I hummed a church hymn as Grace walked to the creek and stopped under the tree.
"Dear you should stay with Grace" I said to the snake on my arm.
"Fine by meee" She said and slithered onto Grace's saddle. I didn't bother tying Grace up. We love each other to much for her to leave.
"Milady, Your meeting" Grace said. I unmounted and kissed Grace's snout. I ran and cleared the creek in one leap landing barefoot on the soft grass.
"My princess" A voice said that made me shiver with delight. arms wrapped around me. I smiled.
"Duke Luke" I said and turned, "I hope you didn't mind carring me to my room the other day"
"It only makes me feel happier to be around you, my love." He said and kissed my hand. I blushed and giggled. He picked up a basket.
"I think you should eat something" Luke said and lead her to the shore of the creek.
"I believe I should" I took a sandwich out of the basket. He took out several apples and juggled. I laughed harder than I should have and he stopped.
"What's wrong, My love?" He said.
"What if I can't turn them back?" hot tears slid down my cheeks. Luke kissed them away and held me close to him.
"You can do anything" He whispered to me. I was tired. and My eyelids drooped.
"Sleep my Princess" He said and everthing went black.
I woke up in my own room. In my satin sheets gently rubbed my knees and I sat up. I got up and stretched. There was yelling out in the yard. I looked out the window. The dogs where out. I felt myself smile until I saw a dog collapes. My eyes widened and before I what I was doing I ran down the stairs. Tears where in my eyes. I saw blood. Dog blood. I ran and fell to my knees infront of the dog. I checked his wound. It wasn't deep but it would need stitches. I turned and the general stared. I took five long strides toward him. The bloodied whip in his hand. I grabbed it.
"I thought I had made it clear" I growled. He was frozen.
"My pups are not to be WAR HOUNDS!" I screeched and he fainted. I turned back to the dog. He was coated with sweat and panting. I felt my heart break. I ripped the hem of my skirt and cleaned the wound. The dog looked at me.
"Don't worry. You'll be safe" I picked him up, "Pack, Come" I was followed by every dog in the yard. Once the dogs where put up I brought the dog in my arms to the courtyard.
"No more war hounds" I said as I passed my parents and the couriers. I sat next to the fountain and begain to work my magic. My dad looked over my shoulder and I dipped my cloth in the fountain and cleaned the wound again before i began to stitch the wound shut. The dog took a drink from the fountain and layed down comfotably in the grass. I stood and walked to my parents.
"We don't need animals to kill for us" I said to my father.
"But our soldiers-"
"I'll go to the next battle that way my blood is the only one shed" I said," Animals don't deserve the life of a criminal or to be hurt if the didn't kill a person" My father's expresstion soffend.
"Thank you, but I think that I like my daughter in the castle making medicines instead of on the battle field" He said,"But we woun't use war hounds"
I felt my heart soar and I smiled.
"Thank you daddy!" I exclaimed and hugged my father. He smiled.
"Go wash up, Sweetie" My mother said.
"Yes moma" I said and kissed her cheek and ran to clean up.
*End of POV*
Halt was well hidden in the shadows as he watched the princess treat the hound. When she retreated to her quarters the dog lay down and watched the butterflies flutter around the room. Alyss and Pauline talked more with the king and queen. Halt left to investigate the entire castle.
The walls where smooth. Halt ran a hand across the wall, liking the felling on his finger tips.
"Why do you hide in the shadows?" A voice said from behind him. Halt turned and saw the princess with a small sparrow on her finger.
"I was trained to do so" The bird cocked her head to the side and flew away. The princess watched the bird fly away and she sighed.
"If only others where so lucky" the princess said and sat with her legs dangling out the window.
"You can hurt yourself"
"No I cannot. Take my hand and I will show you" Anastasia held out her hand. Halt took it. Anastasia blinked and she jumped with Halt in tow. She landed skillfully barely making a sound on the grass when she hit. She jumped the mote and she ran into the forrest (Halt in tow). Bees swarmed and flew away. Wild horses grouped and they ran next to them. Halt reached out to touch them and they strayed from his touch. The princess danced happily and laughed as the horses ran around her in a circle and then ran away, each one whinnied and snorted in happiness. Then they where back in the castle. Anastasia swung and fell to the floor. Halt stood dumb-struck.
"I am limited. It will take me a long time to turn you back but I will but for now," She walked down the hallway and looked over her shoulder at Halt," Enjoy your stay" and with that she dissapeared down the hallway in the sunset. Halt looked around confused. He turned only to see that the Princess was gone but there was a pain in his neck. He reached and plucked the offending object from his neck and looked. A bee's stinger! Was it an illusion? Maybe...
Gee that sucked lol review if you dont hate me! PLEASE!