Elias was so proud right then, he couldn't wait to become a father, to become man like his father had been. He nodded to Lawrence,
[b "I suppose you're next?"] He asked his friend quietly as the woman dissolved into chatter and he picked up the conversation for a brief moment about going into the town.
[b "Yes, my guards will be escorting you both."] He added, sternly because he wouldn't be having any arguments from either of them about added security. Adelaide carried his child but also the heir to the Throne and that was a heavy burden, one that would cause celebration and great upset.
He turned back to Lawrence, questioningly. Lawrence was not getting any younger and soon it would be time to wed and father his own children. Of course, Elias would extend him the courtesy of choosing his partner. Elias had often introduced him to suitable women to court but Lawrence never seemed interested but these past few weeks Elias had noticed him with Jinny. Jinny was now of equal standing with him, at least in the courts eyes. He knew their betrothal would cause upset as many a man had hoped to marry their daughters to the King's closest friend.
[b "Come, let's leave the talking to the women, shall we?"] He got to his feet and kissed Adelaide's cheek, giving her a patient smile before taking Lawrence to the side room, pouring out some fresh drinks.
Jinny was elated, she wasn't sure if she could wait for Adelaide to bring new life to this world or not. It was going to be such a celebration and such a wonderful thing to meet a perfect little mix of Elias and Adelaide.
[b "Very well, I am sure we can settle for some guards."] She said, knowing that arguing with a man whether he was King or not, was fruitless. She smiled to Adelaide and watched as Lawrence and Elias left to talk about whatever men spoke about when they were expecting a child.
Her formalities didn't matter when the King left and embraced Adelaide tightly,
[b "I am so happy for you, why, it seems like only yesterday we were but girls running through the forest to avoid whatever dreaded nanny your father had employed!"] She said with a small giggle of mischief. She would never get those days back and now Adelaide was going to be a mother, she was Queen of these lands and bring a tiny prince or Princess into it.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence glanced up towards Elias and smiled widely. He was excited to see his friend so happy, but he was also excited to see how fatherhood would change him. He had always been a kind soul, but he saw the way he softened around his wife and he had no doubt that the same would apply to their child.
Although Elias did not say it, he knew that there would also be people who would wish harm on the child. Anyone who wished to ruin the line of succession would seize this opportunity to destroy it no doubt and he would be involved with the council with regards to ensuring that they had the necessary protection around the castle. However, tonight would not be an appropriate time to raise this. It was a celebration and that would continue into the evening tomorrow.
[b “I have no doubt that you will be a wonderful father Elias. Just as you are king.”]
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] Adelaide gazed lovingly towards her husband and felt overwhelmed by the love she felt for him in that moment. Perhaps the idea how having this deeper connection through raising a child together heightened her emotions, but she felt it growing day-by-day and she was sure that it would continue to be that way. Of course, she knew that there would be times when things would be strained and difficult but as long as they worked together and communicated, she had no doubt that they would be able to make it through anything that came their way.
When she heard her friend’s voice she smiled and looked back towards her, so happy to see that she was genuinely happy and excited for her and she knew that there was not one person in the room who would have judged her for the way she was acting and in honesty, if she was so exhausted she would be just as energetic about the news.
[b “I would love nothing more than to attend the markets with you, although I am sure that my husband will request guards to accompany us.”] She said with a smile, knowing that protection would likely get a little bit tighter now that she was carrying his baby and the heir to the throne but her maternal instincts were agreeing with that anyway. She wanted nothing more than to protect the life growing inside of her.
“We are so pleased.” Elias said as he smiled to Adelaide, he found it almost impossible that she could get more beautiful or more radiant than that moment but he knew somehow she would be. Elias nodded to Lawrence and Jinny with a bright smile, a genuine one given the wonderful atmosphere and he chuckled a little at Jinny.
“I can think of no one better to keep a close eye on Adelaide. And if course I will need both of your close council in the upcoming weeks.” Fatherhood was something entirely new to him and he wasn’t sure exactly what would be needed if him and what would be needed for Adelaide.
