He went looking for her in the pits of the underworld. The place which sucked out all the light and every ounce of happiness. Leaving in its wake a miserable feeling of emptiness. As he descended into the depths, he felt the darkness pressing against him. Feeling the chill on his bones, he lifted the lantern he was carrying with him. The light from it only illuminated so much.
In the beginning he had been naive to think there could be no darkness once it left. But he had learned it wasn’t the way of the world. Recently he had realized a lot of things which he wished dearly he had realized before. It was alright to take a step back and let the things take their course. Sometimes he just had to give some things time to resolve. He didn’t have to take every matter in his hands and push his will.
Choosing a direction in the dark halls, he pressed forward. Whispering her name. It had been a long time since he had seen her, he could feel his heart thumping against his ribs calling out to her. His mind went back to that day when he had seen her for the first time in the ancient palace. He clearly remembered her smile, how her lips curled up. How her voice would make his heart dance. And when she blushed, how her eyes would move to the left and she’d giggle. Even though it had been the first time he was seeing her, it had felt like he had known her forever. And she had felt the same.
Coming back to the present he tried to focus his eyes in the darkness, trying to find his way through the dark halls.
He caught a glimpse of her in the distance. Her dress waving in the air. She stood there as he walked up to her. Raised the lantern up high to shower her in its yellow light and what little warmth it carried.
He stood there besides her, looking her in the eyes. Seeing her after months made his eyes swell. Almighty knew how he had missed her. He just kept looking at her with all the love and respect he had for her.
Even though the darkness could not completely go away from the world, he believed there could be light in it. Unsure of what to do, he stood with her. His queen. His love. He believed no matter what happened, they would find a way out. He didn’t have all the answers, but it was okay because he had found her. She would have the answers which he didn’t have. It would take time. It would take time but he would wait for her. He had been a fool in the past to push his will and thinking the world would follow. He had let himself be blinded by it.
Looking around them, he stood with her. The lantern raised above them. Keeping them in light and warmth. He knew when the time came, she’d hold his hand and lead them out of that place. Till then he would stand there with her. Wait for her. Keeping the lantern raised in the darkness.