“It looks like the party is over.Honey, let’s go back to our room,”
Anthony said as he stretched his hand out to show me the time on his watch.
I nodded and followed Anthony out of the lounge soon after.
As soon as we stepped out of the lounge, we saw Elizabeth.
“Oh, I see that you’re already leaving.I was just coming over to tell you that the celebration party was over.You should go and get some rest.Anthony, you must take good care of Jennifer.”
Then, she turned to me.
“Jennifer, please be mindful of your health.If you feel even the slightest bit of discomfort, do not hesitate to call me.I know some of the best doctors in the city.”
“I will.Thank you for your kindness, Mrs.Jones.” I smiled at Elizabeth, holding Anthony’s hand.
“Please take care of yourself as well.Try to get some rest as soon as you can.We will see you tomorrow.”
Anthony and I stood waiting as Elizabeth left with the aid of a maid.
Soon, after saying goodbye to the other guests, we finally went back to our room.
I freshened up quickly before lying in the big bed with Anthony.
“Isn’t it astonishing how quickly time flies? I didn’t expect the coronation ceremony to come so soon.I’m nervous, Anthony.What if I am not fit to be a queen?”
The weight of the title filled me with dread.
In the past, I had spent a big part of my life living in fear of being hunted down by Arthur.
At that time, if someone told me that I was going to become a queen one day, I would call them crazy and laugh at their faces.
It was Anthony who changed my fate completely.
“Jennifer, all you need to do is take care of yourself and the baby.Leave everything else to me.I will always be there to support you.No one will ever disrespect you.”
Anthony leaned over and kissed me gently on the forehead.
“You’re right.I shouldn’t be overthinking.It’s not good for the baby.”
As I spoke, I got up from the bed to get a glass of water, but Anthony reached out to help me.
“Jennifer, lie down and tell me what you need.I’ll get it for you,”
Anthony said as he looked at me with concern.
“Anthony! Now, you’re the one who is overthinking! I just wanted to get a glass of water.” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
“Just lie down.I’ll get it for you.”
Anthony turned around and went to fetch me a glass of water.
“Anthony, I’m just pregnant, not disabled.You’re being too dramatic.” I sighed.
“Honey, you’ll have to deal with me acting like this for a few more months.Besides, if I don’t take care of you, who will?”
Anthony winked at me playfully as he passed me affectionate side.I smiled back at him and then took a sip from the glass.
“Anthony, I am so lucky to have a mate life with,” I said, holding Anthony’s hand and peering deep into his eyes.
“Jennifer, how are you feeling now?” Anthony lay down beside me.
‘I’ll ask the doctor to conduct a comprehensive check-up on you tomorrow, just in case.”
“I’m feeling a lot better now.Don’t worry about me.By the way, I have to tell Skylar the good news.”
I grabbed my phone from the bedside table and called Skylar.
“Skylar, how have you been?”
As soon she answered, I couldn’t wait to share my joy with Skylar.
“Let me I are going to get married in ten days.Then, Anthony will inherit the position of king, and I will become the queen in a ceremony after our wedding.I hope you two can make it since the coronation and wedding ceremony will be on the same day.”
“Oh my God, Jennifer!”
Skylar shouted excitedly on the other end of the line.
“That’s good to hear! I am so happy for you! I would love to be there at your big day, but I’m afraid I’m going that? How could you make trouble for me?”
I sensed a hint of sadness in Skylar’s tone, so I comforted her.I surmised that she must have been worried about her special powers again.
“Don’t worry about anything else.Anthony and I will visit you two in a few days, okay?”
“Jennifer, you don’t have to come all the way over here just to make me feel better.Besides, Jerome takes good care of me.You should only be thinking about yourself and the wedding right now.Please congratulate Mr.Jones a noble king.I hope everything goes well for the both of you,” Skylar said gently.
After a few words with Skylar, I hung up the phone.
Anthony turned off the lights, as he looked ready to go to sleep with me in his arms.
Just then, we heard a knock on the door.
“Who is it?” I asked, and then looked at Anthony in confusion.
“Who could it be at this hour?”
