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Shikamaru continued signing the after action reports, ignoring the loud music and the raucous laughter outside. Parties just weren’t his thing, even a blowout to celebrate the end of the Fourth Great War.
Even after he had dismissed them, his squad mates had tried their best to convince him to join them in the festivities. Ino had practically danced back into the tent, her long blonde hair flowing behind her, giving him a forced, flirtatious wink from under her long bangs. “Come with us Shikamaru!” she had teased, smiling through her sorrow and loss, but it didn’t reach her eyes. “The war’s over! We won! Surely we can forget the paperwork and live a little!”
Ino had been drowning in her grief; she desperately needed an escape from the reality of things dragging her down. She had held them all together. Tiles moved on his mental bo
Raided: 2 Bows~ Raided: Chapter 2: BowsRaided: 2 Bows2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Fergus placed a bow on the dinner table by his wife’s plate.
“Fergus, no weapons on the table,” Queen Elinor said out of habit not looking up from the letter she was reading.
“You know lass, I keep wondering why you say that.”
“Oh, my mum always made us do that so we would take the time to talk instead of fiddle with our weapons,” said Elinor.
Fergus thought for a moment. “If it is so important to talk, why do you read so much at the table?”
Elinor blinked. She looked up and looked at her husband, daughter and sons. Then she looked back at the letter and folded it up and put it away. “You’re right, I should spend my time with you and not with some letters.”
“Have there been anymore raids?” asked Merida.
“Not so far this week, there have been three so far this summer but putting extra men to the coastal towns aren’t stopping them. We need to do something different.
Eugene Frees the Feral Princess- Chapter 2Eugene Frees the Feral Princess2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ Eugene Fitzherbert Frees the Feral Princess
Eugene worked his lock-picks into the shackles. He could feel the rust in the mechanism. How many years had it been since they were last opened?
Solara whimpered as his face screwed up in anger.
"It's okay. I'm sorry, it's just a bit rusty. I'll get you out in just a minute." Eugene said trying to reassure the Lost Princess and calm himself. Then the lock clicked and the shackled fell free.
Solara just stared at her free wrist for a long moment while Eugene got to work on the other. She started moving her free wrist around, a look of wonder on her face as her arm felt so weightless without the heavy shackle on it or having to move her other arm with it.
"There you go. You're finally free," said Eugene, smiling, as the other lock clicked open.
Solara turned and jumped around the room, her arms flailing wildly as she felt so free. Eugene smiled, as he caught the crown, that flew off her head. She was sure taking delight in her new
Raided: 4 Getting to Know You~ Raided: Chapter 04: Getting to Know YouRaided: 4 Getting to Know You2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The black dragon stood and began limping its way behind the humans. It could not close one wing completely because of the injury. Fergus had MacGuffin’s son and the Dingwall hunk flank the dragon, ready to take it down if it tried anything as the rest of the warriors surrounded the dragon and the Viking.
As they entered the lit great hall, the thump of Fergus’ peg leg and the squeak of Hiccup’s artificial leg resounded in the empty space. Their eyes met, the question was obvious.
“A demon bear. It attacked my wife and daughter,” said Fergus.
“A dragon. To defend my tribe,” said Hiccup.
Fergus nodded, a slight respect grew between them.
Once inside the Great Hall, Elinor ordered space made for the dragon to lie down, and extra candles and torches brought for light so they could care of the wounded. The servants were giving the dragon a wide berth and many warriors stayed nearby to guard the dragon and th
The Feral Princess Reaches the Palace- Chapter 3The Feral Princess Reaches the Palace2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess Reaches the Palace
Eugene Fitzherbert was trudging though the dark forest of the night. He couldn't stop. Something inside him pushed him to keep going.
He was carrying the Lost Princess now, she had fallen asleep long ago. She wasn't waking up, but she was breathing. The long golden hair trailed along behind them, at least it wasn't getting in the way. He had no way to carry that too, but it scared him deeply how light she was. The cloak she was wearing was the heaviest thing on her.
A lost child needed to be with her parents again. He had lost his own parents to the darkness of death, but he knew her parents still lived and where. She had to be returned home. Nothing else mattered to him anymore. A family deserved to be together.
How many times could his heart be broken? His emotions churned. Why did the kidnapper treat the princess like an animal? Worse than an animal!
