Friday, March 13, 2015

Black Keys Chapter 34



Chapter 34
Isabella Marie

I felt my chest swelling at the thought, not sure if it was in happiness or sadness, and that alone was enough to confuse the heck out of me. "Home? Tonight?"

He nodded.

"But what about our deal? We agreed I'll stay for six months, for Alice's sake," I reminded him, though doubting he’d forgotten about that.

"I came up with something; don't worry yourself about that, Beautiful Princess," he tried to smile. "We will leave once you're ready." He got up, but before he could go anywhere, I got out of the bed and stopped him, noticing that I was back in my sweatpants, though I had no idea how I’d gotten them back on, but not really caring.
"You'll come with me?" I asked, after all – he’d said 'We.'

"Yes, Princess, I'll accompany you to the airport," he replied, not turning back to look at me.

Oh!

"That's all?" I whispered my question. Was he really going to send me back home that way? Just like that? That simple? He came up with something and that was it?

"If there's anything you need, just say the word, Princess," he said.

You.

I need you.

"So, you're just shipping me back home only six days after the wedding, and you're saying that you came up with something, and not to worry myself – what could I possibly need?" I said with hurt in my voice. "You have everything set," my voice cracked.

"Isn't that what you want, Princess?"

"How could you even ask that?" My eyes welled up with tears. "After yesterday and the wonderful time we spent together, how could you think I’d still want to leave?"

I heard him sucking in a breath. "Because after what happened this afternoon, you couldn't possibly still want to stay, if ever."

"But I'm fine," I argued. "Something bad was going to happen but it didn't, and you saved me. It's over – why are you dwelling on it?"

"Because I won't always be by your side, Princess," he said. "You're safer in your own country."

But I'm safer with you.

"Yeah," I said, my tears already falling all over again, "But did you even stop to think about what I would feel about it?"

He didn't reply, and after a pause of silence, I nodded to myself. "Maybe you're right, maybe I should go home. I'm just sorry it's so easy for you to send me back home like that after yesterday. I thought it meant something to you, but I was truly mistaken."

It was then he turned to face me, and in a split second he was right in front of me, his hands hugging my face and his eyes locked with mine. "Don't," he whispered, his face all pain, hurt and sadness. "Don't go there, Beautiful Princess." He shook his head. "It meant to me more that you could ever imagine."

"Then why?" I whispered back, my tears blurring my vision. "Why are you sending me off? Why?"

"You're not safe here, you have to go home."

"I'm fine," I insisted.

"You're far from it," he said. "Just look at you, look at what’s happened to you since you came here. You’ve lost weight, you’ve cried every single day – several times – you were insulted and pushed around, you’ve had two death threats and you almost faced something they call 'Common Deflowering' while I call it 'Gang Rape'." He pressed on his lips hard. "Do you have any idea how all of this is hurting me? It's killing me, Princess, killing me!"

I put my hands over his wrists while he still had his hugging my face. "Then let me stay, let everything go as planned," I told him. "I'll spend those six months here, and it's going to be okay."

"You can't know that, Princess," he said. "I told you – royalty is a dirty game, everyone is lusting after the thorn and searching for ways to make them closer – it's sickening. 

I've had my food poisoned twice and my brother has been shot just an inch from his heart, my father faced a homicide attempt against him, and my mother has gone crazy with her obsession to make my life perfect, to be the perfect King for decades to come. And don't let me even start on my uncle and cousin." His eyes begged me to understand.

"I can't risk anyone hurting you anymore to get to me or my father like Jasem did. He only made a scene thinking the shock would kill my father with his weak heart and bad condition, and I thank God it turned out okay, but I don't know what will happen in the future. I'm not willing to wait and see, only to end up with something even worse happening to you in those six months."

His words were convincing, but – there must be some way. "It couldn't go worse," I tried.

"Stop it, Princess," he said softly. "You don't understand. This–" his thumbs brushed away my tears, "is hurting me more than I can explain; your tears are too precious to me." He whispered, "Do you have any idea how I felt when the first time I heard those beautiful lips calling my name was in terror and fear, crying for help?" He touched his forehead to mine. "It gutted me, Beautiful Princess. Gutted me."

