Beau looked after
Reeny as she walked off. "Maybe I shouldn't have said that," he
thought. He started to walk after Reeny when he saw another Lady of the
palace walking towards him. His eyes lowered when he realized who it was.
"Princess Belle, how are you?" he asked softly.
The Queen walked
out into the royal garden and saw her teenage daughter picking a rose off
of one of the many rose bushes. "Reeny, what's wrong?" she asked.
The seventeen year old
sighed. "Nothing Mother. I was just thinking about something."
"Are you sure it wasn't
someone?" Queen Serenity asked. She heard Reeny scoff and frowned. "What
"That's exactly it Mom.
I don't have anybody. Everyone in my court has met someone, fallen in love,
and is on their way to being married but me. The only thing that everyone
wonders about me is how much like you I'm not."
"That's not true Reeny.
You know that."
"You don't here the
people. I have. There were nights that Belle and I have ran off in disguise.
Do you know how it feels to have someone look at you in a royal gown, and
treat you with the utmost respect, and then degrade and belittle everything
you do where they think you're not around? It hurts Mother."
Serenity touched Reeny's
shoulder and sighed. "You have to give everyone a chance. And they have
to give you one too. Tomorrow's your birthday, and you will be meeting
a lot of people at the party."
"I'll be on my best
behavior," she said dryly.
"I have no doubt to
that. But your father has ordered an escort for you." The Queen smiled
as she saw Reeny roll her red eyes. "I know it does not suit your wants,
but I'm sure that you and he will work out an understanding."
"Yes Mother." Reeny
watched her mother walk back into the Palace and stuck her tongue out.
Before she could return to her walk in the garden, she saw a young man
leaning against one of the stone pillars at the archway.
He smiled at her wide
eyed expression. "You know Princess, you look like a stunned rabbit," he
Reeny narrowed her eyes
and turned her back to him. "What do you want?" she asked.
"I was told that I was
to be your escort to your birthday party tomorrow. You are the Small Lady,
right?" he asked.
"Yes, I'm called that
a lot. Who are you?"
He bowed respectfully
and his long dark purple hair fell in front of his face and a round his
shoulders. "I'm Beau. One of the Lords of the Crystal Paris Sector."
Reeny nodded her head
as he stood straight. "Why did my father choose you to escort me?"
"Honestly, I haven't
a clue. Maybe you should ask him."
Reeny's eyes narrowed
as he continued to smile at her. "Are you always this smug?"
"I don't know. Are you
always the brat I've seen so far?"
"I am not a brat."
"Really? Then why were
you just sticking your tongue out at your mother's back? Where you trying
to taste the air?"
"How dare you!" she
shouted indignantly. Reeny then stormed bast Beau, leaving him in the garden.
"I'm not a brat," she whispered to herself as she ran to her room. "I'm
"I asked the King to
send for you because you told me you were starting to have feelings for
the princess. I thought I was doing the right thing by my friend, but so
far, I'm wrong."
"No my Princess. It
was a slip of tongue, the Small Lady is so vibrant, I was only trying to
get to know her better."
Belle folded her arms
over her soft peach gown. "You have to learn the use of the word tact
Beau. If you want to get to know her, ask her questions about herself.
Let her tell you. Don't make assumptions like is she a brat. Ask her about
what she likes to do. If you are around her enough, then you will get to
know her personality. Not before then. Do I make myself clear?"
Reeny sat in her room brushing
her long pink hair. She sighed as she started to think about what Beau
said to her, and what the people of Crystal Tokyo thought about her.
"She's a spoiled
"She'll never be
as wonderful a woman as Queen Serenity."
"The Small Lady?
If you ask me, as soon as she gets the chance, she'll take the throne from
her parents. You have to think about what she's like. Always being so bossy..."
"I've never seen
her care about anyone else except herself..."
"What about the Queen?"
"She only acts like
she cares. Otherwise, she's just a brat buying time."
"Are you always the
brat that I've seen so far?"
Reeny was brought out
of her thoughts by the gentle hand on her shoulder. She looked into the
mirror and saw the smiling face of her best friend. "Ramies, do you think
I'm a spoiled brat?" she asked.
