"Why did I agree to this?" Rose wondered staring at the huge white and blue, fancy cruise ship. Then she remembered. Of course, her boyfriend, Jimmy of two years had dumped her so her friend Clara had pulled some strings with her travel agent father and arranged this cruise to help get her mind off her broken heart or as Clara had declared it; a best friends only trip!
Now standing there nervously she was beginning to question her sanity realizing she had never been on a cruise ship before.
Clara noticed Rose reluctance and smiled. "It'll be great. Think of all the places we'll get to see, yeah?" She glanced back at the brochure. It did seem like fun and she did have her best friend with her but Rose still wasn't sure. "I don't know. I've never done this sort of thing before."
Clara sighed putting her arm around her shoulders. "Look, it's better than moping at home and besides we might meet some cute guys on board."
Rose thought about and finally smiled. "Okay." "There ya' go," She grinned. The ship's horn blared alerting the passengers to come on board. "Come on!" Clara took her hand and they grabbed their luggage and raced up the boat's platform.
Meanwhile a young Scottish prince named David was pacing in his room filled with dread while his Uncle and royal Advisor Peter stood nearby watching him go back and forth. He sighed exasperated. "Would you please stop your highness? You're giving me a crick in my neck." He grumbled rubbing his neck.
David paused shaking his head. "I won't do it; I won't besides there's just there's no way this plan will work, anyway." "Actually it will work you just don't want it to because you don't want to marry Princess Reinette." Peter replied nonchalant.
He scoffed throwing his hands. "Can you blame me? The girl's a brat!" Peter shrugged. "Well, at least she's a pretty brat." David rolled his eyes. "Oh, goody, that makes it so worth it!" Peter sighed walking over to him. "Look, I know you don't like this but you don't have a choice."
It was true he didn't have a choice, not really. David came from a strict royal family, he was a prince next in line to be King of New Scotland but he was miserable all David wanted was a normal life and a real relationship and love instead his parents were forcing him to take this cruise so he could go to the Bahamas and secretly marry Reinette, a snobby princess he had known for a month and was promised to by his parents, basically it was the classic arranged marriage.
It had forced him to question his future and whether he could trust anybody.
David stared out the circle shaped window, leaning against it and watched the passengers waving goodbye to their friends and family.
He shook his head. "I can't believe there making me do this. I don't even love her, I told them that," David glanced at him and scoffed. "I guess I shouldn't be surprised, though. I mean they never listen, anyway."
Peter shrugged clasping his hands behind him. "No, they don't but you know how stubborn they are and they truly believe they have your best interests at heart." David nodded lowering his eyes. "Yeah," he leaned against the beige wall folding his arms, smirking sadly. "Oh, what would I give not be a prince anymore. To have a normal life even for a day that can't be too much to ask, can it?"
Peter smiled sadly. He felt bad for his nephew. "Suppose, not," He replied placing his hand on his shoulder. "But at least until you arrive to meet Reinette, you get to even for a little while."
"Yeah, while pretending to be a British passenger name John Smith," He scoffed. "I have to be someone else in order to do it."
"You have a better idea how to sneak you over there without the press knowing what's going on?" Peter remarked arching his eyebrow. He held out a set of contacts. "Here it's for your disguise." Peter said.
He groaned. "Seriously, do I really have to do this?" Peter nodded. "Yes, now go in the bathroom and change."
David sighed handing him his glasses and left to change. After a few minutes David came back out. "Well?" He said exasperated.
Peter's eyes widen. The transformation was astounding. He had traded his black trousers, white button down shirt, matching jacket, red sash, glasses and crown for a pair of blue jeans, white graphic blue and white t- shirt and converse sneakers, his hair was slightly spiked and messy.
He could just imagine the fit his parents would have right now if they saw him.
"Amazing," Peter said walking around him. "How do you feel?" He shrugged. "Well, I like the clothes but the contacts feel strange. It's a new experience."
He nodded. "Well, why don't you go out and try out the disguise, see if anyone recognizes you." David arched his eyebrow. "Alone?" He nodded. "Yes."
