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As their gaze connected Azelia tensed a bit. She didn’t want to get caught staring at the prince. Quickly she averts her eyes and tries to focus on something other than Taiga. [i Why do I feel so drawn to look at him.] She thought and sighs softly. Azelia has to admit that he was even more good looking in person. “He does have pretty eyes.” She mutters and then snapped herself out of her thoughts. She couldn’t focus on the looks of the prince.
As he danced she found herself talking to a few royal women around her age. The conversation instantly got annoying as each woman talked about prince Taiga and how they wished they could get his attention. “It probably won’t take much ladies. Just smile and show a bit of cleavage.” Azelia said seriously since she didn’t take Taiga for being a picky man. A few woman stared at Azelia in shock by what she said and a few actually began to adjust their clothing a bit. With that the princess stood in her beautiful silk gown and made her way around the room.
Everyone seemed to stare as she walked by, not just because she was the princess but because she was beautiful. Her curves caught many men’s attention and her smile seemed to brighten the room. “Why don’t you stop being so hard and mean my love.” Her mother said as she approached the princess. Azelia looks at her beautiful mother. “This is not something I really enjoy mother.” “Have more to drink and take a handsome guy to dance. You will have fun.” She hands Azelia a glass. “Drink. It’s your father’s favorite.” She told her daughter. Hesitantly Azelia took the glass and downs the liquid inside. The warm feeling from the drink ran down her throat and chest.
With a soft smile her mother introduces two young men to keep Azelia company. “How does have [i that] here make you feel?” A man asked Azelia. “Prince Taiga and his parents are fine. I’m not bothered by them. He actually keeping all the attention off of me a bit.” Azelia glanced to the dance floor to see him still dancing.
The man laughed. "I share the same reasons as you... Maybe one day I'll find a lady just as beautiful as yourself and make her mine~ " As she parted ways, his eyes couldn't help but watch her from behind. Her figure, her eyes, her-
Taiga's thoughts were cut off by his mother, he quickly snapped out of it.
She then whispered a few things to him and he simply nodded. She caught Azelia's mother staring long and hard at the two while talking at the table. He assured her it was nothing more than a few compliments but that's all. Taiga knew little to none about her so pushing the issue to talk wasn't currently on his mind. The two went back and forth exchanging words until his father showed. The trio laughed among each other.
His eyes met hers as he felt someone was watching him. Taiga smirked at Azelia. "Mother." He turned back. "How about we dance?" Reaching out his hand to hers, she then placed her hand in his. She smiled as Taiga led her to the open space on the floor. Taking her other hand, he slowly began to move. The two danced gracefully with another, not missing a beat. His father admired from away, he loved whenever his son became the center of attention and was never a let down. Taiga tried to make the best of his evening.
Azelia Rose was caught off guard by the tall handsome prince when he had gently took her hand and kissed it. [i He’s too nice...] She thought. Of course she felt flattered but then again she wasn’t sure if she could trust anything he was saying. It wasn’t like the two had talked much anyways. She didn’t know him and he didn’t know her. Of course the princess just let him talk, she watched his movements just trying to read the male before her. “Well thank you prince Taiga.” She said kindly. “I try not to get caught up in entertaining men since my mother is really trying to push me to get married. I want to avoid her and the subject as much as possible.” She mutters softly before picking up her drink.
The young woman glanced over at his drunken father and smirks softly. “Yes...lets hope he sobers up soon.” Azelia caught the prince looking around and figured he was accessing his surroundings. “Hmm you didn’t bring a date with you? Hearing all the rumors about how much of a charmer you are I was expecting to see a lady on your arm.” She commented. There was no denying how handsome Taiga was but he wasn’t someone to take serious in the courting department.
“Please enjoy the evening prince. If you’ll excuse me.” She bows her head a bit before turning her back and walking away from the table. She could already feel her mother’s eyes staring a hole in her for talking to the enemy’s son. She made her way to beautifully decorated table and takes a seat.
Throughout the night she watched as Taiga’s father and her father try their best to out do each other and the wives glare at each other from across the room. Of course her parents had common friends with Taiga’s family so the atmosphere wasn’t all that tense. Azelia found herself quite bored though. She couldn’t stand the fake smiles or the overly kind men. In the end she knew she was wanted for the fact that she was a princess and would be queen one day. Men just wanted to be queen. No one had yet to take the time out to actually get to know her and that irritated her. [i The night is almost over Azel. Just keep to yourself and before you know it you can train before bed.]
