The Disappearing Heirs Season 2: The Crown Reclaimed
I stood silent in complete shock with my mouth and eyes wide open. “Y-you’re my dad?” I stammered. Joshua nodded his head with a smile. “And, I’m a princess?” I asked, just to make sure.
“Are you kidding me? This crazy guy is your dad?” Corinne inquired.
“Yeah, he is.” I replied. “Wait a second. Is he crazy?” I wondered. “Joshu – um – I mean – da-” I began. “You can call me Josh for now.” Josh interrupted. “Okay… So, why were you kidnapping all the heirs?” I asked.
Josh looked down at his feet. “I know. I tried to find you for so long that it made me insane. I’m truly sorry. But now that you’re here, I feel like all of my craziness has left me.” He said with a smile and I managed a slight grin.
“Well, we should all probably get outside.” Corinne stated and I agreed. As I walked towards the front door with the princesses, Corinne pulled Josh aside and whispered something to him, but I couldn’t hear a word.
Corinne joined us and said, “Don’t say a word to Monica about this. Just say that he got away.” I nodded as I realized that she helped him escape so he wouldn’t get into trouble. Who knows what would’ve happened to him if Corinne hadn’t told him to go. In my heart, I was dearly thankful to Corinne for what she did.
Katrina instantly walked over to the princesses and introduced herself.
“We were about to come outside and suddenly he darted out the back door. I chased after him, but he was too quick. I’m sorry.” Corinne lied, but that isn’t what troubled me. I still had an unanswered question. “Monica!” I shouted and she turned quickly towards me. “You knew that he was my dad?” I asked again.
“Yes. I found out what he was looking for. I knew about the lost princess. And when you came into our hideout on that first day, I noticed your birthmark, and I knew that it was you. That’s why I was so adamant about you coming with us. I wanted to reunite father and daughter.” Monica explained.
I stood completely still with a serious look on my face. “Well, you did.” It was all I could say. I was angry that she hadn’t told me, and I lost him anyways, so her plan didn’t even work out well. I wondered if I would ever see him again…
“Oh, yeah I’m fine. Monica, Corinne, I have to go to Feorden.” I stated.
The next morning….
“Goodbye, Allie. Please keep in touch with me, okay? It won’t be improper for us to talk now that you’re a princess, too. I always knew there was a bit of royalty in you.” Katrina said with tears in her eyes. She had never spoken to me so kindly before, and I knew that she truly meant it.
“To tell you the truth, I had hoped that I could get a job with your agency, but I suppose that since I didn’t arrest the man you were after, I don’t get it, huh?” Corinne asked, her eyes disappointed.
“Everyone makes mistakes, Corinne. Even I do. I wouldn’t not recommend you to the agency just because you didn’t make an arrest. You have all the qualifications of a detective, and I would gladly recommend you.” Monica said sincerely.
“It sounds like you two are saying goodbye.” I said I stepped up to Monica and Corinne.
Then Katrina came over to our group. “Monica, why don’t you call for some other detectives to help us? You can go with Allie and Corinne and I’ll be fine with the other princesses until the detectives arrive.” Katrina offered.
We said our last goodbyes and headed on our way to Feorden. We weren’t sure what exactly lay ahead on our journey, and we carried nothing with us, but our determination, courage, and most important of all, our friendship.
“Okay, sooo… Let’s go.” Corinne said, sounding a little unsure of the looks of this place.
“Then let’s get going! We can’t just linger around.” Corinne said sternly. Although she was one my best friends now, she still drove me insane at times.
After walking for miles in the very large field, we stopped dead in our tracks. “Sooo, who first?” I asked without moving a muscle.
Corinne glanced at me and Monica and could tell that we were nervous. “Alright. I’ll go first. I guess I’ll see you on the other side.” She said with a smirk.
“THREE!” Monica yelled as she jumped head first into the portal.
I hesitantly followed after her, not knowing if I was jumping into some sort of trap.
“You didn’t steal them, did you?” I asked with concern. All she did was smile.
“Oh, stop, Monica. You’re fine. Besides, when some old woman saw me in my old clothes she screamed and said I shouldn’t be dressed like that. She was seriously outraged. It’s better if we try to blend in.” Corinne stated.
“Uh, I’m sorry, Corinne, but I’m not wearing stolen goods.” I said firmly.
