They Want Me

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They Want Me

 

As I walk into the room, a huge king Arthur table stands in the middle surrounded but extraordinary beings. To my surprise I just knew I would walk into a horror show fill with people I could not even dream up in my wildest dreams. As I stare at these people who should be nowhere near human I cannot distinguish who actually isn’t. The entire room looks completely normal, no fangs, no hairy faces, tails, wings or scales.

 

I’m showed around the room, greeting every clan member. First I am introduced to the werewolf clan, a tall handsome man with shaggy hair bows then introduces his heir. I’m surprised at how stunningly beautiful she is, long brown hair and golden eyes. Looking at her is almost enchanting. I meet the vampire clan next; a young handsome man takes my hand and lays a gentle kiss as he introduces himself. Very charming and I’m sure hard to resist and his mother equally as charming. The fae clan although very respectful were somewhat rude, like somehow they didn’t approve. Their heir looked me up and down judging me, as she turned to Henry she smiled some secret smile that made me uncomfortable. Lastly I meet the créatures clan, a son and grandfather both seemingly kind and sincere. With deep blue eyes, the kind of color I’ve never seen before they both bow respectfully and smiled. I wonder what kind of creature they may be?

I am pushed towards a seat in between Jon and Henry, the meeting starts by Jon calling the meeting and to order and they begin by going down a list of topic that need to be discussed and solved or agreed upon. I sit though many minor topic and things that I don’t seem to matter. But Jon makes sure everyone has a voice and is able to input their thoughts. He stops arguments from happening, puts he foot down when necessary and make sure everyone knows what is really important, the reason why we are all here. I truly admire him and I hope I can be as great as him.

“Last topic on the list, there has been talk of the old beliefs and rumors of an uprising. We believe the attack at the moon ceremony was an attempt at kidnapping, “said Jon. The room is suddenly dead quiet, an attempt at kidnapping who could they had possible been trying to kidnap and why. “After kidnapping the princess we believed that they would have used her to bring down the border in order to overtake the human world. But that is only after they abducted Alexandria, what type of mischief they could be planning at the moment I’m not so sure, “ said Jon. I’m in utter shock, me they want me, the floor begins to shake, I can feel the vibrations of the walls rumbling. Things begin to fall to the floor as I hear commotion outside the door. The veins wrap around the room rapidly as swords and guns are drawn. The sound of thunder hit all for walls repeatedly, fear comes over me and all I can think is me they want me. I’m frozen with fear but as I look around the room I see nothing but warriors, everyone is ready for war but me. Henry looks at me I can see his lips moving but I can’t hear the words he’s saying, I look down to see his hands hand me a small blade. The dream of Henry being stabbed on our wedding day comes to mind and in the moment all I can think is if I have to kill someone to protect Henry I will.

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The Meeting Of The Clans

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The Meeting Of The Clans

 I stare out the window looking out at the beautiful scenery, of hills filled with green grass and trees so tall it’s hard to see the sky through them.

  I feel a tug on my hand when I turn around I notice everyone staring at me, as if waiting for me to reply, if only I had been listening. “Alexandria, it is very important that you pay attention. The wrong move at a clan meeting can be the start of a war,” said Jon. “Right, back to the briefing, there are 5 clans. Sorcière the witch clan, Loup the werewolf clan, the Fae clan, the vampire clan and Créatures the créatures clan. Which includes but Is not limited to fairies, gens de l’eau, anicents and endangered creature. All represented by their leader and their heirs. Clan meeting are for discussing differences between clans, environmental issue, and threats to our peaceful living. Your jobs today as next in line for the throne, is to sit and listen. One day you will be leading the clan meeting so this is just to get you use to the dynamic of how things work,” said Elizabeth.

Sitting and listening, hasn’t been a strong skill for me but sound easy enough. Deep in the forest we pull up to a what looks like an abandoned mansion. Not a spec of life coming from it, my horror movie instincts started to kick in and I want to flee. But i guess Henry can see the look on horror on my face and whispers,”Don’t worry everything will be fine, you’ll do great, trust me. I take a deep breath and put on my best boss lady face and being to walk though the doors.

