[size13[font "Lucida Calligraphy" Times have changed in the world and some traditions have been broken. People have adapted to the modern day life and tried their best to blend in with society.]]
[size13[font "Lucida Calligraphy" However two certain clans although they have gotten rid of most of their traditions there is still one they stand by and that is arranged marriage, they believe it strengthens the bonds in the two groups regardless of whether the bride and groom have a choice.]]
[size13[font "Lucida Calligraphy" Two people though, friends since they can remember, over the years developed strong feelings for each other, their fates have already been decided for them. Never having the chance to tell one another how they truly felt they must marry someone they do not love. Will they be able to continue cloaking their hearts or will the truth come pouring out?]]
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[size14[font "Harrington" Shaking the thought out of her head both Natassa and Aster were taken into his living room. She had a nervous feeling come over her which was an emotion she rarely ever felt, but for both their parents to be here to tell them something at the same time Natassa couldn't help but feel uneasy. She at least hoped it was something as close to good news as it could be.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa placed herself next to Aster opposite both parents as they began to speak. They sounded so excited and usually when their parents sounded excited it was bad news for the both of them. Never the less though she decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and sat quietly listening to what they had to say.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" When she heard the words 'marriage' Natassa almost choked, she blushed bright red and looked at her childhood friend who was smiling at her. Strange why would he be smiling at the two getting engaged? Maybe it was because they were such good friends he could fully relax around her. Aster asked the question she was dying to know, would they be engaged to be married? After all she may be able to finally get closer to him and eventually have enough courage to tell him how she truly felt about him after all this time of keeping it a secret.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa's eyes widened in shock, they wouldn't be getting married? Natassa felt disappointment wash over her, it was like her worst nightmare coming true. She was going to be separated from the man she truly loved and thrown into the arms of another. Someone she didn't even know. Natassa wanted to up and run as far away as she could, her chest began to tighten, what was happening to her? She couldn't leave though she needed to hear what else was going to be said, so putting on a brave face she looked down at the floor in fear of crying, she would make her point known soon enough.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa looked up in surprise at Asters words to his mother, he never spoke back to her so this news must have shocked him just as much as her. He was soon silenced though by his father, now her own mother began to speak.]]
[size14[b[font "Harrington" "This is a joyous occasion for the both of you, you are at the age to help with this clan, if it wasn't for our arranged marriages you two wouldn't be here now, we must keep the blood line going but also be able to expand our clans. Now Natassa before you say anything I know this is a shock to both of you, but you knew eventually this would happen. However you will meet your future partners separately so you can get to know them better. Do not disappoint us, you're already too free with yourself so hopefully this marriage will calm you down, however I can't say the same for Aster he has always been so well behaved I'm surprised you've put up with her for so long".]]] [size14[font "Harrington" Natassa's mother let out a polite giggle along with her father.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" At this point now her mother had humiliated Natassa enough, she stood up furiously blushing bright red from embarrassment with tears in her eyes.]] [size14[b[#B22222[font "Harrington" "Well I'm sorry to be such a huge disappointment to you mother! However I will not agree to this! We are the only clans left that still agree to arranged marriage, how am I supposed to love someone I don't know!"]]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa's mother let out a laugh]] [size14[b[font "Harrington" "Oh goodness me child! What a silly thought! Marriage is not meant for love it is solely for helping our clan grow larger, however I had the same reaction when I was your age, over time though I grew to love your father and I'm sure the same thing will happen to you. But this marriage will happen."]]
[size14[b[#B22222[font "Harrington" "I don't want to hear anymore!!"]]] [size14[font "Harrington" Natassa picked up her bag and ran out of the room with tears running down her face, she refused to hear anymore of what her mother was saying, she wouldn't let her parents decide her fate, she would not put her life into the arms of another man! Natassa ran to where they would always play as children, luckily Aster's garden was huge so there was plenty of places to hide when she didn't want to be found.]]
Aster didn’t have much time before he felt Natassa hugging him while throwing her body on him. The male vampire felt himself blush as he wraps his arms around her smaller form and hugged her back. “Hello Natassa.” He said with a smile. She was always so cheerful which automatically made him feel happy inside. When he felt the playfully punch he smirks and looks down at his shorter friend. He didn’t notice the look his parents had given them. They knew how close Aster and Natassa were. This wasn’t anything new.
“Please come sit in the main room.” Aster’s mother said as she leads everyone into the large living room. It didn’t take long for Natassa’s parents to arrive and before the knew it the meeting was starting. Aster’s father sat tall next to wife. The two looked youthful and regal in the fancy clothing they were wearing. Aster wasn’t close to being dressed up as much as his parents were.
“First of all I would like to thank everyone for coming. We have some really excited news for Aster Natassa.” His father started. “We had discussed this for months now with your parents Natassa and it seems we’ve come to a great understanding.” He looks at her parents and nods his head. “Well I for one am quite thrilled about this.” Aster’s mother said with a soft giggle. “Pretty soon you both will be married.” Aster blinks a few times a bit surprised by what he was hearing. He then looks at Natassa and smiles. “You all decided for Natassa and I to be engaged?” He asked. [i I’m not mad about this at all...I do like a Natassa. I just hope that pushing us to wed will only bring us closer. I can finally tell her how I feel.] He thought.
Before he could say anything to Natassa his mother shook her head. “Oh heavens no. What would we gain from having you two marry? Her parents totally agree with this, it would be pointless to wed you too. The news is you both are engaged to clans of another land. The union will bring about a higher noble status among our kind and more wealth.” She said and Aster’s face fell. “You agreed to marry me to someone else without my consent?! How old am I? I’m adult mother.” Aster said not liking this at all. His father clears his throat and narrows his eyes. “Hush boy and listen.”
