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The Deals We Make - Ch 4 - A New Deal

Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: See chapter 1
Pairing: CDG
Previous Chapters: Ch 1 / Ch 2 / Ch 3



The Deals We Make

by

Lattelady

Ch 4 - A New Deal

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Princess Azkadellia met Wyatt Cain on the far side of Finaqua. “Thank you for coming so promptly.” She allowed him to assist her from the saddle, as she motioned to a patch of grass where they could sit and talk.

“Is Deeg, I mean, Her Highness all right?” He hadn’t meant to ask so quickly, but since Jeb gave him the note, he could think of nothing else.

A warm smile lit up Az’s face. It was apparent Cain cared as much about her sister as he once had. “She’s doing as well as any woman can and be ruler of a country in the aftermath of war. Though, there is an issue that will come up soon that could be a problem for her.”

“What can I do to help?” He’d been bored silly and was thrilled at the chance to get back doing something vital.

“First you must promise me that you will be completely honest, even if you think it isn’t something I want to hear. I will do the same.” She shrugged her slim shoulders and looked him in the eyes. “My sister has an innocence about her that causes her to want only good things for others, no matter the harm to her. I lived with the Witch too long to be so noble.”

“You have my word, Princess Azkadellia.” He crossed his arms and faced her.

“What are your feelings for DG?”

“I…ah…” He blinked and shook his head.

“An honest answer is more important than a kind one.” She stared him down.

“I care about her a great deal,” he whispered.

“Why did you leave? She needed you.” Brown eyes challenged him to tell her the truth.

“She said I had to get my life together before I could go on.”

“Did you?” Az pushed.

“No, how was I supposed to get my life together, if she wasn’t part of it!” There he’d said it, been as honest as he could and the damn ex-Sorceress had the nerve to grin at him.

“Deeg made a deal with mother. She would only become Queen, if she didn’t have to marry, didn’t have to produce an heir to the throne. It seems all those rumors that have been going around since the eclipse are correct, my little sister’s heart was already taken.”

“What are you saying?” He felt hope for the first time in over an annual. He’d heard the rumors, but never paid attention to them. People liked to talk and they talked continually about the Queen and her Tin Man.

“She loves you, Mr. Cain. The question is do you love her.”

“I…” He closed his eyes and let himself simply feel for the first time in nine annuals. All the reasons why he shouldn’t suddenly didn’t seem so important. She’d sent him away to find himself and it had taken Azkadellia to lead the way. “Yes.”

“Good, but she’s the one you’ve got to convince.”

To Ch - 5

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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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