Amaleia and the Duke – Short story

(Image Source)

Random Image SciFi Writing Contest #2 progress:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,

Part 4:

“Amaleia!” cried her uncle in surprise, “What are you doing here! And un-covered!”

A moment ago Amaleia cared nothing about custom or decency.  But face to face with her suitor, Duke Baragen, her inhibitions began to undermine the rage that impassioned her.

“I- I’m sorry Uncle,” she replied making some attempt to conceal her face with the wide brim of her hat. Her fiancé likewise looked away and covered his face with his hand.

“I’m sorry- but I demand to know what this business is about selling my estate, my home!”

“Amaleia, my dear, it, it wasn’t supposed to happen like this. I -” an electric whine interrupted the duke, as the rifle in the armed man’s hands was suddenly primed to fire.

Baragen looked suddenly at his escort, then at Amaleia. Uncle Talbot too was looking at her, or was it behind her?

The stallion! How could she have been so foolish as to leave him for all to see!

Whirling around she was shocked to find see quite the opposite of what she expected. Instead of an open door and a red stallion in the secret passage, there was only the solemn bookcase where it had always stood and there, to her surprise, was the diminutive form of her dear Nan, looking equally somber and quiet.

A commotion behind her diverted her attention yet again. She turned just in time to see her suitor forcing the weapon’s aim back to the floor and to hear stern words spoken under his breath.

He half turned to her, again covering his face.

“Forgive me, but I’m afraid the only way to resolve this uncomfortable situation is to end it.”

“Much agreed!” Huffed Uncle Talbot.

With that the duke and his companion left, although it was difficult to tell who was leading whom. The door closed and Amaleia immediately turned to her Uncle.

“Oh Uncle, I’m so sorry.”

“Always the impetuous child. How the devil did you get in here anyway?”

“He won’t really take me away from here will he? Will he take me at all now? Oh, have I ruined everything?”

“Time will tell child, but truthfully there is little to be done about the matter,” the plump man gave a sigh that billowed his full mustache. “You know as well as I do by now that these things are more about money than about passion, or even decent manners for that matter.”

He looked at her sternly, but affectionately.

“Your inheritance is tied up in this property, but your father’s foolishness in the days before his disappearance has made it such that we can no longer maintain it on our own. You simply must marry the duke if you wish to preserve your fortune.  From the sound of it, if your duke has an offer substantial to sell the property so quickly, he will likely see no option but to overlook your little display as well.”

Amaleia’s eyes turned to the floor, and she felt the brush of Nan’s robe against her hand as she came to her side.

“Oh bother me, harping on such unpleasentries on your special day,” his eyes also seemed to look anywhere but at hers. “Here. I found something that may strengthen you.”

From the bottom of the stack of papers Uncle Talbot produced a parchment on which a letter had been scrawled many years in the past.

“I found it with the estate documents that had been locked up the night your father was… After he was gone.”

With a shaking hand Amaleia took the paper from her uncle. He didn’t wait for her to read it but turned and silently left the room, leaving her alone with the documents, the letter and her nurse.


About jaurelguay

I'm a Research Scientist, a Husband and Father, and Published Writer. View all posts by jaurelguay

9 responses to “Amaleia and the Duke – Short story

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Because, Unicorns.

Adventures in Parenting, Family Blending, Loving, and Living.

Theo Taylor

Theo Taylor is a writer, fitness freak and college student who has been published by Thought Catalog, Asimov's and Aphelion. He writes star spanning science fiction and monster filled high fantasy. His debut novel ROGUE COSMOS will release in August, 2015. If he's not reading or writing, check the gym. He's almost always in the gym.

Killer Kitsch

Art, entertainment and pop culture blog for the discerning geek & nerd

Kin S. Law

Steampunk & Sci-fi-fantasy author


Wherewolves the Novel


Official site for author JD Spero

Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...


Writing Stories on the Hearts of Children

Spark: A Creative Anthology

Spark is a quarterly anthology accepting Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, and Creative Non-Fiction. We encourage both established and emerging talent.

Under a Starlit Sky

Flash Fiction & Short Stories

Tony's Thoughts

My opinions, my views. Nothing else.

Anika's Antics

The Official page of Anika Arrington. I write things. Some of them end up here.

here + now

let's talk . let's drink. let's live.


Steampunk music and the people behind it

The Daily Wordforge

Wordsmiths, tell stories.


Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.

The Dream Forge

by Anders Blixt, SF author and game designer


Blowing minds, melting faces, and pissing off The Man since 2009.

Protect Young Minds

Kids Can Learn to Reject Pornography

Rave Reviews By Nonnie Jules

Reviews Make an Author's World Go Round

How do we feed the world's starving

We feed billions of people in need, this is how.

The English Major's Blog

A blog for Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins: writer, editor and tutor


science | philosophy | thinking

Silly Robots

Writing Science Fiction was always this fun

Planetary Defense Command

Defending the planet from bad science fiction

From Researcher to Patient

My fight against acute myeloid the lab and in my own life.

The Torn Page - A K Hinchey's Writing Blog

Where fantasy and reality collide...

All Five Sisters

All five of us - together in one place!

one cool site

WordPress blogging tips & tutorials

Ben Ireland Books

Books by Ben Ireland

Nelson Literary Agency

Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...

Marian Rosarum

fairy tale and literary fantasy author

Scenes and Sequels

The writing and ramblings of David Kearney

Lori Lesko - BLOG

Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...

graphic designer, bibliophile, spoonie


tell a redemptive story with your life. now.


The Science Of Survival

Airship Ambassador

Information for the Steampunk Community -


Just a shiny little place to dream.

Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...


Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...


Just another blog, a place to share my inspirations, my writing, etc...

Novel Conclusions

"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." - Ernest Hemingway

%d bloggers like this: