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!”

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.”

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.

 

A Night To Remember

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A Night To Remember

 

I lay in bed and think about the way Henry sees me, a queen, someone able to change this world. It’s scary but it’s also a wonderful feeling, to have someone believe in you so much. He makes me think I could actually do it, change the world someday.

A month at the academy, I’m happy to say I’m really getting the hang of this magic thing. I’ve perfected levitation spells, I can even teleport my jacket when it gets cold outside. Though I still think it’s going to take me a while to be able to teleport myself. I’m just proud the future queen is not last in her class. Combat has been a breeze with Henry and Francis there to help me and I even think that professor Stein is starting to grow on me.

“Hey Sophia, so I will see you at my place at 7, I can’t wait to have my first sleepover/wedding planning night”. I can’t believe I’m getting married in just two weeks. “Yes I can’t wait to see the palace from the inside. And even better I can’t wait to see you try on wedding dresses,” said Sophia! I know I’ve only know Sophia for a month but it feels like a lifetime, She just the complete opposite of me but somehow we have so much in common. She is so friendly, outgoing, positive, and she knows just what to say to get me out of my moods. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and the best part of her personally is she is loyal and trustworthy. Unlike some fake friends people I know have in their life. “You’re having a sleepover tonight how exciting, i’ll bring the nail polish and face mask, see you tonight,” said Evelyn. WHAT! Did she just really invite herself to my sleepover? I give Sophia a look of disgust as Evelyn walks away. “It’s fine, maybe tonight we’ll see something in Evelyn that we never seen, plus there’s no rule saying that you have to hate your boyfriends ex and she really wasn’t even an ex. On top of that the more the merrier, so don’t worry,” said Sophia.

“Yes the more the merrier that’s why I insist that you invite Lucy,” said Henry. There must be something in the water today because everyone was is going absolutely crazy. Evelyn just invite herself to my sleepover, when she knows I’ve been trying to ditch her for the past month and now Henry wants me to invite the girl that I have not said more than 5 words two seen I’ve known her. On top that she in love with him; she’ll probably try to murder me in my sleep. But if I tell Henry I don’t want her there then ill have to explain why I don’t want her there. On the plus side if she try’s to kill me or slashes my wedding dress, that will give me a reason to tell Henry to drop her. Maybe I can even get her to admit she likes him. “Fine Henry if it means that much to you she can come, tell her to be there by 7”.

A Bit Unsteady

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A Bit Unsteady

 

I stare at the mural and see a peaceful and beautiful place where I don’t have to think about my problems. I place my hand on the wall and close my eyes, when I open them I see the world that Henry has created. I walk around trying to clear my head, looking at the deep dark wood of the tress and the astonishing green that fills this place. As butterflies and fairy creatures fly past me, I feel my heart start to feel safe I can relax. I sit in the forest watching the magic around me; I see the fairies build a house in a tree. Magically making objects appear, small beds, tools, and tables. Then one of the most beautiful of all the fairies brings me a bracelet. Even though she does not speak, I know that this bracelet is special. I thank her and watch as her beautiful sparkly blue wings fly away. I sit in the forest a little longer, as I start to fall asleep I feel soft warm fur brush across my face. When I open my eyes I see Bleu Henry’s wolf, I’m so happy to see him because he is such an amazing creature. Bleu is almost the same size as me yet he licks my face so playfully that I forget how scary he looked the first time a saw him. He lies in my lap and I’m happy because he is another piece of Henry that I get to know. As I pet him I decide to tell him about my dream wedding, about how beautiful I hope it will be, how I hope nothing will go wrong. “And don’t worry your definitely invited Bleu”. Bleu licks me again; I guess he would be honor to be at our wedding which honestly makes me feel a bit more steadied. To have someone who will be they’re for Henry no matter what, someone to keep him safe, someone who might be able to change the outcome of the future that I saw.

