Good morning, My King.
Well this was something nice to find this morning! I just got up at the time of writing this. You did find me well and I miss You too Dark, though there’s no need to rush any of Your duties or anything to spend time with me. I look forward to when You can find the time to get away for a bit My King and I hope You have a good day today.
(He chuckles, warmed by her sweet concern, as He continues to write in His ornate and careful hand.)
My dearest love, it seems you have yet to be completely aware of My determination to correct such a dreadful oversight on My part. For there’s no greater duty that One can have than to those He holds most dear.
At any rate, darling, I will do My level best to make the separation worthwhile. I have a surprise for you upon My return…
(The affectionate missive is rolled up and sealed by His signet ring pressing against the blood-red wax. The sealed scroll, once the wax has cooled, disappears from His hand and reappears before her.)
I smiled as I saw the next message appear, stroking over the seal softly a moment before I broke it. After several minutes of reading, I reached for the stowed away stack of the same paper and penned my own response in cursive.
𝒪𝒽 𝓃𝑜, 𝐼’𝓂 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝓅𝓁𝑒𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎 𝒶𝓌𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝒹𝑒𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝒷𝑒. 𝒜 𝒸𝑒𝓇𝓉𝒶𝒾𝓃 𝓇𝑒𝓈𝒸𝓊𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝑒𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓁𝒾𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝓎𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝒾𝓈 𝒶 𝓉𝑒𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓂𝑒𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉. 𝐼 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓃𝑜 𝒹𝑜𝓊𝒷𝓉𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒹𝑒𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝑜𝓇 𝒹𝑒𝓅𝓉𝒽𝓈 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝑜𝓊𝓁𝒹 𝑔𝑜 𝓉𝑜 𝑒𝓃𝓈𝓊𝓇𝑒 𝓅𝓇𝑜𝓉𝑒𝒸𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑜𝓈𝑒 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓊𝓃𝒹𝑒𝓇 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓌𝒾𝓃𝑔.
𝒯𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽 𝒴𝑜𝓊’𝓇𝑒 𝓌𝓇𝑜𝓃𝑔 𝑜𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒻𝒶𝒸𝓉 𝒾𝓉’𝓈 𝒶𝓃 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓈𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉, 𝐼 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝐼𝓃𝒸, 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝐸𝑔𝑜𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝓌𝒽𝒾𝒸𝒽 𝓉𝒽𝓇𝑒𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝒶𝓅𝓅𝑒𝒶𝓇𝑒𝒹 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓃𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝓊𝓅 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝓅𝑒𝑒𝒹 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓅𝑜𝓈𝓈𝒾𝒷𝒾𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓎 𝑜𝒻 𝑜𝓃𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓂𝓎 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌𝓁𝑒𝒹𝑔𝑒 𝒶𝒹𝒹𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉, 𝓅𝓁𝓊𝓈 𝑀𝑒𝑔 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒜𝓃𝓉𝒾 𝓉𝑜 𝓁𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝒶𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇, 𝒞𝒽𝑜𝒸𝑜 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝑒𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝑜𝑜 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝑜𝒽 𝓎𝑒𝓈, 𝓅𝑒𝓇𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓈 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑜𝓃𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓈𝓉 𝒾𝓂𝓅𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒶𝓃𝓉. 𝐿𝑜𝑜𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓌𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝓀𝑒𝑒𝓅 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝒻𝓇𝑜𝓂 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓇𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒜𝓇𝓂𝒶𝑔𝑒𝒹𝒹𝑜𝓃.
𝒞𝑜𝓂𝓅𝒶𝓇𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒶𝓁𝓁 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝐻𝒶𝑒𝓌𝒶, 𝐼 𝒹𝑜𝓃’𝓉 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓌𝒶𝒾𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶 𝓌𝒽𝒾𝓁𝑒 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒶𝓁𝓀 𝓉𝑜 𝒴𝑜𝓊. 𝐼𝓉’𝓈 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓉𝒽 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝒾𝓉 𝐼 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝓀, 𝓅𝓁𝓊𝓈 𝒾𝓉 𝓂𝑒𝒶𝓃𝓈 𝐼 𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝐼 𝓈𝑒𝑒 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃 𝒷𝑒𝒸𝒶𝓊𝓈𝑒 𝒟𝒶𝓇𝓀𝓃𝑒𝓈𝓈 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌𝓈 𝒴𝑜𝓊’𝓋𝑒 𝒷𝑒𝑒𝓃 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓌𝑜𝓇𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃.”
