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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–June 11th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in by one of the participants in the group of writers. 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. This week’s prompt was taken by Al Forbes himself. Thanks, Al.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:


Genre: Fantasy Humor

Word Count: 200 Words


Princess Gwendolyn sat in her chamber working on embroidery. The picture depicted a knight fighting a dragon.

“If only,” she mumbled.

Her handmaiden, Drucilla, came running into the room almost out of breath as there were no lifts.

“Mistress, your father the king demands you come to the throne room in all haste. Sir Reginald has come to ask for your hand.”

“Oh, all right. Run ahead and tell him I’m readying myself.”

She quickly pushed back her golden braids and put on shoes.

Fairly soon the kingdoms should run out of eligible princes. I’ll have to choose as I don’t want to end up in a nunnery like my cousin, Roslyn. She gave a deep sigh.

Down she strode through the dreary halls until she finally entered the throne room.

“Aha,” declared the king. “Here’s my beauteous daughter. My treasure, meet Sir Reginald.”

“Princess,” wheezed Reg as he knelt before her. He was more than hefty and had some difficulty getting to his feet.

Well, thought Gwen, he’s better than many and not hopeless-looking.

He’ll probably be happy to sit, eat, and live to give my father grandchildren. It could be far worse.

“Welcome to the family, Sir Reginald.”

















11 thoughts on “DAUGHTERS OF KINGS

  1. Drucilla is a drama queen. I mean, these guys have come calling so often, you’d think she’d just poke her head in the door and say, “Next…”

    Gwendolyns of history aside, I wonder how many modern marriages are forged on similar ideas: “Time is running out, and I guess (he/she) isn’t that bad.”

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    • Thanks, Erik. Ha, ha. It sounds a bit like a doctor’s office. Drucilla is a servant and answerable to the king. Anything he says is important to her and she adds drama. You may have a point about the marriages of today, minus the nunneries, of course. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. It makes me cringe that she had to settle but then again, considering they were running out if eligible knights she could do worse. And she’s right he’ll provide those things her father wants. Plus, I think she knows she’ll be able to control this guy as “Queen” of her own castle.

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