Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Auspices

This is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  A story told in 26 parts. 

A IS FOR AUSPICES

The priest had taken the auspices, studying the flights of ravens and eagles, and declared the Gods favorable to King Quirinus’ planned course of action. Quirinus paid the priest his exorbitant honorarium and watched him bow and waddle backwards out of the room. The priest’s purple-banded robes accentuated his rather generous midsection.


Quirinus knew the priest was prone to gluttony in all pleasures of the flesh but the man could be relied on to deliver the answer when they were needed. And they were needed; now more than ever.

Unlike the priest, Quirinus was rail-thin and getting thinner each passing day. He didn’t need a physician to tell him he was dying. He’d had a good life, rising from fifth son of a minor family to rule all Vesnovius. He’d outlived three wives and even a few of his daughters. He was almost ready to meet the challenges of next world.

He had only one item left to attend to. He needed a successor. His wives had given him daughters; twelve of them, with ten still living. And while he would have no concerns having his sixth daughter, Cardelia, succeed him, he knew that without a strong husband by her side, she’d soon fall victim to political maneuverings and the jealousies of her siblings.

No, better to marry her off, but to who? Whoever he was, he’d have to be as smart as Cardelia, good with weapons and brave. He’d need a strong hand, but also be able to get along with his strong-willed daughter and navigate the shark-infested political waters.

His plan was genius. He’d gather the eligible noblemen from neighboring kingdoms and issue a challenge. The victor would get Cardelia’s hand in marriage and the kingdom when Quirinus passed on.

And according to the waddling priest, the time to implement his plan was upon him.

16 comments:

  1. This is my first time participating in the A to Z challenge and it's been fun so far, I can't wait to see where your story goes!

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    1. hope I don't disappoint. thanks for stopping by

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  2. I wonder how Cardelia will feel about being the prize. Interesting stuff.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. Augh! You've already caught on, you have!

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  3. Being a strong willed woman I wonder if she will agree to a proposal?

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    1. Hey there! Thank you for your continued support!

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  4. Looks like a good plan, yours that is, to write a story using the A to Z prompts. I'm looking forward to it. Also, looking forward to see how Cardelia thinks and acts. Should be interesting. I'm now following you so I can see what happens.

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  5. OMG! is that you? talk about a departure. SOOO looking forward to this. :)

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  6. What a great idea to use the A-Z challenge to write a full story! You have great dedication and motivation. Good luck!

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  7. I love how you've described Cardelia so far. It makes me already like her and I can't wait to see what she's going to think of this little challenge. It's not an A-Z challenge for her hand is it? LOL.

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    1. No, not for her hand. At least that isn't all of it...

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