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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 protection29PENANAZvvO6VSF8e

“I’m sorry, my dear,” he sat down beside her.copyright protection29PENANA8kCZuZg78m

“Is there something you needed?”copyright protection29PENANASlNHLBA0sJ

He placed a hand on hers. “Have the two of you decided on a date yet?”copyright protection29PENANAtseYglU902

“No, not just yet. We’re still trying to decide.”copyright protection29PENANAn8m08RZpZ8

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 protection29PENANALRtzyea9fD

“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 protection29PENANASJ56ImsDvs

Kaname looked towards the gate with a grin as his fiancé came out. “Hello, my darling Rimi!”copyright protection29PENANAFTB2TKUS9T

“Hello, darling.” She went to his side, allowing him to wrap his arms around her waist as she leaned in to kiss him.copyright protection29PENANA0VKuujJEsZ

“If you two want to leave, we won’t stop you.” Kaname’s fellow guard, and childhood friend, Dilan smirked.copyright protection29PENANAilIosrLU4h

“If that’s the case,” Kaname and Rimi strode off, leaving the castle behind them.copyright protection29PENANAmKaYN3IHVR

Aeleus rolled his eyes. “How about we don’t give them any more chances to leave.”copyright protection29PENANABWMmrgFaV8

“Probably a good idea…”copyright protection29PENANA9etSCVknQo

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 protection29PENANAEc9PbWSTEO

Rimi gasped as Kaname grabbed her arm and threw an arm about her waist. “Shall we dance, my dear?”copyright protection29PENANAKfLxBcOhmK

“Indeed!” The two twirled around the square, to the music.copyright protection29PENANApvYToAOIYE

Everyone around stopped, staring at the two. “Is that the princess?”copyright protection29PENANA6DRgs3dlWR

“Isn’t that the captain of the guard?”copyright protection29PENANA9H7UeI620t

“Oh, they’re adorable!”copyright protection29PENANAMpYLinm75k

“Didn’t you hear? They’re engaged!”copyright protection29PENANAMcYEsrHFMD

“They look so perfect!”copyright protection29PENANAwWkERzmYBn

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 protection29PENANAroMq95NvcS

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 protection29PENANAQZ4PDxgkc3

“Oh, I don’t need this, but thank you.”copyright protection29PENANAYJ0jnRSKQu

“No,” the woman insisted. “It is for you, my lady, for you and your beloved.”copyright protection29PENANA7hSUI2Zvyc

“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 protection29PENANAopbsePZv9c

“Lady Rimi!” Their hands were full of flowers. “These are for you, my lady!” copyright protection29PENANAz8Vzrirj3h

The couple smiled. “Why thank you.”copyright protection29PENANAOazG4hJ3Nh

“You sure are popular…” Kaname smiled.copyright protection29PENANAgbHrDVgDrq

One of the little girls held a bunch of coronations her hand. “These are for you, Sir Kaname!”copyright protection29PENANAP0yLA041k7

“Why thank you, sweetie!”copyright protection29PENANAj8hTPlazpY

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 protection29PENANARF9y7NtorU

“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 protection29PENANAOhVn2vo6xJ

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 protection29PENANAeRRvKHRVgh

“Rimi,” the woman approached. “It has been a long time, my dear.”copyright protection29PENANAT7X2F4Q9th

Rimi took Kaname’s hand. “Yes… it has.”copyright protection29PENANA4iyZFBu4H1

“Rimi, who is she?”copyright protection29PENANANWSFrDmjyD

The woman looked at him. “Oh, you must be the fiancé I’ve heard so much about. I’m Queen Hanako…”copyright protection29PENANABsKyvqDlz6

“My grandmother…” Rimi spoke with disgust.copyright protection29PENANADDobC4M79u

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 protection29PENANA9Wq1BSFYbd

“Why thank you young man…”copyright protection29PENANABNGmlbMYwm

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 protection29PENANA590ulDz8LI

Ansem visibly cringed when Hanako entered. “M-Mother, it’s been a while.”copyright protection29PENANACUF3WhVBf7

“Hello, son,” she dismissed him quickly. “I’m only here because I wanted to meet the man is to become my grandson.”copyright protection29PENANAPRUvegG0fd

Kaname smiled. “That would be me…”copyright protection29PENANAnknoPJ2oRN

“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 protection29PENANA7uHMxD4tfk

“Excuse me,” the captain held up his hands, “What do you mean by ‘contaminated’?”copyright protection29PENANAA4bvzpLgq1

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 protection29PENANAtOmRdbAfAs

“How dare you!” Kaname growled. “How dare you speak about her like that?!”copyright protection29PENANA3HWLuupzXE

“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 protection29PENANATyI54hvPyW

The man took a breath to calm himself. “My name is Kaname Mae…”copyright protection29PENANAR2KdTYoudY

“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 protection29PENANAWhGT2bnrKk

“Mother, calm down,” Ansem broke off. “He’s not his father… he stopped his father from killing us.”copyright protection29PENANA5ETNJX5eMD

“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 protection29PENANAaEFVRzTf37

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 protection29PENANAe0oVUq6hSR

The queen held where her granddaughter slapped her. “I won’t forget this…” She stormed out of the room.copyright protection29PENANACXvvLfsRuf

