Llewellyn and the Powys Princess
By Kate Everson
Copyright 2011 Kate Everson
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When Llewellyn was just a boy in Wales, he met his princess for the first time. She was 11 and he was 13. They were playing in the hills of Powys, the land his father claimed as his kingdom.
Ruella had long, red hair and the most amazing blue eyes. She just had to look at Llewellyn once and he was smitten.
He caught her hand and dropped to his knee.
“I’ll love you forever!” he declared.
And Ruella laughed like a tinkling bell resonating through the valley. She tossed her hair and ran down the hill, hopping over stones and looking back to see if he was following. Of course, he was.
Llewellyn followed her to the stream and grabbed her arm, but she broke free and went splashing in the water. She dove underneath like a mermaid and Llewellyn dove after her. They both came up laughing, the water streaming down their faces.
Ruella’s red hair was soaking wet and she pushed it aside to look at Llewellyn.
“You can’t love me forever!” she laughed. “I won’t live that long!”
But Llewellyn put his arms around her waist and looked straight into her dancing eyes. All the depth of a 13-year-old boy’s emotions were written in his soulful expression as he vowed that he meant every word he said.