It was my closest friend Adam, holding the angry candle away from his face, fearing its licks.
“I can’t believe that you dared to leave the palace again Catherine,” Adam said exasperated. “Remember what happened the last time that you decided to dilly dally in the streets? Did you not learn your lesson when the king sent out hundreds of soldiers to find you?”
I shrugged and took the candle from his hand, illuminating the street before me.
Adam sighed deeply.
“My God, Catherine. You’re not going to go in there are you? I took me forever to find you, and your father gave me direct orders to bring you back home as soon as possible. I know you’re a princess and sometimes you can feel restricted, but I’m tired —”
“Will you stop complaining?” I whip my head towards Adam and frown. “If you can’t take it, you can leave.” I point to the endless darkness behind us.
“No, I won’t leave.” He crosses his arms. “But I want an explanation of why you keep running away.”
I sigh. “Do you really want to know?”
“I want to explore what’s beyond those walls. I want to see the world and all the people in it,” my heart beats erratically in my chest. “I mean, just imagine, all the rivers and oceans, and creatures that were never seen before. If I take one step further, I’ll be able to see all of that.”
We continue walking, Adam’s footsteps matching my own.
“I would never have guessed that you’re such a romantic.” He grabs my arm and I lurch forward, the candle daring to blow out. “Watch out.”
“You almost blew out the candle!”
“It’s not like you had one when you first started anyways.”
I shake myself out of his grasp and thrust the candle forward, yearning to see something other than the cobblestone streets.
In front of us, there is a large door, covered from top to bottom with ivy the color evergreen trees at the peak of summer. Two large ancient handles are on the door, coaxing me to pull them open and see the world beyond the darkness that I’m ensnared in every day.
I look back towards Adam, “Will you come with me?”
Adam shuffles in his armor and takes a cautionary look to the darkness behind him.