The Earth Has Two Loves
Part 3: Light After Dark
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The kiss broke and Mia smiled, "you know that was the first time you ever kissed me."
"Your lips," Darien breathed, "the kiss, it's almost like the rays of the sun."
"I never thought of it that way," Mia said.
"You must stay with me," Darien implored, "for the whole day."
"But I can't," she whispered.
"What would happen if you stay here after sunset?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied.
"Would you die?"
"I hope not."
"Who's the young maiden," a servant asked, "your highness?"
"This is," he began.
"Princess Mia," Mia finished.
"Where did you come from?"
"Oh, I've come afar."
"Shall we start the brunch now?"
There were trays and trays of good food. Mia knew she wasn't supposed to eat any of it but it all looked so good. She felt like she was part of the group. So she picked up a cherry and ate it. Although she knew of the consequences, she continued to dine with the others anyway.
They played croquette and other games. Mia never had this much fun in her whole life.
"Dance with me," Darien said, taking her hand.
"I've never danced," Mia said.
"Now is your chance," he brought her over to the dance floor.
Mia has always wanted to dance with Darien. And her she was, dancing with the prince of her dreams.
"Quickly everyone," someone cried, "You must see this!"
They followed the voice outside.
"What is it?"
"Look in the sky! What is that?"
The moon and sun seemed to be combining. It was a solar eclipse.
"No," Mia mumbled.
"What does this mean," Darien asked.
"Something horrible is supposed to happen," she replied.
"I'm not sure."
"Come with me," he said, "Let's get a closer look." He told his servant to get his horse. When his servant came back, mounted first and he lent her his arm to pull her up and sit in front of him.
They left the castle to the meadow. "Look!" Mia shouted, "I see something, coming from the eclipse."
"Looks like a woman on a flying horse," he said.
The horse landed and the moon princess dismounted. She gasped when she saw her prince with Mia, "what are you doing here?"
"I'm the sun princess," Mia said, "who comes to the prince during the day."
"I'm the moon princess," Serena said, "I come to him at sunset."
"But it's not sunset," Darien said, "we still have two more hours until sunset."
"The eclipse happened and I woke up," Serena explained. She cocked her head, "wait, you can see me?"
He nodded, "I can see Mia too."
"You've never been able to see us before."
"But I can now."
Serena looked at Mia, "you can go back to the sun now."
"But I leave at sunset," Mia said. "That is when Phoenix comes back to me."
"Then take Pegasus."
"No, I will wait for Pegasus," Mia insisted, holding onto Darien.
"Do you love her?" Serena asked.
He thought for a moment. "Yes."
"I'm not sure," he said without thinking. "She was the first woman I saw. I can't choose between two women."
"Yes you can," she pressed, "do you love the sun more or the moon?"
"Answer her, Darien," Mia told him when he didn't say anything.
He dismounted but told Mia to stay. Darien touched Serena's shoulder. She felt much different than Mia. She felt kind of cold. He kissed her lips and though it felt like he heard music, it didn't' feel like he was drinking sunshine. He stepped back and smiled faintly.
"I love the sun more," he said. "I'm sorry."
"Why?" she asked, "I sing you to sleep every night!"
"Darien, we both love you very much," Mia said. "I'm sorry that you have to choose one of us. Maybe it's better that you never did see us."
"No, I know what I want," Darien said. "I want to keep the sun with me."
"She has to stay in the sun during the night," Serena said, "that's where she belongs."
She frowned, "I ate the food here. I'm earthbound. I can't return home."
"That's forbidden!" Serena cried.
"I'm sorry I didn't' say anything before," Mia said.
"What about the sun?" Darien asked, "will something happen to it?"
"No, it will not die," she said, "it will go on living but I can't go back home. I can never see the phoenix or go back to the sun again."
"You did this on purpose!" Serena accused.
"Please don't say that," Darien implored.
She frowned, "what am I supposed to then?"
"I don't know," Mia said, "but the important thing is that Darien knows you love him."
Serena mounted on Pegasus but didn't fly away. She swallowed and tried to be understanding, "Goodbye, for the final time. I hope you'll be happy together."
Mia and Darien went back to the castle. She stayed after sunset and though she was as human as anyone else, she was still a princess of the sun. Darien knew that because he could still taste sunshine whenever he kissed her and in the middle of the night, she was warm.
An eagle flew past Serena's head as she was riding Pegasus. It surprised her and she made a gasp.
"I hope he didn't frighten you," came a male's voice.
"No," she said and looked to where the voice came from. The eagle was perched on a young warrior arm. "Who are you?"
"Rowen of Strata," he said, petting his eagle as
he sat on the branch of a tree.
"Are you a prince?"
"No, I'm just a warrior, " he replied, "I'm a warrior of the air. Who are you?"
"The princess of the moon."
He couldn't believe it, "I thought the princess of the moon never could be seen."
"No one could see me at first," she said, "and now they can."
"So, princess of the moon," he said, "do you have a name?"
Pegasus flew over to him, "Care for flying?"
"Are you offering me a ride?" he asked.
"Do you want one?"
He smiled, "it's not every night I see a princess riding a horse that could fly." He stood and sent his eagle of to fly free again. "Of course I'd like a ride."
And so she took him for a ride high in the sky and every night after that, she would come from the moon to take the warrior out for a ride in the sky.