IMPORTANT NOTE: ANNNNDDDDD this was written by me! as in feministkendra! I wrote it with the song Rewrite The Stars from The Greatest Showman in mind so I hope those who know the song enjoy this and those who don't know the song give it a listen! It's a beautiful song and it made me think of brackendra, hope you guys like it!
Kendra stretched lazily on her yoga mat outside. With all the hard training she did, sometimes her favorite pastime would be to take a mat outside and stretch her aching muscles out in the sun. With a history of dance and aerial skills such as silks and aerial hoop, she was pretty flexible and sometimes would even freak Warren out by bending her back in half with one of her legs up in the air straight behind her.
His face made her laugh every time.
Sitting in a middle split she lowered her stomach to the ground and closed her eyes, just relaxing and taking in the summer air. It was a peaceful enough day, with some clouds blocking the sun from making it too hot and a slight cool breeze in the air.
"Ugh, look who's out here again," came a tiny voice from her left. Kendra held in her laughter, knowing the fairy was talking about her. One of their favorite topics was to trash talk her, and most of the time Kendra didn't mind.
"Honestly, who does she think she is? Making us see her ugly face again and again. It's revolting," came a different voice.
This comment hurt a little more. Kendra has never had the best confidence, especially when it came to the physical aspects of her. She knew what they were saying wasn't true, but that doesn't mean the words didn't hurt.
"Not to mention, that's the thing that got Prince Bracken's attention? Those years in prison really hurt his taste in women," the other fairy tittered. Kendra compressed her lips, these comments bothered her as well and she considered getting up and moving to her room so she wouldn't have to hear the abuse.
"I know! Don't forget, she is single-handedly tarnishing his reputation! She doesn't deserve his love and isn't worth the trouble honestly."
This gave Kendra pause, this was new.
"Prince Bracken has lost so much respect from the fairies, let alone all creatures of light, ever since it became clear what his intentions with...that thing...were."
"He'll never live up to his mother's expectations without his mind properly intact!"
"You're exactly right, he is insane!"
Kendra couldn't take this anymore and bolted up, quickly rolling her mat up and walking to the door. She didn't fail to notice how the fairies had quickly shut up when they realized she wasn't asleep.
Her mind was reeling. She was tarnishing Bracken's reputation? The kingdom thought he was crazy? All because of her? Kendra felt sick.
She was hurting him.
Pushing the kitchen door open, she sighed and ran her hands through her hair. Warren looked up from the paper he was reading. "That was a quick stretch session, usually you're out there for at least forty minutes."
"Uh oh, fairies talking mad shit again?"
Kendra nodded, grabbing a water bottle from the fridge. "Yup. You know them, can't stand it if I so much as walk outside."
"Maybe you should talk to Bracken about this, that isn't right for them to be straight up abusing you," Warren suggested, voice laced with concern.
This made Kendra freeze for a second before she shook her head, and took a sip of water. "Bracken has enough to worry about. I'll be fine."
Before he could argue, which she could tell he was going to, she fled the room. She walked the stairs and into her own bedroom with her mind in a daze. She rolled the mat back out and lowered herself back into a middle split.
Usually, stretching cleared her mind but at the moment her mind just became more and more filled with questions. Was Bracken aware of how the others viewed him? Was he struggling with it silently? Did his mother really truly approve of her or did he just say that?
Was it right for her to let their relationship progress knowing it would harm him and his reputation?
No, no it wasn't. The thought made Kendra's hear sink and tears spring into her eyes but she ignored them. She couldn't be selfish right now. She had to be strong and do what was right for Bracken. What was the saying?
If you love someone let them go?
Kendra never hated a saying but needed to hear it more.
The next time Bracken was at the house was a week later. Kendra hadn't talked with anyone about what she had decided, least alone Bracken. It was the first time ever she had dreaded his visit. She even avoided him for the first few hours of his visit, hiding away in Warren's cabin until he too headed to the main house and she had to walk back with him.
