Veridian awakened to reports of border skirmishes as the outlanders grew restless.  Commander Tarsus knew from experience what happened if these disputes were ignored.  It was why Veridian’s brother fell.  Pacifism only works so far.  The Dragon Lady differed from the Prince.  She would fight refusing to give up people to the slavery of the outer world.  Tarsus swore his fealty to her because she stood in the gap between the weak and weary.

“Tarsus, what do you recommend?” she inquired as her eyes raked over the reports.

“An immediate response.  Our people have retreated inward.  Some have already been taken, my lady,” Tarsus returned.

“Pull the citizens inward and release the warhounds in between the outer walls.”

Tarsus nodded sharply.  It would be bloody but it would stop the encroachment.  He knew his mistress.  She was already formulating a plan to free the taken.  She left no one behind.

(150 words)  (Photo Source)  Written in response to VisDare 150.


About Denise Callaway

I started writing in the 5th grade and have folders of bits and pieces dating back nearly that far. Wonderful teachers encouraged me along the way, from allowing me to take my spelling word sentences and write a story instead to posting pictures for a free write on a regular basis. On those pictures, I often look for some obscure detail, sometimes imagined off the picture to develop into the story idea. As I grew into my teenage years, I continued to write and added poetry to my list. Throughout college and during my adult life, I've continued writing: short stories, poetry, and even a few articles for Yahoo! Voices before they shut down that venue. I do have longer works in process and I hope to one day unveil them to you all. Until that day comes, I hope you enjoy these tasty tidbits I delight in sharing with you.

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