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Free Fantasy Feature August 2022 | Wayward Scribe: A Fantasy Short Story

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An invading empire. A fallen kingdom. I watch from the shadows at our usurper’s side as history repeats itself.

In a game of power and thrones, only a nameless, royal scribe stands to make the difference between the kingdom’s uprising or complete submission. Death lies on both sides of the knife’s edge.

And in this game, only the victor can claim to know hero from traitor.

A twisting, stand-alone fantasy story by the author of the World of Lasniniar series, Jacquelyn Smith.

Now, you can read it for free on this site for one month only. This short story also comes in ebook and paperback format–both on its own, and as part of the Rubicon Short Story Collection.


Wayward Scribe: A Fantasy Short Story

Jacquelyn Smith

How will I be remembered? Will I be reviled as a treacherous villain, or hailed as a clever servant? The victors will decide.

As a scribe, I know this all too well. Perhaps it would be better not to be remembered at all. The chances of my survival seem better that way. If I am forgotten, it means I somehow managed to escape this impossible situation.

My gaze flickers over the sand table displaying the formation of the conquering army that surrounds the captured capital city. It is not a large force. How were we defeated so easily?

We were complacent; complacent and foolish. The Empire had conquered us once before, so long ago, the event had faded from memory. But I knew. I had read the records of the ancient invasion. Years of tyranny had passed before we managed to expel them. Could we manage it a second time?

Such thoughts are dangerous in my position. Continue reading →

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