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The swedish prince Episode 24

🌹🌹The Swedish Prince🌹🌹
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🌹Chapter 24🌹
 
 
Maggie’s P.O.V❤️
“Sell it,” he implores me.
“I know what you’re thinking. Sell it and you’ll make your family very happy. You’ll have money in their savings, money for college, money to get that damn toilet of yours fixed. You deserve it. You all do.”
“Viktor, it’s too much.”
“No,” he says, his voice taking on a ha-rder edge. “It’s not too much. It’s not even enough but it’s the best that I can do without…” he sighs. “plea-se Maggie.”
I ru-b myl-ips together while I try and wrestle with the knot in my stomach. I nee-d my pride to take a hike again, I nee-d to believe what he’s saying. “Are you sure?”
“Always more,” he says. “Never less.”
Oh, Jesus.
“You’re unreal,” I whisper. “How did I get so lucky to find you? All the people in that h0tel I could have walked in on and I walked in on you.”
“All the maids that could have walked in on me, I’m sure glad it was you and not Juanita.”
I let out a sour laugh.
“I am joking of course,” he says quic-kly. “Perhaps now isn’t the time for it.”
“There’s always time to laugh,” I tell him but he’s kind of right. I feel all humor drain out of me the closer we get to the airport.
He parks the car in the short-term lot, gets his suitcase out of the trunk and places the keys in my palm, folding my f!ngersover it. “Yours.”
I grip the keys with all my might. I’m starting to think I might have to build a shrine to him. Viktor the moose and this car and the Splash Mountain picture. And lavender. Lots and lots of lavender.
I follow him into the terminal, stand by him anxiously as he gets his ticket and drops off his bag and the whole time I feel the seconds sli-pping away from us.
Why is time so cruel?
Why can’t we just hold it in our hands and keep it for ourselves and never let it let us go?
The walk over to the security line is brutal. I feel like I’m being led to a s£ntencing.
It shouldn’t be so [email protected], I tell myself. You’re just overemotional.
But I can’t rationalize my way out of this one.
We st©p in front of the the agent who is scanning boarding pas-ses and I know I can’t go past any further.
“Well,” he says, turning to me, gr-abbing my hand.
I shake my head because no, no. This isn’t it.
“This is it,” he says. He squee-zes my hand and gazes down at me with such tenderness that my knees are moments from buckling. I’m ba-rely keeping upright.
“I hope you have a good flight,” I manage to say, my voice starting to break.
“Maggie,” he whispers, running his thumb over myl-ip, his eyes searching mine, so beautifully pure and blue and warm. This man is so warm, his heart, his soul, his everything. “Come with me.”
God.
My heart almost explodes.
“Viktor…”
“You could come with me,” he says, swallowing [email protected] A look of desperation comes over him. “You could come with me. To Sweden. We could be together. Just for a week. You could do it. We could do this.”
No.
“plea-se don’t ask me,” I plead, the tears brimming in my eyes, ma-king it [email protected] to see. “plea-se don’t ask me.”
Because if he asks me, if he tries to convince me anymore, I’m so afraid I might say yes. This man means so much to me that I’d be willing to throw everything I have away, just for the chance to be by his side, even if just for a few more days.
“I don’t want to leave you,” he says, clearing his throat. “I can’t say goodbye. I’m not re-ady.”
“Viktor, plea-se,” I cry out softly.
I see him break right before my eyes.
Then he’s gr-abbing me, pu-lling me into his che-st, putting his arms around me so ti-ght and then I’m breaking too, shattering and splintering and it’s only his strength that’s keeping me together.
“I will come back for you.” He k!sses the t©p of my head, pressing hisl-ips [email protected] “Just you try and st©p me.”
He then let’s go and steps back and I nearly fall to my knees.
I can’t breathe.
I can’t feel my heart beat.
I can’t feel anything but the loss of him walking away.
“I will come back for you,” he says again, his jaw ti-ght. His eyes don’t leave mine, even as he hands his ticket to the guard to be scanned.
Then he has to turn and walk away, swallowed by the line.
Then he’s gone.
He’s gone.
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SIX MONTHS LATER******************
Stockholm
Viktor’s P.O.V
“One more question, your highness,” the journalist asks me and from the way her heavily-shadowed eyes twi-nkle, the sly twist to her bright pinkl-ips, I know this one is going to be something I won’t like.
