11/29/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 29 Finish

Epilogue:

One Month Later

Matilda was proud of her son and the way that he had handled the events leading up to his official rule as king. Sorting out the mess that he had found when he arrived home had been a long and diffic...

11/28/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 27

Matilda considered asking the boy what they didn't know, but she was afraid she knew the answer and didn't want to hear him say 'they don't know if he'll live much longer." She tried to walk faster. It didn't make much difference, but she tried.

11/27/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 26 Part 1

The Innkeeper frowned slightly. "Ya should know, I can' stand rabbits. If there's one thing worse 'an a wizard, it's a rabbit."

Matilda laughed. "I hope he hasn't caused too much trouble for you." The Innkeeper shrugged and Matilda went...

11/26/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 25 Part 1

Matilda had opened her eyes and sat up straight, or as straight as she could anymore, when she discoverd that she might not be executed. Her hands were still tied behind her back and she tried to scoot away from the stump, which had now become the...

11/25/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 24 Part 2

The prince was in a fine mood now that he had a plan. He walked into the dungeon. "Good morning."

The Dungeon Keeper tilted his head towards the royal. "Good day, Your Majesty."

"There's been a change of plans, Frederick. We...

11/24/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 24 Part 1

Three stories above the prison, the prince was pensively pacing his bedchamber. His valet stood unobtrusively in a corner, but otherwise, the prince was alone. He had moved his apartments to the King's Chambers, but none of the trappings of his ne...

11/23/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 22

Once everyone had abandoned the boats, they made their way into the cavern of the dungeon where Frederick was standing in front of the open door of a cell that had been carved out of the rock. Charles turned back to his mother and her friends, who...

11/22/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 21 Part 1

Captain Herman took up the oars and Charlie's thug sat in the rear of the vessel. Matilda and Charles sat facing each other in the front of the boat. Matilda tried to reason with her son. "Charles, why are you doing this? What's happened to you?"<...

11/21/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 20 Part 1

"Of course" said the wizard.

Cindy spoke. "I hate to interrupt, but we should probably decide what we're going to do now. I mean, Prince Charlie was talking about all kinds of terrible things." She shuddered and put an arm around Pete, ...

11/20/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 19 Part 1

Herman walked tenatively over to Matilda. "Beg your pardon Your Grace, but would it be alright if I tied your hands? Doesn't have to be behind the back and I'll tie them real loose for you. I'm not going to gag you." He glared over at the prince, ...

11/19/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 18 Part 1

The two guards stood in the cavern's entrance, momentarily confused. When they set off after the rabbit, they hadn't expected to find a large cache of supplies and the Queen Mother stowed away in a cave. The larger of the two removed his helmet an...

11/18/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 17 Part 2

Later, Matilda discovered more of what had happened at the scene of the hunt. As in their previous attempts to separate the prince, the conspirators found a small glade in the woods, apart from the hunting party that they hoped they could lead Cha...

11/18/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 17 Part 1

Mr. Weisgarber helped the conspirators unload the cart, then climbed up into the driver's seat and led Sugar Bell back to his home. They wouldn't need the donkey with them while they held the prince captive, and a donkey is more difficult to predi...

11/17/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 16 Part 2

Mrs. Weisgarber was shocked that the hunting party would be leaving so early. "I thought they'd give us half a day at least!"

But Amaranth just nodded sagely and said, "Oh yes, the prince will want to make sure the trail doesn't go col...

11/16/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 16 Part 1

The company made their way to the stable to pick out a suitable net for their expedition. Herford hopped slowly along behind the rest, as if the weight of what they were planning to do was dragging on him, but Reginald managed to keep up, and to v...

11/15/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 14 Part 1

Shortly afterwards, Pete and Jack returned from their morning labors. They had both worked hard that morning so that they'd be able to help with whatever plan had been hatched in their absence. When the plan had been explained to them, Pete quietl...

11/14/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 13 Part 1

The Queen Mother hadn't been able to think of a plan for capturing her youngest son. Other thoughts had crowded such contemplations from her mind. Thankfully, she didn't have to. At the end of the half hour, Matilda shuffled slowly into the house,...

11/13/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 12 Part 1

"I don't either. What can you do?" asked Mr. Weisgarber.

