G-Gift (26 X 26)

*New Story*—The Red Love

During the middle ages, there lived a knight, Sir Alan Ward. He was a great enthusiast of swords and boasted of a fancy collection; his search for fine swords led him to Isabella Fletcher, youngest daughter of the most skilful sword-maker in the Scottish highlands.

Sir Alan fell head over heels in love with young Bella after witnessing her exceptional swordsmanship and immediately decided to ask her hand in marriage.

To woo her, he decided to present her with the most precious gift on her birthday, but this was a problem in itself as he knew little about women or about their likes. He thought of presenting her with his beloved swords collection but that seemed too boring and obvious and besides, the girl’s father was an exceptional sword-maker himself.

He considered the most exquisite and expensive gifts available – the rarest of flowers from the seven islands; the perfect scent made from the most fragrant oils collected from the all over the world; the extremely fine silk with the most soft texture and what not. But, nothing felt right to him; nothing declared his love to her in the way he wanted to.

Wandering day and night, in search for the perfect gift he came over to an old mage’s place; she was known for her witty solutions. He told her of his problem and requested for her answer, in return for whatever she wanted.

The mage’s interest was piqued and wanted to know to what extent he cared for the lady. She asked for his most precious material belonging, he willingly agreed to give up his sword collection. ‘But, this isn’t enough’ she said. He obliged and agreed to part with the most precious organ, his heart.

Moved by his gesture, the mage gave him a magical infusion and said ‘Prepare a hearty meal after drinking the infusion, pouring all your love and all your love will stay with your beloved for forever.’ Sir Alan was ecstatic to have the perfect gift for Isabella; this was better than he could have ever imagined or asked for.

Thanking the mage, he prepared to leave. On his last step outside the door, the mage warned him, ‘Every gift comes with a price, be ready to pay that price when the time is right’.  He was too excited, with the prospect of marrying Isabella, to take the warning seriously and rode away on his horse, having no premonition of what was about to come.

(to be continued)


Whew! 26 minutes fly so fast and it is so difficult to whip an interesting ancient tale, I can’t seem to remember the appropriate words at times, while typing. My writing muscles are getting awesome workout, BTW. Join in the challenge, to get writing-6-pack abs😅!

So, today’s count is 412 words. Hope you like today’s turn out, please tell me if you didn’t. And, bear with all the mistakes (grammatical/typos), if any, I did the best I could. 

Also, don’t forget to check out previous post’s comment section to read different takes on the prompt!

You all are most welcome to join the 26 X 26 Writing Challenge! Remember:

  • You will have to write at least 260 words in 26 minutes (no cheating) and post the write up within 26 hours.
  • Use the word-prompt in the written piece.
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I will see you tomorrow with a Christmas themed word-prompt starting from alphabet ‘H’, until then keep warm & write.

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19 thoughts on “G-Gift (26 X 26)”

  1. I was looking for continuity of last story, didn’t realise it was a short one. Anyhow, this a good start, different from previous ones. Wondering what that price might be?

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    1. Ahh, you were right to look, my friend, as it wasn’t complete. I might complete it after completing this one,
      (I just didn’t know what happened to the healer afterwords, maybe I will find out soon)
      Thank you! I am glad that this one piqued your interest.🙏💙🤗🙌🥂
      We’ll know soon enough. 😁

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        1. Ahh! Then I must say that I made a very wise choice to write these, having an insight from a specialist is amazing. 🤗🙏
          But I am finding these very hard to write, more than other genres and styles that I’ve tried. 😅

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          1. I completely understand. I like exploring different genres but the truth is I find that no matter what genre I’m aspiring to write in, if I’m not writing about myself in some way, my relationships, or my experiences, I fall flat, but when I’m in the writing, when there are pieces of me, it feels more authentic and easier to write. One of the things that made the Charlie Brown comic strip so real and relatable and popular was that each character was a part of the writer; the same is true with Calvin and Hobbes. JK Rowling saw herself and her experiences in her characters and that honesty translated into characters that we call could love. So… Where are you in this story?

            When I see your prompt, I don’t sit down to write immediately. I let the word roll around until it hits something inside me that feels authentic and true to myself or someone I value and cherish. Then I write.

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            1. That is very accurate, actually, I can agree to all of it and even though I hadn’t noticed this detail earlier, now, when I think about it, it makes perfect sense.
              Most of the time, in some ways or others I write from a point of my understanding or experiences and the honesty shows in the write-up and I am able to write smoothly.
              It is the things that I don’t know about or have no experience of are challenging, like these tales. I am trying to whip them up without any reference point of my own which makes writing them tough for me. I think.
              That is a very great way, to let it simmer for some time.
              Actually, I wanted to experiment and stretch some boundaries therefore I went all random in these. But sure it is fun.
              Thank you so much, Gwen, for sharing your wonderful insight. I am grateful.

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  2. I especially enjoyed this…yet again; What a world you have created!
    This time I did however feel like ” and what not” sold yourself short there…I (you) was/were on a roll with gorgeous detail and …what not. Please take this as opinion and constructively mentioned!
    Sir Alan has a surprise coming!
    You did a marvelous job! Looking forward to the next!
    ~FF

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    1. I absolutely agree with you there, FF. As the clock was running, and coming up with these riches were taking a lot of time ( I don’t know why, as I can easily think of a few more, now), so to move the story forward I did cut back.
      I will try to avoid so in the future.

      Thank you so much for this helpful comment, I value them very much.
      And yes, Sir Alan is in for a tough ride ahead! 😅
      Thank you so much reading and sharing your valuable thoughts. 🙏💙🙏🙏

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