She had been chained up, naked, in a dark room. As far as he could tell she had ne
The Feral Princess and Prince Eugene- Chapter 10The Feral Princess and Prince Eugene2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess and Prince Eugene
The queen and Solara found Eugene in the music room where an elderly harpist was playing carols.
"Solara, dear. Stay with Eugene. Papa and I need to finish a few things before the ceremony," said Queen Rebecca.
"Yes, Mama." Solara said, as her face bloomed into a magical smile and she rushed over to him to hug him.
Eugene stood in time to catch Solara and hold her tight, he could see the gentle smile on the queen's face before she turned and left. He liked that smile. It was so much better then her tranquil fury face. That face scared men and nations.
He remembered standing there as the queen came to stand between him and her husband as the body of the kidnapper was being taken down to be burned, her face smeared with the blood of the woman who had stolen her child. Everyone remained silent in terrified awe of the queen. He had wanted to be a lot further away than right next to her, like the far side of the planet, but he was certain
The Return of the Feral Princess- Chapter 5The Return of the Feral Princess2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Author's Notes: I don't have enough time before Christmas to put these in their own chapters, so they are all together here. The first chapter is how Margaret is feeling about the Lost Princess as she is getting the broth. Then how the lantern ceremony went down this time and finally the King and Eugene have a little talk.
~ To Save the Feral Princess
Margaret the Lock Maid was running down the cream-colored corridor as fast as she could. She couldn't cry yet. She had to get to the kitchen, the doctor needed broth for the Lost Princess. They were depending on her to save the princess.
She slid through the corners. She threw all propriety to the wind and slid down the banister. She had pledged her life to protect the princess, but right now the princess just needed broth to live.
The Worst Case Scenario was that the princess returned as an evil apprentice to Maleficent with the intent of ruling the world, not that it would be that obvious, of course. Most everything that wou
Raided: 3 Dragons~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 03: DragonsRaided: 3 Dragons2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Mum, can I talk to you?” Asked Merida to the woman in a glittery green dress sitting at the table reading through some letters.
Queen Elinor glanced up regally and said, “Yes, dear. What is it?” but her eyes returned to the letter she was reading.
Merida glanced up at the crown sitting on her mother’s head and then tried again. “Queen Elinor. I’d like to speak with my mum, please.”
Elinor blinked and glanced at her daughter. Then she nodded, put down the letter, took off her crown and turned to face her daughter. “I’m sorry, what was it you wanted to talk to me about?”
“I was going over the harvest reports like you asked and this year’s crop was very good, but there are a lot of people saying it’s going to be a cold winter, and are looking to stockpile firewood. How can they know that?”
Elinor paused for a moment, frowning slightly, that seemed more
A White Christmas For The Feral Princess- Chapter 7A White Christmas For The Feral Princess2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ A White Christmas For The Feral Princess
The king was asleep on his bed. His bride was behind him. It was nice and warm under the feather comforters. His eyes flew open as heard the door quietly creek open, it was a sound that stalked his nightmares.
There was the patter of bare feet and then the wumpf of a body landing on the bed.
"Morning!" said Solara brightly as she bounced slightly.
"Good morning, my dearest daughter," said Leonard, rolling over and sitting up. She might have the body of an eighteen year old, but her mind was much younger. She had been completely neglected and abused by the Kidnapper and in many ways she was developmentally behind. The headmistress of the orphanage and the tutors were praising her often and she was making progress. She was a little big for these morning attacks, but he didn't have it in his heart to reprimand her. He had missed her so much and this gave her such joy and he didn't really mind it either.
She enveloped him in one of her
Raided: 5 Show Me Who You Are~ Raided: A Mericcup Story: Chapter 05: Show Me Who You AreRaided: 5 Show Me Who You Are2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Merida was tiptoeing through MacGuffin’s dark castle a hand on her belly and the other on her shoulder.
It was quite late but she wanted to get to the kitchen, it should be nice and warm there. She also needed some Chamomile tea to calm her down, a terrible nightmare had woken her up.
Merida also couldn’t sleep from the soreness in her shoulder. She had never fired that many arrows as she and her mum could do for so long or so quickly. It had drained her and her arm and shoulder seemed so much more tired then the rest of her. She had never really thought about how she fired her arrows or what effects it had on her. She had talked to mum and all they could do was rest and recover as fast as they could.
Hopefully, no more dragons would raid the MacGuffin’s lands for a few days. Da had massaged her and mum, which had helped but her blankets had slipped while sleeping and the cold air had stiffened her up again.
