Dreams and Visions: Chapter 22
Disclaimers: I don't own Escaflowne and I'm certainly not making any money off of this venture, so it'd be sort of pointless to sue me. (Besides, I'm a poor college student; you'd lose more money than you'd gain.) The creative geniuses behind EscaFlowne are Hajime Yatate and Shoji Kawamori, Sunrise, Bandai, and I'm sure a few other companies that I'm forgetting or have no idea about.
There was only one way to describe the library of Fanelia. It was massive. The room was 100 feet by 100 feet with a vaulted ceiling of 40 feet. Floor to ceiling books lined the walls (with the occasional window), with rows of shelves placed within the space. Also on the floor were four large oak tables the also held massive volumes on Gaea's history.
As Chid walked through the large mahogany doors, he held his breath, not entirely sure what to expect. He hoped that he would be able to find Lady Indira easily, but among the shelves, the library was a maze with the occasional table to bring and end to the shelves. Scanning the rows, he finally found her sitting by a window, a large leather-bound book in her lap.
"Keeping busy I see."
Indira looked up at Chid, a slight flush in her cheeks. "My lord, I wasn't expecting to see you here," she breathed, embarrassed that he had come upon her in such an awkward position.
"Indeed. What are you doing, burying yourself in such a volume?" he asked as he tipped the cover of the book so he could see it better.
"Erm, I was just finding ways to keep busy until luncheon."
"Ah. This has nothing to do with – oh, say, I don't know – you feeling that perhaps you're not exactly up to date with Freid's history?"
"What ever do you mean, my lord?"
"I am your fiancée. There's no reason for you to call me 'my lord.' Chid is just fine."
"Of course my lord, I mean Chid. That's going to take some getting used to."
"Ah. Yes, well, of course it will. But on the other hand, if we are to be married, there's no reason for you to be so formal with me. If you'd let me, I would like to be your friend."
"My lord, I do not disagree with you, but we are to be married. We are to be lovers, not friends."
"So then our relationship is based solely upon what goes on in bed?" Indira blushed a vibrant red again and Chid chuckled. "Please hear me out. I do want to be the one you love, but I'd like to know you. I don't want us to be strangers."
Indira nodded slowly. "Friends, then lovers."
"Yes. I want to know everything about the woman I am going to marry. I want to know that I can be her friend, and that I can be there for her when she needs me. I don't want you to be alone. A marriage without friendship is worse than a marriage without love. I would know. That's how it was for my parents."
"I thought that your parents loved each other."
"My mother wasn't in love with my father," Chid answered quietly. "She was in love with someone else so she locked him out completely. She didn't really know him. It's true, they did fall in love, but it wasn't until she became sick and he did everything in his power to make her final days as comfortable as possible. She married him the first time because she had to. If she could have married him again, it would have been out of love. I don't want that to be us."
Little did the couple know that they were being watched.
"That's so sweet!"
"Quiet Hikari! They'll hear us!"
"Then you keep your voice down Kaiden."
"I am. You're not!"
"Why don't you?"
Meanwhile, Chid was sitting on the window seat with Indira, trying to persuade Indira to put the book down and join him for afternoon tea. "Please, Indira. We'll have tea and then you can ask me about anything you want to know about."
"Oh, I'm not sure about that. Perhaps on another day?"
"No, now. I sense that there a great many things that you want to ask me, yet for some strange reason you feel that you cannot. I am to be your husband and in order for our marriage to work, we need to trust each other enough to confide in each other. So by having tea with me, we'll start confiding."
"I suppose when you put it that way, I can't refuse."
Back in the shelves, Hikari had clasped her hands together in complete rapture. "This is so wonderful! It's like a page out of a great romance novel!"
Kaiden simply groaned.
Hikari was glowing when dinner rolled around. Just a little nudge in the right direction was all it had taken; Chid and Indira now laughed together like two old friends.
"So, do you think that happily ever after is in their future?" Kaiden asked as he poked at his roast.
Hikari shrugged. "I would suppose so. You know, arranged marriages aren't that bad. True, you may not like or even know the person at first, but that doesn't mean that you can't get to know them."
"Yeah, I guess you're right. So what if our marriage was arranged?"
"I don't know. I supposed we would have ended up the exact same way. Except I couldn't back out of it as easily."
"What do you mean 'back out of it as easily'?" Kaiden asked, suddenly worried.
Hikari cocked her head to one side and shrugged. She picked up a carrot and examined it, ignoring the growing panic in her fiancée's face.
"Answer me Hikari. Do you want to back out now? Is this a break up or something?"
"No, of course not."
"Whew. Then why did you say that?"
"I just wanted to watch you squirm."
"You mean you were just playing with my head?"
"You're an evil woman, you know that?"
"I do now. Thanks."
Kaiden shrugged and gave up arguing with Hikari and returned to his dinner. The table was filled with chatter about everyone's day, much in the way of a large family.
"Van, did we do this?" Hitomi asked Van suddenly in a hushed voice.
Van smiled at his wife. "I think we may have helped things along. But it wasn't us entirely. You helped push Dryden and Millerna in the right direction and Allen finally figured things out on his own. Thankfully Celena hasn't had an episode yet, and it seems as though Merle is getting closer to Gaddes. Not that I'm predicting wedding bells or anything, but it's nice to have her making some friends out side of the palace."
"I have to admit it's nice not having her hanging around us all of the time," Hitomi replied with a chuckle.
"Yes, it is," Van replied. "And I must say that the kids are getting along quite well too. I think that there will be wedding bells again in the not too distant future, I don't think that Hikari and Kaiden will want to wait."
"We should talk to Dryden and Millerna about where they're going to live."
"Yes, we should. I think that I should push to keep them here. Eliana would be perfect for Asturia. Something tells me she's not all that she seems."
"So tell me how this fairy tale ends."
Van shrugged. "Happily ever after."
Hitomi smiled and let out a contented sigh. "I hoped that it would."THE END
Yes, that's right. It's the end. And don't expect a sequel. Unless I get really bored. But that doesn't mean that I won't write another Escaflowne fic. I still have the movie to fic about. ^____^ God Bless the Ultimate Edition!
Once again, thanks to the fans for all of the support; lord knows I would have removed it if I hadn't received any sort of feedback. (But please don't start to flame me now that I'm done and there won't be a sequel.) Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U!!! You readers are the bestest readers in the whole wide world and I really appreciate every bit of info you've given me!!!!!!!
Fare thee well! and if for ever
Still for ever, fare thee well.
- Byron, Fare Thee Well