“OH Officer Amaro, how nice to see you!” Prince smiled as he greeted the obviously uneasy young man who had just arrived at his door. “I have heard many good things about you from Officer Theis. Got a few commendations for bravery I hear.” Snow, standing a bit back, grinned at her husbands antics. He was having sport with the poor fella.
Nick could feel his face turn crimson as he cleared his throat, “Ah ah hem .. yes .. uh Thank you sir .. uh your Majesty .. I mean .. uh”
An admonition rang out. “Daddy! Stop embarrassing our guest!” Nick’s stammerings were fortuitously interrupted by Rose White’s entrance.
“Ahh my dear Rose you would not allow your papa a bit of jest. Nick here knows I am ribbing him. I have it on the very best authority that he is a good egg .. this one!”
Giving her father an impish stink eye and a kissy face to her dear momma, Rose quickly ushered the relieved young man out the door.
Snow called out after them, “Have fun dear one and do take good care of her Officer Amaro!” Still flushed and a bit flustered, Nick managed a quick “Yes ma’m .. uhhh your majesty.”
As they walked away the Rose and Nick could make out a soft chorus of twitters and snickers coming from inside the house.
“Parents!” Rose shook her head with a playful sigh and exaggerated eye roll! She would never admit it to her date this evening but she found her dear ole dad quite amusing!
The day was lovely and they decided to walk to the restaurant. Nick parked the car by the marina and they took a short cut thru City Square Park.
The sunshine and fresh air transported Rose back to her childhood when her parent would bring her and her sisters down to this park to play. As she reminisced Nick grabbed her hand and pulled her over toward the monkey bars.
“Come on Rose let’s climb this thing like you did when you were a kid.” Nick laughed and hopped up on the first rung.
“Wwwhat .. OH MY you are crazy! We cannot climb up this …”
Nick retorted with a mischievous look in his eyes, “sure we can! Come on up you go!”
Rose’s mind spun. What would people think if they saw their future queen sitting upon the top of the monkey bars in City Square park … but I am NOT queen yet … with that thought up she went!
Life at the top of the monkey bars felt simple and sweet. Rose was basking in the moment when all of a sudden Nick shouted, “Who goes there?” Jumping down from his perch …
he ran and jumped onto the Pirate ship playground structure. He landed with such a thud that it frightened poor little Armando Goth to death. As Armando ran away from the ship Rose ran towards it. Some distant tomorrow she would be Queen Rose of Windenburg but for today she was Pirate Queen Rose scourge of the seven seas (Armando would have to forgive her.. someday).
Rose was so excited. There was a new American restaurant in Windenburg. McDonald’s. She had been just waiting to eat an American hamburger with fries again. Nick had wanted to take her someplace more elegant but if this made her happy well then that is what they would do!
Throughout their meal Nick regaled Rose with tales of crime and justice. Rose found it fascinating. BTW .. the burger was all she had hoped for … delicious!
During the meal Nick had made mention of being a member the police department bowling team. Immediately Rose wanted to try it. Nick tried to dissuade her but she was NOT having it. Bowling it would be! He was afraid that it was stacking up to be that he would end up being the least romantic date in all Windenburg history.
They stopped by his house to change. Luckily Rose was the same size as his little sis. She borrowed some “appropriate” clothing so she would have “proper bowling attire.” HER words.
While he thought Rose looked very beautiful before, he had to admit she was just adorable in a bowling shirt!
She was NOT a natural bowler ..
but with a little bit of instruction ..
she did quite well. The game was on but Nick made sure to land a few atypical gutter balls to keep the score close.
Their date was going so well. Rose was having a wonderful time and proud of herself! She was actually getting quite good.
The evening waned and the date was drawing to a close. They sat and chatted over a couple of sodas.
Donell Mehan and two of his buddies had been at the bar all afternoon. Bob Bumbles and Sal Amander had just arrived from Murkland (OH don’t be so shocked at my flagrant promotion .. you all know I have no shame) yesterday and were taking easy. Donell was getting louder and more and more obnoxious with each passing minute. Nick recognized him and knew he was trouble. Approaching the bar he asked the fellas to keep it down so he and his date could enjoy the remainder of their evening. Bob and Sal complied but Donell grew more surly.
You could tell that the bartender was getting worried. Donell was belting beers down quickly. He became quite belligerent when he was told he could have no more to drink. He became so irate that the fearful bartender had to call 911. When Donell started threatening the bartender with bodily harm and in his fury fell backward off his stool Nick knew he had no choice but to act .. and act quickly!
Now Donell is a big guy but he was not match for the quick witted Nick. By the time the WPD arrived Nick had him down and cuffed.
Promising the princess he would return shortly, Nick and Officer Blackstone took the boorish drunk out to the car and down to the precinct.
Rose waited …………………….
Finally, she called for a cab and went home.
A few days later a sheepish Nick showed up and ask to speak with the princess alone. “I am so sorry for what happened the other night.” He explained that the drunken Donell had gotten loose in the precinct and had to be subdued again. The booking process for assault on a policeman was a lengthy process. Rose graciously accepted his apology and let him know she understood.
Nick sat quietly for a long time. His eyes had a very sad look to them. Rose waited patiently for him to speak.
With a deep sigh, he began softly, “Princess I know you are like me in many ways. We understand duty. I am a policeman, Rose. I vowed to protect and serve this kingdom. I take that vow very seriously. You are a very beautiful and charming woman. I know you will make a wonderful Queen one day. I know too, you will pick a wonderful man to be King along side of you. As much as it saddens me to say this I feel it cannot be me. I cannot break my vow and I will not subject you to the neglect and fear that this job can bring to the families of police. MY duty to you is to serve and protect you and Windenburg as a member of the WPD not the royal court.
Rose’s heart melted .. he is a good egg indeed!
Thank you to the wonderful builders and CAS sim creators for allowing me to use your creations in my story!
These are a couple of FAB fellas from the Murkland Challenge. If you have not checked it out yet … Murkland Challenge
Found some amazing poses for this story … here are a few links if you are interested
Bad Boys .. Serious Guy .. Ready aim fire .. You have the right to remain silent and Dangerous game are all from Princess Paranoia
I want to be a pirate and bowling (strike) … rethdis-love
Monkey bars … Rinvalee
(fun) Bowling shirts Mutant League Bowling Shirts