The Knight's Hall: A Short Story

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The city’s populace celebrated the marriage of Princess Marie to the Duke of Hamilton’s son along with the nobles from the German Confederation. The palace gates thrown open and everyone invited into the square to celebrate the grand occasion. Inside the Knight’s Hall, Karolina did not notice the noble guests were dancing at one end of the great hall and she and her friends relegated to the other end. In fact, she did not care. This was her first royal invitation and she was going to be eighteen years old soon. She fully intended to take advantage of the opportunity granted to her and enjoy the evening.
Several of the Grand Duke’s officers of his personal guard spotted Karolina in the corner of the great hall sitting next to her mother. They hurried over to her. Karolina blushed as a handsome soldier strode up to her, bowed and asked her to dance. She looked at her mother and her mother nodded “Yes”.
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Karolina knew it was time to go home. The Grand Duke’s officers slowly began gathering the remaining Baden soldiers and march them toward the door. Many promises were being made by the young men to the female guests in the crowd as they said their goodbyes. Theresia turned to her daughter and the other young women and requested they gather their belongings. They walked out the door of the great Knight’s Hall towards their rooms in the cold palace.
Later that night, Karolina hummed the beautiful music to herself as she settled into the bed, she shared with her mother. Karolina slept little that night as she recalled the beautiful dance music and handsome young gentlemen. Finally, she fell fast asleep. Her mother pulled up the thick down filled comforter blankets to ward off the cold in the palace, kissed her good night and blew out the candles. She was trying to think how to create a plan for her daughter to meet the handsome officer of the Grand Duke’s Personal Guard in the capital city of

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