He sat next to her.
"What brought this on?" he asked.
She looked into his
pale face and shook her head. "It's just something that I've been thinking
about since the last time I went out of the Palace."
"No Serena, you're not
spoiled or a brat. You just have this... way of getting what ever you want
from people, and you've always have the regal command of your mother. Sometimes
people just think that it's wrong because you have it at such a young age."
"Then there are some
who think that I'm plotting to kill my mother and father because of it."
Ramies hugged Reeny
and kissed her cheek. "But we all know you would never do something like
that; and more importantly, you know you wouldn't."
She smiled slightly.
"Thank you Ramies. I can always count on you to cheer me up."
"Well, I'm glad that
I could help you." Ramies stood and held out his hand. "Now, there's someone
that I want you to see."
Reeny shook her head. "Not Beau. No anyone
"It's not him."
"I swear on my marriage
to your Lady in Waiting."
Reeny bit the side of
her lip. "Well... I guess so. Let me get my slippers."
Belle stood in the ballroom
with three other young women. She looked to her friends and smirked. "You
think she'll like it?" she asked.
"She should love her.
You know how hard it was to find her," the Lady wearing the soft blue gown
"You can't forget how
she reacted when she lost her," the Lady in green smirked.
The Lady in soft red
sighed in memory. "Serena wouldn't eat, drink, or talk to anyone except
for Ramies for a month."
"Jazell, Saffron, and
Reichel, be quite, here she comes," Belle giggled as she ran over to the
table where the other three stood.
Reeny and Ramies walked
into the ballroom and saw the four Princesses of Reeny's Royal Court standing
in a line in front of the table. "Hello," Reeny said lowly.
"Hey Reeny, we all know
how much you cared for Luna and Artemis," Reichel started.
"And we all remembered
how badly you took it when that ball they gave you disappeared," Saffron
"Yeah, Luna P was very
special to you. It was your best friend, and went with you every where."
Belle smiled as she felt Ramies take her hand.
"So we all were thinking
about what to get you for your birthday and came up with a great idea,"
"I did a lot of searching,
and computer work, and found Luna P," Jazell smiled.
All five people stepped
away from the table and showed Reeny a large ball with the face of a cat,
pointy ears and a crescent moon between its eyes. Reeny's face lit up as
she fell to her knees. "Luna P!" she cried happily.
"Happy birthday Serena!"
the five cheered.
Luna P floated off of
the table and into Reeny's arms. The Princess of Crystal Tokyo felt tears
coming to her eyes as she held her favorite toy from her childhood. "Luna
P, you came back," she whispered.
Beau wandered into the
ballroom and saw Reeny and the others. His eyes widened as he saw Reeny
acting like a small child over a ball. He then smiled. Even though she
was acting like a child, he had never seen her more beautiful.
Beau walked up to Reeny's
chamber door and held his breath. He gently knocked on the door and waited.
It was time for them to make their entrance to her birthday party, and
he couldn't recall a time where he was more nervous. His usually calm violet
eyes started to go wide as the door slowly opened.
One of the servants
opened the door and smiled at him. "The Small Lady will be ready to go
in a moment."
He nodded nervously.
Once the door closed, he finally exhaled. Beau turned around to be met
by the powder blue eyes of Belle. "Princess..."
"Don't be so nervous.
She's not going to hurt you," she chuckled.
"That's not I'm worried
about. I want to tell her that I've seen her before, but she might think
that I've been spying on her or something. I don't want that. I think that
I might actually like her, I mean really,"
"You don't have to explain
yourself to me. Small Lady on the other hand, you'll have to talk to."
Belle smiled as she heard the door knob turning. "I'll see you both down-stairs."
Beau took another deep
breath and looked into the bed chamber. He saw Reeny standing in her soft
pink gown and felt as if he had just been struck. "Princess, you look...
you're beautiful," he said in a whisper.
Reeny looked at him
with wide eyes. She would never have thought of getting a complement from
him. "Thank you," she said softly. She then looked at him as he stood wearing
the ash grey uniform of a Royal Lord. "You look nice too."
