these were the first words I uttered upon entering the golden palace of Emperor Cairos. As a princess who was forced into a political marriage with the mighty Cairian empire,I had little expectations of gaining the emperor’s affections. However, to escape my gilded cage, I knew I must attract his attention.
One night, I overheard two servants discussing a popular prophecy from a forbidden manga that foretold of a dawn princess destined to bring prosperity to the Cairian empire. Seizing my chance, I approached Emperor Cairos and offered a proposition. “Your Excellence, I have come to present you an opportunity. By accepting my hand, you shall gain not just a bride but the allegiance of my kingdom.”
Intrigued, the emperor bade me continue. “The manga prophecies speak of a princess of the crimson sun who shall deliver your empire into a golden age. I am Roel Neares, dawn princess of the empire of Tortilla, an empire bathed in red. By marrying me, you fulfill the prophecy and gain Tortilla’s resources and lands.”
The emperor’s eyes gleamed with interest. “You claim to be this princess of prophecy? Can you prove your worth?”
I smiled mysteriously. “I offer you the guardian of the North and my kingdom as proof of my lineage. My dowry shall open trade between our empires and usher in an era of peace and prosperity. “
Emperor Cairos stroked his beard thoughtfully. “Your offer is tempting. Should you fulfill this prophecy, you may have my hand and save your kingdom. We shall see if you live up to your promises!”
My heart swelled with triumph. Through wit and cunning, I had escaped the abandoned palace and won my emperor’s affections.Though traded as a pawn between kingdoms, I would rule as a queen and forge my own destiny.The Red Laurel Flowers to My Emperor had delivered me my heart’s desire at last.