by Mercy Loomis
Copyright 2013 by Mercy Loomis
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Once upon a time there was a princess named Cyrene, who loved a prince from a neighboring kingdom. The prince, Roland, had spent many months courting Cyrene with kind words and costly gifts, for Cyrene was very beautiful and clever. This was much against the wishes of Roland’s father, for though Cyrene’s father was a prosperous and wise king, he was also rumored to be a sorcerer, as were his sons.
Then, one day, Roland received a message from home; his father was sick, and greatly wished to see his son once more before he died.
“That’s only natural, Cyrene,” Roland said to her as he prepared to leave. “I would not wish to cause my father grief as he lies on his deathbed.”
“Please, my love, send word that you are ill and may not travel. Your father has no love for mine, and I greatly fear he has some mischief in store for us.”