___ eyes scanned the blue horizon, watching the sun set beyond the great ocean and color the sky in all kinds of bright oranges and pinks, colors that they had only seen once before.. on a ship that sailed to a far away place. The queen sighed softly as she folded her hands in front of her, 5 winters had passed since she was taken away.. and now, she couldn't even imagine being happier. She had grown to be a most beloved ruler and a strong and independent woman, things she never in her wildest imagination thought she would ever become. She found herself thinking less and less of her old home until she had almost forgotten about it completely, only now and again would she wonder what everyone on the other side of the ocean were doing. She never felt sad or the need to see everyone again, because everything she loved and held dear were here, on this island, her true home.
And yet.. at this very moment, she was rather uneasy and wished she could be elsewhere. She had something weighing on her mind, bad? Good? She honestly didn't know. _____ took a deep breath and turned on her heels, turning her back to the colors of her past. She picked up her skirt some and quickly walked away from where she had admired the sun set, she had to hurry down to the docks before the departure of her king.
The docks were bustling with life, people running to and from with crates that contained all kinds of products they had made to sell at different markets on islands far away. Delicious bread, tools, weapons and what not. The men were all talking loudly about how much they were going to sell and how much they looked forward to sail again, and their wives just laughed and rolled their eyes at them. ____ smiled at everyone she passed as she made her way to her beloved, who was standing by his ship talking to his 4 brothers. He too had grown quite a bit since they first met.. in body only though. He was taller and more muscular now, but his personality had stayed just them same.. and it looked like that's the way he was always going to be. Despite his childish nature, he was an amazing king, leader, provider and husband. No matter how busy he was, he always made time for ______, even when she said it wasn't necessary.
Mathias turned his head and watched as his queen approached, her ___ eyes sparkled and she had that smile that made him just want to tackle her to the ground in a never ending embrace. His eyes rested on the keys that dangled from the belt around her waist, the keys he had given her at their wedding ceremony, the very keys that his mother carried when she were queen. Just the thought of it made his chest swell with pride. He still could not believe that the beautiful being that walked towards him were his, she was his queen and his beloved. Ever since day 1, she had been able to keep him in line and been able to make all of his stress and worries go away.. just by being close to him. He quickly snapped out of his thoughts as the second youngest brother, Tino, lifted his arm and started to wave at the approaching queen. “_____! Good morning!” he exclaimed happily. ____ chuckled at them and waved back. “Good morning, I can see that you are almost ready to depart.” She said as she watched the final crates and barrels being loaded on the ship. This wasn't the first time she had to see them all leave like this, and it was never easy to see her love disappear into the glittering horizon... but this time around it was proving to be harder to let him leave.
Mathias grinned widely and crossed his arms over his chest. “Just a few more barrels and we're all set to leave for 12 moons. I think this will be one of our best trips yet” He said rather proudly. He was always so eager to go out on new adventures and see new places, and he always said he would take ____ with him one day so she could see it all for herself. But they both knew that the sea was a treacherous place that could both be blindingly beautiful and surprisingly dangerous, and the queen was sorely needed in the village in the absence of the king. _____ smiled back at her husband as she tilted her head slightly, reaching her petite hand up to gently caress his cheek. “Just promise me you will return to me.” Mathias' deep blue eyes softened at his beloved's words as he took her small hand in his larger one “Nothing can keep me from returning, not the wind, the sea or the Gods themselves. Nothing can keep me from returning to my queen.” He muttered sweetly before placing a gentle kiss on the top of her hand, his soft lips almost tickled her skin making a small giggle escape her own lips. How she wished he would stay, she wished it now more than ever. For she had a very important secret to tell him, one she had kept from him for quite some time and was getting harder and harder to hide. “You won't be returning to just me this time Mathias.” She whispered, loud enough for only him to her. The king observed her with a tilted head and a curious look in his eyes.
“Well, I will be returning to the others in the village too but.. that's not quite as romantic.” He said while scratching the back of his head. His brothers had boarded the ship as the very last of the crates were stowed away, they were waiting impatiently for their leader to join them so they could be on their way. _____ took both of her husband's hands and dragged him off to create some distance between them and everyone else at the dock. The blue eyed male was quite confused with the young lady's behavior and was trying his best to protest, saying he had to leave. _____ stopped and looked deep into Mathias' eyes. “I did not mean the village Mathias. You'll return to me... and someone else.” She explained as she placed Mathias' hands on her stomach. “You'll return to the new heir.” She chuckled happily. The king's eyes widened in shock and his jaw fell right down to his knees. _____ was with child, his child.. THEIR child! He wanted to cry, laugh, shout and faint all at the same time. How could she tell him this now?! Right when he was about to leave! The warrior king pulled his wife close to him and embraced her, he wanted to hold her so tight she would have to scream at him in order for him to let her go. But he was gentle, as if she would break by the mere touch of his fingers. “They can go without me.. I won't leave, not now.. not ever.” He stated while burying his face into her soft hair. The ______ eyed queen just giggled and shook her head. “You have to go, they need you and you know it.” She said sweetly as she carefully and reluctantly pulled away from him. “Both of us will be right here waiting for you.” She said with a loving smile on her lips.
12 moons later
Winter had passed once again and the viking king was standing on the deck of his ship looking out towards the horizon. He had been gone for far too long, and it seemed even longer now since he knew what was waiting for him back home. At least.. he hoped they were waiting. He knew that there were times where the babies didn't make it, or the mother.. or both. Mathias' eyes could barely stay open, he hadn't slept a wink for at least four days. That's how excited and nervous he was. The trip had made everyone weary and they all longed for home, they had loaded the boats with traded goods from far away lands and were very pleased indeed, all agreeing it had been a success. Lukas walked up to his brother and pointed out towards the ocean. “I can see it.” He simply said and sure enough, there it was! Their island, their home! Mathias' tired eyes now sparkled and he was awfully tempted to order his men to row faster, but he knew they were tired too so he bit his tongue, watching the island grow bigger as they drew nearer. Slowly they reached the docks and Berwald had to restrain his older brother so he wouldn't jump off the ship and swim the rest of the way to sore. Mathias argued and fussed, barely containing his eager. He would gladly swim if it meant he would get there faster.
They finally docked and the king was let go. He didn't waste a minute and jumped off the ship and ran. He ran past everyone that came down to the dock to greet the travelers, jumped over crates and rushed through the village, not bothering to talk to or greet anyone. How could he have time for that now?He ran up the hill to the Big House, praying that both wife and child were safe. Beads of sweat ran down his necks as he started to run out of breath, but he didn't stop.. he wouldn't stop running until he was there.
He reached the top and there, standing in the doorway wearing a loose fitted cotton dress with the keys tied to her belt, with her_____ hair blowing in the tiny breeze and her ____ eyes smiling at him stood ______. The love of his life, his wife and queen. And in her arms, a small child with blue eyes and _____ curls with a crown of flowers adorning it's head. Mathias walked up to them and looked down at the small bundle in his beloved's embrace, it looked back up at him and he swore he saw a small smile on it's lips. The king reached out a hand and gently stroked the little one's head, being ever so careful. _____ smiled lovingly at the sight before her, her husband and child bonding.