I am a young writer, who is in love with words and other kinds of art. I'm a collector of beautiful things, a reader of books, a student of Penn State, a dreamer, and a hopeless romantic. Inspiration, for me, starts off as a spark and eventually explodes in my heart.
"Wynn was calling my name in the distance. I turned to find that he was standing a few feet away, his back to me.
“Get back to the village,” he continued.
I stood up. “Why?”
He didn’t need to answer. I saw the men approaching us. There were three of them, and one was the man Shadow had almost kicked to death. He was using a stick to help him along but there was still no way he’d be able to walk upright after the several kicks to his back that he received. If I hadn’t stopped him, Shadow would’ve killed this man. The only explanation for his sudden recovery was magic.
People sold potions in Artao. They kept them hidden from the merchants knowing that if they were discovered, they’d have to answer to the Queen of the North. Magic was forbidden in the kingdom. Even if these potions were made from the magic that some believed lived in the earth, the Queen of the North didn’t like for any of her subjects to use it without her knowing.
King Diogo, on the other hand, didn’t mind. He allowed that kind of magic because it came from the earth; it was natural. Now that he’s gone, the naturalness of magic no longer matters.
All of it is considered unnatural in the eyes of the queen.
This is why I have to keep my powers hidden.
“I’m not leaving you alone,” I told Wynn, moving to stand beside him. “There’s three of them and only one of you.”
“Your father will never forgive me if I let anything happen to you.”
“You’re wrong about that,” I said, chuckling.
It was a dark sound, devoid of any real humor. “My father has been wanting to build my coffin for a very long time now. Suns know he’d offer you Sondra’s hand in marriage as payment for ridding him of me.”
“Then let me rephrase that.” Wynn turned to look at me, a serious glint in his eyes. “I’d never forgive myself if anything were to happen to you.”
“And I’d never forgive you if you didn’t let me help you.”
Wynn’s chivalry was flattering but he has known me long enough to know that I never backed away from a fight. Of all people, he knew that I was a great fighter, and could even be a knight like my brother had been if I were old enough. King Diogo had women in his guard, unlike the queen, who traveled with men at all times. Some say it’s because she wanted to uphold the traditions of her late father, but others say it’s because she has a jealous heart, and doesn’t want men finding any woman more beautiful than her.
I believe the latter.
The Queen of the North is vain. She always has been but even more so now that she is the ‘one true sovereign’."