Continuing on with one of the song lyric prompts I wrote in November, this month I’m sharing a bit more I’ve written for it. Enjoy!
“King Regglind is requesting an audience.”
She looked up from the battle maps she’d been studying in surprise. “He’s here?”
Her advisor nodded once.
Pushing back from the table she closed her eyes in thought. Was this a trap? Was King Regglind foolish enough to actually come in person, to so easily get within her grasp? Could he possibly have a bargaining chip that would allow him safe passage back to his kingdom? She didn’t have great answers to any of these questions.
For months she had been attacking his borders hoping to provoke him to come out and face her. The King hadn’t taken the bait, though. Disappointed but not deterred from her purpose, she had pulled back her troops to squash a smaller nearby kingdom. One of the few small kingdoms still free of her control. She had stormed their borders and easily wiped aside the small force that had been raised to stand against her. Soon the rest would fall and then only her own growing kingdom and Regglind’s would remain on the continent. Once she had full control, then she could look across the seas.
But why had Regglind come in person. To try and talk her out of her plans? To ask for mercy? Her lips twitched at the thought. There would be no mercy if that’s what he was after. That felt wrong though. King Regglind was a strong and honorable leader. His people loved him. He would not hand them over. He would not give up his kingdom without some kind of fight. That was her guess. She was very confident in it. So what was his play today? Why come in person?
He must have some kind of leverage. What could that be, though? She had no personal attachments. She had no secret past that could be exploited. Her people knew who she was, who she had always been, and what her ultimate purpose was.
Sighing, she opened her eyes and addressed her advisor. “Show him in. Let’s hear what he thinks he has up his sleeves.”