“My Son, my precious son. How have you been?” former king, Robert’s father said looking at his son whom he met after days.
“I am a good father. How was your tour?”
“You planned it perfectly. Just the way I wanted.”
“It’s great that you liked it. But for now I have to take your leave as the court will be starting soon.”
“Okay, meet me after the court I have to discuss something important.”
Robert nodding his head went from there to attend the court.
In the evening, Robert remembered to meet his father who seemed to have something important to talk about.
“Your Highness, Your Majesty King Robert wants to have an audience,” one of the guards informed his father who seemed to be busy and confused to decide.
“Send him in,” he said while gathering the papers in front of him.
“Good Evening….Father, you seemed to be busy. I’ll meet you some other time,” Robert said when he saw his father busy scribbling something.
“No, you sit. Talking to you is way more important.”
“Is everything alright.”
“Yes, actually I am thinking from days that you should remarry.”
“Father, I don’t want to talk about it now.”
“No, son it is actually the correct time. You are already trying to make an alliance with Kiribati and if you marry the princess Alexandra……”
“It’s enough, father. I don’t want to remarry.”
“But son, she is perfect…..”
“You said that for Cinderella too and then made sure that I don’t get close to her.”
“Son, she was never worthy.”
“She was Dad. And it’s time you also understand that. With her I was a human, who lived and loved but now I am not less than a dead man. I am living to have a glance of her and my child whom with your grace I won’t be meeting in this lifetime and you know what I don’t blame you because you just told me what to do but I was the one who did it. I did everything. So, please Father stop telling me to remarry.”
He left the room with tears in his eyes which were on the verge of falling. He thought he was broken till now but now understood he had shattered. Shattered in pieces, to be not joined again.
Everything in his room was broken and shattered with him sitting in the middle of the room. The chocolate box was in his hands. Chocolates reminded him of her.
“His Highness, Princess is in the kitchen,” one of the maids told him.
he walked to the kitchen to see Cinderella covered in chocolate head to toe laughing pointing at the kitten.
“Cinderella, what’s all this? You should not be working.”
“Ya, act….actually you liked…the chocolate…..before….so I thou….thought to….make it again,” she tried to say while laughing.
It was an amusing sight to see the princess covered in chocolate and the prince trying to take her to a room where she wouldn’t go because she would make the floor dirty.
“Come….,” the prince said, taking her in his arms. He took her to the room and cleaned her while she was busy admiring him and thanking God for giving her the best husband anyone could get.
“Now, you are not allowed in the kitchen,” he said, bringing her out of her world.
“But Robert I love cooking,” she said while making the cutest face trying to agree with him. “Please, pleaseeeee!”
“Okay fine. But if what happened today will be done again then I won’t listen to you.”
“You are the best,” she said as she kissed him.
“I know that,” he said, kissing her back.
He didn’t know how he became the one she started to hate, he couldn’t look in the mirror again. Everything between them was beautiful and unique but he destroyed it because it was what his father demanded.
“Father, you called.”
“Yes, I did.”
“What’s so urgent before the court?”
“Sit down son. Let’s talk.”
The king came with some documents and handed them over to the prince.
“Son, these are official documents for the collaboration with the other states.”
“Actually there is something else I want to talk about.”
“Son, you are the future king and my expectations are way too more than you think. And to fulfill those you have to act appropriately.”
“I don’t understand it.”
“Son, don’t get attached to the Princess. She is just a woman to give your heir not to love. A king can’t love someone or get attached. Think it yourself.”
After this nothing was the same neither prince or Princess nor their relationship. It was ruined the second he decided to listen to his father because he had to become the king. The king who will rule not love because that’s what he has to do.