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Thursday, 9 July 2015

SHORT STORY-POPPY&THE PRINCE-THE DEADLIEST OF LOVES


Hello everyone! Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far. Today, I'm posting another installment of Poppy & the Prince called The Deadliest of Loves. I hope you enjoy.
In some news I have started to publish under this name. I have three cat short stories out there now and I hope in the next few days to have a short story collection out. One of the shorts appeared here and the others have never been published. I'll post it here when it has been published. I have plans to revamp this site and add pages for my published work and other stuff. This story Poppy & the Prince will also be put together and published. I will announce that when I get it all together.
Lots happening as you can see. Stay tuned. For now I hope you enjoy the latest installment of Poppy & the Prince.  Take care.




POPPY & THE PRINCE
 
THE DEADLIEST OF LOVES
 
 
THE MOON LIT up the pathway they were on. Tomcat and a few of his tribe members were making their way to the winters realm. Behind them Seth and few of his court followed.
Tomcat was amused that Seth didn't want to be up front with him. He didn't care as long as he got his precious princess back. What a fool he thought Seth was. Despite possibly becoming the largest court next to his, he thought Seth was not the one that should lead that court.
Tomcat could see that he would be a king that would rule with his heart rather than with his power. Oh well, when they got back he would make sure that Poppy stayed with Seth. He could or would not have any more of this nonsense.
A snowy owl flew over them casting its shadow in the moon's light. It let out a screech that echoed into the dark. Tomcat knew that was the sign to tell him that they would be expected at the gates. Tomcat told Savon to meet them and hide them under cloak so they could get to the tower without the queen knowing.
He heard him before he got there. "Decided to join me after all?"
"I don't trust Savon and you will have to be careful. We are in the winter courts."
Tomcat looked over at Seth who was clearly uncomfortable at being here. His lips were even turning blue. "Don't worry, Savon wants Poppy gone. That is all he wants. We'll be in and out before you know it."
Seth didn't look convinced. He slapped Seth on the back of his shoulder. "Come, Savon awaits us."
The white frosted gates stood tall at the end of the walk. Trees weighing heavy with snow lined the steps to the massive doors. Tomcat led the way with Seth close behind. Tomcat's tribe were armed and ready for anything. Seth's court guards were also ready.
Tomcat stopped at the doors. In a sing song voice he shouted out, "Hello, anybody in there? We've come for you know who."
A voice from above them pulled their attention upward to where Savon was. "No need to be dramatic. The door is open. Come up the  stairs and I will meet you there."
Tomcat saluted him in a mocking gesture. Seth hit him on the shoulder. "Don't do that. We don't want him mad."
Tomcat smiled. "Oh, thee of little faith. You think that snow court faerie scares me? Please."
Tomcat grabbed the door and heaved it open. A rush of cold air blew in their faces. Seth shivered. "After you my prince."
Seth looked inside. Tomcat grabbed his arm and dragged him in. Savon was at the bottom of the stairs waiting for them. He smirked when he saw Seth. "Come this way and be as quiet as possible. The snow queen is a light sleeper. She also has spies in her castle that will wake her if anything is strange going on."
Tomcat snorted. "We should be safe be safe then as her spies couldn't find their way out of an open door."
"Don't underestimate her spies. They can be lethal."
Seth glared at Tomcat who just shook his head and followed Savon. He took them up three flights of stairs. They flew so they would not make noise with their feet.
When they got to the entrance, there was a guard outside the door. He was fast asleep snoring. Savon stood in front of the guard looking down at him He rolled his eyes and opened the door without touching the knob. The door opened silently.
Savon took two steps in and stopped short. He held up his hand to the rest of them. Tomcat came up behind him and Seth watched Tomcat roll his eyes. He rushed to see what it was.
There, on the floor was the winter queen lying beside the glass coffin. Savon gritted his teeth as he pointed to the surroundings around the queen and the coffin. Tomcat's eyes followed an icy ring around the two of them. He knew that no one could step over the frosty ring without not waking her up.
Seth looked at them both. "Now what?"
Tomcat  looked at Savon for answers. Savon waved his hand in the air and the frosty ring melted. Tomcat beckoned for his tribe to come in and Seth's guards also joined them. They surrounded the coffin and lifted it and then carried it over the circle of water. Seth went with them. Savon and Tomcat were left in the room. As soon as the coffin was gone Savon waved his hand again and the pool of water was now ice.
Tomcat grinned. "You're going to have to do some explaining to her."
"Never mind I will take care of my queen. You get the princess our of here. I will escort you out of here for a mile to make sure you are gone. Then the deed is done."
Tomcat rested his hand on his shoulder. "Great, it was nice doing business with you."
Savon looked down at his hand resting on his should and then glared at Tomcat who let his hand fall away. He winked at him.
He left with Savon following.
The faerie horses were there waiting to fly off with the coffin. Seth was on another faerie horse. Both horses took flight and off they went with Seth's guards close behind.
Tomcat and his tribe were just outside the gates when a terrible rumble shook everything, including the ground knocking them off their feet. The ground started to crack wide open. They were falling into the crack. One of Tomcat's tribe flew up and grabbed Tomcat pulling him into the air.
Tomcat's wings flew hard in the stormy winds that were getting stronger by the minute. He was missing on of his tribe members. He spotted him half way stuck in one of the cracks.
He flew down to him but couldn't free him. He cursed under his breath. She would pay for this. One of the other tribe members sent an arrow into the snow shattering the ice. Tomcat pulled the tribe member out. His body was limp. There was an icy chard in his chest . He flew off into the night.
 
***
 
The tribe member did not make it. He was given a warriors tribute. Tomcat had not heard from Seth or Savon. Their silence was an insult. Maybe it was time these other courts were taught a little lesson he thought. There was one court who would love nothing but to teach them all a lesson. He grinned to himself. It would be most interesting to visit his old acquaintance -the prince of spring. A little bloodshed would be right up the prince's alley. 


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