"Seriously Mint, I'm really sorry for how I've been treating you. I feel like I ignored you and I'm so ashamed of myself." Rue said.
The two were in Mint's secret garden. Mint and Rue were talking about how each other have been doing. Rue was now apologizing to Mint.
They were sitting in the gazebo together and it looked very romantic.
"Rue, it's OK. I don't understand why you are so worked up over this." Mint said.
"Well, it's just that, you've been such a good friend to me lately and all I did was pay attention to Claire instead of you on your birthday yesterday." Rue said.
"It's okay, really! Put on a smile, that's what is great about life!" Mint said as she got up.
Rue looked at Mint and smiled. Mint looked up to the sky and Rue stared at her as his face turned crimson. Mint looked back at him and he looked away immediately
Rue sneaked a peek at Mint and continued to gaze at her seeing that she wasn't looking back at him.
'I never realized how beautiful Mint is. She's always been so cold-hearted, but I don't think she is at all. I think she's absolutely gorgeous and perfect in my eyes.' Rue thought as he was studying Mint.
The winds blew hard and Mint's closed her eyes and smiled as her hair was being blown back by the wind.
Rue smiled at the sight and a crimson red could be seen on his cheeks.
'She helped me revive Claire and comforted me last night. I think I might know where my heart stands and it's with her. I love her, this is what I'm sure about now.'
"Hey Rue! Are you still there?" Mint said trying to get Rue's attention.
"Huh? What is it Mint?" Rue said realizing he had spaced out.
Mint laughed a bit and smiled at Rue. "I'm being called inside. I think my father wants to talk to me." Mint said standing up.
"How'd you know?" Rue asked.
"I just know. Let's go."
"Okay." Rue said standing up too.
"Where are we going, Mint?" Rue asked following Mint.
"My dad's study or his throne room. He's always in there."
They continued to walk in silence until Mint stopped in front of a door.
"Well, we're here. You can wait here for me to come out or I'll meet you later." Mint said holding the doorknob.
"It's alright, I'll wait for you." Rue said leaning on the wall opposite the door.
Mint nodded as she went inside.
"I wonder what her father wants." Rue said.
Then, he heard them argue about princes and arranged marriages.
"Let's go, Rue!" Mint said as soon as she was outside.
Rue nodded and followed Mint.
"What was that all about?" Rue asked once there were in Mint's room.
"Just my father wanting to talk about my marriage and stuff since I'm going to rule the kingdom after him. I think it's just stupid that I have to marry a prince. I mean, mom wasn't a princess and I don't want to marry just someone." Mint said as she was laying on her bed.
"I'm sure your father just wants the best for you." Rue said.
"Well, I already love someone else." Mint then covered her mouth.
"Really? I'm sure if you tell your father then he'll understand." Rue said as he was really hoping that he was the one that Mint loved.
"You don't know my father, he won't let me just marry a commoner. But he lets you guys in because you are my friends." Mint said.
"Has the person you love ever done anything for you?" Rue asked as he was somewhat annoyed.
"I feel like he has done a lot for me. He saved me probably once or twice and has always been there for me when I needed him." Mint said.
Rue smiled as he thought that sounded like him.
"What if I help you get together with this guy?" Rue said looking up at Mint..
Mint's eyes widened. "Rue, well, what if it doesn't work out? Why would you want to do that?" She asked.
"Mint, you helped me so much during our quest together and it's time I returned the favor." Rue said.
"My dad will never approve. But, look let me just tell you that it will never work!" Mint said, angrily.
"I can't believe I'm hearing you say that." Rue said as he shook his head at her.
"I'm serious though, Rue. It won't work whatever you're planning." Mint said softly.
"And I'm serious too. Don't worry. You're perfect! You're sweet, beautiful and outgoing! Not to mention you have guts. You can do this." Rue said as he put his hands on her shoulders.
Mint blushed, looked down and sighed.
"Come on, Mint! Please tell me who you love, otherwise, the plan won't work." Rue said after telling Mint his plan.
"Well, you'll just have to live without me telling you. You'll find out only if the plan works."
"Awww, come on!" Rue said.
"Nope! You can't force it out of me!" Mint said with determination.
"Not even if I torture you?" Rue whispered darkly.
"Yes..." Mint said as she giggled.
"Let's see then." Rue said slowly advancing on Mint.
Mint was scared but didn't move from her spot. Without warning, Rue pounced on Mint and started tickling her.
Mint started laughing really hard and backed up. Both of them fell on top of Mint's bed. Rue continued tickling Mint while Mint tried her best to catch Rue's hands.
In her attempt to catch Rue's hands, she wiggled her arms causing Rue to lose his balance.
He was lucky to have been able to support himself with his arms and there was only silence. Rue realized the closeness of their faces and immediately lifted himself up.
"I'm so sorry, Mint." Rue said as he blushed.
