She's No Princess

By Dlynn

Recently I've read a wonderful book by Laura Lee Guhrke, and I instantly fell in love with the book, after I read it I began to think, what if Edward and Bella were the main characters in the book. I hope you enjoy it. I dedicate this story to Laura Lee Guhrke. This story is based off her book.

Full Summary: The illegitimate daughter of a prince and a notorious courtesan, Bella has been restrained in boarding schools and convents for most of her life. But that hasn't stopped her from causing one scandal after another. Furious, her royal father decides that his disorderly daughter must be married immediately. And Sir Edward Cullen, Britain's most proper diplomat, is the perfect man to choose her a groom.

Diplomacy, not matchmaking, is Edward's specialty, but he vows to have the rebellious woman married off as soon as possible so he may return to more important duties. Yet, there are plenty of eager, worthwhile candidates, none is a match for Bella's spirit and fire. And the more time Edward spends with the infuriating beauty, the more unenthusiastic he is to marry her off. Could it be that he has already found Bella the perfect husband…and it is Edward himself?

Prologue

Fireworks lit the midnight sky, the last night of Carnival in Bolgheri and Bella knew she wasn't going to miss the festivals, even if her father tries to keep her locked up. She had been living in her father's palace a few months, but she wasn't allowed to leave. Staying on the castle grounds made Bella anxious to break out of her prison.

Bella stepped out on the terrace in her suite. She slipped outside and quickly sneaked through Charlie's fruit garden to the stone wall. Bella pulled the gardener's ladder out of the shrubs and placed it against the wall. After she climbed up the ladder, Bella pulled the ladder over the wall so she could climb down the other side.

After her feet touched the ground, Bella quickly tied her mask behind her head, so she wouldn't be recognized by anyone who worked at the palace.

The Carnival was magnificent. The balconies and windows were covered with colorful draperies, music performances were on every corner, crowds of people filled the streets, and confetti filled the air.

Bella spent her time watching the entertainment of mimes, acrobats, and jugglers. Although when she reached the center of the main square, Bella recognized a few of the palace guards walking through crowds and ordering all of the brunette women to remove their masks. She knew they were looking for her.

Bella quickly moved as far as she could away from the guards, although one of them noticed she was running away from them and they were pursuing after her. As Bella crossed the street, the guards were gaining on her.

There was an alleyway nearby, Bella quickly ran down it to get to the other street. Although when she reached the other end, she ran into the arms of one of the palace guards. He removed her mask. Bella tried to struggle, but the man was too strong, "Prince Charlie would like to have a word with you."

Bella looked up at him and gave a lacking in courtesy look to the guard, who was holding her, "I'm sure he does."

I hope you like the prologue, I'll post the first chapter as soon as possible.

Next Chapter: Sir Edward Cullen, a british diplomat travels back to London for his next assignment and it involves a rebelious beauty.