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Alexia stood silent for a moment, gathered her thoughts and recounted the nights events for Anthony, all the while carefully studying his expression.
"But I still don't understand how that could have happened," exclaimed Anthony. Try as he might, Anthony simply could not remember anything about what was nearly the culmination of his dreams. Anthony's thoughts seemed to focus and suddenly he knew what he must do regardless of law, or threat of death or banishment. Anthony motioned for Alexia to stand where she was and he turned and ran to his chambers next to the stables. Alexia stood puzzled but could feel the warmth of her love for him washing over her as she waited patiently for Anthony to return. Just as quickly as he left Anthony returned with a very solemn look on his handsome face. With out a word Anthony dropped to his knee grasped Alexia's hand and looked deep into her eyes, as if to read her soul. He swallowed deeply, assuming the story of last night was true, this reve
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Anthony's heart was in his throat as he raced up the spiral stone stairs to Alexia's chambers. He couldn't possibly recall how many times he'd imagined this in his mind. The mere thought of what surely was to come had Anthony drunk with passion. He reached the door that lead to Alexia grasped the handle and slowly pushed it open. There in front of him stood Alexia.
The queen, witnessing the clandestine turn of events, rushed immediately up a hidden passage that led to one of the towers accessible only by her. Not even the king was aware of the passageways existence. The king had the tower sealed many years ago when the evil wizard Malathai was banished to a small windowless room at the top by the great wizard Sophus. Sophus disappeared into the wilderness shortly thereafter, he used so much energy to contain Malathai that he needed to sleep for several years just to regain his strength. To this day no one knows of his whereabouts. Reaching the top of the stairs, the queen move
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Anthony could feel his strength coming back, his whole body seemed to tingle as the regenerative powers of the elixir worked its mysterious wonder. Shaking the rest of the fog out of his head he lifted Alexia onto his horse, he couldn't help noticing how his hands nearly encircled her waist. He also noticed that her dinner gown was tattered and now showed much more leg than ever seen of the princess. "I think that potion has awakened something else," he thought hoping his libido didn't get the best of him. Climbing atop his horse behind Alexia he was now extremely aware of how much better he was feeling, the only way to ride back would be pressed firmly against Alexia's back. Anthony jumped down.
"M'lady I'm feeling much better I can walk and you can ride," said Anthony, glad it was dark to conceal the blush burning in his cheeks. "Don't be ridiculous knight, we must get back immediately and we can ride much faster than you can walk, and I'm not about to leave you here." Alexia
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hopelessness is my companion
through my mind is carved a canyon
on these walls I draw with crayon
tied to this cot that I lay on
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Angered by his laps in vigilance with only himself to blame Anthony calmly walked out into the night so as not to cause alarm. Once outside he could still see the countryside in the pale light of dusk as the chill of the night set in. Scanning the horizon for any clue to the whereabouts of the princess, he made his way to his horse. "Young squire!" called Anthony, "ready my horse!" Just over the farthest pass, Anthony could barely make out what appeared to be the telltale dust cloud created by what had to be many horses. "North," he thought still refusing to believe the possibility of the worst case scenario. The squire handed Anthony the reigns, "Master, your horse is ready and your pack is secured just as you instructed." "Well done squire," replied Anthony. "Tell me boy, who were the men with the princess just now?" Inquired Anthony. The squire knew the gravity of the question, for if the knight didn't know who the men were, something was wrong. "I don't know Master, for o
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Anthony stood watching as the princess road off down the path and then over the next hill, disappearing from view. His heart now pounding as if he'd been in heated battle. Turning toward this trusty steed he patted the great horses neck. "Well what do you think old boy?" as if the horse understood him, "I think I'm about to get myself into a lot of trouble." With that Anthony let out a hearty laugh, mounted his horse and began back down the path at an easy trot. Making his way back to the stables, Anthony was alone with his thoughts. He could still smell the sweet fragrance of the princess's perfume on his hands, taking him back to that moment he knew they shared before his feeling of awkwardness, and 'graceful' decent to the ground. He had to laugh to himself in embarrassment. He wasn't certain but he felt as if the princess's eyes were betraying her words. He knew for a moment he could see straight into her soul. "What a beautiful place to be," he thought to himself, as he
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Sitting atop his noble steed, Logan, Sir Anthony pondered whether or not he overplayed his hand. He knew the princess loved to unwind with a fast gallop through the orchards, especially after dealing with her shrew of a mother. If there ever was a poor pairing by arranged marriage, it was Queen Vashta and the wise compassionate King.
"Poor man," he thought aloud. "At least their paring wasn't completely in vein," he thought as the image of the princess materialized in his minds eye. Sir Anthony was absolutely smitten with Alexia and he must do his best to hide the fact.
"GUTTLUMP! GUTTLUMP! GUTTLUMP!"
With a flourish of elegance princess Alexia sped by the tree under which Anthony was waiting, unknown to her. Anthony chose the largest oak near the stables just below the crest of a small hill to wait on her. As she passed on her magnificent beast, a horse with nearly as much spirit as the princess, he merely sat and watched her beautiful auburn hair billowing behind her as she rac
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The knight still clad from head to toe in his armor, not having time to prepare for meeting the princess as the queen demanded he report immediately from the field, strode toward the two woman. "Sir Anthony I presume," lauded the queen. "At your service m'lady," replied the still masked knight as he took to his knee and grasped the queens hand bowed his head. "you may stand sir knight," quipped the queen. Anthony stood before the queen and removed his helmet revealing shoulder length sandy brown hair and piercing blue eyes, his six foot six frame towering over both woman. "And this must be the fair princess Alexia," he said as he turned his head and met Alexia's gaze. Again he took to his knee and said, "And at your service of course m'lady." The hand maids chuckled as they looked on.
Sir Anthony, was no stranger to the castle or to the princesses beauty, for that matter. He spent his youth the squire of one of Queen Vashta's hand picked guard. This fact of course was unknown