“PRINCESS KIARA OF PATRAVIA!”
They announced my arrival to the ball, and I stood at the top of the stairs, standing elegantly as I eyed the guests carefully, Patravia, the kingdom where I have grown my whole life, but never had the chance to visit or see.
It was odd thinking about it, I read about my kingdom all the time, but had it not been going out two nights ago, I would’ve never had the chance to visit the kingdom, and see what it really was, how the people were, and who they were, in my eyes, only the palace servants and other royalties existed, I’ve never seen any commoners, well, that changed now, but of course no one here knew that.
I went down slowly, careful not to trip on my heels, and also giving the ones who were watching a show, I had been trained how to go up and down these stairs so many times, how fast I was supposed to go, where I was to look, which was in front of me, no matter who stood from the guests, I was not to spare them a glace, in fact, I was to keep my head high, show my confidence and pride, it was somewhat a source of power, at least that was how my tutors described it to me, every girl should be jealous by just looking at me, and every man should be wanting to have a single glace from me, but none would be getting any.
I smiled at my father and bowed as he stood to receive me, extending his hand out for me to take his as he handed me to none other than Prince Caspian, his blonde hair neatly combed, his blue eyes sparkling as he looked into my emerald green eyes, any girl would’ve been swooning to be at his feet, but sadly for him, and luckily for me, I wasn’t any girl.
Truth be told, father had arranged that him and I be married, he was the only man he saw fit to me, it was him or no one else as he threatened, I would be ending up alone in the girl’s tower, despite me telling him that I did not want to, I was not ready for marriage, I earned a slap that night for talking back at father, and an hour of scolding from mother, then an assignment from my tutors to write -I must never disrespect or talk back at my king- a hundred times, I had never talked back at father again and simply went along with what I was forced to do, though I had never spared the prince any glance or words that were unnecessary, unless we had to talk I would avoid him, unless he was in my view, I would not look at him, I could tell that he knew that I didn’t want to be with him, but this was an alliance marriage, and sadly for me, Caspian has been in love with me since we were friends when we were kids, I had grown distant of him when I found out his feelings for me, and yet he has never lost hope that one day I would be falling for him, it was sad in my opinion, chasing after a person that has been showing you that they did not want you in so many ways, but then again, he was more stubborn than I was, the only difference was I was to be punished if I ever showed it, while he got away with what he wanted.
“Princess, looking lovely as always” Caspian smiled, he brought my knuckle to his lips and softly kissed it keeping his eyes on mine, his eyes loving yet mine were as cold as ice, just like they always are.
“You look just as dashing” I complimented meaning it, his tux really did look heavenly on him, but that was how most of the guests tried looking, everyone had to look at their very best on occasions like this.
I removed my hand from his earning a glare from father which was quickly replaced by a fake smile, he grabbed my arm harshly, yet he was careful not to let anyone see what he was doing.
“You will behave as a princess should, and respect your future husband” father hissed tightening his grip on my hand, I winced but made sure not to make it visible as he hurt me probably making a mark, knowing that tomorrow I would be having a bruise on my arm, I simply nodded in hopes that he would let go of my arm.
“HIS HIGHNESS, KING NIKLAUS OF THE HYBRID KINGDOM”
They announced making father’s eyes tense, he let go of my arm and I had to rub the ache away in fear that anyone would be seeing the red mark that he had left on me, father’s body turned to face the man who was entering, his eyes met mother’s and I could swear I saw genuine fear in them making me frown in confusion before I raised my face to look at this intimidating king was only for my eyes to catch familiar blue ones.
There, in all his glory, wearing a tuxedo, people bowing to him as he walked down the stairs, even father who would never bow to anyone, bowed to him, I bowed following in suite, though it was protocol for me, I was a princess and I would always bow to kings and queens who arrived to balls or events and were announced about.
Keeping my head down, I couldn’t help but smile, then somewhat panic as I realized that the man who had been with me two nights ago, was none other than a king, my heart racing in fear that he would be telling father that he had met me and where he had, it would put me in way too much trouble.
“A princess like yourself should not be bowing” King Niklaus said standing in front of me, he put his finger on my chin and raised my face softly making me look at him, my eyes met his and I found a genuine beautiful smile on his face, one that made me smile as well.