Rimi shook until a hand slipped into her own. “Rimi… thank you, my darling.”copyright protection29PENANAuETaAKKtZN

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 protection29PENANABeOZ9Iqg0i

“Kaname,” Ansem came up to his future son-in-law. “I need you to speak with my niece…”copyright protection29PENANA8CgE72TzTn

“She won’t talk to me,” He paused, “Is it true, what your mother said about who Rimi’s parents were?”copyright protection29PENANAOo2HzDrj6r

“Yes…”copyright protection29PENANA7HGVHPE86E

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 protection29PENANAregITnKMXE

“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 protection29PENANAaL2dtBQVVX

“I see…” the captain sighed. “I hope your mother doesn’t do anything rash because of our engagement.”copyright protection29PENANAm2F3YmSCuZ

“She already has…”copyright protection29PENANAhWexE7VoTS

Dilan came walking up; Ansem looked over at him. “What are you saying?”copyright protection29PENANA24E5h7H82C

“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 protection29PENANA5pFKsD7lgC

Kaname growled. “I’m really starting to hate that woman… no offense sir.”copyright protection29PENANAlxyz4cG0BA

“None taken; I’m not fond of her myself.”copyright protection29PENANASEFxJXEr5H

“She wants us to break off our engagement?” Rimi’s sweet, but nervous voice came from behind them. “Uncle, what can we do?”copyright protection29PENANA3a7JVAm2WC

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 protection29PENANAFh9dQeqxe1

“Which is?”copyright protection29PENANA77FMEpJiQP

“You two get married… today.”copyright protection29PENANA0U08DVI0YE

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 protection29PENANADDWNRM1hjg

“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 protection29PENANAirnYe1oYke

“Tonight then?”copyright protection29PENANANl9OtNKcOI

“Tonight!”copyright protection29PENANARrmNedAgvT

“Uncle, what are you on about?” Rimi laughed as her guardian pulled her to his chambers.copyright protection29PENANAwNlTMAUaye

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 protection29PENANApmAza3mUfa

“Oh! Uncle!” She took the dress in her hands. “It’s beautiful…”copyright protection29PENANAD6C0TQeu6J

“I can’t wait to see you wear it…”copyright protection29PENANAnDwJwjjquS

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 protection29PENANAFUegtpjQkz

“Shut up! I’m already nervous enough!”copyright protection29PENANA1YFEYzuc3B

Ansem entered the room, smiling at his captain, with Kaname’s mother, Sakura, following. “Are you prepared, Kaname?”copyright protection29PENANAVresbLMvcg

“Does he look it?” Even chuckled.copyright protection29PENANAnRbB7E1rvl

The men laughed at Kaname’s red face. “I’ll take that as a maybe.”copyright protection29PENANA0xjGbigGuk

“C-can we just start…? My nerves can’t take much more…”copyright protection29PENANAiqMwTXiFsu

“Alright…” the ruler went to the side door, opening it. “Come in, dear.”copyright protection29PENANAWPm7ruMsVh

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 protection29PENANAOWO8C0qTGV

“Kaname…” the woman blushed deeply as she took his hand.copyright protection29PENANAdYm0vfXNUq

There, in the darkness of night, two hearts became one.copyright protection29PENANAhQgEYI8Kb3

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 protection29PENANA1Z0Q8CQywx

There was a faint knock on the door, stirring Kaname. “Yes?”copyright protection29PENANAuKwQK26IP1

“I hate to disturb you,” came Aeleus’s voice, spoke softly. “But Lady Hanako is here.”copyright protection29PENANA87SpMQ7UAi

“Already?”copyright protection29PENANAYBiYsqBjZ7

“Yes…” the guard answered through the door. “She’s looking for you both.”copyright protection29PENANARtRnkCprkf

“Fine, we’ll be there in a few minutes.” Kaname sat up.copyright protection29PENANAstnkT9a03K

“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 protection29PENANAj1mBZO2B81

He kissed her gently. “Don’t worry, my dear. She can’t do anything to us now.”copyright protection29PENANAIZvAnQcMhx

“I know…” The two shared another kiss before leaving their room.copyright protection29PENANA2K0p4TzeUD

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 protection29PENANAZdFlPFaSgj

“What do you want?”copyright protection29PENANAUYiqyFgLsy

She held up a paper. “If you recall the old judge who lives near me... he signed this order terminating your engagement.”copyright protection29PENANAiujjUnduC7

“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 protection29PENANA7BlMXbr83H

“What!?”copyright protection29PENANArXGJoepF0S

“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 protection29PENANAdinxCiUPMw

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 protection29PENANAWU8iG5t8dw

“She’s gone…” Rimi threw her arms about her new husband.copyright protection29PENANAQEuwoSLOyL

Kaname hugged her back. “Yes she is…”copyright protection29PENANAHM44jGmdv9

“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 protection29PENANAKs3SKKYdSc

“Thank you, Uncle!”copyright protection29PENANAKIRfef804G

“Now,” Kaname yawned. “I’m going back to bed…”copyright protection29PENANALLsQQLwcZ2

Rimi clung to his side. “I hope you don’t mind if I join you?”copyright protection29PENANAmJupCeaAs2

“Not in the least…”copyright protection29PENANAMcLDs0TA0Y

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