News of the return of Aiden, Nathanial and Courtney reached the castle. I ran down the steps to the courtyard to greet them, throwing my arms around Courtney as she got off her horse.
"Courtney! I've missed you so much!" Aislinn joined us, and we hugged in a three. Then we all split off in to our prespective partnerships; me flinging myself on Aiden and kissing him, Nathanial and Courtney hugging Lucas and Aislinn and then each other. "Come, we have organised a feast for your return. You must be famished!"
We crowded in to the hall where my parents were waiting to welcome the trio home, and I waited while they greeted them individually. The Aiden bowed to my father.
"Your Highness, if I may." He turned to me and knelt to the floor. "Alexandria, I adore you. Will you make me the happiest man on this planet, and become my wife?"
"No." His eyes widened, and my mother and father shook their heads helplessly.
"But..." Aiden was struggling to form words in his mouth.
"I cannot make you the happiest man on this planet, because both Aislinn and Courtney are goin to do the same for their partners. But I can make you my husband, and I definately intend to tie you to me through marriage as well as love." He relaxed, and my parents both laughed. They were used to me by now. Aiden slipped the ring he had offered me before on to my finger, then rose and kissed me passionately.
"I love you." I whispered, as the music began and people began to come in congratulations.
"I love you too." He murmured, then we were pulled away by friends.