Today was going to be a strange week. The universe had always been a small place, especially for the Akadians and their advanced technology. For countless millennia they had allied, fought, and even colonized worlds in the universe much like many other races they have encountered. But this one was new. These people from a placed called 'Earth'. A fledgling in comparison to the Akadian System, but similar in appearance to them much like the Daavi or Argonites, although lacking the psychic abilities of the latter. They had made contact with the Akadian System some time ago and were now moving for an alliance, something the Akadians were not used to.
The Akadian System was a the collection of many solar systems that made up a portion of this particular galaxy. The others were smaller and peaceful races, while one of the larger of the empires, the Daavi Empire. The Akadians and Daavi were at war for centuries until the cease fire and uneasy treaty that was enacted a few hundred years ago. Both systems ran on a system of government like a monarchy, with a ruler King and subjects. Both contemporary Kings decided it was best for both sets of people if they could ally themselves together, and in as a show for their alliance they decided to wed the Akadian King's son to the Daavi King's daughter, much to the Akadian Prince's chagrin.
Ever the romantic, the crowned Prince of the Akadian people believed in true love. Although arranged marriage was common practice by the Akadians, and especially so on their capital planet of Akadia Prime, the Prince Zhane believed it to be an outdated practice that needed to be reformed. However, seeing how important it was for the safety of the many planets in the Akadian System and the Daavi people, Zhane reluctantly accepted. It might not be what was best for him, but it was what was best for his people.
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The capital city of Akadia Prime was the largest city on the planet, as well as on all other Akadian controlled planets. It was a technological beauty, much of the city working on its own, and much of it worked on anti-gravity engines. The vehicle bringing the human's was silver and of a slek design, its engine silent and its anti-gravity thrusters making the ride towards the palace as smooth as a cruise ship ride.
They escorted by a small Akadian entourage in to the throne room, a large room full of many holographic designs and imagery. The two Earthlings are met by the Akadian King Andros who bows his head to the two as well. “No need for the pageantry, Samuel, we're already friends here.” He trades grips with Samuel before turning his attention to his daughter. King Andros was an older mam with a white beard, a slack belly, and kind eyes. He wore what appeared to be the latest fashion on Akadia which was a red overcoat with gold filigree and strange patterns running down the sides. “Ah yes, young Victoria. It is a pleasure to finally make your acquaintance. You're even more beautiful than I had been told, and us Akadians have an eye for beauty!” He laughs at that and beckons for them to follow him, leading them through the large palace.
“My son is reading in the garden. I told him of your arrival but he must have lost track of time again.” They stop in front of an ornately decorated double doors that swing up and off to the side revealing the garden to them. The vegetation was much more different than that of Earth. There was the standard green of grass and stems, but the leaves and bulbs of trees and flowers were different in many variation. Blue or purple where it should be green, green or white where it should be yellow, and when petals fell from the flows they sparkled like diamonds in the sunlight generated by the two suns in the sky. And in the centre of this cornucopia of colours was Zhane, the Akadian Prince.
Zhane himself was dressed much like his father, although in darker blues and greys. In his hands was a tablet made of glass that scrolled as his eyes moved, and when the group got close enough, he looks up from the tablet to them. He quickly pans from the King to the new comers, but lingers on the younger female. The Akadians truly did have an eye for beauty.
“Samuel and Victoria this is my son, Zhane.” And a the introduction Zhane bows his head ever so slightly to them.
[b “Forgive me, I thought you were coming this afternoon.”] He offers.
“It is afternoon.” The King responds and Zhane's eyes widen slightly. This makes the King laugh and he pats Samuel on the shoulder. “There is much I have to show you Samuel, so please follow me and we can let these two discuss. I know Zhane is more than eager to learn about you humans.” He places his hand more firmly on Samuel's shoulder and leads him back the way he came, leaving Zhane and Victoria alone in the garden.
He takes a few steps towards Victoria and takes her hand, planting a small kiss on the back of it. [b “I was reading that this is how you greet a beautiful woman on Earth.”] He pronounced it 'Ee-arth'. [b “I was also told you were interested in learning more about our politics and the wedding.”] He motions towards what appeared to be a bench made of spiralled metal and glass. [b “Please sit and join me. I'm just as interested in you as you are interested in me.”]
History was about to be made, humans witnessing a royal wedding from another race. It wasn’t long ago that the humans first found life on another alien race among the stars. However, this was the first time the humans were able to find another race that has also achieved space travel. It was imperative that the humans made this alliance to make more. This find was even more impressive since the race they found mirrored that of the humans. So, no matter what, everything within this week had to go well. That notion sat heavily on Victoria’s mind.
This wasn’t her first mission with the other races, in fact she’s been the sole reason why some of the races have decided to ally themselves with the humans. Victoria, known as captain Grace to some, knew wat she was doing. Victoria was a good at recording the history and culture of another race. A royal wedding was a great opportunity to document the politics of a different, but identical race. Right now, Victoria and her father sat in a vehicle, being transported to the royal palace to meet the royal family. Her father as met the king a few times and been friendly. The two felt someone younger could help strengthen the bounds with the crown prince. Even though there were many qualified to help, her father chose her.
That didn’t matter at this moment for Victoria, as she looked out the window in aw of the beauty she had seen. This world, was not like any of the others she’s been to. The technology she had seen was ground breaking for her race. The other worlds have had their own technology, but nothing like this. Even the vehicle they were in was something Earth would benefit from. She continued to look out until this impressive building came into view. Her eyes lit up and she sat up straight. Her father, Samuel Grace, looked and chuckled.
“That is the Palace.” He said. Victoria was still stunned before she looked towards her father. “It’s beautiful.” She stated as the vehicle got closer. Once they came to a stop, the two got out. Both were in full military uniforms. They resembled that of old Victorian admiral coats, Victoria’s being form fitting to her curves. Both uniforms in shape looked the same but in design they were massively different. Her father’s was a light grey, that went down to the knees. His pants looked more like dress pants that has a straight cute. Victoria’s coat went straight to the ground and was black with red maple leaves. This gave her visual advantage to be identified more easily. Everything she was wearing fit her tightly, allowing for movement if she needed to. Her long brown hair was up in a pony tail. Each uniform had cords handing from the shoulders. Her father being a decorated officer, had more than herself.
The two were escorted into the throne room, Victoria watching her father from the corner of her eye as they stepped closer to the king. They both bowed to him out of respect like they were taught. Her father then spoke to the throne. “Your majesty, I am sorry it took longer than usual. The solar flares out of the Lennox system were tough to get out of. May I present to you, Victoria Grace, my daughter. She is hear to help document the royal wedding.” Victoria then bowed herself before rising. “Hello, your majesty, it is an honor to finally make your acquaintance.”