A Short Story By: Alaia Tam
Once upon a time, there lived a princess who resided in an ivory castle on top of a tall mountain. She was a good princess, always did what she was told. She smiled at the right time, laughed when she needed to, spoke when spoken too. However, the princess carried a lot of sorrow in her chest that only her sister and the queen knew about. To keep herself distracted she would secretly court men, and although it helped a little bit, it was only a temporary fix.
Then one cold night, the princess decided to sit in front of the fireplace and bathe in its warmth. She couldn’t sleep and decided that sitting in front of the fire might soothe her nerves. Lost in her thoughts, she didn’t notice the foot soldier until he was next to the fireplace. He was adding more tinder to the flames, causing the fire to grow and get hotter.
She thanked him politely and offered him the place next to her. He took it graciously for he couldn’t say no to a princess. She outranked him. They talked for a while, but it was starting to get late and the soldier had to sleep because he needed to get up early the next morning. He turned to the princess to excuse himself, but she had fallen asleep. So he picked her up and carried her all the way to her room.
When he got to her room, he gently woke her up and put her down. She apologized for the inconvenience and thanked the soldier for being so kind to her, which wasn’t something she was entirely used to. They stood there awkwardly for a second, unsure what to do or how to carry on. The princess really enjoyed spending time with the foot soldier . He was different from what she was used too and she liked getting to know him.
Then before she could say anything else, he asked if he could kiss her. Caught off guard, she chuckled and the soldier flushed a bit red. But she told him yes. He gave her a soft kiss that grew more passionate as they continued. As gently as he could, he pulled away but she kept hold of his hand. The princess didn’t want to stop, but decided that she might regret taking it any further. They said their goodnights, yet the princess was hesitant to let the soldier go. Reluctantly, she let go and watched the solider walk away.
The foot soldier and the princess would meet whenever they had time, being their time together was scarce. He had to work often so they didn’t have many hours to share. The princess no longer courted other men and the soldier made her happy. He could get her to smile and laugh and forget about what made her so sad. But he had to leave the princess eventually. The solider got an apprenticeship with a doctor in a different land, the opportunity of a lifetime for him. The princess couldn’t leave and the solider couldn’t stay.
The princess didn’t know what to do. She loved the soldier and she didn’t want him to leave, but she also didn’t want to hold him back, to keep him somewhere he doesn’t want to be. The princess sometimes would cry herself to sleep at night, scared at the possibility of losing the love of her life.
One day the queen and the eldest princess came to check on the princess. The princess told them what was bothering her and they listened intently. When the princess was done, the queen and the eldest princess told the young princess to follow her heart. She laughed at their words thinking they were ridiculous and went back to sulking.
It was the day before the soldier had to leave for his new life. The princess was distraught, but she kept it in. She knew this was bound to happen eventually and had mentally prepared herself for this moment ages ago. Still, now that the day was upon her she was still devastated by the outcome. The solider came by the princess’s room and she let him in. As she was readying herself to say goodbye, the soldier got onto one knee and pulled out a beautiful diamond ring. She froze, as a swirl of mixed emotions filled her. The soldier told her about how he couldn’t live without her and he wanted the princess to be with him for the rest of his life.
She couldn’t breathe; she couldn’t think. The princess didn’t know what to do. She wasn’t expecting this, she thought he was going to break up with her. She thought they were gonna say their final goodbyes. Then she remember what her mother and sister said and decided that they were right. The princess said yes and they lived happily ever after.
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