Our First Campaign Challenge has come! Over at Rach Writes, the challenge was presented:
Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “Shadows crept across the wall”.
I'm a little late in joining the party, but here's my entry (and it's EXACTLY 200 words, thankyouverymuch):
Shadows crept across the wall of the princess’s chamber, slowly and deliberately.
Someone was in the room.
Iliana kept her breathing steady and her body still. If this new attacker thought her still asleep, she might catch them by surprise, giving her just enough time to throw a spell at them. She had thought the protective charms she cast around her chambers would have kept any new would-be assassins at bay, but it seemed they found a way around them, once again.
The shadow did not slow at it approached her bedside as she had expected it to; most assassins needed a brief moment to prepare themselves before actually killing a person, particularly when that person was the princess of the realm, and a powerful sorceress in her own right.
Iliana gathered her strength, preparing for the blow, but it never came. Instead, a hand was quickly placed gently but firmly over her mouth, and the man dropped his face close to hers, whispering urgently.
“I know you are awake, Princess.” It was Michael, the captain of her personal guard. “The time has come. Your father is dead, your brother has ascended the throne, and your life is now forfeit.”