The Paranormal's sequel :D
So I just started reading a fanfic by FairyTaleLover6 called Unexpected Alliances, and I realized that my plot is sort of similar in some ways, but mine will be going in a very different direction. So just don't think that I'm copying. I've learned my lesson about copying someone else's work... I've recently been accused of plagiarism (which I did NOT do on purpose!) and have been suffering the consequences. Anyways, I vowed to never copy anyone's work intentionally.
Also, I have to take an online class on top of regular school, plus I have rehearsals for the school play, so I'm going to be very busy all this month. Sorry in advance, this story may not be updated as frequently as The Paranormal was. I will try my hardest for fast updates.
Rapunzel's eyes flickered open. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust to the dark room, it must have been a couple hours past midnight. It was rather warm for an autumn night, there wasn't even frost on the window like there normally was. Of course, the arm wrapped around her middle provided her with extra warmth.
She turned her head towards her slumbering husband. He was lying on his stomach, face half buried in his pillow, mouth hanging open, hair sticking in all directions, arm loosely draped around her waist. She cupped her hand over his, enjoying the sound of his gentle snoring. It was cute, like a little puppy's snore. He hated her saying that, but there was no other way to describe it.
She idly ran her thumb over his hand. She knew that now that she was awake, she would not be falling back asleep with much ease. She had too much on her mind. Actually, it was only one thing, but it was a big thing.
Eugene erupted with a sudden loud snort and shifted slightly, turning his face away from her. Rapunzel sighed. She could tell that she was not falling back asleep anytime soon. Maybe taking a walk would help clear her mind. Carefully, she lifted Eugene's arm and slid out from beneath it. She gently placed his arm back on the bed before wrapping a robe around herself and silently slipping out of the room.
It was quiet in the hallways. So quiet that she could hear her bare feet tap along the stone floor. She didn't really pay attention to where she was going exactly. Her mind was stuck on one objective, and that objective was keeping her awake. It was quite a concept. It was mind-boggling... a phenomenon. Of course there was a lot of things that Rapunzel found to be a mind-boggling phenomenon. That's what happens when you get locked away in a tower for eighteen years. But this was different. Very different.
A light breeze rustled her nightgown. She suddenly became aware of her surroundings. She was outside. She had been so caught up in her thoughts that it had taken a crisp breeze to bring her from them. She shivered slightly and wrapped her robe closer around herself.
Rapunzel turned around and saw Eugene standing near the entrance of the castle. She smiled slightly, unable to bring herself to look directly into his eyes. He began to walk towards her, "What are you doing out here?"
"Just... trying to clear my mind," Rapunzel replied.
"What's wrong?" he asked as he reached her side.
She couldn't tell him. Not yet at least. She couldn't bring herself to tell him. This was her concern and she would be the one to worry about it. At least for now. She wouldn't tell him yet. The right time would come in its own time. Now was not that time.
"It was just a nightmare," she lied.
"Do you... want to talk about it?" Eugene asked almost hesitantly.
"No. It's fine, really. It wasn't that bad. I just got a little restless," Rapunzel replied.
Eugene tilted his head slightly, studying her face. She held a nonplussed expression. She would not let him know that she was lying to him. "OK. Are you coming back to bed sometime soon?" he asked finally.
"Yes. I'm just going to take a walk around," Rapunzel said, relieved that he believed her.
"Well, care for some company?" Eugene asked with a sleepy, but hopeful grin.
Rapunzel smiled. "Of course."
She took his hand and began to walk towards the gardens. They were both silent for a while. Rapunzel noticed that Eugene periodically glanced at her, but she didn't think much of it. They walked through the garden gate and looked around. Rapunzel loved the garden, especially in the springtime; when all the flowers bloomed, and the fireflies would come at dusk. Even though there were few plants that were still alive in the garden at the moment, she still thought it looked beautiful.
"Beautiful night, huh?" she remarked, as they strolled past the large white gazebo, towards the far side of the garden.
Eugene nodded. "Yeah. It's pretty warm too," he said, "...well for this time of year it is."
"Yeah. It's kind of nice."
"I don't remember the last time it was this warm in the Fall."
"I do." Rapunzel pointed ahead. There in front of them were a number of murals, each one depicting a moment from their adventure three years ago. The year Flynn Rider brought back the lost princess. "When we watched the lanterns," Rapunzel finished.
Eugene let go of her hand and walked closer to the murals. "How long have these been here?"
"Well, I painted them... at different times," Rapunzel said. She pointed to one of them sitting in the boat at the lantern festival. "This is the oldest one," she explained, "It was my favorite memory so I painted it first."
"Do the gardeners know that you did this?" Eugene asked, not taking his eyes from the murals.
Rapunzel shuffled her feet. "Well, they didn't for a while," she mumbled, "But when they found them, they were more than happy to let me continue... after throwing a bit of a fit to my parents."
Eugene smirked. "So in other words, you painted these secretly and you were only allowed to continue after your parents talked the gardeners into it."
Rapunzel gave a slightly ashamed smile. "Hey, I always painted walls all I wanted when I was in the tower. I didn't know any better."
Eugene looked back at the murals. He became particularly interested in one of them sitting around a campfire, Rapunzel wrapping her long golden hair around Eugene's hand. He turned his eyes to one of Rapunzel with her short brown hair looking at an etiquette book with wide eyes. There was also a painting of Rapunzel singing amongst the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling. Then he looked at one of a wedding scene, Rapunzel at the altar holding a piece of paper. Eugene saw himself painted standing amongst the guests. He probably would not have noticed himself if he hadn't been looking for it.
"You have everything," he stated, noticing one with them in standing in Rapunzel's tower, his hand on the back of her head, their faces close, "Which one's your latest one?"
Rapunzel pointed to a painting of the two of them dancing with the citizens of the kingdom on Rapunzel's eighteenth birthday. They both gazed at it for a moment, recalling the memory. "We never got to dance together that day," Rapunzel said softly.
Eugene turned towards her and extended his hand out to her, wearing a charming grin. "May I have this dance, princess?"
Rapunzel giggled. "Of course."
She took his hand and he pulled her close. She placed her hand on his shoulder and he put his on her waist. Hesitantly, they began to dance in some sort of a waltz. Rapunzel smiled. She knew Eugene really did not like dancing very much at all, even when they weren't in front of a lot of people, but he always did it anyways.
After a while, they slowed down a bit. Rapunzel wrapped her arms around his middle and pressed her cheek into his shoulder. He rested his chin on her head as they continued to sway slightly.
For that moment, Rapunzel forgot about what had been weighting on her mind and just held him close.
I know, very fluffy beginning (and kind of short too). Don't worry, this is actually going somewhere. Reviews make my day brighter and will also spite my evil english teacher :D