Photo Copyright: Al Forbes
This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July 31st, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 200 Words
THE DUTIFUL PRINCESS by P.S. Joshi
He was tall and dark, and his long, curly black hair fell about his broad shoulders. His armor was polished, and he wore chain mail underneath for added protection.
He rode a white stallion which also wore armor. The royal crest emblazoned his shield attached to the saddle. A magnificent broadsword hung from his belt.
Following him were his page, squire, and attendant knights. Behind them came the caravan with the supplies. They were riding to claim his promised bride, the exquisite Gerta, eldest daughter of the king of the neighboring kingdom.
Gerta was deeply unhappy. She dearly loved her father’s advisor, Sir Rolph Markstadt. He was neither handsome nor grand, nor had a beautiful stallion, nor rode to claim her hand. He did, however, have a quick wit and a quicker intelligence.
She was also a good, dutiful daughter so would take her place beside the prince as they marched down the aisle on their wedding day and say, “I will.”
She would then help him as he ruled his kingdom, giving him ten healthy children to carry on his line and connect his kingdom with other kingdoms. She would never complain. It was Twelfth-Century Bavaria.