(Just so you lovely people know, I made things veeeeeeery serious. If I make your OCs turn out of character, then I apologize in advance. Please feel free to ask me to change some things if it gets too bad. Thankies in advance!
... The Iron Dominion had begun its raid on our kingdom, I'm afraid. As its king, I mustn't let them get through. I mustn't let them hurt my people or my court.
"Lady Erica, we must be off and quickly. While your brother gathers up troops, we will take our leave and see him...
" I gave an exasperated sigh as I finish that sentence.
"Him? My lady, do you speak of King Ludovic?" She looked at me, concerned. "I thought you knew him as a nuisance."
"I do, but," I replied to her, "he is our one ally, and I know if the Dominion attacks my kingdom, they will surely attack his. It is only for the best, you know?" Even when I hated to leave my subjects unattended, I felt my gut telling me that they'd be alright with Sir Eric in charge. With nothing left to say, we traveled.
As the harsh rain and hail were beating on us, we could see Lud's palace lights on, and it gave me hope. You see, it was nightfall as we arrived, and we couldn't see a thing. At any rate, Erica yelled out that she saw somebody coming our way.
"Who is it," I asked her, but as I did, we saw a familiar figure in the fog. Upon his horse, Lud came up to us with two or three of his knights by his side.
"Pierce, Erica, what brings you two here? Shouldn't you be at-" He stopped talking as he saw me still staring to the ground.
"That's the thing, Lud. We're in danger in our kingdom. A land from elsewhere known as the Iron Dominion has waged war upon us." I looked to him finally and something took me by surprise: Lud looked hurt at the mention of war... or was it something else?
"Come with me, both of you. It's better to talk inside than out here where we can get sick," he suddenly spoke.
"I see. So, you think they'll attack my kingdom, as well?" His face had not changed since we came inside. It was just a look of melancholy, and even I was surprised he didn't do his leisurely teasing. Honestly, I kind of wanted him to tease me, but this was serious, so I only nodded to his question.
"Yes. And I only ask that you become our ally during this difficult time. You don't have to, but you're the only person
I know that can help us out... that can help me out."
Lud suddenly stood up. I didn't know why, maybe he was tired of sitting, it seemed? Then slowly, he walked over to me and was kneeling down to meet my height as I sat. I couldn't believe what I was seeing at all!
"Pierce," he said softly, "I understand that you're still building up your kingdom, and with those guys in the way of that, I... I'd be more than happy to become your ally in the war." He took my hands and clasped them in his, a small blush spreading across his face. "I'll do anything to help you and your people out, Pierce. I promise this to you..."
"Lud," I gasped quietly. His hands were warm to the touch as I felt my face heat up, my blood rushing to my cheeks. "Y-You mean that?"
He looked up to me, both of our faces identical now, and smiled.
"I do mean it. If anybody harmed you, I'd fight back for you. I'd be your right-hand man, your watchdog, you name it! Anything to protect what is yours..."
I stared back at him, at first thinking if he was mentally stable or not, but then looked to him, smiling back. "Thank you, Lud. I appreciate it so very much."
"Until we meet again, Lud," I cried out, waving him goodbye that next morning. Erica followed behind me on horseback as we made our way back to my kingdom, our home.
"My lady," asked Erica as we walked, "did you also find King Ludovic's behavior to be out of the ordinary?"
I smiled to her. "Well, I don't know if it was some fancy tradition of their land or not, but as irregular as it was, it felt... pretty cool."
With that being said, Lady Erica and I rode under the clear blue sky happily, knowing that our greatest ally(and our only ally, at that) was my most annoying and best friend anyone could ever ask for.