09th April, 2015. 4:15pm
Writing 101, Day Four: Serially Lost
Today’s Prompt: Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more.
Today’s twist: Make today’s post the first in a three-post series.
Heads up before we start: I promise that, by the end of this three-post series, I’m giving you a happy ending… or at least a hope for a happy ending. 😉
Once upon a time, a princess met a stable boy who she didn’t think was going to change her life forever. She was loved by everyone, while the stable boy walks in and out like a shadow. One afternoon, the stable boy wrote a letter to the princess, expressing his feelings for her. For the first time in forever, the princess finally took a second look at the shadow, and found herself being drawn to him more.
But fate seemed to have a sense of humor, and the princess’s parents had the two of them separated. She was sent away to a boarding school for princesses where she met another princess who became her best friend, confidante, and at one point, a lover. No one knows that secret but the two princesses. Everyone thought they were just so close they’re like sisters, but inside the palace, something else is going on between those two.
The stable boy, on the other hand, didn’t give up on his princess. He fought his way through the palace; pretended to be delivering flowers for the Queen, snuck into the foyer and into the princess’ bed chamber. When he entered her bedroom, he was shocked by what he saw.
The two princesses were facing each other, with eyes closed in a passionate kiss. The bouquet of flowers fell to the floor on an earth-shattering clang. When the princess come face to face with her once-beloved, she saw tears streaked into the boy’s eyes, blended with a hint of anger and disgust.
The princess ran after the stable boy. She screamed for his name, ran for her life, called for forgiveness, but the boy was just too fast. She broke his heart, led him to believe that there’s a possibility of them being together. And just before he escaped, he took one last look at the princess. Without a word, the stable boy expressed, “I loved you. Goodbye,” and ran away, into a place where the princess can never find him.
Even from afar the stable boy loved his princess. He loved her so deeply that it took him a long time to let the peasant girl in to his life. The princess, on the other hand, continued her sheltered life without the other princess. She eventually ruled their kingdom, and became one of the most benevolent Queens of all time. But powerful though she may be, the hole in her heart was never filled. Lots of princes tried to win her over, but she just couldn’t give her heart to someone else… for she knew that after all this time, the stable boy still owns her heart, and he took it with him when he ran away.
Ten years later, the stable boy found a home with the peasant girl, and they lived a quiet life away from the Queen’s kingdom. They were not blessed with a child, but the stable boy and the peasant girl were quite happy. It was almost as if everything about his first love didn’t even happen at all, until the Queen found her way into the same road where the stable boy walk to and from their home.
The Queen suddenly asked the carriage to stop, and took one hard look at the stable boy. When their eyes meet, all the feelings and memories came rushing back between both of them. Just as the Queen was about to get out of her carriage and run into her old flame, the boy once again ran away from her. This time, he didn’t even dare take a second look at her.
It was then that the Queen realized how weak and afraid she was. Weak for letting her parents decide for her; afraid that she will never have that same kind of love again. The Queen journeyed back to her palace alone, but just before she entered her palace, a young man stood by the gate, bowing low before the Queen.
Right at that moment, the Queen felt something familiar. Her heartbeat raced, beads of sweat formed in her forehead, and her breathing came faster. When the Queen met the young man, and see him eye to eye, she knew he was going to change the course of the wind… And he did.
To be continued…