Villainy: A Legacy of A Royal novel

Princess Jessica of Taiway is the crown princess, the daughter of Queen Elsa and King Jackson of Taiway, and well on the path of a proper royal.However, on misstep on Jack's part turns her to a different path. Once her father does wrong, a chain of events is activated, making her more and more angry, and more and more set on that dangerous path

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7. In Hiding

    When the guard went to tell Elsa, Jack and Jessica followed him to Elsa’s office. The guard knocked and said through the door, “Your Majesty?”

“Yes?”

    “I’m sorry to interrupt, but His Majesty and Princess Jessica are here.”

    “Bring them in.”

    The guard then opened the door and stepped aside to let Jack and Jessica through.

Jack then began to say, “Hi, Elsa-” and stopped.

Standing there between Jack and Elsa was Gabriel.

“YOU!” Jack cried. He then took out a sword and pointed it at Gabriel.

“Jack, he’s here to discuss the marriage for Jessica!”

“Jessica’s going to be married to someone else! We discussed this, Elsa!”

“Exactly! I’m trying to tell him that Jessica is betrothed!”

“I’m sorry?” Jessica said. “I never asked to be betrothed to anyone.”

“Then it’s a good thing we don’t need your permission,” Jack said.

Jessica moved automatically and kicked the sword out of Jack’s hands. Then she pointed it at all three of them.

“Jessica!” Jack exclaimed. However he couldn’t do anything because she was pointing a sword at him. She had excelled in armed and unarmed combat and he knew that if he tried to fight her, he would lose in a manner that was humiliating. So he stayed where he was. If she had a sword and was pointing it at someone, she was not to be messed with and they had to listen to her.

“Jessica, I need you to put the-”

In a flash Gabriel had taken out his sword and had jabbed it into Jack’s chest.

“Jack!” Elsa exclaimed as Jack looked down and saw the sword in his chest. He slowly took it out and pointed it at Gabriel.

“I will not be executed by you.”

“I will get your daughter as my son’s bride if it’s the last thing I do.”

Then Jessica moved rapidly and stomped on Gabriel’s foot.

“You’re not getting me.”

“See, even Jessica disagrees.”

“No one is.”

“Wait, what? Jess-”

“THERE WILL NOT BE ANY HUMAN ON THIS EARTH THAT GETS ME AS A BRIDE!”

“Jess, calm down-”

She stalked out of the room.

Then the guards came out and grabbed Gabriel and sent him on his way back to Neamond.

Meanwhile, Jack went to Jessica’s room and knocked.

“Who is it?”

“It’s me, Jess.”

A knife made its way halfway through the door, just showing the sharp edge on the other side, where Jack was.

Jack flinched. He was confused. Where did Jessica get that knife? He then said through the door, “Jess, where did you get this knife from?”

She didn’t answer, despite Jack’s bombard of questions.  

Finally, Jack then left her alone.

She stayed in her room for 3 weeks. She refused to eat and drink. She didn’t sleep.

Jack began to grow worried. Why was Jess staying in her room? Was there something about her that Jack didn’t know about? What was going on?

He then went to Elsa.

“Elsa? I got to talk to you about something. It’s Jess.”

“Come in.”

He opened the door and shut it behind him.

“Elsa, I’m worried about Jess. She hasn’t come out of her room at all. She usually breaks after 1 week.”

Jessica had stayed in her room before for an extended period of time whenever she was extremely angry. She was usually only able to stay in the room for 1 week, sometimes less. But this was serious. Louis and Stephen had tried to talk to her, but she never replied. The maids had checked on her daily, and each time, she was still in her room. She refused to come out. The door was frozen shut now, so no one could come in.

Then Jack said, “I don’t know what’s going on, but I can’t say anything to her. It’s like I’m talking to a wall with her.”

“Don’t force her to talk, Jack.”

“I won’t.”

“I think you got her more mad than she’s ever been. She’s difficult. But that’s a shell.”

“What do you mean?”

“You’ve trained her to be formal and dignified. She’s afraid of disappointing you. She’s being difficult, but being difficult is just a shell for her. Deep inside is someone who wants to have fun, someone who wants to do something other than be formal.”

Jack was quiet for a moment. Then he said:

“Just like me. I want to have fun, but I can’t. I have to keep up the act of being responsible.”

“You’re good at being responsible.”

“Thank you.”

“Anything else about Jess?”

“Her door is frozen shut.”

“She just wants privacy. I know the maids were checking on her daily. I won’t scold them for that. But she wants to be alone.”

“She’s been alone for 3 weeks. She has to come out of there sometime or another.”

“Give her time.”

“I have. I’ve given her 3 weeks!”

“She needs more than 3 weeks to calm down.”

“Elsa, I’m sure you know that it usually doesn’t take her this long to get over her anger.”

“Just leave her be for now. I don’t care how long it takes-”

“Well, I do. Her wedding is in a week!”

“You may need to push the date further.”

“I can’t. It took 2 weeks to get the date settled.”

“I’ll talk to her. It’s obvious that if you talk to her she’ll be in that room for a year.”

Elsa then walked to Jessica’s room and knocked.

“Before you throw anything sharp, Jess, it’s me.”

The door slowly unfroze enough so that Elsa could open the door and go inside.

She then looked around. It was freezing cold, and everything was frozen over.

Jessica’s back was to Elsa. Elsa couldn’t see Jessica’s face. She then said, “Hey, Jess.”

Jessica finally turned and looked at Elsa..

“Jess, what’s wrong?”