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa walked over to her balcony and opened the double doors stepping out on to it. Her favourite season was 'winter' simple because it was a beautiful view to see, she could touch the snow with her bare hands and the nights lasted longer which meant she could explore the 'human' world more, even if it was to her parent's displeasure.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa's parents were still traditional in many ways, the house they lived in even the way they dressed was traditional, put the modern people didn't think much of it, they just thought they were costumes. Due to them being vampires people were more focused on their beauty than the clothes they were wearing, especially her mother caused heads to turn. And people not believing she had a daughter who was 21, but that was all down to the fact or immortality and ageing very slowly.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Getting lost in her thoughts, there was a knock at her door. Today was the day when she would be going to visit her dear friend Aster. They had been friends for longer than she could remember, she always felt like an outcast between the many vampire clans but Aster could relate to her as his circumstances were on the same level. Living within a traditional family had its burdens to bare.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" However today felt unusual to Natassa, both parents wanted to tell some good news to both Natassa and Aster together. She found this to be very suspicious and didn't think it would be good news for them at all. She was told to wear something formal to this meeting which made it even more suspicious, what were they planing?]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa opened her wardrobe and pulled put a long teal coloured formal dress, it had to be long to hide her protective boots.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa frowned and looked at her handmaid]] [size14[b[#B22222[font "Harrington" "thank you Clara, I'll be down shortly I just need to grab my things."]]]] [size14[font "Harrington" When her handmaid left her Natassa let out a long sigh. She turned around and grabbed her keys that were on the side. She knew her parents would have something to say but she needed at least a little freedom for however long of that she had left.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa ran down the stairs pulling on her protective gear.]] [size14[b[#B22222[font "Harrington" "Hey mom! I'm going on the bike I'll meet you there!"]]] [size14[font "Harrington" Not staying around long enough to hear her mothers complaints about it not being lady like she practically ran to the garage and hopped on her bike. She quickly put her protective helmet on and turned the ignition on driving out of the garage and down her parent's long drive.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" She needed time to think without her parents disciplining her and this was the only option, it wouldn't take long to get to Asters but the speed somehow relaxed her, and due to her heightened senses she could go that little bit faster.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Thoughts of Aster and his family flickered through her thoughts, she couldn't possibly understand as to why they would be need be together to hear of this news. This made Natassa feel uneasy. For as long as she could remember she'd had feelings for Aster but she cherished their friendship more and wasn't about to put a strain on that relationship by telling how she felt. So she kept her feelings locked away so she could continue to be close to him.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Maybe her parents were planning on the two of them getting engaged? This caused Natassa to blush a little at the thought but quickly shook the idea out of her head. That would be impossible as the two clans already had a strong bond and they would gain nothing from it.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Natassa shook the thoughts out of her head as she pulled onto the drive of Aster's home. Again this drive was as long as her parents. She parked her bike receiving some weird stares from the groundskeepers, she removed her protective gear, revealing the long teal dress once more, ran her fingers through her hair and walked to the front door excited to embrace her friend.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" It didn't take long before a butler is a crisp, clean looking uniform opened the door.]] [size14[b[font "Harrington" "Ah Miss Kharis please come in the young lord will be with you shortly."]]] [size14[font "Harrington" Natassa smiled and stepped into the familiar house she had been to so many times over the decades. She didn't need to wait long before she saw her friend make his way down the stairs.]]
[size14[font "Harrington" Just like they had always done as children Natassa ran over to him wrapping her arms around his neck.]] [size14[b[#B22222[font "Harrington" "Hey Aster how's it going?"]]] [size14[font "Harrington" Giving his arm a playful punch. Not long after she had arrived her parents entered the house, they were also joined by Aster's parents who didn't seemed too pleased at the two's embrace, which Natassa found weird as they never minded in the past.]]
Night grew cold as more snow began to cover the town. Winter had always been Aster’s favorite season. It wasn’t because he was vampire and didn’t enjoy the heat but it was because he found snow to be beautiful. With a soft sigh he runs a hand through his jet black hair waiting for his childhood friend to arrive. For some reason his parents and her parents needed them both to be here, they supposedly had good news for them.
Aster’s parents were very old fashion. Even though they lived in a more modern time with humans they still followed the old laws of the vampires. Even their home was still decorated as a old Victorian castle inside. There jk longer king and queens but high bloodlines and names. Aster’s family name came from a line of royalty, he didn’t think much of himself in that sense but his parents made it known everyday they he deserved the best of the best because he was the best of the best. Other vampires would kill to marry him for his name is what his mother always said.
Of course Aster wasn’t really looking for marriage. He was young and still trying to figure out his own life. Women didn’t really interest him like his parents wanted, he found himself using them here and there for his own needs when his parents just wanted him to settle down. There was only one person he actually cared for and that was his childhood friend. The only hint is that he never expressed to her how much he loved her instead he continued to be close friends with her. Aster never knew how she felt about him either. He always had her best interest at heart and did his best to protect her when needed.
As his person servant caught his attention he grabbed his cellphone since he knew he had to head down stairs. “She’s here?” He asked. “Yes young lord, please come down stairs.” The servant said. Aster rolls his bright blue eyes at the word lord. He wasn’t a lord. Aster moves gracefully down stairs. He wore slacks and nice button up shirt, he was told to look decent for this meeting. His eyes were a beautiful natural blue color that turned red when he needed blood, was drinking blood or when he was angry.
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