As we walk through the doors the once abandoned mansion has been transformed into an elegant palace. “Our summer palace Belle Foret was modeled after the famous french place Versailles,”said Jon. Wow it’s amazing where a girl from Arizona can end up, never could I have imagined having a summer palace.

We are lead down a long hallway and at the end a huge door stands alone. A door, no walls, no bars, nothing connecting or holding the door up. Strange vines entangle themselves and wrap around the door. “It’s just to protect the leaders of Foret, the door can transport anyone inside of it to a safe place and the vines can lock out any dangerous force, simple,” said Henry. “Yea, so simple,” I say with a sarcastic smile. As we enter the room I gasp, I’m amazed and stunned at the horror show I’ve just walked into.

 Express Myself

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 Express Myself

 

I wake from the same dream I’ve been having for almost a month and a half. My wedding, the happiest day of my life or it should be but instead it’s clouded by blood, pain and death. Scared of what the future will bring with no way of knowing how stop it.

I look around to see Henry laying beside me, so much for a girls sleep over. I spent all night talking to Henry and never went back to the party but the peace and love I feel when I’m with Henry is more than a sleep over fill with girls who know way to much of your business. Henry seems so at peace lying next to me, I wish I could have some of his peace as bad as it sounds. Just to not think for a couple of minutes a day would be good. There’s just too much to think about all the time, I wish I could only think of Henry and me, a wedding without the horror show that would be nice. Sometime I think I’m thinking too much to even express my feeling for Henry, because among all the things I have to think about, the last thing I want to think about is Henry thinking that I don’t love him. I’m not good at expressing my feeling anyways, must have gotten that from my mom, who wasn’t the lovey dovey type. And with my dad nowhere in sight, she was all I had to go off of, so at times I want to say exactly what’s on my mind, like I’m hopeless in love with you and can I spend all my free time with you. But it never comes of that way or even close, my awkwardness won’t allow it. But one day ill be able to treat him like he’s mine, to be able to jump into his arms if I want, to call him a midnight when were apart and tell him I love him without a hesitation.

There’s a knock at the door, with an elegant voice after it. “Princess Alexandria, Mr. Castrova, I’m sorry but your late you must awaken,” said Elizabeth. I don’t know that voice it doesn’t sound familiar and what could I be late for? In rushed in a tall slender lady with long blond hair walks in, she’s beautiful, she shine, maybe even sparkles literally. “Hello princess Alexandria I’m Elizabeth, you may think of me as your assistant/ royal advisor. I will be at your side hopefully for many years to help your rein run smooth. I know what your thinking is she sparkling, why yes I am, I get it from my mother’s fae side of the family. Anyway you two are late for the first family of Foret meeting, there you will meet the representative of the very first family clans of Foret,” said Elizabeth. Great more thing to think about.

 

 

 

It’s Always Been You, Before I Even Knew You, It Was You

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It’s Always Been You, Before I Even Knew You, It Was You

 My feet are moving before I even know where they’re going. I race done the hall and open the door and let it slam behind me. Henry is not in his room, I hear a howl in the distant and I instantly know where he is. I look at the wall that shows the beautiful mural of a light mystical forest. As I touch it my fingers and body begin to pass through it, I close my eyes and when I open them I am here. Here I stand in Henry’s small world, he’s place of beauty and peace, but eventually pain and hatred soil everything.

 

I find Henry lying across Blu’s back reading a book under a tree. He turns to look at me, my eyes lock with his eyes and for a moment I’m reminded of the beautiful grey clouds you see before a rainy day. “Did you miss me so much, you had to sneak away from your sleep over just to see me, Miss Alexandria Foret I think your turning into a bad influence on me,” Laughs Henry. Henry sees the expression on my face and knows something is wrong. I cant help but glare at him, they been friends for years, did he really not know, did he not suspect. That there was even a slight chance that she could have been in love with him. “What’s wrong?” asked Henry. “What’s wrong is my night was ruined by your friend.” Henry looks puzzled, “What could Lucy have possible done to ruin your whole night?” I know exactly what he’s thinking, what could have the perfect Lucy have done to ruin anything.

