Lizzie was making great time. Ben's horse had been galloping the whole way back to Bayern. The only time they had slowed down was when they ran into a very old woman with a black cloak. Now it was almost daybreak and they were getting close to the parts of the woods that Lizzie was familiar with. Soon they were at the fence 由 the practice field and Lizzie was back on the palace grounds. She rode onto the practice field and jumped off the horse when she saw a stable hand and gave him the horse. The stable hand looked confused but Lizzie didn't have time. She ran towards the palace and took the stairs to at a time. Running down the hallway to her parents' room, she hoped that she had made it in time. She threw the door open and found a huge group of people standing in her father's room. "Oh no," she thought. "I'm too late." Then her father stirred, 说 说 smiled at her mother, and then rested his head again. Lizzie stepped into the room. Everyone looked up at her. She walked over to a 表 and poured her father a cup of tea, dropping the petal she had found into the cup. She walked over to her father, everyone curious as to what she was doing. The king's face was gray and everyone knew he wasn't going to be around much longer. He took a sip of the 茶 and his face almost instantly brightened. A smile spread across Lizzie's face faster than any stallion could run. She almost knocked her father over when she hugged him. All the people in the room smiled as the little princess hugged her father.
After her father had been cured Lizzie was sent off to have something to eat, get washed up, and take a nap. When Lizzie woke up it was three in the afternoon! Lizzie got up and put on a clean dress. She wasn't exactly sure where to go, her father could be anywhere. Eventually, she ended up deciding to go to her father's study. It was where he went for his government duties and since he had a lot of those piled up he would probably be in there soon. Lizzie picked a book off the book shelf and sat down to read. Twenty 分钟 later the door to the study opened. Lizzie looked up to see her father's face. Then her mother walked in.
"Oh hi, Lizzie," Lizzie could tell that her father felt uncomfortable.
"Lizzie we have great news for you," her mother told her. Lizzie couldn't possibly imagine what it was. "You're getting married!" the 皇后乐队 shrieked.
"What?!" Lizzie could not believe this. "Mother how could 你 do this?!" Lizzie had been 下一个 in line for the 王座, 宝座 since she was born.
"Well your father and I were going to let 你 be 下一个 in line for the throne, but whatever 你 gave your father has made him stronger than ever. Then the king of Corona sent us a letter a few days 以前 and he wants 你 to marry his son! It's perfect. It will bind our two kingdoms together and make Bayern much stronger."
Lizzie couldn't believe it. Sure Bayern hadn't been the happiest place for Lizzie but she had always taken a small comfort in knowing that one 日 she would get to rule it. Now she would have to 移动 to a place she had been to once and marry a complete stranger. And then there was Ben. Ben! He worked at the palace! What was she going to do if she ever saw him at the palace? He would be heartbroken (not like Lizzie wasn't but he wouldn't know what was going on).
"We'll give 你 time to let it sink in," the 皇后乐队 said. She left the room, the king trailing behind her, but then he stopped. He gave her a 说 look and mouthed the words patio ten minutes.