The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don’t provide for the happily ever after they seek.
A fateful, sleepless night brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms. On their travels, they encounter meddlesome fairies, an ambitious stepmother, disgruntled princesses and vengeful kings as they learn about life, love, friendship and family. Most of all, the two young men must learn how to write their own rules of ever after.
I asked Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel to join us here today to talk about some of their favorite things they saw on their quest. Some interesting things indeed! Read and enjoy!
Prince Daniel: My favorite place we visited on our travels? Well, our stay in Upper Lipponia wasn’t exactly pleasant but the Pearl Mountains really are beautiful. When the sun is setting and the light hits their snowy peaks, they really do look like they are made out of pearl. It is quite breathtaking. Most of our travelling party was asleep when we crossed the mountains, but of course I was awake. When you look at the mountains from below, you think they are nothing but rocks, but there are some amazing animals living in the nooks and crannies up there. Did you know there is a special goat that can jump from rock to rock as easily as we jump on a bed? Also, there are beautiful flowers that somehow find a little bit of dirt to take root in. There is one little blue flower, Gingerfair’s Tears they call them, that pops up between the boulders where you would least expect to find a flower. I like the idea that something beautiful can thrive in a world that isn’t where you expect it to be.
Prince Phillip: The mountains really are pretty aren’t they? But I’m sorry, King Rupert’s behavior while we were there soured me to the whole kingdom of Upper Lipponia. I prefer to visit places where I am not threatened with a beheading.
Prince Daniel: Fair enough. So what was your favorite place?
Prince Phillip: Oh that’s easy. The Great Western Woods of Sylvania. I was a little nervous when Daniel suggested we go exploring in the woods. I never used to care for the woods much. I preferred the wide open space of the windy beaches of Bellemer. I always found the woods to be a little too closed in and it made me anxious. Who knows what kind of dangerous creature could be hiding behind a tree? But when you took me into the woods in your kingdom, I was amazed at the beauty there. Those frogberry trees with the pink petals falling in the breezes were especially pretty. Also, you showed me that the woods aren’t closing in on a person, they are more like a hiding place or like nature is giving you a hug. Boy that sounded cheesy.
Prince Daniel: Yeah, a little cheesy. But you have to admit, it was much easier to talk there.
Prince Phillip: Yes. Woods are definitely a great place for a talk. Thanks again for sharing them with me.
“Phillip, don’t believe all those stories your scribe told you. Magic is not defeated by waiting for someone to come rescue you from it. You have to fight it.” Daniel paused and took a breath before reaching out to take Phillip’s hand again. “I sat around for two years waiting for someone to come along and fix my problems. No one came, and nothing changed. Then I realized that maybe the person I was waiting for was me. So I went out to find my own answers.”
“I’m not you. I don’t even know where to begin.” Phillip sat back on the edge of the bed.
“You begin the way everyone does,” Daniel explained, “one foot in front of the other.”
“I’ve barely been out of this castle. I don’t know what’s out there.”
“Well, you’re in luck. You know someone who does.”
“What? Who?” Phillip cocked his head and stared at Daniel in confusion.
“Me!” Daniel winked and pointed to his chest. “I know what’s out there. I’ve been wandering all over the kingdoms for months now. I’ve studied the maps and the histories. I know how to fight and how to survive.” Daniel stood up. “I’ll come with you,” he continued. “I’ll help you find her, and we’ll bring her down together. We will fix this.”
Daniel could almost see the wheels turn in Phillip’s head as he considered Daniel’s offer. He looked over at his father, then back down at his feet before glancing up to Daniel with a look of tentative hope. “Why would you do that?”
Daniel pondered the question for a moment, unsure of the answer himself. The pain in Phillip’s face touched Daniel’s heart and made him want to bring back the mischievous, laughing man he had met just two nights before. This was not his problem, and he had his own concerns to deal with, but looking at Phillip’s terrified face, he knew he wanted to help. He knew he had to.
“I’m not being completely selfless. I’m still going to be looking for my own answers. But I can help you look, too.” Daniel held his hand out to Phillip. “Come with me. Let’s go get you some food and make a plan.”
“You’re just saying this to get me to eat.”
“No. As I said, I feel responsible. If I hadn’t gotten in that bed—”
“But you did.” Phillip mumbled before turning to look at Daniel with his eyes wide. “And you passed the test. I thought for sure you were the answer—”
“The test? I still don’t understand about this test.”
“Yes. You were the first to spend the night in the bed and be kept awake by the pea under the mattresses. Okay, maybe some of the others could have passed if I hadn’t—”
“Phillip? You think a pea kept me awake?” Daniel stepped back and knitted his brows; he had clearly missed some element of that awful night’s events. Though he was glad to see some sign of activity from Phillip, Daniel was thoroughly confused. “Why was there a pea under—”
“Yes. You passed the test. Maybe it is a sign!” Phillip stood and turned to Daniel; excitement spread across his face. “Maybe you are here to help me.”
Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry.
He currently lives in Georgia with his partner of ten years and their dog. Growing up in the South gave him a funny accent and a love of grits. The Rules of Ever After is his first novel.
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