It is medieval times in the land of Morowak. Kings and Queens maintain sovereignty, and wielders of magic and fire breathing dragons are real. Nobleman’s daughter, Arabella Wallington, is about to embark on a journey across the kingdom to meet her betrothed. Stengar McKinnon is a titled soldier in the King’s army and she is assured a life of wealth and bliss. Arabella is herself a gifted war maiden, yet she follows her father’s orders and employs someone to protect her along the perilous crossing. She chooses a man named Briol, whose magical abilities are tested throughout their adventure, and an enigmatic bond forms between them. Briol realizes there is something unique about Arabella, and it is brought to light. A new unforeseen path now lies ahead. This journey challenges everything Arabella has ever known.
She looked at him with a storm brewing behind her eyes. She turned away before he could see the tears beginning to form. He had made himself vulnerable telling her the piece of his past; she could do the same with a piece of her future. “I go to Dragon Crest to meet my betrothed. He is in the King’s army, and it is of my father’s arrangement that we are to wed.”
It was as though she told of her own death. “And yet, it sounds as though you do not wish to marry him.”
“No, I do not. I know that once I am his wife, I will no longer be able to continue what I have fought for these last few years. Like I mentioned before, I cannot have both. What I want is to continue fighting for the cause, but I cannot defy my father. It would be as if I defied the King himself, and I will not do so. I have given my word and must now honor it.” A tear rolled silently down her cheek.
Briol knew then Arabella was to be a part of his life. As what, he could not yet tell. All he knew was that he had grown to care for her and he would forever be her confidant. “But you deserve to have both, m’lady. If you do not wish to marry this man, then do not marry him. Perhaps your father would understand if you tell him how unhappy it would make you. But do not lay down your bow. I dare say you will lose your fire entirely should you give up your life’s work.”
Arabella stopped her horse. “And do you truly believe a proud warrior of the King would tolerate having a war maiden for a wife? Do you think he would stand in our doorway awaiting my arrival and rejoice each time I return home from protecting the kingdom when he was home training with his men? It is supposed to be him taking the lead while I dotingly wait for him. There is no resolution to this, Briol. I have fought my father for a year now. He will not see the day where I give up the marriage to a worthy man to fight alongside him. I have no choice.” She kicked her horse and they continued on.
I am not your average gal. I didn’t grow up playing with Barbies or dressing in my mother’s clothes, jewelry or makeup. I drove my matchbox cars over obstacle courses, climbed trees, built forts, dreamt of owning my own horse, and pretended to be an elven princess. I continued to live my life on my terms, while staying true to my old fashioned values and respect. After completing high school, I took on a full-time job and put myself through college. In just under three years, I earned a degree in computers. I try to use that knowledge as often as I can.