Gavin closed the door trying not to let it slam in his irratation. He had just informed the priest that he would not be marrying the princess from the neighboring kingdom and needless to say the priest was not very happy with this declaration.
"What do you mean you won't be marrying her?" The priest had said.
"I mean exactly what I said." The prince had responded calmly. "I won't be marrying the princess."
The priests face had turn bright red as his anger boiled up within him. He had then proceeded to tell the reasons why this decision would be bad for the kingdom. Finally Gavin had tired of the man and after quickly reminding him who was prince, left the room.
Gavin inhaled deeply holding it for a moment before exhaling, "Now to tell the princess." he said to no one in particular.
He walked through the halls, nodding at a few of the maids who giggled when they thought he was out of earshot. He came to the princesses chamber and knocked lightly on the door. Her maid answered it and when she saw that it was him opened the door wide enough for him to enter.
"Why Gavin," the princess said as she came through the door that led to her bedchamber, "what brings you here?" She looked beautiful in her simple green dress that accentuated her curves and puffed out below her waist and floated just above the floor.
"Why don't you take a seat, Clarice, I have something I need to talk to you about." He turned toward the maid and dismissed her with a nod.
Clarice took a seat and looked at him expectatantly. Gavin came over to her side and kneeled in front of her, "Clarice, do you love me?"
Clarice shifted in her seat uncomfortably and looked away from him, "Of course I do Gavin"
"No Clarice this isn't about what you think I want to hear. This is about how you really feel. Without anyone else around I need you to answer me honestly. Do you want to marry me?"
Clarice turned back to face him and tears filled her eyes, "No," was all she could manage before she burst into tears.
Gavin stood up relief flooding over him. He took a seat in the space next to her on the settee and placed a hand gently on her shoulder trying to calm her. When she had gotten herself under control again, she turned to him and said, "When I was a little girl there was this lord who came often to the castle. He had a son who I played with. We grew up together - "
She started to cry again and Gavin handed her his handkerchief. "You loved him didn't you?"
"We were engaged but my father didn't care. We weren't married yet and you outranked him."
Gavin reached out and turned her head toward him so he could look her in the eye, "Your still going to marry him." tears filled the princesses eyes again, this time of joy. "I release you from your commitment to me, go find this lord of yours and marry him."
Clarice turned away from him, crying into her hands. Laughter boiled up within her and she turned to throw her arms around him, planting a kiss on his cheek. "thank you so much."
Gavin took her hands as she pulled back, standing to his feet he said "enough of your gratitude, you have some packing to do." She nodded and ran to the door to call for her maid. The maid came quickly and Clarice quickly began telling her the exciting news.
Gavin slipped out of the room and stopped at a window that overlooked the city. "There's someone out there, I just know it. Somewhere out there is a girl who will love me." He realized he was shaking and clenched his hands into fists. A servant passed by and he stopped him. "Ready my horse, I wish to ride"
The servant nodded and ran off to fulfill his orders. Gavin looked out the window again, he needed some air, a chance to clear his head and rethink his plans now that Clarice was out of the picture.