They always save those questions for the end, so if the interviewee doesn’t answer it the way they want, they can always cut it out.
I’m used to it though. Since I’ve been back, I’ve been fully immersed into my role as heir to the throne, which means countless interviews as my country and the world starts to accept me. It’s all just a formality, a public relations move to ensure that Alex’s legacy is never forgotten and to as-sure the public that I’m someone they can trust. Maybe even like, although it’s [email protected] to say if I’m winning them over or not. According to my mother I am, according to my father I’m not, and Freddie, dear Freddie, is as di-plomatic as ever.
None of this has been easy but I’ve ris£n to the challenge. I’ve adapted to the schedule and the new life. I’ve learned, for the most [email protected], how to protect my privacy and deal with the paparazzi’s newfound obse-ssion with me.
The Swedish journalists and ph0togra-phers, they’re a lot easier to handle and I’m starting to know a few of them by name. Swedens in general are fairly reserved and that extends to the tabloids.
The Brits on the other hand are a fv¢king nuisance. They practically run over babies and kick kittens in order to get their perfect sh0ts and ask the most moronic questions like
“Is it true your brother was in a Satanic cult and was sacrificed?” and “Is it true he was [email protected]?” and “Is it true that you’re having an affair with your butler?” and “about those S-x tape rumors…”
I have no idea what the S-x tape rumors entail but I have a feeling it involves a butler.
As much as leaving Maggie behind in California killed me, my parents and Dr. Bonakov were right to suggest that leaving Sweden for a while would get my head on straight. I [email protected]£ back from America different, changed. I can’t say if it was having weeks of freedom on the open road, of being completely anonymous, or if it was all Maggie.
Who am I kidding, though? It was all Maggie.
It will always be Maggie.
“What is the question?” I ask the journalist, who also happens to be British. I’m on [email protected]£ra for a British TV show, which, thankfully, isn’t live.
She shows off her blinding veneers. “The other week when you opened the School Leaders Forum in Malmo, a reporter had asked if you met anyone special and you replied, yes, I did once. Can you elaborate on that? Who is the special someone and what happened?”
I [email protected] while keeping the smile on my face. I remember saying that. I don’t know why I did. It just [email protected]£ out. I’d been asked that for six months straight and every time I dodged it except this one time. I’m lucky I walked away from that reporter without divulging any more information.
Of course now, here I am, caught in the cross-hairs.
“There isn’t much to elaborate on,” I say and I’m alre-ady regretting that because I should have just said something like “it meant nothing” or “my personal life is my pri-vate life.”
She nods eagerly. “So what can you elaborate on? Who is she? Or him?”
I have to fight to not roll my eyes. “She’s…someone I met once. That’s all. There’s really nothing else to discuss.”
“Christmas is coming next month. You won’t be spending it with anyone?”
I give her a steady look. “No,” I tell her as politely as possible.
The journalist isn’t having it. “But you have to un-derstand, your highness, that you’re one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. On t©p of that, you’re very handsome. You do know how good-looking you are, right?”
I c0ckmy brow and give her an awkward smile. “Honestly, I spend so little time thinking about it.”
“About your looks or being single?”
“Both,” I tell her. I glance at the producer off to the side and then to Freddie who has been watching this whole thing. “I think I am done here, right?”
“Of course,” the producer says while Freddie nods.
“Jesus,” I say to Freddie after I leave the building and get in the back of the car, flashbulbs following me right to the window. “Did you know she was going to ask that?”
Freddie shakes his head. “No, sir, I did not.”
The driver pu-lls away, leaving the shouting reporters behind. I glance at them throu-gh the narrow window at the back of the car, shaking my head.
“Though I did mean to ask you, sir,” Freddie says. He’s been calling me sir more and more now. “What special someone were you talking about?”
I glance at him. He stares right back at me throu-gh his glas-ses, not the slightest bit chagrined for asking such a personal question.
“I met someone when I was in America,” I tell him.
I have to admit, it feels good to get that off my che-st. I haven’t told anyone about Maggie, not counting Prince Magnus.
“I figured that,” he says matter-of-factly and goes back to scrolling throu-gh his iPad.
“Wait, what do you mean?” I ask, twisting in my seat to face him. How could he have known? “Did you re-ad my letters?”
“Letters, sir?” he repeats.
