And I’m back. Or Charlotte is, as my interviewing minion. She’s going to talk to the prince in Kendra E. Ardnek’s Misfortune and I am sending her in with very little information.
Charlotte settles into the world. She finds herself near a very majestic palace. Slightly eastern in look. She pulls her scarf up to cover her head. No one can hurt her either way, but some people are more settled if she makes a small attempt to fit in.
She looks around and spots a young man standing alone. He must be her subject. She studies him a moment before walking over.
“Hi, I am special reporter Charlotte Iverson and I’ve come to ask you are few questions for promotional reasons. All answers will remain confidential from anyone else in your story and will not be used against you in any way. let us begin.
Just, Delshad? You haven’t got any of those fancy middle names people seem so fond of?
“Middle name? No, I’ve not done anything important enough to earn an honorific second name.”
You are a prince. Tell me about your kingdom. What do you love?
“Well, it’s a large nation, actually. My father was a bit hotheaded in his youth and conquered many surrounding countries. Much of the land is prosperous, though, and people are people no matter where they live. I think that’s what I love about our country – the people. Each of them so strong, brave, and unique.”
Middle son, right? Is that hard?
“I wouldn’t call it hard – it definitely has its perks. Mostly in the fact that I’m not as important as any of my older brothers, but not so troublesome as any of my younger brothers. I like to melt into the background and be ignored.”
Okay, multiple older and younger brothers. I confess I didn’t know that. How many brothers do you have?
“I can’t say off the top of my head. There’s a good number of us.”
Okay, okay. How do you get on with your brothers?
“Frankly, I’d be surprised if even half of them remembered that I exist, so many of them are involved in petty quarrels among themselves, and I try my hardest to stay out of that.”
Charlotte looks over her shoulder. Someone, a guard likely or not, is walking in their direction. Time for her to get out of her. This kingdom doesn’t sound the most welcoming to pesky journalists.
It’s been nice talking to you and learning this little bit about you and your kingdom. I’ve really got to go, but you try to stay safe, please.
“I make no promises!”
Charlotte sighs as she fades out. One of those sort of princes then. The quietly heroic ones. This bodes well for the story, but not so well for Delshad. He’ll probably be alright in the end, but this is only the end of the interview, not the story.
Is the safety of a country worth the sacrifice of one girl – even if she is the daughter of blood and misfortune?
A Twist of Adventure #4
The day she was born, her kingdom fell, and so she was branded the daughter of blood and misfortune and locked away. Now a dragon plagues the land and her curse may be the only thing that stops it.
But is she really cursed?
Well, Delshad is going to find out, so do read the book. I’ve started in myself, but work hasn’t given me much time for reading and I’ve had other things.
E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney
Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes,
and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life
and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random
box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks.
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