“Well, you kinda expect it to happen.” Holly said.
“WHAT?! You knew?!” Artemis said.
“No, but a lot of rich people do that. Either because they’re afraid the son or daughter will be ugly and can’t get a husband or wife, or because they want to merge companies. And you father used to be quite money-minded.” Holly pointed out.
Artemis tried to regain his dignity. “I didn’t expect them, as my parents, to sell me off like that, so I did not consider that situation.”
“Why are you so upset anyway? Someone like you wouldn’t really mind something like this.”
“Well,” Artemis blushed for the first time in his life, “I like someone else.”
Holly whirled around in astonishment. Artemis? In love with someone else? This woman had to be the most beautiful woman alive to actually have Artemis not make some rude comment about. “Who? And you didn’t tell me? Tell me now!”
“Well,” Artemis was blushing as red as a tomato now, “I like you. Romantically.”
Holly could’ve sworn her heart stopped there and then. In fact, it stopped for such a long time that it was possible that she could’ve died.
“Artemis,” she said softly, “I love you too. But there’s so many things in between. You’re engaged. And there’s also the fact that I’m fairy and you’re a-” she stopped from saying ‘mud boy’, “human boy. Different species aren’t supposed to get married.”
“I don’t care. I really like you, Holly.”
“That’s just not possible, Artemis.”
“I’ve done the impossible before. I can and I will.”
“It’s best this way. We’re already stretching the limit by being friends. Imagine what would happen if we got married.”
Artemis then looked into her eyes. For the first time in years, she saw that cruel determination in his eyes. He then said something that he had once said when they first met: “I don’t care about the rest of the world. I only care about myself and I assure you, I will be perfectly fine.”
“You have to let go, Artemis.” She said, before she walked off.