Dance of The Roses

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Blooming of The Promising Rose

"They say a relationship requires compatibility," Ithil said to herself as she was looking with a glittering eye and a smiling face to her future wife. "Well, I guess they should come and see the two of us. That will shove this phrase right in there faces."

The couple was on the way to Unyhneas with the rest of the group after they got Yandera's letter. The main reason was to help and support their friend in this life changing step. However, no one knew, until now, about the great surprise Leuthil and Caryave had prepared to reveal when they arrive to the palace. Leuthil herself didn't completely grasp the reality. She made that huge step in her life, and with a woman like Caryave, nevertheless.

She looked outside at the scenery outside of the train's window and sighed. She remembered the moments of this relationship and gave them a little thought. These two went through the best of times and hardest of times. Caryave’s smiling face and words of support were with her every step of the way, especially in the darkest moments. Leuthil thought how blessed she truly was to have a mare like Caryave in her life. She know that she is a woman responsible enough to share a life with. But Leuthil was truly concerned when she went through these moments again. She realized that she always was the needy one. Leuthil was afraid that she wouldn't make a good wife. She was afraid that she would stay the weak and needy side in this relationship. She didn't want that. She wanted to be an equal part of this relationship, more for Caryave's sake than hers.

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The train finished its three hours journey and reached the royal palace. Unsurprisingly the entire palace was fully decorated and each and every person in the royal staff was working as hard as possible for the glorious wedding. Yandera and Ithil weren't waiting for them at the door of the palace though. So the girls were lead to the great hall where Anar was waiting for them with both Mir and Kiri.

The girls took a short bow in front of the Princess, then they rose to the smiling face of the princess of the sun. They became accustomed with dealing with royalty, especially when Yandera became one herself. Also the princesses considered the girls as friends of the royal family and protectors of the realm, so most of the known formalities that existed before weren't needed to be performed hence forth.

"Welcome, all of you." Anar said, "I'm really glad that you are here."

"How can we decline helping Yandera preparing for her wedding day?" Leuthil said.

"But where's Yandera?" Me’urra said. "I don't want to sound cheesy, but I miss that egghead."

"Yes, all of us can't wait to see her." Welwarin said.

"She's in the royal gardens with Princess Ithil." Anar said, "They're, obviously, supervising the preparations of the wedding personally."

"But don't worry girls." Mir said, "She knows you're here and she will be with you soon enough. She misses you as much as you miss her, maybe even more."

Caryave and Leuthil looked at each other sincerely. This was the moment of truth. They're truly nervous, but they have to tell the rest of the girls what they had planned sooner rather than later, and there was no better occasion than this. They were nervous as they really didn't know how they would react to the news, but they knew for sure that their friends will never object to their happiness. After all, they supported them as well as they did with Ithil and Yandera.

It didn't take much time for the brides to enter the hall and meet the girls, especially Yandera who was waiting on pins and needles to see her best friends. Ithil also wanted to see this group of girls that she considered, not only as her friends, but as her saviors from the depth of darkness she was in and her sisters in arms.

After the warm welcoming that the princesses gave the group they went to the royal gardens once more to discuss the wedding details. Needless to say, a lot of the work was already done, but Yandera wanted her friends and bride's maids to be with her every step of the way. Also, a lot of work was still ahead.

"I've really missed you guys, and I'm so happy that you're here." Yandera said to her friends.

"We have missed you greatly as well darling." Leuthil said. "How are you faring?"

"Nervous, stressed, anxious and all related synonyms" Yandera said. "This is supposed to be the greatest night of my life and I'll panic if something wrong happened."

"I can relate to that." Ithil said in a joking manner. "I actually have to always be somewhere within a 40 meter radius from her to keep her from having one of her infamous episodes."

This joke made the group laugh and made Yandera pout a little. However, she got used to the way the princess of the night jokes so she didn't take it all seriously.

"How can we not come to help our dear friend?" Wilwarin said.

"Yeah, even though I'm not really into all this marriage stuff," Me’urra said. "but I'll make your wedding as awesome as possible, granted."

All this time, Caryave and Leuthil were looking at each other. It was like they were trying to telepathically agree on a moment to reveal what surprise they have to their friends. It wasn't easy to choose the right time to do so, as they didn't want it to come as a cheesy joke. So, they agreed that this might be the best chance to say what they have to say. After all, the entire group is here and it would be best to say it before they get to work on the wedding.

"A-actually guys." Caryave said after getting an agreement nod from her fiancée. "This ain't the only reason we’re here for."

The rest of the group fixed their eyes on the dwarf and the fashonista.

"What do you mean by that?" Twilight said.

"Well," Leuthil said. "There is another reason for our presence here. It's actually a little piece of news Caryave and I have for you. Isn't that right, darling?"

"Y-yeah," Caryave said. "And we thought it'd be best if y'all were here so we can share it."

"Come on, tell us already." Carnim said in an over dramatic way. "The suspense is killing me."

"Alright, but can you please calm down Carnim, this is serious business." Leithil said. "It's that Caryave had, ehm, proposed to me the other night."

"Really!" Yandera said, both astonished and happy.

"Aye, that's right." Caryave said

"When did that happen?" Carnim said.

"The day we got Yandera’s letter." Caryave replied.

"I remember that now," Wilwarin said. "You were acting a little strange when you heard about the news."

"Yeah, sorry about that." Caryave said, scratching the back of her head from imbarasemet. "A was jus’ deep in thought about the situation. The news actually took me by surprise.”

"But that doesn't matter now, does it?" Leuthil said.

