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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
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~ The Raid
Aibhlinn was gutting fish in the early morning fog with her family. It had been a terrific catch and the entire village had been working hard all night to prepare the fish for preservation. They had run out of salt already, so mum was building up the fire to smoke the rest of the fish.
The smoke smelled heavy in the still air, which covered the stink of the fish guts a little.
Struan and some of his friends had gone out to the forest to get more wood, mainly branches to set the fish on. Aibhlinn liked Struan. He was a strapping lad, he made her feel a little funny inside and she tended to giggle for no reason whenever he looked at her. She was almost of age to start walking out with him. She was hoping so hard he would ask her, she tried to be near him as much as she could. He looked at her sometimes with such a gentle look on his face. Her pretty brown braids were falling apart from all the work, but she would make herself look extra good after a go
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~ Flynn Rider and the Feral Princess
- Chapter 1
Flynn Rider slammed the shutters closed, finally safe from that stupid (okay, not so stupid) horse.
"Alone at last." Flynn said as he opened the satchel and pulled out the crown. He moved to a tall thin window and held it in the light, the jewels sparkling in the light. The three huge jewels that were most prominent on the crown were amazing. He found himself counting and categorizing all the lesser jewels that encrusted the crown as well. He had a buyer all ready and after ditching the Stabbington brothers he was going to take their cuts as well, more then enough for his island.
Soon enough though the excitement over the crown wore off and he looked around. The room was plain, there were a couple of chairs (the red one looked comfy enough), a wardrobe (he'd want to check that out for valuables), a spinning wheel (big deal), a neat little kitchen (he'd rummage through that, he was beginning to get hungry), a h
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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.
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“Her hair is like a fully enflamed Monstrous Nightmare. Her eyes are blue like the clear sky after a blizzard. Her hands are strong and callused but her touch is gentle like pussywillows. She smelled of apple. Her skin is like warm cream. Her face is round like a bowl you cup in your hands before drinking in her wonderful goodness.” Hiccup had his hands cupped before him.
“And her lips.” Ruffnut cooed.
“H-her lips....” Hiccup licked his own.
“sNerk.” A slightly muffled laugh came from Tuffnut.
Hiccup snapped out his revere. He looked around at the other teens and dashed away into the darkness beyond the bonfire on the observation deck, blushing bright red.
“Aw, you had to ruin it, didn’t you.” Ruffnut complained hitting her brother.
“Stop it! Won’t you ever stop it?” shouted Astrid, rising and spinning her ax in her hand.
Everyone stared at her.
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~ 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
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“So how will the Althing help with the woman problem and the raiding of Scotland?” asked Hiccup.
“Well, son. At the very least we would be able to buy slave wives for the men.” said Stoic.
“Dad, that’s not a good solution and doesn’t help with the Scots.”
“No, but it is an option and is a simple answer to the most pressing problem.” Stoic held up a hand to keep Hiccup from butting in. “But there should be unattached women from other tribes available that might consider marrying into the tribe.”
“Okay, but what about protecting the Scots?”
“I am not exactly sure. I don’t really have a good understanding of the law and other nations. That’s why I want to talk to the lawspeaker and introduce you to him as well.”
“Yes, you. I don’t exactly have a plan yet. There are too many things I just don’t kn
Rapunzel Goes HomeAfter a long wonderful kiss, Rapunzel broke off the kiss and hit Eugene with her fist, "Why did you do that!? Why did you leave me!?" she cried.Rapunzel Goes Home in Short Stories More Like This
He caught her arm, the shackle clanking, "Ouch, That wasn't my idea. The Stabbington brothers knocked me out, tied me to the boat and shoved me off. They knew about you and your hair. I tried to warn you but they hit almost as hard as you do." He rubbed his head with his free hand.
"I didn't mean that, why did you cut my hair? I couldn't heal you. You were dying and I couldn't do anything about it!. You died!" Rapunzel was crying hard now.
Taking her in his arms. "I'm sorry, death was better then seeing you enslave yourself to your mother. If you were free I knew you'd be okay, I saw how wonderful you became when you were free. You are too amazing to leave trapped in a tower forever. I love you too much to let you do that even to save my own life."
Rapunzel looked somewhat mollified, "And why did you come back?"