“Well, they aren’t exactly stolen, more like borrowed off a laundry line.” Corinne pointed out. “Well, still, I’m not changing.” I stated. My mind was made up, and when my mind is made up, I don’t change it.
“You’re lucky you’re a princess, Allie. You get to do what you want.” Monica said, still annoyed that she had to wear a dress.
As we walked through the small village, a little girl with red pigtails came up to me. “Excuse me, can you help us?” The little girl asked softly and shyly. I looked around for a mother or a father, but there was no one around. “Help you with what?” I asked kindly.
Then another little girl with big blue eyes came up beside the other girl and stared up at me.
“Where are your parents?” I inquired.
The two girls glanced at each other with sadness behind their eyes. I wanted to help them, but I couldn’t if they weren’t willing to be open with me.
A young lady began walking by us and I stopped her. “Excuse me, miss, do you know these children and where they live?” I asked her.
The lady looked at the children with pity and then back at me. “They’re orphans. They have no home.” She whispered.
My heart ached for these kids. They were so young and sweet, I couldn’t imagine them living on the streets. “There isn’t an orphanage here?” I inquired.
“No. The stewardess doesn’t want to spend the money on building one. She doesn’t care about anyone or anything, except for money. They are only a couple of the orphans here, there are many more.” The lady replied.
“Well, can’t the people here pitch in some money to build one?” Monica suggested.
“Yeah, or even, why doesn’t anyone give them a place to live for now?” Corinne asked.
“No one can afford anything like that. The taxes here are sky high. Folks around here barely have enough money to buy supper for the table.” The lady explained.
Another lady walked by us and stopped, gazing directly at me. “How dare you wear clothes like that here! This is absolutely inconceivable!” The woman shouted. Then Corinne mouthed the words “You should’ve worn the dress.” at me. I just sighed and shrugged it off.
“I’ve never seen you here before. Who are you?” The woman asked with suspicion.
“Y- you’re the lost princess?” The other young lady stammered.
“Yes, I am. And I want to help restore the peace and happiness of this kingdom.” I stated with a smile.
The other woman laughed and said, “Good luck with that, dearie. The palace guards wouldn’t even let you enter the palace. And even if they did, the stewardess would deny you as the lost princess.”
“Yes, I will do everything I can.” I replied boldly.
She gave me a hopeful smile and said, “Then go. The sooner this kingdom is restored, the better.”
As I was walking past her, she stopped me. “I have to tell you that the stewardess is insanely stubborn and obsessed with ruling. She will not easily give up the throne to you.” She warned.
“Whether it’s easy or not, really doesn’t matter, because I am taking back the throne no matter what. But thank you for the warning, miss.” I said gratefully.
Getting into the palace was actually not as hard as everyone said it would be. The guards let us go right in once I told them what I was doing there. I felt frozen when I saw the stewardess sitting on the throne. I didn’t know what to say.
“Who are you?” The stewardess asked with annoyance.
“I am Allie Gramer and I am here to make a claim to the throne.” I said, swallowing my fear.
“Oh, so you claim to be the lost princess, do you?” The stewardess inquired.
The stewardess stood and came up to my face. “Well, I have news for you. The chances of my believing you are the lost princess are about a million to one! I have seen several girls claiming to be her royal highness and some of them looked more like her than you do!” She growled and I felt my face burning with anger.
With a wave of her hand she said, “Please leave me now!”
“Are you going to leave or shall I have the guards throw you into the street?” She said, raising her voice.
“You can’t just decide she isn’t the princess without hearing more from her!” Corinne yelled angrily.
“They met back in Manhattan, from our world.” Monica stated.
“I don’t CARE!” The stewardess yelled furiously.
“Guards! Take them away!” She called and there was nowhere for us to go.
“What are we going to do?” Corinne asked as the sound of the guards footsteps grew louder. “We have no choice. We’ll have to figure something out in the dungeon.” I replied.
And with that, the guards dragged us down to the dungeon. I had failed, but I wasgoing to get out of this, and I was going to take back my kingdom.
“I don’t know. We have to find a way to get out of here.” I stated.
“There’s no way out. It’s hopeless.” Monica said doubtfully.
I plopped down with a huff and said, “Well, I guess we’re stuck here.”
“Wait! This bar is loose… Check some other bars, maybe we can slip out of here!” Corinne said hopefully.