Elias raised a toast and took a drink, watching Jinny and Lawrence, they had certainly gotten close the past few weeks and he pondered on their future. Of course, both of them were noble and moral enough to never do anything out of wedlock and breasted they only had the purest intentions for one another. He looked to Adelaide,
“I am very sure that Adelaide will need the close support of her friends in these times. I plan on breaking the news to the Kingdom tomorrow evening. Celebrations will begin all across the kingdom and of course there will be well wishers.” He said with a proud nod. Of course, others would not wish them so well. Some would see the monarchy fall and there was no better way to do that than to wipe out the heir Adelaide carried in her womb.
Jinny could barely believe that Adelaide would be a mother within a year and she found it so easy to picture. Elias and Adelaide would be wonderful and loving parents, she was sure of it and she knew that the Kingdom would rejoice greatly in the news of an heir. Adelaide would be securing Elias’ line of succession and that would mean peace and no qualms about who was the next in line.
“Of course, your highness.” She assured Elias with an excited smile and looked to Lawrence, giving his hand a squeeze. It was going to be such a wonderful time.
Jinny looked to Adelaide,
“I cannot wait to see the celebrations, and of course you will be showered in gifts from all across the land! But I do hope I can accompany you to the market, some time.” Jinny buzzed excitedly and was evidently doing her very best to act proper whilst being overjoyed for her closest friend. This was an entire new chapter in her life and she wanted to share it with Adelaide. Of course she had no ideas of the dangers that Adelaide’s announcement would bring, she never imagined that there would be people who would defy the crown and lineage, people who would even threaten it and kill the royal family if they could. They had already gotten Elias’ brother and his family, she didn’t dare to think what they would do to Adelaide.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence looked between the two, shocked and elated to hear the news that he knew his friend had been waiting for. They were going to produce and heir and more important, they were going to become parents and he just knew that his friend would be a wonderful father.
[b “Congratulations to the both of you. I’m over the moon for you!”] He reached over and hugged his friend and looked towards Jinny who seemed just as excited and he chuckled to himself as he caught the woman blushing slightly.
He reached over and took her hand and pressed a kiss to the back of it. [b “It is very exciting news indeed. The two of us will of course offer you whatever support it is you might desire or require.”]
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] It was clear that Elias was happy that she had asked him to do the honours of telling their friends the news and she smiled towards him as he took hold of her hand and honestly, she had never been happier than she was in this exact moment. For now, it felt as though she was not a queen and she was just a happy woman about to become a mother. Even hearing the announcement fall from Elias’ lips, she couldn’t help but smile and it felt a little more real.
For now, Adelaide was not thinking about how stressful this would be for her body or how careful she would need to be to protect the heir of the throne. No doubt she would never have a minute alone while she was carrying this child. She was carrying Elias’ child though and she would do anything to ensure that he or she would arrive safely.
[B “I am already feeling the exhaustion, but I am sure that it will get easier once the sickness has passed. Honestly, I’m so excited to feel him grow and move.”] She said with a smile as she looked towards their friends and chuckled to herself a little at Jinny’s reaction. [b “My very own personal guard.”]
Elias watched his friend and how he looked at Jinny. He wasn’t blind and he could see the love between the two was rare and warm. He looked to Adelaide when she spoke and nodded his head. In all honesty she had never been more beautiful to him than she was right then.
[+green “Ah, yes. We have a small announcement that we wish to tell you both first as our friends.”] He started and reached over to hold Adelaide’s hand. Of course, it would be announced to the kingdom as soon as the Council found out but Elias wanted their friends to know first.
[+green “We are expecting a child.”] Elias said and brought Adelaide’s hand up to kiss the back of it. He knew child bearing was exhausting and he would want extra eyes on her to keep her safe. A child meant a secure heir and he knew those who pulled his brother from this world wanted to see the Royal family topple. He wouldn’t ever risk Adelaide’s life and he knew there were those out there that would rather see an heir dead than securing the line of succession. He was so immensely proud of Adelaide and she had proven herself to be a kind and patient Queen of the people. He loved her more than he had ever loved anything and he would love their child even more so no doubt.
