LAST CHAPTER :'(
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CHAPTER 6 – HANS
ONE WEEK LATER
The day dragged. I wanted – needed – to see Annie again. That night could've been a dream for all I know.
I jogged home from work, barrelling through the front door. My eyes fell on the piano in the corner of the front room.
Okay, that night was definitely real.
I hurried around the kitchen, fixing myself something to eat as I mentally checked off dates in my head. Today was the day that the Development Project ended. Taking a bite of my sandwich, I checked my watch. The Meister Ceremony started in a half hour. I needed to get going.
It took me all of five minutes to reach the workshop, where everyone was waiting. I pushed firmly on the door, which swung open to reveal the excited faces of all my friends. Annie stepped forward and took my hand.
"Guys, we have something to tell you." She said with a grin. Liese squealed and clapped her hands.
"About time!" Fitz giggled.
"You guys are just the cutest thing!" Gillian added. Annie leaned into my side, her beautiful sapphire eyes meeting my muddy brown ones.
"Did I ever tell you how much I love your eyes?" she asked suddenly.
I shook my head. Myabe they weren't as muddy as i'd always thought.
"Well, I love your eyes. A lot."
"Need I reiterate how amazing yours are?" I replied, a small smile forming on my lips.
"No, I've heard enough times." She grinned, standing on tiptoes to brush her lips against mine. A huge 'aww' echoed around us. Annie smiled against my lips before pulling back and shooting Liese a knowing look. I straightened up, but kept my arms locked around her waist.
"So, you all ready for the ceremony?"
"Um… Yes." She clarified, finality ringing in her tone. Without another word, I propped the door open with my foot, letting everyone out ahead of me. They filed out, chatting noisily amongst themselves. Kilbert was the last to leave.
"Yeah?" I asked, caught off guard.
"I'm… I'm really glad things worked out for you and Annie… You guys are perfect for each other."
"Uh… Thanks Kilbert. That… means a lot." I replied with a genuine smile. He nodded before ducking out the door. I followed right behind him.
I spotted Annie at the front of the group, walking by herself. She looked deep in thought, and didn't notice when I fell into step beside her. I threaded my fingers through hers, breaking her out of her reverie. She looked up quickly from her boots, shooting me a forced smile.
"What's wrong?" I murmured, staring down into her tormented crystal eyes.
"I-" She sucked a breath in through her teeth. "What happens if I get picked as Meister?"
"You… You marry Prince Joel…" I realised, jealousy colouring my tone.
"But I don't want to marry him." she argued
"Well, in that case, you have two options." I replied in relief. "You either take up the responsibility of Meister, or you…"
"Or I what?" she asked. I remained silent.
"God damn it Hans! Or I what?"
"Or you stay here." I murmured inaudibly. Her face softened.
"Oh. Grandfather would kill me."
"Of course, if you get picked as Meister, you should take the opportunity with both hands." I said quietly, pain echoing in my voice.
"I have a big decision to make, don't I?" she whispered.
I nodded. "Lifechanging."
"We're here." She said grimly, looking around the square. I noted her smooth change of subject; she really was considering both options.
We took our seats: Master Bentner and Pepe sat at one end, then Annie, me, Kilbert, Gillian, Kyle, Liese, Fitz, and Beaux. The King of Orde took the stage to huge applause.
"Hello, subjects of the Kingdom of Orde, I welcome you to this very significant practice, the ceremony to determine our Meister!" he rumbled. A smattering of cheers echoed around the Plaza.
"Now, down to business. As you all know, the person who has contributed the most to our recent Development Project will win the coveted title of Meister, and will also have the privilege of joining my son or daughter in Holy Matrimony. My only son, Prince Joel of Orde, will now reveal the identity of the Meister."
Joel stepped up beside his father reluctantly, holding a small white envelope.
"Okay, so, the Alchemist who won the title of Meister is…" he said clearly, ripping open the envelope and taking a good look at the name printed neatly on the thick notepaper. His future wife? My heart felt like it was in my throat.
"Annie Eilenberg! Where are you, Annie?"
I looked down at Annie, who was staring hard at our entwined hands with a look of fierce determination.
"Have you made your choice yet?" I asked nervously.
"Yeah." She muttered, her full lips set in a thin line. Without another word, she stood up, pushing through the row and striding to the stage. I quickly followed her. Being her assigned Committee member, my presence was necessary.
"Would you like to say a few words, Miss Eilenberg?"
"Sure. Why not?" she asked sweetly, snatching the microphone out of Prince Joel's hand and turning to address the audience. I knew right then, I had lost her.
"I had a really big decision to make today. Should I stay or should I go? I knew that if I got picked, I would have to leave my friends here to go and work on the mainland. But at the same time, I would be sorted for life, right? A top-class job and a royal husband. Life couldn't turn out much better. In my few years here though, I've grown to appreciate the small things in life. Sleep being one. Love being another… That said, I decided that small things don't matter." I felt like crying. She was going to take the position.
"Thank you for the wonderful opportunity, being Meister sounds really awesome, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to turn it down. As I said, small things don't matter, big things do."
My head shot up. Annie picked Sera Island over the Palace. Picked us over the Royal family. Picked me over Prince Joel. Shock echoed throughout the crowd. Pepe and Bentner looked suicidal.
"Small things. A good career. Royalty. Money. They don't matter. Not really. Big things, friends, family, fun... true love." she turned to me, making my heart flutter. "They matter." The crowd watched in stunned silence as Annie basically mouthed off the royals and everything that they stood for.
"I meant what I said that day in the woods, Hans. I couldn't leave any of you guys. You're my family." She declared confidently. "Liese, you're my big sister. Where would I be without you?" she asked, shooting Liese a grin. "And Fitz, I'm your big sister. Where would you be without me? Beaux, never mind family relations: where would you be, full stop?" That got a few laughs.
"Gillian, who would drag you back to the Captain when they caught you skipping work? And Kyle, who would try your crazy inventions? I'm the only one stupid enough to agree to anything you say." Kyle pouted. This clearly wasn't good advertisement for his machines. "Kilbert, I don't think I could bear to leave you on your own. You might fall down another hole or something." She winked. Finally she turned around to where I was standing behind her.
"And Hans. Oh dear, where to start. Hans Arlens, I love you. That's how simple it is. I know we only became official last week, but my feelings go way back. And I know I cant speak for you, but-"
"Every word is true for me too. Go on." I cut in.
"Okay, scratch that, I can speak for you when I say that I hope we are together for a very long time, and that cant happen if I leave. Which I'm not. Leaving, I mean." She stuttered.
"I truly mean it when I say that it's not that I don't want to leave… It's that I can't. I physically can't. I won't… and I hope I never have to." She admitted.
I couldn't hold myself any longer, I took her in my arms and kissed her with a passion I didn't know I had. I vaguely heard the crowd going wild behind me, but that didnt matter right now. Big things, that's what matters.
Big things like how much I loved Annie.
And big things like today, the start of our happy ending.
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