 

“Well let’s start with the fact that she’s in love with you.” I didn’t think it was possible but somehow the look on Henry’s face becomes even more puzzled and confused. “No! There’s no way that Lucy could ever have those feeling for me.” Laughed Henry. “I’m glad you find this funny because me and everyone else tonight didn’t. It wasn’t funny when she confessed her feeling for you, it wasn’t funny when she told me you would never marry me, and it wasn’t funny when she said she was going after what she wants which is you.” The look on Henry’s face becomes so serious that it’s almost scary. He grabs my hand and pulls me towards him; he wraps his arms around my back then looks me straight in the eyes. I try to pull away from him but he holds me tighter, and then grabs my chin. Our eyes locked, our faces inches apart, “I don’t know what going on with Lucy but she would have to kill me to stop me from marrying you. There’s not a person in the universe that could keep me away from you, and I tell Lucy that. It’s always been you, before I even knew you it’s always been you.

 

 

My Love Won’t be Your Love

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My Love Won’t be Your Love

 

As I sit there listening, a million possibilities go through my mind. The sense of relief if it isn’t Henry, The pain I feel if it is, what I should do after she says the words. I have hope that the things I’ve been sensing aren’t true, that she can truly say it’s not Henry and I can move pass this. I don’t want to go through the drama or have Henry lose a friend in the process. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been in love,” said Lucy. A beep goes off and the ball lights up read. “Somebody not telling the truth, time to take a shot,” said Flora. As Lucy takes a drinks my hearts sinks, now all I have to do is wait for the words to come out of her mouth. “Now you have to go again Lucy, this time I can choose, I dare you to tell us who is the guy you love,” said Flora. For a moment there’s silence in the room as we wait for Lucy to speak. When Lucy finally comes to after drinking the fairy shot, she whispers something so low I can’t make it out. “Say it louder,” said Evelyn. “It’s Henry, it has always been Henry,” said Lucy.

 

I hear a gasp come out of every person’s mouth, right before the room goes dead silent. Suddenly I can feel everyone’s gaze on me as I stare at Lucy. What do I say, what do I do, suddenly I feel like I just enter a Kdrama but I’m not going to be the one who gets tricked out of losing my man. “I get you loved Henry but now that were getting married in a couple of weeks, that’s is the past right?” Asked Alex. Lucy hesitates to speak and stumbles as she stands up. “It’s not in the past, I love Henry and I know he loves me. He’s going to wake up and realize that you’re not the one for him. He’s going to realize that it’s me who has always been there for him not some stranger who just appeared out of nowhere,” Said Lucy.

“The love the Henry and I have for each other is something that you or anyone will never be able to change. I’m sorry that things turn out this way for you but I have no intentions on letting go of Henry, so I think you should rethink your future plans of Henry waking up and falling for you.”

Just keep calm, just keep calm, don’t let her see you freak out. I keep saying it over and over in my mind, anything I can do to not make me pull this girl’s hair out of her head. Lucy gives me the death stare then say, “We’ll see because I’m not playing nice anymore, I’m going after what I want no matter who is in the way. Henry will never marry you I’ll make sure of it.”

The Truth is Coming . . .

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The Truth is Coming . . .

I’m so ready to get this over with; I know this is going to be one of the awkward moments in my life that I will always remember. I greet all the girls pretending that I’m so excited to see everyone. In reality I have this pit in my stomach, hoping nothing goes wrong. “This is so exciting a wedding planning party for the princess soon to be queen, I can’t say I ever imagined this happening maybe in my dreams but not in reality. I’ll be helping the princess of Forêt plan her wedding to the most gorgeous and dreamy guy,” said Sophia. “Yes, this is true Alexandria and Henry are a match made in the heavens, no one could be more perfect for each other,” said Flora. I feel this sense of hatred in the air and as I look at Lucy out of the corner of my eyes, I can see the anger on her face. I chose to ignore it this time and this time only. The girls settling in to the room and we begin our planning, first the dress.

