Summary: A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?
For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement—the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty—into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.
As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.
For Prince Marcelo, marriage never seemed an option, and truly, he was content with that. And then his twin sister, the sister whose marriage to another kingdom’s heir is set to bring peace to the land, dies an unexpected death. As per the terms of the agreement, Prince Efren may now choose his own spouse out of his former fiancé’s siblings. To Marcelo’s surprise, the prince picks him. The one male child of the Queen of Sheburat, a second class citizen of the matriarchal society.
I really, really enjoyed this short story. Marcelo was specially endearing, and I loved his kindness and empathy, combined with an open thirst for knowledge. Marcelo, the prince of a matriarchal monarchy, is at peace with his future; one he sees as not including a marriage, so to say he’s surprised at being suddenly thrown into an arranged wedding is an understatement. He’s such a sweet character, and even in such a small amount of pages, I grew to care for him.
This story is great, and I’d love to read an expanded version of it, or another story within the universe. This story, despite being a complete story on its own, does leave some stuff to be imagined by the reader, and it feel like the beginning of a larger story. I loved the worldbuilding and the characters, and hope we do get to explore this universe further in the future.
Overall, though it does feel slightly like it’s unfinished, I do recommend this story, and truly can’t stop thinking about the characters of The Contingency Plan.