As I ran through the forest, all I could think about was seeing Edward again after two month of him gone for his knight training. His letters were great, but I needed much more from him. My breaths became very short and heavy, along with my calves aching from not running in those two months, but I didn’t care. Very soon I was going to be reunited with the love of my life and nothing else mattered. After running with what seemed like hours, I began to slow down to take a look at my surroundings. I wasn’t quite sure if I was going in the right direction. I looked around to see the big oak tree Edward and I had always met at and sat down next to it to catch my breath. The run made me more tired than I thought, so I figured closing my eyes for a few seconds wouldn’t hurt. Right as I did, I felt softness hit my lips. I opened my eyes to find him there. Edward. I jumped right back up and into his arms. “Oh Edward! I missed you so much!” I exclaimed. His arms were just as I remembered, but much more stronger.
“I missed you too, Giselle,” Edward said. “I couldn’t tell you how much I’ve been waiting for this moment to come.” I began to cry tears of an overwhelming amount of joy hitting me all at once. He lightly pushed me off. “My dear Giselle, why are you crying? This should be a joyous occasion”
“I’m just so happy you’re finally back. These past two months I’ve been very lonely with only my own thoughts and not yours too everyday.” He cocked his head and smiled at me.
“This is why I love you,” he said sweetly. “You always seem to be happy, even when you cry.” His words were like a serenade that I needed so desperately. I hugged him tightly, hoping he’d never had to go away again. After a while of hugging, Edward had pushed me off again but this time he got down on one knee, grabbed my hands, and looked at me. “Giselle, I have never in my entire life would have wished for anything in this world but for someone who is kind, beautiful, caring, and so much more. You were the one who helped me when we were only five years old. That bread you gave me saved my life and I’m glad I lived through that tragic time of my life, because I will now be able to grow old with you by my side with your continuous help.” He paused and reached for something in his pocket. A ring. He slid the silver band around my finger. “I know you’ve been waiting for this, as have I. Giselle, will you marry me?” The words came out so soft and warm. Surprise and love filled my heart.
“ Edward…” He stood up to meet my eyes.
“I know, it’s not much, but I promise I’ll get you a more suiting one. One that matches your beauty.” My cheeks began to hurt from smiling so much.
“No, it’s already beautiful enough. I love it so much.” I hugged him tightly again and never wanted to let go of this little starving boy I once knew, now into a grown man who I love very much. I could only think of love and happiness until reality set back in. I let go of the hug and Edward looked at me.
“What’s wrong?” he asked worried.
“We can’t get married.” He squinted at me in confusion.
“What do you mean? I know this is what you’ve wanted for a year now.” Sadness struck me like lightning.
“Queen Lareina would never allow it. It’s a written law that no one is to get married under any circumstances,” I said plainly. I looked back at him and I knew he was now sadden by the reality we lived in. Twenty years ago, Queen Lareina was heartbroken by many men who she thought she was in love with, but they had only wanted a throne and power. She was beat up too many times by these false love stories that she created a law that no one will ever get married again as long as she’s Queen. Her reasoning being that she doesn’t want anyone to live with the heartbreak she went through.
“I don’t care what she says.” I quickly looked at him.
“You have to, she’s our Queen.”
“She doesn’t have to be.” I began to get a strange feeling in my stomach.
“What do you mean?” He turned away.
“Love is love, and no one should never have to be held back in anyway to get to their love.” He was still turned away from me.
“Edward, what are you trying to saw? You’re scaring me.” HE quickly turned back around and grabbed my arms.
“We don’t have to stay here.”
“Of course we do. We have nowhere else to go.”
“While I was in training, I heard a few men say that if we follow the Kings Constellation, we’ll find Paradise falls, and we wouldn’t have to worry about athing ever again.” I began to laugh.
“That’s only a fairytale he grew up hearing about.”
“You’ve even told me since we were little that if we ever got the chance, we would go there.”
“But that was when we were children.” Edward clenched onto me even tighter.
“Please, Giselle. I know you want this, you’re just scared and that’s alright. You just have to believe me that I’ll be there to protect you from all harm, I promise.” So many things were going through my head that I couldn’t think straight. The only thing that was clear was the fact that Edward and I could leave all of our worries behind and have a life of only our love, together, forever. I looked deeply into his eyes.
“What about our family?”
“We’ll send them a letter once we get there. I know they would only want the best for us.” He kissed and hugged again to reassure me.
“We could build our own new life.”
“Yes!” he exclaimed.
“If we go, there’s one thing you have to promise me.”
“Each night we’ll look up at the stars and point out the people and animals see like we used to.” He reached out to run his hands through my hair.
“Of course, my love.”