[+green “Of course I’m sure Adelaide will want her friends close and I plan on making sure that Adelaide is kept safe whilst I’m busy attending to matters.”] Elias remarked and he knew there would be celebrations and meetings to attend and questions that would never end. He didn’t mind though, what was important was that he was having a child with his wife.
Jinny watched Adelaide and she knew there was something different about her, something about how she held herself and how she poked. It was... strange. She couldn’t quite place it and Jinny had never seen her look this different. She looked to Lawrence and went a lovely shade of pink at his compliments. It was still a lot to get used to, being a lady was something entirely new to her. She turned her gaze to Elias and stared in silence for a moment. All manners and etiquette went out the window as she couldn’t stop a squeal of excitement coming from her.
[+red “Really?!”] She said and realised this wasn’t a joke. Of course she would help Adelaide where she could, she wouldn’t leave her side if she could help it. She didn’t ever imagine seeing her become a mother and she knew Elias was right about keeping extra protection over her and Jinny was utterly shocked and surprised but so elated by the news.
[+red “I won’t let her out of my sight!”] She promised Elias and she would sooner die than have anything happen to Adelaide. She looked to Lawrence and realised her outburst was less than ladylike and looked embarrassed all over again as she awkwardly shifted in her seat and cleared her throat but the excited expression didn’t once falter.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence felt like it had been a long while since the four had dined together and he was looking forward spending time with his best friend once more and seeing how happy he was with his new wife. He had no doubt that his friend had fallen in love with the woman chosen as his bride and he found himself thankful for Adelaide because he had found love himself with her friend Jinny.
He looked over at the woman and smiled warmly towards her, knowing that his expression would be filled of the love he had for her. When he looked towards his friend, he couldn’t help but notice that his body language had changed towards Adelaide a little, almost as though he was a little more protective of her.
[b “I am happy.”] He said as he reached over and took Jinny’s hand. [b “How could I not be when I have this beauty by my side.”] He had heard Jinny giggling and looked towards Adelaide and with an attempt to bring the two women into the conversation he asked them what they were talking about.
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] Adelaide never imagined that she would experience such affection with Elias when she was first told that he would become his wife. She had been worried that the two would grow a distain for each other because of the way they were brought together but the two had found love with each other and she could not have been happier about that. Even his small gestures of affection, like kissing her shoulder, went a long way to bring her comfort.
When they arrived at the dining room, he helped her sit down and ensured that she was comfortable before he started to talk Lawrence. She had a glow about her, and she smiled towards Jinny who did not waste any time questioning her. [b “Oh, I am fine. I’ve just had a very restful day and I’ve not been awake for long.”] It was clear that was not enough for her though and soon Lawrence was joining the conversation.
Adelaide took a sip of her water and glanced towards Elias. [b “I’ll let you do the honours my dear.”]
Delicate, gentle fingers helped Adelaide to get dressed. He didn’t envy the ladies, so many layers and ruffles, it was a wonder how they breathed! He paused at the tip of the dress before leaning down and kissing her bare shoulder, finishing lacing her up. He made sure he was presentable as well before taking her hand. She seemed so fragile and delicate now she was pregnant, all he wanted to do was protect her at all costs, but Adelaide was strong and probably would never stand for it.
He escorted her to the dining room which was beautifully decorated with sweet roses, a reminder of spring in the midst of winter. He helped Adelaide into her seat and took his place at her side. He pressed a soft kiss to her cheek as a couple of servants saw to it their glasses were filled and he thanked them, looking up when Lawrence and Jinny appeared.
[b “Well, it seems to have been a while since we all fined together. Come, sit.”] He said to them, warmly.
Elias looked to Adelaide for a moment,
[b “The cooks have organised a lovely hot meal, something to get us through the winter I’m told.”] He explained and looked to Lawrence,
[b “You look particularly happy, my friend.”] He observed.
Jinny changed, finding a dress she had never worn before. It was a deep emerald and she fixed her hair. She didn’t need much assistance from servants given she had been doing this her entire life for Adelaide. Her time with Lawrence was always so pleasant and he had given her such confidence in herself, fed by him. She heard Lawrence at the door and stepped out, smiling at his appearance as she took his arm and made their way down to the dining hall.