The place Azelia felt most comfortable was in her training arena with a sword in her hand. She was never one to be a part of the luxurious life style like most princes and princesses were. [i Taiga seems to enjoy it.] She thought as she glanced over at the prince in all of his gold.
“Hmm..?” Taiga turned around before being able to fix his drink. “Princess...” His golden orbs fixated on the woman before him. Stunning indeed- he tried not to stare. A smirk crossed his lips before grabbing her hand then gently planting a kiss on it. “You look very beautiful tonight i must say. Everything here also the same, your family never disappoints.” He let her hand go. “ But I do apologize for the way my father barged in here and made a scene. He was drinking the whole way and thiiiis usually how he turns out....or worse.” Taiga chuckled nervously. “Hopefully, he’ll sober up soon though. The evening has only begun. “
He turned partially away from her to get back to fixing his drink. “As lovely as you are, no man has asked for your hand? Or to dance yet this evening?” He chuckled. Taiga wasn’t into petty conversations with anyone not did he want to be rude since she approached him first, but he needed to buy time, be aware of his surroundings, and to get information. Going to these types of gatherings where never his thing- the fake atmosphere was the biggest issue.
Taiga eyes wandered here and there as he spoke to the Princess, making contact with his mothers. They smiled to each other gracefully the continued mingling.
Azelia Rose made sure to keep her composure even though the men and women around her annoyed her. There was so much talk of war, wealth, and status. There were times were the princess really wished she could get away and talk about something else that didn’t involve the royal kingdom. She wanted to have a fun yet decent conversation. [i Just keep smiling. Don’t disappoint mother and father at their own ball...] She thought even though she was losing her patience.
The young woman felt a hand grip her right hand gently before being up towards a young man’s face. There he smiled at her. “Princess. It’s so nice to finally meet you in person.” He gently kisses her hand as he introduced himself. Azelia felt her blood rush to her cheeks. She wasn’t meant for these kind of things without seeing it coming, surprises are something she is not fond of.
“Oh...well good evening sir.” She said kindly before taking her hand away from the male. Of course she wasn’t interested in him the way he was interested in her but Azelia needed to play the part. [i Fake smiles Fake laugher. Fake interest.] She has a servant to give the male a glass of wine. At the same time she was trying to figure out a way to escape from this conversation. It didn’t take long for her rescue to come.
The loud bang of the doors being pushed roughly opened caused everyone to stare in surprise. Everyone questioned who could be entering the ball in such a manner but whenever Azelia realized who was entering she knew it was just like the royal king to act in such a way. “Great...” she mutters softly since she knew her parents would be competing with their enemy.
Azelia made her way to a large table that held drinks. She knew she would need one to get through this night. As she pours herself a drink she noticed a tall figure standing next to her. Her eyes gaze towards the figure and focused in on him. [i The prince...] She thought. She was hoping he wasn’t going to try and annoy her like their parents do to each other. She didn’t really view his family the way her parents did. “Good evening Prince Taiga.” Her violet eyes were bright and the soft smile on her face was quite welcoming.
It was finally that evening.
The sun was slightly set- the sky ranged from colors of orange, yellow and pink; a beauty it was. A few of their servents gathered outside as they prepared the horse and carriage for the family. A white horse took lead, with two black horses on side to accompany.
Taiga held his head high with a confident smirk as he looked at himself in the mirror. He wore black attire trimmed with gold- his eyes coincide. They maids also made sure they gave him golden rings and earring to match, the rarest and finest gold in the kingdom at that. It was extravagant yet simple. He never did like to show off much of his riches even growing up, he was humbled. His short, jet black hair was partially slicker back with a few loose hairs hanging in his face. Taiga checked himself out once before before heading out.
[i “No weapons My Prince.”]
Taiga scoff as he continued walking. He already tucked a small dagger away incase anything happened.
