Tiny Stories: Knight’s First Quest

Popular belief has it that the universe is comprised of atoms. In reality, the universe is actually made up of…

On the twenty-first year of his birth, after proving his bravery and skill at battle, Eldred the squire was called to the dubbing ceremony, where he knelt before the King, who tapped the squire on the shoulder with a ceremonial sword, making Eldred a knight.

Once he took the oath to honor and protect both his king and the church, he was presented with a pair of riding spurs and his very own weapon, the Sword Perilous, crafted by the king’s master armorer and enchanted by a powerful wizard for the sole purpose of slaying dragons. Many a knight wielded the mighty blade, yet the sword always returned to the king unused and ownerless.

The new knight, determined to make his mark and break the curse of the Sword Perilous, traveled the desolate road through the forbidden forest for three moons until he crossed paths with a maiden fair. Eldred’s eyes feasted upon her—the aureate waterfall of her hair, the glimmering emerald of her eyes, flawless diaphanous skin, and the elegant and fawn-like neck that supported the most pulchritudinous face he had ever seen.

The moment he laid the enchanted steel upon the mossy earth, he discovered that this delicate creature, whom he would have sworn his life to protect without question, was in fact the dragon he had been ordered to slay.

36 responses to “Tiny Stories: Knight’s First Quest

  1. I learned at a very young age that all girls are dangerous dragons–I grew up between two sisters. *rimshot* 😀 This is a fantastic little tale, Rhyan, and I learned a new word that I’ll likely use soon enough: “aureate.” I love these Tiny Stories! Well done! 🙂

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    • Never sleep on the female of the species (no pun intended) because although they can be wonderous and magnificent and filled with love and magic, they can also be downright deadly at times and are quite proficient at catching unsuspecting males off guard.

      Glad to be able to contribute to your already impressive lexicon, Mike.

      Cheers for the compliment!

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  2. Oh no! Another one bites the dust or should I say gets eaten by a dragon. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but this is plain deception. I guess bewitching beauty can be a killer. Did Eldred deserve this? Maybe…
    A nice one, Rhyan. 🙂

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  3. Only a man would think, “Oh, look at this incredibly beautiful woman wandering alone in the FORBIDDEN FOREST…let me lay down my special sword and frolic with her a while.”
    Eldred got what he deserved.
    Send an armed woman out there and see what happens! That forest would be dragon free outside of a week!
    Great Tiny Story, Rhyan!

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