The flowers were a beautiful touch and she looked to Elias and Adelaide, of course curtsying out of habit. She took a seat and looked to Adelaide. Something was different and she eyed her friend over.
[b “Is everything quite alright, Adelaide?”] She murmured, she didn’t look like she was sick but there was something distinctly different. Elias hadn’t been lying about dinner as the servers arrived to put down hot plates but Jinny was more interested in her friend. The men seemed wrapped up in their own conversations, most likely about sport or hunting or both.
[b “Cone Adelaide, do tell.”] She said with a small giggle.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence couldn’t help but allow a smile to take over his face when he heard those words. Knowing that she was committed to being his forever made him feel all the more confident about his plan to marry her so long as he gained the permission to do so. However, she was right, and they did have plans to attend to even if he would prefer to stay here and kiss her all day. He nodded and brushed a thumb over her cheek and then her offered his arm to her. [b “Let’s retire to our chambers to prepare.”]
Lawrence escorted her back to her room and once she disappeared inside, he made his way to his own chambers. He chose something smart, not just because he was going to be dining with the future King and Queen, but because tonight he would ask his friend for his permission to marry Jinny and he wanted to make a good impression.
Later that day he made his way to the dining hall, finding that he was the first to arrive. He was quickly poured a goblet of wine and he took his normal seat around the table and waited patiently for his company to arrive.
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] The feel of a gentle hand brushing her hair back was the thing that roused her from her sleep. She completely slept through Elias’ preparations for their dinner and was quite surprised when she noticed that he was already dressed for their evening. Her eyes fluttered open and her lips curled up into a smile while he pressed a kiss upon her temple.
She pushed her hands down into the mattress and used her strength to sit up before she nodded towards him. [b “I’m feeling much better after getting some sleep. I wouldn’t miss dinner for the world.”] She leaned forwards and pressed a gently kiss upon his lips before slowly climbing out of bed. [b “Do you think you could help me dress? I don’t want the fuss of lots of people around me tonight.”]
When they finished getting ready, she took hold of his hand. [b “Shall we go?”]
Elias sat for a couple of hours, working out where exactly to send scouts.
[b “I’d have them brought before me, alive if possible.”] He remarked and he had to admit he was concerned. His brother had been a fool but it wasn’t uncommon for small bodies of bandits and rogues to want to slaughter the monarchy. Elias was worried for Adelaide, she was carrying the future of the monarchy and he could honestly say that if anything happened to her, he wasn’t sure he would ever remarry or love another woman, tradition be damned. Elias didn’t want to be apart from Adelaide for too long and so he made plans to send some of his best scouts to search the land again.
Elias motioned to the servants to set his private dining chambers before he got to his feet and headed back to his and Adelaide’s room, avoiding the council members with their questions. He smiled softly at the sight of seeing her asleep and he kept quiet as he washed and changed into something different to dine in. He groomed and finally sat at the end of the bed, brushing some of Adelaide’s hair back from her face before leaning down and kissing her temple,
[b “Do you feel up for dinner, my love?”] He asked tenderly, careful not to jostle her in case she still felt nauseous.
Jinny couldn’t stop the hot blush that marked her cheeks, carefully disguised by the cold air as Lawrence wound his arms around her waist. Some time ago she would have rejected his advances for fear someone might see or the fright he was marrying well below his station. His words served to cause more of the blush and it was finalised by the kiss to her cheek as she laid her hands atop his,
[b “It will forever be yours, Lawrence.”] She murmured quietly as she looked out across the kingdom. Her heart was well and truly free to make its own decision and it had chosen its home in Lawrence. It wasn’t going to be easy, she knew that. She had accepted it, but she wasn’t ready to give up.
Jinny felt safe, warm and protected like this and she soon couldn’t deny the chill. She smiled softly,
[b “We shouldn’t leave the future King and Queen waiting.”] She commented to him with a smile. She had to admit she would be relieved to see her friend after missing her for some time. She eyed the stairs and grinned to herself, she looked to Lawrence and leaned up to press a soft kiss to his cheek, letting it linger for a brief moment.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence smiled as she spoke, glad that she trusted him. [b “I will always catch you.”] He said with a grin. He knew that he meant it too. He wanted romance her and continue to do so. It took a little bit of time to get to the top of the stairs, but he knew that the view would be worth it. It was one of his favourite spots in the entire castle. It was beautiful in summer and just as beautiful in winter. Somehow, winter made everything look delicate and precious and the white of the snow made things look pristine, clean and pure.
