((We could either go on to where there is a declaration of war, or if we didn't want to do that, we could come up with a different scenario that challenges the relationship between Firranda and Howard...what do you think?))
((I think we should keep going with the war thing, it would feel weird to do something totally romantic with something like that looming))
((Okay. Do you want me to start or would you like to?))
((u can :) ))
As Firranda and I were enjoying our private moment, a maid came running out of the castle, yelling my name frantically. My heart dropped to my feet, but I let go of Firranda and ran towards the maid. "What's wrong? Did something happen?" I asked worriedly as I reached the maid.
"It's Xavier, Prince Howard. He's declared war upon our kingdom!"
"That's it, then," Firranda observed closely. She felt like her heart, which had been so warm with love a minute ago, had been ripped from her chest. Turning to Howard, she continued in a small voice, "It's over." A small hope that they would win the war fluttered in her chest, but that wasn't what she meant. At the maid's words, Howard had been transformed into a war general, and Firranda into a soldier at his disposal. She silently prayed that their relationship would survive this turmoil.
"Everyone is in complete turmoil inside the castle. They need your wise words, Prince Howard..." the maid said as she looked down at the ground, fear in her eyes. I wrapped an arm around her shoulders and gave the maid a little squeeze. "I'll try to settle things down. We need as many people as we can if our kingdom is even going to have a chance at success in this war." I explained. I kept my arm around the maid's shoulders and took my other free hand and grabbed onto Firranda's, giving her hand a loving, supportive squeeze.
Firranda squeezed Howard's hand back, but simutaneously pushed him away gently. "Go," she encouraged softly, "your people need you. I'll still be here when everything blows over." As much as she wanted things between them to go on uninterrupted, it would end up better if the war ended in their favor.