CCC#29: Knight Vigil

Wacton church window

Crimson’s Creative Challenge #29

Yesterday a squire,
Tomorrow a knight.
And for this darkness between?
The wizard had told him to pray for a vision;
A vision would show him what he would be.
But now first light was breaking, and no vision granted.
So, what did he hope for?
To be the bravest knight that served a lord?
Or the most loyal son, to free his stolen family from their foreign enslavement?
He blinked against a blinding light.
At last his vision had come …

And headless, he collapsed at the feet of warriors from the neighbouring nation.

Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #29

About crispina kemp

Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
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26 Responses to CCC#29: Knight Vigil

  1. Dale says:

    Not quite the story he wanted, I should think.
    Well done!
    Now, if I come up with something in the next half hour, I shall play. As of tomorrow, the Internet will be at the new house!

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  2. Violet Lentz says:

    What a destiny.. so we’ll told I can’t decide if it’s truth or fiction.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Entirely fiction. Though … it was kinda inspired by a book I read, yonks ago, who in spending his night in a knight’s vigil, managed to escape a viking attack. He then vowed to avenge his family. Again, fiction


  3. Brian Bixby says:

    Visions traditionally sort out into the hopeful future that the hero will achieve or the dire warning of what he must avoid. This is neither. Or is it? Is he losing his head, or losing his head over the future? YOU may know the answer, Crispina. But then again, are you sure? Do you have that much control over your characters? You know they sometimes have a mind of their own. And I as a reader am going to give this one the latitude of ambiguity, simply because it pleases me, now that I think on it.

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  4. Wasn’t expecting that last line. Ouch!

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  5. Soldiering! Not really a good plan for medieval men planning for the future.

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  6. EntangledDesigns says:

    Ooh, this was amazing, Crispina! I loved it.

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  7. Not what he was expecting, but then I wasn’t expecting that ending either! I think you took everyone by surprise with this one. Very well told šŸ™‚

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I like to do that. Once in a while. Do it too often, you lose the surprise. And I’m still trying to remember what book inspired me, but I think it could have been one by Bernard Cornwell


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