Chapter Six: The Girl and the Gem
As I was lying in bed looking out of the window, I watched the stars and admired how they danced together amidst the moonlight. These stars and the sea keep calling to me, and I want to join them, but I can’t. My life is here now, in Cheul, in a mansion, with Julius. I will forever be bound to this town. I began to sob quietly again, and I tried to fall asleep but couldn’t. Suddenly there was a knock on the door.
“It’s Airen. Can I come in?” He whispered. I responded with a small yes, and he quietly came into the room with a glass of milk and a large piece of Lowelberry cake. He lit a candle on my dresser and then sat on the edge of the bed, placing the milk and Lowelberry cake in front of me. I thanked him for it with a nod and began to eat. “I know this is a hard pill to swallow right now since you’re young, and you’re marrying someone that you hardly know and like. Things will get better. Trust me.” I smiled back at him softly, but then I began to get sad again.
“Airen you don’t understand. I don’t want to marry Julius. I just want to go to schola academia in Minerva and become a cartographer and travel the world. I don’t want to stay in the house petting a pedigree dog while he’s out running campaigns and luncheons and going on business trips to Calperga. I don’t want to be changing my dress three times a day and sit with women who I don’t know to talk about trivial things and knit! I want to travel the world, see new places and go beyond Cheul!” He smiled and chuckled.
“You’re just like Father. He was the same way at your age. He ran away from marrying Mother but had to come back when her father found him and forced them to get married. I guess over the years they’ve had nothing but time to grow to love each other. Maybe the same will happen for you. However, I do want you to travel the world and see what you’ve been aching to see.”