hand. “Yes… it has.”copyright protection34PENANAXtM6TtLgp6

“Rimi, who is she?”copyright protection34PENANA5ZhIXqcOwO

The woman looked at him. “Oh, you must be the fiancé I’ve heard so much about. I’m Queen Hanako…”copyright protection34PENANA7i6XcMcj4e

“My grandmother…” Rimi spoke with disgust.copyright protection34PENANAU1IH8BaUSA

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 protection34PENANA0XziFxJSlf

“Why thank you young man…”copyright protection34PENANAGsxMqKzC3D

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 protection34PENANAQYFyGOaQI2

Ansem visibly cringed when Hanako entered. “M-Mother, it’s been a while.”copyright protection34PENANArJ002FxLyT

“Hello, son,” she dismissed him quickly. “I’m only here because I wanted to meet the man is to become my grandson.”copyright protection34PENANA0elx1LiAom

Kaname smiled. “That would be me…”copyright protection34PENANAefkTN1HYSq

“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 protection34PENANA0j91jbHRXf

“Excuse me,” the captain held up his hands, “What do you mean by ‘contaminated’?”copyright protection34PENANAKXu6vvSN6g

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 protection34PENANA9kvuejvWhn

“How dare you!” Kaname growled. “How dare you speak about her like that?!”copyright protection34PENANAmiHwk0I1SF

“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 protection34PENANAgDCKJ8gCVm

The man took a breath to calm himself. “My name is Kaname Mae…”copyright protection34PENANAS5HozWI5S0

“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 protection34PENANAtejaLDbtE3

“Mother, calm down,” Ansem broke off. “He’s not his father… he stopped his father from killing us.”copyright protection34PENANA9VHMGrUW3Q

“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 protection34PENANAjWV1kvX3AP

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 protection34PENANA344meQZpjE

The queen held where her granddaughter slapped her. “I won’t forget this…” She stormed out of the room.copyright protection34PENANAtszaefB9cE

Rimi shook until a hand slipped into her own. “Rimi… thank you, my darling.”copyright protection34PENANAZvBUwVquZ1

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 protection34PENANAk25opjepJy

“Kaname,” Ansem came up to his future son-in-law. “I need you to speak with my niece…”copyright protection34PENANA3d1DngTZp5

“She won’t talk to me,” He paused, “Is it true, what your mother said about who Rimi’s parents were?”copyright protection34PENANAEoBfj8bKCa

“Yes…”copyright protection34PENANALWdQlCaA1U

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 protection34PENANA847aIvqBuQ

“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 protection34PENANAH9fipzqAj3

“I see…” the captain sighed. “I hope your mother doesn’t do anything rash because of our engagement.”copyright protection34PENANAL4ZYVkA6UB

“She already has…”copyright protection34PENANA03G7epCF07

Dilan came walking up; Ansem looked over at him. “What are you saying?”copyright protection34PENANAvIhK0GjrhD

“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 protection34PENANAu3Ht1DOCJJ

Kaname growled. “I’m really starting to hate that woman… no offense sir.”copyright protection34PENANAeKNUR1kuGk

“None taken; I’m not fond of her myself.”copyright protection34PENANACb2TW3AguS

“She wants us to break off our engagement?” Rimi’s sweet, but nervous voice came from behind them. “Uncle, what can we do?”copyright protection34PENANATZVBtWehzY

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 protection34PENANA1NIOIAQ25w

“Which is?”copyright protection34PENANAnHIpBFtcVY

“You two get married… today.”copyright protection34PENANA4PX0qrXFJw

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 protection34PENANAEKjmz2Xp42

“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 protection34PENANAWrKFRllkyh

“Tonight then?”copyright protection34PENANAjD6hDxIAcr

“Tonight!”copyright protection34PENANA6RcqdLsbbx

“Uncle, what are you on about?” Rimi laughed as her guardian pulled her to his chambers.copyright protection34PENANAd8YYOPk9aS

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 protection34PENANAquvwL83tJg

“Oh! Uncle!” She took the dress in her hands. “It’s beautiful…”copyright protection34PENANAVQ77hlTJx5

“I can’t wait to see you wear it…”copyright protection34PENANAgKefI252bg

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 protection34PENANAVCKq8vzcZj

“Shut up! I’m already nervous enough!”copyright protection34PENANAtU9B2rXWbu

Ansem entered the room, smiling at his captain, with Kaname’s mother, Sakura, following. “Are you prepared, Kaname?”copyright protection34PENANA2regHXiM0u

“Does he look it?” Even chuckled.copyright protection34PENANA3W6NnfjXsi

The men laughed at Kaname’s red face. “I’ll take that as a maybe.”copyright protection34PENANAgVdqwgRtd2

“C-can we just start…? My nerves can’t take much more…”copyright protection34PENANAYfucwbaOYb

“Alright…” the ruler went to the side door, opening it. “Come in, dear.”copyright protection34PENANAj17pPuF8r7

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 protection34PENANAqI2E8zU037

“Kaname…” the woman blushed deeply as she took his hand.copyright protection34PENANA21nxeTJpII

There, in the darkness of night, two hearts became one.copyright protection34PENANAA1JIrzd6HF

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 protection34PENANAe7ngLwQGwU

There was a faint knock on the door, stirring Kaname. “Yes?”copyright protection34PENANAOzVb7a4QzN

“I hate to disturb you,” came Aeleus’s voice, spoke softly. “But Lady Hanako is here.”copyright protection34PENANAyaPiTgR6nz

“Already?”copyright protection34PENANALBH9StFJ9c

“Yes…” the guard answered through the door. “She’s looking for you both.”copyright protection34PENANADXLz9TKeJj

“Fine, we’ll be there in a few minutes.” Kaname sat up.copyright protection34PENANA1iuQBn7ttv

“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 protection34PENANA2f7JoZd4Jm

He kissed her gently. “Don’t worry, my dear. She can’t do anything to us now.”copyright protection34PENANAgnk2XtVHIF

“I know…” The two shared another kiss before leaving their room.copyright protection34PENANA1JXvAzTH2n

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 protection34PENANAc5CjP1j253

“What do you want?”copyright protection34PENANAomqJondk5V

She held up a paper. “If you recall the old judge who lives near me... he signed this order terminating your engagement.”copyright protection34PENANAZ6EXCewvWz

“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 protection34PENANAT8EwsuxLwD

“What!?”copyright protection34PENANAOVZfEoCSII

“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 protection34PENANANIOsFqHbWD

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 protection34PENANALPMqleUT0q

“She’s gone…” Rimi threw her arms about her new husband.copyright protection34PENANAwOlw40UHSD

Kaname hugged her back. “Yes she is…”copyright protection34PENANApFld80EPcA

“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 protection34PENANAsXpfnLtiEt

“Thank you, Uncle!”copyright protection34PENANAIai4Hm4C3W

“Now,” Kaname yawned. “I’m going back to bed…”copyright protection34PENANAfsCBGLCkAO

Rimi clung to his side. “I hope you don’t mind if I join you?”copyright protection34PENANAU3Mkia6LsK

“Not in the least…”copyright protection34PENANAfbVxfCTjeX

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