The Feral Princess And Her Friends- Chapter 8The Feral Princess And Her Friends2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess And Her Friends
The queen went into the solarium where Solara and the others were having a lesson with the Headmistress of the Orphanage, Elsbeth Hildegard. Solara was slowly reading a book out loud, with Elsbeth gently correcting her on the more difficult words. They were all facing the cheery fire that burned in the central fireplace.
The Little Braid Girls were finishing up Solara's braid for the day. They had such fun creating a new style every day. Today had an intricate pattern that reminded the queen of the tail of a fish and her daughter looked like a mermaid as they draped it behind her and spread the hair a little to form a tail.
The girls gave themselves applause since it looked so beautiful. Solara turned to see it, smiled and said, "Thank."
"Ah, ah, dear. Use a complete sentence, please." Rebecca said as she approached. They were trying to encourage the princess to speak and use more words then just grunts and gestures. They had to be quite
The Feral Princess And The Boots- Chapter 9The Feral Princess And The Boots2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess And The Boots
"Hello, Your Majesty, Your Highness. Shall we try on some boots and see which ones you might like." Said Hans Cobbler, the royal shoemaker.
Hans had made the princess some slippers and shoes but she didn't wear them at all. The queen said the princess just preferred to go without shoes. It was hard to think he couldn't please the princess.
He started with a fairly ordinary leather snow boot. Good sturdy boots suitable for spending time in the snow in. The princess watched him in wonder as he put the socks on her feet and then the boots. He had taken the measure of her feet not long after she arrived home, and had made a model to work from.
"There now. How does that fit?" Asked the shoemaker.
The princess looked all puzzled, she was trying to move her feet, but it wasn't working right with the boot on.
"Stand up, dear and walk around," encouraged the queen.
Princess Solara stood up. She almost tripped as she dragged her foot forward, the bo
Rapunzel's Homecoming 5Rapunzel's Homecoming Chapter 5 - The King and Eugene have a TalkRapunzel's Homecoming 54 years ago in Drama More Like This
The King asked Eugene to come with him and they went into his office. They needed to talk.
The celebration was starting it's second day, after breakfast Rapunzel and the Queen went off with the dressmakers so they could be fitted for the coronation gowns that were being prepared, when Rapunzel would be officially crowned Crown Princess of Corona.
"So Eugene what are we going to do with you?" asked the King as he sat down behind the dark wooden desk that dominated the room. The King wasn't wearing his crown but the back of his chair rose up high enough and being topped with the sun it looked like he was still wearing a crown to Eugene. Eugene knew a talk was coming with the King, The first night in the Green bedroom had been fitful, the Jubilee was wonderful, but what now?
"I am not sure. I'll do anything you want me to, as long as I can stay with Rapunzel."
The King considered Eugene. Eugene Fitzherbert was a complet
The Feral Princess Makes Some Friends- Chapter 6The Feral Princess Makes Some Friends2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess Makes Some Friends
Mark the Lock Guard carefully scanned the street. It wasn't crowded and people were curious about the princess but giving her space to explore. The people were trying not to scare their broken princess.
It had been a few weeks since the return, and it was hot out. Now that the princess could control her bowels effectively; the royal family thought it was a good time for her to see more of her kingdom. The evening breeze had come up and the island was cooling nicely.
Captain Taygon was out front, Sargent Gabriel was across the street, James was on the right and he was taking up the rear. Dear Margaret was near the princess ready to see to her needs.
Margaret and himself had been made part of the princess' primary security detail. The king had called her into his study about getting a complaint from the night kitchen staff. She had been frightened of being removed from the Lock Maids, when she had seen Captain Taygon there with the king
RGHee003 Leaving~ Rapunzel Goes Home (extended edition)RGHee003 Leaving3 years ago in Drama More Like This
~ Chapter 003
@ Eugene explains why he left and why he cut Rapunzel's hair.
Author's Note: I'm not skipping over the climax of the movie, but we've all seen that, details will come out, but they will come later.
Rapunzel was kissing Eugene on the floor of the tower. He was alive again!
Rapunzel had wanted to kiss Eugene so often and now she finally had.
It was the most wonderful kiss in the whole world.
Her heart felt like, like
Rapunzel broke free and started hitting Eugene repeatedly with her small fists. "You left and you ripped my heart in half and left it on the beach! You died and you ripped my heart out of my chest! I had nothing left to live for! You keep leaving me! Why do you do that!? Stop doing that!" Tears fly from her face as she continued hitting Eugene.
