Unnecessary presence? I beg to differ. I rather like your presence. And yes, I suppose my job is to catch your attention, although now it seems I am out of one. Is that a challenge, Aidan? I’m sure I can come up with something.
I don’t know. Perhaps learn to be diplomatic? Although I don’t doubt that I’ll be getting several phone calls a week from him, begging for help about some problem or another. I promise you will not need patience for long. At least I certainly hope not. It all depends on when we are allowed out of here. No, I think I’ll cross the line at jumping and squealing. We’ll settle for intellectual conversations. Do you have any favorite pieces of literature?
I really do appreciate you saying that then Adelina, because I don’t think I have much to offer other than that. Perhaps you just need a promotion from catching my attention then, huh? A challenge, to what, get rid of me? I wouldn’t take the risk of losing you, Adelina.
It sure seems like he relies heavily on you. At least the way you make it out to be. I do believe that our patience will be tested despite our hope. Intellectual conversations, you spoil me, Adelina. My favorite though, would be most things written by Ernest Hemmingway. He is most definitely my favorite. Witty and humorous. Recently I’ve been reading Vonnegut though. Yourself?
I see you’ve been robbing the world of your presence, Aidan. Although, I suppose I should be glad for it. Perhaps this is why there aren’t girls falling at your feet. Certainly makes my job much easier. I don’t think I could ever get truly angry with you though. Something about not wanting to scare you away.
It’s probably a good thing that I am a people person, or else Charles would have probably had many more issues on his hands by now. Are you hoping to test me, Aidan? To see if you can reach it? Patience is a virtue my dear prince. But I’ll tell you now that games are not particularly my style. I enjoy your company, Aidan. If you would like me to jump around and squeal, I can certainly try. But for now, I would settle for sitting next to you with a good book and your presence, having an intellectual conversation about things that matter.
I hardly believe I’m “robbing the world of my presence” more like saving it from yet another Prince’s unnecessary presence. It’s exactly the reason why girls aren’t falling at my feet. I’m more comfortable blending in the background. Your job? And what is your job, Adelina? Catching my attention? If so, you have done so successfully. I’m almost insulted that you’d think I’d scare easily. Almost. I guess it would take quite a bit to get rid of me.
What will Charles do without you once you leave for Russia? No, of course not. I just am having to stretch my mind to comprehend the idea of you reaching your kindness I feel embarrassed, I should have guessed. Royalty should not be playing games like that, but I have patience to spare. Actually I prefer you didn’t jump around and squeal, I mean unless that’s what you want to do…, but I would much rather the latter. I admit, it does sound more appealing anyhow.
Well, it’s definitely easier when your closest friends are royalty. I’m simply saying that friends outside of this life were a little difficult to find. No matter though. I’m not wanting for anything. My temper? Yes, I suppose it would be smart to keep that under control. Although I didn’t think it was quite that bad. Although I do believe that only Charles and Clara have seen the extent of my true temper, perhaps Alexei once or twice. I’m not fond of that side of me.
You and I are similar in that extent, as far as keeping to ourselves go. If it ever reaches the point where kindness is not enough, then I’ll reassess my standing, but for now, I have yet to reach that threshold. Curiosity killed the cat, Aidan. I guess you’ll just have to wait.
At least you have a life outside of royals. I think Ella and Belle are the only two I have actually met who were not of royalty. I don’t socialize much unless it’s a banquet or ball I’ve been required to attend. I could be wrong. By the sounds of it though, it seems like I should find myself fortunate for never having been on the wrong end of your lost temper.
Personally, I just don’t like to handle people. I’m not a people person which is more reason why Bryce is best as king. Is it possible for you to reach your limit of kindness? Well, I’ve never been much of a cat person anyhow. I see… this seems more like a game than a matter of my patience, but alright. I will wait.
Friends were quite hard to hold onto once they learned you were royalty. I never minded though. With men like you and Alexei as my friends, I never really wanted for anything. I’m sorry, Aidan. I didn’t mean to snap at you. Just the idea that such things are still possible make me so frustrated. No one deserves this, royalty or otherwise, but at this point I only sound like a broken record. So let’s leave the topic behind us.
Even with provocation, I don’t think I could be that way. Others may disagree with me, and cruelty might be faster in getting things done in the short term, but in my experience, being kind is generally what works out in the end. Apparently so. I’ll see what I can do to fix that then.
And how does that pose a problem to those who are already royalty? Did you snap? I didn’t realize. I was just making a comment. There are many things that are still happening that are frustrating, I just try not to let it root deep in my skin. I advise you the same. I have seen your temper. I’m perfectly okay with leaving the topic to die. The predicament is as it stands, there’s not much either one of us can do.
In my experience, I think it’s best if I kept to myself. If I can stay away from any kind of trouble it is for the best. Sometimes being kind can only get you so far. Charm seems to help though. I anticipate what you have in store then, Adelina. I am most definitely curious.
I would like you to be free before I’m twenty as well. But I wouldn’t mind celebrating my birthday with true friends. I don’t know how many more of those I’ll get. I understand that was a joke, but I certainly hope that that is not what you think. There is no monetary value on any person, much less a person like you.
