He walked through the ancient ruins of a castle that once stood in splendour.
Glass shattered and walls charred, he walked through the dry twigs and grass.
He looked at the giant columns rising high, and the marble staircase that was once polished and smooth.
The fountains in the garden had run dry. Plants and shrubs had grown between the cracks and claimed their space.
The air around weighed heavy with memories of that once used to be. A stately palace, fit for a queen to be.
He climbed the stairs, entered the courtyard. There was not a sign of anyone but him.
He walked and walked and sauntered into the courtroom. As he went in, what he saw made his heart miss a beat.
For there stood the queen to be, of whom people had heard just mysteries. Her hair disheveled and her eyes fixed on him.
He saw that she held something in her hands. He inched closer step by step. Looked into her eyes and saw them calling out to him.
He inched closer and saw what she held. It was her heart, splintered into a thousand shards.
Feeling a surge of emotions inside him, he came and stood in front of her. Held out his hands and brought them over her heart.
With all his being and all he had, he infused his warmth and strength into her heart. Kept at it untill it was glowing and whole again.
For he was a magician’s apprentice, he waved his hand and brought the palace around them back to life. The carpets smooth and torches ablaze. The windows healed and the sunlight streamed in, bathing the courtroom in its yellow light.
He looked at her and stood spellbound. For she was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. With his hand over her heart, he could feel and sense what she’d been through with time. The more he saw, the more in awe of her he felt.
He thought to himself, this woman has been through hell and back and yet she stood strong. He saw her smile. Her hand reached and stroked his face. He inched closer and kissed her head. Picked up the fallen crown and placed it on her head.
He took a step back and looked at his queen. She stood tall, radiating such love and beauty. He stood there transfixed for a while.
Coming closer, he took her hand and said to her, “I have been looking for a long time for you and now I am here.”.
He kissed the back of her hand and said, “You are my mission. You are my home. For the longest time I’ve asked the stars, why they put me on this land.”
“Now I know, I was born to be with you. To hold your hand forevermore. You have given a reason to my life. And that’s to keep you happy and safe. To keep your heart beating warm and fill it with love.”.
“I’m here now and everything will be alright.”.