The True Adventures of Jay B R Wokky, Web Serials

Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 43.6 — The Fair Princess

Ch. 43.6 — Prince Ezra regarded Janine intently. “Troll.”
“What?” Janine gasped and stepped back.
“Sorry, not you. Your sister. Or rather, the one pretending to be your sister.” His voice was hoarse and scratchy. “We have to stop her.”
She stared at him in shock, speechless.
He grinned and sat up. “Hello, Janine. All these months I’ve been waiting for you to kiss me.”
“No. There’s been a terrible mistake.” Janine shrank away from him.
She reached into her apron pocket, took out the ruined mask, and tried to put it over her face, but Ezra yanked it from her and tossed it into the trash can. When Janine would have fled the room, Ezra gripped her hand.
“Stay.”
She marveled at his strength: he should have been as weak as a newborn puppy.
“Please don’t hide from me.” His voice was full of yearning. “I’ve listened to your voice for so long – I enjoyed your stories and songs. Now I just want to look at you.”
Janine was horrified. She cringed away, ducking her head and hiding her face with her free hand. “But Sire…”
“Call me Ezra.”
Janine sighed. This was it. The moment of rejection. She lowered her hand and looked at him squarely. But the flinching and disgust didn’t happen. Instead, he kept smiling. His good eye twinkled at her.
At last she couldn’t stand the silence. “Why aren’t you recoiling in disgust?”
“Why would I do that? You’re very beautiful.”
“There really is something wrong with your eyesight.”
“On my name day, the Wizard Colin gifted me with the ability to see what others do not see. I see you, Janine. You’re brave, and good, and loving. You are the one who has broken the curse.”
“But… I’m ugly.”
“I see the real you.” He said gently.
“Oh, but…” Janine was running out of arguments. “The name-day gift said…”
“The word ‘fair’ has more than one meaning, you know.” He winked.
He took her hands and squeezed them. “I feel as if I’ve known you all my life — you, Fritter, and Jay. You wouldn’t believe how boring and frustrating it was — lying here for months, unable to do anything. But now that I’m awake, I can help.”
Still in a daze, Janine stood and curtsied. “Whatever you want, your Highness.”
Ezra frowned. “Hey, I’m not the crown prince, and you’re a disowned princess. Neither of us care for formalities. Just Ezra and Janine, all right? And by the way, I’m really hungry.”
Felix appeared on the dresser, looking very pleased with himself. “Good thing, because dinner is ready.”

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