The Lost One Book 1: When Destiny Calls

A thousand years ago she was cursed and disappeared from memory and time. She returns to the Kingdom with darkness in her heart. Feared by the Light, sought by the Darkness. A forgotten past from long ago comes back to haunt her. Can she change her fate or is she doomed to the Darkness forever? Magic always comes with a price. Will she be willing to pay it?

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9. It's Your Duty

But I don’t want to be a princess! Why can’t I just say no thanks?

 

Belle was lacing me into a corset. “I’m sorry Des. We all know that you don’t want this, but you have to. It’s your duty.”

 

“I know how you feel Des but there are just some things you can’t escape. We all had duties expected of us. And it worked out for us in the end. It will for you too.” Jasmine said reassuringly.

 

“I don’t see why she has to be a princess. Not saying that being a princess is bad or anything but shouldn’t she have a duty to follow what’s in her heart?” Mulan asked from her spot from the window.

 

“Aye. I agree with Mulan on this. Why can’t she choose her own fate?” Merida said joining Mulan.

 

Ariel smiled as she sat me down and started brushing out my hair, pulling out a piece of seaweed with a knowing smile. “Des I know you’re scared. We all were when faced with something that could change our lives forever. But this is just something you can’t avoid. None of us here like the idea of you being told you have to be a princess. But they all agreed that you could find someone you wanted to marry when you’re ready. It’s better than nothing.”

 

“And we’ll be there to help you when you need us.” Cinderella said as she laid a dress on the bed.

 

“That’s right sugar. You’ve got us to back you up.” Tiana agreed.

 

“You know I say you have a duty to your heart, but in this case..... This is your duty. But when the time comes you will be able to follow the duty to your heart when it comes to love.” Mulan consoled.

 

But I don’t know if I’ll ever be a good princess. You know how everyone sees me. They see me as the monster in the hood. Someone who will most likely go insane because of who my grandmother was. And I don’t want to get married. I’m not ready. I just never thought the day I was announced as a princess was the day my freedom ended.

 

Snow came over and put a gentle hand on my shoulder. She may have been the youngest at 14 but she was in truth the oldest princess and wise far beyond her years. “Dear heart, it’s alright to be frightened. I’d be worried if you weren’t in some way. But you just have to trust in your heart that things will turn out alright in the end. You can’t give up hope. And you are not alone here. True, some of us may not have gotten to know you as well as the others have but we won’t ever abandon you. If you ever need help, come to us. You’re one of us and we look after our own. You’re one of the bravest I’ve ever known and I’m honored you joined our ranks. And as for fear, this is your chance to prove them wrong. I know in my heart you’ll be a wonderful princess.”

 

I fought back tears as I looked at her in the mirror, my hand coming up to rest on hers. Thank you Snow. That truly meant a lot to me. And I just can’t help but worry. What about John? What if he doesn’t like me anymore when he finds out I’m not who he thinks I am?

 

Pocahontas came over next. Des John isn’t like that. He’s a good man and I’ve never seen him so happy than the times he’s spent with you. You brought new life to him. He cares very deeply about you and I doubt he’ll let something like this stand in his way.”

 

I suppose. I mean he didn’t let the fact that I couldn’t talk and he couldn’t understand my signs stop him. He did the sweetest thing for me.... The best gift anyone can ever give me.

 

They all crowded around, eager to hear what he did. Only Ariel knew and she was keeping quiet.

 

He asked me to come down to the beach today.... And Gabriella was there. She told me he had something to say. And when I looked at him…. He started to sign. True his movements were shaky and he wasn’t quite confident yet. But the fact he has worked so hard to learn so a language barrier wouldn’t stand in our way just touched me here. I laid a hand on my heart.

 

They all smiled and awed.

 

Aurora came over now and started pinning up my hair with jeweled pins. “Des.... You will be a wonderful princess. I just know it. I was scared too when I found out I was to be one because I thought I was never going to see the man I met in the woods ever again. Imagine my joy when I found out he and Phillip were the same person. Instead of seeing it as you lose your freedom, look at it as more doors opening for you. I can see you’ll bring great change here.” She smiled as she tilted my chin up so I was looking at my reflection. “I can see it in your eyes. You are destined for greatness.”

