For Love or a Kingdom

Chapter 10

"What do you mean no?" said Auto enraged.

"Xenaiah? What's the meaning of this?" asked her mother.

Gabriella looked at her and smiled. The crowed just gasped in unison. The priest closed his bible.

"Xenaiah. I would like to know the meaning of this."

"Listen mom," said Xenaiah,"I'm finally going to stick up for myself. I don't want this. I don't want to be forced into marriage. I want to get married when I'm ready. I'm still young. I should be living my life. Not rushing into one."

"But Xena. The kingdom."

"I know you know not about the kingdom. It's about love. It always has been. I know you felt the same way when you married dad. Did you truley ever love him?"

"But why Xenaiah?" asked her mother.

"I'm in love mom," she paused," Yah. I'm in love. Not with Auto, but..." she looked at Gabbie and smiled. "...But with Jayson." Gabriella smiled back. "Who's Jayson?" asked her mom.

"He's a commoner." The crowed gasped again.

"Oh shut up people and let the woman talk." shouted Gabriella.

"These past few months," Xenaiah continued, "I've been sneaking out. Just to see what it's like. Jayson saved my life. He saved my soul. I know I lost him, but I'm going to get him back."

"This is an outrage," said a man in the crowd, "I pay fifty dollars for this and travel from afar just to see this wedding, and it's not going to happen?"

"Sit down and shut up," responded Xenaiah, "No one forced you to come. Besides, it was free."

"Then who took my money?" wondered the man as he sat down quietly. She turned back to her mother. "I know I'm doing the right thing." "So," said Auto," you rather be with Jay?"

"Yes. I love him."

"What about all our time together? What.." What time Auto?" she asked, "Did you ever once care about how I felt about all this? Do really love me or that crown of yours." Xenaiah looked down at her finger and took off the ring. She laid it in his palm. "I can't do this Auto. I'm not in love with you." Auto stared at her, the ring, then the crown. He looked at his hand and brought it across Xenaiahs face. The crowed gasped.

"How dare you," he said as he grabbed the crown and put it on. "I need this crown. I need this. I need to be king. It's all I've ever wanted. Now your little brat and her dumb love affair rip it from my hands. Of course I never loved her. How could I. I just wanted to be king and now it's ruined."

"Get him guards!" said Xenaiahs mother.

"This isn't the end. I will be king!" The guards grabbed his arms and dragged him away.

"Xenaiah? Are you alright?" asked her mother.

"Yeah," she said, " Look mom. I,"

"Don't Xe. I was blinded. Blinded by the rule of a queen. I'm sorry that I really haven't been your mother lately. Your right. You're completely right. I never really did get over my love. Yes. I had love for your father, but it wasn't the same. I didn't fell the same for your father than when I was with my true love. I still love him. It is for love Xenaiah. Don't make the same mistake I did. Don't lose your love. Don't lose what means the most to you. Don't lose him." Xenaiah smiled as her mom gave her a kiss on her head. "You know," said her mom, "I think I'm ready to find love again. I think I'll just take a little trip to Egypt. Find myself a king." Xenaiah gave her mother a hug. Xe looked at Gabriella.

"Thanks Gabbie. For listening to me. For letting me see." Gabriella smiled.

"Anytime. Now go get him girl."

Xenaiah picked up her dress, turned and ran down the isle. The people gasped again.

"Oh, shut up already." said Gabbie.

Xenaiah ran through town with her white dress flowing in the wind. All the people stared. Finally she got to Jays house. Jay was sitting by the window looking out at the palace. He sighed.

"Why, Why, Why?" he said to himself.

"Jayson?"

Jay got up quickly and turned around to find Xe standing in the doorway in her dress.

"What are you doing here?" he asked, "Aren't you supposed to be getting married. What dose princesses Xenaiah want with me. A commoner. A loser."

"Listen Jay. I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I understand it, but I..."

"What did you expect me to be Xe," he paused,"Xenaiah. What? Dumbfounded?"

"No. I couldn't tell you the truth." she said.

"Why?"

"Because. Well because I thought you wouldn't treat me any differently than who I am."

"Why?' he asked, "You know I don't care about that." Xe started to cry.

"I know that now, but just listen to me Jayson." He stared her in the eyes. "These past few months have meant the world to me. I felt free whenever I was around you. I thought I was doing the right thing by marrying Auto, but I was wrong. Wrong ok."

"You mean the world to me Xenaiah."

"I know. I realize that now. I was blinded ok. I was seen fit to do my royal duty. My head said I was doing the right thing, but my heart was gnawing me inside telling me no. You mean the world to me too jay. You're my life. My soul and my heart, Auto was never any of those things. He never loved me. I thought he did. I thought I loved him. He just wanted to be king. But you Jay. You were always there for me. No matter what happened. I like that about you Jayson. I was a crazy not to see the truth. That the truth had been there the whole time right in front of me. So please. Just give me this one last adventure with you. I love you. I've loved you since the moment I first looked in your eyes. It's taken me this long to understand that. I love you Jayson. I do. Really. I love you."

Xe dropped to her knees and buried her face in her hands. Jayson turned his head away and stared out his window.

"I guess I better go. I'm a worthless nobody. I feel like the real me when I'm around you, but I lied to you. So why would you even want to listen to my heart." Tears were flowing down her face. "I understand if you never want to see me again. You probably don't. I should've never come back. I guess I should've married Autolocus and lived with this feeling locked in me.

Jay turned around as Xenaiah started to leave.

"Wait Xenaiah," he said as he grabbed her hand and pulled her close to him. "You aren't worthless."

Xenaiah laughed as he wiped away her tears. He stroked her face with the back of his hand and traced her lips with his fingers.

"You're beautiful and you know I love you too. You know you could've told me Xenaiah. It wouldn't have changed the way I felt about you."

"I know. I just thought..."

"Shush." Jay his finger to her lips. "I don't care who you are. Villager or princesses. You're the best thing that's ever happened to me Xenaiah." Xenaiah looked at him and smiled "Just call me Xe."

He looked in to her eyes and her him.

"Ok...Xe."

Jayson smile as he pulled her lips to his and kissed her.

The End