The Prince and the pirate

Benedict is a 27 year old crown Prince that don't feel ready for marriage and settling down. But the law is that he needs to have an heir to claim the throne and his father is getting nervous as Ben's uncle is pining for the throne. So he forces Ben to chose a wife among suitable princesses.
Ben's best friend Tom who happens to be a pirate Captain is sent on the long journey to retrive Ben's bride.
But what happens when Ben's eyes Fall on a new young servant girl ? And how does the princess handle a month on a pirate ship ?

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17. A hard choice for the prince

 

 3 days later

 *Naria*

 I have drifted of, laying next to Ben on his bed. His colour has returned and now we are just waiting for him to wake up. I am awakened by warm lips gently touching mine and open my eyes to look into Ben's. "Hi there love, I've missed you".

 "No I missed you Ben". I say softly, feeling relieve wash over me seeing how bright his eyes are shining in the early morning light. "You my dear have been sleeping".

 "I have still missed you. What happened ? I .. well I thought I was dead". His arm slide around my waist, pulling me into him and I snuggle into him.

 I slowly tell him everything, about the witch doctor, the poison and his father accepting it. I can also tell him that his father has hired the witch doctor Ubuntu as the royal doctor, it takes some time convincing Ben that I am not fucking with him on that.

 "And Ben, I have something I need to tell you". I snuggle even closer to him, hiding my face against his shoulder. I am a bit scared what he will say.

 He pushes me a little out from him, one hand lifting my face to look at him. "What is it love ? You know you can tell me anything right ?"

 "I know Ben". I tell him, kissing him softly. "But this is still hard, it can change everything. Ben I am pregnant".

 His eyes blows wide and then I see a tear escape his eye. "You are.. I am going to be a father ? Oh God". He huggs me so hard into him I almost can't breathe. Then he kisses me all over my face. "Thank you, thank you so much. We will figure this out, I promise you".

 "No thank you for reacting like this". I say kissing him softly, in the end I have to gently push him away. "Relax love, you are still not ready to strain yourself".

 

 *Ben*

 I am waiting for my father to come. Naria has gone to get him. I want to speak with him alone about what to do. I don't care about the throne, the power or the money. All I care about is Naria and our baby and I am willing to give up everything to be with her. I just hope my father will understand.

 "How glorious it is to see you awake my son". My father says as he comes through the door. Coming over to hug me tightly to him, surprising me quite a lot. 

 "Thank you father". I hug him back. It feels nice to be hugged like that by my father again. "We need to talk. There are some things that need to change dad".

 "It is about the young woman right, Naria ?" My father looks at me and I must have looked rather surpriced. He chuckles. "She clearly loves you very much. She fought like a lioness for you and saved your life".

 "And I love her dad. I am sorry but I never really wanted to be king. I just want to be with her and our baby". I look at him, biting my lip, waiting for the explosion.

 But the explosion don't come. Instead my father smiles softly. "I am going to be a grand father ?" His hands pat mine a bit awkward. "Listen son. I won't stand in the way of your happiness, but you need to think about your choices and the consequences".

 "I know, the throne will go to my uncle, and believe me it pains me dad". I run a hand through my hair, I wish there was another option.

 He nods. "I wish I could change the laws, but I can't. The throne will go to your uncle or that idiot son of his. The man who tried to murder you, we just can't prove that. But you have to think of the princess as well. She would be humiliated and her father is a stern man, we most likely would face a war. Those are the consequences you will face. I know you are smart and I will let you decide what your path should be".

 "I will consider this father, and tell you of my decision". I had been so sure of what I wanted. But now as my father leaves me I am torn. I have his blessing, but is it fair to tear the country apart so that I can get what I want. To leave people to a cruel king, to humiliate a princess that came all this way for my sake, to risk war and a lot of lifes, for my personal happiness ?

 I curl up on the bed, what am I to do ? No matter what I will harm someone, no matter what I will have regrets. I feel like the worst most selfish person in the world. I should never have brought Naria in this situation. I can't expect her to live a life as the other woman, never being recognised, knowing that I have to share my bed with someone else. 

 God I can't live without her, I simply can't. I need her like I need food and air. But what kind of man would I be if I let a whole country suffer ?

 

 *Naria* 

 When I come back I find Ben alone. He is curled up on the bed crying softly and I hurry to his side. "What is it love ? Does it hurt ?"

 He clings to me, pulling me down on the bed and burrowing his face into my chest and I gently stroke his hair. "I am so sorry. I am the worst kind of person. I don't deserve you in any way".

 "No you are not. You are the best man I have ever known Ben. You are so kind and sweet and always want to do the right thing. And that is what is tearing you apart". I tell him. I mean I always knew that he could never truly be mine and I made my choice, I rather have him for a little while than not at all.

 "But I am". He looks up at me. "No matter what I choose it makes me a wretched human being. My father has given me my freedom to choose and his blessing. And my heart wants you, wants us to be a family, but it would tear the country apart and cost thousands of lives. My brain is telling me that I have to sacrifice my own happiness for the greater good. But I would be sacrificing you too. I couldn't ask you to stand aside and accept me marrying the princess".

 I kiss him gently, holding my own feelings in check. He don't need anymore pain right now. "Ben, I am here for you no matter what and no matter in what form you need me to be. If you need me to, I will step aside".

 He doesn't say anything, but just pulls me into him again, sobbing even harder and I let him. I hate seeing him this torn and broken.

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