My tears flew in silence, not knowing what to say to him; I was choking. So much I wanted to say, and at the same time I had no idea how to put my feelings into words. I had no idea what to say.

"Mazen," I whispered.

"Princess. My beautiful princess," he whispered, his lips touching my forehead for a moment too long and too short at the same time. When I looked into his eyes, I saw the tears rolling down from them.

"You're crying," I choked out, reaching to touch his tears, just learning at that moment what precious tears really meant as I saw his.

"How could I not, Beautiful Princess?" He asked, "Do you feel this?" He took my hand that was touching his face and put it over his chest, right above where his heart was. 
"It's bleeding," he told me, his teary eyes looking deep into my matching ones before he pulled my head to his chest, my ear replacing where my hand was just a moment ago. "Do you hear it?" he asked. "It's breaking," he told me, and I couldn't control myself as I hugged him and cried for the loss of someone that wasn't even mine.
"It's not even slightly easy on me, Princess, but I have to let you go."

No, no! Please, no! Let me stay, let me!

We hugged until our legs almost gave out, we cried until there was no place on our faces that tears didn't stain, and we hated our fates until there was no way to hate them even more.

"Can't you come with me?"

Please, please, please!

"I wish I could," he said sincerely, "But I have a duty here, responsibilities I can't get away from."

I nodded in understanding, but not in acceptance.

"I wish you could," I told him honestly, hot tears wetting my cheeks, a pleading look in my eyes.

"Maybe in another life, Princess," he smiled sadly, "When it wouldn't be too dangerous to be with me, and only safer away from me." His voice broke.

I hugged him tightly. "I've never been safer than when I'm with you."

"But I can't always be by your side," he reminded me of the same words again. Words I hated so much, it wasn't describable. 

"So, that's it?" I asked. "We get a divorce now?"

"We were never married in the first place, Princess," he stated.

I pulled away and looked at him with a frown and tearful eyes. "What?"

"On paper, yes, but not in front of God," he said. "You were forced, and in my religion – that's a deal breaker."

I looked at him for a moment, trying to understand.

"But just to make sure," he said, looking at me for a moment, then said two words in Arabic, sounding as if it stung his tongue to say them. "You're divorced, Princess." Tears glistened in his eyes again.

I smiled sadly through my tears and nodded. "You can stop calling me Princess now."

He shook his head. "I never called you 'Princess' because it was your title, Princess."

And that caused more tears to come. His lips kissed my tears away, and then he pressed his cheek to mine and whispered, "I’ve never yelled at my mother until she wanted to hurt you. I’ve never wanted to kill anyone until someone treated you with disrespect. I never knew what falling for someone truly is until you came into my life."

 "Falling?" I gasped.

"So hard, Princess," he said, pulling back the slightest bit to look into my eyes. "Can't you tell?"

I replied to him with pressing my lips to his. I kissed him hard. I kissed him 'don't let go.' I kissed him 'Let me stay.' And I kissed him 'Please, understand.'

He kissed me back, just as hard, just as passionately, but he kissed me 'I'm sorry.' And he kissed me 'I have to go.'

We kissed 'Goodbye.' Because it was our only option. Our forced-upon-us choice.

~BK~

Saying Goodbye to Mona was more emotional than I’d expected. And when I asked to visit the Mother Queen before I left, I was welcomed with open arms, kisses and more prayers that though I couldn't understand – warmed my heart to the top point.

Prince Emmad was waiting by the main entrance of the palace. He wished me a safe flight, and I asked him to take good care of Hope and Faith. He then assured me that he'll have the best people looking after the branch office until I decide what I’m going to do with it, telling me that Princess Kareen has been taking care of it for the past two weeks and would do it for as long as I wished. I didn't even know she was doing that, though I was grateful.

I sent the King my Goodbyes and best wishes with Prince Emmad, wishing I could tell him so myself, but too afraid because I didn't know if I would meet the Queen there or not. She certainly wasn't someone I wanted to see. Ever again.

"Are you ready, Princess?" Mazen asked softly.

Not at all.

