Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Even though the rational part of my brain said that escape was futile, my hopeless dreamer side said I would never know until I tried. In the end, my dreamer side won with a very persuasive image of Aric's scary face. That is how I found myself floating in the ocean, on a small sail boat borrowed from the palace's private docks, attempting escape for the second time.

I know a few days ago I was prepared to be married off to a stranger but Aric was a different story. I just could not bear the thought of being married to someone so scary.

Unfortunately things just were not going my way. What started off as a smooth gentle sail by moon light was interrupted by an absolutely random tide massive in size. It submerged the entire ship but by some strange miracle left the ship and myself in tact tacking only the sales.

Bizarre, was the only thought that crossed my mind as I watched the tide settle down into smooth waves just two feet from the ship. I watched for more incoming waves but nothing; the sea had settled back to her gentle rocking.

"What was that? It was absolutely ridiculous" I muttered irritated since now I would have to use the paddles since the sail was gone.

What kind of wave was that anyways, it was just so random and impossible I thought. But looking up at the two moons in the sky I realized the laws of physics in this world might state otherwise. Though beautiful the moons just made me more depressed, for me it made the situation seem all the more real and hopeless.

I let out a humorless laugh "not moon, moons" I sighed, letting the gentle breeze carry my voice.

"There are usually three moons but tonight the second moon is covering the third."

"Ahh! Aric" I squealed scared. He glared from where he was casually leaned against the sail post.

"W-what are y-you d-d-doing here?" I clenched my hands together to keep them from shaking.

"Shouldn't I be asking you that? What part of we are bonded does your pathetic human brain not comprehend?" He spoke coldly looking down at me. I could feel the burning hostility radiate from his form as he approached me.

I trembled violently and bit my lips trying to hold back my tears. I was not used to dealing with people and he was just so scary.

He noticed and paused. Hesitantly he stepped back until he was leaning against the post once again gazing out to the sea, but somehow he looked a bit uncomfortable.

I gulped composing myself. "Umm… w-why do you hate m-me?" I blurted out.

"You enslaved me." He stated glaring.

"Well you attacked me." I accused summoning courage I never knew I had.

"You summoned me."

"W-what?" I let out, my voice a little shaky due to shock. "Why would I do that? Do you think I make a habit of summoning mythical creatures so they can have a good time killing me?"

"You are not lying." He was quiet for a moment, "but you still summoned me, maybe unintentionally."

"What does that mean?" I asked confused.

"I don't know." He stated scrutinizing me and I looked up at him. He still looked breathtaking especially with the pale moon light illuminating the contours of his face setting a harsh contrast against his inky black hair that just reached the nape of his neck. How could someone so beautiful be so scary I wondered in awe.

The ends of his lips were tilted up slightly in a smirk; I realized he was looking at me looking at him. I blushed and turned to look at the tiny outline of the castle towers peaking out from the horizon.

"Um Aric? How exactly did you get on the boat?"

He quirked an eyebrow, "the sea is my domain," he stated.

I gasped with realization "that ridiculous wave that just came in, that was you."

The corners of his lips tilted up in conformation. For a moment it was quiet and it was peaceful.

"Aric, I want to go home. I don't want to marry you." I said looking down.

He sighed. "I know, I said I wouldn't let it come to that, remember?"

"But two weeks?"

"That's the engagement. The wedding can be prolonged for a year. If we can severe the bond by then we will successfully be able to avoid the marriage. And you can't go home yet, besides why would you want to go back, you have nothing to go back to." He said frankly staring at me.

"Now paddle back" He commanded.

Paddle! I looked down to my hands where the paddles were supposed to be. Opps.

"Umm Aric?" I asked hesitantly.

He raised an eyebrow in reply.

"You see when you came you startled me and I think I dropped the paddle in the water." I babbled.

AN: I know this is a miniature chapter and I've been gone forever. Unfortunately school this year is brutal.

Thank you to everyone who reviewed, they made me smile and encouraged me to continue writing even through all the stress this year.