Leo was restless. He had finished cataloging the new books that had arrived from the foreign lands, and he had nothing else to do. He wished he could read some of them, but he knew he was not allowed to touch them without permission. They were reserved for the royal family and the nobles, who never bothered to visit the library anyway.
He decided to explore the library, hoping to find some hidden gems that he had not seen before. He wandered through the aisles, admiring the shelves that reached the ceiling and the colorful spines that lined them. He felt like he was in a treasure trove, full of wonders and secrets.
He came across a section that he had never noticed before. It was in a corner of the library, behind a large tapestry that depicted a battle scene. He pushed aside the tapestry and saw a wooden door with a brass knob. He was curious about what was behind it. He looked around and saw no one. He decided to take a risk.
He opened the door and stepped into a dark corridor. He felt a draft of cold air and heard a faint echo of his footsteps. He followed the corridor, which twisted and turned, until he reached another door at the end. He opened it and froze.
He was in a large and luxurious chamber, decorated with silk curtains, velvet cushions, and crystal chandeliers. He saw paintings of landscapes and portraits of royals on the walls, and a fireplace with a roaring fire on one side. He saw a four-poster bed with a canopy on the other side, and on the bed, he saw her.
She was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. She had long blonde hair that cascaded over her shoulders, and blue eyes that sparkled like sapphires. She had fair skin that contrasted with her red lips, and a slender figure that was wrapped in a white nightgown. She was reading a book, and she looked up when she heard him enter.
She was Princess Selene, the heir to the throne.
And Leo had just walked into a trap.
Leo realized his mistake too late. He tried to turn around and run, but the door slammed shut behind him. He heard a click and knew he was locked in. He panicked and looked for another way out, but there was none. He was trapped.
He heard a voice behind him. It was cold and menacing.
“Who are you? How dare you enter my chamber?”
He turned and faced the princess. She was no longer smiling. She had dropped her book and was holding a dagger in her hand. She looked furious and ready to kill.
He stammered and bowed.
“Your Highness, I-I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to intrude. I-I’m Leo, a librarian. I-I was just exploring the library and I found this door and I-I didn’t know it led to your chamber and I-I…”
He stopped when he saw her expression. She was not listening. She was staring at him with a mix of shock and disbelief.
“Leo?” she repeated. “You’re Leo?”
He nodded, confused.
“Yes, Your Highness. Do you know me?”
She dropped her dagger and ran to him. She hugged him tightly and sobbed.
“Leo! It’s really you! I can’t believe it! I’ve missed you so much!”
He was stunned. He didn’t know what to do. He didn’t know what to say.
He didn’t know who she was.
Leo was speechless. He didn’t know how to react. He didn’t know how to feel. He felt a surge of emotions: confusion, fear, curiosity, and something else he couldn’t name.
He gently pushed the princess away and looked into her eyes. They were wet with tears and full of joy.
“Your Highness, please calm down. I don’t understand. What’s going on? Who are you?”
She wiped her tears and smiled.
“Leo, don’t you remember me? It’s me, Selene. Your childhood friend.”
He blinked. He searched his memory for any trace of her. He found nothing.
“I’m sorry, Your Highness. I don’t remember you. I don’t remember having any childhood friends.”
She gasped. She looked hurt and incredulous.
“How can you say that? We grew up together in the orphanage. We played together every day. We made a promise to each other. Don’t you remember anything?”
He shook his head. He felt a pang of guilt and sadness.
“I’m sorry, Your Highness. I don’t remember anything. I was found on the streets when I was six years old. I don’t know anything about my past.”
She frowned. She looked puzzled and suspicious.
“That’s impossible. You were with me until you were ten years old. Then you disappeared one night. I searched for you everywhere. I never gave up hope of finding you again.”
He shrugged. He felt helpless and frustrated.
“I’m sorry, Your Highness. I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe you’re mistaken. Maybe you’re confusing me with someone else.”
She shook her head. She looked determined and defiant.
“No, Leo. You’re not someone else. You’re the one I’ve been looking for all these years. You’re the one I love.”
She leaned in and kissed him.
He was shocked. He didn’t know how to respond.
He didn’t know that someone was watching them from behind the curtains.
Someone who knew the truth about his past.
Someone who wanted him dead.
The Princess of the Kingdom Fell in Love with Me, but I’m Just a Commoner
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