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Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: See chapter 1
Pairing: CDG
Note: Angstest chapter, but then it gets better
Previous Chapters: Ch 1 / Ch 2



The Deals We Make

by

Lattelady

Ch 3 - Another Deal

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DG had been queen for fourteen months, when Azkadellia miscarried for the third time. The healers shook their heads in sorrow, but there was nothing they could do. It appeared as if conception was no problem, but she couldn’t carry a child past the second month.

“It’s the Witch’s doing, I’m sure of it.” Az cried as Ambrose held her. “She must have done something to my body so that she didn’t have to worry about there ever being a baby Gale who might someday oppose her.”

“I can carry the child for you.” Deeg smiled. She knew how much the couple wanted a baby. With each miscarriage, Az grew more depressed and DG more worried.

“It can’t be done.” The princess sniffed and held onto her husband.

“Are you telling me that we have the knowledge to remove a brain and then put it back, but don’t know anything about artificial insemination?”

“Ya lost me, Dollface.” Ambrose glitched, it was a sign of how upset he was. That was the only time his personality migrated anymore.

“It’s done all the time on the Other Side. I don’t know the details, but they take the sperm from the man and the ovum from the woman, and once conception takes place, they implant it.”

“Whoa, Your Highness, as much as we appreciate the offer, don’t mention it to anyone.” Ambrose was back and fully himself. “If you gave birth out of wedlock, the child would be declared illegitimate and unable to inherited the throne.”

“But there has to be something we can do.” The young Queen felt her world tilt.

“I’m sorry, little sister.” Az’s eyes swam with tears. “It was the one thing you asked of me and I’m failing you. We’ll keep trying. I promise you.”

“No,” Deeg whispered in defeat. “You have to do what’s best for you. All of this is my fault from annuals ago,” her words rushed together. She turned quickly and ran from the room.

Tears were falling down her face when she opened the door and ran smack into Jeb Cain. He’d been guarding the room she’d been in, as faithfully as he always did. He followed her to her chambers unsure what to say. In all the time he’d known her, he’d never seen her cry.

“You’re to tell no one.” She had her arms wrapped around her body to keep from shaking. “Is that clear, Jeb? No one at all.” Their eyes met and he knew she was speaking about his dad.

“Yes, Your Highness.”

DG fell on her bed and wept. A shadow of fear and pain had swept into her heart. Did she abandon the OZ or force herself to marry and sleep with a man she didn’t love?

Azkadellia crept down the hall, until she joined Jeb at his guard post. “Give this letter to your father. It’s vitally important.” As she handed him the note their eyes met in understanding.

To Ch 4 - A New Deal"

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Quotes

The moving finger writes: and having writ Moves on. nor all your piety nor wit Shall lure it back to cancal half a line, Nor all your tears wash out a word of it...The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

If I quiet the voices in my head, I would face the day with nothing to write. - Unknown

I must go down to the seas again the lonely sea and sky...J Masefield

Cinderella walked on broken glass,
Sleeping beauty let a whole lifetime pass.
Belle fell in love with a hideous beast,
Jasmine married a common thief.
Ariel walked on land for love and life,
Snow white barely escaped a knife.
It was all about blood, sweat, and tears.
Because love means facing your biggest fears


The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of...French Proverb

I have drempt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after. They've gone through me like wine through water and altered the colour of my mind ...E. Bronte

To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage...Lao Tzu

It takes chaos to give birth to a dancing star ..F. Nietzsche

How many loved your moments of glad grace, and loved your beauty with love false or true? But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you, and loved the sorrows of your changing face...Yeats

Let us go, you and I, when the evening is spread out against the sky...T. S. Eliot

In that book which is my memory, on the first page of the chapter, that is the day when I first met you, appears the words, "here begins a new life".
La Vita Nuova

Midnight courage of the heart...Jen Kirkwood

The three o-clock in the morning courage which Bonaparte thought was the rarest...Thoreau

Did you say it? I love you; I don't ever want to live without you; you changed my life. Did you say it?
Make a plan, set a goal, work toward it, but every now and then, look around, drink it in, 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow. - Meredith Grey

Shakespeare is easy, life is hard...Wheels

Don't try to be a great man, just be a man. Let history make up its own mind...Z.Cochron

I had a job to do and I was unafraid...Jack to John Creighton

For I dipt into the future, as far as the human eye could see. Saw the vision of the world, and the wonders that can be...RWW Hipwell

Without diviation from the norm, progress is impossible...F. Zappa

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, In a beautiful pea-green boat: They took some honey and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, and sang to a small guitar...E Lear

Sweet and low, sweet and low, Wind of the western sea, Low, low, breathe and blow, Wind of the western sea! Over the rolling waters go, Come from the dying moon and blow, Blow him again to me;... Tennison

Charmed magic casements, opening on the foam
Of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn... Keats

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