"At first, because I thought th
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Hiccup woke up to the sound of Toothless’ teeth extending, which made him sit up and look around really quickly. It was really early in the morning, a torch was guttering low on the wall by the kitchen. The windows were covered with wooden shudders and furs to keep out the cold but there were still drafts making the torch waver.
In front of Toothless were four young children. Three were redheads, Merida had introduced them as Harris, Hubert and Hammish, but he had no idea who was whom. Merida seemed to have no problem with it though.
There was another child, a little blonde girl about the same age as the boys. She had a halo of messy blonde hair, that told Hiccup that she must be related to Lord MacGuffin. He knew that Lord MacGuffin had some other children besides Kevin, his firstborn. There was a son about Hiccup’s age that he had seen, but hadn’t been introduced to. As well as a preteen girl, who he had seen rush up
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The door shut behind Hiccup and the room went dark. He heard the bar slide into place, and his heart began to race again.
Elinor had told him that all he had to do was retrieve Merida from the dungeon during a mock raid. The idea seemed a bit odd, but it made a weird kind of sense, most of the interactions between the Viking and the Highlands had been raids and they were acknowledging that.
Hiccup was hoping that there wouldn’t be too many injuries. Elinor had confided in him that she was hoping this would also tire everyone so the new couple could have a quiet night together.
Elinor had just locked him into this dark room. Merida was in here somewhere, but how to find her. He waited as his eyes tried to adjust to the darkness. The slave chain on his belt clanked gently.
He started as he heard some rocks start rolling nearby. There was a thump and a window opened. There in the beam of sunlight was a white cocoon topped with wild red hair.
The Origin of Flynn RiderEugene sat on his rickety old bed, as his fiancée, Princess Rapunzel, searched through his old things.The Origin of Flynn Rider in Short Stories More Like This
"This is really where you grew up?" she asked him.
"Yep, this is the place. St. Claire's Home For Children," he replied, looking around his former home. He gave a sad sigh, remembering how lonely he'd been ever since his parents died.
Rapunzel found an old leather-bound book, engraved with the words The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider: 101 Short Stories. She held it up. "Eugene?"
"Isn't this the book you used to read to the younger kids? The one that basically created Flynn Rider?"
"Oh, hey, yeah! It is!" he laughed, taking it from her.
"Read to me?" she asked sweetly.
He laughed, and opened up the book. "Okay. The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider "
Eugene Fitzherbert, age 8, flipped through his favorite book: The Adventures of Flynnagan Rider. It was the one thing in his room that survived the fire. He sighed wistfully at the illustrations of the handsome young man,
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"Hey, Rapunzel," said Eugene, her fiancé, walking into her bedroom. She turned, and he was holding up a blue envelope with a silver bow. The envelope was addressed to Princess Rapunzel of Corona and her Husband-to-Be, Eugene Fitzherbert in dark blue, loopy writing. "This came in the mail for us."
Rapunzel jumped up from where she was sitting and hurried over to take it from him. "I think it's from Cinderella," she said. "Blue and silver are her favorite colors."
"Or Aurora," Eugene added. "She likes blue."
"Nah, they make her use pink instead. Something about how little girls will get her confused with Cinderella."
"Well, open it."
She did so and read aloud:
Miss Rapunzel and Mr. Eugene;
I am delighted to invite you to the 74th Annual Christmas B
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I, Mother Gothel, witch extraordinaire, (formerly) the only person to have eternal youth and beauty, caring (even if slightly smothering and manipulative) mother, and master at dramatic exits, am sorry.
I'm sorry for the way I treated my flower, Rapunzel.
I'm sorry for keeping the real flower all to myself.
I'm sorry for attempting to kill Flynn Rider.
And yes, I'm even sorry for kicking Pascal (for some reason, people seem to think that's the worst offense, that chameleon sure does have quite a fan club).
I'm sorry for, well, everything.
Another thing I'd like the world to know now that I'm, ah, dead (Freakin' chameleon!), is that, yeah, at first, I did only see Rapunzel as a walking Fountain of Youth. I admit it. For a while, that was the only reason I kept her locked up. But, as time went on, I grew fond of the child. She really was sweet and her clumsiness was quite endearing. And she really did view me as her mama
A Bit of ColorRapunzel, age 13, sat on her bed, reading her books for what was approximately the fifteen billionth time. Her one and only companion next to Mother Gothel, a little chameleon named Pascal, was snoozing on her pillow. Mother Gothel had been gone for three days, searching for something. She hadn't told Rapunzel what exactly it was, just that it was a present especially for her. While curious, Rapunzel was sure that it could never compare to going outside.A Bit of Color in Short Stories More Like This
"Rapunzel!" a voice called. "Let down your hair!"
