On the other hand, many days before the wedding, the king sat on his throne as he listened to his high-rank officials discussed among each other. He propped his cheek on his fist, and his elbow was standing on the arm of the chair. He listened to them with a dull expression on his face.
“My lord, I don’t think that we should get involved with Afaishan. She doesn’t benefit us.” One of the men said.
“How can you say that?” Another man spoke up. The king turned his gaze to the person who was talking. “I think this is a great negotiation. We have the south; we have the west, now we going to gain the east. What is wrong with that?”
“We gain nothing from this trade.” The first man said. The king agreed with him, but he didn’t say anything. He didn’t gain anything from this deal other than marrying the princess of Afaishan as in return; he would send his troops to support Afaishan. It was too late to back out now because he already promised King Ashan that he would marry his daughter. He turned to the man who didn’t oppose to the wedding and rose up from his throne.
“The wedding is in a few days, you’re in charge,” he commanded before leaving the room.
“Yes, My Lord.” The man nodded.
Finally, the day to welcome his bride arrive. That morning, rather than getting ready to pick up his bride, he woke up and work on his duty. Instead, he let one of his best men to pick her up. He wasn’t excited for this wedding anyways. He just wanted to get over with it and go back to his regular days.
“My lord, it’s ready.” A guard came into his study room. Jerodfan stood up and walked away following the guard as he made his way into the throne room. As directed, he stood in front of his people to welcome his bride.
The throne room was decorated with colorful drapes. It was layered with purple, blues and red curtains. The floor that Bakani walked on was laid with red carpets and rose petals over it. The people who sat on the two sides of the room sat on a small purple cushion. They were in awe as they looked at the bride who was dressed in a beautiful red wedding gown. She had her head covered in a see-through red and gold material.
Jerodfan stood in front of the throne with his hands behind his back. When she was close enough, she quickly got on her knees and bowed her head resting on top of her hand on the floor. All the women that were following her from the stair did the same, too. The king stepped down from the stage where he was standing and walked to her.
“Rise,” he ordered. Bakani lifted her head up looking at him nervously.
“Thank you, Your Highness.” She obeyed and then gently stood up as the king himself helped her. Their hand touch, which made her heart jump a bit because she was so afraid that he would catch her lie.
She studied his face, noticing his handsome figure that she could see through her thin veil. He didn’t look like how those maids described him in her home country. They said that he was an ugly, nasty old king that is not attractive at all. After looking at him, she realized that she shouldn’t have trust the rumor. He was handsome with deep brown eyes and thick eyebrows. He wasn’t as old as she thought he would be. He wore a golden leafy crown which was different from King Ashan whose top was big and proud.
While she was studying him, he took the small golden rope from the priest who was standing nearby and tied it around her wrist. He tied the other end to his own. He pulled her closer to him after he was done with the rope, which caught her by surprised. Her heart was even more nervous staying closer to him. His expression didn’t give her any hint at all. Was he angry or happy with her?
They both walked up to the stage in front of the throne and then faced the people. They both got on their knees and then bowed their heads. Everyone nodded their heads down while their priest wearing a white robe with white cloak walked to the king and his bride. He had a water vase with him and small tree branches with lots of leaves. He dipped the branch into the water and spring at the king and Bakani while saying his blessing for them.
After a while, the priest completed his blessing ceremony. Everyone got up and repeatedly cite their respectful lines.
“Long live the king, long live the queen!” The crowd roared.
The music started to play, and the feast began. The king and his wife were cast outside under the color marquee tent, which decorated with beautiful flowers around them and foods on the table in front of them. They sat under the canopy until every guest came to say their blessing. Bakani was quiet the whole time. Jerodfan was the only one who spoke out, thanking them. After everyone’s grace, the king stood up and left her there sitting all alone.
The king walked to his men. They were standing in one spot talking to each other. They were all sophisticated and professional warriors. Well, in Bakani’s eyes, they looked like ones. She studied all of them, and they all seemed to be very close to the king. But one particular man caught her attention. She remembered that he was the one who came to pick her up at the inn. They didn’t talk to each other much. He greeted her and drove the carriage. Curiously, she asked the maid who was standing near her just in case they needed something.
“Who is he?” She asked. Her eyes direction was to the man who was wearing a white war gear. He looked like he was ready for any unexpected attack. At the same time, his outfit was appropriate to attend a wedding, too. The maid looked at the man and replied.
“Oh, that’s General Hajab. He is one of the king’s most trusted general, and the second most popular man in the country for his bravery and had always been with the king since he was a young boy. He’s like the king’s brother.”
“I see…” Bakani nodded and continued to look around. She kept on asking the maid when she wanted to know about someone, and the maid replied nicely.
After a while, a few more maids came to her. They told her that she needed to go inside, and she obeyed them. The maids took her through different hallways until they came to the king’s chamber. She was amazed by the king’s place because it was an enormous building with its balcony, spacious room, and huge window with beautiful curtains flowing down. The floor was shiny and painted impressive mosaic. Everything was as beautiful as the Ashan’s castle.
She was bathed and cleaned her body with essential herb and flower. After the bath, she dressed in a new red outfit with a beautiful flowery design to it. It had two parts with a tight top that hugged her torso, and her long poofy skirt is the opposite of the shirt. The dress sparkled against her skin, making her stand out more. The maids helped her did her make-up and dressed her hair nicely once again. All she did was just staying still and quiet. After they had finished with her, they left. Bakani had a little time to think.