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It's Royally Complicated - Chapter 12

"Come on, gentlemen. The night is young and the party is hot and speaking of young and hot, I’m heading off to see how many of those I can chat up," I said.
**Rosemarie's POV**

"Hey, Rose." I chimed after I opened Rosaline’s door and walked inside.
"You ready?" I asked excitedly and closed the door behind me.

Rose was sitting at her dressing table, looking in the mirror at her masked face and black dress. She looked incredibly beautiful, as always. I walked over and stood beside her, my hands tightening around the gift behind my back. Rose was going through a very quiet stage. She hasn’t laughed since Shane had left and I couldn’t blame her. During the last few weeks, I couldn’t really picture myself without Ethan’s company every now and then.

Everything just made more sense with him around. I really missed Ethan though; I hadn’t seen him all week because he had taken leave to be with his sisters for a while so the only way we communicated was through messages. What scared me was that what Rose felt for Shane seemed so much stronger than what I felt for Ethan, more intense and these few weeks they’ve spent apart seemed to kill her.

"Have you ever loved someone so much that it hurt so bad not to be around them, but killed you to be because you know it would never work?" She had asked me just a few days ago. I felt her pain, really I did. It hurt me to know that she really loved him. It also scared me.

That kind of love was dangerous. I actually hoped the time away from him would make her forget how she felt but you know the saying, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"? Well, I guess that is true. Don’t get me wrong, Rose wasn’t a zombie like you would think but she did represent some dead emotions. She seemed to be herself when we had dinner but I knew she was putting on an act. Rose was good at hiding her emotions but when she was alone or around me, that whole shield just shattered.

Rose looked at me and smiled sadly. "Hey," she said and lifted her black mask from her eyes and pushed it into her hair. She noticed my smile and the position of my arms. Her smile dropped a little.

"What have you got there?" She asked and looked at me with open astonishment. She knew what it was. I revealed the bouquet of roses and lilies to her. It was a typical Rosaline bouquet, light pink roses with a few white lilies in between tied around with a white and pink ribbon.

"It’s from Shane," I said as I handed it to her. I figured this was exactly what she needed, bright flowers to brighten her dark mood and just the fact that Shane had sent, it made it so much sweeter.

Rose stared at the flowers. "How do you know it’s from Shane?" She asked. I smiled a little. "Eric would send you roses. Shane knows you a bit better than that," I said. Rose closed her eyes and put the flowers on her dressing table then stared at it.

Okay, so I lied. Shane had sent me a message earlier saying that he sent her flowers and I had to receive it, so it wouldn’t seem suspicious. Do you have any idea how to keep something a secret when you’re a royal? I had to pretend that I bought them for Rose when Mark asked me about it. He believed me, or at least I think he did. Mark always noticed the deeper side of things but he hid it by being his laid-back self.

I didn’t think he’d look too deep into this one though. He knew Rose was putting up an act for my parents and even if he did suspect that it wasn’t from me, he wouldn’t stop me or rat on us. Rose bit her lip as she stared at the flowers. It was odd seeing my strong sister like this. "I’ll, uh, see you down there?" I asked.

Rose looked up at me and nodded, smiling slightly. I could see the tears forming in the corners of her eyes. I nodded and walked out. She wanted to be alone and that was fine.

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**Shane's POV**

I twirled the phone around between my fingers and stared out of the window. It still felt odd adjusting back to home. It sounds strange but the constant sunlight, the modern buildings and even the castle felt a bit disturbing. I missed the towers and the rain and especially Rose.

Mark would tell me how gay that sounded but he had no idea. I smiled a little. Mark was the complete opposite of any king-to-be I’ve ever met. He was so laid back, so normal, yet in control. It seemed like anything was possible to him. Rose seemed like that when I met her. Confident. Independent. I missed her more than I cared to admit.

My mind devoted every free second I had to her. My phone vibrated in my hand and jerked me out of my dream world. I felt my heart go into overdrive immediately. "Hey," I said after answering and bringing the phone to my ear. There was silence on the other end for a while.

"Hi." It felt like there was an eruption of butterflies in my stomach when I heard Rose’s voice.