Rapunzel jumped up and opened her window. There was Mother Gothel, carrying a basket at her side. Wondering what could be inside, Rapunzel let down her honey-gold hair. Gothel held on as her "daughter" pulled her back up.
"I have a surprise for you," Gothel chirped.
"Really? What is it?" Rapunzel asked.
"Open the basket, darling."
She did so, and found several jars of paint, in every color of the rainbow. There were also several paintbrushes.
"Oh, thank you, Mother!" she said brightly,
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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
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Heaven was not what he was expecting. For example, the interior was so fluffy it reminded him of that time in the orphanage he ripped his pillow to create fake-snow for the younger kids. And he didn't really expect to see a tacky, blinking, neon-sign that read, "Heaven" in the front.
"Next!" A voice boomed from somewhere ahead, and the crowd stepped forward.
He took in his surroundings. Everyone seemed to have a dazed, contented expression on their face. This seem really weird to him. He felt good, but not that good.
On the contrary, he felt kind of sad. He looked around again and didn't see her in line, so he figured she was okay. He felt conflicted. He wanted to be with her, but also he wanted her to stay alive.
"Next!" the voice yelled again, sounding very irritated.
He missed her...and was growing kind of bored. If he was with her, he wouldn't have been bored. So far, heaven was not a very impressive place.
Just as he was wondering if he could pickp
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Eugene wasn't a very spiritual guy, but he had to admit that the world worked in mysterious ways.
He had wanted a castle, and gotten it. Along with a lost Princess who had him wrapped around her little finger, a fact he would deny until the day he died. Well, he day he dies again.
Sometimes life gives you more than you bargained for, and it's best to not ask questions and roll with the punches.
Making his way throughout he castle, he was embarrassed to admit he still got a little bit lost in the enormity of it all. It had barely been a few weeks, but he still didn't like the idea of getting lost. Thankfully his target was hard to miss, the castle's largest tower which was visible from nearly every window in the palace.
Rapunzel was currently in the mist of a major project. Seeing the abandoned tower, she had taken it upon herself to turn it into her own personal utopia, working to fill it to the brim with paintings, books, knick-knacks, and whatever else tickled her fancy.
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Eugene should have figured that a giant tower in the middle of the forest didn't come with much legroom.
It would explain why Rapunzel insisted on running everywhere. Up the stairs, down the stairs, through the castle, through the town square. Even when they were just going out to visit Maximus in his stable, she needed to run there.
"We don't need to rush," he said, carrying a bag of apples for their four-legged friend. "It's only across the courtyard."
"Oh c'mon Eugene, it'll be fun," she smiled. "Unless you're chicken."
"I am not chicken," he laughed, readjusting the bag's strap on his shoulder. "I would just leave you in the dust."
"No, you wouldn't," she grinned, stopping to put her hands on her hips defiantly. "I'm small and petite; I would go faster than your large, muscly frame."
"You really wanna do this?"
"All right fine," he agreed, lining up next to her with the apples. "But don't get too upset when I beat you."
"I'll like to see you try," she smirked, kicking
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Sometimes Rapunzel couldn't help but feel that she was dating two people. She understood full-well that Eugene Fitzherbert and Flynn Rider were not, literally, two different people, but by the way her partner would flip-flop every so often he might as well be.
She was not entirely sure if people were aware how difficult it was to be courted by a man with two very different personalities. Just like she wasn't sure how any man would court a Princess who, at one time, had magical hair that glowed when she sang.
Regardless of the past, Rapunzel was sure that she was the only Princess in the whole wide world who dealt with this issue - and it was absolutely fascinating to her. So much so that she began to keep a journal of Eugene's personality shifts.
Inside the journal she would jot down every smirk and snarky comeback as a "Flynnism", as well as every sweet gesture and sensitive heart-to-heart as an "Eugeneism". The notebook was rather full of information, even though she was
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"Rider, what the hell are you doing up there?"
Eugene opened an eye lazily, looking down from his napping place. He had been lounging on top of one of the castle's outer walls, partly because it was the sunniest place in the palace, but mostly because he could. He looked down at the Captain of the Guards, who glared up at him, annoyed.