 

Thank you. But I still feel so confused. I wish my mother was here. She always knew the right words to say. When she was there, she made all my fears fall away. I miss her so!

 

I started to cry, burying my face in my arms as they rested on the vanity table. The ache I felt for my mother’s love was stronger and sharper than it had ever been. I thought I locked the pain away and yet it had broken free. I missed the feel of my mother’s arms around me as she would tell me everything would be alright.

 

A knock sounded at the door. “Goodness. Merida was right that I’d be needed. Oh sweet lamb. There, there. It’s alright.” Someone spoke before I was pulled into someone’s arms.

 

I didn’t need to see who it was to know it was Queen Elinor. I didn’t question why she was here, but I accepted her comfort as I cried. Soon my tears dried up and she brushed any stray tears away.

 

“I know you are afraid child, but this only one step in your destiny. We may not always get to choose it, but we can change it. I can tell you will bring wonderful changes. You just have to be strong and believe in yourself.”

 

I smiled and nodded. Queen Elinor reminded me of my mother in a way.

 

“Now let’s clean that pretty face of yours and get you ready.” She said as she used a tissue to wipe and stray tears.

The princesses dressed me in a beautiful blue gown that bared my shoulders with white, slightly puffed sleeves that reached my wrists. I didn’t wear any jewelry except the combs in my hair and a gold brooch.

 

Yen Sid had taken the liberty to have some of my things from my old home brought to me and among them was a gold brooch with a sapphire in the middle. It was simple really, but if you looked close you could see the white silhouette of a swan. It was very special to me and I just knew it was a key to my past. If I could figure out who gave me this brooch I may be able to find the truth about who I was.

 

Once I was deemed ready, the hood and cloak were placed carefully over me once more to hide myself. I thought rather wistfully that this would be the last time I would wear it and savor the protection it brought to me.

 

Yen Sid met us downstairs outside the throne room as the princesses bid me good luck and went inside to wait.

 

I’m scared. What if I can’t do this?

 

Yen Sid looked down at me and gave me one of his very rare smiles. “You will be fine. I wouldn’t let you go through with this if I thought you were not ready and you are ready. Just hold your head high. You’ll be fine. You are my granddaughter after all.” He said pride in his tone.

 

Warmth filled my heart at his words and I believed them. He wasn’t one to say things just to make one feel better that just wasn’t in his nature. So I knew he meant them. I could do this.

 

The doors opened and we stepped in together, every character looking at us, at me. The whole Kingdom must have turned out for this.

 

Yen Sid waved his hand and the cloak vanished. There was a collective gasp from all assembled. I wasn’t sure if it was bad or good. I stared straight ahead at King Mickey and Queen Minnie my eyes never straying to the King’s left where John stood.

 

John’s POV

 

I had tried looking for Moira after she had been dragged off, but I couldn’t find her anywhere. It was then I heard that the princess would be revealed and take her place as a member of the Queen’s Court. I went into the throne room and waited while everyone gathered. The entire Kingdom seemed to have shown up which surprised me. They must have all been very curious to see what the princess looked like. I myself was very eager to finally see what was under the hood. I hadn’t seen her in a long time, but perhaps it was because I was so busy with Moira and the princess was probably preparing for this day.

 

My heart warmed at the thought of my Moira. She was everything I could have ever asked for and more. And I did not care that she was a maid. I hoped that one day, when we had spent more time together and if she agreed, I would take her as my wife. Pleasant images of Moira at my side as Lady Rolfe filled my mind as we waited for the princesses to appear when they were done preparing the new princess. I wondered if she would want to stay here or would she want to come to London with me.

 

Soon the princesses came in and stood in their spot as everyone waited with bated breath. The air was practically buzzing with excitement and wonder, but no one said a word, just waiting for those doors to open.

 

Soon they did and there she stood with Yen Sid. He waved his hand and the cloak vanished. There was a collective gasp from everyone, but I remained silent, too stunned to do anything but stare. There stood my Moira dressed up in a dress fit for a princess.

 

I felt my heart as well as all my hopes and dreams shatter. She was the princess. I lost her. I knew I never stood a chance now. I was just a lord in name only and she was a princess of royal blood. I knew she’d never be mine now.... And that hurt more than anything in the world.

 
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