I nodded, despite myself, and Mazen put his hand behind my thighs and the other on my back, carrying me bridal style, and then walked us out the door as I buried my head into his chest and breathed him in.

"The third day after the wedding my whole family came to visit you as the traditions say," Mazen had told me when I asked what had he come up with to explain my departure from the kingdom to his people. "I told them you couldn't meet with them because you were sick. Now I'll tell them you got even sicker when you left the wing after we thought you’d gotten better, and since then we've been trying different medications with you but nothing has helped, so we had to go visit your doctor in the States."

A few months later he would say it didn't work out and we had to get a divorce and go our separate ways, like we had planned since the start.

It broke my heart all over again just hearing those last words.

Outside, there was a huge gathering of black cars, one ambulance and four police cars. Once we stepped outside, the sounds of fireworks rang one after another and then flashed in the sky enough to light the whole place. The sky actually brightened with the amount of fireworks they set off.

Too bad I was too heartbroken to even smile at the sight that had always made me grin big and scream cheerfully.

"Why are they doing that?" I whispered my question to Mazen.

"Because this is how a princess leaves, Princess," he smiled softly down at me, even if his eyes held a fire of sadness that was even bigger than the sky above us.

When we got into the car, Mazen didn't let go of me. I stayed on his lap all the way to the airport, the same road I’d taken just two nights ago. The same road I’d thought to be too long, and now seemed to be too short. The same road I never knew I'd take while starting to make my way to my homeland – and be depressed about it.

The hum of expensive cars that surrounded ours was quiet and soothing, but nothing even compared to the sound of Mazen's heartbeats underneath my ear.

He kissed my forehead repeatedly all the way to the airport, and I kissed his chest right above his heart in return, my tears never drying, nor my chest willing to stop swelling.

The car slowed down and my heartbeat raced, and I could swear I felt Mazen's hand tightening over me a bit more. I heard the guard who was driving us asking, "Forgive me, your highness, is it the first or second jet?"

"First." Mazen replied. When the car stopped, and the doors opened – none of us seemed to want to make a move out of it.

The silence that surrounded us spoke volumes of how brokenhearted and miserable we both were, that even our silence was sad enough to put me in tears that seemed to have sworn to never leave me for the night.

We got out of the car when we both knew that we couldn't stay any longer. It wouldn't do any of us any good, we realized. When Mazen put me down on my feet, I threw myself into his arms, hugging him and then saying, "I'm going to miss you, Mazen."

I miss you already.

He sucked in a deep breath. "I'm never going to forget you, Princes." he replied. When we pulled back to look into each other’s eyes, I saw through my tears his bloodshot ones, announcing how hard he was trying to keep from letting his tears out. It broke my heart even more.

We kissed once, twice – and the third one was only a peck. I took a step away from him with my hand still tangled with his, and with another step, our hands let go of each other. I believe I felt a knife cutting through my chest and straight to my heart just at the loss of his touch.

I waved him a final 'Goodbye' when I reached the last step of the ladder to the plane, and when I got inside – I fought really hard not to collapse to the floor and curl into a ball.

I found my laptop and cellphone on the table in front of where I was seated, but shockingly – I found no interest in them at all. All of my attention was focused on the window where I could see Mazen still standing with his hands folded behind his back, but his head was not held as high as he'd always kept it. He was looking down at the floor as if he couldn't move his gaze up and watch me leaving.

I touched the glass of the window with my hand and cried some more for the man I never thought I'd be crying over, or even shedding one tear for. I cried for the man who had shown me more love and protection than any other man had ever shown me. I cried for the man who handled me with care, and taught me things with patience. I cried for the man who asked me to stay with him for six months to save his sister's life and her reputation, only to have me fall for him in six days, no less. I cried for the man whose race and beliefs I’d loathed most of my life, only to end up falling in love with him, utterly and unconditionally.

The plane moved, and then took off, and I left the kingdom. Left Mazen. And left my heart with him.

~BK~


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84 comments:

  1. I'm balling my eyes out. I wouldn't have left. Theres no freaking way, I would have. One more chapter. So, time Jump I'm assuming. Hope Mazen doesn't marry the evil one.

