Chapter Five

Ella

Today was Mother's funeral and I was to close the casket, just thinking about closing her in a box forever made me want to cry. " Come Eleanor," Father said from the carriage. I didn't feel like correcting him so I got in without saying a word on the entire ride to the old palace.

Char

Mother said I was to go to the funeral with her since Father was busy on a trip. She also said I was to meet people my age although I doubted I would like anyone there.

Ella

I had heard it all and none of it sounded like he was describing Mother even though most of the speech was about giving allegiance to Kyrria and it's rulers Prince Charmont, King Jerrod and the rest of the royal family. To make things worse I was sitting beside Father.
The funeral service sounded familiar oddly like the banquet but a few months before. Now it was time for Eleanor's daughter to close the casket. She glanced at her mother closed the casket and sobbed. Her father pulled her to his chest to comfort her and whispered something to her, then she was running out the doors. I followed her.

It was time for me to close the casket I tried to close my eyes but my eyes wouldn't close. I saw her dead face it looked nothing like it did when she was alive, then I closed the casket and started crying. Father pulled me into his chest as if to comfort me but was really trying to muffle the sound which he couldn't. He then whispered in my ear, " Leave until you can control yourself. " I ran grateful to get away from Father."

I ran until I came onto a willow tree, a crying tree and I threw myself down not noticing that my palms and knees were stinging. When I finally stop crying, I saw someone outside my tree. I looked at my dress it was muddy and very dirty but there was nothing I could do about it. The curse was tugging at me to go back so I stepped out of the safety of my tree. It was Prince Charmont outside my tree reading a tombstone. I had never been this close to him before. Had he heard me cry?

Char

She ran all the way to the royal graveyard and dove beneath a willow tree. I didn't want to embarrass her so I walked around looking at the tombstone while listening for the crying to stop. Its stopped and I walked over to the tombstone nearest to the tree. I saw her shadow stand and stiffen as if she saw my shadow . She looked herself over for a quick second and stepped out of the willow. She saw who I was and looked as if she would run away but I stopped her by saying,"Cousin of mine," gesturing at the tombstone, "Never liked him. I liked your mother. What an imbecile I was reminding her of why she was on the ground crying begin with. I began walking back to the castle she walked to only close enough for a carriage and a horseback rider to to pass between side by side, I stepped closer to her. I had forgot my manners, " You can call me Char. Everyone does." She jumped a little as if I had startled her. I didn't mean to startle her! "My Father calls me Char too." She jumped again. I heard he mumble something that sounded like thank you. "Thank You, Char," I corrected probably sounding like an idiot.

We walked in silence for a little while then I tried to continue the conversation, just to hear her voice. I told her the story of the banquet which her mother folded the napkin to look like the High Chancellor. I was talking about her mother again! I stopped talking and afraid that I might mention her mother again. Halfway back to the palace she startled me saying,"Where did everyone go?" We both stopped walking.

"They all left before I came to find you," I lied. " Did you want them to wait?"

" No, I didn't want any of them to stay. Father could had gone too."

" I know all about you." We started walking again.

She stopped walking, I stopped. Looking terrified she asked," You do. How could you?"

Trying to make it sound as casual as possible I said, "Your cook, Mandy and our cook, Rosa meet in the market. Do you know much about me?"

She looked relieved. " No. What do you know about me?"

"Once you imitated your servant to his face, and he didn't know whether he was the servant or you also drop things and trip over things. You once broke a whole set of dishes."

"I slipped on ice!"

"Ice you spilled before you slipped on them." I laughed I couldn't help it, it was funny.

"An accident." she was trying to smile after crying.

"Do you

We reached her father, who bowed and said "Thank you Highness for accompanying my daughter." I wanted to order him to call me Char but he was only being polite. I bowed. He turned to his daughter," Come Eleanor."

"Ella. I'm Ella."

He bowed again to me before responding to his daughter, "Ella then. Come, Ella."

I walked over to the carriage with them. I then tried to hand Ella in grabbing for her elbow but ending up with the middle of her arm. Once she was in I closed the door. A long ripping sound punctured the silence. I knew what had ripped already but looked at the helm of her skirt poking through the carriage doors. I began laughing. She looked through the window, I stopped laughing. The carriage began moving and the ripped skirt began flying like the Kyrrian flag.

Ella

He most likely had heard me cry. He noticed I had stepped out and gestured at the tombstone " Cousin of mine, never liked him. I liked your mother." I looked him over, he was much taller than me, and he had a cute sprinkling of freckles across his nose. He began walking toward the tomb. Was I supposed to go with him? I did but kept enough space between us for a carriage and a rider on horseback to pass through side by side. He moved closer to me. I noticed that he had cried too.

Scaring me a bit for I had expected the walk back to be a silent one he said," You can call me Char. Everyone does". I continued not to talk until I knew my voice would not break because of all the crying." My father calls me Char to," he said to break the silence.

To be polite I mumbled," Thank you."

"Thank you, Char. You're mother used to make me laugh. "

He told me the story of the banquet. I already knew everything but the ending which I listened to. "I had to leave without dinner just so I could go outside and laugh.

I startled him by saying, " Where did everyone go?" We stopped walking.

" They all left before I came to find you. Did you want to wait?" I could tell he was lying about when they left but he looked worried.

" No. Father could had gone too."

"I know all about you." We began to walk again.

He did, was I being spied on all the time? Did he know about the curse? "You do. How could you?

"Your cook, Mandy and our cook, Rosa meet in the market. Do you know much about me?"

That sounded legit. " No. What do you know about me?"

"Once you imitated your servant to his face, and he didn't know whether he was the servant or you also drop things and trip over things. You once broke a whole set of dishes."

"I slipped on ice!"

"Ice you spilled before you slipped on them." He laughed as if at a good joke.

"An accident." I was smiling but it was trembling because I had cried so much.

We reached Father, who bowed and said "Thank you Highness for accompanying my daughter." Char returned the bow.

"Ella. I'm Ella."

He bowed again to Char before responding to me, "Ella then. Come, Ella."

I walked over to the carriage with father and tried unsuccessfully to get in. Prince Charmont came to my rescue by grabbing the middle of my arm. He closed the door and a loud rip was heard by all who was near. I looked down at the helm of my dress, knowing it would never be made even again. I looked out the window, Prince Charmont was laughing. The carriage began to move. I moved away from Father, he didn't notice.

A fine affair. All of Frell came, anyone who counts anyway.

How could Mother's funeral be fine? " It wasn't fine. It was horrible."

" The prince was friendly to you.'

"He liked Mother."

Your mother was beautiful. I'm sorry she's dead."

End of chapter 5

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