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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3. An accident


 Two weeks later 


 I am folding linen for the beds when I suddenly hear a deep soft voice behind me. A voice I have already grown accustomed to, as he often stops to talk to me, sometimes several times a day. "Well hallo Naria. How are you today dearest ?"

 "I am well, your Highness. I hope hiss highness is feeling well too". I say, not looking up from my work, knowing he has stepped up beside me anyways.

 He grabs one of the linen sheets and starts folding it. "Darling, we are alone, no need for formalities. Please call me Ben".

 "Oh I couldn't my prince. If someone heard I would get in so much trouble". I say. He really is something else, so different from any other man I ever met. "And his highness shouldn't be doing my job either".

 "Well, I am a prince so I can do what I want, that includes folding sheets if I want to". He muses and I can't help smiling as I shake my head.

 I cast a stolen glance at him, making my heart papilate violently. He is so very handsome. But he is a prince, I am hardly allowed to look at him if I follow the rules.

 "You could have a brigth career in front of you as a maid, you are good at folding sheet". I say making him chuckle.

 "Not only beautiful but also cheeky and smart, wel wel don't we have it all miss Naria". He says, making me blush.

 "Ben you can't say something like that". It just fly out of me as I turn to face him. "I am just a maid, why are you even waisting your time talking to me ?"

 "Oh I am most definitely not waisting my time, I like talking to you". He says looking directly into my eye. "Why is that so wrong ?"

 "Were do you want me to start ? You are a prince one day you will be king. I am a maid, I will never be anything greater than that". I tell him.

 He shakes his head. "I don't care, I don't judge people based on what they are, not occupation, not their sex only on the person they are inside".

 "You know saying things like that could actually get you into trouble". I say softly. I am sure he is going to be an amazing king, but I am not sure everyone will agree. "Some might think you crazy".

 "Well I think I will survive that". He says, someone calls for him and he puts down the last sheet. "Sounds like I need to get going, see you around darling".

 I watch him leave, actually his radical ideas could get him in a lot more trouble than he seems to realise. Some people in this country don't like changes, especially not changes that could diminish there power and hold on people.



 Me and Joel is on our way back to the castle, our horses walking at a long rain over the field, when I spot Naria walking down on the road a basket over her arm. She seems to have been to the market. I can't help smiling as I watch her.

 "Who is that ?" Joel stands up in the stirrups, as to get a better overlook. "Oh it's that new girl right ? The one Phipp was drooling over".

 "Well who isn't Phipp drooling over ?" I say. Naria seems to be singing to herself as she walks along. "But yes it is Naria".

 I feel Joel study me and for some reason my cheeks heat up. "You like this girl don't you ? You look at her like she is something precious".

 "Well she is, but I can't like her, as you put it, I mean she is just a servant girl, I am a prince. No one would care if I had my fun with her, but like her.. no that is impossible". I swallow hard.

 Joel shrugs. "Well you have never really cared what you could or couldn't do and I never known you to think anything impossible".

 I am just about to say something when I see a small band of my fathers soldiers come galopping down the road. From up here we can see both Naria and the soldiers, but there is a bend in the road between them and I know they can't see each other. If they stay on there course they wil ride her down.

 "Shit !" I don't even think, I just spur my horse, he is a 6 foot stallion and very fast, but I am not sure I can reach her in time. I hear Joel charge efter me.

 I pressure my horse to go as fast as possible, hearing Joel yell for me to slow down. Not that he don't want me to reach her, but it is going pretty steep down hill and should me horse stumble we would take a very bad fall, but I just can't care for that right now.

 Shit, I had forgotten the hedge. There is a tall hedge, close to 5 feet between the field and the road. There is a gate a bit farther down but it would mean wasting time riding along the hedge and stopping to open the gate. I simply don't have time, so I spur my horse, we just have to make the jump.

 My horse hesitates a bit, but I spur him forward. "Come on boy, we can do it". And then we are in the air, it is kind of exhilarating, like flying. I have taken a lot of jumps in my life riding in the forest, but not this high and at this speed.

 I can hear that the branches scratch his stomach and I fear he will get his hind legs caugh on the hedge, but he is a good horse and he twist his hindlegs to the side getting over, almost throwing me of balance. He turns up the road by himself. But I can see that I wont make it, I can't reach her in time.

 I call out for her, yell her name, screams for her to get away from the road. Finally she hears me and she turns, seeing me come charging. It is the last second, I see the horse come around the bend of the road behind her.

 She tries to move out of my pad but she isn't fast enough and the horse farthest to the side brushes her, making her stumble into ditch beside the road. The soldier just ride on and I will need to find out later who they were, this wont go unpunished. But right now I need to get to her.

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