 

Bleu begins hollowing and my heart begins to race and my unsteady feeling start to come, I panic thinking that something might be wrong. Then Henry appears and I try to catch my breath and my tears before they start, because I’m not ready to tell Henry about my unsteady feeling about this wedding or us.

Our Future Or No Future

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Our Future Or No Future

 

I wake up and my heart is beating so fast that I can’t catch my breath. I wipe away the tears that have fallen from my eyes while I was dreaming. It just felt so real and it can’t be real, I won’t let it be, this can’t ever happen.

I’m knocked out of the memories of my horrible nightmare by the touch of Henry’s arms wrapping around me. I didn’t even realize where I am, but as I look around the room and see Henry’s beautiful mural of the forest, I know that I’m safe in Henry’s room. It puts my heart at ease to see this familiar place and to feel the warmth that radiates off Henry. I lay next to Henry feeling safe and at home yet I’m afraid to close my eyes. I’m afraid of what I’ll see if I do. Even thinking about it makes me want to cry. All I can see is Henry’s face as he falls to the ground, then the heartbreak, then the darkness. I turn to Henry he’s so beautiful sometime it’s hard to believe he’s real, to believe he’s laying next to me. Beautiful pale skin, dark copper hair, pink lips, he’s like a dream. A dream that I don’t want to disturb, I don’t believe that he’s somehow mix up in my crazy life. Why am I doing this to him, I keep telling myself it’s just a dream and it’s never going to happen but in my heart I don’t believe it. Do I tell Henry about my dream, do I keep it to myself. The fact that this isn’t my first time having this dream, do I tell him and darken our future together or do I keep it to myself and hope that it never happens.

I guess we rushed in so fast and fell so hard that it’s to late; I can’t help falling for Henry each day. I can’t help feeling that a life without Henry’s isn’t a life worth living. If I don’t tell him this could be our future but if I do tell him this could be the thing that tears us a part, the thing that breaks us. But isn’t it better for him to have a future without me then, to not have one with me?

Wedding Plans and Nightmares

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Wedding Plans and Nightmares

 

Planning my wedding is something you dream about as a little girl, I never imagined it happening this way or with such amazing guy. To be honest I never imagine me finding anyone, I’ve dreamt about these amazing guys but could never find them in real life. I never dated anyone because I could never find anyone worth dating and now I’m getting married at 18. I wonder am I to young, is there more out there that I need to see before I commit myself to this one person. Every time I think about how wonderful Henry is and no matter how many people are in the world I will never meet another guy as amazing as him. So I could wait a couple of years to get married but if I’m planning on spending the rest of my life with Henry why wait.

 

Flora and I surprising get a lot done, but with magic everything is easier. Flower arrangements float in the air, as Flora changes them to my liking. I decided that colors for the wedding would be white and a deep green, like the trees in the forest. Before I know it we have planned half of the wedding, Flora says she will take care of the rest and the next time she see me, I get to pick a dress. It’s really exciting to see myself in a beautiful white dress, I really hope my mom and my sister will be there, I wish Catherine could be there. But before I can open the red door in my mind I put the thought away I’m exhausted.

 

When I leave Henry is waiting for me. I talk about my long day at school on our way to the car, It’s late and getting dark so there are not many people around. I think everything is more beautiful at night, more mysterious. As I stare out the window looking as this beautiful world that goes by I slowly close my eyes to see nothing but darkness.

I run as people fall around me, they try to fight be they continue to fall. I scream for Henry but he’s not there. I scream Dad but he doesn’t come, I try my hardest to fight them off but nothing I do works. I try to move forward but they continue to drag me back. Henry comes for me, talking down men, as he comes closer and closer. I fight harder to get In Henry’s arms; he’s so close I can almost touch him before someone comes behind him and stabs him in the back. I scream and I scream, I call out his name but he doesn’t move then the darkness takes over me.

