BECOMING ROYAL

Nothing in this story belongs to me.

This is what I think should have happened after Edvard and Paige kiss in her mom and dad's barn.

Chapter 1: The Prince

"Sorry I... think the people around here are getting the wrong idea about... you and me." I say looking deep into Eddie's eyes.

"And what idea is that?" He asked. He had the slight twinkle in his eye and it caused my heart to go into flutters.

"That we're...involved." That was the best word I could think of to use that might be appropriate in this situation. But I realize, in that instant, that I did want to be involved with him.

"Which we're not." he stated simply. I just took notice to the fact that I was leaning towards him and him towards me. There was an intensity in his eyes that I had never seen directed at me before, it came from Eddie. I could never place it before right now, but the thing I saw in his eyes was love or the closest thing to love that one can feel after knowing someone for only 2 months.

"No, definitely not." I reply with a shy smile.

"Because you hate me." he says back with a joking tone of voice. He then took a small step closer to me.

I nod, "Yes, very much." but I said it in the spirit of a joke because I knew that answer is far from the truth and in that split second everything made sense. I was falling for Eddie and I didn't care. I didn't care because I knew that he was falling too.

Then his hand came up and he gently gripped my neck, and he bent his head close to mine and pulled my face into his and kissed me. There was so much want and need in that kiss it made me weak at the knees and the only thing that keeps me standing is his lips. And then he pulls away from me. I didn't understand what was wrong so I asked, "What, What's wrong?" Then there was an almost guilty look on his face and I knew there was something very wrong. "Eddie, what's wrong?" I ask a little more forcefully.

"There's something that I need to tell you, but if I tell you, than you have to promise me you will let me finish what I am going to say without interrupting of asking questions. You can ask all of your questions after I tell you the whole story. Is that okay with you?" He asked. He was almost pleading me with his eyes to say yes, so that is how I answered. He led me over to a hay bail and we sat down next to each other. He picked up my left hand with his left hand and rubs his thumb over my knuckle .

"Okay... you know a little bit after we met, when we were in the laundry room and you said something about the prince, and you wanted to know if Denmark has one. Well... do you remember how I defended him and his decision to you?" He asked and I nod in response, "I am very, very good friends with the prince. I know him better than anyone else in the world. We are like brothers," I opened my mouth to say something and he just places a light finger over my mouth to silence my question. "I know him so well because... I-I am him." It took me some time to process what had just come out of Eddie's mouth. He is the Prince of Denmark. He is the Prince of Denmark!

"Why didn't you tell me sooner?" I only cared what his answer to this question is because the rest we could get through but I don't know why he lied to me. And I need to know why he hadn't told me this yet. He took a deep breath and looked deep into my eyes. So deep that I think he saw my very soul.

"I didn't want to be treated like Prince Edvard for once in my life and if I had told you who I was you would not have gotten to see the real me without paparazzi following us everywhere. No one likes to be followed and I knew that I would still be Prince Edvard. I just wanted to have a normal life and some freedom from who I must become in the near future. To be completely honest, the real reason I came was to get away from my parents and to have some dimwitted girls take their tops off for me," I laughed quietly to myself about his reference to the first time we met, "but then I met you and I fell for you like I never have before. This isn't just the Prince on another one of his escapades. Because of this, I have meet an amazing woman and made new friends, seen and done things I never dreamed of, and found the one thing in my life that I was missing. The thing I was missing was you." This time I kissed him because he had just given the best answer any girl would dream about. Eddie pulled away and rested his forehead on mine. Then there was a question that needed to be answered and I didn't know what the answer was going to be but I asked the question anyway, "Why are you telling this to me now?" Again there was a look of guilt on his face and then sadness.

"I have to go back to Denmark as soon as possible. My father is very sick, more sick than anyone thought, and I was wondering if, because I got to spend Thanksgiving with your family, if maybe you would want to go to Denmark with me over Christmas?"

Well I was not expecting that to be his answer. "We still have classes between now and Finals. Would we be able to finish those before we go?" He nodded in response so I kept asking the questions I have. "Would they be okay with you bringing someone home that isn't royal like you are?" Now a devilish smile spread across his face and he answered with, "I also propose that I teach you a little about myself and my family history as well as what my mother would deem royal etiquette skills. According to my mother, to act royal you must be born royal. I believe her exact quote, the one she has been saying to me for years, is 'Being royal is not like being famous or being rich. It is something much, much more. It is a way of being, that can only be learned from birth. It is an embodiment that requires you to sacrifice who you are for who you must be.' But I want to prove her wrong. I want to teach you how to be exactly what she would expect from a woman that might become the next Queen of Denmark." When he said that it finally made it sink in that if for any reason they got married I would someday become queen of a country. But that was somewhere far in the future and I did want to impress Eddie's mom and dad. So, I looked deep into his eyes and gave a small smile, and nodded my head in agreement to let him be my teacher for a while. I already know he is a good teacher so it shouldn't be hard to learn from him. I moved closer to him and and rested my head on his shoulder as he wrapped his arms around me and kissed the top of my head. His voice was muffled as he spoke into my hair, "I know it's a lot to take in but I have one more question for you, love."

He moved so he was kneeling down in front of me and he took my hands again. "Paige. I think I am falling in love with you and I was wondering if you would agree to...", was he really going to ask me to marry him I thought to myself, "be my girlfriend, and maybe one day be my wife?" I chuckle a little in relief and simply nod my head. He smiled as he reached into his pocket and pulled out a beautiful diamond necklace. It wasn't just diamonds but it was a gray stone on a diamond connector that is on the chain. It was so pretty and it was so me. I almost started to cry as he latched it around my neck. It rested in the right place between my collarbones and my cleavage.

"Now I am going to walk you back into your parents house and kiss you goodnight. Then tomorrow after we get back to campus we will start your lessons on how to act 'royal'. But, just to let you know ,I love you just the way you are." He kissed me and pulled me to my feet, walked me inside and kissed me on my cheek. I went into my room got into my Pj's and went to sleep with a smile on my face.

I hope everyone likes my story so far. Please review and let me know if you want to know what happens next. Please be kind because this is my first fanfic ever. I will post the next chapter as soon as I can! Thanks for everything!

-morningglory11