Upon entering the yard, she saw Bracken tossing a football with Seth. Her stomach was in knots and felt like her heart was going to beat right out of her chest. Warren jogged to meet up with the unicorn and gave him a hug. Kendra took the moment he was distracted to walk inside and up to her room.
She knew Bracken would come looking for her, and wanted to have a moment to steel herself for the conversation that would follow. She had to do this. If not for her, for him.
As expected, a few minutes later there was a knock at the door. "There you are."
She looked up from her place on the bed to see Bracken standing in the doorway. He had a slight smile on his face and it hurt Kendra to think that the smile wouldn't be there for long. He crossed into the room and sat across from her on the bed.
"I didn't see you outside, Warren said you were with him?" Kendra just nodded, not being able to find her voice just yet. Bracken's eyebrow's furrowed at her silence. "Are you alright? Do you feel okay?"
This didn't soothe Bracken who just looked more worried and tilted his head to the side. "Kendra.."
"I said, I'm fine Bracken," she couldn't crack. She had to keep her guard up. There was no way she would make it through this without breaking if she let him know what she was really feeling. Bracken had a way of getting to her though, something about him made her want to be honest and tell him everything. But she couldn't do that today.
"No, you're not," he stated, reaching for her hand. She jerked it out of his grasp, not missing the hurt that flashed through his eyes before it was replaced with confusion.
"Don't try and get in my head."
"I wasn't…" Bracken looked so lost Kendra felt like breaking down right there. This was for his own good, she had to keep telling herself that. She jumped off the bed and walked over to her vanity, grabbing a hair tie and starting to braid her hair, she needed to do something, to get her eyes off of him and her hands busy. She was too vulnerable sitting there across from him.
"Kendra, please. Talk to me. Tell me what's wrong." she heard him sigh. Kendra didn't answer him, instead focused on braiding her hair, sectioning it off to two separate french braids. Bracken fell silent for a few minutes, letting Kendra finish her hair.
She supposed he thought she needed a moment to collect herself and in a way he was right. But really, she was preparing herself to do one of the hardest things she would have to do. As she tied off the last braid, she felt him approach her. He placed a hand on her shoulder and she shrugged it off, standing again.
"Kendra, come on. Did I do something wrong?"
"Then what is the matter?" He grabbed her hand and turned her around to face him, she once again slid his hand from hers and this time the hurt stayed in his eyes.
"We can't do this, Bracken." she sighed. "We shouldn't be doing this."
"Doing what, exactly?" he asked, but from the way he looked at her, Kendra knew he knew what she meant.
"Us. It isn't right, we can't keep doing whatever it is we are," she said, looking in his eyes briefly before looking away at the sight of sheer pain in them. He was silent for a moment, taking in what she was saying before he responded.
"Why?" he asked softly. "Please, tell me why at least. Because you said you want to, you said you loved me but are now saying different. Can you please just explain why?"
Kendra wanted to take it all back at the sound of his voice filled with hurt and confusion. But she couldn't, she just couldn't. "Because it isn't right, Bracken! We weren't meant to be together! A human and a unicorn, I mean, what were we thinking?!"
"We were thinking that we love each other and that it doesn't matter that you're human and I'm a unicorn because as long as we were in this we were in this together it didn't matter what others thought. Is...is this about the fairies?" Bracken asked, voice ever patient and calm. She wished he was mad, and screaming at her, but of course, that's not the type of person Bracken was.
"The fairies are just part of it," Kendra admitted not really lying. It wasn't the fairies really, they only brought the issue to her attention. "They think you're crazy, you know?"
"You know I want you, it's not a secret I try to hide. I know you feel the same."
"It's not who we were meant to be, Bracken."
"Not who we were meant to be?" Bracken repeated quietly. " No one else gets to decide that but us. No one gets to decide who I am and what my destiny is but me. And you are my destiny, Kendra. I believe I was meant to find you."
Any other day Kendra would have melted at the words, she still almost did. "No, you were meant to lead. To be the prince everyone expects you to be and you can't do that if you're running around chasing after someone who is below you."
