“Tell me again,” the young girl sang.
Emile smiled at her daughter’s enthusiasm. “Once upon a time, there lived a princess. Her father was the powerful druid-king. An enchanted palace was her playground. One day, the evil shadow-king slipped through the magical barrier that surrounded their kingdom. ‘I will have everything,’ the shadow-king declared. A battle ensued. The palace crumbled. The druid-king commanded the princess, ‘Hide in the forest! I will find you–’”
Emile stopped, motioning for her daughter to hide. The shadow of a man appeared in the doorway to their cottage in the forest.
“Father?” Emile whispered.
Often, castles make me think of magic! This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly 100-word challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The engaging photo to inspire our creativity this week was provided by Sandra Cook.
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