Combat for the Heart

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Combat of the Heart

Most of my days consists combat training, spells, along with wedding decorators transforming the palace into a even more magical place. I’ve worked hard training these last two weeks, I’ve mastered levitation and can almost pin down Henry in a one on one combat. I even been trying to focus my sleep visions, to get a better glance at the future or even control when my visions happen but nothing, I still get the same vision every other night.

It’s the day before my wedding, I never thought I could feel so many emotions at once. I’m nervous, scared, excited, sad, anxious, just terrified of what’s to come. I can’t wait to start my life with Henry, if I get the chance. “Ready for me to kick your butt again,” said Henry. “Yea right today is the day that I beat you, my love,” said Alexandria. I’m determined to take down Henry, determined to be able to defend myself. Henry and I go back and forth, I throw a left punch he blocks, a right kick that barely misses the side of him. He’s fast but I’m smart, I’ve learned to predict his moves, almost as if I can see them before they happen. Henry throws a punch, I block sending fist into his stomach, giving me the time to flip him over my shoulder, pining Henry to the ground.

I did it, I have finally beaten the great combat genius Henry Castrova! Henry kisses me softly,”You got lucky,” said Henry. Please that’s not luck I’m just amazing. “You are amazing and beautiful, smart, sexy and soon to mines. Mrs. Castrova, looking forward to spending the rest of your life with me?” Asked Henry. Bien sur, I’d honor to spend my life with someone, who I thought I’d never meet. I never thought I would meet you, I never thought that I would have unconditional love in my life, I’m glad I won’t have to be a cat lady. I glad I walked through that forest and found you, not Foret, not Jon, you! I’m scared but you make me calm, at peace, happy, you make me at home, your my home!” said Alex. Henry hugs and holds me as I fight back the tears, the last thing I want to do is not tell him how I feel, seeing as this could be one of the last days I see him again.

I sit on my bed reading spell books, I practice the sleeping spell on a hamster but he never remains asleep for more than 30 seconds. Jon walks in just as the hamster wakes up. “You have to focus, if your mind isn’t 100% there the spell will never work out the way you want it to,” said Jon. “How can my mind be all there when have so much on my plate,” said Alex. “Magic, is what clears your mind, focus on the magic, let it fill your mind. Tell it where you want it to go, what you want it to be, and it will be there,” said Jon. “Yea that makes since ill try that next time,”said Alex sarcastically. “You may not understand but you will someday, anyways I came to bring you a gift,”said Jon. He pulls out an emerald stone necklace. “It belonged to your grandmother, no one really knows where the stone came from or what it does but legends has it that it was her lucky charm. It kept her safe, helped her harness her powers and filled her with wisdom or at least that’s what she told me. I just thought you could use something old, beautiful and lucky for your wedding,” said Jon. “Thanks dad, I love it and you,” said Alex. Jon smiles and say “I love you too, my princess!”

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Fight For Forêt

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Fight For Forêt

Just as these warriors prepare themselves for war, Jon gets up and starts to move his hands in a circular motion so fast that light begins to spring out across the room and up the walls. The entire room is cover in the light that has just came from Jon. The room shakes with a harsh vibration and the thunder is get louder, just as I can feel the doors about to cove in. Silence, a silence has washed over the room and the vines begin to move themselves back into the rightful place.

The doors open and I see a garden a beautiful garden like the one in the castle. Where back at the Forêt castle and whatever danger these warriors had prepared for was gone. Jon must have done a spell that transferred the meeting room to the castle. As I look out the doors I think how odd it must look, a room from a beautiful house in the middle of the castle garden. “What an insult, to attack a sacred place where the clan meeting have been held for centuries. They mock us, and neglect our traditions; we must put a stop to this, “Said vampire clan leader. “You are right Magna; we must put an end to this by working together and preparing for war. We know what the want and thanks to Alexandria we know when and where their next attack will be. We will not let them get the best of us, we will fight for what Foret was indented for, peace and harmony between all species.” said Jon.

 

I stare out the window in my room looking out at the garden, where a room filled with clan member once sat, has now returned to it original place. Henry enter the room and take my hand and pulls me into the mural painted on my wall. We walk through Henry’s small yet beautiful world, as a turn around there Blu is following us. “Today is just a taste of what is to happen in 2 weeks, it will be a full on war. A war that I am not prepared for, I’m not a warrior and I don’t know much magic. How and I suppose to protect myself, protect you?” Asked Alex. “I will teach you everything I know and prepare you as much as I can, so that you will be ready for what is to come but I will be the one protecting you, my queen, my love. We will get though this, with all the clans working together we will defeat them. But with two-week to the wedding we have some serious training, so you should get some rest,” said Henry.

 

I get under the covers of my bed to rest so that I can fully prepare to be the best I can be to protect my kingdom in the morning but for tonight I want to be a girlfriend. “Will you stay with me tonight,” Asked Alex. Henry nods and gets under the covers; I wrap my arms and legs around him intending not to let go. I kiss him passionately and feel the shock as he begins to pull away. But instead of pulling away he pulls me closer, and for the first time we are entangled in each other’s arms and lips. Henry pushes himself on top of my body and slowly kisses me down my neck. Then he stops suddenly and looks me in the eyes, “We have a lot to do tomorrow we should get some sleep,” said Henry. I’ve never wanted Henry so bad, yet he so cool, how does he do it.

 

 

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.

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.”