When I first got back to Stockholm, I was so busy being thrû-st into this new life that I ba-rely had any time to talk to Maggie. When I did end up having time to talk on the phone, the time zones [email protected]£ into pla-y. Sure we had texted each other a lot but I had a sneaking suspicion that my emails weren’t as pri-vate as they might seem.
The thought of opening a pri-vate one, not tied to the palace, had me wary of hackers. You hear those stories all the time too.
So I started to write her letters. I told her not to write me back because there’s no way someone wouldn’t find it but instead she would text me her thoughts and feelings. Our conversations were always delayed but at least I was able to get out to her what I was feeling.
And I was feeling a lot. More than I imagined I could. It wasn’t just her that I was missing, (nee-ding, craving) either. I talked a lot about my job and Alex and my parents and everything I nee-ded to express because she was the only one I felt who really un-derstands me.
Lately though, I haven’t had the time to s£nd her anything and in response, she hasn’t texted either. I know long distance relationsh!ps are [email protected]–hell, I don’t even know if what we had or have can be considered a relationsh!p–but I think it’s something worth fighting for.
I just haven’t figured out how to fight for it.
“What letters?” Freddie repeats.
“There was a girl. I wrote her letters.”
“What was her name?” he sounds genuinely curious.
“Maggie,” I tell him. “Maggie Mayhem McPherson.”
“Pardon me for asking, but was she by any chance a str!pper?”
I glare at him.
He gives me a small smile. “The name, you see.”
“She was definitely not a str!pper,” I tell him. “She was very real. Got handed a terrible hand in life, so yes, I could also see with a name like that and her background, str!pping seems like a viable option. But no. She’s one of the [email protected] working, strongest people I know.”
“She hasn’t come to visit,” Freddie points out. “Or has she?”
I shake my head. “No. It’s just not possible.” I really don’t want to get into Maggie’s history with him, but I think it’s the only way he’ll un-derstand that she’s not like everyone else.
“She’s twenty-three, from a town you’ve never heard of. Her parents died, were murdered actually, a year or two ago and she’s been the legal guardian of her five siblings ever since. Works as a maid to make ends meet.”
For once, Freddie looks impressed. “Wow.”
“Yeah, that’s what I thought. I mean, that’s how she won me over at first. I was just…fv¢king impressed.”
“You sure it wasn’t her looks?”
“I never said she was h0t.”
“Sir, I am betting she’s h0t.”
I can’t help the stupid smile spre-ading across my face. I look away. “She’s beautiful.”
“Of course.”
“But the more I talked to her, the more I got to know her…in many different ways…the more I realized how alike we were.”
“Well I must say it sounds like a shame I can’t meet her.”
“Yes, it is,” I say with a sigh, staring out the window. If Maggie were here, would she even like Stockholm? It’s dark now, as sin, and the forecast tonight calls for snow. Even though it’s the end of November and technically autumn, it’s been cold as fv¢k and it’s only going to get worse. Sweden is a far cry from California.
By the time the car takes me back to Haga Palace, I’m tired and climb the three floors up to my be-droom to retire early. It’s a far cry from the palatial [email protected] I had before.
The [email protected], though it consisted of the entire t©p floor of one of Stockholm’s grandest buildings, was very pri-vate and rather homey. I had Freddie down the hall in his own [email protected], as well as guards and my butler, Bodi, in theirs.
But while I was away in America, my parents decided to have me moved, unbeknownst to me. It’s a fv¢king shock when you get off a plane, dealing with no sleep, jetlag, and a broken heart, to discover that you no longer live where you thought you lived and all of your belongings have been moved elsewhere.
I know Haga Palace is the place where Swedish nobility live and raise their families, but because neither Alex nor I have families, we were able to live in [email protected] downtown. I don’t know if moving me here is a hint for me to hurry up and start a family (that seemed to be on the journalist and Freddie’s mind too), or, after Alex, they just want to keep an eye on me, but this is the place to do it.
It’s just too big for me, too formal. Rooms after rooms after rooms. There are chefs and maids and butlers and Freddie and Stig, my PR person, and guards and more.
The estate stretches on and on and I swear the furnishings [email protected]£ with the place when it was built in 1802. It’s vastly impersonal and though it’s still in Stockholm proper, it’s in a park outside all the action.