 

 

 

 

Combat For Our Hearts

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Combat For Our Hearts

 

Our class today is on hand-to-hand combat; Henry and Francis do a demonstration. Henry is clearly a better fighter than Francis; every move Francis throws out there Henry dodges, finally Henry knocks Francis to the ground. I can see from the look on Francis face that he isn’t exactly pleased and doesn’t seem to care for Henry. Professor Stein tells us to pick a partner and practice; I head towards Sophia as Henry pulls me in the other direction. “Partners,” said Henry. “I waited for you after class but you never showed,” said Alex. “I’m sorry I was busy I promise to show you to all your next classes,” said Henry. I punch towards Henry face he dodges it, he throw a left punch towards my shoulder and somehow a move out the way. I must be a natural or something. “You know I’m only assisting this class so I can help train you. Even as the best combat fighter in the school I had to beg Professor Stein to let me work with you one on one,” said Henry. “Great, so does that mean late night training session?” asked Alex. Henry gives me a beautiful and charming smile, then says “Miss Foret are you trying to seduce me. “Maybe, is it working?” Said Alex. “I think it might be, I guess you will find out later at our late night training session but if you don’t focus your going to get us in trouble. And I don’t need Francis talking over my job,” said Henry. “No one could take your place, and why would he want to train me anyways,” said Alex. “ I don’t know, maybe to get you to change your mind. All I know is that he asked Professor Stein to train you before I ask and Professor Stein said no,” said Henry.

 

We get changed and cleaned up then Henry and I walk to lunch together. Some of the foods look a little different but luckily they have burger and fries, I’m so glad. Henry and I have a seat, then the gangs shows up, they all become deep in their conversation as I seat there pretending to listen. I see Sophia looking for a place to sit, I invite her to eat lunch with us, Everyone say hi then goes back to their deep conversation about nothing. As I sit here I can feel their feelings, the loyal one, the jealous one and the one that longs for his heart. I’m uncomfortable, I see the way Lucy looks at him and I hate her for it but I also feel bad because Henry looks at me that way, which makes me happy, which also makes me feel bad. As much as I love Henry and will never give him up for anyone, it has to be one of the worst feeling to watch the person you’re in love with be in love with someone else.

My History

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Our History

“Hey Alex, I’m so glad we have this class together,” said Evelyn. I really wish I could say the same thing and out of the 100 seats in this lecture hall she has to sit next to me. “Right, isn’t this a beginners class?” Which is the nicest way I can say why are you here and when are you going to leave. “ Yes, but I needed an extra credit, so I will be the teacher’s assistant for this class. So were going to be together for the rest of the semester, isn’t that exciting?” Something is telling me this is going to be a long semester. “Right, very exciting.” Professor Stein enters the room and everyone goes silent. By the stiffness in everyone’s body I can tell the Professor Stein is not one to mess with. He doesn’t look intimidating, mostly a little dorky. Like there’s a chance he still living with his mother, but from the serious look on everyone’s faces, there must be more than meets the eye.

 

We begin class by turning to page 120 in our textbook and begin to learn about the Salem witch trials. Professor Stein begins to show images that appear out of nowhere, like a 3D movie and as Professor Stein begins to tell the history of Foret, the images begin to show everything. “The Salem witch trials are the reason you are where you are today. It all began in 1692 when the people of Salem began to convict and kill witches and non-witches. Behind the scenes a war slowly began, the word had spread around the world of what the humans had started. Witches around the world were angry and some feared that what was happening in Salem might spread through to the rest of the world. Some thought we should eliminate the entire town and erase them for the history, others that it would pass and harming humans would be wrong. As the killings continued, we ready ourselves for war. Knowing this the Foret’s had to think fast before innocent blood was spilled. Before they could come up with a solution both Mr. and Mrs. Foret were accused of witchcraft. Before they could be hung the other witches managed to get them far from Salem and to New York where they boarded a boat that brought them to France. Once they were there, they built Foret a universe where all magical creatures could be free. They sent word and invites all around the world, preaching peace and freedom and people began to come. There was now no need for war, the witches of Salem traveled to France and England enter the portals into Foret. From that day we have had peace but there are still those who want war, those who claim the human world belong to the witches and will have it soon.”

