The Princess and the Siege – p.2

November 6, 2014 at 11:34 am 1 comment

When the leaves on the trees have all fallen off, the princess knows the time has come to draw up her plans for the following spring. She sits at a window, high in the north tower of her castle, and stares out across her kingdom. She has a small table beside her, with paper and a fresh quill, and her personal maid sits knitting on the other side of the small room. The two do not speak, but wait for inspiration to strike.

The princess goes over in her mind all the various campaigns she’s waged in the past: digging moats, building trebuchets that fling bags of dung, breeding strains of rabid rats to loose upon the roads… She knows that the princes who survive prepare themselves better each year, and that she cannot rely on the same tactics twice, so a new approach must be taken.

A bird flies by her window, and lands on a nearby parapet, holding something in its talons, which it proceeds to beat against the stones until it cracks open. The princess has never seen such a thing, and calls her maid over to look, too. “My lady,” she says, “that’s an oyster, from the sea beyond the mountains. The shells are quite hard, and the meat inside is most slimy and foul.”

The princess smiles.


Entry filed under: Story #13 - The Princess and the Siege.

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  • 1. Theaceae  |  November 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    So glad you are back, Ravenofalltrades:-) Love all your stories. I am very excited to see what is in store for all those pesky Princes. Really can’t wait to find out if the Princess will put those oyster shells to good use. If she does, I know it will be something very inventive. Thank you for taking your time to entertain us!


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