Justifies the Beans
"And I know things now-many valuable things-that I hadn't known before."
-Into the Woods, Act I, "I Know Things Now"
They all raced home, but Kevin stopped when something strange caught his attention.
"Kev!" Nick called. "What are you doing?"
"Hold on!" Kevin said as he backtracked. He caught up with the old man he'd passed. He was leading a cow. A white, thin, sickly looking cow. "Excuse me, sir?"
"Yes?" The man said as he stopped.
"That cow, where did you get it?"
"I traded for it at the market, why?"
Kevin quickly hopped off his horse. "Do you mind if I take a look?"
"At my cow?" The man asked strangely.
"I just need to check one thing."
"Fine," the man sighed. "Go ahead."
Kevin gently moved the cow's ear and smiled brightly at what he found. A medium sized black spot. This was Macy's cow. The cow she wanted back more than anything else in the world. "Sir, how much do you want for this cow?"
"What?" The man asked with a furrowed brow.
"How much do you want for this cow?" Kevin repeated.
The group returned to the castle and put away their horses in the barn. Amy watched as Kevin put away the small cow in a separate stall.
"So, your friend Macy lost her cow and you found it for her?" She asked.
Kevin nodded. "This is Ellie. Macy's favorite, well, pet, I guess."
Amy grinned at him. "You love her, don't you?"
Amy rolled her eyes. "No, Ellie. Of course, Macy."
Nick laughed. "Wow, you might be spending a little too much time with me."
Amy and Nick shared a smile before she turned back to Kevin. "So, do you love her?"
Kevin sighed. "Yes."
"But?" Amy asked knowingly.
"She's all hung up on the fact that I'm a prince. She's been mad at me since she found out, and I thought it was just because I kept it from her, but now…I think it's something else."
Amy nodded. "Well, you are a prince."
"Why do people keep saying that?" Kevin asked. "I know I'm a prince."
Joe shook his head at Kevin. "People say that because the general belief is that we're supposed to marry another royal or a member of the court. You know that."
"So, what are you guys saying? That Macy doesn't think anything can happen because I'm a prince?" Kevin asked.
Nick nodded. "That's exactly what we're saying."
Amy patted Kevin's shoulder. "She's probably afraid she's going to end up with a broken heart."
"So then what do I do?" Kevin asked.
"You talk to her," Nick told him. "Let her know that our family is a little different when it comes to relationships."
Amy's brow furrowed. "Different?"
Nick smiled at her. "I didn't tell you? Our parents decided to let us marry for love. Not status."
Amy blushed. "No, you did not tell me this."
Nick took Amy's hand and led her toward the castle. Before they left the barn they turned and wished Kevin good luck.
Joe put a hand on Kevin's shoulder. "You ready to go find Stella and Macy?"
Kevin nodded. "As I'll ever be. Do we know where they are?"
Joe laughed. "You left Stella alone with a girl wearing a battered and torn scrap of a dress. Where do you think they are?"
Kevin smirked and followed Joe to the wardrobe room. As they approached the room Kevin suddenly felt nervous. What if everyone was wrong? What if Macy wasn't scared of a broken heart? What if she just hated him? Joe knocked on the door and Stella immediately answered. She hugged Joe and kissed him quickly.
"How did it go? How's Amy?"
"We're all safe. Amy's hair is a lot shorter, but other than that she's fine," Joe told her.
"She cut her hair?" Stella asked in shock.
Kevin nodded. "We used it as a rope to get down from the tower."
"I can't believe that," Stella told them. "She was so attached to it."
Joe laughed. "Obviously, she's not any more. Literally."
Stella rolled her eyes and smacked Joe's shoulder. "Ow."
"Where's Macy?" Kevin asked.
Stella grinned at him. "About Macy, you plan on keeping her around, right? Cause I think I found my new best friend. She's just so adorable, and completely unlike me. Not that I'm not adorable because I am. Right Joe?"
"Yes, absolutely adorable," Joe said immediately.
Kevin's eyes widened and he smirked. "I see she's got you trained all ready, huh?"
"Don't mock," Joe said with a glare.
Kevin stifled a chuckle.
"So?" Stella asked as she looked at Kevin expectantly.
"Do you plan on keeping Macy around?"
Kevin nodded. "I do, but I think that's ultimately up to her."
