As soon as I left the room I collapsed on the floor, sobbing. It wasn't princess behaviour but I couldn't help it. After all they'd been through, it wasn't fair. It wasn't fair. I felt someone kneel next to me and, thinking it was Courtney, I leaned in to them. I knew immediately it was Aiden. I could smell him, that scent I had noticed whenever I was with him. He hesitated, and then his arms wrapped around me.
"It's not fair." I whispered.
"No, it's not fair." He helped me up and I dared to look at his face. Tears blurred my vision, but I could see his grave face. "I will find out who did this, trust me." I blinked away my tears.
"You would do that for them?"
"Of course. Lucas is my friend and knight, and Aislinn is your friend, and therefore worthy of any service." I was shocked. Aiden took my hand and kissed it, then swirled and strode off.
"Aiden!" He turned and I hurried after him. "Do you, do you love me?"
"More than you know Alexandria. You are everything to me."
"Then I will marry you." He was shocked but then his face was serious.
"Alexandria, I will not have you marry me if you do not love me."
"But I do. Over the last few days I have seen a man who any woman would be foolish not to love, and I am not foolish. You are kind and thoughtful, and brave and handsome, and you are not all about your kingdom as I thought before. I love you."
Aiden's face lit up with a smile and he picked me off the ground, swinging me around as I laughed. As he set me down his lips found mine and we kissed. His lips were warm, and I wrapped my arms around his neck to enjoy the full length of our love.
"Alex," he murmured as we finished, "I love you."
"I love you too." He took my hand. "Now come on, we have to find out who is responsible for poisoning Lucas." I pulled him down the corridor and he followed me laughing.
We were going to marry. I felt my heart swell. I didn't hate him, as I thought I did. He was good and true, and he loved me. What more could a woman want?"