ONCE UPON A TIME...

...there was a beautiful kingdom that was almost hidden from the rest of the world by high stone walls all along its borders. In this kingdom lived a handsome, young prince, who was well-loved by everyone. One day, he went traveling to distant lands, promising to return with a bride and to shortly thereafter take his place as the new king, succeeding the old king, his father. The kingdom waited and waited, but he never came back. Nobody knew what had become of him, or when or if he would ever return.

The kingdom mourned the loss of its prince. Eventually, the missing prince became a story, a legend passed around among the kingdom's subjects. One day, he will return, they whispered. One day, our prince will reappear before us, his face as bright as the sun, and take his rightful place as heir to the throne. And by his side will be his bride—the kindest, most beautiful and most gracious princess the world has ever seen, the one who is most worthy of becoming his queen.

One day…one day…all will be well in the kingdom once again.

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This little romantic fantasy started out as a series of prologues to each chapter in the Bridal Veil arc of one of my ongoing fics, My Strawberry Dream Wedding. It presents a kind of alternate universe version of the fic, featuring the same main characters, only a little different. The prologues were originally intended to be short vignettes, but since I am apparently physiologically unable to keep my writing concise, over time they have been evolving into highly detailed chapters of their own. So much so that I decided to update them as a separate story now, otherwise each new update of My Strawberry Dream Wedding would be even longer than they already are.

So thank you so much for reading both this and MSDW, and I hope you continue to do so.

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