The look on Rapunzel's face hurt him so much. Catching her wrists, the shackle clanking, Eugene said, "Please, Rapunzel, I didn't want to leave you either time, I w
The Trial of Mother Gothel part 2- Flynn Rider's testimonyThe Trial of Mother Gothel part 23 years ago in Drama More Like This
Flynn Rider was brought in, as he sat down and looks over the court a gaggle of girls in the visitor section start screaming and jumping up and down. The judge banged for order with his gavel, but no one can hear over the din.
Flynn takes action, he shoots a smolder at a couple of the noisiest ones, who go down in a swoon.
One girl in a tight pink corset jumps up on a chair, waves her arms and screams "Flynn Ride Me!" He blows her a kiss with a wink, hoping someone will catch her as she goes down backwards over the chairs into the crowd behind them. Soon the guards move in and carry the fainted girls out.
Once it was quiet the judge asks, "Does that happen often?"
Eugene looked at the royal box, the king was definitely grumpy looking, his little girl had been talking about Eugene rather a lot, looked embarrassed and nodded saying, "Usually it's not that bad, but I've been out of circulation for a while and the tension must be building up. It should dissipate i
The Trial of Mother Gothel part 1- Battle At The TowerThe Trial of Mother Gothel part 13 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Rapunzel! Rapunzel, let down your hair!" Called Eugene.
Mother had just finished gagging Rapunzel who was just coming around after having been knocked out with the frying pan. Gothel paused, looking from the girl she called daughter to the window.
Rapunzel had a look of hope in her unfocused eyes. Eugene had come back. He could save her from Mother, the person who had stolen her from her real parents, who kept her here in the tower, who never wanted her to leave the tower, who had lied to her, who had said she loved her most, but didn't.
Mother considered for a moment, biting her lip, a pensive look on her face, then threw the hair out of the window and pulling out her knife faded into the shadows near the window.
Rapunzel had to find a way to warn him, she looked around for a way to get the gag off, but then she started sliding across the cool tile floor as Eugene's weight started to pull on her hair and her. She began to panic, she hadn't braced herself, there
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"What if my name's not really Rapunzel?"
The question had broken through his darken bedroom as she snuggled against his chest. It was their first night at the castle, and the reason why the palace guards had patrolled Eugene's room to make sure he stayed put. They didn't, however, take their newly found princess as the sneaking type.
"What do you mean?"
"I mean... I've been called Rapunzel my entire life, but my entire life was a lie," she explained, voice slightly muffled against him. "My name could've been too."
Her voice in the darkness was a reminder of their newfound position, as well as their current circumstances. He turned his head into her hair, smelling the scent of the musty tower he had died inside. It would be a while before she smelled like the soft silk sheets that cocooned them.
"Didn't your parents call you Rapunzel at dinner though?"
She made a noise, and he couldn't tell what it meant. She was quiet again for a bit, fiddling with a button on the nightshirt
Rapunzel's Homecoming 12Rapunzel's Homecoming 12 - The Seneschal and Mother GothelRapunzel's Homecoming 124 years ago in Drama More Like This
Rapunzel couldn't sleep. She was undoubtably tired, meeting all those people was overwhelming, and they all seemed to love her, especially the children. They had been waiting for her for so long, it was so hard to deal with all that emotional energy.
Yesterday at the end of the Jubilee she had fallen into bed and slept immediately for all she had a nap in the afternoon. But today she had found no sleep. It was all so exciting and so new. She felt unworthy of all this and deeply humbled.
She was also afraid to sleep, sleep brought nightmares, and they were so much worse then any she had ever had before. Even the worst thunderstorms where the lightning licked at the bowl her tower sat in and the thunder echoed and echoed, were as nothing compared to these nightmares. They had given her rosemary tea before bed to help with the nightmares, she drank it for her parent's sake, but it tasted awful, and it hadn't worked yet.
The Feral Princess and the Christmas Miracle- Chapter 11The Feral Princess and the Christmas Miracle2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
~ The Feral Princess And Christmas Eve
The royal family wandered the Christmas market. It snaked its way through all the squares of the island. Vendors hawked their wares: fine woodwork, and delicate lacework and richly-colored fabric. There were fried doughnuts to eat, hot spiced cider, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and burnt almonds. There were so many things to see.
