At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.
Stephan almost missed the small globe, nestle in the fertile soil of the Outlands. The setting sun glinted off the crystal surface, catching his eye, and he knelt down, his fingers brushing dirt from the orb.
His breath caught, the crackled texture rough on his fingertips, his heart pounding against his ribs. Stephan realized he held a jewel from her necklace in his hand. The first glimmer of hope the princess was alive.
He stood, his eyes drawn toward the horizon where the realm of the Black Duke lay hidden in the mountains. The evil wizard riding a winged horse, kidnapped Princess Mara days before. Devastated, the king charged him with rescuing her.
Stephan continued his quest, finding another jewel some distance away. He smiled. The clever princess was leading him to her rescue.
Word Count: 148
Written for the wonderful writing challenge, Mondays Finish the Story. Each Monday, Barbara Beacham posts a picture prompt, along with the first line of the story. The stories must be between 100-150 words and must include the given first line, shown in italics in the story.
Special thanks to Barbara Beacham for sharing her excellent photography skills to provide such challenging prompts. Check out the MFTS blog… some great short stories posted. https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/
Direct link to this week’s stories… http://new.inlinkz.com/view.php?id=534216