She sat up straight and began writing the title as he had for his contract:
“Princess Yīng Mîn Jíng’s Marriage Oath To Prince Zhāng Jié Qiáng.”
“First wish?” she asked as she wet the brush with fresh ink.
“I promise to always have faith in my loving husband and believe in his love and loyalty for me.”
Jié Qiáng caressed her back affectionately and continued. “I wish for you to accompany me to every festival in the kingdom and wear your crane mask.”
“I will accompany my husband to every festival in the kingdom. I will wear the crane mask to each and any time he asks it of me.”
“Good girl,” he whispered in her ear as he thought of his plans for the wedding.
“I will always be honest in my behavior and appearances. I will never hide my true self, especially from my husband. He loves me for who I am and I will do my best to honor and deserve his admiration.”
He hugged her close and thought of another wish. She looked across from the table at her brothers still seated near the door to the cell. Their returned gaze made her breathe a sigh of relief. There was true happiness in their eyes, even from Yǒng Wěi, and it set her mind at ease.
“I will be a good mother to our children.”
She smiled at him and he nodded his approval.
“I promise to never betray my husband’s faith in me. I will forever safeguard his belief in my character, in my abilities, and in my loyalty to him, including my undying love.”