"Of course it doesn't," Yandera said. "What matters is that you're are also engaged now. Oh! I just had the best idea. Why don't we have a double wedding?"

"A double wedding?" Caryave said, rather surprised by the notion.

"Well," Leuthil said. "It is a very generous offer, Yandera. But it is rather sudden don't you think?"

"I think it's a great idea." Carnim said. "Two weddings in one. That means twice the fun and twice the joy and twice everything."

"But what 'bout the preparations?" Caryave said. "We'll need to make more food and stuff, right?"

"Don't worry about it." Ithil said with her usual smile. "I don't think it would be much of a problem. We will just make some minor adjustments and it will be alright."

"But what about our roles as bridesmaids?" Leithil said, trying to persuade Yandera of her idea. "This is supposed to be your day. We can't just come in and take the spotlight from you."

"It will never be really our day without sharing it with the people we love." Yandera said with a gentle smile.

"Don't try to persuade us off it." Ithil said putting a hoof over Leuthil's shoulder. "We have made our decision, a double wedding it is."

"Well," Caryave said. "We can't deny a request from royalty."

Leithil let out a sigh and thought the thing through objectively and found nothing wrong with it. "Alright, if it won't bother you. I will do it."

"Alright," Me’urra said enthusiastically. "What are we waiting for? Let's get going."

"You're right Me’urra." Ithil said. "But you must be tired form the journey. So why don't you go and rest in you rooms and we will start first thing tomorrow morning."



All the girls retreated to their rooms to rest up before the big day tomorrow. Caryave and Leithil were given one of the royal suites. After all, they’re now two of the brides of the double royal wedding. It was a surprise for both of them. Yes, they agreed to get married, but they never thought it would be so soon. And there's no turning back now after they agreed to the offer of their friends.

This led the couple to the continuous thought of the new life ahead of them. They thought about it before, but now they should take it more seriously. The new date of the wedding obliged them to have the big talk about their new life as life partners. Each one wanted the other to start. Also each one was trying to find the right words to begin this conversation with. The more fluent mare and the more concerned one thought it would be better to start one of the most important talks in any relationship.

"So," Leuthil started with a quiet and steady tone. "We are here."

"Aye," Caryave said. "We are here."

"It's strange, isn't it? The offer Yandera gave us, to have a double wedding. I mean, it’s sudden"

"A little. We'd marry sooner or later anyway."

"But it came too soon, don't you think?"

"A guess. What? You’re not scared are ye?"

"No, well yes, just a little."

"Haha, it's okay." Caryave said as she put a reassuring arm around her fiancée's shoulder. "It's a scary change, A know that much."

"Yes it is. And I'm glad that I'm doing this with you."

"Same here babe, same here."

The two sat in silence enjoying each other's presence for a moment. But that small talk made Leuthil's concern peak even more. Even now, she is the needy part and Caryave is supporting her. She knew very well that Caryave doesn't mind in the slightest. However, this made her even more worried. She was afraid that Caryave would get fed up with her over time. Also, she wanted to be an effective part in this relation as much as Caryave is. These thoughts filled her head and emotions bottled in her heart so much that she thought she might explode. So she made her mind to address this issue with her partner as they used to with any issue they faced. This was one of the traits that made their relation as healthy as it is.

"Caryave," Leuthil started, trying to keep her emotions at check not to explode. "Am I a needy mare?"

"Needy?" Caryave said strangely. "How needy?"

"You know, as in whiny and always wanting and not giving as much as I take."

"Why would say that Leu? You're the most generous woman I’ve ever met.”

"I don't mean materialistically Cary, I mean emotionally. I always ask myself the same question, Am I an active part in this relationship?"

"Of course you are. Leu," Caryave said and stared into her love's eyes. "Each one of us has a role in this relationship. You're better at thinkin' and I'm better at doin' things."

"But I always feel like I need your support and always complain about this and that. So, I-I" Leuthil couldn't complete her sentence and she started to choke on her sobs.

Caryave took her in her arms and tried to sooth her by gently stroking the long purple, silk-like hair of the gem in her arms. She knew what Leuthil wanted to say. She thought about that exact thought more than once through their relationship. But she reached her resolution a long time ago concerning this issue. And this resolution is exactly what Leuthil needs to hear right now.

"Leu." Caryave whispered in Leuthil's ears as gentle as the breeze.

"Y-yes." Leuthil said, trying to regain her composure.

"I can't live without you."

"W-what?" Caryave said, astonished.

"A said A can't live without you Leuthil. You've given me a lot more than you think. You gave me hope, laughter, wisdom in the dark times. But the biggest thin' you gave me was yer love."

"Really Cary? You really mean it?" Leithil said with a smile on her face and teary eyes.

"Hey, ye know that I’m not the type to say stuff jus’ for show. A ain't gonna say this if A didn't mean it from the bottom of me heart."

Leuthil's heart was filled at the point of saturation with a single emotion. She was floating in the ocean of pure love. These words of that dwarf in front of her made her feel the amount of love she bares of her, and how much she bare to her. She threw herself at Caryave's lips to lock hers in a kiss that she hopes that will do the work of words to convey the amount of love she had for her love.

Caryave was taken aback by the sudden kiss. But she felt a different sensation when she gave in it. She felt the emotion of total love and pure bliss that was radiating from Leuthil's lips and tongue and was reaching her. She wanted to stay like this forever and ever. But they had to break the kiss to gasp for air. After that they didn't say a word. They felt that there was nothing more to be said, that just lying in bed, embracing each other would say what's in their hearts better than a million love poems. They were meant for each other, and they will keep being together till the bitter end.

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