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The Royals

By @RayHancock


     Lonely. Isolation. Worthless. Weak. Unwanted. Words I know all too well. Today is different though cause today I’m free, today I can live for the first time. 

         I try to casually walk down the street as I see other people do, all I need to do is pretend to be like them. I pull the grey scarf around my neck up to my nose as tiny strange white things fall from the sky. The air seems to be so frosty and as a result I can’t help but shiver a little. I’m not quite sure where I’m going, I just need to get as far away from here as possible. I need to get away from the lies, from the acts, the imposters, the unending rules, and the merciless people that rule Malania. I turn right and left looking up and down at buildings and people.

“Excuse me miss.” I hear a voice call from behind. I look at the ground hoping they won’t recognize who I am.

“Yes, what is it?” I ask not bothering to face the voice talking to me. The voice sounded male maybe 17ish, so about a year older than me.

“Are you ok? You seem a little lost,” he replied in a concerned tone that took me off guard.

“Umm….yes. Just admiring the beauty of the city.” I try to make my voice sound as calm and casual as possible.

“But there’s trash everywhere, not to mention the streets are overcrowded, and all the factories are causing the city to smell retched.”

“I guess that’s one way to look at it, but I don’t see it that way. At least its colorful and open.” I say stealing a glance at the boy. His hair is black and his eyes are a vibrant light blue which reminded me of something I saw on the television once, they called it an ocean I think.

“You’re sort of strange, miss.”

“Well, I’m sorry.” I mumbled while looking at the ground.

“Ya know its rude not to look people in the eyes when they’re talking to you, especially a knight.” He replied in a mix of a stern and playful tone.

         I think my heart just stopped beating, if this guy is a knight he’ll recognize me for sure. I turn as if I’m going to face him but I keep my head down. The first thing I notice are his black boots, polished to perfection and shining as if to say “I’m better than you.” He’s definitely a knight.

“I must get going.” I try to sound as stern as possible so I can try to convince him to let me go without questioning who I am or what I am doing. 

“Of course, miss.”

         I turn around without looking back and start walking at a normal pace. When I turn the corner I run as fast as I can the other way. I’m almost to a small cafe, when I feel a pair of strong hands grab me and drag me in-between two rundown buildings. I don’t know what to do so I don’t think I should fight back. 

A really scratchy voice whispered, “Give me all your money and I won’t hurt you.”

“Ok, if you really want it, I’ll give it to you.”

“Seriously, you are one weird girl.” I looked up at the man who was towering over me, he looked exhausted and stressed. I start to take out all my money which is about 23,000 malens, easily enough to buy a decent sized house, when I heard a familiar voice.

“Hey, what are you doing?” The boy yells in our direction, it was the same boy from before but this time I saw his uniform. He wasn’t just any knight he was one of the three legendary knights.

“Mind your own business boy.” The man yelled back at him.

         Next thing I knew the boy was standing right behind us reaching for the man’s arm and then holding it behind his back and whispering something in his ear. The man had a look of terror on his face and once the boy released him he went sprinting off in the opposite direction of us.

“Are you alright?” He asks kindly while looking me up and down as if he has to check for himself if I’m really ok.

“Yeah, I’m fine. I forgot to give him my money though do you think he’ll come back to get it?”

“You were going to give him your money, just cause you wanted to?” He gave me a weird face like he was shocked or something.

“No, I was going to give him my money cause he asked for it.” I reply plainly.

“You’re not from around here, are you? What’s your name anyways?” This boy was full of questions, but what am I supposed to tell him. If I say Maytaya he’ll know I’m from the royal family.

“Umm…I’d rather not tell a stranger.” I whisper while stuttering.

“Ok then I’ll just call you Blondie.” He smirked mischievously like a little boy who just pulled a prank. 

“Who are you?”

“Well, I’ll be nice and tell you. I’m Ace pleasure to meet you Blondie.” I could feel the color draining from my face when I finally realized who he was. I was right he was one of the three legendary knights, Ace Flamestin, our second best knight in the whole nation, the only one better than him was Alec Mlester.

