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Copyright 2012 Macie Snow
I sigh as I watch my sister in the
“Don’t you ever tire of this
Adrinna?” I ask.
“Tire of what, exactly?” she asks,
tilting her head.
“Tire of this,” I say, sweeping my
arms across the room. “Tire of life, of our role, and all its tedium. Are you
not yet tired of constantly searching for a suitor? Of being a royal?”
Her eyes grow wide and she turns
around to stare at me in horror, “What are you talking about?!”
“Well, we don’t DO anything. We
just lounge around. We do the same thing every day. I’m sick of it.”
Adrinna rolls her eyes and goes
back to primping in the mirror, “That isn’t true Katrinna. Why, just yesterday
we started learning foreign etiquette.”
“That’s precisely what I mean.” I
say, jolting up into a sitting position. “We start learning foreign etiquette
right after we finished learning table etiquette, speech etiquette,
conversational etiquette, and every other kind of etiquette!! It never changes,
and it never ends! We don’t learn anything useful, or even anything new.”
“’Tis plenty useful Kat, we must
present the right image, lest Mother and Father will lose their respect, and
our country would fall to ruins.”
I throw my hands up and stand,
turning away from the mirror, “Why do they place so much on our shoulders?! We
are only nineteen!”
Adrinna turns around and points to
me with the hairbrush, “Exactly, we are nineteen. We are going to have to
learn to do things ourselves, starting with finding a proper suitor,” she says
as she turns back to the mirror, sets her brush down and starts pinching her
I sigh, dropping the subject. I
know it is a pointless argument.
“So do you
think this guy will be the one?” I ask Adrinna, referring to the new suitor.
know. They’ve all been nice, but none of them have had that certain special
what you mean, but soon Father will be forced to choose husbands for us.”
don’t want that, so we had better chose someone quickly,” Adrinna says, winking
you to say. You have countless suitors to choose from.”
as simple as that Kat.” Adrinna says as she sits me down in the chair in front
of the mirror to help me with my hair.“How could I possibly choose one man? Theyare all so kind to me.”
her comment, and watch in the mirror as she works her magic with my hair. In a
matter of minutes, she manages to turn my tangled mess of hair into a gorgeous,
complex up do.
Katrinna, everything will be fine,” Adrinna says, pulling me out of the chair,
before leading me into the hallway.
“I can’t believe this!” Adrinna screams, storming through
the doors into our room.
calm down!” I holler, following her into our room.
Calm down! How do you expect me to calm down when he- When I- Ugh!” Adrinna
picks up a pillow and, shoving her face into it, screams before collapsing onto
Adrinna, I’m sure something good can come from it” I say. “For one thing, he’s
He’s gorgeous!” She groans into her pillow. “And a complete bastard!”
sit next to her and rest my hand on her shoulder reassuringly. “I’m sure if you
speak to Father he will reconsider.”
won’t” she wails into her pillow. “Once his mind is made up there’s no changing
it! Now I’m engaged to- to- to-” She bursts into tears and buries her face into
Daman.” I whisper. I lean over and hug my sister. “I’m certain it will work out
wails of despair increase in volume.
could Fath- Father do this to me-e-e?” She cries in a hiccuping voice.
know Adrinna, I don’t know.” I say, giving her another hug.
couldn’t believe it myself. At dinner there had been suitors for both Adrinna
and I present. When dinner was nearly finished, Father asked Adrinna on her
choice of husband. Adrinna had happily told him that she had yet to find a
suitor she intended to wed. Adrinna always loved being the center of attention,
and she was going to keep her suitors fawning over her as long as possible.
after revealing that she had not yet chosen a suitor, Father surprised us with
an announcement. He thought Sir Daman was an excellent match, so he had
arranged the engagement between Sir Daman and Adrinna. Father had also told me
that I needed to find a suitor to wed soon, else he would pick someone for me
as well. The only reason he had yet to do so was because I had not nearly as
many suitors as Adrinna.
“Adrinna, everything will work out, I’m sure of it. I know not how, but there
will be a way.” I give her one last hug before walking over to my bed. I brush
my hair, change into my nightclothes, and climb into bed.