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  2. You've left me sobbing like a b!tch :(

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  3. I can hardly see the keys - black or not - in my keyboard. What a heartbreaking, gut-wrenching chapter Rose! What ... what is going to happen now? Jasper is already taking care of the US office ... there's nothing for Marie to do ... holly mother! Woman, you broke me! *sniffs*

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  4. I'm so sad there is only one chapter left...
    really love this story
    thanks for sharing
    best wishes from Germany

    Kathrin

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  6. am crying here.... when are you going to post next chapter... i hope they have a happily ever after. Queen should be punished even though she did it for love of her sone. Why cant he ban common de-flowering

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  7. I am super sad but love BK so much .Thanks Rose. Hope we get HEA we have been wating for.

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  8. Please tell me it is going to have a HEA

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  9. Omg! So heartbreaking.. Being separated to someone you only realuze that you love..,it's like dying slowly from the inside! I hope there is a future for them

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  10. OH GOD! I am crying so bad. Isn't it an HEA for Mazen and Marie? I thought it was. PLEASE, make it an HEA. I so wish them their Happily Ever After together. It will break my heart so much if they don't get it.

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  11. Seriously? You've broken them up and now there is only one more chapter left? No HEA? I don't like this at all....

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  12. Oh my! I told myself I wasn't going to cry. Well, guess what? That did NOT go according to my plan. I balled and sniffed causing people that passed by my office to give me strange looks. Rose, you totally took my breath away with this story. I love the way you've written it. You portrayed everyone in a way that you can kind of see where they are coming from. I've learned a lot from this story, and I appreciate that. I also appreciate the way that you portrayed Marie. It was nice to see that the misgivings of another's culture being played on both sides and not one-sided. We all have so much to learn about each other. I can't wait to read the epilogue. Bravo!

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  13. OMG I can't believe it ended that way. :(

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  14. just the epi left? so they didnt get back together...you are going to tell us they married other people and lived miserably? are you freaking kidding us? what was the whole point into writing this kind of story in the first place. OMG....whatever...

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    1. Guess what? This is not disney, not all a happy ending.

      And ros could still make it a HEA in the last chap. And dont forget a sequel is planned.

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  15. Hun, I remember you telling me about a sequel. Will you still writing one?

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  16. Well, he obviously thought long and hard about this situation and came to the conclusion she simply wasn't going to be safe. He made the right choice, of course. Jeeez, what a bunch of crazy people, huh? I would like to know just what is going to happen to the queen for her evilly attempted deed. What type of punishment will Mazen seek? And is it really that easy to just say - now, we're divorced? Unless Jasper & her are estranged from one another for life, she will see him (Mazen) from time to time being that he is Alicia's brother (I would think). I really don't see how this could come to an HEA unless Mazen would denounce his heritage and leave. Can't believe all of this could be wrapped up in only one more chapter! - thanks for the update - DG

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  17. so Mazen will succumb to bad people's will and marry talia aout of duty and be utterly miserable, and probably take wife after wife in the hopes of finding love..and be even more miserable, while Marie will never probably marry and die a virgin....im speachess....we spend months of reading your story....which included only 6 days...slowly and slowly looking as how all the prejudice and taboos prevailed oit of love....so much hope for a new era.....to just kick it all down with just ine chapter.......for the first time snce reading fanfic, i had no doubt this was gonna be a HEA...for sure. Good luck with your writing, but dont ask me to strat reading your other story after this chapter...sorry

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  18. really not sure how to respond...after all that, only one chapter left after leaving eachother...doesn't seem like HEA is in the cards...can't say i'll be thrilled if that's the direction it goes in after everything these 2 went through...definitely upsetting when you get invested in a story that ends like this

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  19. So sad they parted. But if she has to leave I hope she kicks her brother's butt for holding a gun to her head and forcing her into a marriage.