"It's okay..." Mint whispered, not fully finding her voice yet.
Mint sat down and sighed.
"When can we start with this plan of yours?" Mint asked.
"You want to do this?" Rue asked suddenly not wanting to continue with his plan.
"Of course. You worked hard on the plan. I just want to know if this works out. But, I can't tell you who I love." Mint said.
"It's OK but are you sure? You don't have to. I mean, I don't want to force you. The chances of the person you like to like you back is great but I..." Rue couldn't finish his sentence.
"Yes. I'm sure. But do you mind if I change the plan a bit?"
"Sure, I guess. It's your wedding." Rue said.
"Thank you." Mint said.
Afterwards, Mint was sent to see her father and Rue and Claire were in the garden talking.
"Don't worry too much, Rue. I know there is someone out there perfect for her." Claire said.
Rue and Claire were in the garden talking about Mint.
Rue was confused about what to do with Mint, and he decided to ask Claire.
"But what if the person she loves doesn't feel the same way?" Rue asked.
"Rue, you already said that Mint's beautiful. The one that loves her should know that." Claire said.
"But I don't want her to get hurt. I don't care who the person is. As long, as my sweet Mint is happy." Rue didn't realize that he called Mint his.
"She won't, as long as you stay by her side at all times." Claire said as she smiled.
"Do you think she'll forget us when she gets her guy, or forget about me?"
"I don't think so. She is very loyal to all of us." Claire said.
"I sure hope so."
"Why do you want to help Mint with these anyways?" Claire wanted to know.
Rue kept silent and blushed. Claire saw this and smiled.
"Because she's always been there for me even when I haven't realized it." Rue said.
"And you love her," Claire added to his sentence.
"What? I-I...." Rue was surprised that Claire would figure that out.
"There no point in denying it Rue. It's too obvious. Maybe that why you thought that you loved me. Because maybe you thought that you'd find someone who would love you and wouldn't care if you were human or not." Claire said.
Once Mint arrived, Claire excused herself and let them have alone time.
Rue blushed harder while Mint got a confused look on her face.
"What are you thinking about?" Mint asked the silent Rue.
"Just the plan. I'm wondering what you're going to do." Rue said softly.
"Can I tell you something Rue? Promise not to laugh or get mad?" Mint said.
"Promise?" Mint said.
"Alright. I promise" Rue said firmly.
"You see about the one I love... It's actually..." Mint said looking down.
Rue looked at Mint, still wondering who this person was.
"It's um…" Mint said but stopped again.
"Wait, Mint..." Rue said looking at Mint.
"What is it?" Mint asked looking back up at Rue.
"I've got something to tell you first. Before you tell me anything, I need to tell you that I-I I think I.....I love you." He finally managed to say.
Rue looked up and saw Mint's shocked expression. He immediately looked down and blushed.
"I don't want you to force yourself into saying anything to me. I just wanted to tell you that. I honestly didn't know what came over me. If you love someone else, I'll completely understand. I don't want to lose your friendship. You've always been my best friend."
"Rue…" Mint started.
"Just forget I said anything." Rue said.
"Rue, just shut up for a second and hear me out okay?"
Rue closed his mouth again and looked at Mint who was waiting for Rue's silence.
He closed his eyes, scared of what Mint would say.
But, she didn't say anything, and she felt something soft on his lips. Rue opened his eyes and saw Mint kissing him. He didn't think that she would do that.
Then Mint broke the kiss.
Thank you, Rue." Mint whispered.
"I didn't do anything." Rue said as he was still shocking over Mint's kiss.
"You just made the plan much easier."
Rue was confused.
"You're so dense." Mint said, shaking her head.
"What are you talking about Mint?" Rue asked.
"You're the one I love, get it?"
Rue continued to sit silently still trying to take everything up.
"You love me?" Rue asked.
"Yes. I love you." Mint said.
Rue just sat there.
"Can I ask why you love me?" Rue asked.
"Because you're Rue." Mint said.
Rue nodded his head.
"And why do you love me?" Mint asked quietly.
Rue looked up and saw Mint who was looking down somehow scared of the answer he would say.
He took his hand and pulled her face towards him, and they looked into each other's eyes.
"Because you're Mint. The one whose kind, beautiful and spunky." Rue said.
"But, I thought you loved Claire. Heck, I didn't think I was as beautiful as her. Are you sure you love me?"
"Yes, I love Claire as a sister and I can see it now. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Even if, that means seeing you have our babies." Rue said, as he smiled.
"I never knew you were quite the romantic." Mint said as she was excited about her future.
"There's much you don't know about me..." Rue said, seriously.
"Oh, well there are things you don't know about me." Mint said smirking.
"I know one thing that's for sure." Rue said as he smirked and that made Mint's heart race.
"What's that?" Mint asked.
"Your tickle spots." Rue said tickling Mint.