Royal Assassin

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The assassin’s blade slid across the traitor’s throat, easily slicing through pipe, vein, flesh, and fat. He kicked the obese old Duke away, the body tumbling to the floor in a heap.

“You have been found guilty of treason,” the assassin said to the corpse, “For your crimes your life has been claimed for the purchase of healing wounds you have created. May you rot in hell.”

He withdrew the Duke’s dagger from the dead man’s belt, a jewel-encrusted weapon designed more for show than for practical use, and plunged it to the hilt in the Duke’s forehead — the sign of the Royal Assassin, so that all would know the King’s justice had been carried out this night.

Moments later he dropped nimbly onto the balcony outside his chamber, entered through the doors there – and drew up short.

“You should not be here, Geoffrey,” the assassin said curtly.

“My apologies, Majesty,” the servant apologized. “But the Queen, your wife, was looking for you.”

The King sighed wearily. “Very well. Inform her I will arrive shortly.”

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    Quite the twist there, one I was genuinely surprised by. Love it!

  2. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Agreed! I love the twist at the end. ‘Royal Assassin’ it’s like a superhero stage name!

  3. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I’m currently reading Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice, the memoirs of the bastard son of a Prince who becomes an assassin for the King. It made me wonder what would happen if circumstances aligned themselves such that someone like this would end up taking the throne, so that the King and his assassin wound up being the same person. The above is the (partial) result.

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    i have that book. :) that would be one skinny king, and i’d always pictured them fatter..

  5. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I think it depends A) on who the author is, and B) what sort of king it is. Some are fat, and others are more fit.

  6. Avatar maximumride36

    so cool!!!
    I loved that!! =D

  7. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Thanks! Glad you liked it!

  8. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    Loved it! Had to read it twice to make sure I understood. :)

  9. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Yeah, it’s somewhat subtle. :)

  10. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Definitely liked the twist there at the end. Very imaginatively gory calling card for your royal assassin, though I’m not sure of the practicality of actually getting a knife through a frontal bone. Then again, I’ve never really tried it, since we used a bone saw.

  11. Avatar Pearl

    I love this! Very mysterious yet nitty-gritty. Can’t wait to see where you go from here.

  12. Avatar Jessica Cahill

    I loved the end line, by calling him by a different title, he almost became a different person. Well done.

  13. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    @THX – I debated over that a bit and almost went with him driving it through the Duke’s temple, but I just really liked the visual of a dagger protruding from his forehead.

    @Pearl – Thanks! Not sure yet if I’ll expand on it, but I may get inspired.

    @Jessica – That was my goal, so I’m glad to have carried it off. :)

  14. Avatar Horrorfan13

    I agree. Having the King actually be the assassin gives the story a whole new view point that I’m not disappointed in. Good one!

  15. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I have to admit, when I finished this one up, I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it, so I’m thrilled that everyone’s enjoying it. :)

  16. Avatar Jer Ray

    Awesome story. Sounds like the start of a really cool Robert Downey, Jr movie…hehe

  17. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Y’know, I just can’t picture RDJ in this role.

  18. Avatar gĀ²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    I dunno about Downey, Jr, but he just might be able to pull something like this off.

    Congrats on the feature, by the way!

  19. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Thanks! It was kind of a heady experience, having two back-to-back features. Glad you enjoyed “Royal Assassin!”

  20. Avatar Lady Bug

    nice! A king that gets shit done! I like this a lot.

  21. Avatar Jae

    All of Robin Hobb’s books are quite something to read. I can see how this would be inspired by Assassin’s Apprentice. Nicely done, I was caught of guard at the end too.

  22. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    I’ve quite enjoyed her Farseer series so far. I’m in the middle of the second book (ironically, named Royal Assassin; I swear I didn’t plan that), and it’s been a fascinating ride so far.

  23. Avatar Mighty-Joe Young (A.K.A Strong Coffee)(LoA)

    i loved this story it took me a second to get it but i got it.hehehehehehe

  24. Avatar Jim Stitzel

    Glad you did! :-D

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