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  20. this was an excellent topic for a fanfic story. I have never read one before where religion was the subject matter. It contained so much interesting information on culture and tradition, in only 6 days it showed how 2 people truly changed their views in life, because there is always more to a religion or culture. This story instilled so much hope in my fictional world, especially with all the ugly things happening in the real world, people killing each other in the name of religion or missinterpreting it. I thought the message was clear. Love will bring people together. The message would be bigger than Marie and Mazen ending up together. The message would be, only when we truly start loving each other, beyond religion, culture, race, color..pace will prevail on earth. i know in real life is hard to have it, but would it kill you to give it a go in a fictional world? I and i suppose the rest of people here were lead up to the last chapter, to believe , they, finally would fight for their love, there was hope all over the place...but obviously you are a sucker for destrying all you built in the last 33 chapters with only one chapter in the end.....not sure why

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  21. you really put a damper on my weekend. either you had posted this chapter on monday, or not posted that dreadful A/N at the end of this chapter........horrible

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  22. I have read this all the way through with no comments sorry. Such an emotional chapter. I can't see her going back and be able to be around Jasper. I don't how she could forgive him. can't wait for the epilogue.

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  23. Saddest chapter ever written!! :( Just tears, and more tears!!

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  24. People the story isn't finished yet! Don't draw conclusions yet. Remember their will be a sequel to this story. No spoilers but the next chapter is Amazing.

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    1. probably she will throw herself from the plane and he will hang himself...yeah that could count as amazing, i wouldnt be shocked.....

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    2. Well you sound like a ball of sunshine. Don't be so pessimistic, you never know what's next. :D

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  25. im not sure about a sequel when there is an epilogue following the last chapter. Whats the point of having an epi, setting things in the future when you have a sequel? Im confused and shocked if this is it!

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    1. Did you not read Twilight? Peetty sure that had an epi.

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  26. Will there be a sequel to this story? There is the potential for so much more to come. You've already set some very impressive groundwork. We never got to know Emmad or Rosanna. Also, the Prince would be a great psychiatrist. Would his fate be to become trapped in the hell he is in? I would hate to see the Prince so alone and broken hearted. At least Marie doesn't have to pass on an heir so she can stay single. If this is a story about destiny as you mention in your introduction, I am a little confused that the story would just end.

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    1. Yes, I will be writing two more books, there are so much more to tell. Thank you very much for paying attention to details and not actually calling me names like many above.

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    2. your A/N at the end was either to confuse or to provoke a reaction. you could have simply mentioned 1 more chaper to the first part of the story....sorry

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  27. whats even sadder...they could have at least make love once. He shouldnt be concerned about taking her virginity. She would still be able to marry, she lives in a civilized society.

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  28. Hi Rose,I sure am glad that you are writing 2 more books it really is a fantastic story!

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  29. Oh dear, that didn't turn out so well....... I'll wait and see how things turn out in the Epi.......... :(

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  30. Oh god why did she left I would have been in my knees if necessary begging to stay with mazen

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  31. Hello. I posted the anonymous comment asking about a sequel. I am so happy to hear that there will be 2 more books. I am very much looking forward to reading them. I would say that if people have such an emotional reaction to your story, then you are doing an awesome job! That comes with the territory of being an author. We feel as if these characters are people we might know and we want them to be together, trying to overcome hate with love. I wonder if Masen ends up stepping down and Emmad takes the throne. Maybe Mazen ends up studying psychiatry in the states. Who knows, just guessing. Will the next book be right away or will there be a wait?I am looking forward to much more of this story

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  32. People, why are you so shocked. Did you want them falling for each other, making love, having an heir, live happily ever after in only six days?
    This story is about prejudice, understanding, and other things. Not just love and hea.
    And the author said there are more books. If it's all good now, what will hook us to the next one?
    Please, if you dislike it, say so without hurting or calling names_then you didn't get anything from the story.

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  33. Well all I can say is that is a sad ending for this story. I read some readers say there will be a sequel. Okay. Good story either way. Many things touched on here we should all take to heart. Judge not take each person on their own merits.

    Thanks again

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  34. This sucks, why are people so mean and trying to kill someone that the Prince is married to, no matter who it may be. At least he cares for her. I just hope she changes her mind and convinces the pilot to stop and let her off so she can go back to him no matter what may happen later down the road. keep up the good work.

