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This Time Imperfect: Chapter 1
This Time Imperfect
Chapter 1: Field of Sorrows
A chill breeze threaded its way through the hilly valley, coursing over the grassy knolls and whispering through the sparse trees. It roamed across the valley reveling in its utter freedom as it danced beneath the stars. Chancing momentarily over the figure of a man standing at the crest of a gently rolling hill it lingered to run invisible fingers through his long mahogany hair. Then, tugging on his cloak in farewell, it wandered away once more.
The king of Sandora sighed into the wind.
At the base of the hill stood another man. If anyone had been standing with him they would have seen the worry in his dark eyes as he gazed up at the form of the monarch on the hill. What he truly saw was not a king or a general or even their armys greatest banner. What he saw was a man, whom he had known since childhood, tired, weak, and unguarded. Unconsciously, he shifted his weight causing his sheathed sword to hit his violet and gold armor with
Twenty-three years before the crippling of Crown Prince James III
He was fourteen and she was probably aged about the same, give or take a few years. It had been an hour since he'd met her.
He hated her already.
She scowled behind him and likely shared the sentiment as they scampered up the hillside in a desperate attempt to escape the roaring mob that seemed to be growing perpetually larger and coming ever-closer. Gabriel would have liked to say that it was all her fault he was in this situation, though it was his careless nicking ofwhat was it? A chicken that started the first old woman running, but how was he supposed to know that she'd stumble and fall and everyone else would think he'd assaulted her?
He hadn't. He'd taken the chicken, snapped its neck and run, because he hadn't eaten meat in weeks and he was starting to feel the affects on his already weak limbs.
This is what happens, he thought. This is what happens when you live like th
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