the fire crackled aas i stood in front of it, the maids pulling on the laces on the back of their gowns. i felt the air escape past my lips, keeping my hands on the front of the large material on my dress. "you look so regal your royal highness!" sasha, my personal maid hummed happily, picking out the last few details of the white dress i donned. "i think it's due time that you show the world your lovely self."
however, i paid no attention to her words. i was now fixated on the snowball piling on the balcony and more automobiles passing through the gates. the standing maids glanced at each other, seeing my absent-mindedness. sasha began biting on her lips. if she didn't get me out of the room now, the emperor would certainly get her, and thrown her in the dungeon for noncompliance.
she grabbed the silver necklace off the oak desk and gingerly placed it on my neck. i noticed her movement and shook my head, "sorry, sasha. i didn't think today would happen so.. soon."i trailed off. "let's go to the ballroom, shall we?" all the maids bowed and walked out the door, sasha keeping it oped for me to leave. i smiled at her and strode along the hallways, her staying by my side at all times.
we stopped behind the red curtain, and i squeezed her hand for reassurance. she gave me one last smile before sliding into the curtains, offto tell the herald of my arrival. i took one last inhale, as my name began beign called. "her royal highness, empress of marley." the herald announced. i steooed out from the darkness of the curtain, and everyone in the hall stopped and looked as i took steps down the stairs.
my father took my hand in his, my breathing hitched at the immense attention. we finally made it down to the main floor, "the dance will begin." the orchestra began their music, and my father placed his hand on my upper back, leading us to the center of the room. he twirled me around to my new husband. zeke jaeger. the new emperor of marley. he swayed me around the ballroom.
i looked everywhere but at him. this was not the man i wanted ot marry. i wanted nothing to do with him, but i know this is all for the alliance between marley and paradis. i have to do this for my people. he spun me onto the next man, that being his brother.he ave me a sorrowful smile, and i shrugged dismissively. he swung me onto the next prince, but i didn't bother giving a name to tne long face.
after dancing with a couple of men, i ended with one particular induvidual. i don't remark seeing him before. he held me against him, but i didn't protest. his hold felt familiar, secure, but i couldn't pinpoint from where. i've never laid my eyes on him before. i looked into his steely orbs. they appeared clouded and distant, but there was still a small spark in them. "who are you?" i whispered to him.
"i feel like i know you from somewhere." where have i seen this man? the crowd began whispering amongst themselves. i looked at the perplexed faces of the guests. did something happen? my mother clung to my father, her eyes widened, horrified at the event in front of her. 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺.. 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥? "you'll remember soon enough, princess." he caressed my cheek, his ivory hand left electricity on my spine
𝘩𝘦'𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘥. "prince levi?!" zeke roared, as he drew out his sword. "weren't you killed in that fire along with your family?! how are you alive?!" he pulled me away from him, holding me behind him, and my eyes widened in fear, "answer me, you demon!" a ring of green flames surrounded the said man, the lights dimming in the room. zeke stumbledback, fearign the wicked spirit. i stood my ground, looking up at him.
the fiery glow behind him rose high up to the grand chandelier, nearly touching the ceiling, and he began risingup, clenching his fists. "ge back from whence you came!" my father ordered erratically, pounding down his staff on the marble ground. "gaurds, seize the fiend!" the scouts had come out with their bayonets and rifles, prepared to take down the otherworldly being. at this point, the uests had begun crying out.
they forced their way through the door. the gaurds had shot their bullets, but it had passed through him, and he reamined unaffected. their faces ahd sunken, and they dashed off with the rest of the party. "cowards! all of you!" father growled at his soldiers leaving. he looked up at the floating phatom. "she won't remember you. it wouldn't matter anyway since you've long passed!" remember him?
have i forgotten him? is that why his embrace seemed so familiar? "she will remember, and i will come back," levi declared. "and that's a promise!" he then vanished, leaving the dark ashes on the ground as a mark for his presence. i fell to my knees, not caring about dirtying the large dress. i touched the burnt ground, now cool to the touch. "who was that, father?" i gritted my teeth, processing the ordeal.
i stood up to face him, but nothing left his mouth. "who was he father!?" i yelled, echoes ringing throughout the room. "he wasn't anyone, darling." he sighed, defeated. "𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦.."