by John Xero
Shuka was a mage of subtle magics.
While her peers waged wars for various kings, she became a queen.
Other wizards challenged and fought and ranked each other. They wrestled with fire till infernos were theirs to command, forged armies from ice or reshaped the very land itself. They were so mighty and so proud.
But Shuka stayed silent, and no one knew the power that welled within her. She simply smiled shyly, spoke softly and practiced unseen spells.
Now it was widely known her king employed no mages. Yet any sent against him, mysteriously, came back broken, empty, weeping.
Author bio: John Xero believes there are as many kinds of writers and writing as there are of mages and magic, more even. And that words can be obvious, and they can be subtle, and both can be powerful.
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