Posted: 01 September 2006 at 3:05pm
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Kripa awakened with the morning sun, but remained in bed, wondering if the events of the night before had been a fanciful dream. She felt she'd been in a dream from the moment she'd stepped off the plane in Wynborough and saw her brother-in-law, Pritvi, waiting for her.
It had been four years since Kripa's sister, Pritvi's wife Mishti, had died in a tragic bank robbery gone wrong. After the funeral, Kripa and Pritvi had lost track of each other. They'd made contact again when Pritvi had invited Kripa to his and Aaliyah's wedding, but Kripa had been unable to attend. Then Pritvi had learned about her mother's death and convinced her she needed a break and invited her to Wynborough for the anniversary celebration of the coronation of Aaliyah's father, King Nishant.
Kripa spied the flower on her nightstand, the same flower Angad had tucked behind her ear to proclaim their engagement. Her heart stepped up its rhythm as she thought of the handsome prince. A prince had made her his fiance. It would be like a romantic dream, if she loved Angad! If he loved her.
A knock on her door pulled her from her thoughts. "Come in," she called.
"Good morning," Aaliyah said as she entered.
Kripa smiled at the red-haired princess. In the brief time she'd been in Wynborough, she'd developed a friendship with Aaliyah. "I'm not sure if it's a good morning or not."
Aaliyah sat on the edge of the bed. "It was an exciting evening, that's for sure."
Kripa sat up. "I was just lying here wondering if it was all a dream. Yesterday I was an unemployed schoolteacher taking her first trip outside the United States. Today I'm betrothed to a prince I don't even know." She looked at Aaliyah desperately. "How do I get out of this? I don't want to do anything that might cause an international incident!"
Aaliyah laughed, then sobered and gazed at Kripa thoughtfully. "If I were you, I'd go along with the engagement for several days, but tell Angad of your intention not to marry him. It's important that it appears he's the one who changes his mind. He'll want to save face with the public."
Kripa nodded, trusting that Aaliyah knew best how to handle issues concerning royalty.
Aaliyah stood, a worried frown etched into her forehead. "Just don't let him hurt you. Angad is quite a charmer, but I don't think his heart has ever been touched. Be careful with your own heart."
Kripa smiled. "Don't worry about me. I'm not about to be taken in by what he's offering." She looked at the flower on the nightstand, then back to Aaliyah. "I'm glad Pritvi found you. I'm so glad he found happiness."
"I'm the one who is happy." Aaliyah's face positively glowed. "Pritvi is my heart, my love, my very soul mate."
And that's exactly what Kripa wanted for herself. Love. And that was the one thing Prince Angad wasn't offering.
.+ As you all know this isn't an original story i read it somewhere and figured the characters matched that of Angad and Kripa's perfectly, if you dont want me to continue posting the other parts of the story just let me know and i'll stop, but i hope you guys enjoy this story as much as i did when i first read it +.
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