Fandom: Breath of Five IV
Theme and Prompt#: Theme #1, Prompt 32: The Raven
Disclaimer: I own nothing profitable, including Breath of Fire IV and the characters referenced here!
"You grew up expecting that Elina and- or- her consort would rule Wyndia, didn't you?" Ryu asked his wife intently. He had been sorting his fishing lures while she wrote a letter to Ursula, but when she finished, he took the opportunity to pry into a subject that had only recently begun to truly interest him. His father-in-law was aging faster now. His proud wings lacked their past luster. Nina was growing more and more involved in matters of statecraft, both to support Wyndham and in preparation for her own future as queen.
"I did," she responded plainly.
In their sitting room, the grim and solemn portraits of her predecessors stared down from two of the fours walls. They were handsome men and lovely women, with their faces framed by their wings. They shared little of Nina's gentle softness. Ryu wondered if the exalted position had caused their sterner traits to be exaggerated or if it was just the style. "So what did you think would happen to you? What did you want to do?"
"Well," Nina smiled a particularly charming memory, "When I was really little, I wanted to be a Woren warrior, but I don't think that's exactly what you're asking." She was right- it wasn't, but he laughed at the silly story. He couldn't apply his own experience to the matter, but it seemed like lots of children entertained capricious thoughts such as these at one time or other. "Really what I thought I was going to do was be a minister in Elina's government. Preferably a diplomat. I didn't want to be a simple token, married off in exchange for a bond that might not last a decade. I liked the idea of being a diplomat since it would allow me some freedom of movement. And since I believe in Elina so much, well, supporting her seemed like the right thing to do."
"You would've been good at those things. Well, maybe not being a Woren warrior, even though I wouldn't mind seeing you dressing like Una... But you shouldn't undersell yourself, Nina. You're going to be a great queen. And as queen, you'll get to be a diplomat and a minister and all kinds of other things at once."
"Oh, don't put all that pressure on me, Ryu! I can already feel the weight of all my royal ancestors on my shoulders. They're all staring down at me like hawks waiting to strike or vultures circling a corpse."
"Or ravens waiting to peck out your eyes!"
"Ryu!" she exclaimed as she lapsed into laughter.