Ch 3 – I will always protect you
Dhruv and Rohini were holding hands and strolling in the Royal garden. It was a beautiful garden with lots of colorful flowers and tall trees, beautiful butterflies were flying everywhere, birds were chirping in the trees, making it look like the Eden garden.
At this time, there was a nervous look on Rohini’s face as she was sneaking glances of Dhruv. However, Dhruv looked calm and composed and there was a serene smile on his face.
“This is the Royal garden, it is so beautiful and it is a home to many birds and butterflies.” Dhruv said and looked towards Rohini.
“Yes, it is beautiful, my prince.” Rohini said in a sweet voice. Dhruv was looking at her face and soon realized that she was still nervous, so he let go of her hand and shifted his gaze away from her to make her feel less uncomfortable.
“You don’t need to call me prince, everyone calls me prince, but you are special so just call me Dhruv.” Dhruv said with a smile on his face.
Rohini looked at his smiling face and was somewhat surprised. Emperor Shan was such a scary person, she thought that prince would also be just like him, but the prince was surprisingly a nice person.
From the time she became aware of herself and this world, she had been practicing secret arts just to become the protector of Prince Dhruv, her one and only goal was to become worthy of being his guardian, and today, she was scared that Prince Dhruv might turn out to be a strict person and might not acknowledge her and she would lose the only goal of her life. However, when she met him today, she found out that he was a very nice person, and already called her special, which made her feel very happy in her heart.
“I cannot do that, I have been told to call you prince and always listen to your command.” Rohini said, but this time, she seemed to have calmed down.
“Alright, then I command you to call me Dhruv.” Dhruv said in an adorable voice.
Rohini was perplexed but she had indeed been told to do whatever prince wanted her to: “As you command, my prince…Dhruv.”
Dhruv chuckled and said: “You are so cute.”
They were both five year old kids, though Rohini behaved like a cute little kid, but unlike her, Dhruv was smart and wise.
After roaming in the garden for some time, Dhruv sat down under the shade of a tree and said: “Rohini, come sit down with me, there are many things I am curious to know and want to ask you.”
Rohini stood near him but didn’t sit and said: “I am not allowed to sit next to Dhruv, I will stand here.”
Dhruv looked towards the birds flying in the sky and thought: “It seems I will have to work hard to break her free from the shackles, then she will spread her wings and fly at her own will.”
With a serious look on his face, he asked: “Rohini, it seems that under the orders of my father, Kunia clan has trained you to become my guardian. But, our parents selfishly decided this when we were born, so my question is simple, do you really want to become my protector? Be honest and give me a reply, depending on your answer, I might be able to help you in achieving your true goal.”
Rohini was shocked from Dhruv’s question and immediately replied: “I want to become your protector! I don’t want anything else, my one and only goal is to protect you, the savior of Sloka Empire.”
Although she was a kid, but there was a dedication hidden in her words.
Dhruv listened to her answer then asked again: “You will have to always stay with me and may have to die for me, are you sure?”
Rohini instantly replied in an adorable voice: “I will always stay with you and I will gladly die for you!”
Dhruv sensed the dedication in her words, smiled then said: “I see, well then I gladly put my life in your hands, Rohini.”
Dhruv wanted to determine whether she was being forced to become his guardian or not. But, judging from her answers, it seemed like she had already made up her mind to become his protector.
With a grin on his face, Dhruv said: “But, you must accept a condition.”
Rohini was startled and immediately said: “What is it? I accept all your conditions.”
Dhruv stretched out his hand towards her and said: “I want you to treat me like a friend, not as the prince of Sloka Empire, everyone treats me like that which is tiring. I don’t have friend, father is my father, Kamsa is my teacher and the old maid treats me like I am some god. Will you become my first friend, Rohini?”
Rohini smiled then got on her knees and held his hand: “I was never allowed to have a friend, if Dhruv wants me as his friend, I will gladly become your friend.”
Dhruv was extremely happy, he finally made a friend and that too such an adorable girl.
“Great, from now onwards, you are my friend and protector. But, remember this, you are my protector and your duty is to protect me, but as the savior of Sloka Empire, my duty is to protect everyone, so it also means that I will always protect you.” Dhruv said in an excited manner.
“No, I will always protect you so Dhruv doesn’t need to protect me.” Rohini said and made a pouting face.
Dhruv realized that Rohini was slowly opening up to him and smiled. He was smart, he knew that Rohini had already been burdened with the duty to protect him and she was dedicated to perform her duties, so all he could do was become her friend and make her happy.
Dhruv though in his heart, rather than being his protector, burdened with the duties of being the prince’s guardian, he wanted her to have fun and live her life happily, and for that, he was willing to do anything. If she didn’t have a friend, he would become her friend, if she was sad, he would console her, he would never leave her alone and would always protect her from the shadows.
“Fine, fine, as you wish my lady.” Dhruv bowed his head and said while smiling.
Rohini never expected such a reply and hastily said: “Prince Dhruv, you are the prince of Sloka Empire so please don’t bow down your head in front of me.”
Dhruv chuckled and said: “Prince? I thought I am your friend.”
Rohini said in a confused manner: “You are my friend but you are our prince….”
Poor Rohini didn’t realize that Dhruv was playing around with her.
Suddenly, a thought appeared in his mind and he asked: “Rohini, I have a request, will you fulfill it?”
Rohini was caught off guard and suddenly nodded.
Dhruv said with a curious look on his face: “I have never been outside the Royal palace and I truly want to see the outside world, will you take me outside?”
Rohini thought for a moment then said in a sweet voice: “Alright, follow me Dhruv, and don’t worry, I will surely protect you.”
She said these words and took out a white shining knife from her clothes with a fierce look in her eyes: “No one will hurt my friend!”
Dhruv was somewhat baffled at this scene. Although he had seen knights carrying swords, but this was the first time he had seen a little girl, holding a knife with a fierce look in her eyes, though it made her look even more adorable.
However, Dhruv was satisfied because he finally got to hear the word ‘friend’ from her mouth. He never craved for a guardian, he had always craved for a friend, and although his father gave him a guardian as a birthday present, but in the end, he ultimately got a friend.
And it appeared like even Rohini was happy to become friends with Dhruv and there was a proud smile on her face when he made a request from her.
“But, we cannot use the palace entrance because the soldiers will not allow me to go outside.” Dhruv said.
Rohini pondered for some time then said: “I know about a secret passage that can take us outside the palace, father informed me about it since I am your guardian.”
Dhruv immediately thought: “Even I wasn’t told about this secret passage, why father would not inform me about it? Could it be that he doesn’t want me to go outside, but why? For my safety or is he trying to hide something from me?”
Several questions appeared in his mind and decided to go outside and see for himself.
With an excited look on his face, he said: “Well then lady Rohini, lead the way.”
Rohini pouted and said: “Don’t call me lady or I will call you prince.”
Both of them exited the Royal garden and went towards the secret passage while chatting like close friends.