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Chapter 2- Ever Present Love

Martin and Rose were walking paw in paw around the outskirts of the village in silence. Martin kept turning his head toward Rose, but how could he possibly speak? How could he put into words the way he felt about her? How could he tell her that he had love her since the day she had rescued him from the pit, and he had first stared into her beautiful hazel eyes? How could you just come out and say something like that?

"Is something wrong, Martin?" Her soft voice broke into his revelry.

"What? Oh, nothing; I was just thinking." He stared once again at her beautiful, kind features.

"About what?"

"Well, about you. Look, Rose, I've wanted to say this since the day you rescued me, and I can't think of a more perfect time than now to say that I love you." His words came out in a rush, but she understood. She stopped walking and faced him; then, without warning, she kissed him.

"Martin, I love you, too."

He was at a loss for words; he didn't know what to do. He suddenly blurted out something he'd been contemplating, "Rose would you marry me?"

She had no reason for a reply; she kissed him again and hugged him tight. Martin took that as a yes.

Brome stared with happiness at what he had just witnessed; he loved his sister, and it felt good to see her so happy. He knew Martin would be good to her and take care of her; he thought they were perfect for each other.

Martin and Rose walked back to the hall and entered paw in paw; they were both rather nervous. Martin put on an air of confidence and walked right over to Urran Voh. He had to chuckle as he passed Ballaw, who was still devouring everything in sight, and neither Martin nor Rose noticed Brome reenter the hall after them, smiling hugely.

"Daddy, Martin has something to ask you." Rose was just as nervous as Martin, but she stayed calm.

Urran turned to Martin, smiled, and waited for him to speak.

"Sir, I would like permission to marry your daughter." Those close by who heard the question, began to whisper to those around them, and soon the whole hall went completely silent. Martin braced himself for whatever answer was to come.

"I'm sorry, Martin, but I cannot give you that."

"What? But, Daddy, why?" Rose almost shouted.

"I have my reasons, Rose, and I shall hear no more of this!"

Rose ran from the hall; Martin ran after her, and no one, not even Ballaw, felt like celebrating or eating anymore; the air of happiness was ruined.

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Later that night, after everyone else was asleep, Urran and his wife, Arryah, were still awake and talking. Arryah was pleading with her husband, "But why won't you let her; can't you see they love each other?"

"That's not the, he's a warrior; he could get her killed one day!"

"Isn't that what you said before they left, and look, she came back in one piece didn't she?"

"Regardless. His warrior spirit may one day lead him to wander; she would naturally go with him, and what if they don't come back?"

"At least they'd be happy."

Urran didn't like to be proven wrong, but his wife gradually killed all of his argument until he finally broke. "Alright, alright; I'll go talk to them and give them my permission. You shall get your way."

Arryah smiled, she had known she would.

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As Urran Voh entered Rose's room, he found it was empty; he ran to Martin's room, which was likewise empty, but he found a not on the little bedside table written in Rose's hand.

Dear Daddy and Mum,

If you are reading this, then we are already gone. We have gone to find a fresh start; I want you to know that I will always love you, and I hope to come back to Noonvale someday. Tell Brome I love him, and also tell him not to get into too much trouble. I don't want you to harbor ill wishes toward Martin; this was my idea, not his. I hope you both are willing to forgive me.

All my Love Always,


Urran had to smile at his daughter's courage and passion; somehow, despite his anger and sadness, he managed to be happy for his daughter.

Okay, well that was chapter 2, and I hope you all enjoyed it. I could end it here and leave you all hanging, but if I get enough reviews, then I might write another chapter. Now click the little button in the corner and review!