“You’re a knight of the three aren’t you?” I didn’t mean for the words to slip out of my mouth, but I hadn’t realized until they did. The knights of three were practically celebrities because they’re known as war heroes, well that’s what we tell the public. But only the royal family and some other nobles and military leaders actually know their purpose and how they are different from other ordinary soldiers and knights, the people that know are the only ones that call them the knights of three. He slammed me against the wall and looked me dead in the eye.

“Are you a spy, his majesty told us that we had an infiltration. Must be my lucky day if I caught ya.” The kind voice he once had was replaced with what sounded like a fake angry one. He took out his gun and touched it to the side of my head. I can’t die here I haven’t seen the world yet, I haven’t even seen the city yet.

“I’m a part of the royal family!” I yelled as fast as I could. I could feel my heart race and my palms get sweaty. 

“Why would a princess of the royal family be out here without supervision or security?” Ace interrogated rudely. 

“Because I snuck out. But please please please don’t turn me in please. I’d rather die than go back there in fact if you’re going to turn me in then you might as well shoot me!” I screamed way too loudly.  

“You really don’t want to go back that bad?” He asked curiously but I also heard some concern in his voice.

“I don’t want to sit in one room all day looking out of a window knowing that they won’t let me go outside, knowing that I’ll eventually be married off to some faraway prince for some political matter, knowing that I’ll never be free. I-I ju-st c-an’t.” I could feel the tears coming but I blinked them away, hoping that Ace didn’t notice. He put his gun back in its holder.

“I’m sorry my lady.” He replied formally while bowing.

“No need for that.”

“Of course, sorry, my lady.” I sensed a little bit of venom when he said my lady, for a knight he seems a little too rebellious.

“So Sir Ace, will you report me?” I ask pleading in my mind for him to say no.

“I will not but only on two conditions. First you must tell me your name.” He replied sounding a little bored.

“I’m Princess Maytaya La’rose 3rd in line for the throne.” I respond using my full formal title. 

         I nervously bit my lower lip while I was waiting for him to tell me what the second condition was which didn’t go unnoticed by him. He put on a serious face and then threw his head back…in laughter? Laughter? What is he laughing about? 

“I’m sorry Princess, it’s just I hadn’t realized what you were wearing til now!” He covered his mouth as if he was trying to choke back a wave of laughter about to wash over him.

“What’s wrong with my clothes? Also please don’t call me Princess in public if someone hears you it will be over for both of us.”

“Alright then Blondie and your clothes where should I start. You look like a maid mixed with a little girl.” He chuckled playfully. He had the warmest laugh I had ever heard it was so kind and sweet, I had never heard anything like it. I looked down at my clothes and examined them for myself.

“What are you talking about? I look just like the people that I see on TV. Isn’t this how all normal people dress?” I was so confused, I thought all the normal citizens dressed like this.

“Are you telling me that you based what you should wear on some television show, that’s insane!”

“I’m sorry if I look ridiculous.” I responded while looking at the ground. When I looked up again I saw his face full of regret and kindness.

“Stop apologizing, Blondie. I’ll take you shopping, let’s go.”

“I’m sorry..errr…nevermind. Wait! Can you tell me what this strange white stuff is falling from the sky?” I ask confused. I hear him sort of gasp as if surprised, he suddenly stops and turns to face me.

“You don’t know what snow is?” His face gave away the impression that he was shocked.

“Snow” I repeat, thinking about how intriguing of a name it is. “So this white stuff is snow?”

“Yes, Princess Maytaya. This is snow.” He put his hands out in an attempt to catch some and show me. “Please forgive me if I’m being rude, it’s just I’m shocked you don’t know what snow is.”

“I was kept in the Palace all my life, we don’t have snow in the palace.”

“Oh I see, well let’s get going. I know a good clothing store where we can get you some better clothing.” I studied the boy for a long few seconds and decided that I should follow him. I watched him turn and start walking in the direction of the palace, I was nervous that he would turn me in. But something told me I could trust him, but at the same time I knew he was hiding something. And I’ll just have to wait and see what it is. 

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