The Princess and the Wood
The princess held her hand to her mouth in shock. She was suddenly alone, in a dark place, with hints of moonlight through the canopy in an otherwise fog-shrouded forest.
She thought of her guardians, now probably far away, or at least out of calling distance.
She wondered of their whereabouts at this hour of the night.
She was frightened. Her protectors had somehow let the beggar slip through security with his diseased hands with a wicked-looking box held in them, its gems glittering evilly.
She held her hand to her mouth, trying to stifle a scream, as her pursuer was catching up to her, its hoofbeats resounding on the forest floor. She was looking at a body before her, half-eaten with rot. It was one of her guardians.
But tiny eyes were watching her enter their domain: the eyes of the Fey, the Good folk.
She had been watched ever since the teleport nimbus brought her here, told that there was great danger, and soon, soon, she would be caught.
She caught a glimpse of her hunter upon arrival, but she was more fleet of foot than it, or maybe just luckier.
She must think, and find a way out of this mess!
A deep baying whinny, full of despair and foretelling her doom, resounded in the forest.
The Land Kelpie was catching up.
Troy David Loy ©2017
Troy David Loy is an eternal student, a writer, and blogger owned by two cats, Ricky and Eccles. He is co-author with Miss Sharmishtha Basu of two published books, and solo author of three books on Amazon for Kindle, with a fourth book on the way.
He lives with his family and values his friends, family, and the flourishing and the well-being of his species in dangerous times.
He seeks one overarching goal: to help make the world a better place in his own tiny, drop-in the- ocean way, one piece of fractal artwork, essay, or story at a time. He battles the Forces of Darkness™ from his secret volcano lair in Virginia as Troythulu while his eldritch tentacled servitors from beyond time and space keep the lab in good condition.
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