The Waking of J

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And then he woke up.

He huffed out a breath and gasped.  He was covered in sweat, even though the room was cool.  His eyes were still shut, but he felt the wetness gathered at the rims of his eyelids.  He squeezed and a tear rolled down from the corner of his eye and wet the outer rim of his ear.

Right away, he calmed.  The intensity of whatever emotion he’d been feeling that brought him to tears just vanished. Continue reading

The Queen Remembered

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The Queen Remembered Revised“And so despite her injuries,” the king said, glancing at her with a bright smile of encouragement before turning back toward the vast crowd gathered below the castle balcony, “your queen will be joining you for the festival in three days’ time.”

The crowd roared and the king laughed.  His merriment seemed genuine.  She wondered if it was these days.  A few years had passed, after all, since he became king and she became queen.  Though in another memory, a false one that glimmered at the surface of her thoughts, he had been king for nearly two decades.  Continue reading