Anthony didn’t say anything.He got out of bed with furrowed eyebrows and turned on the lights before he went to open the door.
For some reason, I thought of Larry and so I got up and went after Anthony.
Much to my surprise, as soon as Anthony opened the door, we saw Eric standing at the door.
He was one of the elders who supported Austin’s rule.
Eric was the last person I expected to see when I opened the door.I thought it was my mother who might have come to tell me something she had forgotten earlier on.
An impatient frown appeared on my face.
This wasn’t the appropriate hour to show up unannounced at someone’s door, even if he was an elder.
He should have respected our privacy, especially since Jennifer was pregnant.
When I took a closer look at him, I noticed that his face was unusually red and he reeked of alcohol.
He must have had a lot of drink at the banquet.
“What’s the matter, Elder Eric?” I asked patiently.
“Mr.Jones, I’m sorry to bother you and Miss Smith at this late hour,”
Eric apologized, but there was no trace of guilt in his tone.
“I wanted to ask you if you are really sure that the Love Curse has been lifted.As an elder, I have to think about the safety of everyone.You need to prove to me that you are absolutely healthy before I give you my vote to take over the throne.”
“Elder Eric, you’re being inexcusably rude!”
Jennifer said aggressively from behind me.
“Are trying to imply that Anthony and I lied to everyone? We just got back from the snow mountain and we haven’t even been able to rest and recover yet.You should know better than to disturb us at this hour.”
“I’m just worried about Mr.Jones’ health.” Eric belched as he spoke.
Needless to say, he was just messing around.
“Tomorrow I will gather wizards and doctors to the hall to verify the status of my physical condition.I will invite all the elders to bear witness,” I said with a straight face.
“I already had it planned.Did you really think that I was going to make such a big claim without giving everyone any proof? I’m sorry to say this,but I think you’ve wasted enough of our time and you should leave now, Elder Eric.”
“Wizards? Are you referring to Roy and his friends? But how is that going to be fair and unbiased? He is your friend.Of course, he will say what you want him to say,”
Eric retorted as he wasn’t convinced, which surprised me.
Now I was certain that Eric was here to make trouble.
“The time of the coronation ceremony has already been decided.Why did you wait until now instead of voicing your objection when all the elders were present at that time? You don’t want the other elders to know that you are against me taking over the throne, do you?” I looked at him coldly.
“Eric, I have good reason to believe that you are making trouble for me.I would advise you to think carefully.”
“No! Mr.Jones, you’ve misunderstood me!” Eric’s face turned redder, but he still didn’t want to leave.
“I just want to find out the truth for the sake of Osman Kingdom!”
“The truth is that I am no longer inflicted with the Love Curse,” I raised my voice and glared at Eric with sharp eyes.
Time and time again, Eric had been a thorn in my path.
I no longer had the patience to indulge him.
“Please forgive me if I have offended you,”
Eric apologized profusely as took a step back.
“Please don’t be angry, Mr.Jones.As long as the doctors and the wizards verify that you are all right, I will not speak of this again.”
Eric avoided making eye contact as he said that and then scampered away in a hurry.I shook my head and shut the door behind me.
“Anthony, what should we do? It’s obvious that Eric isn’t going to stop pestering us.What’s to say that he’s not going to make trouble after you take the throne?” Jennifer said worriedly.
“Don’t worry, Jennifer.I’ll take care of him,” I answered calmly.
Eric’s antics weren’t going to catch me by surprise.
“Perhaps, after you become the king, you can gradually strip Eric of his position.We need to be cautious around him,”
“I think so too.Anyway, go to sleep, honey.It’s late,”
I coaxed Jennifer.
“There’s one more thing, Anthony.Helen and Daniel’s wedding is fast approaching.Now that we’re back from the snow mountain, I should call Helen and let her know that we can make it to their wedding,” Jennifer said.
“Go to sleep, Jennifer.Don’t worry too much.I’ll take care of everything.”
I got closer to kiss Jennifer’s forehead and turned off the lights.I put my hand over Jennifer’s belly and gently caressed her while I thought about all the wonderful things we would do together in the future.I firmly believed that our child would be smart and cute.