Boy Meets Girl
It had been a sad and tragic year for the boy. At just nine years old, he lost both of his parents; killed when their village was raided by a horde of Giddy Goons. Orphaned, he fell to the care of his uncle, Sir Duncan the Bold, his father's brother and a knight serving King Ethelred of Etheria. Duncan was a caring, but tough man. To teach the boy the value of hard work and to strengthen his body, he got him work as a palace stable boy. The boy hated it. He was up every morning just before dawn, and he spent most of his day shoveling manure, stacking hay, and various other chores. It didn't help that he happened to be quite clumsy, and often found himself falling into puddles of mud...and that was when he was lucky. This made him the object of ridicule among the other stable boys as well as earning the stable master's wrath. His only relief was the meals spent with his Uncle and the hour or two a da
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Daphne's Ordeal Part 7
Pain--that's what her life had been reduced to. From the fire in her soles, to the screaming in her limbs, all she knew was pain.
You mustn't give in, my child. Whatever he does, whatever he threatens, you mustn't give in.
I must be cracking, smiled Daphne weakly. I could swear that was my mother's voice.
"What are you smirking about," asked Malthius, with a contemptuous sneer. "Things are about to get a lot worse for you!"
"I just heard my mother," Daphne replied. "She wants me to be strong."
Malthius threw his head back and laughed.
"Really, your Highness, I hadn't expected you to start hallucinating until tomorrow."
Hold on, my daughter! You
Daphne's Ordeal Part 6
Ludsworth, one of Malthius's dungeon guards, was never known for his courage. Once a soldier in King Ethelred's army, he was disgraced when he ran at the first sign of trouble. The trouble, as it turned out, was a baby dragon he had been assigned to chase out of a local village. His cowardice ensured that he could never again find employ in any legitimate army. So when he found out Count Malthius was hiring, he jumped at the chance.
His counterpart, Mortley, was dismissed from Ethelred's army for a different reason: he was corrupt to the core. Mortley knew no loyalty and was never offered a bribe he didn't take. When he realized his treachery was about to be exposed, he deserted the army and became a mercenary. Naturally, he was a perfect fit for Malthius's crew.
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