Once upon a time, there was a boy and a girl and as soon as they met each other they fell in love. Not “love at first site” love, but “I will do anything for you because you are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with you” kind of love. She was a server at a local tavern and he, a young knight in training.
When she told her friends and family about the nice, young knight she met, they all told her that he was not worth her time, for surely he could have his hand at any maiden in any of the villages, so he would certainly break her heart someday. Nevertheless she still talked to the young knight whenever he came into the tavern and they grew closer and closer as time passed by.
One day, the young knight sat her down at his table and said, “We have grown so close these past few months and I would love for you to be my bride someday,”.
She looked back at him puzzled and replied, “I have felt the same way towards you, but why do you say ‘someday?”
He looked down at his hands, nervous about what was going to happen next, “Well I have to leave to my training to become a full knight, and after that, they are to send me to war.”
She gently took his chin in her hands and made him look into her eyes. She smiled softly and promised, “I don’t care what you are about to go through, I want to be with you.”
Relief poured over the knight as he looked on at this wonderful. young girl.
The next day, the young knight packed his things onto his horse and before he was able to sneak over to the tavern to say goodbye to the girl he was quickly falling for, all the young knights set off for their training. What he didn’t know was that the maiden was watching through the window and blew a kiss, to him hoping that he would somehow know that she was already missing him.
After many months of the young maiden telling other young knights and farmers that she would not marry them, she received a letter from the man she had been so desperately missing. In the letter he wrote:
It has been so long since I have seen you. Some days I fear that I will forget your beautiful face, but I promise you that my love for you has not changed one bit.
I have recently finished my training and can now call myself a knight of the king. I was hoping to see you soon, but the king has called me and my comrades to war. Although I do not agree with this war, I will serve my king if it means that in doing so I am protecting you.
You are might light when thinks get dark.
The maiden read the note over and over again until she had it memorized. She knew that if she showed it to anyone, they would mock her and take it from her, so she hid it in her shirt while she worked and kept it under her pillow when she was home.
Each night she dreamed of the day where the man she loved would come home to her; and every morning she would wake up and look out her window hoping that today would be the day that her dream would come true.
Soon the leaves began to drop and summer turned into fall; fall turned into winter and the young maiden began to believe that the knight would never return to her. Maybe he had fallen in battle, or maybe he had found someone else to love. She did not know. Each day took a greater toll on her spirit than she was aware of and soon she began to wonder if he had even existed in the first place.
Then on the coldest, windiest night the door to the tavern opened and a handsome, strong, seasoned knight entered the tavern. Many knights had visited the tavern so the maiden did not give a second thought to him and went over to serve him. Most knights ordered the ale so she had made it a habit to bring them one before they had even ordered anything.
As she set down the ale, the knight stared at her, studying every inch of her as if trying to memorize every curve, hair, freckle. Uncomfortable the maiden said, “Is there something I can help you with?”
The knight smiled and said, “A year ago I left to begin my journey to become a knight and I left behind a young woman that I loved dearly. She worked here every single day and I used to visit her on a daily basis.”
The girl froze, barely breathing. Was this knight the young man who she had been waiting on for so long? Had he finally come back to her? Heart pounding in chest, she touched the letter that she still hid within her shirt.
Before she could say anything to him, he gently took her hand in his and said, “I have waited far too long to see, you my love. There are things I have seen and things I have done that I never wish to tell you about, but what helped me through all this was having someone waiting for me. You have never left my mind since the first time I saw you in this very tavern. You are my one and only. Please do me the very greatest honor of allowing me to become your husband.”
The girl cried tears of joy and replied, “Of course I will, my love. I will stay by your side for the rest of our lives.”
Overjoyed, the knight took the maiden into his arms and both felt an immense wave of happiness. All of the waiting and trouble had built up to this moment and neither of them would ever doubt each other again.