A NIGHT WITH HIM
Allysia” Nola called.
“Just let me be. Mum!” Allysia yelled, dropping her backpack on the stairs and walking angrily to her room.
Nola sighed as she picked up the backpack wondering who must have pissed her off.
Marlene grinned as Bes barked at her in greetings.
Two maids collected her backpack as she played with Bes.
He licked her face and she giggled.
“Let’s go in” She said to him and he trailed behind her.
Workers bowed as she walked past them and she nodded in greeting.
“Claire,can i have a glass cup of juice please” Marlene said to Claire as she sat on the couch.
“Okay,your highness” Claire bowed and hurried into the kitchen.
Claire is her personal maid and they’re both quite close.
She understands her more than any of the workers and she always knows what to do at all times.
She has been amazing and diligent and honest.
Marlene rested her head on the couch and smiled when she remembered Damien.
What a sweet soul.
“What’s with that smile? Are you up to something naughty?” Marlene heard the voice she would never have mistaken for anyone else.
She hadn’t even turned to look at him when she screamed his name.
“Charles!” She flew into her brother’s arms and he held her for quite long.
“When did you get back?” She asked after they disengaged from the hug.
She really missed her brother, he’s in Oxford and she’s sure they weren’t on a break yet, so she hadn’t even expected him.
“Hey!” Charles almost yelled at Bes who quickly hid behind Marlene’s back.
“Tell your little friend to get away” Charles said to Marlene and she laughed.
Bes and Charles has never gotten along,they were always barking and screaming at each other.
“You should try to get along with Bes…he’s a nice dog” Marlene smiled, stroking Bes who scampered away after seeing Charles glare at him.
“Have you forgotten how he almost chopped off my ear?” Charles reminded Marlene and she laughed hard, falling back on the couch.
“That was because you tried to steal my car key” She said, collecting the juice from Claire.
She gulped it down her throat and dropped the glass cup on the table.
A maid cleared it immediately.
“I wasn’t gonna steal it, i was gonna take it but that wild dog leaped on me!” Charles groaned.
“You were gonna take it? Without my consent?” Marlene rolled her eyes.
“Well…i needed to go out with friends and you know Dad seized my car key” Charles said as he sat beside her.
He has always being naughty and troublesome,he isn’t responsible a bit and their father was always yelling at him, scolding him and reminding him he’ll one day become the reigning Prince of King City.
Fun was Charles job for now, a full-time career for him.
He loves chasing girls and he’s a full time Playboy.
Who wouldn’t fall for his charm? Charles was even more good looking than their Dad who is considered the most good looking prince to have ever reigned.
And sometimes Marlene wished he wasn’t this handsome,his looks obviously got into his head.
He always looks hot with his spiky black hair and a diamond earring which their father had complained about a million times.
And he even has a tattoo on his chest that their father doesn’t know about.
He has big brown eyes just like their Mum.
And he’s as tall and built as their Dad, though Charles is only four years older than her but he has an incredible rapid growth.
“Marlene” Charles called gently blinking those big brown eyes that could make a girl melt, not her though and she instantly knew he has gotten into another trouble.
“What happened again?” She sighed.
“I..we are not on a break,i came home because those mother****** cops seized my car..while i was driving home from a party,they freaking claimed i was driving recklessly and i dragged it out with them for a while,they refused to let go of my car even after i told them I’m the crown prince of King City but they didn’t believe and insisted they wanted a letter from Dad that has the Royal signature on it….before they would release my car”
“Damn!” Marlene groaned.
“You didn’t show them your Royal ID?” She asked.
“Dad seized it long ago!” Charles threw back his head.
“Because you were always showing off and throwing tantrums in public, causing scandals, you were always on the news for one bad thing or the other ” Marlene said.
“Well… yeah, i want you to help me talk to Dad. He should give me the letter with his signature on it and I’ll leave”
“That’ll be difficult” Marlene said.
“I know but dad would do anything for you” Charles said, knowing how much their Dad loves Marlene.
“I’ll do that on one condition…” Marlene said.
“What?” Charles frowned.
“You’ll need to make a promise you won’t get into another trouble..”
“I promise” Charles pouted after hesitating for a while.
“Easier said than done” Marlene glared at him. “If you should get into another trouble again,i won’t help you!”
