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Demi's Honor
by Sara Harricharan 
02/21/08
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“…she’s a brat, and she deserves what’s coming to her!” The sergeant finished with a shove that slammed the skinny recruit into the stone wall.

Hooded eyes glared balefully at the retreating figure. Demi wasn’t the usual peasant girl recruit.

She was a street child.

Many things passed before her eyes by the age of fourteen. An act of bravery, calming the princess’ horse, found her a position in the Queen’s Guard.

But it hadn’t taken Demi long to learn of her ‘misplaced’ loyalty.

The princess was very spoiled, pampered, and rude.

There were many in the kingdom and the Queen’s Guard who would have loved to put her in her place.

A place where her pride would be squished out and some common sense trickled in.

Many tricks and traps had been tried in the past. Some approved by the royal highnesses and others not.

This last one was the last attempt. To sabotage the princess’ coronation gown.

Demi had seen it. A beautiful work of art, adorned with the finest beads, and jewels. Stuffed with sharp tacks, packets of red dye and heavy rocks.

She couldn’t let this happen.

It was one thing to embarrass the princess in private and with the King or Queen’s consent, but quite another to ruin a crowning moment.

Demi’s tired mind clicked together the puzzle pieces.

It was a matter of minutes before she was standing in the princess’ quarters.

The gorgeous gown was laid out on the bed, awaiting royal fingers. Demi’s hand went to her knife and she drew it from the sheath, beginning her work.

Methodical slashing and ripping ruined the front of the gown. Her knife was poised over the bodice when the princess entered.

Royal lips formed an ‘O’ but before she could speak, Demi drew the last slash.

Heavy clattering revealed a cache of hidden rocks embedded within the fabric. It was followed by squishing packs of oozing redness, and a handful of pins.

Color drained from the princess’ face. “why?” She managed.

“Because of who you shouldna be, highness.” Demi sheathed her knife. “I took an Oath to protect and guard you, with my life even, if necessary. I could not let you wear this as it was.”

The princess stared, dumbfounded. The first trickle of common sense slipped in. “But...but who would do this?”

“The ones you scorn daily.” Demi balled up the mass of fabric and tucked it under one arm.

“You…saved me. Because of an oath?” The princess sat down at her dressing table.

“A matter of honor, milady.” Demi murmured. “And I gave my word. I couldna go back.”

“Everyone else-” The princess whispered. “They knew?”

Demi looked away. “Fetch another gown, highness, and prove them wrong of your character.” She bowed and exited the room.

Copyright 2008

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gene hudgens 22 Feb 2008
I hope this is part of a novel. Demi will be loved.
Edy T Johnson  21 Feb 2008
Fascinating characters, both. If this isn't part of a novel, it should be. Demi is a delight.




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