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  35. What a vey sad ending. But Marie and Mazen needed to be separated. Marie couldn't give her feelings free go coz she was in this marriage for the wrong reasons and against her will. She needs to let go of her prejudices and allow herself to understand that home is with Mazen and not the US. Great chapter, very emotional. I hope you will update the epilogue soon

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  36. I read that there were 2 planes....Is it possible the prince is on the second one? I am sure you are leading us to a happy ending, but I think it will a long and difficult road. Thank you for the most original story I have read in fanfiction.. I loved this story from the very first.

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  37. Omg that ending made me so sad and happy since it really showed how deeply mazen loves Marie. I hope thr last chapter gives us good news and we can see the sequel soon. Amazing chapter as always.

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  38. Now, I'm really sad about this separation tho this shows Mazen's concern and love for Marie. It broke me knowing she left alone tho it might be good for Marie to discover for herself how much she"s develop the love for Mazen. To have the space and ponder on things...Discoveries may be achieved. Great post Rose but it's sad that we only have one chapter left. I hope we won't be disappointed with the last one :)

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  39. I found it really sad that you get so many bad comments after your latest chapter. It was a really great one. I honestly trust you with "your" story to give it a good end. One way or another. And since there will come more after this one story is finished, everyone should just wait and see. I love your story so much. In every way. And I can see many ways how you can continue their tale. I am eager to see what you have planned Rose.

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  40. To be involved in a power struggle of this magnitude, has and will always be dangerous.
    Throughout history, the Ottoman Empire, Chinese Dynasties, European and British royalty, even the young and innocent were never safe if they could be used as a puppet figurehead or needed to be eliminated for someone’s machinations for power.
    Even today in countries like USA, if you are in the way, the powerful could have you eliminated and make it look like an accident.
    Mazen & Marie’s relationship was doomed from the start by outside forces.
    Will Mazen now marry Talia as he originally planned, to produce a male heir to ensure his place as king? He will have to get his skates on.
    The King is very ill and has been for some time, Mazen however has never been in a hurry to get married to produce an heir as he was busy with his studies overseas.
    If Mazen loses all power, through no heir before the King dies, will he leave the country, he is a doctor but maybe that was to help his people if this scenario prevailed.
    I don’t see how they will be together unless there is a revolution like Iran in 1978 when the Shah was deposed and left the country.
    One chapter, how sad, I am going to miss Mazen and Marie.
    Thank you again.
    xxx

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    1. are you freaking serious? we live in the 21 st century. this is neither a medivel tale of a kingdom where the king would marry for duty and then seek bed all the virgins in the palace, nor is it the 70-s or happening in a place like Iran. its freaking 2015, and whats more its a fictioal story where things are made possible. Morover, even in real life there are arab princes who have married christian women from the west!

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    2. Yes Rita Hayworth had a wonderful life married to Prince Aly Khan NOT.
      The deposed Shah divorced two of his wives because they could produce the heirs.
      1978 doesn’t count you say.
      1978 began the “Islamic Revolution” and what happened then in 1978 changed the Middle East radically, resulting in fundamentalist governments.
      and virtually turning back time to the MIDDLE AGES in terms of rights for women
      The United Arab Emirates still have absolute monarchy but besides simple things like not allowing women to drive, they have one of the worst records of human rights for women.
      Flogging and stoning are legal punishments in the UAE. Many laws continue to discriminate against women. For example, Emirati women must receive permission from a "male guardian" to marry and remarry. The requirement is derived from Sharia law, and has been “federal law since 2005”.
      So most countries are now republics which don’t have royalty just in case you don’t know.
      Principalities are few and far between and extremely unwelcoming to Western women.
      Mazen said Royalty was a dangerous and dirty business, resulting in assignation threats of all sorts and you claim this is a 21st century tale and not medieval in its machinations.
      Where does this sort of thing happen in western countries (openly that is)?
      She came in her own private jet you know, you’d normally think that would give you an unimpeded way home.
      Where in a Western country could a tourist have her passport, cell phone and computer (and jet) confiscated so she was incommunicado and have no recourse through her embassy.

