Mari sat in the gardens of the Red Keep, reading a book about the children of the forest. A cold wind blew past her causing her handkerchief to fly away onto the floor. She dropped her book and went after it. She cased it through the garden. It stopped on the steps just below his feet. The blonde man bent down and picked it up.
"Sorry, that's mine," she said.
He smiled at her and greeted, "Princess. No apologies needed."
"How do you know that I am a princess? Are you stalking me now?" she teased.
He laughed lightly and replied, "The hair gave you away."
She scoffed. "I think that is not true. Anyone can have my hair color."
"There has to be another reason."
"Alright. The royal seal in the corner of your handkerchief gave you away," he said with amusement.
He gave her the handkerchief back, there was a small spark that went through the both of their bodies when their fingers barely touched each other and still touched as they both held the handkerchief. They looked at each other, a small smile on the both of their faces. They broke apart and softly cleared their throats.
The blonde man bowed dramatically. "Lord Jaime Lannister of Casterly Rock."
Mari giggled and curtsied just as dramatically as he did. "Princess Marianna Targaryen of the Seven Kingdoms."
"Isn't it Queen now?"
"In a few days…I'm sorry to hear about your mother and father. Your mother was always very kind to me."
"Thank you. You must know the feeling then," he said as they started to walk through the gardens.
She nodded. "The feeling of lost…stress and it just overwhelms you because now you have everything and it all rests on your shoulders. It's all too much for me and everyone says that I should be grateful, but-"
"But you're not because it came at a prince. I understand that your father died of his illness and your brothers died in the Greyjoy Rebellion."
"Yes, they did."
"Looks like we're both new to this thing of having everything, huh?"
"Yeah…I feel so lonely."
"Me too. I thought that no one understood how I felt."
"You have your brother and sister…how are they?"
"Tyrion married for love so my father disowned him, but now that I am Lord Lanister and my father is dead, I brought him and his family back to the Lannister name. My sister, Cersei just had her third child with Robert Baratheon. They're madly in love with each other. I heard that Rhaegar's wife, Lyanna Stark died as well in childbed."
"Yes, it was very sad. Jon, their first child is now the guardian of his little sister, Cassiya. They hold their mother's features, but my brother's eyes. They are here, but will leave for Winterfell. I thought that it would be best."
"It's a pity what happened to Brandon Stark so many years ago. Him and Catelyn Tully were barely newly weds when it happened." Jaime said carefully.
"My father was sick, he did- it wasn't him."
"I meant no disrespect, princess. Westeros knows it as well."
"The small council advises me-constantly, might I add, that I have to join my house with another."
He chuckled. "And they're saying to join with the Starks since Lyanna is dead and that thing with Brandon."
"I can only fight them for so long to where the people will then demand a king. Which makes me wonder, why you aren't married?"
He smirked at her. "My mother let me marry for love. Sadly, I have not found it yet."
"Neither have I."
Jaime stopped walking and stood in front of her. "I know we only just met, but I was wondering if you would have your supper with me tonight?"
She gave him a warm smile. "I would love to, Jaime."
They smiled at each other until Daenerys came over to them and said to Mari," Sister, we have a ball to get to and you need to get ready."
"Right, I forgot. Good bye, Jaime." She started to walk away and so did he, but then she turned back around and ran back to him saying, "Would you like to come? You can escort me there."
Daenerys gave them a curious look as Jaime smiled and said, "Yes, I would love to."
"Sundown. My chambers."
He nodded then kissed the back of her hand. "It would be an honor, my queen."
"Mari…call me Mari."
Mari bolted up in bed, her eyes wide and frantic as they glanced at every thing in their chambers at Riverrun. Her chest heaved up and down as her heart beat furiously against her chest. It felt so real…is that what life would've been like for Jaime and I if certain events didn't happened after all. In this dream though…life was good and happy. Everything that should've happened happened. I ended up being queen, knowing more of my family, and I would've been with Jaime, not Robb.
Her hands went protectively to her almost now large belly. It had been almost six months since she'd seen or dreamed of Jaime. Why now? Is it a sign? No, it can't be. You're going to be a mother now; you can't act like a child anymore. I promised to put his needs before mine.
She bent over in pain when her started to kick her. "Yes, I know, I know, little one. I love your father very much. He's my Prince Charming for a reason."
The kicking stopped. You are a stubborn little ting. Robb's hand touched her shoulder. She sat up and gave him a reassuring smile to calm his worried expression.
