Prince Ever After(65)

By: A.C. Arthur

After the minister read his Scriptures and commenced with all the formalities, Roland turned and spoke to Val.

“Having everything that comes with being a prince means absolutely nothing to me if I can’t have you by my side,” he said. “You are everything I never knew I wanted and so much more. That’s why we can’t wait. We love each other and we’re meant to be together. My mother believed in fate and so do I. I was running for so long, only to be stopped, finally, by you.”

Val had to blink repeatedly to keep the tears that had filled her eyes from falling.

“On this day, I, Prince Roland Simon DeSaunters, take you, Valora Michele Harrington, to not only be my princess, but my friend, my confidante, my partner, my wife.”

She didn’t know what to say, but then again, she knew just what would say it all.

“You are my knight in shining armor. The one I’ve dreamed about all my life. You’ve opened doors for me, shielded me from gossip and physical harm. You accepted my father and declared your love for me regardless of our past. You make me feel special and, more importantly, loved unconditionally.”

One tear escaped and Roland lifted a white-gloved finger to wipe it away.

“I knew I loved you when we sat barefoot on the beach together. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life showing you my love and unmitigated support. You are all I’ve ever wished for. You are my prince ever after.”

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