Wow, it's been awhile! Here's my new story-Princess Rose! I hope you enjoy it!
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I watched on cheerily with my fellow Moroi as the Dhampir fought against "Strigoi" in the school's show of events for the Queen's visit. These happened usually once every six months, and they were always fun to be a part of. I sat in the comfy chairs meant for royals with my good friend, Christian Ozera. Sure, we had a rocky relationship, but it was still a good one.
"Whoo! Go, Lissa!" I whooped for my best friend who was currently in a fight with a "Strigoi", better known as a guardian in disguise. I couldn't tell who the guardian was, but something about his tall stature seemed familiar…
"Hey, Rose, the Queen is watching you." Christian whispered to me and I turned sharply to my right to see that she was indeed watching me. I quickly looked away and gulped. The Queen had had her eyes on me ever since I was little—right after my parents were killed in a Strigoi attack.
I suppose I'd better explain. My name is Rose Hathaway, well, Princess Rose Hathaway, but I'm not a fan of titles. I'm the last Hathaway in existence, which is why I have the princess title. My parents were killed when I was very little, and I don't even really remember them, which I guess is pretty sad. Anyway, I'm a Moroi with a "very special future" so says the Queen. As if.
I saw Lissa—she's my best friend and soon-to-be guardian—take a hit and I winced. "I hope she's not too damaged after this." I told Christian and he nodded. Christian and Lissa had been dating for the past year and I could tell he was just as worried about her as I was.
"But you can heal her, right?" He asked hopefully, and I shrugged. Healing was one of my abilities, as well as reading auras.
"Sure I can, but she probably won't let me considering what it does to me." Spirit—that's what we'd come to call my abilities by—was a very taxing element. It took energy from my mind and body, creating what was called darkness inside my soul. Gruesome, right? Lissa was a good best friend and she usually pulled it out of me, but she still didn't like me using it. I argued that I could take it—I was more concerned for her safety from pulling the darkness out—but she disagreed.
Lissa and I are mentally and spiritually bonded. We discovered that it had to have happened after she was almost killed in a Strigoi attack on our school last year, and I healed her back from the dead using a crazy amount of Spirit. We're still figuring it out—but from what we can gather, she can feel my emotions and take the darkness away from me, as well as enter my head and see through my eyes when my emotions are strong enough. I personally think it's an invasion of privacy, but she doesn't seem to think so, always saying, "It's better to be safe than sorry."
The match ended while I was deep in thought, with Lissa actually coming out as victor. "Yay, Liss!" I chanted. She was definitely the best novice out there, and I was lucky I was going to have her as one of my guardians—since for some reason I needed two. My other one has still yet to be determined, but whatever. I just hoped it was someone with good taste in music, not some 80s crap that Lissa's parents are always listening to.
Speaking of Lissa, she jogged over to me and Christian and I gave her a big congratulatory hug. "That was awesome, Liss! You totally smoked his ass." I said and she laughed.
"Thanks, hopefully I'll be the same way during the field experience." I nodded. The field experience was a six-week course for senior novices to take part in. They were each assigned a Moroi to guard and guardians would dress up as "Strigoi" and attack them in order to test their skills and get them ready to actually guard a Moroi in the real world.
The horn blared, signaling the next event was about to begin. I scooted over and patted the other half of the chair so Lissa could sit down. I was small—being a Moroi—so there was definitely enough room for both of us in these large chairs.
The rest of the day passed by nicely as the other events took place. Soon after, we all gathered in the common area for dinner. The room had been set up quite nicely for the queen's arrival, and there was, unfortunately, assigned seating. I sighed and hugged Lissa goodbye as I went over to the Moroi side of the area. Lissa said goodbye and put a finger to her head to let me know she was always taking care of me and watching me through the bond. Her table was with some other Dhampir who happened to be both of our friends—lucky duck. She sat down next to Eddie Castile and Mason Ashford as I pouted about who I was sitting with—the other snobby royals.
"Well, well, well, if it isn't Princess Rosemarie Hathaway." A teenage boy voice drawled as I sat down at the table.
"Hi, Jesse." Jesse Zeklos was a royal Moroi at this school, though he didn't have a title like I did. Jesse Zeklos was also a sleazy pig.
"Come to join your real friends?" He asked slyly, and I grumbled.
"I'm sitting here because I'm assigned to be. Those are my real friends." I said, jerking a thumb in Lissa's direction. Jesse waved off my comment and sneered.
"Sure, sure. Be friends with the moronic halflings. But, Rose, I have a feeling you'll be one of us very soon." Jesse said with a grin and I snorted to hide my fear at his words.
"As if." I said as if Jesse was an annoying pest that I was swatting off my shoulder—which he was.
The dinner commenced then as the Queen entered the common room. Everyone stood and bowed their heads to her as she walked by slowly. I couldn't really see her since my head was bowed, but I saw her silver heels stop in front of me and I looked up slowly.
I gulped and bowed my head again. "Good evening, your majesty."
"Rosemarie. It's good to see you again. You may rise." I lifted my head to look at her and saw that she had a soft smile on her face.
"It's good to see you are in such good health. You are looking more and more like your mother every day." She said with a smile and I returned it.
"Th-thank you, your majesty." I was still quite unnerved that she was speaking to me. Although it did make sense, I was the last Hathaway.
"I would love it if you spent a few days at court, Rosemarie. We'll talk later, huh?" She winked and resumed walking down the center aisle and I met Lissa's eyes. She shrugged. Looks like neither of us were prepared for that.
As dinner resumed and the food was brought out, I didn't find myself very hungry; Jesse had stopped his annoying threats and now just simply looked at me out of the corner of his eye with a…with a hunger in his eyes that caused me to look away and my stomach to churn. I looked over at Lissa again to see her looking at me concernedly; no doubt she had felt my fear of Jesse. She held up her fork full of food, no doubt questioning why I wasn't eating, and I shook my head. At this point I was feeling quite nauseous and didn't think I could stomach anything without spewing it everywhere.
After the dinner, Lissa made her way over to me and stood protectively in front of me. "Are you all right? You don't look so good." She said, her eyes gazing at my face with concern. I didn't know what I looked like, but I'm sure my face was acquiring some green tones at this point.
"I don't feel so well. I think I'm going to go to bed early." I put a hand to my stomach and Lissa put her hands on my shoulders and turned me around, making sure to keep some form of contact on me in case I keeled over.
"All right. I'll walk you to your room." I nodded gratefully at her as we made our way over to the Moroi dorm. My nausea had started to subside, but I still felt weary and lightheaded. It was odd, because Moroi never got sick—ever. It just wasn't a thing. "When did you start feeling sick?" Lissa asked and I shook my head.
"Right after the queen talked to me and Jesse looked at me with that weird—" My sentence cut off as Lissa halted and turned me around so she could look directly in my eyes.
"When Jesse looked at you with that weird what? What, Rose?" Lissa eyes searched mine and I knew she was probing my mind for answers.
"I don't know! It was just a weird look! Just a creepy, weird, look." I shook my head as if to clear it, only that made it worse as dizziness set in threefold. I swayed and Lissa caught me just as I fell, the world spinning around me before going completely dark.
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