Allysia began slowly walking down the isle. She kept her head down, watching where she was walking. The last thing she needed was to fall headfirst in front of the whole kingdom. She finally reached Sir Michael and she braved a look up. What she saw took her away. His face was stuck in an expression of awe and wonder. He stared at her intensely, seeming to never blink. She had to look away, abashed. The minister began.
"Welcome family and friends of Sir Michael Tieranis and Lady Allysia Lushtorian. We are gathered here today to witness the joining of two souls into one. "
Lady Allysia's heart was pounding in her ears. She almost couldn't hear what the minister was saying, she was so distracted by her anxiety. Before she knew it, it was time for their vows. She could feel the sweat beading on the palm of her hand. Sir Michael began.
"Lady Allysia, you may not remember the first time I saw you, but I do. You were stunning, I couldn't believe my eyes. When we danced together it was as if time had stood still. I have honestly never felt anything like it. My surprise came when your parents accepted my marriage proposal, although countless suitors deserved your hand as much as I. I am honored that your parents trusted me to be a good husband to you and I will prove myself to you every day if I have to. You have blown me away every moment since we met and I promise to love you and protect you until the day we die."
Lady Allysia felt the hot rush of tears coming to her eyes. It was so beautiful and it hadn't been written in a book but was actually happening to her. She couldn't believe her ears, he actually cared for her and thought of her the most beautiful girl in the land. She felt slightly embarrassed that her vows weren't nearly as beautiful but she read them as she remembered and hope he heard her heart in them.
"If there is anyone who objects to this marriage say so now or forever hold your peace."
"I object! Guards!"
Everyone's head turns as soldiers rush in behind Sir James. They were heavily suited and armed and outnumbered their own soldiers 3 to 1.
"What are you doing?" Roared Sir Michael. "Stop this at once and I will spare your life." he demanded.
"Ha! Why would I stop? I clearly have the advantage and besides, you have something that I want."
With that he looked at Lady Allysia and chills shot through her body.
"This isn't happening" she spoke out loud.
"It's ok, I won't let him hurt you. I will protect you!" With that Sir Michael drew his sword and nodded to his guards. Immediately swords clashed against swords and screams filled the air. Family and friends flee'd as far away as they could, desperate not to get caught in the cross hairs. Sir Michael's men fought courageously and held them off strong but one by one the soldiers dwindled. They were just too outnumbered.
"Stop this nonsense!" shouted Sir Michael. "Please, take me, spare her life!"
"What makes you think that I'd want you in her place? Why would you think I would kill her? I wish her to be my wife and once you are out of the picture I will face no resistance and she will have no choice!"
"Bastard! You cannot do this!"
"Watch me, Sir Michael." Sir James grinned feindishly, "Grab the girl!" he declared.