Monica wiggled some bars and one of them fell right out.
“Come on! Push through the bars and let’s get out of here!” Corinne said with determination.
“How about we sneak into the palace, tie up that stewardess and throw her in the dungeon!” Corinne said angrily. She really hated that stewardess.
“Uh, I don’t think that’s such a good idea. The guards would just let her out and throw us back in the dungeon.” I stated.
“Oh! I have an idea!” Monica exclaimed.
“What is it?” Corinne and I asked in unison.
“Go around the homes of the kingdom and tell them who you are and how you want to help them! Then perhaps they’ll all side with you and beg for you to be their queen!” Monica suggested.
“Show them your birthmark!” Corinne said, getting excited about the whole plan. “I just don’t know if I can do this…” I said doubtfully and Corinne put her hand on my shoulder. “You can do it, Allie.” She said comfortingly.
Monica smiled at Corinne and said, “Alright, then let’s get going.”
To my surprise, many of the people believed I was the lost princess, and the next morning, several of them turned out in front of the palace yelling “We want Allie!” “Give us our rightful queen!” “Allie! Allie!”
“Stewardess, you see who the people want! Don’t you want to give them who they are asking for?” I shouted, so she could hear me over the people’s loud voices.
The stewardess looked on at the people, her eyes wide. She clearly didn’t know how to respond to this.
“I don’t care who they want! You have no proof that you are the lost princess!” The stewardess shouted back.
“Actually, I do. You do know about the royal birthmark, don’t you?” I asked.
“Yes, of course! What of it?” She asked, sticking her nose into the air.
I climbed up the wall and pulled my hair out of the way. “Look at my neck.” I told her, and when she did, her eyes grew wide again.
“This is ridiculous! It doesn’t mean anything! You could have just put a mark on your neck!” She yelled.
“You’ll have to do something far greater in order for me to believe you are the princess. Tell me what your name was when you born!” She demanded.
I froze. I hadn’t even known I was given a name when I was born! The only name I’d ever known was, Allie.
“Ah ha! I knew you weren’t the princess!” She yelled and walked away.
I slowly turned my head to the crowd. “Why wouldn’t Josh have told me my real name?” I wondered.
Corinne and Monica looked at me, their faces bewildered.
I came down and asked, “Corinne, do you remember my dad saying anything about my real name?”
“No, I don’t think he mentioned it.” She replied.
“I thought so.” I sighed.
“Well, maybe he doesn’t even know! Maybe your mother died before she had a chance to tell him!” Monica suggested.
“Yeah, that would make sense. My mom died shortly after I was born and my dad wasn’t home.” I said. Then I looked around for Adella. “I’m gonna see if Adella knows anything about my real name.” I said.
“Adella, do you know what name I was given when I was born?” I inquired.
“No, I’m afraid not. But perhaps you could check the library! There are many books in there about the kingdom’s history that I bet even the stewardess doesn’t know about.” Adella suggested with a smile.
“Just keep looking! There has to be something here.” I said, not wanting to give up.
“Hey! I found something!” Monica exclaimed from a nearby desk.
“What is it?” I asked as Corinne and I rushed over.
“It’s the royal family line! I found Josh and his wife, Angela and under them it says, baby girl, but no name.” Monica pointed out. “Well, now I have my answer, so let’s get back to the palace!” I said, and we left.
“Please, leave. Before you waste both of our times.”
“My mother, Princess Angela, gave me no name when I was born! My name is Allie, and I will say it once again, I’m the rightful heir to the throne! Back away, now!” I said forcefully.
She stared at me for a moment, a look of disgust on her face. Then she stood.
“Your throne, Your Highness.” She said in a fake kind voice.
Slowly, I walked over and took my seat on the throne, Monica and Corinne smiling on.
The days turned into months, and I found myself thinking a lot about my father. I wondered what happened to him, and if he was safe. I realized how much I longed to see him again, so I called Uriah into the room.
“I need you to get a message to Agent Corinne for me, please.” I said. If I was going to find my father, I needed Corinne to assist me. I was going to do whatever it takes to see my father again….
*In our world*
“Agent, this letter just came for you.” A man said.
Corinne read the note and a smile spread across her face. “Get me my hat! I’ve got a new case that requires immediate attention.” She called out and ran out the door to fulfill Allie’s requests.