A/N: Okay... so this is my third fanfic. Hope you like it. I've been waiting to post this since I finished my first story, Horizon (now complete), so I'll let you read now. Here's a full summary of the story.
Full Summary of On Opposite Ends
Edward Cullen is the heir of his father's kingdom, Glacies. Edward doesn't want to be king, but his mother is unable to bare anymore children. Edward often sneaks out of the palace to venture down to the lower city in common clothes, so that no one will know who he truly is. On one specific trip to the city, Edward spots the most beautiful girl he has ever seen and feels something that he's never felt before. Love. But before Edward could speak to the girl, she disappears from his sight. This girl's name is Bella Swan. Bella is a girl who lives with her cousin in the capital city below the palace. She's thinks that she practically invisible to everyone except to her two friends, Jacob and Angela. She doesn't expect to fall in love and she doesn't want to, but what will happen when she meets the beautiful and charming Edward? Will these two people, both from opposite ends of the hierarchy, fall in love? ExB. All Human. AU.
Now here's the actual story. Enjoy!
Chapter 1: Sneaking Out
I peeking around a corner to make sure I didn't run into any servants or crazed girls. When I saw that no one was in the hallway, I stepped out from behind the wall I was hiding behind and let my mind wander to my escape plan. I needed to get out of the palace and I needed to get out now. But first, I needed a plan.
Being the crown prince of Glacies had its perks but it also had its faults. One example is being chased around by love-struck girls who only thought about money or titles. Another being having to sit in on your father's councils that could put anyone to sleep. But luckily today I haven't had to put up with either and I needed some air.
Usually when I didn't have my father's council meetings to attend or I wasn't forced to show a narcissistic girl around the palace, I would sneak out of the palace and wander down to the lower city. It was so different from the palace. The sounds of the traders in the marketplace. The colors of all the merchandise. The smells of the freshly made food.
I would always have to find a different way to sneak out every time though. The palace was covered in guards and the royals weren't supposed to walk around the city without an escort. I'm seventeen now, I don't need an escort. Besides, no one in the city knows what I look like. Well, they do, but they don't know that I'm the crown prince. I would always sneak out but I wouldn't wear my royal apparel. I would wear common clothing. The last time I went out in royal apparel was when I was three and I've grown up a bit since then.
I had been wandering the corridors of the palace for at least thirty minutes when I finally came up with a plan but first I had to change. I was wearing the proper palace apparel and I hated it. I preferred the clothing that the city goers wore. It was a lot more comfortable.
I was heading back to my chambers when I heard a voice that I recognized instantly. I dove behind a tapestry as I waited for the most idiotic woman alive to pass my hiding place. Lady Jessica Stanley lived in the palace like most noble girls did when they became sixteen to look for husbands at court. She had come to the palace a year ago and has forced me into hiding many times before.
"Eddie, dear. Where have you gone off to this time?" I heard her say in he high pitched nasally voice. I was gagging from behind the tapestry when she said my name in that voice. It made me want to rip my ears off. And to top it all off, she just had to call me the one name that I despised.
Just when I thought the coast was clear, some dust floated up to my nose from the tapestry and made me sneeze loudly. I accidentally stumbled out from behind the tapestry to find Jessica at the end of the hall.
"Oh, Eddie. There you are. I've been looking everywhere for you," she called from down the hallway as she ran back to where I was standing.
I cursed myself for sneezing when I did. I was so close to getting away from her. I hadn't ever like the girl but I was raised to be polite to ladies (even if they were idiotic), so I plastered on my smile that I used with these girls and turned to greet her. These girls were only in it for the money and the title and I didn't want to marry any of them. I knew that I had to get married before I became king but that wouldn't be for awhile, so I had time. I want to marry the girl that I love and who loves me for me, not my title.
"Hello, Jessica. How may I help you today?" I asked, trying to stop my gag reflex from kicking in as she batted her eyelashes at me.
"I was wondering if you would like to take a stroll through the gardens. It's such a lovely day," she said, her sickening voice full of implications.
I had to think fast. I didn't want to stroll with her through the gardens. "I'm sorry to say I can't at the moment. I've got to... uh... attend one of my father's councils today. Maybe a later time."
"Oh, I'm sorry. I know those can be so boring sometimes. They must be dreadful," she said as she slid her hand up my arm.
"Uh, yes, they can be, but if you'll excuse me I must take my leave," I said as I spun on my heel and walked quickly to my rooms. I shuttered as I walked away, rubbing at the spot on my arm that she touched, as if trying to wipe off her presence.
When I arrived at my chambers, I quickly walked over to my dresser and pulled out a plain white shirt and a pair of black pants and boots (pictures on profile). It's what I always wore to the city. I quickly got dressed and climbed out the window. My room is on the second floor of the palace. I'm pretty fit for a boy who isn't allowed to leave the palace, so the jump wasn't very hard.
