*Part 1 of the War of the Elements!!!
The seven elements that make up the world as known are Fire, Water, Land, Air, Sand, Ice, Light, Darkness. Long ago, when the world was made, each element needed a place for their soul to live. Thus, the elements each inhabited the body of a man. The power of the elements soon became the power of men, and each of the men had the powers of elements. Soon, these men with their powers created empires and since they were so formidable with their powers, nobody dared contradict them. Surprisingly, the powers of the elements could be inherited, but only in the royal family...
Princess Mira's POV
“Lady Mira? Lady Mira! Where are you? The suitors are coming in fifty minutes! You better not be drawing again!”
When the nurse finally found Lady Mira after ten minutes (she was hidden inside a kitchen cabinet), it was time to prepare her for the night.
First, she was squeezed into a tight corset which made breathing quite the ordeal. A lavender ballgown with puffed sleeves and large bouffant skirts was then slipped on top of that. After that, Lady Mira’s black, wavy hair was yanked and pulled, until two sections of hair had been successfully braided and tied together in the back (Lady Mira kept twisting and fidgeting).
“It’s your fault if you never get married, since I can only manage a simple hairstyle today due to your extremely immature actions today that have put us on an extremely tight schedule. In fact, I was planning to do a Lockheart braid down the middle and part two sections to intertwine on the side.”
“Who cares? I can tell you I’m not getting married today, or any day.”
“You had better not say that in front of your father. He’s expecting you to be married within a month. I hear he especially has his sights set on Prince Jean Valerie.”
“Blargh. Hurry up and put on all the jewelry please. Let’s get this over with.”
When all the bracelets, necklaces, and bits of diamonds were all fastened on, Lady Mira looked like the perfect princess... Oh, if only she’d smile and stop scowling.
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“Announcing, Prince Emerys Mayeson of the Cair Highland Empire, to ask Lady Mira Nobelius’s hand in marriage.” Trumpets blared, and flags were waved, as the great doors of the castle opened. A massive white stallion bedecked in jewels entered and sitting on top of the stallion was a wide-chested, burly looking man. He dismounted the stallion and swept into a low bow at the king’s feet.
“Your majesty, I humbly ask your gracious blessing for your beautiful, delightful, and bountiful daughter's hand in marriage.” King Nobelius motioned for him to stand up as Lady Mira rolled her eyes. How would he know how delightful she was? She had never met him. The blustering idiot, trying to marry her for her father’s empire.
“I daresay, Prince Emerys, you shall have to ask her; after all, she’s the one getting married.” The prince seemed shocked at this suggestion, but promptly went into another deep bow at Lady’s Mira’s feet.
“Dear Lady, on this fine Yuletide Eve--”
“What’s that?” Lady Mira interrupted. She saw the nurse violently motioning towards the Christmas tree in the center of the hall.
“Oh, we call it Christmas here.”
“Dear Lady, on this fine Yuletide Eve, if you take my hand in marriage, you shall live a happy, submissive life as one of the many wives of the future king of Cair Highland. You will have many riches, clothes, extravagant--”
“Submissive? Uh, father, I don’t think so.” And with that, King Nobelius waved at the guards to take the prince out of the castle. Moments later, the great doors opened again. In came a flying eagle, who was as massive as terrifying. Mounted on the eagle was a wiry looking man with a dark mustache.
“Announcing Prince Azoren Ucmaq of the great Ucanzona Empire--”
“Father, I don’t like eagles.” And so the next prince was also turned down.
Throughout the next hour, two more princes came to ask Princess Mira’s hand in marriage, and they were both turned away (Prince Ali Gainmah declared that Princess Mira’s only job would be to give birth to hundreds of babies and Prince Killink Chandro’s polar bears went diving for fish in the great fountain and shattered the porcelain).
King Nobelius sighed, as Prince Killink Chandro left dejectedly, with his two polar bears trudging behind him (with no fishes).
“Daughter, I am getting old, and I shall want to see my daughter married when I pass-”
“Yes, you are perfectly capable of being a king, and you don’t even want to get married, but the world does not work like that, dear. In fact, you are most suitable out of all my sons to be king, because you are the only one who has the power of water. The liquid substance is one of the most essential elements in this world, and the power of water that runs in your blood must not be forsaken.”
“I know that, but every prince that came didn’t even have powers. They just want my powers in their children. Besides, I didn’t even like any of them. Who says I’m even interested in men anyhow?” The king took no notice of this, since at the very moment, the doors opened again.
“Announcing, Prince Jean Valerie of the great Trevas Empire to ask Princess Mira Nobelius’ hand in marriage.” Suddenly, there seemed to be a great hole which appeared in the great hall. A gaping black crevasse. And from inside, leapt out a tall figure heavily clothed in black armor. On both sides of him came three men each clothed in pitch black coverings carrying heavy spears.
“I am Prince Jean Valerie, and my father asks to send his greetings to King Nobelius.” The prince wore somewhat of a mask, and only his eyes were visible. Princess Mira felt a sense of foreboding, and fear, at the mysteriousness of the prince and his entourage.
“Ahhh, young prince, I’m glad you have come. Your father told me you were interested in my dear Mira, and I do think you would be a perfect match.” At this, Prince Jean Valerie’s eyes turned over to Princess Mira and swept over her with a sharp gaze.
“She is very pretty. Does she have any powers?”
“Indeed, she is my only child blessed with the power of water out of seven other sons. I do believe you have the power of darkness?” So now Princess Mira understood. The black crevass was the way those with the powers of darkness traveled. They could manipulate the dark by hiding in it, and being it. They could travel in the shadows, and blend in in everything that was dark. This was a formidable power, especially in wars, and Princess Mira simply couldn’t see a future which she had to live with somebody who could disappear under her nose and reappear in the shadows.
“Father, next please.”
“Daughter, please properly consider this one! I’m sure Prince Jean will fulfill your desires if you give him the chance.” Suddenly, the prince disappeared from sight, but the next moment, Princess Mira felt a chilling shiver down her spine. With a gasp, she realized that the Prince had reappeared in her shadow.
“Turn me down and you shall regret your choice very much, little girl.”
“Father! Please take him out!” Shrieked Princess Mira who was thoroughly creeped and frightened by the prince. And with a swift motion, the prince transformed into a wisp of a shadow and reappeared next to the king. However, he didn’t stop there. The wisp grew into a great coiling snake of darkness, wrapping around the king until the king was thoroughly engulfed. Then, the pitch black shadows disappeared altogether, taking King Nobelius with them.
Heyyyy... Thanks for reading! So this is only part one, and obviously features Mira Caplan (bestieeee). However, Kate and Luke are also part of this story, but I just need to finish writing their parts using the other prompts! So stay tuned for parts 2, 3, and 4!!!