David grinned and gave a mock gasp. "Wow, all by myself!" Peter scowled but smirked. "Don't get smart. Now go and enjoy yourself."
He nodded and pulled his favorite grey cap over his head and left.
Meanwhile Rose had been walking on deck studying the boat's map and schedule. She was looking forward to some of the activities but decided to avoid others like the dances. Rose just wasn't ready for that nor was she ready for a new relationship. She decided to treat this like a singles cruise.
At the same time David was struggling a little with the contacts, he just wasn't used to them. The squinting made it a bit hard to see and he silently prayed he wouldn't bumped into anyone but of course he did, namely Rose. "Oi!" She frowned rubbing her forehead dropping her map. "Sorry." David replied sheepishly crouching down to pick it up for her.
"It's okay." Rose smiled. She looked up and was taken aback. He was gorgeous. He was tall and lean with dark brown eyes but she couldn't help but notice that he was squinting and blinking.
"Are you alright?" She asked. Looking up David suddenly felt a bit tongue-tied. This girl was very pretty; her short blond hair and beautiful eyes seem to sparkle in the sunlight.
"Get a grip, you're engaged!" He scolded himself realizing he was staring.
"Yeah, why?" David asked standing up.
Rose smirked gesturing at his eyes. "Oh, the blinking thing you're doing with your eyes kind of gave you away." "Yeah, you would be too if you were wearing contacts for the first time." He grunted embarrassed now wishing he didn't have to wear these things.
"Why don't you wear glasses?" She asked curious. "I do I just don't have them. There in my room." He replied pointing behind him. "So instead of wearing glasses you've chosen to wear uncomfortable contacts for the first time and walk around like Mr. Magoo in the middle of the ocean?" She replied.
David had to admit it did seem silly, now.
David shot her a look. "Clever clogs." He remarked. She shrugged. "You're the one who's trying something new."
He was getting annoyed. "I'm aware," He muttered. "Now, if you're done I'm going to attempt to go back to my room without falling overboard." David said sarcastically.
He squinted from the slight discomfort but tried to act normal. Rose tried not to giggle but it was hard. David paused and rolled his eyes. "I'm so glad you're amused," He scoffed. "Tell me are you always this friendly?"
Rose now felt bad. There was no reason to give him a hard time. She smiled sincerely. "I'm sorry; it's just been a rough week. Would you like some help?"
He shook his head. David appreciated it but he didn't like people helping him not even at home. It didn't feel right. "I've got it, thanks."
But he bumped into a deck chair and an empty table. "Damn it." David muttered. Rose folded her arms biting the inside of her cheek. "Oh, yeah, you've got it, alright."
He scowled. "I meant to do that." Rose chuckled. "Of course, you did." David folded his arms. "Why am I having this discussion with you? I don't even know you."
She nodded. "Fair enough." He sighed. "I know you mean well but I'll be fine. I'm just not used to contacts but I'm not helpless, either."
She sighed. "Look, I get it you're stubborn," Rose came towards him. "But at least let me do this for you before you actually get hurt." She gently pulled him down putting some eye drops in his eyes surprising him. "Oi'!"
"There, how's that?" She said letting him go. He blinked a few times and smiled. His eyes felt better. "Hey thanks, what was that?" Rose shrugged. "Just some special eye drops. Should get ya' through until you get used to your contacts. My mum went through the same thing you'll get used to them."
He smiled grateful. "Thanks Miss…" She smiled extending her hand. "Rose Tyler." He gently shook it. "Uh, John Smith." David smiled slightly.
"Really," She smirked. "Sounds like an alias." David blushed nervously. "Well, it's, uh, common name." "Yeah," Rose nodded accepting his answer. "Well, nice meeting you." "Nice meeting you, too. I better go." He smiled politely.
"Well, good luck." Rose said. David just nodded and out of habit and without thinking about it bowed before her then calmly walked away shoving his hands in his pockets.
Rose looked at him strangely. That was new. "Did he just bow?" She thought to herself. She had to admit there was something familiar about him but she couldn't quite place it.
Finally after about a minute she dismissed the thought and figured it was just her imagination and continued walking.