"Below me?!" he gasped, incredulous.
"Yes! Below you, Bracken. Or do you forget my place is as your mother's handmaiden." she threw her hands up in the air and gestured to herself.
"We are equals here, Kendra. Do not put yourself down."
"You are a prince!"
"Of the fairies!"
"And I am fairykind!"
They both stood there for a moment staring at each other. Bracken looked as if he had no idea what was going on in her mind and Kendra just wanted the conversation to be over but she had a feeling they weren't done yet.
"Look, I don't care what or who you are Kendra. I don't care what anyone else thinks, I would be yours the second you say you want me," he said after a moment. Kendra closed her eyes.
"You think it's easy?" she whispered. "You think I don't want to run to you? I do. But there are things we can't do, Bracken."
"Tell me one good reason why. Because of last week? We were happy. You were happy. What changed?" Bracken seemed desperate to understand her, maybe he never would.
"When we are in here, in these walls, we can be happy, yes. We can be free and just be us but the second we step outside? All we get are stares and whispers and I get repeatedly insulted all because you so much as dare to stand by me! It's hopeless!" Kendra exclaimed.
"Furthermore," she interrupted. "How can you say you'll be mine? How could I say I want you. It's not my right."
"No," she held up a hand to stop his argument, Bracken looked appalled at her words. "I'm not the one you were meant to find, you were stuck in a prison and clung to the first girl you saw that you knew you could trust because I am fairykind."
Bracken's eyebrows shot up and he took a deep breath. "That was such a lie it was almost blasphemy."
Kendra scoffed and shook her head. "It's what you needed to hear."
"Kendra. If you are saying you don't want me...if you don't want this, because you aren't ready or you don't love me then that is one thing. I will let it drop and leave you alone. But if you are doing this for me, then don't. Please don't." Bracken pleaded slowly.
"Was out the window the minute I gave up my third horn," he interrupted. "You think this is the first time I've been called crazy? The first time I apparently lost respect? Of how I'll never live up to my mother's expectations? Please. This isn't because of you, this has happened before and once they get over it they will be your biggest fans. Simple minded creatures, fairies are."
Kendra stared at him, wondering how he knew. She had purposely taken off his first horn so he wouldn't be able to read her mind. "How did you…"
"I've heard the whispers and received the snide comments as well. I'm not naive or ignorant about what is being said about me. About my choices." He gave her a calculating look.
She sighed, unsure. On one hand, this didn't make her feel better at all. He shouldn't throw away his reputation for her. But, yet again, she desperately wanted to be selfish for once in her life. She loved him so much her heart ached, and as she looked into his eyes her determination wavered.
Bracken took a step closer. "Please. Don't do this for something as silly and simple as my reputation. It means little to me. The thoughts and opinions of others, let alone fairies, don't matter to me. You are what matters to me."
"All I want is you," Kendra whispered, finally breaking in her resolve.
"Then I am yours."
She couldn't take it any longer and kissed him.
This wasn't their first kiss, as they had slowly started taking their relationship further more than a year ago after she had turned eighteen. But it was their most passionate kiss to date as the feelings behind it were unhindered and raw and unlike any other kiss they had shared before. But like all their other kisses, her stomach still swooped every time her lips met his.
This had been the first time she had seriously doubted their relationship. Sure, there had been hard moments, but for the first part, she had been solid in her standing with him. It had shaken her to her core to hear she might be harming him, the last thing in the world that she would want to do.
They broke apart, and Bracken pulled her into a hug. "Please, never hesitate to talk to me if the fairies are tearing you apart again. I am not afraid to scold them. They are already long overdue for one."
"Shh, don't apologize. Warren mentioned they were giving you grief anyway, I already knew." Kendra sighed and stepped away, looking up at him she was relieved to see all the pain and confusion in his eyes gone, leaving only love and understanding.
"I should have just talked to you," she insisted. "I just...the last thing I want to do is cause you harm. And when I heard that your choice of being with me was doing just that...I don't know. I froze up inside."