When they got to the top, he watched Jinny for a moment, watching the expression on her face and he could tell that she seemed to enjoy it as much as he did. His lips turned up into a smile when she spoke and he moved behind her, sliding his arms around her waist and stood closer to her so that he could shield her from the breeze.
[b “It’s beautiful up here isn’t it?”] He said as he looked out at the kingdom. [b “It looks so pretty when it’s untouched, but I can’t say that something will ever be able to compare to you. You are the most beautiful person I’ve ever laid my eyes on.”] He smiled and kissed her cheek. [b “You have completely captivated my heart you know?”]
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] Adelaide was grateful that she had Elias to look after her throughout this pregnancy. It was clear that he was going to treat her like the queen she was going to be in a few months. He was clearly very happy that she was going to have his child and she knew without a doubt that they were going to be good parents together and honestly, she was more than excited to take this step with him. She knew that he would do anything for her and she would do the same for him. She was so glad that the two had fallen in love with each other after having an arranged marriage. Things could have gone very differently. They could have easily ended up being in a relationship that was cold but she was glad that was not the case.
She nodded towards him, closing her eyes a little as he kissed her head. [B “I will try to sleep a little while you are gone. I think that will help with the nausea.”] She got herself comfortable and watched him leave and she let out a contented sigh when he was gone. With her hands placed carefully and lovingly on her stomach, she started to drift off and she feel into a sleep that would take her nausea with it and when she awakened hours later she would feel better.
Elias watched Adelaide and nodded at her words. They were going to be parents, actual parents to a tiny infant. Elias couldn’t give a damn about what the Council wanted right then, he was going to be a father with a woman he had come to love and adore over time. His own father would be proud and he couldn’t imagine what Jinny and Lawrence would react like. All that mattered right then was Adelaide.
[b “Rest, of course.”] He wouldn’t postpone dinner plans and he certainly wouldn’t be wandering off to tell the Council right then. They could be the last to know for all he cared.
[b “Very well, I’ll see to it you want for nothing, have the best care and that you rest plenty.”] He remarked, meaning every word because he didn’t want her to struggle or feel alone. There was little he could do for her in some cases, her body would rebel and change and he would be the foolish bystander, powerless to help even as a Prince. Nerves were overshadowed by excitement right then though.
[b “I have a meeting with the Council soon, and the master of war. They haven’t caught the men who struck my brother down.”] He explained although he hated to leave her. He kissed her forehead,
[b “Rest, I will return soon enough.”] He murmured.
He was still getting used to duties, as the next in line for the throne and his fathers teetering health so much was expected of him but he did want these men brought to justice. He sighed and couldn’t keep the smile from his face as he started down the hallways to the side chamber.
[i “Ah, your highness.”] The master of war greeted and Elias gave him a nod.
[b “Are we any closer to bringing the murderers to justice?”] Elias asked and there was an uncomfortable silence.
[i “I have men on the ground, searching but the dogs seemed to have taken to hiding. Rest assured we will bring them to justice however...”]
[b “What?”] Elias prompted and eyed the room.
[i “We are worried for the safety of you and Lady Adelaide.”] He replies finally, [i “We must ask that neither of you go unaccompanied anywhere.”]
Jinny looked to Lawrence and gave a small smile,
[b “Of course, you have certainly made my stay here much more enjoyable.”] She explained. She eyed the steps that went up to the tower and this was certainly a place she was not familiar with. She didn’t think she had explored this particular part before.
Jinny was wary of his warning as she started the climb,
[b “I have faith if I lose my footing, you shall catch me.”] Jinny said to Lawrence as she was careful with where she placed her feet. It was quiet in this place, no busy guards or chattering maids, then again Lawrence knew the castle much better than her and he had never disappointed her. After some time, she finally stepped out onto the flat surface, looking out at the snow covered gardens and she felt she could see for miles. She was quiet as she surveyed the grounds, so different when the flowers were covered in frost and snow. It had its own beauty.
