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The Night Prince - Chapter OneChapter One
In Which We Meet The Young Maiden Lucia
The sun shone down on the humble farmhouse, making its thatched roof glow golden. The air was filled with the smell of fresh hay and the sound of chickens clucking in the distance. Across from the barn was the beginning of a path that had been worn into the grass by years of its being treaded upon. That pathway led through a grassy meadow towards a stable.
The stable was a simple structure, little more than rows of wooden planks nailed together to form an enclosure. Its owner was a man who believed in simplicity. In fact, he believed in only three things, simplicity, good food, and the value of hiring someone more skilled than oneself when it came to the completion of difficult tasks.
That someone was a young girl named Lucia and the difficult task was the care of a fearsome horse named Hellbred. The stable owner had discovered Hellbred as a foal and
The Night Prince - ProloguePrologue, or the Chapter Before the First
In Which Our Story Commences
The night was still and quiet. The air was cold, almost as if it were a gust of wind that had become frozen in place. If there was a wind at all, it certainly wasn't blowing very much, for one could barely hear the last dead leaves still rustling across the path. Indeed, there was scarcely movement at all on that dark road. Occasionally, the silence would be broken by the far-off hooting of a lone owl.
Overhead was a clear night sky, the stars cold and bright and distant. They were framed by the gnarly reaching fingers of bare trees, twisting upwards into the darkness. As the ancient branches loomed above, one who is following this road at this particular moment could perhaps see someone approaching from the opposite direction. The hunched figure is draped in a dark cloak of indeterminate colour. As this person draws neare