Her life had once seemed the epitome of perfection for this shining White Lady before the walls of her ivory tower were first penetrated and then slowly demolished over the course of some amount of time. She had been unceremoniously unseated her from her throne, held as prisoner, and then exiled.

Now she wandered past the ruins of that tower having come from the hermitage that had erstwhile been her home for quite some time. She knew the time was drawing near to go forth and contemplated the coming battle.

Warrior and Queen, Gwendoline planned her attack despite the helter skelter she felt within and saw without.

The tempest was now.

Truth behind the words:

Gwendolen, Queen of the Britons, lived in the 12th century and is believed to have defeated her husband in battle, her armies against his, her sword against his. When she defeated him, she also killed the woman who her husband had taken in her place and took his throne, ruling a peaceful Briton for 15 years before turning rule over to her son.

She’s believed to be the same Gwendolene mentioned in Spencer’s The Fairie Queen.

I don’t think my parents realized who they named me for… 

Sammi Scribbles Weekend Writing Prompt

Use the “helter skelter” and write a piece in exactly 111 words.

How did I do?

Don’t be shy… Tell me how you feel.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙏🏻

      I had no idea where it was going to go but those 111 words made me feel very Faerie Queen (Spencer) and reminded me of something I wrote last years this time (Freedom from Oppression). That it brought those to my mind made me feel quite magical myself!


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