An eyebrow raised as I remembered the last line and I chuckled as I absently fiddled with the main pendant of the necklace I was wearing.
“𝒜 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝓅𝓇𝒾𝓈𝑒? 𝒪𝒽 𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝐼’𝓂 𝒸𝓊𝓇𝒾𝑜𝓊𝓈, 𝒾𝒻 𝒾𝓉’𝓈 𝒶𝓃𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓁𝒾𝓀𝑒 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓊𝓈𝓊𝒶𝓁 𝓈𝓊𝓇𝓅𝓇𝒾𝓈𝑒𝓈 𝑀𝓎 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒾𝓉’𝓈 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝑒 𝒶𝓂𝒶𝓏𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝐼 𝒽𝒶𝓋𝑒 𝓃𝑜 𝓆𝓊𝑒𝓈𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝑜𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉. 𝐼 𝒹𝑜 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝒹𝑒𝓈𝓅𝒾𝓉𝑒 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝓂𝓊𝒸𝒽 𝐼 𝓁𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝒻𝑜𝓇𝓌𝒶𝓇𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝒽𝒶𝓅𝓅𝓎 𝐼 𝒶𝓂 𝓉𝑜 𝓇𝑒𝒸𝑒𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝑜𝓃𝑒, 𝐼 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓀𝑒𝑒𝓅 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓁𝑒𝓉𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓈 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓈𝓅𝒶𝓇𝓈𝑒, 𝐼 𝓂𝑒𝒶𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇𝑒’𝓈 𝑜𝓃𝓁𝓎 𝓈𝑜 𝓂𝓊𝒸𝒽 𝑒𝓃𝒸𝒽𝒶𝓃𝓉𝑒𝒹 𝓅𝒶𝓅𝑒𝓇 𝓌𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓃 𝓂𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝒶 𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒 𝒶𝒻𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝒶𝓁𝓁. 𝒜𝓃𝒹 𝓂𝓎 𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓈𝒽 𝓂𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒷𝑒 𝑔𝑒𝓉𝓉𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒶 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝓁𝑜𝓌, 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝒷𝒶𝒹 𝓂𝓎 𝑒𝓎𝑒𝓈𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒾𝓈 𝓈𝑜 𝐼 𝓂𝒾𝑔𝒽𝓉 𝒷𝑒 𝓌𝓇𝑜𝓃𝑔.
𝒜𝓃𝓎𝓌𝒶𝓎, 𝐼’𝓋𝑒 𝒷𝑒𝑒𝓃 𝓇𝒶𝓂𝒷𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓁𝑜𝓃𝑔 𝑒𝓃𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝐼 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝓀 𝐼’𝓂 𝑔𝑜𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝑒𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝑜𝒻𝒻. 𝐼 𝓁𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝒻𝑜𝓇𝓌𝒶𝓇𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝑒𝑒𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒴𝑜𝓊 𝒶𝑔𝒶𝒾𝓃 𝑀𝓎 𝒦𝒾𝓃𝑔, 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓂𝒶𝓎 𝒷𝑒. 𝒯𝒶𝓀𝑒 𝒸𝒶𝓇𝑒 𝑜𝒻 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓁𝒻 𝓊𝓃𝓉𝒾𝓁 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓃, 𝑜𝓀𝒶𝓎?
𝒵𝑜𝓆𝒶 𝐻𝒶𝑒𝓌𝒶 𝒦𝒶𝑒𝑔, 𝒜𝓁𝓌𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝒴𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓈, 𝒢𝓇𝒶𝒸𝑒”
As I had no true seal as He did, I instead folded it carefully and kissed the letter before I sent it off with a soft pulse of golden light. One of the first spells I’d found that I could do after Dark had gave me the book pages.
(He read the letter she had sent back to Him, His eyes drinking in every stroke of her words. Her cursive was in the neat and unadorned manner that she had likely learned in her school years, and He smiled at the thought. His always-eager beloved still had an affection for learning.
It was her curious nature that first drew them together, after all.
Having contacted her finally, His mood was lightened somewhat. A letter was not the same as holding her in His arms, but the sweet scent of her that still lingered on the page would stay Him until He was beside her again.
He glanced at the little box sitting patiently next to the dwindling pile of enchanted parchment, and His smile widened as He reached out to gently pat its lid (almost as if to remind Himself that, yes, it was quite real).
She was going to love this. Of that, He had no doubts.)