His mother, Rayne. And father, Enzo both waited for him outside in the carriage. The king and queen both wore opposite colors from. Rayne was naturally beautiful and never wore much to any make up. Her outfit also simple, a fitted white dress with a golden ribboned belt which was tied behind her and the two end flowed down the train of the dress. Hair was neatly braided on the sides as the rest was curly, hanging mid back length. She wore a golden beaded headdress to match.
On the other hand, his father wanted to be flashy as always. He wore rings on each finger, nothing ordinary about them either. Every ring he wore was from past kings kingdoms he took over, different colors and designs. King Enzo always wanted his so called accomplishments be known. If he wasn’t bragging verbally, his attire always showed for it. A huge man and imitating indeed but tonight since he’s draped in the finest white and golden silks, it gave him less of the edgy feel that’s always given off.
Taiga finally made it down and out. The maids and butlers bidded their farewells for the evening then returned inside to do their duties while the family was away. The horses galloped and they were on their way. Father and son engaged in a few different conversations and plans as the ride went on while the mother quietly listened, nodding her head in agreement with certain things said here and there. Some more time went by then they finally arrived...
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The doors flew open and slammed against the walls behind. Everyone turned around for a moment to see what the commotion was about. Honestly, it was no surprise. This King always wanted to be the center of attention no matter where he was. Taiga shook his head as he sighed. [i “No more alcohol for him the rest of the night please mom..”] he whispered to his mother. She chuckled lowkey as she nodded to him. The three went on about their business, greeting everyone who had no ill feelings towards the family. Others disgustingly glared.
Taiga politely pardoned himself from his mother and father to locate the refreshments.
That evening the castle was filled with a tense atmosphere. Maids and servants were running around everywhere to get the castle ready for the ball. The whole places was being decorated to show off just how wealthy Azelia Rose’s parents were. She couldn’t help but smirk as she noticed all of the unnecessary decorations that her parents wanted to have around their home. “Miss is time to get ready.” Her personal maid said. Azelia Rose nods and walks off to her bedroom.
There she had a warm rose water bath with fresh rose petals. As she bathe her maids got together an outfit for the night. Azelia Rose already knew her parents would have her in a gown. Even though the princess enjoyed dressing up every now and then dresses just made her feel a bit uncomfortable. She couldn’t move freely in them so she always felt vulnerable, she needed to be ready in case of an attack.
Once she finished her bathe she dries off and sits in a comfortable royal chair in front of a large mirror. Her maids began began to work in her make up and hair. “No sword today.” Her personal maid instructed. “I figured. What color gown will I be wearing?” “Royal blue with opal and diamond accessories.” “What kind of gown?” Azelia Rose was quite curious to see if her parents wanted her in a ball gown or not. “You’ll will be quite surprised with what your mother has picked out for you.” Her maid said with a soft chuckle. That chuckle can’t be good. She thought as she looked at her maid.
Long midnight hair was lightly curled to give the princess wavy hair. She wore light make up that gave her a beautiful glow. Her lips were coated with a natural pink lip color. Soon she was staring at herself in the mirror with her dress on. The dress was had a beautiful sweetheart neckline, the straps were off the shoulders. It came down over her body hugging every curve perfectly. The small train of the dress stayed behind her. “Satin...mother is going for a more daring look. I like.” Azelia Rose said and smiles. “You look beautiful princess.” Her personal maid said.
Soon people began to arrive for the ball. The castle was filled with the rich and royalty. Azelia Rose sat with her parents at their thrones. She greet everyone that approached them. She was already told who her parents were fond of to be a potential husband for her. Too bad Azelia Rose didn’t agree but she entertained those them anyway.
[b "Prince Taiga! Oh, Prince Taiga!"]
A voice yelled from the outside of his bedroom door. The young man groaned as he rolled over in bed.
"Come in.." he said, loud enough for the woman to come in. She pulled back the large mahogany doors, letting herself in. She began going around his room opening up all of the curtains.
[b "I apologize for the rude awakening but your parents both need you downstairs for breakfast immediately. They want to discuss further plans about tonight with the neighboring kingdom."]
"Of course..." he rubbed his eyes as he got up.