"I am fine. He just likes to kick a lot. And thinks that my bladder is a squeeze toy," Mari told him.
Robb smiled at her. "He gets it from you."
She laughed and kissed him. Robb sighed and then laid them back down on the bed; he wrapped his arms around her as they spooned. She forced her eyes to close and not long did sleep finally take her.
Mari stared down at the two young Lannister boys lying on the floor, her eyes cold as she looked at Lord Karstark.
"They were innocent children…" she said softly.
"They took my son." He snapped.
Mari bolted up to stand on her feet. "Did these two boys take your children?! I thought that it was a man, not boys!" she shouted.
"What good did it do by killing them?! They weren't the ones that killed your son! Because of war path for vengeance, you are blind, blinded by so much hate and rage that you cannot see your own wrongs!" She felt a small pain in her belly, but ignored it.
"Look at them," Robb commanded.
Lord Karstark did not look at the boys at first until Robb roared, "LOOK AT THEM!"
"THEY WERE JUST BOYS! INNOCENT BOYS!" Robb continued. "You committed treason against me by disobeying my orders."
"I'm not the only one in here that has committed treason in this room. Lady Stark freed the Kingslayer to save her daughters. The Queen had feelings for the Kingslayer, he was seen kissing her on your wedding day." Lord Karstark said.
"I already knew of the feelings they shared for one another. We are honest with each other…she told me the minute after it happened. She is honest and true to her words. They are more loyal than you." Robb said coldly. "Take him away and put him in the dungeons."
The guards took Karstark and his men away. Robb walked to her and put his hand on her belly, concern filled his face and eyes.
"Are you ok? I told you not to work yourself up, it's not good for the babe."
"I know. Call it hormones or my motherly instincts kicking in, but I just became so angry at him when I was looking down at those two little boys. They didn't know…I-I can't." Mari stuttered.
She turned and quickly walked out of the Great Hall. Mari went back to their chambers and back to sleep, holding her belly protectively as she thought about her niece and nephew that were slain by the Lannisters. Oh, how young they were…just merely babes caught in the fire, but they might have lived if they weren't Martells. After all, a dragon cannot burn.
Mari's eyed peeled open and squinted in dismay at the bright sunlight in her face. She sat up and rubbed her eyes. She saw Robb at the table looking down at a letter. She stood up and walked over to him, putting a hand on his bare shoulder.
"Robb? Robb, what is it?"
"I've just agreed to having my uncle marry Roslin Frey."
"That is…she was supposed to be the one that I was going to marry instead of you."
She froze. "Wait, you told me-"
"I lied…I'm sorry, Marianna, I-"
"I panicked. When I saw you, I realized that I can't marry someone I don't love."
"Damn it, Robb! You gave him your word as a king if you broke that then how is anyone ever going to believe you."
"I already broke it by marrying you."
"If you would have told me then I would've understood."
"I didn't want to lose you," Robb confessed.
"Gods, I am not a prize between you two. I am not the freaking rope between you two in your tug a war. Without the Freys-"
"I still have them. They've invited us to the wedding; it's being held at The Twins."
"Don't go. I have a bad feeling, Robb. Don't go."
"I have no choice…I must go to say my apologies to them. It is the right thing to do. I may be winning battles, but I'm losing the war."
"I believe in you, my love. You're Prince Charming." She said as she cupped his face in her hands. "This baby will be so strong and good. I could care less if it was a boy or a girl, it's ours and no one can take that away from you or me."
Rob put his hand over hers on her belly. The babe kicked and Robb smiled widely as he gazed down at her belly. "See, even our child agrees with me." Robb laughed and kissed her long and passionately. "I love you. I want to name this child, Rhaegan."
Robb smiled softly at her. "It sounds like a girl's name."
"It's supposed to be. It's for a girl if we have one."
"Alright then I get to choose a name if it's a boys."
"What is it?"
"I like that…Princess Rhaegan Stark and Prince Dorren Stark."
"I like the sound of that. It could be both in there."
"Don't get greedy," she teased. "We have to go, don't we?"
He nodded. "Yes, I'm afraid so. I would like to keep you here-"
"Not a change in hell," she said then kissed him. "I'm not leaving your side."
"Neither am I." Robb said. "I have to go and get everyone ready for our trip. Be safe."
"I love you," she called as he left.
"I love you too," he called back.
Her smiled faded as silence completely surrounded her and then she thought, everything has to be ok…it must. We will be ok, little one.
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