Glad you could join us for the next strategic episode of Elliot’s Adventures. If you’re new here, you can catch up by returning to the beginning, and reading really fast…
As eager as she was to cause the King of Bog more trouble than he could handle, Duggla the Crone didn’t like being threatened, and veiled threats were still threats.
Besides, she thought as she watched the General nibble on snake heart and wasp wings, any moron would have known someone would go tell the King when I escaped. If he needed me to tell him to follow the first Knight who left the Kingdom, he’s not as smart as he wants everybody to think he is, and if he rules by fear, he’s not much of a leader.
Yet his influence over the Stingers she’d seen so far was undeniable — they weren’t afraid, they were adoring. What if his need for me is an act? What if he’s testing me — making sure I’m not still loyal to that spiteful, bloated monarch? What if he plans to use me and then turn me into dinner as soon as he gets what he wants?
Madam Duggla paused to snag a gnat. Rolling the hapless tidbit around in her mouth, she wondered, What does the General really want?
The germ of a plan sprouted in the dark. Once I figure that out, I’ll just have to beat him to it and strike first.
To be continued. . .