The sun’s rays shone through the windows practically blinding him. Taiga got up then proceeded to walk downstairs from his own personal corridor of the palace. The young man stood 6'3. His hair was short and jet black, his skin pale. He wore pants with no shirt, that was usually how he slept; his arms and chest were quite muscular due to all of the training he puts in day in and day out. He had the symbol of his family tattooed on the right side of his chest as well. His eyes were golden, besides his looks, his eyes were the one thing that captivated any woman.
He finally made it to the kitchen. His mother and father sat at the kitchen table with different types of food the butlers had prepared then put out for them. He greeted them both before sitting down. [b "Taiga..."] his father begin, his voice striking. [b "We will be moving in soon if tonight doesn't go accordingly with our neighboring kingdom. We all have been invited to attend a ball this evening. Keep your eyes open and be on your toes. Not only them but the dukes and duchesses from all over will be attending as well. If you are able to get any type of information, please do and we shall move forward with the plan. We will take over all, burn it to the ground, then rebuild in our name!"]
[i Unfortunately, Taiga had other plans...]
Gaining power and taking over was all he knew.
His family knew nothing about harmony with anyone else. They were the most hated, most feared. Tension always grew soon as their name was mentioned. That's the only lifestyle he knew and had to deal with unless he would make the change himself.
[i "Taiga, honey." Her voice was soft and sweet- it was his mother. "Please be sure to be in your best behavior. Have you found a nice, young lady who could accompany you tonight? You know, me and your father are getting up in age. Your time may be coming sooner than you think. Maybe it's time for you to settle?"] Taiga looked at his mother with a smug look on his face but continued chewing his food in silence.
For years two of the largest kingdoms have been at war with one another. Both royals were unable to see eye to eye which led to nothing but destruction and terrible power struggle. Azelia Rose spent her childhood in such madness, she watched as her parents fought and developed ways to try and over throw He king and queen of their rival kingdom. No could seem to get ahead. It was constant failure for both sides but that didn’t stop them. Hate ran deep, so did the desire for power.
Since small the young girl was forced to learn her way around a sword. She needed to be able to protect herself so her father made sure she was trained by the best. If she came home with bruises her father was happy, he assumed that she was fighting hard and learning many lessons. This wasn’t the life that Azelia Rose would of chosen for herself but now that she is older it is all she knows. Unable to take over her parents kingdom due to not being married Azelia Rose focuses on training her recruits for her kingdom’s army. No one can beat her when it came to using a sword.
The morning was already quite hot. The sun’s rays coated the kingdom everyday with more heat. Azelia Rose walks down stars from her wing of castle. Her hair hung long to the small of her back, she wore pants and a simple thin shirt since she had plans on training today. Her mother sat at the kitchen table with a stack of papers in front of her. “Are you searching for a suitable man again?” Azelia Rose asked. It was now a habit that every morning her mother would take the time from her day to try and find her daughter a suitable husband. “Of course. You must marry. You have to whether you want to or not.” Her mother said calmly. With a roll of her eyes Azelia walks off. “Stop fighting me with this Rose. You know better.” Her mother called after her.
Azelia Rose didn’t see the need to marry nor did she really want to take over the kingdom at the moment. As she is handed a glass of orange juice from a maid she looks out a nearby window. “I honestly don’t see why I need to marry...” she mutters. “Your parents legacy must go on. You just take their spot and destroy the neighboring kingdom.” The maid said softly. “You sounds like my mother.” The maid smiled softly and walked off.
The threat of another war breaking was close. Everyone felt the pressure of it. Azelia Rose really just wanted to see why both sides were so angry with one another. [i I wonder if the king and queen are really that bad? They have son...I wonder if he feels the same as I do.] She thought. She had met the boy once when they were little kids but it was for a short time. Azelia Rose didn’t think it would be a bad thing to talk with the royal court of the rival kingdom. She knew her parents would never allow her to though.
“Rose! No training today. The banquet ball is happening and I need you to look your best. Dukes and duchesses from all over will be coming. You just might find your husband tonight.” Her mother said. “Also your father invited...[b THEM] to the kingdom for the ball...be on your toes. You never know if they plan on attacking us.” Her mother added. Azelia Rose knew exactly who “them” was. “I think it will be good if the king and queen came with their son. Maybe an understanding could come about from this.” Azelia Rose smiles and her mother makes a disgusted face. “Never.” The mother said and with that she walks away.
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