"Understandable. But, please know I have never regretted my decision. Not for one second," he assured her. Kendra smiled softly before taking his hand and nodding to the door.
"Come on, I'm sure the others want to see you. I shouldn't hog you all to myself completely."
He grinned at her. "Why not? That sounds perfectly okay with me."
She laughed lightly, still tugging on his hand and leading him downstairs. They found the others playing a game of 'Clue!' and decided to watch. They sat next to Tanu on the couch, behind Dale, occasionally helping him in the game and giving him pointers on what to do.
Halfway through the game, Kendra caught Warren's eye. He raised an eyebrow and that's when Kendra realized he knew. She didn't know how, but she knew he had known how she had been feeling. She sighed and smiled at him, mouthing a small 'thank you' to which he threw her a wink before turning back to the game.
He must have put two and two together after that day she had overheard the fairies and to today when she had hidden from Bracken. Didn't Bracken say Warren had told him about the fairies? Of course.
Kendra shook her head, smiling. Leave it to Warren to know what was up with her without her even having to say anything. She leaned against Bracken and laughed as Seth cried outrage at Warren guessing the murder, weapon, and room correctly when he had only figured out the murderer.
"I'm not a Knight of the Dawn for nothing, little dude." Warren teased.
"That has nothing to do with this game!" her brother argued. None the less, they set up a new game, this time Kendra and Bracken played as a team with them. After that game, they had played Sorry, Life, and even Candyland before dinner was called and they all filed into the kitchen, hungry after an afternoon of fun and games.
All except her and Warren.
As she helped him pack up the board game she glanced up at him. "So, how did you know?"
"The whole Bracken and fairies thing. How did you know what I was thinking and feeling?"
Warren looked at her with a small smile on his face. "I take it the unicorn talked some sense into that noggin of yours?"
"Answer the question," Kendra challenged and rolled her eyes. Warren put the game on the shelf and stood.
"Kens, it's practically my job to know you."
"Actually, your job is to make sure I stay physically safe," she pointed out, not being able to resist teasing him. Warren huffed.
"That's my Knights job, smarty pants. I'm talking about my job as your older cousin and self-appointed best friend." He ruffled her hair a bit and laughed when she whined and swatted his hand away.
"You aren't my self-appointed best friend, Warr," she frowned. "You're my best friend point blank."
He gave her a side hug and started leading her to the kitchen but Kendra stopped them before they completely entered it. "Warren, really. Thank you. I don't know how you know me so well and so exact by literally context clues, but you're the best. I don't know what I would do without you."
"I can secretly read minds, don't tell anyone," he winked. Kendra laughed and shook her head. "But seriously, don't ever listen to those airheads on wings. They are so tiny they are only capable of one emotion and when it comes to you it's jealousy. So please, do me a favor and don't take any shit from them, okay? You don't deserve it."
"I'll do my best," she promised. Warren was right, of course. The fairies will probably always talk bad about her, or at least for the near future. She couldn't let their mean words hurt her and take away her happiness. It wasn't right. Kendra sat down in between Bracken and Seth, listening to them argue about if it would be okay to spray the fairies with bug spray.
Surprisingly, Bracken wasn't completely against it. Only saying no in fear of his mother.
As she ate dinner surrounded by family, Kendra felt so much happier and more at ease than she had this morning. She was glad the conversation with Bracken had turned out the way it had, she honestly couldn't see her life without him now. He was her family, she didn't care what others thought anymore. As Bracken said earlier, they loved each other, and as long as they were in this together, it didn't matter what the fairies thought.
Love was enough for her, and love was enough for Bracken. And that's all they needed to change the world to be theirs.
A/N: AGAIN! This was written by me! I hope you guys consider giving me love too but to be honest here, I would love it even more if you gave love to ALL the writers that made this fic swap possible! They worked hard and let me achive my goal in organizing this event and I am so proud of each and every one of them! Thanks for reading! XOXO