"Well, I'm really more of a research wizard, actually. But if you let me know what you want me to do, I could look up how it's done."

Mr. Weisgarber seemed disappointed...

11/12/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 11 Part 2

Amaranth scooted a little closer. "What?"

The two boys bent together, whispering. While the adults talked, Pete told Amaranth about the family business. "...My Pa gets up at 4:30 every morning to check the rickety bridges and make sure ...

11/12/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 11 Part 1

Cindy blushed slightly and turned to the rabbit. "Oh! I'm sorry about that. It's just, the pheasant was the one talking."

Herford made his best attempt at a bow. "That's quite alright. You couldn't have known." When he spoke, Cindy glan...

11/11/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 10 Part 1

Amaranth jumped up. "We should go there!"

Herford was less enthusiastic. "Do you think we can make it in time? How far away is it?"

"It's about a half a day's ride from here, so probably about a day with Sugar Bell. And it's ...

11/10/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 9 Part 1

After breakfast had been cleared away, the trio began trying to work out a plan. Amaranth wanted to storm the castle with Herford's wizardly powers, but Herford told him that he wasn't really that kind of wizard.

"Well, what kind of wiz...

11/9/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 8 Part 2

Matilda was awakened in the morning by a whine. The kid was up and addressing Reginald. "But you're a wizard! Why can't you just make breakfast appear?"

"No, he's a familiar, not a wizard. I'm the wizard." Herford waved his rabbit paw a...

11/9/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 8 Part 1

"It all started 70 years ago..." For the next two hours, Herford described the history of his rivalry with Galloway, a wizard from the South. It was a thrilling tale--filled with fireballs and wind storms and floods and more creative stunts like t...

11/8/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 7 Part 1

Matilda chuckled. "People who turn themselves into rabbits without letting anyone else know need to get used to these sorts of misunderstandings." She turned to the bunny. "We need you to change yourself back, Herford. I need your help." Herford's...

11/7/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 6 Part 1

Great grey walls rose around them and the sky was reduced to a distant pale blue strip. Gravel crunched under their feet. Monotonously. Continuously. Like the drip of a melting icicle. And Sugar Bell's slow, persistent hoofbeats drummed on the gro...

11/6/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 5 Part 2

Matilda looked at him very intently for a few seconds, trying to place the face. She didn't think it likely that a farmer or village tradesman would tell his son to conceal his name and occupation. But her memory failed her and she decided she'd e...

11/6/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 5 Part 1

"You are truly a hero. It's lucky that you were here when I needed you."

"Oh, it's not really lucky. It's just 'cuz I was following you."

This new revelation was slightly startling for the Queen Mother. "You were following me...

11/5/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 4 Part 1

"Well, now she has. You wanna cross this bridge, you let us have that bag of yours and maybe the donkey, too. Consider it a donation for the privilege

of crossing our bridge."

This put the Queen Mother in an uncomfortable po...

11/4/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 3 Part 1

Now alone with the donkey and cart, Matilda turned to the droopy quadraped. "It looks like it's just you and me now. Two old girls past their time going on one last trip." Sugar Bell didn't seem to appreciate this dialogue very much. She picked ou...

11/3/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 2 Part 2

The Tanner's house wasn't very far away from the Blue Pigeon. Matilda was able to make it there in good time. She knocked on the door with some trepidation. She didn't know what Cagil had in mind and it felt a bit impolite to be visiting a strange...

11/3/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 2 Part 1

It was too late to be worrying about whether or not her youngest son had sent thugs to watch her or assasinate her. She had had a long day. Her bones ached and she had been promised an early rising in the morning. It didn't seem to matter how many...

11/2/2014
NaNoWriMo Day 1 Part 2

Sometimes it surprised her how well her aged feet knew this aged path. Even on the darkest nights, Matilda could find her way to the  town of Fref without stumbling. It did help that the path was well-worn. She walked it most nights and was s...

11/1/2014
NaNoWriMo Day1 Part 1

As she picked her way over the dank stones, Matilda Amethyst Frangener reflected on death—which seemed so disproportionate and gruesome when it touched the young and left the old to mourn them. She looked passively around at the low, greasy ...