I jerk up in bed, startled awake by
a bloodcurdling scream. I blink the sleep out of my eyes and look around.
he-elp!!!!” Adrinna screams. I look at her bed, but she isn’t there. I leap out
of bed and frantically look around.
I see her
being drug out the window by a person cloaked in shadows.
I scream, running towards her. I grab her arm and desperately try to drag her
back into the room, but the attempts are in vain. The man, for it was indeed a
man, drags Adrinna out the window; I grasp the windowsill to keep from tumbling
me!” I hear Adrinna scream, as her form, and that of her captor's fade into the
around and run to the door to our bedroom. After frantically fighting with the
lock on our door, I manage to fling the door open. I run into the hallway,
screaming bloody murder.
people come out, most of them maids. “What is it Miss? What’s wrong?” some
I shake my
head in disbelief, “Adrinna, she’s- she’s,” I run down the hall, heedless of
their questioning looks.
I hear them
behind me; one of them had obviously checked our bedroom as I hear shouts
fading behind me. “Gone! Miss Adrinna is gone!”
I run, with
no idea of where I was running too. I soon find myself outside, heading through
the courtyard. When I finally have to pause to catch my breath, I find myself
at the stables.
I would go save Adrinna! I find the biggest, strongest looking horse I could,
and start saddling it as fast as possible.
I turn at the sound of my name. Halfway across the courtyard was a group of
people running towards me. I squint as I pull the saddle strap tight on the
Oh crap. In
the group was Father, as well as his champion. The group also consisted of many
other knights, and further behind the group I could see Mother, and some of her
handmaidens running after her.
I look back
at the closest group as I finish saddling the black Frisian horse. The
champion, Justin was Father’s best, and most trusted knight. No doubt Father
was sending him to save Adrinna. In the past Father had Justin prevent me from participating
in ‘unladylike’ activities, such as learning to fight. Father would never allow
me to help save Adrinna, but if I didn’t go now, no one would leave until
I climb up
on the horse. He is not my horse, of course. My horse, Chasity, would stand
out like a sore thumb. She is completely white, a rare color in this region.
Besides that, she is not used to irregular terrain, and she could not sprint
for long. The stallion I am currently riding is beautiful, with a coat black
as night. He is strong and, hopefully; fast. I push my feet into the stirrups
I shout, kicking my heels into the stallion’s side. He whinnies, and bolts out
of the stable. I guide him out through the courtyard, towards the gates.
Stop!” Father shouts, his face red with exertion.
headed straight towards his group. I yank on the reins and veer around the
group, still heading towards the gate.
gate! Close it!” Justin yells. I glance over my shoulder to see him gesturing
vehemently towards the gates. I urge the horse faster. If I couldn’t make it
out of the gate, Adrinna’s life would be forfeit because of me.
who had drug Adrinna out the window had cloaked his face, but I had seen the
crest on his arm. The crest was that of Saludyn, one of our neighboring
kingdoms. Saludynians were known for their violence. There was no time to
waste; Adrinna had to be saved quickly, else something horrible would happen to
gate closing, I urge the horse faster. The frantic shouts around me fade as I
focus on the gate. The horse speeds up, seemingly knowing what I wanted. We
race towards the gate as it slowly closes. I duck my head and we speed through
the gate. I pull back on the reins and the black stallion comes to a halt. I
glance over my shoulder and see Justin in the courtyard, face red as can be. He
watches me, and I smirk at him. He turns on his heels and heads back towards
Father, who had stopped in the middle of the courtyard to catch his breath. I
urge the horse forward. I have to get moving, as Justin would soon be on my
I pull the
reins to the left, leading the horse around the castle to the area below our
bedroom window. When I reach the clearing beneath the window, I look around to
get my bearings. The sun was to the left, east. I turn my horse northeast,
towards the bordering kingdom of Saludyn. There was no guarantee that the
kidnapper had taken Adrinna this way, but the route I had decided on was the
fastest way to Saludyn from our castle.
the price, I was going to save Adrinna. I urge the black stallion into a gallop
and head into the dark mass of trees towards Saludyn.