"Napping; what does it look like?"
"It looks like you're being an idiot, as usual," he growled. "Get down from there; we have visitors coming to the palace today and the last thing they need to see is you sleeping on the walls!"
"Says you," he scoffed, closing his eyes again. "After days of those women traveling in a stuffy carriage, I'll be a sight for sore eyes."
"They're all men."
"Eh," he shrugged. "Whatever floats their boats. As long as they don't try anything funny, I'm cool with them looking."
"Ugh, all right, all right," he groaned, realizing the Captain was not going to let him finish his nap. He climbed down the wall a
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The King stroked his beard pensively, trying to pinpoint the exact moment where everything went completely and utterly insane. Mounted on his horse, he watched as two grown men fought over Maximus, both trying to bribe the horse to be their's during their day of hunting. Well, more like afternoon of hunting, considering it's been taking so long for Maximus to choose a rider.
"C'mon Max, please," Eugene begged, reaching out to the white Stallion. "Think of all we've been through together!"
"Maximus," the Captain of the Guards, bellowed, "Remember your dignity!"
"We saved a Princess together!"
"We kept a kingdom crime free together!"
"Almost crime free," Eugene smirked at the Captain, who glared back irritably.
Torn between the two men, Maximus paced back and forth depending on their offers.
"I'll get you a bunch of nice, shiny apples," Eugene had bribed, luring Maximus his way.
"I'll get you a bunch of nice, shiny apples that I PAID FOR!" the Captain yelled, earning Maximus two g
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He shrugged it off like it was nothing, the fact that he had never seen his parents grave. They had been sitting in the palace garden, he was holding a wicker basket as the Queen taught her the proper way to garden. She looked up at him, dirt smudged on her face from her work.
"Never? Not even once?"
"Well, no," he admitted. "As soon as I heard that they died I was sent to the orphanage."
"That's so sad," she murmured, more to herself than to Eugene. Taking hold of his hand, she looked at her mother who patted his other affectionately. From the moment he had returned her daughter, the Queen had accepted him as family.
"Hey now, don't get upset," he smiled, trying to change the topic. "It happened so long ago I barely even remember it. Everything's great now."
Even though he laughed it off, and spent the remainder of the day teasing her and helping them garden, she knew there was more to the issue.
"Sadly, Eugene's case is not an uncommon one," her mother explained to her one af
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"What is that?" Eugene asked from an arm chair in their sitting room, using a rolled up newspaper to point at the slobbering creature that his wife had brought into the castle.
"Remember how Big Nose got married a few weeks ago?" she smiled, sitting on the floor at his feet as the small animal panting, licking her face and wagging its tail.
"Bits and pieces," he answered honestly, the thugs knew how to throw a party even though Eugene couldn't remember most of it.
"Well, they're away on their honeymoon so we're dog-sitting for them."
"Since when did they even have a dog?" he asked, raising his eyebrow at the energetic puppy circling his feet.
"It was a wedding present."
"Who gives a puppy as a wedding present?" his question was interrupted when he suddenly felt something wet and warm on his boots. Looking down he quickly learned that the puppy was a boy puppy.
"GAH!" he shrieked, swatting the puppy with the newspaper as Rapunzel quickly pulled it away. "BAD WEDDING PRESENT! BAD!
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Rapunzel enjoyed new things. She liked to taste new foods, learn new words, and meet new people. Her first few days at the Palace consisted of her dragging Eugene around and asking him what things were, the next consisted of her asking her parents about...well, everything.
She wanted to know all her could about them, their lives before her birth, while she was a baby, and while she was gone. Not all the stories were happy, though. The tales of their lives post her abduction were heartbreakingly sad. However, when the King and Queen teared up at recollection of the last 18 years trying to find their daughter, Rapunzel teared up as well, and it felt nice to have a family that didn't flinch when she rushed to embrace them.
Rapunzel was also learning that it was a nice to have a father, a figure she never really knew existed. She had asked Eugene about the role of fathers in passing, and with a shrug he answered, "A father is sort of like a mother, only instead of talking about y
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They were carrying her for almost two hours- arms bound in a painful position behind her back, feet bare, and two giant twins guarding her like two statues over her shoulder. Her long sunny hair cascading from her head, cocooned around her in messy circle while her wide green eyes trained the identical guards- one with eye patch and another with scared face. A drop of sweat trickled down in a thin line along her rounded face as they continued carrying her under the hot morning sun.