Stella smiled knowingly. "Oh, I think she'll stay as long as you ask her to. She's just inside. She's practicing walking in the dress I gave her." Stella grabbed Joe's arm and led him away. "Let's go see what's going on at the ball, shall we?"
Kevin stepped further into the room and spotted Macy walking back and forth in front of a large mirror. He smiled softly and leaned against the nearest wall. She looked up and froze when she spotted him in the mirror. She gasped and bit her lip.
"You're back." She said quietly as she looked down at her light blue dress nervously.
"You look beautiful," Kevin told her as he stepped closer. "But, then again, I've always thought that."
Macy blushed. "I'm not sure I look like I belong in it."
He was certain of that. She belonged in that dress and she belonged in this castle…with him.
"Y-you wanted to talk?" Macy asked as she hesitantly looked back up at him.
He nodded. "Let's go for a walk."
He extended his arm and Macy wondered how she hadn't figured out who he was sooner. He was clearly royalty. She should have seen that from the beginning. Seeing him here in this castle being so natural and easy only drove that home. He was a prince. The son of the king and queen.
And she was the daughter of a farmer. She gulped and accepted the arm, and they walked in silence.
"Where are we going?" Macy asked curiously.
"To the barn. I found something that I thought you might want," Kevin told her happily.
They reached the barn and Kevin led her inside past the horses to a stall in the back. He opened the door of the stall and ushered her inside. She gasped at what she saw.
"Ellie!" she exclaimed as she reached forward and petted the animal. She glanced behind her ear to see the spot and then turned to Kevin. "You found her! How?"
"Rode past an old man leading her along on the way back."
"And he just gave her to you?" Macy asked suspiciously.
"Ah, no. It required a trade."
"How much?" Macy asked sternly. "How much did you give him."
Kevin blushed. "It's not important, really. What is important is that you have her back."
Macy knew what that meant. That meant he'd paid that man a lot of money for her cow. Probably a lot more than Ellie was worth to a more practical person. "Kevin…"
"Just the little bit of money I had on me and…"
"And?" Macy asked when she realized he wasn't finished.
"Kevin!" She scolded. "Your sword?"
"I can get another one," He said quickly. "Really, it's no problem you needed Ellie back. She's not replaceable. A sword is."
Macy wrapped her arms around him tightly and kissed his cheek. Oh yes, giving up his sword had been completely worth it. He wrapped his arms around her waist.
"Kevin, you really shouldn't have done that. I mean thank you. Really, thank you so much, but…"
"Macy, it's all ready been done," Kevin said with a smile. "Just enjoy it."
She nodded and rested her head on his shoulder. "Why did you do it?"
"I all ready told you. You need her."
Macy sighed. "You know what I mean. Why did you do this for me?"
Kevin pulled back slightly and lifted her chin so that she could look at him. "Because I—I love you."
Macy smiled softly at him. "You do?"
"But you're a—"
"Prince, I know."
"You should find a princess or…something."
"Macy, there's something else about my family that I haven't told you."
Macy felt panic rise in her chest. Did his family all ready hate her? She hadn't even met them! "What?"
"Our parents are different than most royalty."
Her brow furrowed. "What do you mean?"
"They want us to marry people we love not people we merely like," Kevin told her. "If we fall in love with a princess then sure that's great, but if I were to, say, fall in love with a farmer's daughter they'd be just as happy."
"Really?" She asked him with a bright smile.
"Really," He nodded.
She swallowed thickly. "So then you and I could—"
He smiled. "We could."
Kevin stumbled to catch his balance as Macy threw herself at him. Her lips covered his and her hands traveled up his shoulders into her hair. He leaned against the wall of the barn and wrapped his arms tighter around her waist. Macy pulled back and smiled at him.
"I love you, too," She said with a large smile.
"Good," He said as he dipped his head down to capture her lips again. This kiss was quick and soft yet it felt slow. It felt like Kevin knew he had all the time in the world to kiss her. He pulled back and smirked at her. "That will make the wedding less awkward."
Macy's mouth dropped open, "The what?"
As Kevin leaned forward to kiss her again the world went black.
"Macy? Wake up. Macy?"
Her eyes fluttered open to find her head on someone's shoulder. She heard a chuckle and then felt the arm around her shoulders shake her softly.
"The movie's over, Mace. Time to get up."
