Excerpt from The Prince

“I’ve always felt like I was meant for something more than what I have become, something greater.”

“Even after they told you last night that your parents were servants?”

“Something within me did not agree with that. Something within me has been crying out I am more than that.”

John and Sarah exchanged puzzled glances.

“Do you know why you have been feeling that way?” asked the man. “No, but I desperately want to know.”

“Aaron, you are something more. You are the son of a king and queen of a nearby kingdom. You are a prince.”

John and Sarah gasped as Sarah’s hands flew to her heart. John’s and Sarah’s faces paled as they stared at Aaron wide eyed as if seeing him for the first time.

Aaron was dumbfounded as his heart dropped to his feet. He could not find his voice. All he could do was stare at the man. Him? A prince? Impossible! “How-How can that be?” Aaron was finally able to croak out.

“You always felt in your heart you were something greater than what you have become because you are. You are a prince.

“The enemy wanted to destroy your parents and your kingdom, so to keep you safe because of their love for you, they commissioned one of their most trusted servants and his wife to send you away to live as a peasant as a disguise so the enemy could never find you. It seems as though their plan worked.”

Aaron lowered his head in his hands. This was too much to take in. Was all that he had been feeling for as long as he could remember because he was a prince? Royalty flowed through his veins?

“A prince? Oh my,” Sarah whispered. Aaron looked up and saw John and Sarah still staring at him as if this was their first time seeing him. Aaron knew it must be a shock for the only parents he had known in all his twelve years. “If we had known, we would have done all we could to give you so much more than what we have given you,” said John. Aaron shook his head. “No, there would have been nothing you could have done any better than what you have done. You both have raised me, taught me right from wrong, and loved me unconditionally. I am honored to have called you my parents for the past twelve years.”

Sarah began sobbing uncontrollably and tears shone even in John’s eyes.

If Aaron, indeed, was a prince, he would make sure he did all within his power to reward John and Sarah handsomely. They deserved that and so much more.

Aaron turned to the man.

“Could I step outside for a few moments? I need some time to think.”

The man nodded. “I understand.”

Aaron rose from his seat and trudged outside.

He exhaled the breath he had been holding and breathed in the fresh air. The air inside the cottage became thick and suffocating, or was it the man’s news of who Aaron was?

Aaron shook his head.

He could not be a prince. How could someone like him be a prince? He certainly did not deserve that title.

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