(For anyone interested, there is an audio recording of this piece, narrated by Mariah Avix, which can be found through the podcast 600 Second Saga at insani-x.com)
Ann poked her head out the door to the castle gardens. Her eyes widened as they adjusted to the darkness. She tiptoed out and shut the door behind her. The combined scents of lavender and sweet pea wafted toward her and her nose twitched in appreciation.
Cheery laughter drew her attention to her goal. Just one look at the pretty gowns, then she’d sneak back to her rooms to prepare for the birthday celebration. Nana would never know she was gone. She turned toward the courtyard, creeping from shadow to shadow.
Finally, she crouched behind the large sweet pea covered trellis that bordered the fire lit courtyard. All the ladies. All the gowns. And even prettier than her eight year old heart could have dreamed. Everything sparkled, like they were all floating on a sea of diamonds. A sigh escaped her lips.
A squeeze on her upper arm was her only warning before she was yanked onto her backside. She peered up toward the sky and crumpled in on herself when she saw who stood above her. Continue reading “An Ill-fated Scarf”