Solara linked her arm with Eugene's and Rapunzel rode on Solara's other hip.
Rebecca and Leonard walked behind them also with arms linked, just letting their girl explore on her own.
Rebecca thought that the doll was a good thing, Solara was talking to it and showing it things and it was giving them insight into their daughter as she verbalized things she normally did not.
"Look Rapunzel, pretty candles." Said Solara, as they passed a stand filled with candles of all shapes and sizes.
A cold wind blew off Eugene's hat and after a mad dash chasing it down the street they ended up in front of a pet shop. Th
Rapunzel's Homecoming 4Rapunzel's Homecoming Chapter 4 - Eugene and Rapunzel's auditory nightmareRapunzel's Homecoming 44 years ago in Drama More Like This
Eugene Fitzherbert snapped awake to the sound of his name being called. "Rapunzel?" he murmured. Before he was even aware of it he had flung away the soft warm covers of his bed in the Green bedroom and ripped open the door and ran into the hallway completely oblivious to the guards who let him pass.
"Eugene!" It was Rapunzel, it was a call filled with despair, it was the kind of call he would climb from his own grave to answer. He saw the king's robe whip into Rapunzel's room. As his bare feet slapped the cold stone floor he wondered why was he running so slowly?
"Rapunzel!" He called back to let her know he was coming.
"Eugene!" He could hear how his name tore at her throat, the tears and now sobs that came behind his own name. He bare feet squeaked against the smooth stone floor as he tried to slow down enough to make the turn into Rapunzel's room, catching himself against the door. Her room was filled wi
Rapunzel's Homecoming 6Rapunzel's Homecoming Chapter 6 - Eugene and the Captain of the GuardRapunzel's Homecoming 64 years ago in Drama More Like This
The Captain of the Palace Guard had finally gotten back to the palace, chasing the Stabbington brothers had been a lot of fun, he smirked. He knew he had missed some big announcement yesterday, and it was a very big deal as the people were still dancing in the streets, that had been very odd. He'd go to his office right after reporting to the King to catch up.
He was walking down the cream colored corridor to the Royal quarters, much as he enjoyed being Captain of the Guard being out in the forest was more fun, and now he had to report to the King as quickly as possible, his uniform was still travel stained.
There was a lot going on right now, but he desperately wanted to find Rider. The man had gone from significant nuisance to Corona's second most wanted criminal in a matter of days. The Captain generally didn't have to deal with thieves, but stealing the Crown of the Lost Princess right under the noses of his
Roused 017 I Found Her- RousedRoused 017 I Found Her3 years ago in Drama More Like This
- Chapter 017
~ I Found Her
"So, Phillip what happened? We were expecting a wedding invitation, not a call to war and for Rapunzel to come save Aurora. Your last letter was saying how you were coming here to prepare for her return, that was only two weeks ago." Eugene asked as they sat down at the dinner fire, as the dark brown muck that was called stew, simmered in the pot.
Phillip sighed, "Whole lots of things happened. I'll give you as much of the story as I know, though I know I don't have all of it."
Phillip scratched his stubbled chin, thinking about where best to begin. He knew he was tired, but Prince Eugene should know the whole story, or at least as much as he knew so he could take over in case something happened to him. He needed to get back to Aurora, Queen Leah had been urging him to return in her letters. Best to start at the beginning and just go through the whole thing in order.
"My father and I got here a few of days before the Return. Queen Leah was working h
Rapunzel's Homecoming 2Rapunzel's Homecoming Chapter 2 - Meeting the BankersRapunzel's Homecoming 24 years ago in Drama More Like This
King Leonard turned to Rapunzel after finishing some strawberry jam toast. "We are going to meet the bankers before the Jubilee. They are going to be hardest hit by what is about to happen so they are getting some warning and meeting the reason of the issue."
"What are bankers?" asked Rapunzel
"They lend money to people who promise to paid them back later with interest."
"Um, what is money?" shyly, Rapunzel knew this was a dumb question but she thought she needed to know.
"Money is a neutral form of exchange for goods and services." chimed in Eugene.
"It's gold, silver and copper in this kingdom."
The seneschal pulled some out. "You never saw anything like this?"
"No, I never knew exactly what Mother did outside of the tower."
"Did you or she ever make a lot of something, and she took it away and came back with something else you wanted."
"Oh yes, we would make lots of candles and she would take most of them and come back with f