Genre: Epic Fantasy
Type of Short Story: Short Story
Summary: Renowned knight Sir Dellan is reeling after a brutal attack leaves his king mortally wounded. Dellan seeks answers, and his world is turned on its head once he discovers the truth. Forced to confront the attacker, the knight holds the fate of the kingdom in his hands. This short story by Jason Varrone tells the stirring tale of a knight's devotion as he faces the ultimate test of loyalty.
Dellan listened to the steward’s words, haunted by the scene he described playing out in his mind. His heart beat faster, his adrenaline rising. He felt like he was about to enter a battle. He remembered that same feeling before many such battles, King Marek at his side.
“Was he able to say anything?” Dellan asked, desperate to know who could have done this to their king.
"He did.” The look on Steward Grynne’s face was one that Dellan had never before seen. It was a look of horror, wide-eyed and terrifying. “Two words. It took time to understand him. His voice was so strained. I...” He faltered.
“Steel yourself, Steward,” Dellan said, kneeling before the old man. “Tell me.”