"What?" She asked as she sat up and looked at the voice. Her vision cleared and she jumped at the sight of Kevin's smiling face.
A dream. It had all been a dream. She blushed as she remembered the last scene in her dream. She'd been kissing Kevin, and he'd…proposed?
Oh God, this was awkward. So awkward.
"You slept through the movie," Kevin grinned.
"Oh," Macy said as she cleared her throat and tried to stop herself from blushing.
"Macy?" Stella asked. "Are you okay?"
"I—I, um, no," Macy answered.
"Why? What happened?" Kevin asked in concern.
"I—you—Stella," Macy took a deep breath. "I had a dream. A very odd dream."
"Uh oh," Stella chuckled. "Macy's dreams tend to be very detailed…and intense."
"What happened?" Nick asked curiously.
"You saved Amy from a witch who locked her in a tower."
Nick grinned. "Amy?"
"Yes, Amy. The girl you've yet to ask out again even though she told you to. You should probably do that." Macy said as she turned to Joe and Stella. "And Stella was Cinderella only Joe knew her all along and it took him entirely too long to figure it out."
"Anything else?" Joe asked in amusement.
Macy blushed. "Nope, no. Nothing else."
Stella glared at her suspiciously. "Lies."
"Uh, I'm…gonna go get some water. Be right back," Macy said as she urgently stood up and jogged to the kitchen. No one needed to know that she had dreamed about kissing Kevin…or being in love with Kevin.
She grabbed a bottle of water out of the Lucas's fridge, and then shut the door to find Kevin standing on the other side of it. She jumped and yelped. Kevin chuckled at her.
"A little jumpy are we?"
She gulped. "I don't know what you're talking about."
"So," Kevin said casually. "I wasn't in your dream?"
Macy cleared her throat nervously. "No."
"No I was or no I wasn't?"
"I was?" Kevin asked excitedly. "What happened?"
"You, um, climbed a beanstalk."
"So, I was Jack?"
"Then who was I?"
"You were a prince."
"A prince who climbed a beanstalk? I don't know that story," Kevin told her. "So there wasn't a Jack?"
Macy sighed. "I-I was Jack."
"Really?" Kevin smiled. "So we climbed the beanstalk together?"
Macy nodded, but said nothing and Kevin gave her an odd look.
"Are you okay?"
"No, no I'm not okay! I just had a very intense dream where you and I climbed a beanstalk and—and we, um, kissed and then you saved me from the giant and then we went home and you bought me a cow and then we kissed again and then you—you…"
Kevin smirked at her. "Then I what?"
"You, um, proposed. I think…I never got clarification on that one."
"And this weirds you out because…"
"Well, we-" She cut herself off and groaned her inability to speak. "In real life we are not a 'we', and in my dream we were definitely a 'we'. And then I wake up and my head is on your shoulder and you're all adorable and—and you make me wish we were actually a 'we'!"
He blinked in surprise before a slow smirk spread across his face. "I do?"
"Oh no, I said that out loud, didn't I?"
Kevin stepped closer and took the water bottle out of her hand. "Yes, you did."
"And you heard it. You actually heard it. You were right here listening to me say it. Awesome, wonderful, great even…"
Kevin smirked at her as she rambled and set the water bottle down on the counter beside of them. "Macy?"
"Why?" She asked worriedly.
"Because I want to kiss you, and it might make it a little easier for me if you weren't talking."
Kevin answered her by leaning forward and kissing her lips gently. She froze in shock before relaxing and letting her arms rest on his chest. As soon as she responded he pulled her closer and deepened the kiss. His arms were wrapped around her and both were placed on her back. Macy definitely thought this kiss was better than any kiss she could have ever dreamed. It was real. All of it. Her hands traveled up his chest past his shoulders and into his curls just to remind herself that he was actually there. Kevin pulled away from her and she whined. He chuckled and she blushed.
"I am awake right?" Macy asked softly.
"You're definitely awake," He told her with a smile.
"Then you really just kissed me?"
"Because I think—no, I know—that I like you, and I thought that since you had that dream you liked me too but if I was wrong—"
"You weren't wrong," She said hastily. "You were one hundred percent correct, actually."
"Good," He said with a bright smile. "Because I really would like to kiss you more often."
"If the end is right it justifies the beans!"
-Into the Woods, Act I, "Maybe They're Magic"