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The Rescue

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The story was simple. The Princess is held prisoner in the NeverReach Castle by the Evil Warlock. The King sends newscriers to all lands offering a reward for her return. Learning of the Princess’s peril from a newscrier, the Prince finds and rescues her. They get married. The end, and then back to the beginning—like a never-ending cycle.

However, tonight, as little Kara read the story to her littler sister Piu, the newscrier Rudy lay blind drunk in a tavern. Perhaps it was because his family didn’t seem to exist or that only the royalty seemed to have a love life in story land, but the reason didn’t matter. What mattered was that Rudy missed his chance—oh I didn’t know you were going to be here at this exact time and this exact place, but you’re the only one who can rescue the Princess—encounter with the Prince.

He knew what this meant. The princess won’t be rescued, the girls would be disappointed, and most importantly, the King would have his head! So, Rudy did the only thing he could think of, and set out to rescue the Princess himself. The Prince made it look so easy, but it bloody well was not. Rudy almost lost his limbs three—no four—times.

Piu suddenly giggled. “I like this story, Kara.” And just that gave Rudy the energy to finally reach the castle and rescue the Princess using only 20 extra story minutes.

The Princess was not happy to see Rudy. “You look funny,” she told him before making their entire journey back a living nightmare. The King, worried about his daughter, had already summoned the Prince who was all ready to marry and live happily ever after. As soon as Rudy brought back the Princess, she leapt into the Prince’s arms and snogged him thoroughly.

Both Kara and Piu giggled this time. An old woman entered their room to tuck them into bed. “Kara read me the most wonderful story, Grandma!” said Piu excitedly. “It had a princess and a prince and a warlock and a very brave newscrier!” Just before the girls fell asleep, Piu said softly to Kara, “Mum is trapped in heaven like the Princess, isn’t she? And Dad has gone to rescue her?” Kara, the worldlier of the two sisters, replied, “Go to sleep, Piu.”

“You did good, boy,” the Princess said to Rudy, startling him. “Not the getting drunk part, but the rescue. The girls seem happy.” Rudy felt a sudden warm glow in his chest.

Later, before the Prince whisked her away to his bedchamber (this part never shows up in any storybook), the Princess stole a moment to give Rudy a peck on the cheek and whisper, “I had an interesting day. You had better get drunk again next time.”

More stories can be found at http://reallyshortstoriesbymads.wordpress.com

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.

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