30: Weakness

Weeks passed blissfully, during which, true to his word, he romanced her. Together, after finishing a hard day’s work, they’d go out for a drive in a buggy or a walk to the edges of the valley. Eventually, they even ventured out to the town 10 miles away with Euphemia and Suzaku to the odd…

29: Oasis

“He must be quite handsome for you to stare so.” Flustered at being caught, the young woman hastily picked up the bucket of water as she slowly began her escape from those teasing words. Smiling gently at her, Euphemia took hold of the handle to help her despite the pretty muslin dress swaying around her…

28: Dinnertime

“Your hair’s grown.” She looked up from the stable she’d been cleaning out to see none other than a dusty, worn outlaw standing in the doorway. Breath caught in her throat, she could only stare as he slipped his hat off and, stepping into the shadows of the barn, drew his mask down. Revealing his…

27: Again

Watching the other men reach the crest of the valley, a surprising sadness welled up within her. Crossing her arms tightly across her chest, she pursed her lips out of annoyance. Sadness? How could she feel something like sadness for them? “Take care of yourself.” She looked up at the Prince, who watched her with…

26: Crossing

They had gotten into an argument the night before they left. She knew she shouldn’t have forgotten her place as his subordinate, but what he had said had irritated her so much, she couldn’t help but snap at him. Of course, the disagreement had been quiet out of respect for their hostess, but the following…

25: Retirement

“Am I correct in assuming that all three of you are under the impression that I’m actively favoring C.C.?” His words – his accusation – was met with a wall of silence. Behind them, C.C. sat quietly as she tried to fight the instinctual desire to shrink. Face aflame and unable to look the Prince…

24: Dream

When her lips touched his, he was paralyzed with happiness so much so that it only took her a gentle nudge to make him fall, fall, fall onto the bed. Hitching her skirt up, she claimed his lap as her seat as she smiled down at him, until her fingers brushed against the blackened mark…

23: Staunch

“He thought back to Sunday, when he’d driven her home from church.”

22: Possibility

With a gasp, she pitched forward until he took hold of her arm. Pulling her up, he watched as he carefully set her back onto her feet. “Are you alright?” “Y-yeah. Just a little tired.” His brows furrowed but he didn’t question any further. It was vital they keep silent. Not only did it preserve…

21: Even

Sinking into the tub, she closed her eyes as she let the warmth seep into her. It had been months since she had last had a warm bath, and the sensation was incredible. Sighing, she quietly relaxed in the dim light of the private room as she listened to the wind howling and rustling the…

20: Campbell

When she heard the laughter cut short by a sickening crunch, she couldn’t help but wince. The memory of last night seemed far off as she saw in the dirty window the faint reflection of the rifle spinning around so that its muzzle was pointed straight at the bloodied face. “You can only run for…

19: Disposal

Understandably she was tense throughout the day as she did her best to avoid standing within 3 feet of the Prince. Face aflame whenever he passed by her, she skirted his gaze and gave him only the sparsest attention permitted without outright disrespecting him, if only to save what little face she had left after…