Chapter 1: Two Months On

Maria's pov.

It's been two months since I lifted the curse of Moonacre Valley and things couldn't be going better.

I spent nearly all my time with my new best friend, Robin De Noir. Both the De Noir and the Merryweather family had become close since I jumped off the cliff to save them all. So I was free to see Robin without the worry of people accusing us both of being traitors to our families like they did when the two of us were searching for the pearls.

Me and Robin had both put everything that happened when I first moved to Moonacre behind us. It was as if it never happened.

"Princess?" A voice called, knocking me out of my daydream.

I looked up to see the De Noir boy himself glancing down at me with happiness in his eyes.

"Princess" He repeated, with a softness to his voice, "What were you thinking about?" He knew me too well.

I raised an eyebrow at him as he knelt in front of me. "What does it matter?" I questioned, knowing he would only tease me when he found out I was thinking of him.

"I was just wondering. You looked puzzled. Tell me." His voice was easy to give in to.

"I was just thinking about the curse and our families." I gulped. "And about how close we have become."

He smiled my favourite smile by the bird-boy. "The curse is in the past now." He reminded me, "You mustn't worry yourself, it will only make me worry."

I just looked at him. His soft brown curls stuck out from underneath his trusty bowler hat.

"Come on." He said after a few moments of comfortable silence.

"How did you even find me?" I wondered.

"Princess, you're always here. I seem to remember you telling me to meet you today as well."

That was true. I always came here and this was the spot me and Robin always met at. We were in the forest, sat in a clearing underneath a huge oak tree. This was where I had captured Robin upside down and where he had tried to kidnap me once before.

"I recall telling you to meet me later on" I finally replied, a slight smile fell on my face.

"Hmm, well I can only take De Noir castle for so long" He smiled at me, showing his dazzling white teeth. "So I thought I'd come for a walk. Anyway, why are you here so early?"

"If you must know, Mrs Heliotrope suggested I ought to study in a more peaceful environment today. It's no good trying to learn when there's a big lion like Wrolfe walking through every five minutes."

"She actually speaks some sense that woman from time to time" Robin joked. "Come on" He said, standing up. He reached out his hand for me to take.

A/N I know this is only a short paragraph but i just really wanted to introduce you to the characters and just show you sort of what the stories going to be like.

My next chapter will be longer. Thankyou for the people that have followed and/or favourited this story. It's my first one.

Please review and thanks for reading x

RebinDeNoir :)