Moonlight Maiden

A Golden Heart Locket

As soon as his Generals left with their girls, Endymion walked over, picked Serenity up bridal-style, and placed her on a nearby bench. He sat next to her and waited patiently for her to wake up.

He clasped his hands together and chanted another spell, which made a golden heart locket. It was a beautifully made locket with a medium size heart hung on a golden chain, and inside held a picture of him and Serenity in the garden on one of their many encounters.

Endymion put away the heart locket and pulled out Serenity's star locket, the one she had dropped when they first met. He had kept and treasured this locket very much, even after they separated. He listened to the locket and thought about the beautiful girl next to him. He had been so cruel to her, because at the time he didn't understand why she lied to him. She had no choice; his parents, or anybody else would have arrested or even killed her if they found out the Silver Princess was in the Golden Kingdom. Deep down, he knew that. But he had been too angry to think rationally. He hated being lied to.

As the locket song ended, he felt Serenity stir next to him as she woke up. She opened her cerulean eyes and tried to remember what happened. She was in the garden with the girls, she smelt something wired, and that was all she remembered. She looked around and found she was still in the garden, but the girls were nowhere to be found. She tried to stand to look for the girls, but she felt dizzy and started to fall. She felt a strong arm grab her waist, supporting her. She looked up, expecting to see one of the girls, but instead she saw a familiar pair of midnight blue eyes.

Serenity gasped and then whispered, "En-Endymion?" He smiled down at her.

"Yes Serenity, it's me," he said, her name feeling a little weird in his mouth after calling her Serena for so long.

With her shock gone, Serenity stepped out of Endymion's arms and said, "What are you doing here Endymion? The last time I saw you, you said that you didn't want to see me again." She walked a few steps away from him, not wanting to look into his eyes.

Endymion followed her and turned her to face him. Looking into her eyes, he said, "I know I said that, but that was because I was angry and confused. I hate being lied to, and when you did that I lost my temper and said things I didn't mean. I came here today to apologize. I understand now why you did it, and I hope you still love me enough to marry me."

"So now you believe I loved you, huh? You told me that even my love was a lie! You have no idea how much that hurt, Endymion. How could you think that?! I loved you then and I love you now," Serenity said with tear-filled eyes. She felt the aching pain that she tried so hard to erase come back to her. She was practically in hysterics as she told Endymion how she felt.

Endymion came closer and wrapped his arms around her, placing his chin on top of her head. "I'm so sorry, my Angel. Please forgive me…I love you too much to live without you."

Serenity lifted her head and smiled up at him. She had a reputation for easily forgiving people. She just couldn't help it; she couldn't stand being capable of emotions that aren't 'happy'. And besides, she loved him too much to let this destroy their relationship.

"I forgive you, look," she said, lifting her left hand where the diamond ring was. "I never took it off or accepted another suitor, because I could not give my heart to anybody if it already belonged to you." She placed her head on his chest. "I'm sorry that I didn't show you my true self, even after you confessed that you loved me. I have never been so sorry about anything in my life."

Endymion lifted his head, looked into her eyes, and smiled. "You have nothing to be sorry for my Angel, I understand why you did it now," he said softly.

He held her close and swore to himself never to leave her again. She was his and he was hers, and nothing was going to change that.

After a few silent, blissful minutes he said, "I have something for you." He pulled away from Serenity and took out the golden heart locket he made for her. "Here," he said, placing it in her hands.

Serenity looked at the beautiful heart locket in shock. She opened the locket and almost burst into tears at the picture inside. She closed the locket and let the tears fall.

"Oh Endymion, it's so beautiful! Thank you," she said, her voice barely above a whisper.

Endymion smiled and said, "Here, let me put it on you."

He took the locket from her hands and clasped it around her neck as she held her long hair out of the way.

After the necklace was safely around her neck, she turned around and wrapped her arms around his neck, looking deep into his eyes.

"I love you, Endymion."

"I love you too, Serenity.

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