Writing Prompt: Loyalty And Water
Charlene looked at the people gathered around her. Times were tough, and everything was about to get much worse before it got better. The worst part is that she discovered that a few of her people were working for the other side. She had no idea who they were or how to find them. She had her most loyal followers scattered amongst the people to listen and observe. They were all disguised to look like someone else so that nobody would notice them.
“Thank you all for coming on such short notice. I know that everybody has to work and make sure their families are taken care of. Especially during these hard times. I won’t keep you long.What I have to say is important and could not wait. Somebody has betrayed us. In the middle of the night, somebody set fire to the guard tower. Four of our finest guards, including my very own brother, were killed because they had no way of escape.”
She paused to listen to all the shocked gasps all around her. She tried her best to fight tears. She had been crying since the news reached her late in the night. Seth was her twin and her very best friend. He was also the most brave and loyal guard of the entire kingdom. His loss would be felt by many. Not just her.
“We have experienced many tragedies lately. It breaks my heart to know that there are those who are with us who do not have our best interests at heart. I believe there are those who still have a pure heart and whose loyalty will bring us all up. Help us get back to where we need to be. I can not do this alone. I count on each and every one of you. If you know anything, please come forward. It can be discreet. Your safety is my number one priority and always will be. That being said, if nobody has anything to say, you may leave. Those who wish to speak, may stay behind and meet in my chambers.”
She watched as everyone but a tiny girl with long blond hair shuffled out of the building. It seemed like it took hours though she was sure it didn’t take any longer than fifteen minutes. Once the area was clear, she looked towards the girl startled to find it wasn’t a girl at all but a woman her age.
“How can I help you, my darling?”
“Oh no, my dear ChiChi, it is I who can help you?”
“How did you know my nickname? I haven’t been called that in a very long time.”
“Since your Mother died. I know. Seth was too heartbroken over her death to ever call you it again.”
“We don’t have time for that now, child. Danger is coming and if we don’t act fast, all will be lost.”