He took my right hand in his and brought my knuckle to his lips and I could swear his eyes lit up when he saw the bracelet he gifted me around my wrist, he gently kissed my knuckle and the sparks that coursed my body made goosebumps rise over my arm making the king chuckle lightly.
“Would you do me the honor of dancing with me?” The king asked softly, his blue eyes meeting my green ones, I smiled and involuntarily nodded as he intertwined his fingers with mine, this time turning his gaze to my father who seemed to be glaring at us.
“What is the meaning of this nonsense?” Father asked angrily, his eyes flaring with rage, one that I had never seen before, no matter how many times he had argued or yelled at me, the rage I saw this time was never seen by me before, everyone’s attention now turned to us as father caused a commotion.
“I believe that it is only fair that I as king, ask this beautiful princess to dance King Leonardo” King Niklaus taunted my father, I had to bite my lip to stifle a threatening laugh at father’s surprised expression, I could see King Niklaus’s lip twitch up in a smile before he pulled me to the dancefloor where the guests were eyeing us keenly.
Not saying another word, father looked at the musicians who had stopped playing motioning for them to start playing once again, this time my attention turned to the king who pulled me closer to him, put a hand on my waist and started swaying to the beat.
“Thank you for accepting my present” King Niklaus said softly, he was careful that no one heard us and I smiled grateful for the gesture.
“And yet, you failed to mention that you are a king, Klaus” I said raising an eyebrow, though the amusement could be seen in my eyes, King Niklaus chuckled and twirled me before pulling me closer, my back against his chest as we swayed softly before he twirled me once again and turned me to face him.
“Would you have spoken to me have you known I was one?” King Niklaus asked, I debated, no I probably would’ve run away actually, taking my silence as an answer King Niklaus raised an eyebrow, one which had me smiling as I let out a breathy laugh.
“Why haven’t you told my father that you already met me?”
“And have him find out that you escaped the palace at night? No, I don’t think so love, I know how aggressive King Leonardo tends to be” King Niklaus said softly, his eyes falling on my now bruising arm, he frowned and glared at it for a second making me feel somewhat insecure before he shook his head and turned his gaze back on me.
"Come on, let’s put some ice on it, it would reduce the swell” King Niklaus said softly, I smiled at his genuine kindness but shook my head, if father saw me then he’d be getting a lot more physically aggressive.
“If father sees me then I’m in for more punishments King Niklaus” I said keeping my voice low, though I was somewhat aware of the werewolf king, vampire king, and wizard king’s eyes on us, they were probably hearing what I was saying too.
“I will not be allowing that love” King Niklaus said gently, his eyes meeting mine and I saw honesty in them, but I knew that it wasn’t a matter he could help with, the punishments would be beginning the second all the guests were gone and father was to stop his ‘loving’ father act.
“Neither one of us will princess” the vampire king, whose brown eyes met mine, said softly, I was right indeed, the kings were all listening in and it was as if they had all planned to, the glare and fire coming out of father’s eyes told me that something was up, and whatever it was, he showed that he hated it.
“Father is getting angry King Niklaus” I said looking the king in the eye, this time fear somewhat showing in my voice, I really did not want to end up being locked once again.
“Good, that is what he gets for breaking a deal and trying to deceit a king”
I frowned in confusion at the king’s words, but his eyes turned to me and I saw a gentleness that I’ve never seen before in anyone’s eyes.
“I promise you, this…” he said running his finger through my bruising arm “will be the last time he EVER lays a finger on you”
With that said, the song ended and we were bowing to one another before going back to where our families, friends, or whoever we were to mingle with were, King Niklaus’s eyes met mine and I saw honesty and determination in them, though what he was determined to do was what I was yet to find out, though I could tell by father’s glare that it was nowhere near being pretty.
It was seconds later that the second song started playing and different kings, queens, princes, and princess started piling in to join one another in the second dance, father however, had his own plans when he saw me alone.
“What have you spoke about?” Father asked, this time wanting to grab my arm harshly only for his hand to be held away causing him to flinch at a tightness that I’m assuming he did not expect, my eyes widened as I took in the scene before me, King Niklaus held father’s hand causing him to wince, I could swear that I saw father’s eyes widen in fear as he saw the cold expression on the hybrid king’s face, his eyes spelled death even I flinched, though my body seemed to involuntarily relax as I saw him near me, I worried for father’s life and safety.
