Girls Just Gotta Have Fun
13 years had passed since Mint found her prince and married him. She and Rue were married about 13 years now and were even more in love with each other then when they were dating.
During their marriage, they had one little girl. She was just entering her teen years and she was starting to act like her mother everyday. Young Mariah hated being a princess and she wanted to go out and explore the world.
It was unfair that her mother and father always talked about their adventures finding (relics). She always dreamed of going on her own adventure. Not by herself, but with her cousin Marisa.
Young Marisa was the same age as her cousin, 13. And yet, she was so much like her own mother herself. Maya always taught her daughter that it was very important to study and do well in her schooling.
Mint didn't care if her daughter ended up like her mother. But she didn't like how her niece was being raised.
Mint was lying in bed with Rue one night and all she did was complain.
"Why is Maya letting Marisa do what she wants!? My mother never raised us like that. But when she died, then we had to learn everything our father taught us. But, I never liked it. I'm smart in my own way. Why do we need books to study? I don't want Mariah studying. I want her to go out on her own and learn stuff the old fashioned way."
Rue turned to her. "I know, but I want my little girl to be successful. Don't you agree?"
Mint gave him a sour look. "She is more like me. Not like you. The only thing she has in common with you besides your DNA is she can sometimes be calm. But sometimes she can stomp her foot like her mother here."
Rue sighed. "Come on, don't you agree with what I just said?"
Mint still gave him a sour look. "No, I do not agree. I say we let her do what she wants. She is a teenager now and pretty soon, she will want to find her own prince. We need to let her go and see what she decides she must do." Mint told him.
Rue looked away and sighed. "All right, we will let her have her own way and see what makes her happy."
Mint smiled. "Thank you. I'm glad you can be patient with me." Mint said, as she snuggled with Rue.
"Yea, but why isn't Mariah like that? When you changed, she can too. If she wanted to."
"Yes, but, she is in the same position I was once in. Her cousin is pestering her to study. I remember Maya doing that to me all the time. I wanted to pull that hat of hers over her ugly eyes."
"Uh, you know you and your sister look almost identical. So, saying that means your also calling yourself ugly." Rue said.
"We may look almost alike, but you already know, we have never acted or thought alike. And besides, I always thought of myself as the most beautiful sister. And I know Marisa and Mariah do that to each other all the time. Seeing them fight and stuff reminds me of Maya and I when we were their age." Mint said.
Rue yawned. "Yea, I know, well it's getting late. Good night."
Mint closed her eyes as Rue turned off the lamp. "Good night, my dear."
The next day, Mariah walked down the stairs for breakfast. She held a notebook in her hand.
"Good morning, mom, dad, Aunt Maya, Uncle Matthew, grandpa and Marisa." Mariah said.
"Good morning, what is that notebook for, dear?" Mint asked her daughter.
"Oh, I'm going out to study and walk around and ask people questions about history and about the East Heaven Village. I've asked several people. But there are still more people to ask." Mariah said excitedly.
Mint smiled. "Have fun. That is my girl, learning just like her mama did."
Maya nearly snorted. "Oh dear sister, I always thought you were weird, learning that way. Did you know, that reading books and studying them are better for your education?" Maya asked.
Mint ignored her sister. She knew that Maya did this from time to time, she learned to ignore it most of the time, and she also taught Mariah to do the same thing when Marisa was bugging her.
"Hello. Come on. It's stupid, rethink it Mariah!" Maya yelled at her niece.
Mariah gave her aunt an annoying look. "Why should I study like Marisa!? It's boring, just sitting in a bedroom all hours of the day studying. It's better for your health to be outside!" Mariah yelled at her aunt.
Marisa glared at her cousin. "You are an embarrassment to the whole village of East Heaven!" Marisa yelled.
"Oh shut up!"
"That is enough!!!" Mint said, as she yelled. "Everyone, just let Mariah do what she wants. I was able to do what I want."
Then she eyed her father and sister. "And believe me, living with people who won't let you do what you want since you were young really gets annoying. That was why I want my daughter to do what she wants."
Mariah smiled. "Really? Oh mom. Will you let me go out on an adventure? Like you and dad did?" Mariah asked, all of a sudden excited.
Mint turned to her daughter in surprise. "Really? Oh, it's very dangerous dear. I didn't go on an adventure until I was 18. And that was when I was kicked out of the castle."
Mark and Maya sighed. They hated thinking back. They regretted what they did to Mint.
Rue smiled and nodded. Mint sighed. "Alright, if that is what you want. I suggest going to your Aunt Claire's house and maybe you can go visit Celestial City. It's a town that is a day's walk from their house."
Mariah smiled. "Thank you mom."
And then, began a new adventure for the young Mariah.