Nothing much in the way of wedding news broke today, so I thought I would take the chance to share the story of how we met and got engaged...
Once upon a time there was a Prince, the Prince of Like, who was approaching the end of his youth. Everyone liked the Prince of Like, even the people who resented him, they just couldn't help it. What the Prince searched the kingdom for was someone who could see past the dense layer of likability to the love hiding underneath. In his mind was a clear picture of the mysterious suitor who had formed in his mind when he was just a little prince, still unaware of his bittersweet curse and how it would shape his life.
When manhood came, the prince left the King and Queen to spend all his time among the people, determined to uncover the one who would see the amount of love he carried within. The caboodle of people who liked the Prince grew, but all were too blinded by charms to consider sharing anything more than like. Dejected, he often returned home to wail out tones of solitude, which tended to drive the King and Queen batty. They would send him out again in hopes his search was fruitful, but it never was.
Once, when back at home, the Prince of Like was caught off guard when a carriage rolled into the courtyard. A young woman emerged who the Prince instantly recognized as a distant relative on his mother's side. She had been traveling, on her way to begin a life in another kingdom. It was as much of a surprise to herself as to where she now found herself.
"I tell you that I traveled a route I knew, but a feeling came over me." said Duchess Andrastasia. "Then the trees all bent to the east even though the wind was coming from the north. I've always wanted to go where the trees were pointing."
With another familial hug, he indicated the door and asked, "What leads you to this other kingdom?"
Andrastasia looked both ways then leaned in before whispering, "Love."
It had never occurred to the Prince to search another kingdom for love, but once it did he pounced on the chance, leaving the next morning with the Duchess. Andrastasia indeed found the love she sought, but for the Prince it was much of the usual. There were a couple of times he came closer than ever before, only to feel their love withdrawn after it had only caressed the surface. Resorting to a visit with a witch, he got the accidental love of a confused incubus. After the torment of severing that spell, the Prince of Like decided, no more.
The wire age came, and people connected through gazing mirrors and typing boards. There were people who had a lot of extra time to decide what to wear as they communicated robustly about meeting. The term is not appropriate for this type of story, but it rhymes with "fruity shawl". It was one of the chattervations where the prince first saw him. His image was really small and hard to make out, but there was a familiarity about him. He was drawn to the man.
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It wasn't in the stars for them to meet yet. The Prince of Like had one visit home to make before he returned, and the Prince of Love wasn't ready to see him yet.
As Autumn took hold, the Prince of Like was back to unthreading a web in search of someone to test. One day the little image was back, the handsome man in a cap. The Prince was convinced he had to meet him, so there was a little chit, then a little chat. Through a minor process of beg, borrow and steal, the Prince's F-150 carriage pulled up at the destination.
Without taking his eyes off the Prince of Love, the Prince of Like emerged from the carriage and approached the man, as a moth to a flame. He walked up to the man who stood out in the mid night glow and kissed him, for this was the man who had haunted his love since he was a child. The kiss created a connection that was physically straining when apart from each other. The Prince of Like never knew it would be this, all instantaneous and such an intense need. Welcoming it, he vowed to never let go.
Despite popular theory, they couldn't resist moving in with each other for very long, and as the winter solstice came, the Prince of Love made a decision. On his birth, a great wizard bestowed upon him a different type of bittersweet curse. While everyone would love him, he wore two rings that allowed him only to share his love with one person who he felt strong enough about to give one of the rings.
The Prince of Love gave the ring to the Prince of Like. For the first time, one gave love to another and one felt love given for the first time.
The Prince of Like brought his Prince home to adore for eternity. They lived incognito in the land, giving up lives full of searches and heart ache to finally exist in a blissfully, normal way. The two learned together the secret of true love, and of how easy it was to love each other. The Prince of Like knew, as he had somehow that night under the moon, that this was his man, whom he had felt uncontrollable love for his whole life.
And they were going to live happily ever after.