[b “I never thought there could be such beauty in winter.”] She murmured into the cold air as she looked around. It was a different sort of busty, silent and akin to a painters blank canvas.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence looked over at Jinny and smiled widely. [b “Is that so? Are you suggesting that I cheer you up? I do make it my aim to make you happy every day and I certainly hope you give me the chance to continue doing so for you.”] He was so sure that he wanted to make Jinny happy for the rest of their lives if she would let him but he needed to make sure that he had the permission of the future king and queen before he decided to propose. No doubt he would have to talk to his parents too but he knew that they would just be happy that he had found someone he wanted to be with; someone he loved more than life itself.
Lawrence kept hold of her hand and the two of them continued to walk. He was taking her to the highest point in the castle so that they could look over the kingdom. It may have been winter, but the views were still wonderful and the snow-covered hills were always a vision to behold. He smiled down at her and then pointed towards the stairs. [b “We are going to climb to the top of these m’lady.”] He gestured for her to go first, mostly so he could make sure that if she lost her foot he was right behind her. [b “Some are a little steep so be careful.”] He said with a warm smile, allowing his hand to rest on her back.
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] Adelaide didn’t know what kind of reaction she was getting to get from Elias about the fact that she was pregnant, but she knew that it wouldn’t be a negative reaction. It was important for her to produce an heir, but she knew that it would be about more than for him. He would be happy to become a father not simply happy that he would have an heir, of course as long as she produced a boy. That would be the next thing the council would bother her about. There would be no telling whether she would have a boy until the day that he arrived though.
She looked up at him, noticing that he was staring at her as he tried to come to terms with the news that she had given him. She gave him the time he needed, not wanting to interrupt his thought process. He looked down at her stomach and questioned whether he had heard her correctly as she smiled widely. [b “Yes, a child.”] As soon as she confirmed it, he was wrapping his arms around her and she couldn’t help but smile and hold him in return before he started to caress her stomach. [b “I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am Elias. I am so glad that I could mother a child for you. In several months our baby will be here and we will be parents!”] She smiled, her tone showing how excited she was before she met his lips with her own.
She shook her head then. [b “No, do not postpone it. I will rest for the day so that I might be able to manage this evening. I want to share our news with our friends before we have to tell the council. I want to celebrate with people who will celebrate this for the right reasons.”]
Elias gave an apologetic smile to his wife for knocking but he didn’t want to wake her if she had been sleeping. Fortunately, there she was and looking oddly excited about something. Elias moved to sit on the eve of the bed, watching her speak and then she broke the news that they were going to have a child. Elias stared at her for several moments, as if trying to digest to the news himself.
[b “A child?”] His eyes slithered to her stomach where she carried such precious cargo.
A smile split his features as he wrapped his arms around her and embraced her tightly. A child!
[b “This is wonderful.”] He said as his hands moved to her stomach. He was to be a father and Adelaide was to be a mother, and he knew that she would be a perfect mother with all her gentleness and patience. Elias wanted nothing more than to scream it from the turrets of the palace and let the world know but he knew there would be great celebrations put in place for them once word got out. He leaned in a kissed Adelaide’s lips softly, with a tenderness only she ever got to see from him. They had so much prepare and he already knew that Lawrence and Jinny would be ecstatic and he wanted their friends to be the first to know.
[b “I have organised a meal with Lady Jinny and Sir Lawrence, if you feel too unwell I can postpone it to a later date.”] He said to her and moved some hair from her delicate features.
Jinny looked to Lawrence and smiled a little. He was such a calming presence in this new place and she would admit readily he had become a steady presence, somebody she could rely on and somebody she felt strongly about. Her fingers interlaced with his felt like an anchor, keeping her safe and steady.
[b “It is becoming a talent of yours, cheering people up.”] Jinny said to him with a small smile playing on her lips. She knew Adelaide would never really changed, whether she wore a crown or not and it did bring her some relief but she did worry that Kings and Queens were always at risk. What would happen if there was a war? Elias’ brother had been set upon in the most awful way and died with his child and wife.