"She was an easy catch, Marcus!" Eye patch said to his twin "So bad for a princess." Marcus, the scar-face nodded; she wondered if he was the mute one. They dumped her on the grass and she settled on the ground in a heap. Two of them pulled her up, and her feet were still a bit wobbly from the blow on her head, but most possibly she was too tired to offer any resistance as they shoved her inside the tent.
'Wait there girl!" Eye patch shoved her so hard that she stumbled forward, "Until Rider meets you."
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"Eugene!" Rapunzel screamed. She shook him hard, even resorted to slapping his face, but it was of no use. Her finger moved to his lips, where there was no warm breath, although a moment ago he was panting. She placed her ear on the place of his chest where his heart used to beat.
Instead, she found silence.
His heart had failed. His already suffering heart couldn't take the burden of guilt and sickness anymore. And she was only shaking his lifeless form.
"Eugene, no…" her hand clasped over her mouth. She didn't want this. Even a day ago she wanted him to go away, to leave her alone but she never ever wanted him to die.
It was pitch black outside. The wild animals were howling, the owls were hooting and she was alone in the deep jungle, helpless. Suddenly she began to realize how afraid she was. She always though herself strong but…
"Eugene." Her voice was ragged; still she hoped that he could hear her. But no, he was unresponsive. Her eyes moved to his face- so pale and
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Brows furrowed in puzzlement Flynn stood outside of his tent, his gaze turned towards the small tent where the hostage was being kept. That girl… that girl was like a puzzle whose pieces he had to wait to see one at time and each piece was more surprising than the last.
And it was her, he knew. He knew the moment he laid his eyes upon her. It was long ago he had met her last, he had never imagined that she grew up into such a beautiful woman. How much he wanted to forget her since they stopped visiting each other? How much he told himself there was no place of those memories in his life anymore? But he wasn't successful. The memories kept returning since the day she came here. The more he wanted to hide himself with those rough behaviors or sarcastic comments, the more he became attracted to her. He knew it shouldn't be this way, never. This attraction would bring no happy ending, except unsatisfied desire and heartbreak. Yet he couldn't get away from this.
This unhealthy attrac
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Rapunzel sat upon the settee in her bedchamber, surrounded by stacks of newly arrived boxes from the seamstress containing yet more gowns to add to the stunning variety of walking dresses, riding habits, ball gowns, bonnets, shawls, long French kid gloves, and slippers that already filled every available storage space in her suite. "Your highness!" one of the maids gasped excitedly as she unwrapped a royal blue satin cloak with a wide hood, lined in ermine. "Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?"
"It's wonderful!" the princess exclaimed, without glancing up from the book in her hand "Her highness Gothel has an excellent taste."
Unknowingly a sigh escaped from her throat. It was true that Gothel had an excellent choice in everything, and she was an excellent teacher too. For the last few weeks she was following her around, drilling endless amounts of rules inside her head. She had no idea there were so many rules in the world for the princesses. Her parents were not much strict with
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Rapunzel didn't feel well. She woke up late, and alone. She put her hand out and did not find Eugene. She groggily opened her eyes. Eugene was not in the bedroom anywhere and his boots were gone as well.
He must have gone to the orphanage today.
Rapunzel turned over and rubbed her throat. It hurt and felt scratchy. Her head was muddled and her nose and cheeks felt heavy.
What's wrong with me? she thought. Confused and a little frightened, Rapunzel pushed herself up and fell back into her pillows immediately. Her head was spinning and continued to spin even as she laid there.
"Eugene?" she called. "Eugene?" No one answered her. I need help. Slowly, Rapunzel threw her covers off and sat up. She slipped her feet into her slippers and wrapped her robe around her shoulders, finding actually putting her arms through th
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Rapunzel never stopped sewing, even when she was at home. Holed up in her room in the three bedroom apartment she shared with Esmeralda and Cinderella, Rapunzel was running a skirt for herself in the machine. She liked her old Singer. It was black and cast iron, with intricate gold swirls floating all along the shapely metal. It was a late 1940’s model, a hand-me-down from her mother, who got it from her mother. Rapunzel’s mother had never used it, except as a table to put plants on in the family room when it was time to bring the pots in during the winter. Being used in such a manner had left the top lid of the case damaged. The varnish had peeled from over exposure to water. When it became Rapunzel’s in high school, her step-father had shown her how to refinish wood. It was her pride and joy.