Jessica looked as though she were about to throw something in anger. Finally she ran to Elsa and hugged her.

Elsa hugged her back and said, “Jess, I need to know what’s wrong.”

She pointed to a wedding picture of Jack and Elsa on the wall in the hallway.

“Your marriage?”

Jess nodded, and then shook her head.

“What?”

She pointed to it, and then shook her head again.

“No.”

“Oh, I understand now. You don’t want to be wed.”

Jessica shook her head for the third time.

“I’m sorry, Jess. I can’t stop your father’s plan. Unless…”

Jessica then looked up at her mother hopefully.

“We could hide you for a few days. No one would know where you would be. You could stay with Carrie, and no one would know.”

Jess was nodding faster than the speed of light.

“Ok, Jess. Let’s go to Carrie.”

Carrie was living on her own now. When Elsa and Jessica got there, she then curtsied beautifully and said, “Come in.”

They went in and Carrie told them, “You can sit down if you like, Your Majesty.”

“Thank you, Carrie. I need to talk to you about something.”

“Did I do something wrong?”

“No, no, Carrie, you’re just fine. Now, is it alright if Jessica stays here? I’m sure she’s told you about her marriage.”

“Yes, she’s told me all about it.”

“Well, I want to hide her so that she wouldn’t get married next week, her wedding day. Would it be alright if Jess stays here for a month or so?”

“Of course! I’d be glad to hide her for you!”

“Thank you, Carrie. She hasn’t brought her own things. We’re trying to make it look like she’s been kidnapped again. The problem is Jack will search here first. I’ll tell you when Jack plans on searching. Then you and Jess can go hide in the forest for a day or two.”

“Certainly.”

“All right. Jess, I don’t want you to go outside. They will recognize you.”

“Yes, Mama.”

“See you in a month, Jess, Carrie.”

“Bye, Mama.”

“Goodbye, Your Majesty.”

“Goodbye, Carrie.”

Then Elsa left.

Carrie turned to Jess. “What do you want to do?”

“Snowball fight?”

“They’ll notice. How did you get here without being noticed?”

“That’s a good question.”

While Jessica was with Carrie, Jack knocked on Jessica’s door, saying, “Jess, I have your dinner right here.”

No answer. He tried again. Still no answer.

Her door was unfrozen. She must have come out and left her room for something.

He then said to one of the servants passing by, “Have you seen Jess?”

“No, Your Majesty, I’m sorry. I have not.”

“Alright.” He then dismissed the servant with a wave of his hand.

He then left the plate by Jessica’s door and left.

However, the next day she still hadn’t eaten it. She hadn’t even taken it into her room.

He then got rid of the food and said to Elsa, who was passing by, “She didn’t even eat it. She didn’t even take it into her room.”

“Maybe she wasn’t hungry.”

“Maybe.”

“Try talking to her again.”

“I did.”

“Did she answer?”

“No.”

“Maybe Anna has seen her.”

“No, I don’t think so.”

Then Jack kept looking for Jessica and went back to her room, and this time he opened the door.

There was a note on Jessica’s bedside table, nothing more.

You will never get Princess Jessica back.

Jack was shocked. She had been kidnapped again! He had to get to Elsa, and once they got Jessica back, they would make sure she had a guard with her at all times-except for when she was getting dressed, then they would have a woman maid be with her.

He told Elsa and Anna and Anna became frantic.

“What if we never see her again?!”

“We will, Anna.”

“Let’s hope so.”

They began looking. Then, just as Elsa predicted, Jack wanted to search Carrie’s house first, thinking her the suspect.

“Why would Carrie kidnap Jess?”

“Because Carrie is an untrustworthy witch.”

“Jack, calm down. Maybe we should look for her in the morning.”

“Okay.” Jack said. “Okay.”

While Jack was asleep, Elsa snuck out of the castle and entered Carrie’s house to warn them.

“Carrie? Jess?”

“Mama!” Jessica said.

“Your Majesty!” Carrie said, and curtsied.

“Jack is planning on searching here first tomorrow morning. You must hide in the forest.”

“Where is Daddy?” Jessica asked.

“He’s asleep right now, Jess.”

“Ok.”

“Alright. Go hide in the forest.”

“Yes Mama.”

The girls ran through the backdoor and were out of sight.

Then Elsa went back to the castle, and fell asleep next to Jack.

The next morning, Jack got up, got dressed, and then gathered the knights, telling them, “Don’t leave anything untouched. We must find Jessica. Not finding Jess is NOT an option. Find her!”

The knights moved rapidly, searching each house, store, anything that would lead to Jessica’s location. Meanwhile, Jack searched Carrie’s house, just like he said he would. He found nothing.

Meanwhile, Jessica and Carrie were hiding in a tree, watching the search below.

“Are you sure they’ll never find you?”

“Yes, Carrie, I’m sure.”

Then, near noon, Jack got on his horse, called to the guards, shouting, “If Jess isn’t here, she must be in the forest! Either that, or King Gabriel has taken her again! We WILL find her before her wedding if it’s the last thing we do!”

The crowd cheered and Elsa went up to Jack.

“Let me go with you.”

“Elsa-”

“Please. Let me look for her.”

“It’s too dangerous.”

“Nothing is too dangerous when Jess is involved.”

Jack was quiet. Finally, after an agonizing ten seconds:

“”I’m sorry, Elsa. I want you to be safe. We’ve lost Jess. I can’t lose you, too.”

“Ok. But be safe.”

“I will.”

Then he rode off with his men behind him.

 
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