Chapter Ten

Henry found her sitting just inside the gate of the Manor. He got off his horse and walked towards her.

"That's where it happened," Danielle pointed to a spot on the driveway, "I had run up to watch him wave at the gate. It was tradition. But before he made it past, he fell off his horse. His last words to me were 'I love you' right there in that spot. Then he died,"

Henry sat down beside her in the rain and pulled her against him.

"What will happen to them?" Danielle asked in a small voice.

"They will probably be shipped to the Americas,"

She gasped and shook her head.

"No, they don't deserve that, especially not Jacqueline. She helped me and looked after me when I was hurt. Please don't,"

"What shall be done then?"

"The only fair thing to do is do to them what they did to me,"

"Make them servants?"

She shrugged and he grinned.

"Sounds like a fair punishment and nothing shall be done with Jacqueline. Does that please you?"

She nodded.

"I don't think we should marry,"

Henry pulled away from her and looked down at Danielle as if she was crazy.

"Why not?"

"You saw what happened tonight, and how they reacted. What if that was to happen again?"

"It won't, but if it does, I won't care. I told you, I could only be a good king with you by my side. I couldn't live without you, much less rule,"

"I couldn't live without you either,"

"Then that's that. No more talk of us not being married! Now let us go inside. It's far too rainy for me to go back to the castle now,"

She smiled at him and stood up. Henry pulled her in for a kiss and began the walk down the drive with his lady and horse.

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"Oh Leonardo, it beautiful,"

"Think of it as an early wedding present, my Lady,"

"I must say Leonardo for a man of you talents, it uh, doesn't look a thing like her," the Prince said. Danielle spun around and came at him playfully.

"You, sir, are suppose to be charming,"

"And we are supposed to live happily ever after,"

"Really I heard that true love never ends happy because it never ends,"

"Too true, my love,"

Henry kissed his future bride with a promise of never ending love.

The End