“I won’t get into another trouble. I promise” Charles said, stroking his sister’s hair.
“Claire…is Dad out?” Marlene asked.
“No,he isn’t. I just served him soup”
“Ohh” Marlene said.
“Help me with my shoes Charles” Marlene said tiredly “And my socks too”
“Are you going to meet dad now?” Charles asked.
“No,i still have to freshen up. I just hope i won’t fall asleep in the shower” she teased Charles.
“Com’on, you need to help me talk to Dad as soon as possible or those cops are gonna do something crazy to my car and you know it’s my favorite” Charles said, handing Marlene’s socks and shoes to a maid.
“Get on my back” Charles crouched before her and she quickly climbed on his back.
He piggybacked her to her room and she almost fell asleep on his smooth broad back.
She kicked her tiny legs in the air before Charles dropped her on her bed.
“What are you so excited about?” Charles asked suspiciously.
“Huh? Is it that obvious?” Marlene asked.
“Of course…is there another Prince Hans in the picture?” Charles teased and Marlene rolled her eyes.
Hans was her ex but she hadn’t loved him a bit.
He was the crown prince of Liechtenstein and his father do visit her father from time to time.
He liked her, though she was attracted to his looks too..it was more like she had a little bit of crush on him.
They dated for three weeks and he was always buying expensive things for her,he did not mind spending lavishly on her and she doesn’t even enjoy stuffs like that, she prefers reading with him or watching movies which he always considered ‘boring’ .
She’s not so into shopping cause she has enough in her closet.
He was her first boyfriend.
She broke up with him when he tried to force her into bed with him. Only Charles knew about it.
“Get into my closet and fetch me some simple wears. ” Marlene said to Charles as she got on her feet and he frowned.
“Can’t you do it?” She asked, smiling secretly knowing she’s taking advantage of the fact that she’s gonna help him.
She can’t tell him to do that on a normal day,he’s gonna drag her hair and give her a painful knock.
“I can do it of course” Charles said.
And just then Bes jumped out from under the bed, startling Charles to the extent that he screamed so loud and scurried to the far end of the bed.
Marlene couldn’t hold her laughter,she laughed so hard that she had to quickly hold a chair so she won’t collapse on the floor in laughter.
The door opened and bodyguards filed in.
“Crown prince, princess Marlene.. are you okay?” They asked.
“Yeah we are” Marlene said still laughing.
Charles glared at Bes and Bes barked at him.
The bodyguards walked out and closed the door behind them.
“Will you stop laughing?” Charles rolled his eyes at Marlene and she laughed harder.
Bes went back under the bed after Marlene stroked him.
“Okay…” She smiled. “I’m going to freshen up now, help me with my wears”
She walked into the bathroom and peeled off her school wears,she got into the tub and minutes later,she was laughing hard, hearing Bes and Charles bark and scream at each other.
Marlene bounded up the back stairs in black jeans and cream coloured t-shirt that she had selected for herself.
Charles had selected a ball gown for her!
Her hair was still wet so she let it down her waist and it danced as she hurried to her Dad’s office.
She walked in and met him poring over a stack of papers with a serious look on his face.
He hadn’t heard her come in.
“Papa” Marlene smiled as she walked into his office which had bodyguards at every corner.
He glanced up and smiled as she slipped quietly into the chair beside him.
He was pleased to see her,he always was.
She’s his little princess and he loves and adore her so much, she has been well behaved over the years,she has always fill the void of Charles who is so irresponsible that it makes him sick.
He wished women were allowed to reign in King city,he would have handed the reigns to Marlene.
“Have you eaten? Marl” He asked and she shook her head.
“Why?” He asked in concern.
“Are you busy papa?” Marlene asked burying her head in the crook of his neck and he knew she wanted something.
“No..for now but i have a meeting with the finance minister in a few minutes” He said pushing the papers away with a sigh.
He explained his latest endeavors and she listened with interest.
Her father was a man of integrity, compassion and courage,he was regarded with great affection by all the people who knew him.
King City has experienced slow economic growth for the past fifty years but there has been great improvement since her father took over the reigns and that made the people love him more.
Marlene always listen to whatever he says but Charles was far more self-indulgent and paid no affection to his father’s wisdom .
