"What is it?" Prince Barron asked, "A new sword?"
"Of course not silly," she rolled her eyes.
"Yeah, what is it?" Prince Benedict chimed in. "Tell us!"
From behind her back she presented the cutest puppy in the world! "Your very own puppy with Royale lineage! This rambunctious little one is Sire's son!"
"Come on, let the rascal go find his papa, we need to go get ready for the celebration!" Prince Benedict said, elbowing his brother.
"Did you make the offer to her father yet? It seems our son has chosen as wisely as his father!" Queen Aurora whispered to her husband.
Alexander smiled. "Yes, he is in agreement. We will join our kingdoms through marriage."
"When will you tell Barron?"
Alexander considered his son. "I think I will wait. It seems that he is on the right track for a love marriage. I will only step in if he begins to veer from the path set before him."
"Come let us join the festivities, husband."
The King's Guard stayed busy that night, rounding up the drunkards and people fighting and escorting them from the property.
Barika fumed, "Your private life has affected all of our lives. I cannot stand the look of him!"
Alana pushed her daughter from the room. "Go. Find your husband and look on something else then, foolish child!"
While the King's Guard furiously attempted to manage the peace amongst the villagers at the King's castle, the King wandered around, spreading his influence amongst his people.
Princess Catherine thought a moment, and then smiled. "I can! It will be wonderful, Cirdon!"
Cirdon smiled. Maybe she was right...
Trent sighed and shook his head. "She is far too good for me, King Alexander. Why should she marry me when she has all she needs and wants right now."
King Alexander shook his head and urged, "That's not true. You can give her your heart and a second chance to love. Go! Talk to her! I command it!"
Orb's Year 918
She didn't feel ready for that at all!
Reign's tail wagged furiously at the pets and the promise of bacon.
Prince Barron wandered into the kitchen to beg a few scraps from Emily.
Queen Aurora refused to leave him completely alone, though. When he holed himself up and buried his nose in a book, she was close by - sewing, playing chess. It didn't really matter what she did, just so long as she was near her husband, giving him her strength.
Prince Barron and Princess Deidre had made pledges to each other, giving each other a promise ring.
Orb's Year 920
She couldn't help but feel that it was an ill omen, foreshadowing pain and sorrow for the Royale family.
Prince Barron joined his Father's counsel as political advisor, learning from his mother. And Prince Benedict joined the King's Guard to learn how to protect the castle.
King Alexander had told both his sons that they would need to work their way up without his influence or help. He wanted his boys to earn their positions in the kingdom through merit and hard work!
But, it was time now that he leave his twin and begin his life.
He wasn't sure what awaited him outside this castle... but he was eager to find out!