Once, in a land far away in a time not all that long ago, actually, there was a prince of a prosperous realm known as Pallston, and the day had come for him to choose a spouse.
Though he was the oldest of five children, his mother, the wise Queen Johannah, decided it was time to completely secure the throne.
“Mum,” Crown Prince Louis argued, “I’m barely twenty years old!”
His mother just raised an unimpressed eyebrow.
“You weren’t married when you were my age!” he tried next.
“No,” Mum agreed. “But I
already have an heir.” She didn’t smirk, as it was unbecoming of a royal to smirk, but he could see it in her eyes.
Louis had no response for that, because mentioning his father skirted breaking an unspoken rule of the palace.
He didn’t know much about the man, only that he wasn’t fit for a princess, and so while his mother hid from the public for nearly a year, King Leonard had his father banished.
Princess Johannah returned with an infant son and while a few tongues wagged, his grandfather embraced having an heir for his heir. Thankfully. Louis knew enough of history to be grateful.
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