Who is Lord Behan?
Dinner that night was awkward to say the least. Louis’s eyes widened the moment he saw me. I put a finger to my lips as if to say "breath a word and I will kill you." He was wearing a suit and tie and looked so uncomfortable. his blonde hair had been brushed and his dull blue eyes looked wary. He looked like he didn’t have to keep a secret anymore. My first impression of him was that he looked like a bug. His eyes bulged slightly when he saw me and his cheeks puffed out. Granted I was horrible when we first spoke but he had started talking to me and shaken my hand like a proper gentleman which creeped me out.
We all walked into the dining room and took our places where we were sorted with name cards which were white with golden tassels on them. Dad sat at Grandmothers right hand side while I sat on her left side. Louis was sat next to me with his father and grandfather on the other side. Louis passed me a sheet of paper under the table. It was his maths homework. He looked at me pleadingly. I sighed and started to fill it in. Once soup had been eaten and gone Louis turned to me. Grandmother was talking to his grandfather. So no one was paying us any attention at all.
‘So. You are a princess.’
‘ I can finally boss you around.’
‘No because I am your friend.’
‘I would never of guessed.’ My phone buzzed in my pocket. Louis looked at me in shock.
‘You have your phone?’
‘Duh. I do know people. Cover for me.’ I paused and looked up. Grandmother and Lord Behan were now arguing about what was better pie or chocolate. Or at least I think they were, Father and James Behan were discussing british politics. I checked my phone. It was Phoenix.
“Why did U leave me in Cit? I was alone. I was also all alone at lunch cuz Louis left as well. Did you elope?" Louis read it over my shoulder.
‘Why would she say that?’ He asked curiously.
‘Do I look like I would know? Keep watch for me.’
“We did not elope. I will call you tomorrow at nine my time. We am in Ethelburgesa. Lyl." Louis elbowed me sharply in warning. It jostled my arm warning me to look up. I glanced up to see the cow sick green eyes of Lord Behan Sr. watching me.
‘So Taylor where do you go to school in Britain?’ It was Louis’s grandfather. His question attracted my fathers attention as well as James Behans.
‘William James Academy like Louis. We are in the same tutor actually.’ I said casually as Louis was kicking my foot to get me to shut up.
‘Perfect. Lovely to know. So Louis is staying here for the Easter holidays are you too?’ I glanced at my father who gave me a small nod in reply to my silent question.
‘Yes. I am. Get to know people around here and so on.’ He nodded and turned back to grandmother.
‘That will do perfectly.’ I heard him say quietly. As my father turned back to his heated discussion on Nick Clegg, I turned back to Louis.
‘You are staying here too over the holidays?’ I asked looking back down at my phone. Whatever my grandmother was planning I didn’t like the sound of it.
‘I know. I don’t really want to be here. Father and grandfather are going back to England so I have to stay somewhere. Makes sense if we know each other if I stay here.’ I frowned at his response. There was something implied that I was missing. I had the feeling everyone saw the big picture and I just saw the corner of it. It would be too late to change anything when I did finally see the whole picture, but I had to stay positive for now and see what the future would bring.
‘I just got here and don’t know my way around. We will just keep getting lost.’ I said as Louis nodded like a bobble head.
‘I know. So did you come here on a public flight or a private Jet? I saw a picture of Tony in the welcoming zone.’ He said trying to make conversation with me.
‘Me too. I came in on a public flight but then got a private limo with Dad and an escort seeing as he is next in line to the throne. Kinda crazy this all happens after we have chosen our options.’
‘Yeah. I think they are all conspiring against us.’ He said in a stage whisper.
‘Yep. Must be. Oh goodie pudding.’ I said spying the chocolate mousse that was being handed out by Jane who winked at me. Louis looked at me.
‘Who is that?’
‘She is one of my maids. I have two.’ Louis looked impressed.
‘Two maids. We just have a butler. He is a big fail to be honest. I think he is slacking off just for the money.’ I stifled a laugh.
I walked up to my room that night in high spirits. Louis and I had made jokes and compared people all evening despite the fact that we had been doing it all the time we had been friends. We had been friends for three or four years now, come off it. I had best describe this better to you.
James Behan had moved into the village with Louis and his wife roughly five years ago. The same time we started secondary school. This meant that we had to catch the bus together Louis and I, I mean not James. Weird minds you guys have. So we caught the bus on our first day and Louis sits next to me only knowing me on the bus. They had been around for dinner a few times but we had never really spoken outside of those times. It conspired we were in the same house; Fereby. And the same tutor; F1. Simples. So he met Johnny and I met Phoenix. We all started hanging out as a foursome at lunches until Johnny moved away a month later making us a threesome. Then Tom turned up making us a foursome again. We stayed that way for a long time until only a few weeks ago Tom asked out Megan and they hang out all the time. He kinda forgot about us until Louis and I just left. Probably made him think of us again. Still we have all been really good friends.
