When I regained consciousness, I realized I was shaking.
I slowly opened my eyes and said,
"What happened to me? Where am I?"
Someone said to me,
"You are safe, Princess Mila, I am taking you to the kingdom."
Even though I wasn't fully conscious, I knew who that voice belonged to. It was our driver, Lucius.
"To the kingdom? Wait, what about the others? What happened to them?"
"I'm unfortunately forbidden to talk about it."
"You even lie to your princess huh, Lucius?"
"I'm sorry, but an order is an order."
"How funny. And I am saying that I will not move an inch without knowing where they are."
Lucius sighed deeply and said,
"Your father has thrown those people who accompanied you into the dungeon for kidnapping you, and plans to execute them after the wedding."
"Execution? Are you serious?"
I immediately stood up and started looking around. I realized I was in a carriage and I was wearing a wedding dress.
But how did I got here? I was just helping Ryuu and his friends then-
Then I immediately started shouting at Lucius,
"Stop the car! Now!"
"I'm afraid I can't do that, my princess."
"Well. So be it."
I tried to damage the carriage door with my water power, but my powers could do no harm to the door. The driver called out to me and said,
"Don't waste your energy, my princess. The car was protected by certain spells by your father. And these are the kind of spells that seal your powers. You can't damage the car in any way.
"By my father? If my father did this spell, we must have been in and out of our Kingdom."
After that, I came closer to where the driver was and shouted,
"Lucius, tell me! Are we going to Juiyo or are we going to Keontis?"
"To the kingdom of Keontis, my princess.
I shouted at him,
"Lucius! I command you, get me out of this vehicle!"
"Don't try anything stupid and listen to me!
But he didn't listen. How many times that I tried, he didn't even look at me. He just drove off, looking straightforward.
He said in a sad tone,
"I can't do that, my princess. Please forgive me."
I got down on my knees and started to think. Ryuu and the others were going to be executed just because of a mistake I made. And I could not do anything. Like every other time, I felt like I was worthless. At that time, I thought of my promise to my mother. A promise to protect our people and other people. After all, it was a promise that I will be a good princess.
"Please don't be sad, my princess, if Queen Leia saw you like this, she would be very upset, too. But trust me, she'd be proud of you."
I just kept sitting there with anger. I thought of the song My mother used to sing to me. Maybe it was one of the things that made me the happiest. Her melody was still playing in my mind a hundred times. And every time it made me feel emotional. I tried to soothe myself by thinking about the melody along the way, and when I got to the end of the road, the driver opened the door and said,
"Here we are, to the castle of Keontis."
With slow steps, I got out of the car. And It was pretty crowded out there, like thousands of people lined up looking at me, almost everyone in the second Kingdom came to this wedding.
As soon as I got out of the car, the soldiers blocked around me and made sure I got to the castle safely.
After I got to the castle, I was given room to prepare for the wedding.
I didn't understand what happened. They started taking care of me before I could make any move. The ladies who worked there had put makeup on me decorated me. And I couldn't say or do anything. Soon after, my father came in and told the employees,
"Give us some privacy."
After I said that, all the servants in the room went out. My father approached me slowly and said with a sad tone,
"Girl, you're alright, aren't you?"
At that moment, all my anger hit out. I couldn't hold myself anymore.
"How do you think I am? I'm being forced to marry without my permission! And even worse, I can't stop thinking about you executing people who think about the good of our people and my good! I really can't imagine being as cruel as you!"
"They did not think of you or your people, all they thought of was the water of youth."
"How can you be so sure? It wasn't you who was there with them, it was me!"
"Because I saw and lived! Even a man's best friend can stab him in the back, that's what the world is like."
I started crying and said,
"Just because you've been betrayed doesn't mean everyone has to be like this."
"Enough of talking. Preparations will continue at full speed."
I started punching his chest and said,
"I hate you! you've ruined my life! I wish you weren't my father!"
He got angry and pushed me to the ground, then he shouted,
"Like it or not, I'm doing it for your own good!"
"I wish you had died instead of my mother!"
After my father heard these words, his face was covered with terrible sadness. He was devastated. His eyes filled slowly. Hearing something like that from his own daughter was probably the last thing he wanted to hear. As he slowly left the room, he turned his head slightly and said quietly,
"You're right. I wish I was the one who died instead of your mother."
After his words, he left the room. And I was on my knees again, crying involuntarily.