Which is another thing I’m still having a [email protected] time coming to terms with that comes with the new territory. Before this, I was able to do what I plea-sed, and no one cared much. Not that I was out a lot, but I liked the freedom. Now, I can’t. I can’t even leave this place without being driven out and the number of guards and secret police around 24/7 has doubled.
Of course it’s selfish of me to lament such a change, the loss of my freedom, when it’s all because the loss of my brother. It’s his loss that always weighs on me more. It’s his loss that always will.
It’s only been eight months or so since he died.
Most days I’m too busy to grieve and then I think that maybe I’ve moved past it and I’m going to be okay. I think to myself “I didn’t think about Alex today” or “I thought about him and I didn’t feel that razor kick to the gut” and then I both feel like I’m finally pu-lling myself out of this spiral while at the same time feeling guilty for not thinking about him.
But there is no one way out of this.
One day you might feel fine.
Other days you’re reaching for some [email protected], reaching for a pill to make you sleep.
Reaching for Maggie.
How could it be that I was only with her for a week when I swear I was with her for a lifetime?
How come having her in my be-d for three nights felt like she’d be in my be-d forever?
Why is it that I felt more alive with her than I did in all my days before we met?
There’s a weariness that strikes me this time of night, when my thoughts turn to her and all we could have had. If only I had tried ha-rder to convince her to come to Sweden, if only it was a plan from the start and not something I impulsively blurted at the airport.
But I know that’s not how any of this works.
That’s not how love works.
It’s not something you plan.
Love is mercurial and goes where it wants, when it wants.
It’s not something you choose.
Love is something that happens.
Like an accident or a stro-ke of fate.
It happens to you whether you want it to or not.
It happened to me and I’ve spent a long time gra-ppling with what I was truly feeling for her. I didn’t believe it was possible to feel what I did. I didn’t believe in a lot of things before I met her.
In the end, I didn’t want to debate myself anymore.
I gave in.
I accepted it.
And here I am. Lonely as hell, holed up in a room at the t©p of a palace, trying to wrestle with so many demons I don’t know which one to tackle first but I know now, after so much time, in the de-epest seat of my heart, that I love her.
I still love her.
And there’s just no fv¢king cure for that.
So I have a glas-s of [email protected], pour myself another, and I sit down at my desk and I pick up my pen and I write.
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Dearest Maggie, Miss America, Margaret Mayhem,
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I was going to start this letter by calling you mitt min lilla persika but I decided that it might be inappropriate since I can’t see your beautiful face in front of me right now, and I’m not sure if those peach-likel-ips would smile or not.
I’ve been missing you lately. I miss you all the time but as it gets so cold and dark here and winter approaches, I’m dreaming of sunny California and your wonderful laugh. I know I’m not a comedian but when I was with you, it was a game to me to try and make you laugh as often as I could. Maybe game is the wrong word–it was a challenge. When you smiled, when you laughed, it was like the sun was shining straight out of my heart. It’s like I found the angels inside of you, devils too, an interesting mix when you think about it, but all the best people are interesting mixes. It’s like going to a [email protected] and seeing people with wings and people with horns and you think to yourself, damn this is going to be a good one.
I’m probably not ma-king much s-en-se so plea-se pardon me. I’m drinking [email protected] and I’ve had a hell of a day. What was it that you say in California? Hella?
I’ve never felt so alone as I do now.
I just had to write that down.
I want to talk about Alex with people, but I can’t.
I want to talk about you with people, and I can’t.
You were the only one to really un-derstand me.
I don’t really think you have any idea of what you did to me, do you?
I’m not sure you ever will.
Words aren’t enough.
I have to show you.
If only you could come here. You will grow to love pickled herring, I promise you.
Everyone is so boring.
So proper.
Being a prince is the loneliest job.
Or maybe that’s not true.
Maybe it’s just lonely being Viktor.
Sometimes I imagine you beside me when I go to the ba-lls and galas and dinner [email protected] and other places I’m carted off to each day and night. I pretend you’re there, like a ghost that only I can see. I can almost hear your voice as you comment on what people are wearing and try the appetizers being pas-sed around. I know you look beautiful in your go-wn, and if people could see you, they’d wonder how I got to be so lucky.
I am so so lucky to have known you.
Been with you.
And I refuse to think that our luck has run out.
I always said I’d come back for you.
I hope you’re not wondering why I haven’t.
