Here is my challenge story for this week from Indie Ink. I got the prompt, the crown was as good as hers... before the interview portion of the competition, from Jennifer Kos. I challenged Sherree. Please let me know what you think!
Sherry's gown rustled across the floor as she paced back and forth. She glanced in the mirror to make sure that her hair was in place. She gave her pale cheeks a pinch to bring color to them and touched her pale, blonde hair to flatten an offending curl that had popped up.
"Relax," her mother said, even though she was wringing her hands in a nervous motion. "You have spoken to him before, so this shouldn't be any different."
"Of course it's different," Sherry exploded, her voice getting high pitched, "This conversation, this interview could result in a crown. Prince Adam must marry and I would do anything to have it be me that was chosen as his Princess."
Her mother nodded, even though she knew all of this. The Prince's wife had passed away from a lingering illness, leaving him no heir. Even though he was still consumed with grief, his father had issued a call for all the eligible young ladies in the land to present themselves to the castle.
There had been a series of tests and interviews that had whittled down the prospective Princesses to just five ladies. Sherry felt that she was a front runner for that crown, but she didn't feel entirely confident.
Sherry continued to pace and her mother went to her side, grasping her daughter by the shoulders. "You need be poised, daughter," she said, "Don't try to win his love, because that is impossible at this point. Just show that you are the best lady to bear his children and share his crown."
Just then, there was a gentle knock on the door. A page looked inside and said, "It is your turn to speak with the Prince, Lady Sherry."
Sherry pulled herself up and drew in a deep breath. She followed the page out of the room to the most important interview of her life.
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