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    3. I don’t know if you realize the severity of the Islamic Revelation in terms of women’s rights.
      The state (before the federation of my country) in which I live gave women the right to vote in 1894.
      It was the first in the world.
      A country like Switzerland gave women the right to vote in 1971, can you believe that?
      I live in a country in which the government is non-sectarian.
      This means “not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group”
      This is not the case “after the Islamic Revolution in 1978” with most Middle East countries, (which you discount AS IRRELEVANT) can you understand the implication of this.
      CAN YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CANNOT DISCOUNT HISTORY?
      Why do you ROMANTICISE legal dominance over women?
      Do you deserve the sacrifices of suffragettes for your freedom today in a western country?


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    4. Not to harp upon things
      BUT if you are reading to see the results of your reply, I would like to know more about your direct socioeconomically group.
      My daughter is fascinated by your reply.
      She is studying such things and as you can imagine your reactions are not something she finds easy to access within her intellectual group.
      Can you give her some general information regarding your heritage, life-style and background?

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    5. Sorry if I hadn't been specific but I refer to the reply starting without a capital but nevertheless poignant (LOL)
      are you freaking serious?

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    6. I still say...come back to the world of fiction in the 21st century, year 2015. are you freaking serious......i can read history books all on my own.....you still dont understand the point of choosing this subject mater in a fictional story. According to you, to be politically correct Mazen should have bitten Marie to death and the women should have fingered her to death, then they should have let Marie commit suicide......im sorry but you dont seem too bright to even understand the message Rose is sending though with this work of fiction...

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    7. Interesting comments here by anonymous people. To one of you I must say, check your facts. The facts about Sharia law, not allowed to drive etc. Apply to Saudi Arabia and not UAE which is one of the most liberal and modern Muslim countries with women in their parliament for example. And if you bothered to check your atlas of wikipedia, world fact book or whatever, you's find out that they are two completely different countries even though they are neigboring countries!

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  41. Hi
    Well, I'm immensely happy to know that you will write two more books, I was wondering be that way. Because there were more than ends to tie up in an epilogue, I would list the points and issues that were waiting to be solved and even developed in history, but after what my colleague anonymous reader cited these same points as I said and you said that will there are two more books of sequence can, then I will not quote more. I considered difficult to read this chapter today, was very intense, very emotional, many tears in the chapter and who has read it, gave to drain the energies of both readers that shook. You write very well, you know put the nuance in history and at the right time, and its plot is very good. Congratulations and I'll be here reading the Seguela in his second and third books if you post it. XO.

    Angelik Angel

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  42. shhhhhh they better end up together bc my eyes are leaking, not okay

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  43. Heartbreaking. Don't know how either of them were able to let go now that they've finally admit how much they love each other.
    I'm cautiously optimistic...

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  44. HOW CAN IT BE THAT SO MANY OF YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT KIND OF HEART ROSE HAS AND HOW SHE HAS BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER?????!!!!!! Will so many of you turn into hurt children and lash out against the writer who gave you the very characters you are right now fighting so hard to hang on to!!???!! This chapter was heartbreaking, yes! But very, very, logical and necessary. Ask yourselves if Mazen would be the man we admire him to be if put Marie's life in danger! And while I'm on the subject of people being hurt, did any of you who took the low road - name calling, cruel comments, and such,- think of how you are making Rose feel?! She trusted us with her thoughts and dreams and remarkable gifts and to be treated that way because you are not happy with a plot line says 2 things : 1) you forgot the lessons of understanding and tolerance this fiction espouses and 2) you haven't put yourself in her shoes! Rose has done a wonderful job by being true to her characters and not allowing them to become simply paper. Ladies! For months now we have debated subject matter that politicians fight over and remained respectful to one another and celebrated our sameness as well as our differences. DON'T FORGET THAT ALL NOW!!If you hoped THAT hard for her characters to find another way, that ,earns she brought them to life for us all. TRUST, LADIES!! TRUST! And remember to look for those Black Keys!! I trust Rose to knock our socks off and give us something immensely profound! Can't you!??

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  45. Wait, what?! Only one more chapter? Please tell me they find each other again and get to be together! I never want this story to end!