As I leave History of magic I’m proud to know that my ancestors stood up for what they believe in and came up with one of the greatest solution ever! Sophia and I have combat class together and as we walk there, I just have to ask about Professor Stein. “So what is up with Professor Stein, the entire class went silent when he walk through the door?” “I’m surprised you don’t know he’s one of your dads good friends and his family comes from a long line of bad-ass warriors,” said Sophia. “I never heard my dad talk about him and beside Professor Stein looks like he reads comic books, there’s no way he’s a warrior,” Said Alex. “ I know right but he is. He was part of the palace guard for a while, he even fought in the war to protect the barrier but you’ll see because he’s also our combat Professor,” said Sophia. Great because a double dose of Professor Stein is just what I need. We get dressed in our combat clothes in head to the training field and I’m happy to see Henry is there standing next to Francis, which has to be a little awkward. I mean the guy tried to marry me and lost to Henry. I want to talk to Henry but everyone is dead silent as professor Stein walk towards the field. As he get’s closer my mouth drops open, what happen to Professor Stein he’s no long Clark Kent but Superman, a really hot superman.

A Few Hours Is To Long To Be Without You

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A Few Hours Is To Long To Be Without You

 

“I thought this class was for beginners?” asked Alex. “I’m the T.A. this semester, which is pretty lucky. We get to spend a lot of time together now, I could even help you study,” said Evelyn. What is this girl’s problem, seeing her in the hallways is enough now I have to spend an hour and a half with her. Did she cast a spell to make herself forget the nasty things she said to me and the fact that she thought she was going to marry Henry. I spend the rest of History of magic annoyed, every fifteen minutes Evelyn Tries to whisper something that is supposed to be charming or funny into my ear. I would just get up and move but the Professor, Mr. Peters is in the middle of a lecture and the class is dead silent, and I don’t want to be that awkward kid who gets up and makes so much noise it disrupts the whole class. I’m relieved when the class is over, I say goodbye to Sophie and practically run towards the door, I can hear Evelyn calling after me but I never stop.

 

As I’m running away from Evelyn I almost knock over someone else and like a seen out of a movie, both of our books and papers fly out of our hands and end up all over the hallway. “I’m so sorry I was not paying attention,” said Alex. “It’s OK Princess Alexandria,” said Colin. As I look up I’m surprise and happy to Colin before me, after our date so much happened that I haven’t had a chance to think about hanging out with him. “I’m so happy to run into you Colin, literally and call me Alex please,” said Alex. Colin laughs and I’m excited to see you Alex, so are you on your way to lunch?” asked Colin. I guess I was so busy running I forgot it time to eat. “Yes I am, want to join me? “I’d  like that very much,” said Colin. We walk to the lunchroom together, I grab a pizza and a salad, Colin just gets pasta. I look around the lunchroom for a place to sit and see Sophia sitting by herself. Colin and I take a seats next to her. I introduce Sophia and Colin to each other and they seem to really hit it off. “What classes do you have next Alex” asked Sophia. I look at my schedule, “I have potions and after that I have combat.” “That’s great, we have the same classes,” said Sophia.

 

We spend the rest of lunch talking and laughing, Evelyn invite me to sit with her and her friends. I refuse that invitation of course. “So what’s the deal with you and Evelyn, you clearly can’t stand her,” Asked Sophia. “Long story short, she tried to take Henry from me and now she is acting like a fake by trying to be my best-friend,” said Alex. “So this is what it feels like to be in the middle of girl drama,” laughs Colin. “Hey this is very real drama, you can’t try to steal someone’s boyfriend, then befriend them,” said Sophia. The bell rings and Sophia and I say good-bye to Colin and head to potions class. As we walk to class I can’t help but worry, where is Henry. I thought he was going to walk me to my classes or that I would see him at lunch but I haven’t. It’ s a few classes a day that I don’t get to see Henry, which is not that long but I can’t help but want to be around him all the time. Which is not normal but I can’t help it, he’s my first love and I’m hoping, but In my heart I know he will be my only love. As Sophia and I walk into class I’m excited to learn how to mix things together to create spells, when I see the T.A. I almost have a heart attack and throw up in my mouth a little.