There was a knock on her door.
“Are you coming out for cake?”
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Esmeralda practically leapt over her machine to shake Eugene’s hand.
“What a pleasure to meet you.” She shook his hand a little too enthusiastically. “I’m Esmeralda, that’s Cinderella, and the one hunched over her machine is Rapunzel.”
“Yes, Rapunzel is our costume designer, and due the budget of the movie, she is also our wardrobe manager,” said Milo.
“Rapunzel,” said Eugene, and he said her name like it was the name of an exotic wine, or so Rapunzel felt. “Rapunzel…Not Rapunzel Moore? The Rapunzel Moore? The brilliant mind of Hollywood’s most fabulous movie wardrobes? You’ve been nominated for Emmys!” Eugene almost sounded like he wanted to ask her why she was working for a low budget film, but he kept that to himself in just the nick of time.
Rapunzel suddenly felt naked. She wanted to shrink lower be
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Third Person P.O.V
Imagine this setting: We skim above a dark, wild ocean. Then we turn towards a lone island, its name, Berk. It is a gigantic shard of rock jutting straight out of the water. Our sight gazes over rolling hills to reveal a small village nestled on an outcropping of sea mounts.
This is Berk. Its twelve days North of hopeless and a few Degrees South of freezing to death. It's located solidly on the meridian of misery.
My village. In a word, sturdy. And it's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new.
We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitos. We have...
I pull my wooden, splintering door wide open, and then slam it shut almost as quickly as I opened it. I lean against it as fire shoots through the slats of wood; I try my best to ignore how the wood is now going from warm to burning hot. I am certain that the fire is illuminating my gangly
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"Today is about teamwork. Work together and you might survive." Gobber announces with a somewhat manic grin. A large door slowly opens. Gas seeps through the cracks. It suddenly blasts open. A cloud of smoke engulfs the ring, swirling around the paired-up teens, Astrid with Ruffnut, Snotlout with Tuffnut, Fishlegs with Hiccup and Merida was by herself but had two buckets instead of just one to make things fair. She seemed completely fine, not noticing how she was being looked at as if to say 'why haven't they put you with someone? You could die' by everyone except Astrid-who really couldn't care-and Gobber-who really saw nothing wrong with the arrangement. All carry buckets of water, poised to throw them.
Gobber continues his speech. "Now, a wet dragon head can't light its fire. The Hideous Zippleback is extra tricky. One head breathes gas, the other head lights it. Your job is to know which is which."
The smoke enc
Say I Do"Are you happy with me?"Say I Do in Short Stories More Like This
She looked at Eugene with a puzzled look. They were walking out in the palace gardens, coming up beside the flowing fountain. She faced him, almost not recognizing the moment. But she had a feeling... "Happy with you? I'm more than happy with you. I'm I'm complete with you." Rapunzel took his hand, holding it close.
He pulled her close and decided the moment had come. It had been long enough. And he wasn't waiting any longer.
"If you are complete with me." He smiled as she put a hand on his chest. "And you love me. Then, Rapunzel, will you marry me?"
She let his question linger. She had wondered when he would ask her. She had actually asked him twice less than a year before. But he had refused. She had dropped it, not expecting anything more. Somehow their hearts had not intertwined like they should have. And now now they were inseparable and perfect together. And his question was just in time.
The Longest DayFlower, Gleam and GlowThe Longest Day in Short Stories More Like This
Let your power shine
Make the clock reverse; bring back what once was mine
Heal what has been hurt, change the fates design
Save what has been lost, bring back what once was mine
What once was mine...
The Longest Day
Draped in white. Purity. No sin.
Flower, Gleam and Glow
She'd been reunited with her parents, a joyful account. Her smile and her peace were enough to create the largest celebration the kingdom had ever seen. She'd took it all in, looking on way, greeting someone another way. But deep within her soul, there was something someone missing.
Quiet, in the middle of the night, her scream. The nightmares were scary monsters. Her new mother would come running, huddling with her deep within the confines of the bed. Her tears were large.
Mother Gothel turning to dust. Her hair complete turned brown. No magic left
Let your power shine
The days seemed short and winded. She'd taken them wit
Mother Gothel and RapunzelDid Mother Gothel actually love Rapunzel?Mother Gothel and Rapunzel in Short Stories More Like This
A lot would say she did.