I’m not sure why I haven’t.
I’m going to have some more [email protected] now.
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Alltid mer, aldrig mindre,
(always more, never less)
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Viktor
(The Moose)
(Mr. Johan Andersson)
(Mr. Sverige)
(Mr. Swedish Driver’s License)
(Mr. S-x God)
I swear you called me that once.
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I fold up the paper, slide it into an envelope that I keep in a stack in my desk drawer, then I drink.
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A week later and Magnus has come to visit.
I haven’t really had time to prepare.
You see when Crown Prince Magnus of Norway shows up in Stockholm, I usually nee-d a few days to put together an itinerary. This is not a man who is happy sitting in my study with me and talking by the fire with a few snifters or cognac or perhaps aquavit. Believe me, I like to go out but for Magnus it’s a requirement. Royal policy, as he often calls it.
He’s staying with me. The driver drops him off right at my front door.
When I jog down the stairs to greet him, he’s got a bottle of aquavit in one hand and has his arm around my butler, Bodi.
“Viktor!” Magnus exclaims. “You’re here!”
I pause at the bo-ttomof the stairs and raise my brow, trying to figure out if he’s drun!kor not.
The flight from Oslo is short and he would have bought that at Duty Free. Booze in Sweden is a lot cheaper than the booze in Norway, not that it matters for Norwegian royalty.
“How much of that have you had?” I ask him.
He shrugs. “Not enough. Man, you have stuffy butlers here in Sweden. I think your old boy here nee-ds to get la-id.”
The funny thing is that Bodi is not old by any means. He’s forty-five with a shock of red hair and is extremely good at putting people in their place. And by that, I mean he uses his fist a lot. Not on me, but they do say red hair is indicative of temper.
I swear Bodi’s face goes rage red to match his hair, so I just shake my head and say, “I’ve got it from here, thank you.”
He nods, glares at Magnus, and then walks away.
“What’s he mad about, that we keep kicking your as-s at downhill?”
He means skiing and more specifically the Olympics and trials.
“He used to be in the military,” I explain. “Which means he’s used to putting drun!kas-ses like yourself in their place.”
“I’m not drun!k,” he says again with a heavy sigh. “And you were in the military too, don’t forget.”
“And I also know how to put drun!kas-ses in their place.”
He grins at me. “I heard what happened.”
“What?” I frown. This is never a good start to a s£ntence.
“Oh you know. Little birds talk don’t they. You never told me that the reason you were s£nt to America was because you punched your guard in the face.”
Oh yes. Poor Gustav.
I give him a tepid smile. “We all have our moments.”
“And we shall have some more.” He pats his monogrammed suitcase. “Let me get settled first.”
“Louis Vuitton?” I muse as I look at the suitcase, trying not to laugh. “Since when do you wear designer anything? You’re usually found in, well…”
“Usually nothing, right?” He starts lugging it up the stairs to the second floor. “A girl I was seeing has stock in the company. Or her family does. Long story short, she was pretty h0t, but the free suitcase was the better end of the deal.” He pauses.
“Same room as last time? I thought you would have put in an elevator by now, my god you’re a terrible prince, aren’t you? No wild demands or anything.”
I follow him up the stairs and would offer to help him with the suitcase, but Magnus is a big guy and can more than take care of himself. Not as tall as me but about six-foot-two and absolutely shredded as they say in America. He has to be for all the crazy sports $h!t that he does.
He busts into the guest be-droom and tosses the suitcase on the be-d with one hand, still holding onto the bottle with the other. He then pushes his shaggy dark hair off his face and holds out the bottle for me.
“Skal, Viktor,” he says, his wild eyes imploring me to do a sh0t straight out of the bottle.
So I do.
I haven’t had aquavit in a while and for a moment it reminds me of my [email protected]£ with Maggie.
fv¢king Maggie.
I can ba-rely get throu-gh the days without her haunting me.
“What?” Magnus frowns, taking the bottle back like he’s been personally insulted by whatever look I have on my face.
“Nothing.”
He shakes his head, has another glug from the bottle. “You are the worst liar, Viktor.”
“What?”
“This is the second time I’ve seen you since you got back from America and you still have that mopey stupid look on your face.”
I instinctively run my hand over my features and then try to give him a blank look. “Better?”