 

You, Me And The Academy

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You, Me, And The Academy

 

Lucy runs toward Henry and jumps into his arms, hugging him. I’m not a jealous person but does this girl ever stop, she’s worst then Evelyn. As I stand behind Henry and Lucy, glaring at them while they hug, Lucy looks at me and smiles. It takes everything in me not to pull her off of Henry and bang her head against a locker, but instead to pretend to be happy to see her. “I used every detection spell in my book looking for you, where have you guys been for these past days and what happened at the house,” said Henry. “We can’t talk about it here meet us at my place after classes are over,” said Isaac.

Henry walks me to my first class and wishes me good luck before I enter. I’m really nervous; being in school again just reminds me of so much that I want to forget. All I can think about is Katherine and how I want to share this experience with her so badly. My feelings come flooding back, like a tidal wave. Heartbreak, loneliness, guilt and sadness, as I hear my name I put all of my feeling behind the red door in my mind. The door I don’t want anyone to enter, the one I don’t want to enter. All my fears, guilt, anger, disappointments, and sadness, I put them all behind that door and try to forget they ever existed. “Before we get started today I want to introduce a new student to the academy, this is Princess Alexandria,” said Professor Bellamy. I wave to the class and find a seat in the back. Spells 101 is an interesting class, very useful unlike English, math or science. I haven’t practice magic much but I pick up the spells easily. I mastered moving objects around the room and making objects invisible. Someone boy in the class tried the invisible object spell on another student and by the end of the class we still couldn’t find him, so I don’t think I’ll be learning that spelling anytime soon.

I walk out of my first class expecting to see Henry there waiting for me but he’s not. I look at my schedule and see that History of magic is my next class, so I set out on the journey to discover it myself. I wonder around for 15 minutes hopelessly lost, this school is as big as a forest and for some reason I can’t see past the trees. “Do you need help? You seem like you don’t know your left from you right at the moment,” said Sophia. “My left and right are a little fizzy at the moment, but yes I need to find History of magic,” said Alex. “I have that class next so I’ll show you the way, I’m Sophia by the way.” “Nice to meet you, I’m Alex.” We walk to history together getting to know each other, she nice and fun, maybe even a soon to be good friend. We walk into history of magic and I’m excited to learn, Sophia and I take a seat together and as I put my books down I look up and see Evelyn taking the seat next to me. 

Forêt Academy

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Forêt Academy

High school was bad enough and now I’ve been enrolled into Hogwarts. I’m excited to learn how to control my magic and live in a world that millions can only dream about but I just don’t want to have to do any of the work. What a cliché teen thing to say but it’s true, I thought this world would be easy but it been a lot of hard work. I just have to keep looking at the bigger picture, Henry is the bigger picture, and I grab my ridicules schoolgirl uniform and throw it on. When I become queen I will abolish this look from Forêt academy. By the time I get dressed Henry is finished and out of the room.

I go to the dinning room to eat my breakfast as Jon goes over the do’s and the don’t.I manage to block him out even though I know that will come back to bite me in the ass. I finish my breakfast then it’s off to Hogwarts, Henry and I get into the limo and were off. I’m nervous and scared; I haven’t had the best luck in school lately. More than anything I would like to make friends, really awesome one that I can trust in and that can trust in me. I just don’t want to repeat the events that happened before I came to Forêt. I don’t think I could take losing another friend or anyone, which makes me think of Henry. I know he can’t be OK after losing so many friends but from the way he’s acting I could never tell.