I say no.
Mother Gothel had one motive: keep the flower close to her. Now, why on earth did she need that flower? Was it because she wanted to use it for good, or was she just really desiring to live another day? That is one question I can't answer. But I do know that she when she found that flower, she was hell bent on keeping it.
When it was found by the soldiers of the Kingdom of Corona, she knew she needed that flower back. Unfortunately, the flower was made into a broth and given to the Queen. What was she going to do now?
Mother Gothel must have guessed that the newborn baby to the Royal Couple, with her flowing blond hair, had that flower within her. Right? Well, she was right, as we know. She got into the castle, found the baby, and with one snip, found out she was going to have to take the baby.
Did she love Rapunzel then? No. The only reason she took Rapunzel was for her hair
Case PresentationConfidential Report for the Captain of the GuardCase Presentation in Fan Fiction More Like This
Name: Flynn Rider
Date of Birth: Undeterminable
Date of Evaluation/Interview: 3/14/2011
At the request of Captain Daniel, leader of the Royal Army of Corona, earlier this evening I kindly sat down face-to-face with the newest admission to the Royal prison, Mr. Flynn Rider, for a two-hour interview to investigate his mental status. This interview was performed in cell 7.
Identifying Information about Client:
Mr. Flynn Rider had been arrested when found with the stolen crown that belonged to the Lost Princess of Corona. He had originally stolen the crown with two other criminals, Troy and Rayne Stabbington. The Royal Army was in pursuit of the trio a day prior when Mr. Rider disappeared and the brothers were caught by the Army. After the celebration this evening for the Lost Princess, Mr. Rider was found drifting in a small sailboat out
Common PracticeA year after Princess Rapunzel, as her name stayed, was returned to her rightful spot as Princess in her kingdom of Corona, her father, the King, decided to host a grand ball. It would be a festive time, he was hoping, for his daughter, so that she may meet other eligible individuals of royal blood that may one day, hopefully, be a suitor. It did go to say, in a large way, that he was not very approving of Eugene Fitzherbert, commoner and wanna-be criminal.Common Practice in Fan Fiction More Like This
In almost Cinderella fashion, apart from simple townspeople being the guests, Princes from surrounding Kingdoms and countries started showing up to the castle, greeting the Princess and promising a dance. The ball was in two days, and Rapunzel was finding it a bother. Her father had all but decided she would marry royal blood - and not the one she loved.
Eugene was amused by her father's unspoken commands and kept to himself, apart from spending as much time with Rapunzel as she could get away from the mess of her palace life: greet
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He glowers in the setting sun, kicking the rock on the sand as far as he can, its splash into the smooth surface of the surrounding water hardly a plop in his ears.
At fifteen, Eugene Fitzherbert was finding that he had no purpose in life. He was an orphan - an illegitimate orphan at that. His mother was dead, and if he cared, he'd try contacting his father. But he wasn't in the mood nor in the right place in society to go banging down a manor's front step.
Things looked grim. In a year, he'd be out of the orphanage. In a year, he'd have no place to stay. He was a trouble maker. He got into a lot of fights. How was he going to hold any sort of job?
He wasn't either. He KNEW he wasn't well-born - he was an illegitimate son of Lord Herbert. His father was some scum that held a high honor in the kingdom. And to Eugene, that meant little. A father that abandoned their son, even an illegitimate one, didn't have a right to be a father.
Had Enough(Dark is Eugene thinking, and no italics is Rapunzel thinking. The italics are the lyrics to "Had Enough" by Lifehouse)Had Enough in General Fiction More Like This
Loneliness pacing up and down these hallways
Secondguessing every thought
Mystified, just spinning 'round in circles
Drowning in the silent screaming with nothing left to say
Everything happened in slow motion
She didn't even react. No emotion
Not in the .05 seconds it took to seal our fate
I didn't have to wait
The look in her eyes told me everything
We had been winning
Everytime I reach for you, there's no one there to hold on to
Nothing left for me to miss, I'm letting go, letting go of this
Lost my mind thinking it through, the light inside has left me too
Now I know what empty is, I've had enough, I've had enough of this.
