Annica Sees -Prologue

Fiction By KatieSara // 8/26/2009

   He paced in the tower, high up and far away from infection of any kind.
Downstairs the servants were whispering about him. The courtiers were gossipping about him in quiet corners. They all wondered about their king and his irrational fear. The fear of sickness, of illness, of tossing and turning with fever, of pain. Now it is only natural for men to fear and avoid sickness and pain. But King Gyld took it to a point beyond what was natural and reasonable. Many questioned his sanity. He would do anything to avoid illness, would murder, would plot, would go to whatever lengths he deemed necessary. His subjects could not understand it. It was not death itself he feared. It could not have been, for he would issue challenges to friends, swordsmen and neighboring countries without hesitation. Neither sword nor arrow, spear nor mace frightened him. And yet he shied away from the simplest ailment in terrible fear. His subjects obeyed him always, not out of any respect or love, but out of fear. He was violent, aggressive, and unpredictable. For this reason, the people continued to lay low and submit to his commands.

   And now, as he walked feverishly to and fro in his chambers, his thoughts were focused on one thing. The plague. It had returned to the kingdom after an interlude of several centuries. It was as yet still contained to the northern quarters of the country, but the monarch in his southern capital neither slept nor ate with the thought of the epidemic always on his mind. He had to eradicate it, and quickly. His violent nature led him to one conclusion. He called for a messenger through the small window in his door and wrote down his orders. Concluding them, he wrote,
"To be carried out immediately and with whatever force necessary."
He signed it, sealed it, and the missive left his gloved hands. He barely thought about the sorrow and chaos it would create in his kingdom. He cowered in his tower and watched and waited.

Comments

Oh, cool!!!! I can't wait to

Oh, cool!!!! I can't wait to see the next part!

Heather | Thu, 08/27/2009

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And now our hearts will beat in time/You say I am yours and you are mine...
Michelle Tumes, "There Goes My Love"

Good job! Your'e a very good

Good job!

Your'e a very good writer, and this is a great idea. I hope the king hasn't ordered all those with the plague to be killed (gasp!). I hope you write more!

Laura Elizabeth | Fri, 08/28/2009

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I'm intrigued. Please post

I'm intrigued. Please post more, and quickly. (And also post more of your untitled work--I'm still waiting to see how that ends!)

Annabel | Fri, 08/28/2009

Thanks, all! Laura Elizabeth:

Thanks, all!

Laura Elizabeth: Maybe, maybe not.

Annabel:  I'm probably not going to be working on that one for a while. I like this story better and I was really starting to flounder around with the other one.

Anonymous | Fri, 08/28/2009

Well, I probably won't finish

Well, I probably won't finish that other story for a while. I like this one better, and I was really starting to flounder around with the other one. So until I get some more concrete ideas for Henrietta and Maxs' story, I'll stick with this one. :)

KatieSara | Sat, 08/29/2009

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

Cool..post

  cool...post more soon, please! :) :)

Jackie West | Fri, 05/14/2010

There is more! :-D Although

There is more! :-D Although most of it will seem completely unrelated to this prologue. 

KatieSara | Fri, 05/14/2010

Katie:-)

"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"
-Idris/TARDIS

wow

I'm intregued now! sounds good, I'll try to read the next chapter!

Kassady | Mon, 07/12/2010

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