“Your Highness? The Queen sent me to finish fixing your hair.” My hand maiden, Maggie said.
“Oh, yes! Thank you, Maggie.” I said. Yes, this is me. Many people would think that life as a princess is wonderful, but that is not entirely true. While there are many luxuries being a princess, I have often felt alone. Yes, I had my mother, Queen Isabella, always there for me as well as my father, King David, but I never had any friends to talk to or laugh with. I was raised in the castle, never permitted to go outside of the castle walls. And finally, today was the day I was making my debut- my 16th birthday…
“Bring the chair over here, please.” I said.
“Oh, Maggie! Can you believe it? My first ball! I will finally be meeting people!” I said with a squeal. Oops! That is not proper!
“Yes, Your Highness. I am sure you must be overwhelmed with joy!” Maggie said as she tied my ribbon.
*Sigh* “People? Maggie, what am I to say? I am so excited, but nervous as well, I’m sure I will faint.” I said. I never imagined that I would be so nervous.
“There now, Princess. I know you will be just fine!” Maggie said as she gave me a little squeeze. She was always such a comfort to me.
I stood up and Maggie placed my crown on my head.
“You look beautiful, Your Highness.” Maggie said with a curtsy.
“Thank you, Maggie!” I said.
My mother walked in with a smile on her face. She was truly the most beautiful and gracious queen and I hoped someday I would be like her.
“Your Majesty.” Maggie said as she curtsied.
“Thank you, Maggie. Would you please excuse us for a moment?” My mother asked.
“Of course, Your Majesty!” Maggie said.
“Oh, Ruby! You look positively radiant!” My mother said as she took my hands.
“Thank you, Mother! And you look absolutely divine, as always!” I said with a smile.
“My dear, I have been thinking that perhaps we should wait another year…” My mother said.
“No, Mother! We all agreed that I when I turned 16, that would be the day I make my debut.” I said with a sigh. Then my father walked in.
“Ruby, you look beautiful!” My father said.
“Doesn’t she?” My mother said proudly.
“Thank you, Father.” I said shyly.
Suddenly my father’s smile disappeared and he said, “Ruby, Isabella, the guards just informed me of something of a very serious nature.” My father said. “Uh-oh! I know that look. Something’s wrong!” I thought to myself.
“Two men have been spotted in the castle grounds. They plan to kidnap Ruby.” My father said with one of the saddest expressions I had ever seen.
I gasped, “Mother, what do we do?”
“Hush, dear!” My mother said, “David, what are the guards doing about this?”
“They are on the lookout for the men, but they have had no luck.” My father replied.
“What do you mean? Who spotted them if it wasn’t the guards?” I asked.
“Unfortunately, it was the gardener.” My father replied.
“David, what on earth are we going to do? If they make it in the palace they will take her and we will never see her again!” My mother said.
“I know. There is only one alternative. We must send Ruby away.” My father replied.
“Away? Where?” My mother asked.
“She will stay with my Aunt Beatrice in the country. It is the safest place. No one would look for her there.” My father said as he grabbed my hand. “You must be brave, Ruby.”
“Brave? I’m being sent away from my home and my parents to live with my aunt in the country, how am I supposed to be brave?” I asked my father with tears in my eyes.
“Remember this poem, it will help you:
Do not be afraid,
Do not cry,
You must be brave.
We will rest easy,
If you will try.”
I decided I would try to be brave. I wouldn’t want my parents to be worrying about me day and night. “I wonder what Aunt Beatrice is like?” I thought to myself.
That’s the end of Part 1! Look for Part 2 coming soon! 😀