By Janet Quinn
Since Valentine’s Day is coming, I am going to tell a short love story.
Once, long ago in a city called Augeas, Rayna, a guard to the lady of the city, lived. She had grown up within the palace walls in the area set aside for the Lady’s Guard, her mother having been within the ranks of the guard. Only those born to the Lady’s Guard held the honor of caring for the lady of the palace.
Down the hall on the far side of the lord and lady’s suite was the Lord’s Guard. Gideon, also born to the order, grew up there knowing that one day he would be a member of the most elite guard that watched over the lord of the palace.
Rayna and Gideon grew up together learning to ride horses and fight with swords. Often they chose to spar against each other and as they grew older, it became less of wanting to best each other and more of wanting to be with each other.
Gideon and Rayna took long rides in the country side where they shared picnics and their first kiss. As they neared the age of mating, Gideon took Rayna on a special picnic taking along her favorite foods and wine. He spread a blanket beneath the trees that grew outside the walls of the city and separated it from the farmland beyond.
After they ate, as they lay on the blanket sipping wine, Gideon took Rayne’s hand and smiled at her. Kissing the back of her hand, he said,” Rayna, will you be my mate?”
She leaned up and captured his lips with hers, holding the kiss for a long moment. Then she smiled at him and nodded. “I will stand by your side until death parts us.”
He gathered her into his arms and held her for a long moment. “We shall present our request to the lord and lady on the morrow.”
But fate held other plans as evil and jealousy stalked the palace with plans to steal their happiness.
Read more about Rayna and Gideon in Chronicles of Augeas on sale at Kindle. Illustrated with drawings of the characters.