She knew how disappointed her father was in Charles and she always felt she had to make it up to him some how.
“What are you bothered about? don’t you like your new school?” He asked.
“No! I love it” Marlene quickly said.
“Has your identity been revealed?” He asked, knowing how much Marlene doesn’t like exposing her title.
“No” Marlene said,she had left her former school cause her identity was revealed.
She loves it when people have no idea who she was,she loves to be treated like every other person,sometimes she gets tired of been given special treatment.
She loves to be free from restrictions and obligations of the royal palace.
She never told people that her family home was a royal palace in King City..
“It’s about Charles Dad” She finally said.
“He got into trouble again?” He asked and she nodded.
Marlene explained everything to him and sighed.
He was not surprised, Charles was always getting into one trouble or the other.
“Please papa, just get him a letter with your signature on it. I made him promise he won’t cause trouble again” Marlene said and her father was silent.
“Papa” Marlene held his hand and gave him one of her sad looks.
He hates seeing her sad.
“He should leave the car with the cops,I’ll get another one for him.”
“Papa,that’s his favorite car… please” Marlene pleaded, placing her head in his palms, he smiled as he touched her silky hair.
She’s the younger version of her mother and whenever he sees her, his mind wanders to his wife immediately.
“Okay.. I’ll get the letter and signature for him tomorrow”
“Thank you Papa!” Marlene said happily.
“I love you” she kissed him on both cheeks.
“How’s mum?” She asked.
“She’ll be back by weekend, haven’t you called her?”
“I was going to, when i leave here”
Her mum was representing her Dad in a Royal function in England.
Her mother’s ancestors were mostly German with cousins in England,her mother’s native tongue was German but she speaks Italian, Spanish and English as well.
Marlene is still trying to learn Spanish,she knows French quite well and she was almost fluent in German too.
Her father is French, he’s from the two Royal families of France who had been ruling monarchy before the French revolution.
Marlene descended from Royal families on all sides.
It was less likely that she would marry anyone not of Royal birth,her father would never allow it.
The Bourbons and Orleans were all royal highnesses on her mother’s side.
Her mother’s father had been a royal highness as well.
The reigning Prince of King City Prince Alexandre Louis who is her father, is a Serene highness.
Marlene was both Royal and Serene highness, her official title was Serene, they were related to the Windsors in England,the queen of England was their second cousin.
Every single one of their relatives and their ancestors were all of Royal birth.
Prince Alexandre Louis’s assistant entered the room as they finished the coffee the footman had served them.
He smiled at Marlene and she smiled back at him, he was just like an uncle to her,he had been working for her father even before she was born.
“I’m so sorry to interrupt you Your Highness” Arthur said.
“You have an appointment with the finance minster in ten minutes and we have some new reports that you might have to read before meeting him”
Marlene knew her father would be busy until dinner.
Sometimes she went with him and most times she appears at similar events as the princess that she is.
“Thank you Arthur,I’ll be downstairs in a few minutes” her father said and Arthur bowed to both of them and silently left the room.
Marlene looked at her father and sighed, her chin in her hands.
Her father smiled, he was so proud to have such a pretty daughter and a very good girl.
“Don’t you get tired of what you do papa, you barely have time to rest” Marlene complained with a frown, though her father had never complained about it.
“I enjoy what i do though i hated it at first but it’s an obligation and my greatest joy is to see my city progress” He said as he got to his feet.
Marlene followed suit.
“Would you like to join me at the meeting with our ambassador to the UN tomorrow? ”
“No, i have to cut a ribbon at a hospital” Marlene said.
That’s one of her duties as a princess.
She only appeared in the press at state occasions with her father or when opening hospitals or libraries and when she was out with her British cousins,there was one of her in a ballgown too in an article about young Royals.
She loves keeping low profile…
Her father had warned Charles that if keeps appearing in the press for bad reasons,he’s gonna cut off his allowance and that was what made Charles to behave.
“I’ll see you tonight” He said as he hugged his daughter.
“Okay papa” Marlene said.
“He’s going to get you the letter and signature tomorrow” Marlene announced to Charles.
He swept her into his arms like a baby and carried her round the house happily.
She was laughing hard by the time he finally dropped her.
“Bes is saying hi to you” She teased as Bes appeared in the living room.
Charles groaned and Marlene laughed.