The True Adventures of Jay B R Wokky, Web Serials

Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 41.4 — The Kiss

Ch. 41.4 — Feeling numb, Janine led the way down the narrow passageway, past the frozen guard, and into Ezra’s bedroom.
She looked down at the sleeping prince, and her heart turned over. Tears ran down her wart-covered cheeks.
Zelda laughed. “You fell in love with him! Let me guess: you tried to kiss him, and you failed. How droll. What made you think a toad like you would have a chance? You’re hideous.”
“Why are you doing this?” Janine whispered. “You can’t really want to marry him. He’s so much younger than you, and he’s not even a crown prince.”
“Before you came along, I was the baby of the royal family. I was loved, cherished, and everyone doted on me. And then you were born. They forgot all about me and cooed over you. I thought the warts were a nice touch, don’t you?”
Janine gasped. “That was you? But Wizard Colin…”
“That wizard was so incompetent that even as a child I could out-enchant him. I overheard him talking as he traveled on the road to Saltonia, telling someone about his studies with toads. It was simple to cast the spell, cause him to sneeze, and then have him blamed for your warts.”
Janine could only stare at her.
“Oh, don’t look at me like that. You didn’t deserve to be the beloved child anyway. You were such a twit. Nose in a book all the time, talking to animals as if you understood them.”
Zelda’s eyes glittered. “You’ve proven remarkably hard to kill. I’ve tried over and over through the years, but somehow you always manage to escape death. Even Paul didn’t succeed, and his was one of my best enchantments.”
Janine shuddered.
“No matter, as soon as I have the prince, I’ll send the werewolves to eat you. Centuries from now, someone will explore these caves and wonder at all the wind-eroded shapes of salt. Perhaps they’ll even break them apart, carry them off, and grind them up to use for cooking.” Zelda laughed again.
Janine stood at the foot of the bed, gazing at Ezra’s pale face, and waited for the final blow. She had no idea what to do. Usually dragons were impervious to magic. She had studied potions, first with Bee and then with Fritter, but she had never heard of a spell that could turn living beings into salt statues. Zelda had won.
With a triumphant expression, Zelda looked down at Ezra. Then the most beautiful princess in the four kingdoms leaned over and kissed the prince.

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