"Wow... it’s." I was almost too overwhelmed to speak. "It’s really great hearing your voice again, Rose," I said.
Rose gave a small uncomfortable laugh. "Thank you for the flowers, they’re beautiful," she said.
I smiled a little. "I’m glad you untied the ribbon," I said.
She sighed a bit. "Yeah, it was really creative putting your number in there," she said and I heard her take a deep shaky breath.
"How are you holding up?" I asked.
I could practically see her shaking her head. "Your flowers weren’t the only things that arrived for me today, Shane," she said after a pause.
I swallowed. "You saw the invitations," I said.
"And the dress," Rose said.

I closed my eyes and sat down on the windowsill. "This is really happening, Shane. I’m getting married in four months," she said. I pressed the phone harder to my ear with frustration.

"I wish I could be with you right now," I said and opened my eyes. I craved her presence. "I wish you were here..." My heart skipped a beat.

That was the first time Rose had ever admitted that she wanted me around. She was finally finished with pushing me away. I heard her sigh again. "How did we get in so deep?" She asked sounding frustrated. "I mean, we tried avoiding each other, I’ve tried telling myself that it was impossible but... somehow...." Rose groaned.

"Shane, I don’t know how I’m going to be able to be married to the brother of a guy I...," she trailed off. I waited for her to finish, a bit dumbstruck. Rose sighed. "Forget it, it doesn’t matter," she said.
"Rose, are you ready?" I heard a voice in the background. "Uh, yeah, I’ll be right out!" I heard Rose call. "I, uh, I’ve got to go. Bye, Shane," she said. "Hold on, R –."

"Shane?" I turned around and saw Eric standing there. Crap, I thought. Eric raised an eyebrow. "Who are you talking to?" He asked.
"Shane? Is that Eric?" Rose asked over the phone, I could hear the slight panic in her voice.
"Rose," I answered without thinking. Eric’s eyebrows both shot up with surprise. He was about to say something when I held up a finger. "One second, Eric," I said and turned away a bit. "Look, Rose, I’ve got to go. Nice hearing from you again," I said and tried sounding as distant possible then hung up, already feeling awful. I turned back to my brother.

"What’s up? Are we leaving?" I asked, hoping I could distract him. Like that would happen. Eric still seemed a bit surprised. "Yeah, mother’s waiting for us. Uh, Rosaline called you?" He asked still looking baffled. Figured a distraction wasn’t in the cards. I cleared my throat.

"Yeah, she just needed someone to talk to," I said.
"She called you?" Eric asked again.
"Yes, Eric, she called me. We have established that," I said.

Eric studied me skeptically before looking away. "Okay, well we should go," he said and turned to walk out.

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**Mark's POV**

"Leave it to Chanelle to throw a legendary party!" I almost yelled over the music when Rose, Rosie, Matthew, Jeremy and I walked into Chanelle’s backyard. Not only was her theme masquerade for the night, apparently it was also carnival. Different rides were placed everywhere with different games and food stands, everything classy and expensive at the same time.

"Wow," Rosie said and walked ahead with Rose next to her. "So what are we hitting first?" I asked. "Those two brunettes with the awesome masks," Jeremy joked. Rosemarie looked over her shoulder and smiled at him. "Weak, Jeremy!" She called back and continued walking away. Jeremy laughed.

"You two look way too good in those masks, girls! It shouldn’t be legal," Jeremy called back. Rose looked at him and laughed. I smiled. It had been awhile before Rose had laughed. She turned around and hugged him. "Inappropriate, Jeremy." She punched his shoulder hard and smiled.

"But much-needed," Rose said then turned and followed her sister.
"Ow," Jeremy said and rubbed his shoulder. He looked at me and Matthew. "Your sister's got an arm," he said and shrugged it off. I laughed. "Come on, gentlemen.

"The night is young and the party is hot and speaking of young and hot, I’m heading off to see how many of those I can chat up," I said and noticed a girl at a cotton candy booth a few feet away. She had a silver dress on, slim shoulders and long, honey brown blond hair that hung loose almost to her thighs. She had a beaded white mask over her eyes but I could tell she was hot.

"Target acquired," I said and looked back at my brother and friend with their masked faces. "Tell the birthday girl, I’ll catch up with her later," I said and crossed the grass to my first mission for the night.

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Comment Replies

*Shayla: Oh, yeah, it's my story remember? And I say there will be a happy ending! Well.... for most of them. You'll see.

*BriBri: Haha. Sorry about the lack in Ethan for the past few chapters. He will only appear again after the party and that's at least two chapters away... or maybe not. Haha. I'll figure it out.

*Yvotte: Oh, I still have plans for them, but be warned, it gets kind of deep with them from here on.
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Published: 5/7/2013
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