Shoot the Messenger

Avatar Author: Ford Dent Ford's name isn't actually Ford, but for the purpose of discussion we'll assume it is. He's not published anywhere, not yet. He will probably claim to still be unpublished after the fact so as to keep a hold on his stre... Read Bio

The rain was unceasing, and Dabrose’s cloak, though made of oil cloth, could only do so much. It made him uncomfortable, or at least more uncomfortable than he already was. His Queen’s reaction had been unexpected, and the Guardsman’s instructions had been even more ominous.

Mud seeped through the cracks of the cobblestones as Dabrose hastened for the stables, splattering his clothes and forming a slick covering on his boots. He would take his horse, he decided, and find somewhere remote to hide out until this all blew over. There was something going on, something that was clearly far beyond his ken. The key’s loss was a blow to the kingdom, but Dabrose was just a messenger, and the recovery of the key was beyond him.

The mud is what saved him, in the end. As he approached the entrance to the stables, his boot lost traction, sending him sprawling in a manner most undignified. A thunk alerted him to the appearance of a crossbow bolt in the stable wall.

Apparently they would shoot the messenger after all.

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    Hello! I don’t think we’ve met before.

    Thanks for the sequel! You’ve got a knack for neat and tidy descriptions, giving detail without derailing the flow of narrative.

  2. Avatar Escapist

    I love that this story has three talented authors now. Keep it up, all!

  3. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    Ah…. Greetings. :)

    And let me just say, I loved this. :D

  4. Avatar Drake West

    have I got a project for you…

  5. Avatar Ford Dent

    Oh no I hope I didn’t intrude! I’ve not been here for years and just pulled it up to give myself a bit of a break. Glad you liked it.

  6. Avatar HSAR

    Of course you didn’t intrude! It’s great that you decided to hop in, it’s always nice to see people returning.

  7. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    There’s so many possibilities I am thinking for this….. I am having a hard time picking something.. Le sigh

  8. Avatar JonB

    A great little scene, very well structured and paced. I think this story has got some legs.

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