As I was putting the final touches on Rise of Kings a few weeks ago, a suggestion from one of my beta readers led me down the path of -gasp- prose I’d written as a way of getting inside D’s head. While I don’t consider any of it *good,* it is insightful. None of this made the cut in the book, but I wanted to share it anyway – there were plenty of easter eggs to be had, which I enjoyed and I hope you do, too.
Originally posted on April 17, 2014 as Lives Entwine.
Warning: Prose ahead! The Daily Post’s challenge-of-the-week was to write a post in prose. Now, I know quite a few excellent poets, and I know I am not of their number. However, as my brain steadfastly refuses to leave D’s world, I thought a bit of prose introducing the players in Book 2 might be in order.
As I said, prose ahead – you’ve been warned!
Queen and goddess,
He said, the mother of kings.
Yet, power withers in my hand
And nothing to claim but portents and lies
Out of the way of history I step,
Out of the way of kings.
Let their magic die upon the Plain
I will be their pawn
Stalwart and true
Hers is the gift of whispers
Twisting a song of power
While mine screams loud with terror.
For her I’ll taste the bitter sting of steel
In wars of men and battles of Fae
Yet his fate we will not echo
For our time, I swear,
A thousand times I die,
A sacrifice, upon the Plain.
Now I move as myth amongst men – a god
Of terrible vengeance,
A father of kings.
At my call, the sleepers shall arise
And his tyranny will be
Daughter of gods
Weaver of spells, I see far.
Magic withers upon the Plain –
Death and decay mark his reign.
I will call to the heart of my people
And weave their songs once more.
With his champion at my side,
The age of peace
Sons of mac Lir we were
And fierce were our battles
‘Till the day he graced my door.
Cloaked in mist and forgotten power,
He won for me my crown.
Lies I twisted, all to tame him
Until the day, he slipped from my side.
My kingdom is myth,
I stand through the centuries,
A guardian and friend.
Mentor and mother,
The lineage of gods in my keeping,
And his word my only salvation.
I know when wars be over,
And kings awakened,
On that day my love