We arrive at Forêt academy and beside that fact that everyone is watching me as I get out of the car everything else is normal. Henry grabs my hand and tells me not to be nervous but how can I and I still don’t know how he always knows what I’m feeling. I try to breath and calm myself down as Henry and I walk through the school hand and hand. I can hear people whispering but I can’t make out anything. As were walking though the school Evelyn approaches us, “Wow Henry it’s so nice to see you, I didn’t think you’d be coming back and your majesty it is such an honor to meet you officially. I’m so sorry about the other night I wasn’t myself, you’ll have to forgive me, “said Evelyn. Funny how nice and polite Evelyn is today, I guess seen I’ve became royalty over night her opinion about Henry and I have changed. I smile, “you were just having a bad day it happens to all of us”. I forgive her because I know it’s the right thing to do because it is what a queen would do. Even though I’m sure all hers days are bad days because she looks like a mean girl who always get her way and when she doesn’t it’s bad for everyone. “I’m so happy you’re here now we can become best-friend, we should totally eat lunch together. See you at lunch,” said Evelyn. As Evelyn walks away Henry and I look at each other and bust out laughing. “Come on let me give you a tour of the academy then get you to you first class, “ said Henry. We walk around the school and it’s beautiful, really grand. As we pass the cafeteria I see some familiar faces and I’m relieved and happy to see the joy on Henry’s face as the loyal one, the jealous one and the one that longs for his heart approach us.

With You By Their Side

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With You By Their Side

It’s Jon and I’m so relieved, I can’t help but jump into his arms. I realize this is the first time that I’ve hugged my father. “I’m so glad to see you alive, after leaving the castle behind in flames. I just wasn’t sure,” said Alex. My eyes start to water, at the thought that I could have lost Jon before I could have gotten to know him. “I’m fine, luckily we stop the intruders before most of them could make it through the castle boundary . We defeated the ones that did get through the boundary but some of them got away. We’re in the middle of interrogating the ones that survived because you can’t get through the boundary without someone letting you in, the only question is who.” Said Jon. “You don’t know who but what did they want, why did they break into to the castle? Asked Alex. “I’m not to sure but from what I can put together, there after you Alex,” said Jon. “I don’t get it why would they be after me. I’m not queen yet, I don’t know how to use my powers and I have no ideal how to run Foret. So what use could I be to anyone.” Who would have guessed that I would miss normal, boring days. Watching tv, checking my Facebook and doing my homework sounds like a treat now. “Alex, you’re the future queen of Foret. You have all these amazing people ready to follow and even die for you and they don’t even know you. Foret’s people trust you and the people of Foret won’t just give their trust to anyone. If the invaders managed to kill your father and the future queen, Foret would plunge into chaos. The only way someone could successfully rule Foret is with you by their side,” said Henry. “I would never agree to marry someone else,” said Alex. “There are many methods and powerful spells to make people do things they don’t want to,” said Henry.

“In order to keep you both safe until the wedding, Henry will stay in the castle and Alex you’ll spend half of your time training at the academy and the other half safe in the castle,” said Jon. That’s just great I came to Foret to have a life and now that I have one, I get it taken away. “We should get going we’ll talk more about this later. Our protectors are waiting to take us back to the castle.

Henry packs a few of his thing, whispers something to bleu, then talks to his maid Abby about something. When we step outside, were surrounded by bodyguards. The bodyguards are actually pretty scary looking and make me a little uncomfortable but I try not to think about. We get into the car and head towards castle. I can’t help but think about who could be behind all of this. Is it someone I’ve met, someone I know nothing about. How far will they go, how many people will they be willing to kill just to get to me. I’ve goon from an invisible, unimportant person to the future queen of a world in a couple of weeks. The direction my life is going in, I don’t see this getting any easier. Do I want easier or do I want a harder but extraordinary life?