Choice of Romance - Kingly Intrigues (Raven and Julia)
"As I live and breathe..." Vito sighed, folding his hands at his desk as his wife left the room. She had been short with him lately, and never seemed to give leeway to the more important tasks of his life. Yes, he was busy, but he was the king... why couldn't she seem to understand this? He gave all of his spare time to her, but nothing seemed to keep the woman happy. Vito had begun to stop his attempts altogether, although there were no heir to the throne yet.
Vito gently stood from his chair and walked from his study, making sure not to wake his wife. He once made sure not to wake her to be polite, but now it was simply being able to sneak out without being caught. Yes, he was the king and he could do as he pleased, but his wife would scold him and lecture him. It wasn't worth his time. So instead, he sneaked out, late at night to simply relieve his stresses.
The night was still, everyone in the city sleeping or away in their homes. Vito pulled a cigarette out of his pocket and laid it on his lip before striking a match and lighting it. He wasn't sure where he was going, but it was away from the castle.