My black armor sparkles in the sunlight so brightly it would burn the eyes from your head to look directly at it.  Guarding these lands from intruders and keeping them safe for the King’s people is my charge.  I take my duty quite seriously and nothing will ever keep me from loyally serving my King.  I am a member of the King’s Guard complete with black plumage and watchful eyes.  We do not waiver and the duty is a life’s work.

Once, years ago, a beauty caught my eye and I was instantly smitten.  We spoke volumes in the glances stolen in the hallways of the palace.  She was visiting with her mother, a seamstress.  The Queen was forever summoning seamstresses from far-away lands to craft exotic pieces.  One afternoon, this enchanting beauty called for help from a dressing room.  Upon entering, I saw no danger.  I only saw an inviting beauty looking back over her shoulder at me through wavy locks.  I could not help myself and rushed to her “aid”.

I did not hear her mother enter the room.

I did not know her mother was a gypsy queen.


At least she didn’t make me a frog.

This is Thor - one of the Ravens from the Tower of London. Taken in 2009 It is said that if the Ravens ever leave the Tower, then England will fall.

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Temptation — 6 Comments

  1. Oooh, I did like your take on the prompt, Jesse. Now all he needs is for another beauty to kiss him; perhaps it will break the spell. But how does one kiss a raven?

  2. This was perfect for you this week, Jesse.

    I love that ending. “At least she didn’t make me a frog” 😀 A great story. I wonder of he ever got to be with his hearts desire

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