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Aryan Petal

Written for Matthew Fromm’s High Fantasy Challenge

By Real PoeticPublished 3 months ago Updated 2 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - September 2023
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Boys that grow up too rough in Penfield tend to be taken and never come back. Mother is constantly warning me not to horse around and read a book instead. I always hear her cry in bed and pray to God that I choose to stay home with her. Father died in war when I was just five years old. I don’t have many memories of him. I just have the ones I was told.

I have only experienced life through reading books about Kings, war, and dragons. I’m ready to be selected to fight for our King. It would bring me great pride and honor to have the chance to be brave. My mother doesn’t understand that I want to be those men. I want to be respected.

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I went out to fetch some flour at sunrise, when the newspaper carrier tossed me a paper high into the air to deliver to mother. It landed in my hand on the backside where I noticed a column. It was about King Lucius’s army going into town to search for new soldiers sometime this afternoon. Apparently, there’s an enemy’s dragon lurking outside the border at night. They need more men to guard the castle. I quickly tore off the page and dropped the rest of the pages in the puddle.

I turned twelve yesterday, and I’m so far behind my peers in combat training. I can plant crops and sew my pants back together, but I have no idea how to swing a sword without beheading myself or mother. I really wish I had an older brother that could teach me everything he knows.

As I head into the center of the city, I overhear a boy younger than me bragging about killing his first giant with a sling shot. I’m not too sure he’s telling the truth, because it sounds like it’s from a book I have read in the past.

Despite being extremely well-read for a boy in this town, I still can’t help but to feel ill prepared for the real world. I’m a man now, and a man is supposed to protect his mother; I shouldn’t be making soup and watering the garden.

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I see the King’s men lined up in front of the fountain. I’m very intimidated. They have muscles and zero expression on their faces. I’m just a boy filled with many stories and facts. I don’t want to get my hopes up. What if they don’t think I’m fit to watch their backs? I wouldn’t even blame them. I’m just a kid…

I walk to the knight with the least terrifying features on the end, but my lips are unable to move to make words. The soldier speaks first with a bass in his voice. “Young man, what do you call yourself?”

I answer him with a stutter. “My father named me Aryan.”

He removes his sword from his waist and plants it into the ground.

“Welcome to the King’s army, Aryan. I’m Patrick.”

Author’s note: Click here to learn more about the challenge.


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Real Poetic

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  • Jazzy 2 months ago

    I somehow missed this amazing piece and top story! 😍💕 loved this!!!!

  • I really really enjoyed this! Felt like the start of something big. But it had such an excellent style, introducing the world and the character without it feeling “explainy” and had me wanting more! Great job and congrats on this making top story too!

  • Macy Dennis3 months ago

    perfect story

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Hurray!!! Back to say congrats! 🤩

  • Donna Fox (HKB)3 months ago

    RP, I love the AI images you used for this story! They really add to the piece and I appreciate it! I love the narrative and perspective you chose for this story, I found it engaging and so well portrayed! This feels like the beginning to a great adventure tale!! Do you plan to write more?

  • Mark Graham3 months ago

    Loved the story and the pictures. Will there be more of this story?

  • Congratulations on your Top Story🎊

  • JBaz3 months ago

    What a story on the horizon, this is going to be a good read. Please do a continuation

  • Naveed3 months ago

    awesome loved it! Congratulations on Top Story!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    Well, that shifted gears quickly! There's a promising adventure in the making here!

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    Characterisation is amazing! Love it! And last line...I am on the edge of my seat! I so hope you carry this on! 🤍

  • Mond Bell3 months ago

    I didn't read this type of story before. It's an appreciation for me. Got some idea. Thank You I love anime and tried to write something. First time I posted so if you guys are interested about Jujutsu Kaisen then you can read mine:

  • Rob Angeli3 months ago

    Yay! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Congrats on the TS.

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Fantastic story!!! Love it!!!♥️♥️💕 Congratulations on Top Story too!!!

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    Back to say congratulations on Top Story!

  • Mattie :)3 months ago

    Oh awesome story! Really fantastic :)

  • I like Aryan's determination and dedication! A very awesome story for the challenge!

  • Rob Angeli3 months ago

    Beautifully told beginning of the adventure! Great work.

  • Veronica Coldiron3 months ago

    Great beginning. I hope you're going to do more!

  • Matthew Fromm3 months ago

    good work! this is entered into the challenge.

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Cute story!!! I could see it as an animated short or series. I like how he's unsure of himself but ready to take on whatever comes his way.

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    That was great. I'd like to see what happens next.

  • Heather Hubler3 months ago

    A great beginning, I was invested in learning more about Aryan and his world. I enjoyed the read :)

  • Alex H Mittelman 3 months ago

    Great work! Welcome to the army!

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