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The Unwanted Crown
I quickly pulled out of his grasp to look at his face more clearly. What he just said didn't quite make sense. I scrunched my eyebrows together trying to comprehend what he was saying. Could it be true that he was the one that would be with me from time to time again inside and outside the palace? Why couldn't he just make this a whole lot easier and go back to the orphanage. He was now going to be sworn to protect me and never leave the palace. Was this the kind of life he really wanted? No, he was just blind by feelings that I couldn't express towards him. I had to somehow get it through his thick scull that we were just not meant to be. But being Mandulis he is as stubborn as a mule and just won't give up. I guess it was flattering in a way but I also was concerned for his well being and his future if he kept this up.
"What do you mean my new body guard? I thought Ebo-"
"No." He interrupted. "Ebo is the one who offered me this job." My breathing suddenly became shallow with fear. Not only was I fearing for my own life but now I had to worry about Mandulis getting hurt or if worst comes to worst possibly killed because of me. This is not the kind of life I had envisioned for him. Mandulis should have married and started a family by now, and from today onto forever he will just have to linger at my side.
"Well you need to leave." I concluded.
Mandulis shook his head in disagreement with me and gave me a knowing smile. "No I must stay here, it is my duty." His voice was full of confidence and certainty.
I placed my fingertips upon his naked chest and pushed him back. It was such a quiet hallway that you could hear the clacking of Mandulis' wooden slippers on the floor as he traipsed away from me looking lost.
My face contorted a stern look as I spoke to him. " You will leave whether it is by choice or force Mandulis. This is not the time for you to act proud."
His gaze on me had gone from confusion to anger and a challenged look. My first thought was 'oh god I've done it I had finally set him off' but it was quickly replaced with a satisfaction feeling that no matter what I was the one in charge. It sound shallow yes, but I loved him too much to have him stay here and hurt while I marry another man.
"Amaunet, you often forget that it is not your choice. Unless you hold any power over your father and mother I suggest you come to terms that I will be apart of your life." Mandulis' voice lingered with such power and anger that I had nearly shivered.
I was strong, I knew that much, but everything was happening to quickly for me. I fixated my gaze upon the stone floor. Though I had more power over Mandulis, it wouldn't matter because he was the dominate one.
"It wasn't suppose to be like this." I whispered. I looked at the man that I had repeatedly hurt in the past, and now I was going to make up for it and do what is right.
As I was rummaging through my thoughts Mandulis took the opportunity to lean against the wall beside me and stroke the side of my face. I noticed his hand were rough and callus from hard work, but now he wouldn't have to work in the dessert searching for food.
He pressed his forehead against my own and breathed in deeply before speaking. "Please, please my Queen let us be civil. I just want to be apart of your life. Even if its a small part." My heart broke into a thousand pieces as he pleaded with me. But also being a stubborn woman I choose to use his own words against him.
"Even though I do not hold power over my parents right now, you should know that I will rule and conquer this nation."
Mandulis gave a growl of frustrations as his breathing sped up boiling his already hot temper. "I do realize this but not for a while-"
"No!" I shot back. "I will be your queen in a months time and you will listen." I tried to keep me whispering to a low tone because in all reality anyone could walk into this hallway at anytime.
"Thats all the time I have?" Once he said those words all his restraint and all of his concealed emotions were released. His eyes displayed hurt, fear, and sadness. I knew that deep down if we keep our relationship afloat there would be hurt and miscommunications, love affairs, and so many other hardships that we would have to endure. Even though I had decided to keep our relationship, my mind wasn't built to know how to approach such a situation. It was wrong yes, but I was at least to be granted some happiness right? Yes. I was to receive some happiness. I was burdened in my life before what was going to stop me now.
|Patricia Velasquez||as Amaunet|
|Penélope Cruz||as Menhet|
|Adam Gregory||as Mandulis|
|Antonio Banderas||as Pharoah|
|Hayden Moss||as Ebo|