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

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Maveriqua would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Splendia

By Maveriqua All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

Chapter 1: The Accident

The name’s Splendia, but everyone calls me Dia. I was raised by my Aunt Izeba in a city called Kaya. And at the moment, I was lost. I had been doing my usual job of finding things to sell in my aunt’s store when I realized I had wandered far away from town. I grumbled as I stumbled through the high grass and swatted away yet another thorny plant that had gotten caught on my tunic. As I did, I tripped over a log and fell flat on my face. I groaned. “Great,” I said, “just great. How could this get any-” That’s when it started raining. I hung my head. “The gods just hate me today, don’t they?” I could have sworn the thunder that followed sounded like laughter.


I sensed something off to my right and I instinctively reached out my hand. My fingers brushed metal. I looked at the gold bracelet in my hand. “Well, at least something went right today,” I said, standing back up.



I woke to the sound of muted conversation. “...arrested...the poor girl...” I sat up quickly and walked over to the window. I had gotten home late the night before and had fallen asleep before my head hit the pillow. I opened the window to find the widows Dolores and Sami chatting (*cough*gossiping*cough). “...I still don’t get why the king would arrest her,” Dolores was saying.


“Who?” I asked. Both of them jumped and looked at me.


“Please don’t do that, dearie,” said Dolores, putting a hand over her heart dramatically. “I am old, and susceptible to heart attacks.”


Sami looked at me sadly. “Do you not know? You aunt has been arrested on orders from the king himself!”


I gasped. “What?” My aunt could be kind of, shall we say, overly honest sometimes, but I couldn’t imagine her doing anything that would get her arrested. “Why?”


Sami bit her lip. “The king has... accused her of theft.”


I stared at her. “Okay, you know my aunt. She’d never do something like that!”


Sami sighed. “You and I know that-”


“And so do I,” interjected Dolores.

“-but it’s guilty until proven innocent in this case,” Sami finished.


I stared at them for a second, then quickly ducked back inside. I threw on my day tunic and a shawl. I flew out of the shop. “Where are you going?” I heard Dolores call as I sprinted down the street.


“To the palace!” I yelled back. I had to figure out what was going on.




King Darragh’s palace was huge. And by huge, I mean why-does-he-need-this-much-space huge. I’d never been inside before, but I’d heard it had eighty rooms, four floors, and the supports were made out of gold. I wasn’t even sure how that was possible, but I sensed it as soon as I stepped through the door. You know how some people have lie detectors in their heads? I have a metal detector in my head, which started going berserk as soon as I got near the palace. It got even worse once I walked inside.


I kept following the hall, sensing all the valuable objects as I passed by. How does he even know anything’s missing? I thought as a passed a particularly big treasure room. With some directions from some surprisingly helpful guards, I finally found the throne room. By then, the buzzing in my head had turned into a full blown migraine. It took at my strength to stand upright and not hunch over. Up on the dias was a throne. Sitting on said throne with a smug smile on his face was the king himself. “So,” he said, “you finally made it.”


I breathed deeply. “Greetings, your majesty,” I said through gritted teeth, “I understand that you believe that my aunt has...” I thought about how to politely phrase it, “...taken something from you. I’m sorry if you believe that. If you require anything to be paid back, I can-”


The king cut me off with a fit of laughter. “Wait!” he gasped, “Wait! Give me a minute!” I waited for about five minutes, annoyance building, fists balled, until he got his breath back. “Okay, okay,” he gasped. “Whew, I needed that.” He looked at me. “You really thought that this was about some petty thievery?”


I blinked. “Well, yes. That’s what I heard.”


The king steepled his fingers. “Look kid, nothing got stolen.”


I stared at him, sure I heard wrong. “Um...what? Why did you arrest her then?”


The king smirked. “Because,” he said, getting up from his throne and walking off the dais, “she has something I want.”


I backed up. “What do you mean?”


The king cackled, getting uncomfortably close to me. “You see...my wife is getting on in years, as you may know. So, I’m going to need a new one soon if I’m going to have an heir...” he leered at me.


I backed up, feeling even more nauseous. “You want to...you want me to marry...I’m thirteen!”


His leer widened. “So, here’s the choice,” he said, pacing around me. “You marry me and I’ll let your aunt go. If not...” he made a cutting motion across his throat. “You got that?”


I felt nauseous. “You can’t do that!” Mentally, I berated myself for saying something so cheesy.


“Oh, yes I can,” said the king, “because I’m the king. No one can tell me what to do. Especially not a stupid, sniveling little peasant girl like you!”


Okay, before I tell you what happened, think about it from my perspective. My aunt was captured, a king wanted me to marry him, and if I didn’t, my aunt would die. On top of all this, I had a migraine the size of Mount Everest. So you really can’t blame me for what happened next.


I put my hands on my head and closed my eyes. I heard a small rumbling sound, and realized the king had stopped talking. I opened my eyes slightly and saw things falling from the ceiling. Very heavy, very expensive things. I registered screaming, heavy footsteps, and large crashing sounds. I fell to my knees and sank into unconsciousness.



Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Roy Jenner: I was pleased to join the action where this B-17 was limping back across the English Channel defying all odds. Obviously written by a person more than familiar with the interior of the Flying Fortresses that were familiar in the skies of Southern England during World War 2. Plenty of action here ...

Caryn Moy: Love this series! Very well written, great plot and characters! I love time travel mysteries and this was different from anything I've read in the past! Bring on the sequel!!! I need to see the Compact get squashed!

ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...

Lauren Sanby: This is an excellent story. Very gripping and keeps your attention throughout. Hoping the author is writing a sequel because I'd love to read more about Rhi and Andreas and find out what else Rhi is able to do with her powers.

spooky jedi: Love your story!I really hope more people read this story!Its amazing!! The plot is very unique and different, which is very good to have in a world full of stories. You have very complex and intellectual plot line, with your many loveable character and that hint of 'will they, won't they' is ju...

maewilde25: I am so in love with this story!!! captivated me till the very end, there wasn't a dull moment. Didn't particularly enjoy the lay out and some bits of info was missing along with how a 21 year old man amassed so much wealth that needed to be explained other than that and a few spelling errors, th...

Olivia N J Hamel: I want this book. I love it so much. It is so enjoyable to read and to have a copy of this always, I would be very happy, to always be able to come back and look at it again.

daneliacapote116: This was one of my favorites! When you start reading you want to continue I can't wait for the rest of the novel!! The characters where awesome! Everything was great. I encourage you to read this novel, your going to love it it and want to read it more and more !!

Lydia Walters: I really enjoyed this novel. It gives us a view of what could be if we really tried.Also that there's nothing wrong with loving our LORD and our fellow humans. couldn't wait to get to each new chapter (mission). Thanks, Joe!

More Recommendations

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...

genlynne2379: I read the other review of this book and I must say that I disagree with it wholeheartedly. I do not believe the author put the apostrophes in the names just to be unique, but because the characters are supposedly of a different race than humans. They are Anmah. They should have different names a...

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

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.