Stephanie Ayers would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Most Unlikely Hero

By Stephanie Ayers All Rights Reserved ©

Fantasy

Short Story

The world was so quiet, the soft padding of the field mice echoed as they scampered through the grass. The whole world hung on a breath, waiting.

I’m supposed to play a role in saving the world, but I don’t know what that role is. No one will tell me, either. I’m told the fate of the whole world rests in my hands, but I don’t believe it. It’s impossible. Born to an innkeeper, I’m plain and average in every way; I have excelled at nothing. I lumber, and I’m clumsy, much to the delight of my friends. The fate of the world can’t rest in my hands. It’s just not possible.

Twenty years ago, a woman birthed a king with a gray star on his knee. According to prophecy, this infant’s arrival signaled the end of mankind. He would be unstoppable.

And now, the infant has grown.

He lived in riches; he lived in rags. This child-king experienced all facets of life, but still he ruled with absolute control. Still, he neglected the memories of hardship and continued to torment the unfortunate. As he grew, he lived life full and loud, with no concerns for those he crushed along the way. Grown to adulthood, he had the mark of a great king yet lived in fear. Fear of one small boy and a ruby amulet that could destroy him. Fear laced with greed for the power the ruby possessed– a power so tremendous, evil and greed consumed any who wore the necklace; a power so great the whole world worshiped him. This amulet possessed a power brutal enough to raise this king’s father from the dead and allow him to conquer the lands he once controlled, oppressing them into eternal darkness. That ruby held power so immeasurable only the purest heart could control it.

So the priests hid the amulet from the world.

Nobles and charlatans alike gave their lives in fruitless efforts to recover it. The king sent spies out to unearth it and secure it, and they returned empty handed. Then, the rumors started about a babe born with a pure heart who had the amulet. The priests took the babe and hid him, fueling the king’s anger.

Thus, the search began.

The king’s henchman hunted the countryside looking for this babe. They pillaged city after city and destroyed town after town. They investigated every errant whisper, every spoken word and came up empty.

The search went on until a year ago when the boy realized his destiny. With reluctance, he began his journey to the center of the world to destroy the amulet forever.

Today, the hardest part of his journey still lay ahead of him. He found his companions, a motley crew to aid him, and the time had come. Now, they must travel to the center, stand in the lowest point, and the boy must return the amulet to the earth. Luck followed them so far; the magic stones and potions given to him along the way made him invisible to the king’s spies. The party had to stop to rest somewhere, and it was my humble doorstep he chose. Upon entering my abode, the amulet glowed. He declared that I was to be an asset to his journey but offered no instructions.

Whatever I needed to do, I must find the answer soon. Hooves pounded the softened ground, and the earth lamented with tears of pain as the henchmen approached. This was the last stop before the great Barren wasteland that the boy must travel to complete his task. None has survived it, and he must. He MUST continue. If only he could fly!

Oh! I’ve got it!!

I must hurry. But, it has to be perfect. Quick and perfect.

I sit with the town’s sole artist behind me holding a needle dipped in ink. He stabs my skin, tracing tendrils of hot stings across my spine, my shoulders, my lower back. The pain lessens the more he works as my body adjusts to the sensations encompassing my back. This I must do.

Legend dictates the boy must have wings.

The artist stops. Saltwater rolls from his eyes as he admires his work. I catch flashes of yellows, pinks, and blues in the picture glass behind me. Colors rise from my back, and a short blast of pain suffocates me as my wings unfold. My gorgeous tattoo. These shimmering wings will fly the boy across the Barren wasteland and save the world.

These are the wings that will free my soul.



Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Stephanie Ayers
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

cb808: I’m like not a grammar person soooo I just gave 5 stars

Shreya Dhaga: Oh my God.I can't couldn't stop reading once i started . The plot the writing is incredible. Despite the fact that I have my University exams starting tommorow. I just could not stop reading this book. Fantastic.

Emily Bonney: Beautiful book some grammer issues but not many, hope to see more. Your writing style is beautiful but the plot still needs to develop some. I am still pretty emmersed in this book though.

Jazmin Martin: One of the best books I have read. The author puts so much passion and love in this book.

GAPGIRL: This book was great overall for an unpublished writer, it held my interest in the character build up and personification and was unique in plot and the world the author has portrayed. *This is constructive and helpful criticism- I respect the author and the book and only wish to make it better. H...

Stardust: Its an amazing book and good to read

india: I absolutely love this book and I can’t stop reading it!!!

Abby: Loved it!! Masterpiece. True work of art

- ̗̀ʚॢ•⦅ ρɾօѕρɛɾιтγ ೃ⦆•़ ̖́-: Hi, nice to meet you. Your book was truly amazing. I really enjoying reading it. It was amazing ^^.

More Recommendations

Rachel Wollaston: This story definitely deserves all its positive reviews--I devoured the whole thing in one sitting! I especially love the character interactions and the raw emotion, and often humour, that they invoke. One thing I will say is that this is a story which may benefit from being in a longer format. T...

Auslly4ever15: Another cute quick read😊could use some grammar and editing like the rest of the series, but overall cute book.

Sherry Graham: this was a great story with great characters, very well written. I enjoyed it immensely :)

Kiana Rose: This story gripped me straight away! The main female lead was so strong and smart, brave and determined. Such a good role model, and I would recommend this book to everyone :)

Auslly4ever15: These books capture attention so well makes you feel all types of emotions but in the end it's worth reading💘loved this book as much as book 1

Layla: Loved it I also hope it continues

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.