Marriage of convenience: Part 11
It's alright to fall in love
It was the afternoon and Lina was having a nice lunch with her mother and grandmother. The three of them were sitting in the dining room while Lina ate the food that the cook had prepared for her. As usual, it wasn't exactly the best meal. It was a simple salad of mixed vegetables and a small piece of meat. The bread wasn't as crisp and crispy as her mother made it look. The bread itself tasted bland and the vegetables were quite undercooked. After eating her lunch, which consisted of only a slice of apple pie, Lina cleared the table, washed her dishes and then went outside. She made her way around the garden for about ten minutes before turning around towards the house and taking a seat on the bench next to the wall. She sat in silence, staring blankly at nothing and listening to the birds chirping and rustling the leaves. She couldn’t remember ever being so happy and content. Everything seemed perfect. No doubt about it, she had done the right thing.
As soon as she finished her dessert, she walked back inside and headed straight toward her bedroom. She entered and started to undress. As she tossed her clothes over her chair, she couldn't help but notice a small piece of paper sticking out from the pocket of her skirt. Upon closer inspection, she realized that it was the letter that she’d received last night. Carefully taking the note out of her pocket, she unfolded it and skimmed its contents.
"Lina. You are the most beautiful person that I've ever had the pleasure to meet. If you don't marry me, then I'll end up marrying someone else and you'll lose your chance of happiness. Please accept my proposal. I promise that I will make you the happiest woman that you've ever known." – Your love Kirby. She pondered to herself what the letter meant by 'then I'll end up marrying someone else', "Is there someone else ready to marry the prince?" Lina thought to herself as she went to take her bath. After dressing up and preparing to go out to work that day, her mother called her to come and tend to a guest waiting for her. "Who could it be?" she wondered as she made her way downstairs. She smiled when she saw Kirby standing at the stairs talking to her mother.
He looked back up at Lina. His grin widened as he took note of her attire. She wore a long, red dress that stopped at the top of her thighs, a light layer of lace covering her upper body. Her hair was tied up in a bun on her head. She wore black shoes and a white scarf around her neck. She looked adorable. "You look lovely," he commented with a wink. She blushed a bit and laughed nervously. "Let's get going," she said before starting to walk away.
Kirby chuckled lightly before catching up to her.
The two walked along the sidewalk to the castle. "So," he spoke. "Have you decided on a date yet?" he inquired. She shook her head. "What about this weekend?" he asked. She shook her head again. "I haven't said yes to marrying you and I don't know if your kingdom will accept our love," Lina said to him. Kirby turned to her and said, "but Lord Karson said he will help us, so you don't have to worry."
Lina sighed heavily. "I'm glad to hear that," she responded. "But what does that matter anyway? I mean, it's not as if we'll be able to get married without the king or queen noticing. And since we're not living in a palace, we wouldn't even be able to have a proper wedding ceremony."
Kirby frowned slightly. "Well, we don't have to do that. The king and queen already know that we're in love."
Lina raised an eyebrow curiously. "Really?"
Kirby nodded. "Yeah," he answered. "They told me that it's alright to fall in love..."
Lina stared at him for a moment, trying to figure out if he was joking. Eventually, she decided that he wasn't even though he didn't disclose to her the whole conversation he had with the king and queen. "That means…we really won't have to hide our relationship from the people anymore…" she trailed off, wondering how that would work.
To be continued…