After Jue got Luna comfortable in his bed, he decided to stay in the room. He sat down in his corner chair, where he would normally read for a bit in the morning to wake himself up. He didn't think she could hear him, as he listened to her cry herself back to sleep. She muttered something about her mother. His heart ached.
"Mother?" He said softly in his head.
"Yes, my child?" He heard his mother answer.
"Would it hurt you as much if you had to leave me with people you didn't know and weren't completely sure you could trust… even though you knew it would be best for your people," he asked.
He saw an image of her shuffling paper around her desk and her getting comfortable in her chair.
"Child, I would hate it. I would destroy my study like you did this afternoon… but I think I would have broken out a wall. It's unfair that, as royals, we have to use our child as bargaining tools for the betterment of our people." She said, the frustration being heard in her tone.
"If it's unfair," he spoke softly, "Why are we doing this? This is so hard for her. All I can do is watch her suffer. Mother, it makes my heartache."
There was a flash of her smile across his mind's eye.
"Ah. My little love. You are starting to feel something towards her aren't you?"
He looked across the room at his bed, where he heard Luna's soft breathing. Thinking over her mother's words. He sighed softly, "It's hard to not. I can see her strength. I can see what she has gone through and what she will go through. In the end, when I thought of our future, I can see her as a great Queen for our people. A loving wife for myself. I know that I never really wanted a wife, but now… I don't know, mother. Something is changing."
"Just think child, if we weren't doing this, you'd never have this change. You'd have never met Luna. You wouldn't even know about her. If we never arranged for this marriage, if you ever did find someone and had a child, your son could be fighting in a war because of this feud. You could be on the front line, driving our people on. This, my child, is why it's unfair but necessary as royals, to self-sacrifice ourselves for the betterment of our people. Our people, cannot fix this feud on their own. They need their rulers to help them, to free them." Rena answered softly, but with passion.
Jue was quiet. He understood his mother was right, but he still felt helpless with Luna.
"Am I to just simply be there for her then, mother?" He asked
"Yes, Jue. That is all you can do right now. You are doing a fine job of it too. Please, do not think less of yourself. Just because you feel something, doesn't make that negative thing true." She said.
"Okay, mother." He said a little disheartened, but with renewed spirit. "Thank you, mother. Your words have helped me very much."
He saw an image of his mother starting to rearrange the pages back in front of her. "Maybe you should introduce him to her? It might make her feel a little less alone."