The Countess and the swain

The swain felt a little anxiety as he approached the Countess’ chambers for he had heard that the Countess did not sew and natter as other noble ladies did, nor brooked fandangle.  He had also heard the portent that many suitors had marched into her chambers, refulgent in the full splendour of their regalia in order to beguile her, yet none emerged.

Still, the dowry was substantial and as a knight down on his luck he would find the money very useful indeed.  Besides, after having gone toe-to-toe with fire-breathing dragons in the darkest swamps and caves in the land, he could hardly be made craven by a woman.

Adjusting his threadbare cloak, he stepped up to the door and rapped smartly upon the wood.  The door opened and he strode into the torch-lit darkness.  A young woman dressed in gold-embroidered vermillion turned and smiled brightly, revealing long sharp canines.


Inspired by this week’s Monday Mixer, using eight of the words listed within the 150 word count requirement: –

Things:         1) fandangle      2) portent      3) swain

Verbs:           1) natter            2) beguile      3) wallop

Adjectives:   1) threadbare   2) refulgent   3) craven


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35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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6 Responses to The Countess and the swain

  1. Excellent story – I really enjoyed the fairytale quality of it.
    And it always amazes me how many different types of stories people can create with the same set of words.

  2. This is great, loved the unexpected ending and you fit the words in so well had to go searching for them. 🙂

  3. Nicely evocative! Love a good fairytale!

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