He bowed. Reeny noted
that his hair was pulled back into a pony-tail. Beau looked at her and
held out his hand. "If it is your wish, I'll escort you to your party,"
he said wearing a kind smile.
She was completely dumbfounded.
The last time they spoke, he insulted her. Now, he was acting like a complete
stranger. Reeny slowly took his arm and smiled. "Yes, you can escort me,"
Beau smiled as they
walked down to the party. "Princess Serena, I would like to say I'm sorry
for what I said yesterday in the garden," he said as they reached the entrance.
He looked into her eyes and resisted the urge to kiss her. "I had no right
to say that."
"I feel like I should
be apologizing to you. I shouldn't have run off the way I did." Reeny turned
when the door to the ballroom opened.
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
may I introduce to you the Small Lady, Princess Serena of Crystal Tokyo,"
the announcer said as Reeny and Beau entered.
Everyone started to
applaud as the couple walked down the winding stairs. The symphony started
to play again once Reeny and Beau walked over to Queen Serenity and King
Endymion and bowed.
"Happy birthday Reeny,"
Serenity smiled. She hugged her daughter and saw Beau watching the princess.
"He is very handsome. Give him a chance, for me," she whispered into Reeny's
Reeny smiled as she
pulled away from her mother. She nodded only once before she realized that
her father had stepped back, and allowed Beau to ask for the first dance.
As she took Beau's hand, Reeny couldn't help smiling a him.
He put his arm around
her waist as they started to dance. "Can I ask you a question?" he asked.
"Why does everyone call
you Small Lady and/ or Reeny?"
Reeny blushed as she
lowered her head slightly. "When I was little, I would always dream about
being a Lady in my mother's court. So, one day, my father called me his
Small Lady, and the name stuck. As for Reeny, you can tell it's a shorter
form of Serena. Queen Lita, Princess Saffron's mother, gave me that name."
Reeny looked at Beau as he nodded, and smiled. "Now, I have
a question for you. Why have you been watching me?"
Beau looked at her as
if he had just been hit. "Wh... what do you mean?" he asked carefully.
"I know I've met you
before. On those nights where Belle and I would sneak off. You were the
young man Belle would always talk with when we were in the tavern. Aren't
He lowered his head
in defeat. "Yes, it was me, Your Grace." He saw the blank look on
her face and sighed. "On those nights, Princess Belle asked me to meet
her there, as a sort of guard. If you or she were in trouble, I was to
come you your aid. After a while, I don't know when, or how, but in watching
you, I fell in love with you." Beau quickly closed his eyes in regret.
The last part, she was never to have found out.
"I... I don't know what
to say," Reeny said in shock.
"If you want me to leave,
She stepped closer to
him. "I don't want that. I... I want you." They both looked at each other
with wide eyes. "I mean I want you to stay... here at the Palace. I'm sure
we can find something you can help out with."
The pair danced silently
for a few moments. As Beau held her in his arms, he sighed. "Okay, next
question. Why is every member of your court a Princess?"
Reeny shrugged. "It's
always been that way. Their mothers were the members of my mother's court.
It goes back through our families."
They fell silent again.
Reeny closed her eyes as she felt him pull her slightly closer to him.
"Beau, I don't know if I love you.... but I am willing to see if I do,"
He smiled at her. "That's
all I ask... Small Reeny," he teased.
"It's Small Lady, or
"You might get mad if
I tell you, but I saw you with Luna P last night. I think Small Reeny fits."
She looked into his
eyes and smiled. She knew that he would keep calling her that no matter
how any times she would correct him. Reeny looked over his shoulder and
saw her parents smiling at them. Shyly, she looked at Beau and kissed him.
As she pulled away, she felt Beau's hand touch her face.
He looked into her eyes
in utter shock. His stunned state soon faded as he saw the same expression
in her eyes. Beau smiled as they continued to dance. He knew it was only
a matter of time until she loved him back, and would admit it. "Happy birthday
Small Reeny," he whispered into her ear.