*New Story*—The Red Love—
During the middle ages, there lived a knight, Sir Alan Ward. He was a great enthusiast of swords and boasted of a fancy collection; his search for fine swords led him to Isabella Fletcher, youngest daughter of the most skilful sword-maker in the Scottish highlands.
Sir Alan fell head over heels in love with young Bella after witnessing her exceptional swordsmanship and immediately decided to ask her hand in marriage.
To woo her, he decided to present her with the most precious gift on her birthday, but this was a problem in itself as he knew little about women or about their likes. He thought of presenting her with his beloved swords collection but that seemed too boring and obvious and besides, the girl’s father was an exceptional sword-maker himself.
He considered the most exquisite and expensive gifts available – the rarest of flowers from the seven islands; the perfect scent made from the most fragrant oils collected from the all over the world; the extremely fine silk with the most soft texture and what not. But, nothing felt right to him; nothing declared his love to her in the way he wanted to.
Wandering day and night, in search for the perfect gift he came over to an old mage’s place; she was known for her witty solutions. He told her of his problem and requested for her answer, in return for whatever she wanted.
The mage’s interest was piqued and wanted to know to what extent he cared for the lady. She asked for his most precious material belonging, he willingly agreed to give up his sword collection. ‘But, this isn’t enough’ she said. He obliged and agreed to part with the most precious organ, his heart.
Moved by his gesture, the mage gave him a magical infusion and said ‘Prepare a hearty meal after drinking the infusion, pouring all your love and all your love will stay with your beloved for forever.’ Sir Alan was ecstatic to have the perfect gift for Isabella; this was better than he could have ever imagined or asked for.
Thanking the mage, he prepared to leave. On his last step outside the door, the mage warned him, ‘Every gift comes with a price, be ready to pay that price when the time is right’. He was too excited, with the prospect of marrying Isabella, to take the warning seriously and rode away on his horse, having no premonition of what was about to come.
(to be continued)
Whew! 26 minutes fly so fast and it is so difficult to whip an interesting ancient tale, I can’t seem to remember the appropriate words at times, while typing. My writing muscles are getting awesome workout, BTW. Join in the challenge, to get writing-6-pack abs😅!
So, today’s count is 412 words. Hope you like today’s turn out, please tell me if you didn’t. And, bear with all the mistakes (grammatical/typos), if any, I did the best I could.
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