[b “So where are you taking me to then, good sir?”] She asked and in the last few weeks she had really become comfortable around Lawrence, despite always being nervous that one day he would realise she was not of noble birth and the ladies of the court were certainly very appealing with their well spoken words and rich bloodlines.
[Left [Pic https://i.imgur.com/sZ5J4Py.jpg]] Lawrence smiled towards the woman beside him. She was a marvel to him and it did not matter to him what she talked about because she could listen to her talk for hours. [b “Is that so my Lady? Well then this summer shall be something very special."] He hoped that they would be planning a special summer if things went his way. He leaned over and kissed the woman’s cheek as they walked and he kept her hand in his, never wanting to let go. He wanted to marry this woman and he planned to ask Elias for his permission to do so later.
[b “It is a little strange indeed but we also have to remember that they were our friends long before they became King and Queen and I assure you that will not change our relationships with them. They will be busier, yes, but they will always make time for us. Elias had a meeting today, which no doubt will have been rough so I think he will be relying on us to cheer him up later.”]
[Right [Pic https://i.imgur.com/S7hutov.jpg]] Even though Adelaide had her suspicions that she was pregnant, hearing the confirmation made her feel something she never thought she would feel. Although the fatigue and nausea was not something she enjoyed feeling, the love she felt for her unborn child was something that she never imagined she would be able to top.
She smiled towards the doctor as he left her room and she placed her hands over her stomach lovingly as she sat smiling to herself in the knowledge that she was going to make her husband happy upon his return from what she figured would be a stressful meeting. Perhaps now they would leave him to do his job rather than berating him about not yet having an heir. After a short while servants bought ginger tea to her chambers and it did get to work quite quickly. At least now she could sit up in bed without feeling like she needed to purge.
The knock at the door made Adelaide look up and as her lips parted too permit the guest in, she realised that it was not a guest at all. [b “You do not need to knock to enter your own chambers my love.”] She said with a smile. Hopefully her smile and jest would do something to put his mind at ease. she could see the worry upon his face and of course she could not blame him. Sickness could be fickle, and he knew that if he became sick, she would be worried about losing him.
[b “I’m fine my love. The doctor came and sent me some tea to help with the nausea.”] She leaned over to take his hand and looked him in the eye. [b “I am with child, my love.”]
Elias was exhausted even after the short meeting. Dealing with the Council and other matters was repetitive and dull, although he was looking forwards to dining with Lawrence and Jinny later on.
[i “You are to be King in the coming weeks, your majesty. These maters are important.”] One elderly man explained and Elias tutted. He looked up as a servant came in the room and nervously shuffled over. Elias listened to the news that the doctor had been and nodded to the young boy in thanks.
[+green “Thank you for your time today, I have to tend to my wife. We will meet again tomorrow morning.”] Elias said and of course nobody argued with the Prince or his decision to cut short their meeting. It could wait until he knew what was going on with Adelaide.
Elias made his way down the corridors and to his room, knocking before stepping inside.
[+green “My love, are you well?”] He asked as he took a seat on the edge of the bed, concerned for the woman he had come to love. She had been in good health since they had met and he knew how quickly sickness and disease could take hold of the body.
Jinny nodded to Lawrence,
[+red “They say a long and wild winter makes way for a bountiful summer, at least that’s what they told me on cold nights in the nunnery.”] She explained with a smile. She knew it was mostly to comfort and the end of any winter always seemed so divine.
She nodded at the mention of dining with Adelaide and Elias once more, it seemed they saw less of each other but Elias was going to become King soon and that would make Adelaide the Queen and they no doubt had so much to try and organise in the coming weeks. Jinny wondered if Adelaide had any further information since the last time they spoke. She didn’t say anything about it to anyone though, not wanting to spread false hope.
[+red “It’s still strange to think we will be dining with the future King and Queen.”] She said with a small smile. Of course, Adelaide and Elias would make a wonderful set of leaders and thankfully there was no wars to be fought but peace was fragile and easily broken.
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