Twice Upon A Sword

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Chapter 37- A Moment I Want to Pause

--Vincenzo POV--

When I got to the training grounds, which wasn’t even half the size of the grounds in my palace, I can’t say I liked the sight in front of me.

Nora and my brother were sword-fighting with wooden swords, both dressed in leather pants and a plain shirt. Her hair was tied into a high ponytail to not get in her way and she moved with the flexibility of a professional knight that even Silas, my first-in-command, seemed to be surprised by it.

Either way, they both seemed to be having a fun time. Grins on their faces mixed with tiredness and yet, they wouldn’t stop duelling.

Seeing her smile like that made me happy but seeing her smile like that at someone that wasn’t me made me jealous- Although, I would never admit that aloud.

“Oh? Vince. Hello,”

I crossed my arms when Nora handed the sword to my brother and came running towards me, the frown instantly dissipating from my face, being replaced by none other than a small smile.

“Hello,” I picked her up in my arms, spinning us both around before placing her back on the ground and leaned down to place a light, feathery kiss on her lips to which she blushed, only making me want to kiss her more.

“I’m all sweaty from training, you shouldn’t touch me,” She pushed against my chest but I only chuckled and peppered kisses all over her hair.

“Didn’t you hear what I just said?” She mumbled so only I could hear and I hummed in reply, stopping with the kisses and simply hugging her to me.

“I heard, don’t worry,” Stroking her hair, I rested my chin on her head and waited for her to hug me back which she eventually did, causing a massive grin to stretch onto my face.

“Look at you both being all lovey-dovey,” I glared at my brother for ruining the moment.

I watched as he handed Nora a towel and she pulled away from me for a moment to wipe away the sweat on her face and neck then left the towel slung around her neck.

“So... When should I start expecting a nephew?” He grinned at me and I scoffed.

“How do you know it’s going to be a nephew?” I asked.

“Call it an uncle’s intuition,” He pointed at himself. “It’s because everyone in our family always has a son first. From mothers side, fathers side and our grandparents, the first child was always a boy. Oh... You should also prepare for twins since there’s a lot of those in our family tree as well,”

“I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense,” Rolling my eyes, I took Nora’s hand in mine and led us away from my brother as if his stupidity could rub off on her.

“It’s not nonsense. It’s facts! Facts!” He shouted behind me but I didn’t even bother to turn.

“Has your brother always been so... energetic?” I heard Nora ask.

“I would think so. He used to be terrified of everything. Wanting to go to the doctor over a tiny cut and running away from birds and other animals. I don’t know what I was thinking when I made him my first-of-command. I must have been mad,”

Nora chuckled at that.

“What were you like as a child?”

“Quiet, mysterious, hard to approach,” I answered, thinking back to the way my mother and everyone else would describe me as a child.

“I loved studying. From a young age, I had my future planned out and became King at 21 which is quite an early age,” I stopped talking for a second to see that she was staring at me with large eyes glittering with curiosity and couldn’t help but smile at the sight.

“I didn’t play much. I was always studying or training and didn’t talk much to anyone unless it was my family... When I did talk though, half the time it was me shouting at Silas for being such a wimp. He’s the older brother but it’s always me that acted older,”

“That’s imaginable,” She gifted me with a light laugh.

“Charlotte was the spoilt princess. Always asking for stuff and crying when she wouldn’t get it. Everyone other than me spoiled her rotten. We were twins but we didn’t get along much since we were complete opposites,”

“I thought you said opposites attract,”

“That’s only for you,” I smirked at her.

“What about you?” I asked, wanting to know about her childhood. Of course, it was hundreds of years ago but I’m still curious and wanting to know what sort of person she was back then.

“Huh?”

“What kind of child were you?” I rephrased and her eyes sparkled with remembrance, a happy look falling over her soft features.

“I’ve never been asked that before,” She mumbled and I tightened my hold on her hand.

I don’t know where we were going, we were simply walking around the manor while holding hands. A few days ago, I would have thought that this was stupid and a waste of time but now that I’m doing it with her, it was quite enjoyable.

Simply talking and wanting to learn more about each other. Who knew it was so addictive?

“You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to,” I mumbled then felt her hand tighten in mine.

“I was a mischievous child,”

I blinked, not expecting that and turned to look at her. Upon seeing my surprised face, she covered her mouth with one hand, laughing at me.

“Is it that surprising?” She giggled and my heart thumped with her giggles.

“Yes... I would have thought you were a quiet, respectful child that always did as told,” She shook her head at my assumption.

“Quite the opposite. I rarely did as told. I never listened to anyone other than Arturo and that got on Selene’s nerves. Ah, Selene is the name of one of the mages. She was always grumpy and never smiled, she’s also the lady that told me off the most,”

“Unlike you though, I hated studying... I loved training though, be it sword fighting or magic, I loved sports and being active. I hated being stuck in one place and not moving. I didn’t like reading either, the words would seem like they’re dancing on the page and I’d always end up falling asleep when I tried to read,”

The small pout on her face had me booming with laughter.

“Ah... You always surprise me, Nora,”

“I do?”

“Yes... You make me expect one thing then you do the complete opposite,”

“Is that a bad thing?”

“No. I didn’t think I’d like it this much, I never thought I’d be able to like a woman the way I like you so much either,” Her face lit up with a blush and I chuckled. Grasping the moment and leaning down to peck her lips once.

If possible, her face heated up even more and I kissed her forehead before continuing to walk.

“We’ll be leaving in a bit. Are you all packed up?”

“Oh, thank you for reminding me. I better go help the workers out,” She patted my shoulder and ran off and I watched as she did so, regretting in bringing up the subject.

Apparently, she also loved helping. While that was an admirable quality to have, it got on my nerves when it took her away from me. Now being one of those many times.

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