Elf-Queen of Gildeon: A WWYFF Part 4

Elf-Queen of Gildeon: A WWYFF Part 4

by: Sekiraku

Y'all know the drill. Have fun!

  1. 1

    You don't think that you'll be able to sleep, but as soon as you see the bed, you flop onto it, clothes and all, and immediately drop off.

  2. 2

    You're awakened by the sound of soft knocking at your door. "Come in," you say automatically, your throat fuzzy with sleep. You hear Jared's voice ask hesitantly, "Are you, um, dressed?"

  3. 3

    Jared steps in. His shoulders are hunched slightly forward, and he's bending his knees a little. You recognize the look; he's trying to be your height. He always does that when you're upset with him.

  4. 4

    He steps up to the bed. "Can I sit down?" You nod, and he gingerly takes a seat at the foot of the bed. You're both silent for a long moment.

  5. 5

    "You were right," Jared says at last. "On the first day of school, Dad showed me your picture and told me to make friends with you."

  6. 6

    Jared sighs. "There's really no excuse I can make, except that I was six years old, and I'd grown up hearing about the lost princess I had to protect. I didn't even stop to consider what I was doing."

  7. 7

    "But I'm not sorry I did it." Jared grabs your hands, staring down into your eyes with more intensity than you've ever seen from him. "I was looking for a princess, and I got a best friend. For real."

  8. 8

    "We've had good times," he says reminiscently. "You know me better than anyone, but you still like me. I can tell you anything. You've stuck by me all these years, and I'll do the same for you.

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    "Now that I've explained.... do you forgive me, ___?" In any of your other fights, he'd be pulling out the puppy-dog eyes by now. But tonight, he simply looks down at you and waits for your answer.

  10. 10

    A relieved smile spreads over his face, and he relaxes visibly. He releases your hands only to wrap his arms around you. "Thank you," he whispers, resting his chin on your head.

  11. 11

    After a while, he pulls away and clears his throat. "_____," he begins, then stops and laughs, almost disbelievingly. "Well, I guess it's 'Your Highness' now. That'll take some getting used to."

  12. 12

    He laughs again and says, "Okay, then. ____. Sheesh, bossy. Who do you think you are, anyway?" He grins, then breathes in unsteadily. "Anyhow... I want to ask you something."

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    "You're my best friend," Jared says. "You know I'd give my life for you. You've always known it. And now... well, I'd like to make it official."

  14. 14

    "When we get back to Gildeon, you'll be queen, even if only of the resistance at first," he explains. "There'll be lots of people swearing fealty to you, and if you'll let me, I want to be the first."

  15. 15

    He takes your hand and looks into your eyes, then sinks to his knees. The guest bed would make a better throne if the bedspread didn’t have an obnoxious Hawaiian-style flamingo print.

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    "I, Jared of Gildeon, do here and now swear of my own free will and true desire to serve you, _____, future Queen of Gildeon. Take my blood and breath, my honor and my life, as your own.

  17. 17

    "Your welfare will be my business. Your safety will be my trust. Your word will be my law. Your friends will be my friends. Your enemies will be my enemies.

  18. 18

    "All this I swear, from this day forward, until the end of time. Though my life may end, my loyalty never will." He bows his head until his forehead rests on your joined hands.

  19. 19

    After a long, silent moment in the golden lamplight, he raises his head. "You need to accept my pledge," he says.

  20. 20

    He raises your hand and brushes it with his lips. His breath softly warms your skin. "Thank you," he says, then releases your hand and gets to his feet.

  21. 21

    Jared smiles, then glances at the little red clock on the nightstand. "No way! 2:00? I don't know about you royal types, but we peasants need our sleep."

  22. 22

    "Fair point." He grins down at you. "Good night, ______." With that, he turns and leaves the bedroom.

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