A Tale of Two Princes By Eric Geron EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Authors: Eric Geron
- Publish Date: 10 January 2023
- Language: English
- Genre: Teen & Young Adult LGBT Romance
- Format: PDF / EPUB
- Size: 1 MB
- Pages: 461 pages
- Price: Free
“Handsome and charming? How is Canada’s perfect royal son possibly still
Travis Romano, Dean of Admissions at The Juilliard School here in New
York, gives me a meaty handshake. A gigantic grin plasters his face and his
green eyes crinkle at the corners. He shifts his stance as if hoping the
photographers will be able to capture a few good shots of this moment. It’s
the same irksome question I’ve been dodging since the day I went from
“Royal Tot” to “Royally Hot.”
The clanging of crystal quiets as a hush falls around the dean. A Silicon
Valley tech guru sets down her glass of Bordeaux to lovingly place her hand
on her husband’s arm. The president’s son gives me a cheeky grin.
Everyone within a three-metre radius is now silent, impatiently waiting to
hear how I’ll respond.
For a moment, I imagine telling everyone the truth: “Guess what? I’m
gay! And I don’t want to marry a woman and one day have babies to
continue the royal bloodline.” But I’ll never say that. It’s too important to
my parents—and all of Canada—that I follow in their footsteps.
And as next in line to the Maple Crown, it’s too important that I be a
good king for my people one day.
So, I’ll never find true love. That’s the cost of my destiny, and I’ve
accepted it. Besides, I’m already married—to tradition.
MAPLE CROWN RULE 57: Never discuss matters of the heart.
To cover my nervousness, I flash my signature sugar-sweet smile—one
befitting the Crown Prince of Canada—at the attentive crowd on the dance
floor, letting them drink in the seconds. Over the Juilliard violinists playing
softly in the background, I answer the dean’s question about how I’m
possibly still single with one deadpan word:
Some people chuckle while others begin a chorus of aaaaaaw.
The platinum maple leaf brooch on my jacket lapel sits heavy on top of
my heart. It identifies me as the Crown Prince of Canada, but it’s also the
lock of the box I’m trapped inside. The truth is, I’m single because I’m a
closeted gay guy…and I’m a closeted gay guy because I’m the Crown
Prince of Canada.
I keep smiling at the crowd, even though the many faces staring back feel
overwhelming. I’ve been gone from the public eye for almost a year, so of
course everyone is excited to see the “reclusive” Crown Prince return to the
limelight. They don’t have to know that “reclusive” actually means I’ve
been grounded this whole time, and all because of how poorly I acted at my
seventeenth birthday party.
In the fallout, Mum and Dad grounded me for the rest of my junior year,
then ordered I be sent away to New York City for my senior year. I’ve been
here for six months, cooped up between my family’s private Upper East
Side residence and a stuffy private school. Sure, there was public scrutiny
over my parents shipping me off to New York, but they passed it off as an
opportunity to strengthen their tight bonds with Canada’s closest neighbour
to the south. No need for anyone to know I had been grounded and sent
here as punishment.
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