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  46. One chapter left. Getting nervous. Don't know how this could be a hea in one chapter. I am thinking it won't be. Hope I am wrong.

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  47. I love this story! Please update soon...

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  48. I just read comments. Sure it would have been dissapointing if this story was left like this and the characters we have come to love don't get their hea, but it is more disappointing to see how an actual person, in real life, with real feelings is being treated. You want people in a story to have a happy life, but you try to taint a real persons life with aweful words. Can we try to get our priorities straight, please. It is a little disturbing to see.

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  49. Can I add to who wrote to rose's defense a couple up, that people shouldn't forget a lot of fanfiction follow twilight sequences and although it is necessary for her to leave in this story but twilight bella and edward also separated? Let's jyst think before we right and respectfully leave comments. Please

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  50. So there were two jets...
    This got me thinking! We know that Jasem has spies. I don't see Marie arriving in US
    Can't wait for the next chapter!

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  51. Mazen is a firm believer that if you let something go...if it comes back it's yours. I'm hoping that will eventually be the case. Love this story. Highlight of my day. Thank you!

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  52. wow what a sad chapter they didn't get to make love :(

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  53. Dear Rose, please post the other chapter and epilogue, like today, and put us all out of our misery...one way or the other. thanks.

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  54. I agree with the above post. Please put us all out of our misery. And thank you. That was an amazing chapter even though it was gut wrenching. I love the world that you have created. So original.

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  55. I don't see my comment on here from before. I absolutely loved the chapter and of course balled my eyes out continually, but I am glad to know that there are more chapters coming as well as sequels.😄😄😄😄Love you!!!

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  56. I love this story! My heart breaks for them both. Oh my word! I cant wait for the final chapter. I started read on FF, and thought I'd pull my hair out when I couldn't find the next chapter. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.

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  57. You already know my thoughts.. But here they are again.. 😢
    Oh God I can't stop crying.. This is torture How could he do this? How could he just let her go like that.. But I get it.. He wants her safe.. And she wasn't safe there!! But this is what marriage and love is about, isn't it? Sacrifice. A girl gets married and she leaves everything behind. She makes the biggest sacrifice of her life by leaving her old life and starting a new one with totally different people.. Marie shouldn't have left.. She should have tried to be stronger... but she's been through so much I WANT THEM TOGETHER This is so not fair to them.. They love each other so much 😭
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    M

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  58. I don't know if you plan to publish this story, but if do this would be the perfect way to finish your first book...can you imagine the anticipation for the next one...it would be like in "50 shades of grey" when they break up in the end!!!!

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  59. It's very sad but I loved it!!!!

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  60. Excellent chapter and truly, there was no other choice to end.
    Maybe they will find a way to be together later, but in the moment, it was the right thing to do.
    There are so many issues between them and in Bella Marie's life and Mazen's Life.
    So many problems to solve before they could eventually meet again, freely, this time, and without all the struggling around them, or the pression of both their charges and their families, beliefs or what so ever.
    Thank you for sharing

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  61. So glad there will be sequels! I truly hope there will be an HEA for these two-together as a married couple. They obviously are not there yet. I do hope that Mazen does not marry another woman, but remarries Marie in the (hopefully) not too distant future.

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  62. He cried & I'm gutted! His tender words devested me and I have completely fallen in love with this couple. You are an amazing writer and have invoked so many emotion from so many people. I can't wait to find out what you have in store for us. Will Marie kick Jaser Ass? Will she be like Salma and come back to her Prince? Will the Prince give up his throne for his Beautiful Stubborn Princess? Did she take any Bling with her? Because that cown that Mother Queen gave her was just AMAZING!!! Lol, cause inquiring minds want to know!!! So please update soon.

    -PreciousJuls (FF user name :) )

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  63. It took me a couple days to get the nerve to read this. I knew I was going to cry too. A heartbreaking update. I love these two and hope they find a way to overcome the obstacles very soon. I'm so sad to see this story end but can't wait for the sequel!!

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  64. oh my God!! i am bawling my eyes out so heartbroken here. why would she go and he let her go? and to say they're not married. nooooo he better not marry that bitch!!!! you own me with this story!!

    glo4twilight

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