*X*(Part Two)

I had no choice really, I had been brought up well and tried to help everyone I possibly could, so if I refused a whole kingdom would perish, I just couldn't do it. Almost as if she had sensed what I was thinking, Anna spoke to me.

"Go" she told me "Tara hasn't said I can't come and these people need you. Who knows : we might find a way to take this responsibility away from you when we get to this city."

Now I had something else to think about, what if they refused to let me love Anna, what if they forbade any relationships with those not of royal descent. My heart sank.

"If we can't I might never see you again. You'd have to come home at some point so you could finish your education and live the life you'd planned to have." Before I had even stopped speaking I knew her reply, but love still coursed through my body as she said it.

"I wouldn't leave you" she told me, squeezing my hand gently.

"What about your parents?" I had met Anna's parents, other than Anna they were two of the nicest people I had met, and I knew they both loved Anna almost as much as I did. "They'd be so worried. I'm not sure they'd let you go in the first place."

"I don't care. I love you."

" I love you too. You might be safer here Anna, cherished one." I told her, having noticed a brief look that crossed Tara's face, I wasn't so sure that they would want Anna there.

"I don't care! I've never cared about myself- I've only thought of you. All I want is to be with you. Let me come with you!"

I turned around to Tara, one question on the agenda.

"If I come, can Anna come too?" I waited a few moments and the answer camem I scanned her face, trying to see whether she approved or not. Her face remained emotionless, almost robotic.

"Of course."

Again I turned my focus to Anna."Are you sure?"

"Of course I am." she replied with a smile. I gently rubbed a hair from her face, wishing that some of the love I was feeling would come across to her. A wish that was soon granted as Anna leaned in to kiss me, an action ,which, again brought out a look of anger in Tara's face. After what seemed like an eternity, our blissful kiss stopped. It was time.

"We'll go" I told the room.

Then my father spoke, to be totally honest, I had forgotten he was there. I turned to face him. His face still had the look of someone who was about to burst into tears.

"I'm sorry about all this son. If there were any other way, I'd help you out. I can't even come to Sapphire City with you."

"Why not?"

"I was exiled for loving your mother."

"Thats awful! Is that why we don't live there" He nodded in reply. I couldn't believe my ears. Now I was really unsure about bringing Anna, what if they did the same thing to her.

"Plus the fact that your mother hated it there" he continued.

"Why did she dislike it so much?" I wondered, drawing an anxious look from my father again. I waited, almost knowing the answer before it escaped his lips, but still filling me with fear which sank deep into my stomach as he said it.

"There were rules on who you can love."

It took a moment for it to sink in then my heart was bombarded with emotions. Disgust, anger but most of all fear. Surely they must have changed, surely they had realised their rule was wrond, surely they realised that the bonds of love are too strong to be broken with rules, no matter who made them. Or so I hoped.

"I'm sure another princess will take your fancy" came Tara's mechanical, almost surgical reply.

"I am not ending what I have with Anna, we've been going out for more than a year now. I love her.

"Come and sort things out at the palace" Tara continued, totally ignoring what I had said. I began to feel myself getting annoyed. From the moment I had met Anna I knew that there was something, something different, special. She was the most kind, caring, not to mention beautiful person I had ever met. Every time I saw her I couldn't help but think how lucky I was to have her, how lucky I was to have felt true love. And now here was some kingdom telling me I couldn't love her.

"No! Why should I when they won't want me to love my girlfriend." Then Anna spoke again, I couldn't help but relax hearing her voice, although my fear wouldn't leave my mind.

Moments later we were heading out the door, across the lawn and into the limousine, which surprisingly had not drawn any attention from the neighbours. I stepped into the vehicle, almost missing the look of disdain which crossed the drivers face as he looked towards Anna. Not a good start I thought as the car began to move, heading along the same road which Anna and I had walked so happily along only an hour before. If only we could turn back time.

The End

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