One month after Julie’s 20th birthday, everything seems to be going well for the couple. They would go out on dates more and spend more time together. They feel really happy, now knowing that they’re mates for life.
Julie the Hedgehog was sitting on her sofa, looking at her planner. She and her mate decided to plan their wedding soon, but first, she was thinking of going back to her homeland, her kingdom. She was originally supposed to go back on her birthday so she can choose a husband there, but things have changed since William proposed to her on her birthday which she gladly accepted. They also shared their first kiss, making them “transformed” and to become mates. Julie blushed, remembering their first kiss ever. Ever since that event, they’ve been kissing in a few occasions.
Julie jumped from her seat and quietly got up to answer the doorbell. She opened the door and saw her mate, William the Cat. “Greetings Julie,” said William. Julie smiled and said,”Hello William.” William walked into her house and saw Julie’s planner in the sofa. “What were you doing?” he asked. Julie looked at him. “Oh. Nothing special. I was just checking when I was free.” William looked at her a little confused. “ ‘Free’ for what?” he asked. Julie sigh and looked at William in the eyes. “William, you know how you said we have to a wedding so that our kingdoms can become one?” William nodded as she continued. “Well, I was thinking that I should visit my homeland. I was supposed to on my birthday, but I wasn’t able to.” William looked at Julie and smiled. “Okay. When do you want to go back?” he asked as Julie thought for a while. “Hmmm…. I was thinking this weekend. It’s Thursday today so I should leave maybe tomorrow.” “You mean “we” should leave tomorrow?” William corrected. He hugged Julie in a loving embrace. “We’re in this together, remember?” Julie smiled and hugged him back. “Of course.”
The couple smiled to each other and thought of plans on what to do once they reached Ocean Kingdom.
*The next day~*
The couple decided to go on their journey early, so they left on a carriage that William rented for the trip. It took them two days to get to the kingdom, but the couple didn’t mind.
Once they reached the kingdom, Julie saw from the window that a few people were wondering of who was in the carriage. She also saw that the kingdom didn’t changed much. William saw Julie observing outside and smiled. “It’s been years since I’ve been here”, said Julie. “Me too,” said William, “but don’t worry. Everything would be fine.” Julie looked at him and smiled lovingly. “Thanks William,” she said and then gave her mate a small, yet sweet kiss. William smiled even more and looked outside and said “Look. We made it to the castle.” The carriage stopped and the driver got off and opened the door. William and Julie both wore a hooded cloak so they didn’t want to get recognized. They got off the carriage and headed to the front gate of the castle. A guard was there and let them in after they were inspected.
Inside the castle, there was a long pathway and around it was some walls with an elegant design. There were some fancy furniture in some places. A guard suddenly appeared and told them that the prince of Ocean Kingdom was outside in the courtyard training. He then lead them the way. Julie was feeling a little nervous since it was years since she has seen the prince. Once outside the courtyard, they saw the prince training, using small swords to hit targets. He stopped as soon as he finished hitting the last target. He looked at the guard and the guest. He made a signal that made the guard could leave.
“Greetings, Your Highness,” said Julie and William as they both bowed.
The prince bowed back but then looked at them with a stern face. “Greetings. I’m Prince Pablo the Hedgehog of Ocean Kingdom. May I asked who are you guys and what are you doing here?”
Julie, feeling nervous, answered, “We are here to speak with the royal family.”
Pablo stared at Julie, not even recognizing her since she has a hooded cloak on. “I’m sorry, but I can’t let anyone come here without permission from His Majesty. Plus, you’re wasting my time. I request that you leave at once.”
He was about to leave until Julie, using her super speed, went in front of him. “Please don’t go.” Pablo looked at her in surprise, but then made an annoyed face. “Look. I don’t know who you are or where you come from, but will you please go away?” said Pablo as he tried to go away. “I’m not going away from you,” said Julie, sounding a bit teary. William, who was watching from a distant, was about to interfere, but he noticed Julie hugged Pablo. Pablo was surprised by this, but didn’t hug back.
“It’s been so long, so long that I haven’t seen you again…………….brother, “ said Julie as she hugged him tighter as small tears fell from her eyes. Pablo was so surprise that he let go of Julie and stared at her. “ ‘Brother?’ That could only mean that y-you are my...my……” said Pablo in shocked. Julie took off her hood and stared into Pablo’s eyes. He looked at her eyes, her ocean blue eyes, and swore that he hasn’t seen them in so many years. “Julie!!!!” he said as he hugged her so tightly. “You finally came back! I missed you so much!!” said Pablo. Julie smiled and hugged back.
William looked at them, smiling gently. After a while, he approached them. He then took off his hood and smiled at them.
“Hello Pablo. Long time no see.”
“Hello William. I see you came with my sister, but why?”
William smiled and held Julie closer. “Well, we’re mates. Right Julie?” he asked. Julie blushed and nodded. Pablo gasped and looked at them. “Congratulations to the both of you. So, let me guess. You’re both here to have a wedding so both kingdoms can become one, right?” he asked. Julie smiled, “Yeah. I totally forgot that you’re so smart.” Pablo chuckled. “That’s right. Anyway, I’m going to inform the King and Queen of your arrival.”
After the lovin’ reunion with the whole royal family, the wedding was announced at once.