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Ashley woke up the next morning and stared at the ceiling. She tried to remember why she felt so happy. The silver band on her finger soon reminded her. She played with it a little, twisting it around her finger and smiled happily. She pulled the blanket up to her chin was about to fall asleep again when..

BANG! Her door swung open and Mary-Kate stormed in.

-Let me take a moment to explain the living arrangement... since Ashley's mother was away and her father was dead, she had been invited to live in the castle with Jonathons family. Fredrick lived in a small house just outside the castle's grounds and Mary-Kate shared her time out between her family home and Jonathon's. The four were pretty much always together.-

Ashley sat up in the bed and rubbed her eyes. Mary-Kate stormed over and plopped down on the bed a sad and mad expression on her face. Ashley's ring must have reflected the light or something cause Mary-Kate noticed it and grabbed Ashley's hand "OH WOW!" She said admiring it. "It's beautiful"

"Lemme guess" Ashley said with a yawn "Fredrick told you Jonathon was going to propose?"

"I don't know what you're talking about" Mary-Kate said looking away.

Ashley grinned "Don't worry about it. Jonathon told me he told Fredrick and OF COURSE Fredrick would have told you. He tells you EVERYTHING!" She said with a grin.

"Not everything" Mary-Kate said quietly.

Ashley was concerned "What do you mean?" She asked.

Mary-Kate took a deep breath then looked at Ashley "Tom's still alive" She said

Ashley almost fell out of the bed "WHAT?!" She screeched.

"They both lied to me" Mary-Kate stated "Tom claimed he wanted me to go on with my life and not worry about him" She rolled her eyes.

"That's sweet" Ashley said.

"SWEET!? The two guys I trust most in the world lied to me! What's sweet about that?!"

"Please don't get mad Mary-Kate. But, I don't think this is the reason you're so upset. You're upset because you know you're going to have to choose one of them and you don't know how you're going to do that. How you're gonna bear hurting the one you don't choose"

Mary-Kate looked angry for a second and opened her mouth to deny it. She then closed it and tears welled up in her eyes. She nodded "I'm so scared" she said.

Ashley wrapped her arms around her as she cried "It'll be ok" She said "You'll do the right thing"

~*~

"Mary-Kate" Fredrick whispered at the door to her room, while he knocked "Come on Mary-Kate please talk to me"

A servant appeared and walked over to him "She went to see Ashley earlier" She explained.

"They must be having some girl talk" Fredrick decided "Better not interrupt." He walked downstairs "I am now chickening out!" He kept telling himself as he walked outside.

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