For the Sake of the Kingdom
by Julia Alaric
Prince Erik's life is grand: his father has taken a new wife, a beautiful and sweet woman who charms all who meet her, the kingdom is prospering, and there is no shortage of men and women to keep his bed warm. If he wishes for the one person he cannot have, well, at least he's accepted it.
But then everything begins to change, a shroud falling slowly over the kingdom, darkness creeping in...