“Nothing matters so much as blood.”
Or, that’s what they say, anyway. But, after years of trying, Jack and Dianne were forced to accept the truth: they could not have children of their own. They couldn’t produce an heir. However, as king and queen of the kingdom, that could not be the end of the story.
It was unheard of, unacceptable. Never before in the long history of the kingdom had a king and queen failed to produce a natural heir. The blood line had been unbroken since the beginning. While Jack had already let go of the past, the history, the obligation in his mind, Dianne was unwilling to be the first to break the cycle.
An idea occurred to her and it didn’t take much to bring Jack around.
She had her hand maiden secretly search for a suitable match, and when one was found, Dianne hid herself from the rest of the kingdom for 9 months.
The big reveal was done amid much fanfare and celebration, a feast the likes of which the realm had never known before. The kingdom would go on. As far as any of the subjects were concerned the royal line remained intact.
Only four people ever knew the truth: the child was not actually kin of the king and queen.
The handmaiden and the child’s birth mother disappeared shortly after the prince was revealed. Jack and Dianne never told their “son” either.
Jack wondered one evening, as he watched the prince at play amongst the jousting runs, how many of his predecessors, how many of his kin had done what he and his wife had done to “keep the bloodline.”
The thoughts did not trouble him long.
Word Count: 283.
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