When I landed on the ground below my window, I looked around to make sure no one saw me. When I knew no one had, I stood up and made my way over to the western gate of the palace. This was the smallest gate and it had the fewest amount of guards and I could easily sneak by them. They were also the laziest of all the guards as well.
After I made sure that none of them were looking, I sneaked past them and made a run for the trees that surrounded the palace. Once I was in the trees, I was home free. I made my way back to the palace walkway and strolled into the city.
When I got there, I was once again amazed by the sights and smells of the lower city. I haven't been able to get away from the palace in almost two months and I was going insane with all the parties and council meetings.
I wandered farther into the city looking around at the different merchandise as I passed it. As I was passing a textile booth, I looked up to see the most beautiful girl I had ever seen in my life, and trust me, I've seen many girls with me being the prince and all. This girl had long brown hair that waved to the middle of her back and framed her beautiful heart-shaped face. Her full red lips stuck out in a small pout that made me want to kiss her. Whoa! Stop right there, Edward. You don't even know this girl. Just as I was thinking this, she turned her head in my direction and looked directly at me. She had chocolate brown eyes. Only her eyes seemed to have some depth to them, unlike some other girls plain brown eyes were flat and vacuous. She was wearing a dark blue dress with long white sleeves. The top hugged her perfect body and then flowed down towards her ankles.
I know it's rude to stare, especially at a young woman, but couldn't look away from those chocolate eyes that seemed to bore into my soul. But then she looked away suddenly when someone pulled on her sleeve. She turned to the person who pulled on her sleeve and then turned to leave. She looked like she was talking to the person. She looked over her shoulder one last time and then disappeared into the crowd.
When I realized that she was gone, I looked up into the sky to see that the sun was about to set. I cursed and hurried back up the palace walkway and back to the western gate. I walked past the guards this time, as they were all asleep. I wound my way through the palace gardens and up a terrace that was located close to my rooms. I climbed in through the window and headed towards my rooms all while thinking about the girl in the marketplace.
When I got to my rooms, the servants that helped me prepare for dinner each night with my parents where already there. These servants happened to be some of the most annoyingly flirtatious girls I've ever met. I don't even know why they're here. I am perfectly capable of getting myself dressed for dinner with my own parents but apparently no one else thought that.
When they were finally finished dressing me in a royal blue tunic over a white shirt and black pants and boots (pictures on profile), I thanked them like I did every night and left for the royal dining hall. When I got there, the herald was waiting outside the door, as usual. I gave him a nod and he announced me like he did every night for the past ten years of my life. "Prince Edward Cullen, heir to the thrown of Glacies," the herald announced as I walked through the double doors over to the table where my mother and father already sat.
"Hello, dear," my mother, Queen Esme, said as I came over to the table.
"Hello, Mother. Father," I said with a small bow before I sat down in my chair across from my mother.
"Where were you today?" my mother asked as we were served. "Lady Jessica was looking for you."
I grimaced to myself. "I was just wandering the palace as usual, Mother," I lied. My parents would not be pleased to hear that their son was wandering the streets of the lower city unaccompanied. "I didn't see Lady Jessica today though."
My mother smiled. "Good. That girl is an insult to womankind." I just stared at her. I had never heard her say anything like that, especially about a person.
My father, King Carlisle, chuckled. "I'll agree with you there, dear. That girl's voice just makes me want to rip my ears off." I smirked. That was the exact thing that I think every time I hear her voice. "Please tell me that you have no interest in the girl."
I laughed. "Don't worry, Father. Her voice does the exact thing to me that it does to you. And I would really like to keep my ears."
They both laughed. I enjoyed these dinners. This was the only time that my parents could let loose and be themselves and it was pretty much the only time I got to spend with them. Well, except for when I have to sit in on the councils with my father, but I never really get to speak in those and the topics that are being discussed bore the hell out of me, so I never really pay attention.
We talked throughout dinner about different topics, but before I was about to dismiss myself, when my mother said, "Your cousins are coming to visit tomorrow, so make sure that your at the gate waiting for them around noon, alright, dear." My face lit up. My cousins were the closest things to friends that I had had my whole life. They had grown up in the palace with me and we had grown very close. Their spouses were also very close friends of mine as well.
"Yes, Mother. I'll be there. Goodnight," I said, bowing again and leaving the dining hall.
On the way to my chambers, I remembered the beautiful girl in the marketplace again. Actually, she hadn't ever left my mind. Her image kept floating through my mind and I smiled. I needed to find out who this girl was and I needed to do it soon before I drive myself mad with wonder.
I changed into my sleeping gear and climbed into bed, exhausted. I was asleep almost instantly, dreams of beautiful brown eyed girls floating through my head.
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