Nikolina Appreciation Week 2021 ♛ Day 3: Fake relationship
The facts were these: King Nikolai needed peace and quiet to deal with the kingdom's needs. He couldn't do it with the Ravkan court trying to auction him off to the best bride they had to offer. And so he made a deal with his friend and former saint: a pretend engagement, if only for a short while. Long enough to get things sorted. Long enough to get the hounds off his back, and maybe leave behind only those truly interested in true, everlasting alliances.
Alina said yes, as a last favour to her friend. It was crazy, but it was also crazy how relentless everyone had been with him. She could easily sacrifice some time away from home to help him out. Except neither had planned for old feelings to gain footholds and grow. Neither had planned for... Love.