I push through the crowd, tears in my eyes
I can't control my hurt. I thought the council would be wise
But they were going to kill him
Things had never looked so grim
The world spins
Pretty Pretty Please PerfectHe walked into her room, the silence very unusual. But instead of complete silence, whimpering could be heard from within the confines of the large, spacious walk-in closet opposite her front bedroom door, where big, puffy ballroom dresses and simple, everyday dresses hung.Pretty Pretty Please Perfect in General Fiction More Like This
Without hesitation, he walked into the closet, eyes open, ears listening. "Rapunzel?"
A mournful whine came from the far right corner, beside a row a pink-lavender ballroom dresses. Two tiny feet could be seen, but the rest of her was hidden.
Slowly advancing, he knelt before the feet, eyes filled with concern. "What's wrong?"
A gulp. A soft sob. "I'm ugly!"
Anger burned in his eyes for but a second, instantly turning to remorse. "Who said it?"
"No one did," she barely whispered, hidden within the shadows, within the folds of multiple dresses.
It didn't make sense. If no one had insulted her
"I'm clumsy and a disaster. I don't like shoes and my brown, lifeless hair is never going to grow again. I'm ugly
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Rapunzel ran with all her might. Her hair caught in a branch and the two brothers of whom she didn't want to associate with advanced on her. She wanted to scream, cry, forever run and tell them to stay away, but no voice came from her lips. She tugged at her hair, fearful. Why, why Eugene? Why did you leave me with these two? I I won't last. She shivered as she felt tears come to her eyes. Dark had come and with it, any chance of survival.
The sack loomed closer as both Stabbington brothers encircled her. She couldn't run, couldn't get free. She couldn't breathe as she silently screamed inside, beyond terrified. The one with the eye patch, that she would soon learn was named Rayne, grabbed her with his two rough hands as his brother, Troy, held the sack open. Rapunzel started to cry as they dropped her in like she was nothing but a potato, closing the opening tightly. She was going to be used sold. Forever gone from the world she
SonCaptain Daniel of the Royal Coronian Guard hadn't seen the striking resemblance until, well, now. With the arm of Royal Princess Rapunzel wrapped around Prince Consort Eugene Fitzherbert's waist early that morning in the garden, Daniel would never have actually thought it possible that he, of all people, had an illegitimate son.Son in General Fiction More Like This
Thinking back on his early days of training, over 27 years ago, he did vaguely remember having more than one one-night-stand with fair-weathered and beautiful woman. But there had also been that love affair with with Lord Herbert's wife, Narcissa. But it had been like all the rest: a one-night stand, and then Lord Herbert had packed up his household a month later and moved to another outcropping town in Corona. Why the Lord had taken leave of the Capital of Corona to a small town in its beautiful lands with such a position as he had Daniel didn't know. Of course, once they had moved, Daniel never heard from now saw Narcissa again.
Could she h
Rapunzel's Promise"Be a good little girl," Mommy said, "and perhaps I'll let you go outside later." So now, she sits, sits and waits for her mother to return home like the good little girl she promised to be. The outside has always called to the blond haired girl, but Mommy had told her time and time again that it was too dangerous. Now, with the chance of going outside, the young girl just sits quietly on her stool in front of the fireplace, anxiously awaiting her mother's return.Rapunzel's Promise in General Fiction More Like This
The young child was ecstatic when she saw her mother's curly black hair emerge in the doorway. With large, childlike eyes, the girl looks at her mother and quietly asks, "Mommy, can I go outside now?"
Her mother looked disgusted at the very idea. "Now, now, Rapunzel, you know you can't leave this tower. I keep you here for your own safety. It's far too dangerous outside." The little girl sighs and returns to her stool, just sitting like sh
The Tales of Flynn RiderAfter finishing his chores around the orphanage, a young boy flopped back on his bunk. Eugene Fitzherbert had lost his home, little sister, and parents in a terrible fire the year before. He reached over to the small bedside table and grabbed the only possession he was able to save from the fiery inferno. It was a book that Eugene's father had given him for his last birthday. The two read it together every night until the fire engulfed his home.: The Tales of Flynnagen Rider.The Tales of Flynn Rider in General Fiction More Like This
The boy opened to one of many dog-eared pages and began to read silently where he had left off the night before. Right when he was about to get to the part where Flynnagen Rider was going to save the princess from the evil witch, he heard the door to the room open and close several times.
Eugene glanced over the top of the book to see all the younger children looking eagerly at him. "What?"
There was a murmur among the kids before they pushed a girl, not