The Royal Announcement

Alexander Royale, ruler of the Kingdom of Celestia, sent out his messengers to the far reaches of his kingdom with news of his upcoming nuptials.  In a move to further the peace in the land, he'd contracted to marry Aurora Regale from a neighboring kingdom.  With this alliance in place, Alexander hoped to bring wealth and prosperity to all of Celestia!
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Aragon Consul, Alexander's chief counsel had spent many months with Aurora's father brokering the arranged marriage.  When he received the invitation in the mail, he smiled at all he had managed to accomplish for the good of the kingdom.  Glancing at his teen daughter, Breena, he thought about the other marital arrangements he had made...
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Arthur Knightley had not had need of his armor and sword for many years, but remained Alexander's military advisor... and best friend.  Friends since they were young, Alexander had confided his nervousness over marrying someone he'd never met, even if it was for the good of the kingdom.  Arthur just thanked the celestial orbs that he wasn't in a position that he would have to marry for anything less than love!
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Aidan Taveryn wiped down his bar as more drunkards pounded the table for more ale.  The talk of the town was the king's upcoming marriage.  Everyone was in their cups and raving about their personalized invitations to the wedding of the century.  Hogwash, he snorted.  A bunch of political mumbo-jumbo, he thought sourly.  Oh, he'd go enjoy the fine party, but he wasn't about to expect more than some free food and ale for himself and his thirteen year-old boy, Brock.  No sir.  A man did best when his feet were firmly planted to the ground... with a hearty ale in his hand!
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Amar Marchant had come with his parents to Celestia when he'd been just a young boy.  Thankfully, they'd managed to carve a niche right above the peasants with their mercantile store.  How far they'd risen in such a short period of time!  And look, here! An invitation to a royal wedding for the king!   He hurried inside to tell his wife, Alana, about their good fortune.  Rushing through the doors to their private living area, Amar stopped short and watched Alana take care of their toddlers, Baji and Barika.
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Amy Baker was beside herself with excitement.  A king's wedding!  A perfect place to figure out where to send the last of the brood of girls she'd delivered to this world!  Four girls and nary a son to show for all her efforts and a husband dead and gone before all of them grown.  Amy shook her head sourly, her ma always told her she'd be sorry for the merry chase she'd led all the boys on...
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Able Farmer had frowned pensively at the notice with the king's seal.  Not knowing how to read, he'd gone to the Baker's lot to speak with Beth-Anne.  Now she was a right kind lass and never mocked him for not knowing his letters as he should.  She'd told him about the king's wedding and had confided that her mother hoped to secure her a wedding with someone of importance.  Aidan had frowned at that, too...
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Abigail Abbess had always been intrigued by the Celestial Orbs that manifested within each person of the kingdom.  If one studied the ways of light, they learned to see the orbs above each person shimmer platinum when they were elated or ruby red when they were despondent.  It was her dream to create a community that fostered intellectual and spiritual enlightenment!  Now if only someone  would listen...

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