A long time ago and far, far away, there lived a beautiful young maiden with golden hair and blue eyes. She was a lovely child but lonely as she had only an older brother as a companion and not many friends. She loved music and played piano very well. She immersed herself in her music which made her different from her family because they enjoyed sports more than music.
Her summers were spent at the pool and playing tennis where she made friends easily with another family where there were other children her age. In this family, there was another maiden who became her best friend along with her younger brother. The three played everyday in the pool and spent carefree afternoons together and inseparable. The golden haired maiden even began spending the night at their home. A lifetime friendship had been made. Little did the maiden know that her life would change because of this friendship.
One day, the maiden noticed a raven haired stranger with hazel eyes and the longest eyelashes she had ever seen sitting alone next to the pool. He had a plaster cast on his leg and crutches next to him. The look on his face was that of dismay, for anyone could tell he wanted desperately to go into the water with the other children, but was unable to join due to the cast upon his leg.
The maiden could tell that this must be another sibling of her two friends, as they were 2 of 5 children. She was informed that this was their next older brother, James. She thought how handsome he was. His hair was jet black and wavy. His eyes were lively and alert, and those eyelashes framed those beautiful eyes. His lips were like rosebuds. She had never been attracted to any boy before like this before. She was young. She had plenty of time. She didn’t give it much thought after that.
Time went by and the attractive boy eventually was able to join them in the pool. He started to play with them off and on. He didn’t always join them, but as time went on, he spent more and more time with the three friends. When the maiden went to spend the night with her friend, the other maiden, she found herself spending more and more time with James as the years went on.
Eventually, James’ family moved to another kingdom far away. The maiden was devastated. By this time, she knew that she loved James and James knew he loved her too. They continued to write and visit each other often. They were officially seeing each other by this time. Years had past since those days at the pool. They had known each other since James was 12 and the maiden was 10.
Now, they were both in college and the maiden was 19 and James was 21. Then suddenly, the maiden decided she had had enough. One day, the maiden decided that James no longer loved her because he wouldn’t hold her hand in public or hug her in front of people. Looking back, that was silly, but hindsight is 20/20.
The maiden dated few others and eventually fell deeply and madly in love with another. After 3 years, she married. Another 3 years and a child was born. 13 years after saying “I do”, however, and her marriage was over. She was devastated and alone with 3 little girls.
She had always maintained her friendship with James. It was easy to do because he was so easy to talk to and such a good person. Their relationship was based on respect and love. There had never been sex to complicate things. James had never married because the maiden was his one and only true love.
When out to lunch one day, the maiden asked James if he would consider dating her again. He laughed and said he couldn’t believe she had to ask. They were married the next year and have been married ever since. A beautiful, bouncing, baby boy was added to the family the year after they made their vows to each other. This is their happily ever after. Sometimes dreams do come true.
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