Cave of the Oracle
By Edwin C. Mason
Published: June 14, 2013.
She's a delicate thing, the Oracle, and very pretty. When Cenhelm, a warrior of high standing in the king's household, is sent to take her home it's a quest likely to try his patience more than his abilities. Then he remembers that when magic is involved, anything can happen.
This is a 6500-word short story, and this e-book also contains the story "Cards."