Saturday, June 25, 2011

Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday #2: Chilling With the Empress

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This six is from my fantasy WIP Mind Crafter.

In this six, the protagonist finds herself summoned to the imperial palace after an act of heroism. Instead of a small private meeting, she instead has meet the empress in a formal audience with hundreds of people watching.

With her heart threatening to break into a sprint, Shala forced her face into practiced neutrality. She walked forward with her head down until she stood before the stairs to the throne dais. After she lowered herself to her knees, she placed her forehead and hands on the carpet. Whatever respect and deference a member of the Fifth Circle of House Lran might expect from common citizens, she knelt now before the Empress of the Larangian Empire and would pay proper respect.

“You are before Empress Tua of the Van,” a man’s voice announced. “She who sits on the Silver Throne. Defender of the land, protector of the people, head of Larang and heart of the empire.”


Lauri J Owen said...

Ooooo! Doesn't sound like a fun place to be at that moment!

Anonymous said...

Good to see she has the sense to be respectful!

Pippa Jay said...

Like she wasn't intimidated enough already?!

Laurel Kriegler said...

She may be ... nervous ... but she knows the right things to do. So often the formal helps us deal with the unusual.

Great snippet, and looking forward to more :-)