May Day in Ancona [PM for Entry] Feb 23, 2016 8:08:10 GMT -6
Post by Nora on Feb 23, 2016 8:08:10 GMT -6
The rest of the trip to Ancona had been relatively uneventful – aside from Nora badgering Luke and Cen and Sir Zobek being, well, a grumpy old man. Even with the old Knight looking after her every move, Nora was so excited to finally be away from Wilderose, even if it meant going back home. The princess still wasn’t sure how she felt about being brought back to retake the throne from Kraft’s clutches, but at least it meant she was getting away from Monroe and that stifling little town.
The sun had started to make its way towards the horizon as they arrived on the outskirts of Ancona, but it didn’t seem like the town would be sleeping any time soon. As they’d approached the clear sound of music, singing, and laughter could be heard, and colorful banners graced some of the storefronts and homes of the village. To Nora, it looked like the town was in the midst of a festival, and she couldn’t have been happier about it.
As they entered town, Nora walked beside Thunder, who she was quite taken with after their ride together. It had been ages since she’d ridden, and Cen’s horse was quite the character. But beyond that, he was quite well trained, especially for having a first-time rider – even if she was a bit experienced.
Her hand petting Thunder’s neck, Nora beamed as she looked about at the happy villagers passing them, some simply going about their day, while others were running and laughing as they ran to enjoy the festival events. The street they were approaching was blocked off by a large group of villagers, and of course the curious teen wanted to see what was up.
“I’ll be right back!” Nora exclaimed, not waiting for approval from her “Papa” before darting ahead into the crowd, peeking through into the front just in time to see the beginning of the May Day parade towards the village’s center. Everyone wore their most colorful garments, and almost every lady had a multitude of flowers strung through their hair. At the head of the parade was a beautiful young girl dressed in a crisp white dress with a crown of white flowers in her hair, who had undoubtedly been chosen as the May Queen this year. From what Nora remembered, the parade would end in the town square where the May Queen would give a speech that would officially start the festival, and then the villagers would do the maypole right after. The teen bet there were other events going on too; she could barely contain her excitement at the thought.