“No.” He sighs and looks around the be-droom with the ornate poster be-d and gold thre-aded be-dding and the cherry wood details. “Christ, it looks like set decoration from a bad pla-y, doesn’t it? Where’s the Scandinavian charm?”
“There is no charm in this place,” I tell him. “And don’t forget, all of Swedish royalty originally [email protected]£ from France.”
“Those fv¢kers. So what do you have planned? If it doesn’t involve pvzzy, then I’m going to be very disappointed.”
“So crude. Didn’t your mother ever teach you manners?”
“Yes. She did. These are her manners. Crude as fv¢k. All hail Queen Crude.” He heads over to his suitcase, opens it and pu-lls out a dress shi-t. “Okay, so let’s go.”
“Where?”
“Where? I can tell you didn’t plan anything, so I say we just go to a club and find some women.”
“You know we can’t just do that.”
“You don’t know the right clubs.”
Apparently I don’t. Even though it’s just past dinner, I get dressed into a black dress shi-t and jeans, something more club-friendly I suppose, and we arrange for a limo to take us to some fancy place downtown.
“Are you sure about this?” I ask him.
“Yes,” he says with a sigh. “There’s a back entrance and I’ve used it many times before.”
“I bet you have.”
He just grins at me.
“Besides, you know we’re never alone,” he adds. “We have guards tailing the both of us constantly. They won’t let people within a foot of our blindingly masculine radius. I’m sure in the end they’ll end up closing down our section and we can just pu-ll a few h0t girls from the floor and a few bottles of champagne and that’s the end of it.”
He’s right too. He knows Stockholm’s nightlife better than I do. If anyone lives by the philosophy of there’s no cow on the ice, it’s Magnus.
Except once we do get in the dark club with the thumping bas-s and the smell of drugs, and once our guards have gone around and confiscated every phone from those who wish to stay in the area, the conversation turns serious.
Well as serious as it can get considering Magnus just brou-ght over a tall blonde for himself and a curvy brunette for me.
While the girls chat to each other about who knows what beside us, sipping champagne, giggling and stealing adoring glances, Magnus turns to me and says, “So you have to get over her. Tonight you shall start. I get Betty, you get Veronica.”
“Her?” I repeat, having some champagne and buying time because somehow, I know he’s talking about Maggie.
“Yes, her. The girl. From California. The one you called me about and never mentioned again.”
“Why do you think I’m not over her? Or that I got un-der her? All I told you was that I felt bad for lying.”
“No,” he laughs. “No, no, no. I told you that you should feel bad for lying to her. Whatever happened to the article anyway?”
“She didn’t write it.”
“I see.”
“She interviewed me…and we…it got serious for a few days. But she never ended up doing it.”
“Lucky for you.”
“I wouldn’t have minded,” I admit. “It would have brou-ght her money. It would have taken care of her for a bit. But she ended up with my car, so…”
“So, you wanted to take care of her. Do you still?”
I glance at him and for once he’s earnest. “I do. But I know she can take of herself.”
“Of course they can take care of themselves,” he says and then he ti-ps his head toward the girls who are giggling very loudly about something. “Maybe they can’t. But most women can. It’s all about wanting to provide, my friend, and when you get that urge to provide then I think that means something.”
“That I’ve entered caveman mode?” I sigh and tap my f!ngersagainst the champagne glas-s, wishing I wasn’t here, where this music—and Magnus—are doing my head in. “Whatever it means, she’s there and I’m here.”
“Then invite her over. Get her as-s in your royal palace. Or is it get your royal palace in her as-s?”
I roll my eyes. “I tried.”
“Try ha-rder.”
I give him a steady look because he has no idea. “It’s not that easy. She can’t just up and leave her life all because I want her here.”
“It’s as easy as you make it. Right? So go make it easy.”
“I don’t even know if she wants to talk to me anymore. I haven’t really gotten any responses from the last letters I s£nt.”
He blinks at me for a moment, his dark, arched brows slowly coming together.
“You’ve been writing her letters?”
“Yes.”
“Like you live in the fv¢king 1500s?”
I pause. “Yes.”
“And you’re wondering why she hasn’t been getting back to you?”
I’m not sure what he’s getting at. “Yes.”
“You are a bigger idiot than I thought, Viktor,” he says. “fv¢king moose is right. Big dumb moose.”
 
🌸T. B. C 🌸

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