I suppose I can understand that sentiment. But we’ll agree to disagree. For some people, that tactic works, but I don’t think I could ever be deliberately cruel to another. Perhaps that is a weakness of my own, but I would rather be known as too kind then as unnecessarily vindictive. Perhaps I am just very good at what I do, Aidan.
The way you put it sounds like you only have a handful of true friends, which for me it’s almost hard to believe. It’s not what I believe. I don’t think that people’s value can be measured in that way. I was just trying to make light of my situation since I’ve been bought like some common pig at the market.
I do agree with you though. I don’t think I could see you be so cruel to anyone unless provoked. Being kind shouldn’t be a weakness and I don’t think it something you should see as such. … :’| Apparently not good enough if I’ve never seen you try to get my attention.
It seems we are, and yes, I suppose I could be the leader of a new generation, but at this rate, I simply want to live to see twenty without constant worry of leading a country. A modern day Prince Charming. I like that. I don’t think I’m seeing more. Perhaps I am the only one seeing your true worth.
Too kind for my own good? Maybe. I’ve never seen any sense in being cruel or harsh to anyone. It only breeds distrust and malice, in my opinion. Maybe I have, Aidan, and you simply haven’t noticed me.
I would like to be free of this place before you’re twenty. If we’re not, then I suppose we could spend your birthday here throwing a cell block celebration. It was a joke, Adelina. My true worth? I think my true worth was approximated over euros in a bidding war. Sorry. That was… a poor time for a joke like that.
There’s no harm in telling the truth and the gravity of a situation. Sometimes the best way to telling things is a clean break. I can see where you would think that, but sometimes too much kindness have it’s own draw backs. Lack of trust, low defense. Not to say you have those things, but that’s the territory. I doubt that very much, Adelina. I would have noticed. Especially since I don’t have a flock of girls around me.
Eyes back in your head, boy. Charm all you want, as long as you remember that you’re a slave, and she’s spoken for.
Just a little amused that you felt necessary to interject. Feeling threatened, General, that this ‘slave’ can hold a better conversation with your bride to be?
Thank you, Aidan. I would disagree, however. I don’t know how much stuffy old men would appreciate a woman leading them. I doubt how much work I would actually get done. Why wouldn’t women fawn over you, Aidan? You’re polite, good-looking, charming. It’s a combination you don’t see often, at least not amongst boorish royals.
Yes, but perhaps my criticism is too harsh. If we’re starting with a clean slate, then I must hold up my end of it. Maybe this is one good thing to come of our situation. In here, I won’t have to worry about pushing through the hoards of girls to vie for your attention.
We really are stuck in our old ways aren’t we? It would be interesting to say the least though, you could be our break through a new generation. You underestimate your own abilities. Well when you put it that way, I’m your modern day Prince Charming then, aren’t I? I guess you’re seeing more to me then I am then, Adelina.
Well the situation in itself is a bit extreme, so maybe it matches. You are too kind for your own good, Adelina. You are a big person, I hope you know that. Have you been pushing through hoards of girls for my attention, Adelina? That’s a little hard to believe.
Yes, well that generally seems to be the way things end up, although you’re right. You are far too good a man for politics. I apologize, Aidan. I didn’t mean to insinuate that you were a ladies’ man, or anything of that sort. I just fail to see how young women wouldn’t flock to such a charming gentleman.
Old habits die hard? You’re right, I should be less critical of him. I don’t actually know what he expects of me. We’ll see. Yes, simply getting out of this room would be nice. A change of scenery, or sorts. Oh… I only meant that I enjoy your company… There are definitely people I would rather see over others, and you are on that list.
You seem to understand quite well, and I think if given the chance, Adelina, you would make a brilliant leader. Far better than I would and that is not up for debate. You have nothing to apologize for. I’m actually quite amused that I come off that way. I mean… I have my fair share of relations, but just amused at the idea that you think women would come and fawn over me. I must agree there though, I do have the charm.
I was only teasing you. You have every right to be critical. You go by what you know, and it’s hard to go by anything else. A fresh face wouldn’t be too bad either. I─ uhm… Thank you. I swear you flatter me all too much, Adelina. But at least the feeling is mutual. You have always been one of my favorite person to spend time with. Even in the short amount of time we got to spend together. You know, what with me being flocked by women always.
Oh… shooting? Guns… I think guns would make me.. nervous. I don’t believe much in… violence. Yes… I love Alice in Wonderland… and Cinderella.. but I’m not all mad. I do.. have a good head and prefer more.. realistic works as well. I know… I know you wouldn’t. I’m not… afraid. I just don’t want Belle to… get hurt.
Yes, guns. From a young age I’ve always been fascinated with guns. How they work, built, firing them. It’s my true passion. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite stories. It was read to me when I was younger. My favorite, I suppose, non fantasy would be Hemmingway’s Farewell to Arms, most works by him are my favorite to be honest. If she doesn’t antagonize anyone, and I suppose if you don’t as well it should help ease your worry.