Jane sidled up to me as I was thinking.
‘So. You like Louis.’
‘Jane. Let me get something straight; Louis and I have been friends for years. He also has to stay over this holiday because his family are going back to England and they want him to spend time with me.’ Not that I want to though. I added silently to myself. Holidays were time to get away from friends and relax.
‘Oh. Well come on you have a big day tomorrow, so go to sleep.’ I got out of my dress and into some pajamas to go to sleep in.
‘What is happening tomorrow?’ I asked as Jane turned out the light.
‘Nothing that concerns you right now.’ I tried to fall asleep trying to get my body clock back to normal but it was proving fruitless so I started playing Flappy Bird on my phone.
I awoke the next morning and it took me a few moments to get my head around the idea that I had my own four rooms and that I was a princess. Mary bounced in.
‘GOOD MORNING ETHELBURGESA!’ She trilled.
‘Go back to sleep.’ I groaned burying myself under the mountain of pillows I had in my bed.
‘Oh no no no. Her majesty has to go and visit all the orphanages with her father.’ I sat up. I was not dressed in my usual pajamas which were nothing special and cotton. These were silky like wearing water. Only the water was not wet.
‘Am I wearing silk pajamas?’ I asked feeling the arms of the top and then pinching myself. Jane nodded looking impressed with me.
‘All the royal family wears silk pajamas.’ I paused and went to get my phone where I left it but it was gone.
‘What is the time?’ I asked as Mary waved my phone in front of me.
‘Nine o clock english time, twelve o’clock Ethelburgesa time.’
‘Score. Miss T won’t mind.’ I grabbed my phone and called Phoenix.
‘Taylor what are you doing. Miss Tomson is glaring at me.’
‘Tell you are talking to the princess of Ethelburgesa.’
‘But you aren’t- Oh.’ I heard Miss Tomson talking to Phoenix.
‘What are you doing Paint? Give me your phone.’
‘I am talking to the Princess of Ethelburgesa though.’
‘Don’t be ridiculous.’ She snapped as I started talking loudly.
‘Excuse me. I am here you know.’ Phoenix had put the phone on speaker so my voice rang out clearly.
‘Who is this?’ Miss Tomson demanded.
‘Taylor. Louis Behan is coming over in an hour so you can chat to him if you want.’
‘Taylor come into school right now.’
‘There is a slight issue there because I am in Ethelburgesa and the jet is not ready for flight seeing as it is at the airport. Sorry.’ There was a knock on my door. It opened to reveal my grandmother holding a velvet parcel. She took out her hand which was inside it and brought out a tiara.
‘Taylor. I would like you to wear this.’ She handed me a tiara made of silver with clear glass flowers on it.
‘Thank you grandmother.’
‘Your mother wore it before she cheated on your father. Anyway get ready because Louis is coming soon.’
‘Taylor. Are you there?’ Phoenix’s voice called from the speaker on my phone being oddly distorted by the static and
‘Yep. Hang on.’ I opened the door and let Louis in.
He sat down on the sofa as I picked up my phone.
‘So they bell has just gone but I will talk later.’
‘Ah. Slight issue. Anyway.’ I hung up and walked out onto the terrace which led where we had dinner last night.
Mary was there calling up to my window.
‘JANE GET HIS LORDSHIP INTO THE GARDENS HIS FATHER NEEDS TO SPEAK TO HIM!’ Jane yelled back.
‘HIS LORDSHIP'S FATHER IS IN ENGLAND FOR PETES SAKE!’ I snickered. Mary turned around and kept yelling.
‘WHO LET TAYLOR OUT INTO THE GROUNDS?’
‘SHE IS THE PRINCESS DIPSTICK SHE CAN GO WITHIN REASON WHERE SHE LIKES!’ Mary curtsied and walked off in search of a glass of water. I walked along a path I found until Louis caught up with me.
‘Bloody maids. Why are yours so infatuated?’
‘I actually have no idea. They are my maids and I have no clue how they think.’
Louis and I walked together for half an hour until a gardener found us. Louis was pulling faces and being stupid as always while I took pictures. A gardener strolled up to us. He was in the usual yellow shirt and green gloves, boots and trousers and a large yellow hat to protect them from the midday sun.
‘Your majesty and your lordship the prince is looking for you.’
‘Thank you-’ I peered at his name tag. ‘Maurice.’ He nodded and walked off. We walked back to the palace.
I was forced into a skirt and blouse. Jane put my hair in a knot in the back of my head.
‘Thank you Jane.’
‘There has been a change of plan your father alone is going to the orphanage your grandmother is taking you to the other castle.’ I sighed.
‘Who else is coming?’
‘I think not sure that Lord Behan is coming as well.’
‘Well it could be worse.’ She smiled.
‘Yes it could.’