Alec frowned at himself in the mirror. It was mid-morning and he had been up only for several minutes. He had put on his "best clothes, mostly blue in color and made of leather or velvet. He had a distaste for silk and satin. His boots were his riding boots. He felt like going for a ride before what was going to happen today. He felt like he needed to be alone. He pulled a comb through his hair, still frowning. A knock came at his door. "Who is it?" "Uylia sir." Alec made a noise and the door opened. Outside of it stood his bodyguard and long-time friend. He stood several inches shorter than the prince and for all purposes appeared as a girl. His black hair was pulled back into a braid and he looked displeased. "Your parents seem to think I need to be close by you today sir." "There is no need to sir me Uylia. We are friends as well. Besides no one else is around. And yes. It seems my wife-to-be is arriving. Even if this is meant to be a peaceful and joyous occasion my parents are wise to worry. She is still from our enemy Kingdom. We must be on our guard." Uylia nodded. He made a motion and together they exited the room. In several hours the Princess of the Miyazaki kingdom would be here and everything would begin. Alec felt a knot grow in his stomach, but he said nothing. There was no turning back soon.