 

It feels like I’ve tried on hundreds of weeding dresses but I haven’t found one that’s makes me feel like I’m actually getting married in a couple of weeks. I know I’m 18 but for some reason I don’t feel like a grown up. I’m about to have the weight of a world on my back and a husband but I feel like a child playing dress up. Some my call it innocence but I don’t know. Flora has the girls try on bridesmaid’s dresses and I instantly know which dress I want. A all black silk midi dress and all the girls look amazing in it. Even if Lucy looks good in that dress she will never be a bridesmaid in my wedding, after all I said I would invite her to this sleepover not make her a bridesmaid. “I think it’s time for a break, how about a game?” Asked Flora. “Yes, I know the perfect game, Truth or dare. I have the ball in my bag,” said Sophia.

 

“So the rules for truth or dare, for those of you who haven’t played. Are you must pick a truth or dare, if you pick a dare your dare must be carried out if it is not you will be punished. If you pick truth, you will be asked a question if you do not answer it truthfully the truth or dare ball will know and punish you. So lets input the punishment in to the ball. What do think it should be Alex?” Said Sophia. “Wait so that ball is able to tell if a person is lying and punish them?” Sophia nods her head and turns the ball on and it begins to hover in the air. “How about the punishment be a shot of fairy breath,” said Evelyn. “What’s fairy breath?” asked Alex. “It’s a drink with a hint of fairy power. It makes you feel like you flying and drunk at the same time, which isn’t the best combination but it’s a good reason to tell the truth,” said Flora.

 

“So first up is Sophia, truth or dare,” asked Evelyn. “Truth,” said Sophia. “Who is your crush?” asked Flora. “Mmmmmm that would have to be Thomas, he just so sweet and good-looking,” said Sophia. Great even more to worry about I still don’t know which one of Henry’s friends is bad so Sophia liking one of them doesn’t make it any easier, I definitely have to get close to Henry’s friends. “Trust me he’s not as sweet as he looks,” said Lucy. “Next up is Lucy, truth or dare?” Asked Flora. “Truth,” said Lucy. “Are you in love Henry?” Asked Flora.

 

 

 

A Girl’s Dream

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A Girl’s Dream

I’m truly excited, the last time I had a sleep over was right before we left Arizona, which I’ve been missing less and less lately. This world isn’t perfect but its home and I haven’t felt at home in a long time. Not belonging somewhere even when your surrounded by family is hard and very lonely. I really do miss my mom and sister but I’m sure their happy. My mom knows this is where I belong and my sister thinks I’ve found my father and I decided to live with him, which is true. The whole another world and being a princess isn’t exactly an easy thing to tell someone. Especially a someone like her who wouldn’t believe me anyways, she probably think I was insane and jealous of her to make up a story like that.

Flora has really gone all out for my sleepover/ wedding planning party; she has completely redecorated one of the castle’s guest rooms into every 12 years old dream. There’s a table full of candies, cakes, and so many ice cream flavors and the best part is the ice cream doesn’t melt. There are racks of wedding dresses for me to try on, an open bar and a huge screen for movie. I’m so happy to experience so many first tonight, watching my first Forêt movie, picking my wedding dress, and drinking with friends in Forêt.

“Flora you have out did yourself this room is beautiful.” “Thank you Alex, It’s nothing really I just had to get the floor removed to put down the softest fur carpet I could find, also I had to get 100% silk sheets for all the beds because I can’t sleep on anything less,” said Flora. “Right, I just hope everything goes well, I don’t know Lucy well and I’m just hoping nothing unexpected happens.” I really hoping I’ll get lucky and she won’t show up, and I’ll be able to tell Henry I tried. “Don’t worry I have your back and Sophia will be there to help. I almost forgot put these on, the girls will be arriving soon. Everyone is going to look so good in these custom pajamas, I had them all delivered earlier in everyone’s favorite color.

I go to change, as open the box I see beautiful silk, emerald-green pajamas. My favorite color I wonder how she knew, I love them, shorts and a long sleeve button up. It’s weird but it makes me realize that I’ve grown to love Flora in such a short time, how she knows me so well I’ll never know but I do know she’s a true friend. As I start to hear voices I know it is time to being the night and I know no matter what happens this will be a night I remember for the rest of my life.