The Castle: A Short Story (Part 1)

Amaria was late again. She had been late with greater and greater frequency over the last few years, and today it had been at least half an hour since the appointed time, which had remained unchanged for almost thirty years. All the food for the household was brought up from the village, and twice aContinue reading “The Castle: A Short Story (Part 1)”

10 Days in Matalia (A Short Story: Day 1)

The sun was glistening blindingly on the water of the Inner Sea, and over the waves the royal party could see the solar glow linger on both the bustling landscape of the island of Martaine and the bright, empty cliffs of the southern Rutland Isles. Beside them, the reddish light faltered on the tops ofContinue reading “10 Days in Matalia (A Short Story: Day 1)”

Chapter 7 (Part 2)

Taking advantage of the current good relationship between the Islandian nations, Rewan and Maria Teresa had gone through the usual rituals typically required for a couple engaged in courtship: they danced several times at balls, exchanged private letters, and in December 1703 they attended the Christmas concert at Kemerin Abbey, where they were seated nextContinue reading “Chapter 7 (Part 2)”

Chapter 7 (Part 1)

There is a belief persistent amongst both the ordinary people of Rowenia, and amongst several members of the aristocracy, that Arvinta chose to withdraw from the world because of a perceived slight against them that occurred over a hundred years ago. In 1701, my mother’s great-grandfather, King Rewan, came to the Rowenian throne after theContinue reading “Chapter 7 (Part 1)”