“I believe that you could direct the question to me, and I would be more than glad to answer it King Leonardo” King Niklaus said coldly, his eyes met mine and I shook my head not wanting him to hurt my father, mother, who stood wide eyed staring at the scene and holding her stomach where her baby was fought back a scream of fear as she looked at the hybrid king threatening her husband, it was funny, she didn’t seem phased that father was hurting me, though she’s so worried that the hybrid king would be harming father, that she stood frozen in her spot.
“What are you doing here Niklaus? You have never attended any of the balls, and are aware of not being welcome in our kingdom, why are you here?” Father asked fighting the urge to scream in pain as King Niklaus tightened his hard grip around father’s wrist, it was like he was determined to break it, which was probably the case.
“I have come to take what is mine Leonardo, you tried hiding her from me, locked her up, kept her hidden, but I was very well aware of her existence, and now it is time to take her back home with me, where she belongs” King Niklaus said in a cold tone that had everyone stop speaking and turn to face the two kings with fear in their eyes, the music once again stopping when the musicians realized and saw what was happening, the guards of the palace however, stood frozen, probably unable to even move as I could see the magic kings standing in their faces, just noticing too, that their queens who held a sharp eye, stood in our royal guards’ faces in case they decided to make a move.
“She is my daughter, and you are not to decide what and what is not yours when it comes to her” father said yanking his now bruised hand from King Niklaus’s tight grip.
“We have made a deal of peace long ago Leonardo, and I believe that you have even signed on it” King Niklaus looked beside him, and a guard, a female one might I add, approached us handing him a parchment, which he unraveled and smirked before looking at my father whose eyes were now wide in fear.
“A deal of peace was made on this day, should a princess be born in this kingdom, she would be wed to King Niklaus when she is to reach of age, in return, no harm would come to the humans from the magic realm, and they would have the full protection and safety from them should they need it, signed by King Leonardo the second” King Niklaus read out loud, my own eyes widened as I stared between the two kings.
Not bothering to listen to what mother was about to say, I climbed up the stairs and left the ballroom, I had given them my life for years, watched as they tormented me, and yet they already gave me up to the king years ago.
They had the audacity to treat me like I was a mistake, which was all they saw me as, and had the decency to hide the reason from me, so why bother listening to them now?
Klaus:I looked at the guests who lowered their gazes when they met my intense one, not caring that they had nothing to do with the princess being upset or hurt, just the fact that they saw what they did, the way they did annoyed me, and I made sure to show it.I followed the princess’s scent and heartbeat out of the ball room to find her in the hall close to the door as she wiped her eyes from the tears that fell out of them, slowly making my way toward her, not wanting to frighten or annoy her more than she probably was, I slowly took her hand in mine stopping her from wiping her tears and doing it myself, she involuntarily leaned in to my touch, her body taking over her senses before her mind could process the mating pull.“I apologize for what happened” I said honestly, my eyes meeting hers in a soft gaze, her once emerald green eyes now bloodshot red from crying, I didn’t like the sight, it had my wolf howling as my fangs and canines
Klaus:I froze as I looked at the king who dared speak to my mate the way he was, not only has he been abusing her both physically and mentally, I did not want to believe that he would be using her sexually, as I was hoping that he wasn’t or else that would force one huge problem between the two of us, as I would not rest, regardless what the princess would say, until I had his life.“Need I ask what the princess has done to be exiled?” Prince Caspian, the man who was supposed to be her husband, asked, it didn’t please me that he was the one to ask, but he was right, the princess had done nothing to be put in such a situation.“You will not be questioning my decisions Prince Caspian”“The princess is my fiancé and wife to be King Leonardo”“I believe that the agreement, which you have clearly heard yourself little prince, clearly stated that the princess would be MY wife when she reaches
Kiara:I looked between Lorenzo, the guard who has been by my side for years now, Giovani, who didn’t seem phased by what his partner has done, King Niklaus who kept his eyes on me, as if the fallen body meant nothing, then at Emily, who was dead, right before my eyes, with a hole in her chest, her heart thrown by her side as Lorenzo tossed it on the ground, my hands shaking at the sight and my heart racing in fear as I fought myself not to run away from what I had just witnessed.“Why?” I asked, it was the only word I could voice out without throwing up, the sight being frightening to me as it was the first time I’ve seen something this barbaric in my life, not even animalistic, an animal would never be pulling a heart out and shoving to the side this coldly, none of them seeming worried or frightened by what had happened a mere few minutes ago.“She has hurt you badly, betrayed your trust in her, and told your parents on you despi
