short story, story promptWhen Kayla’s position as an ambassador puts her in danger, a protective friend tries to help. However, helping her could put him in danger and she won’t let that happen…


“Why would you do that?” Kayla asked, shocked.

Mathin shrugged, a mutinous look on his face. “It made sense at the time. I didn’t have many other options. If you recall, I was trying to fight off the fairy marauders.”

“You’ve ruined everything! I told you to stay back at the palace and not cause any trouble. Do you know how hard it was for me to get a meeting with their leader?” She turned away from him before she did something stupid like slapping his face.

“You were in danger, Kayla. They kidnapped you! The bodyguards you took with you were useless against the fairy magics. They can’t protect you.”

She heard a loud bang and turned back to face him. He’d slammed his fist into the table. He glared at her.

“They can’t protect you, Kayla. I can. You know I can.”

“Keep your voice down,” she muttered at him. As annoyed as she was with him, she didn’t want his secret getting out. Her people would kill him and there wouldn’t be much she could do about it. “I know you can help, but it’s too risky for you. If you are the only one of my team who can resist their magics and fight back against them, questions will start popping up around your true origins. I won’t risk your life, Mathin.”

“And I won’t risk yours! I don’t like you being in this situation. They should have chosen someone else!”

Kayla sighed. “You know I volunteered for this, just as you know why I volunteered for it.”

He didn’t stop glowering at her.

“Mathin, any other ambassador would view the fairy marauders as savages and heathens, with nothing to offer our Kingdom. I know differently, thanks to you. I know that they have valuable knowledge that would help our Kingdom thrive and there must be something we have that they would like in return.” She gave him a pleading look. “Stop glaring at me. It’s not going to change my mind. I have to do this. If another ambassador comes out here in my place, the battles will never end. I can start us on the road to peace, but you have to trust me.”

After a few moments, he looked away from her, rubbing his hands over his face. “Fine. But at least let me help from the sidelines. I can give you some protective spells.”

She shook her head. “I can’t, Mathin. If the marauders detect even a hint of magic, they’ll become suspicious. I need to win their trust.”

The beginnings of another glare were gathering on his face. She put a hand on his arm. “I will be fine. I know I’ve got you watching out for me from afar and you won’t let anything serious happen to me. But you need to let me do my job. If you ever want to stop hiding who you are and fearing for your life, you need to let me convince the marauders that we can work together. Trust me, Mathin. I can do it.”

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