I hope you enjoy the story. If you're interested in other stories I've published, here's a quick list:
"The Council's vote was unanimous," Duke Richard said. He looked ridiculous in a bright yellow doublet. The color would make anyone look foolish, as the other old men seated around the table proved, but its gaiety was especially jarring against Richard's habitual dark expression. "You know your duty, Guardian."Alric, in his customary black, stood out like a crow among canaries. He wanted to protest further, but he had no arguments left after the last hour's debate. More arguing would only convince them to give his task to someone else, and he couldn't do that to her. He felt a heavy weight settle on his chest as he bowed to the Duke. "I will do as you command, Your Grace. But I will never forgive myself." Or you.
- The Office of Second Chances -- Published in Coach's Midnight Diner: The Back from the Dead Edition (2009) (Kindle Edition)
- The Hunter of Shades -- Published in Residential Aliens (July 2007)
- A Stranger in the Library -- Published in Aoife's Kiss (December 2008)
My wife, Kristin, also writes science fiction and fantasies. You may also be interested in her stories.