Klaus:I watched as my mate stood frozen while everyone bowed to her, her cheeks turning crimson as she didn’t know what to do or who stood in front of her, but little did she know was that she was going to be the queen of everyone who was in this room, that she was going to be loved and respected by everyone, and that no one was ever going to treat her unjustly.Everyone rose and lifted their eyes to look at the beauty who was to be my wife, having no jewels on her but the bracelet I gave her, and the ball gown which she was wearing made her look even more special in my eyes as it gave her a natural glow of being her own self rather than whatever she was wearing, and I smiled loving how flustered she seemed as she didn’t know what to do, despite her being a princess, she was not used to being around a big crowd who respected her deeply, but everyone who meant anything has heard of my beauty.“Welcome to the kingdom princess” Madeline, ou
Kiara:I opened my eyes to the sound of a bird chirping on my window.It took me a few seconds to register where I was when I realized that this was not my chamber back home and that I had left the palace last night.My eyes widened when I realized that my mother had lost her child and I had left her alone to deal with whatever wrath father was going to throw her way, only to remember that I was exiled by my father because mother had lost the baby in the first place, the look mother had given me as if silently begging me to leave the castle and free myself from the prison I was living in.I was lost of words at everything that had happened last night that I didn’t notice the door to my chamber being gently opened and a girl who looked like a maid, slowly walked in to I’m assuming wake me.The girl froze at the sight of me awake and sitting with my back leaning against the headrest as I was lost in thought, my fingers fiddling with the d
Klaus:I sat in the dining room waiting for my mate to join me for breakfast, knowing that Anastasia went to wake her up a while ago, the butler poured my coffee inside my mug when the door opened revealing my mate.Her blue dress hugging her features perfectly, revealing just the right amount of skin, exposing her collarbone and arms, the dress was tight around her waist and loose around her hips reaching her knee, the bracelet I gave her was the only jewel she was wearing making me smile that she had not taken it off, her hair was left in its natural curls, making her look even more beautiful than she already was.“Good morning love” I said standing up and walking over to her, taking her hand in mine and bringing it to my lips, kissing her knuckle softly, my eyes meeting hers as I did to see a blush make its way to her cheeks making me smile as I pulled away.“Good morning your highness” she smiled but I raised an eyebrow at her
Kiara:I stood in front of the chamber door unsure how I even managed to enter.My mind on the kiss Niklaus and I just shared, how his lips were pressed against my own, his gentleness, the way he held me close, it felt like my body was begging me for more, to just run into his arms and feel him, hold him close for a little while longer.I was so lost in my thoughts that I didn’t even notice Anastasia and Jasmine, the other maid who had helped me shower and choose my clothing this morning, staring at me with wide eyes, their smiles on their faces telling me that they saw just how flustered I was, but who would be blaming me? I just lost my first kiss to the hybrid king, right in front of my chamber’s door.“Princess, would you like us to get you something to drink?” Anastasia asked cutting my train of thoughts short, distracting me from losing my own self-control and heading to the king once more, just to feel his touch against me o
Klaus:“What do you mean that the human bastard wants to speak to me?” I asked Ian, my younger brother who had come to pay me a visit this morning, King Leonardo had dared call for my brother to speak to me, my eyes flaring as I looked at my younger brother who shook his head at me wanting me to calm down and listen to him before getting angrier than necessary, which was not possible when that thing, well king, was mentioned, the vision of him raising his hand on my mate still fresh in my brain, especially since it had been only two nights ago.“He called for me yesterday, he wants to speak to you for some reason” Ian said, his blue eyes meeting mine, he ran his fingers through his black hair as he saw my angered expression, though he didn’t seem phased by it as he knew that it wasn’t directed to him, he was simply delivering a message while that king had the nerve to even think that I would be looking his way, he was lucky that I ha