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Big Sister's Promise

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Keywords female 505325, fox 132650, hybrid 35872, vulpine 20096, princess 4185, child 4042, kid 4014, red fox 3760, family 3260, city 2419, sisters 1509, swift fox 849, royalty 824, medieval 785, affection 643, little sister 68, promise 51, big sister 28, city-state 10, heir 8, baby sister 5, bastard child 2
Big Sister's Promise

Megan Bryar





The ritual was always the same.  As soon as Ciara passed through the big steel and wood gates that guarded Cearnach City from the rest of the world, she went straight to the castle.  While she was in the city she could forget about everything else for a few days and devote herself to her sister.  When Brigit was born, she made a promise that the child wouldn't want for anything and that she wouldn't have to grow up alone, as Ciara had.  No matter what, Ciara was determined Brigit would always have her big sister there to look after her.
When she reached the castle steps, she looked up and smiled at the child waiting for her there.
“How have you been, little sister?” she said.
Brigit ran down the steps and wrapped her arms around her big sister.  At nine years old Brigit was almost as big as she was, but Ciara could still pick her up and twirl her around the way she'd always done. This was Brigit's share of the ritual and she was, if anything, more eager for the reunion than Ciara.  Brigit never missed a meeting, no matter the weather or the time of day.  It gave her mother fits, but Fithir had given up trying to stop her.
“How long are you gonna stay with us this time?” Brigit said.
“I'm expected back in two days, but for you I'll stay at least a week,” Ciara said.
Brigit gave her a smile in return and shook her head in unconscious mimicry of Fithir.
“That's what you always say, and then you stay a month,” she said.
“Maybe two,” Ciara said.
Brigit's smile widened and she wagged her little cut off stub of a tail.  Then her face fell, and she clutched at Ciara's shirt the way she did when she needed her big sister.
“You promise?  Only, I don't have anyone to talk to when you're not here.  Mom's too busy and there's nobody else who knows,” Brigit said.
“Knows what, pup?” Ciara said.
“Tell me about my father.  What was he really like?” Brigit said.
Ciara put a hand on  Brigit's shoulder in what she hoped was a comforting gesture.  This was part of the ritual too, and it was only natural for Brigit to be curious.  Connor hadn't been around much when Ciara was a girl, but at least he'd been there when she needed him.  Brigit never had the chance to meet him.  That made Ciara's promise even more important.  She, at least, had had the luxury of knowing that, as Connor's bastard, she was free to pick whatever life she pleased.  Brigit had to grow up to be Connor's heir, which meant she had to live up to his legend.
“He was my hero,” she said.
“That's what Mom says, too.  She says he died to save us all,” Brigit said.
“That wasn't his general intention, but I suppose you could look at it like that,” Ciara said.
“Isn't that what a king is supposed to do?” Brigit said.
Ciara fought back a grimace and she hoped Brigit hadn't seen it.  That was Fithir's major contribution to Brigit's education, filtered through her pride like everything was these days.  Fithir meant well, but she always had to turn everything into a melodrama.
“Maybe that's how it used to be in the days of our grandfathers, but these days a king, or queen, has to know a lot more than how to swing a sword.  If Dad taught me anything it was that, sometimes, you can do a lot more good by talking than by fighting,” Ciara said.
“But he died,” Brigit said.
“Yes.  That doesn't mean he was wrong,” Ciara said.
Brigit's ears drooped a little and Ciara felt a pang of guilt for disappointing the child, but part of her promise was that she'd never lie to her sister.  Brigit scooted a little closer and Ciara felt the girl trembling, on the verge of tears.  She stroked Brigit's ears and wondered if she should have broken her rule this once, but Brigit was tough.  Stoicism was a flaw that ran deep through their family.  The pup only sniffled a little before she pulled herself back together.
“Were you there with him?” Brigit said.
“I tried to stop him,” Ciara said.
“But you said--”
“I was so young then, and all I knew was my father was in trouble.  Nobody is ever a hero like you read about in books.  I've never believed in them.  All Connor wanted was to protect the people he loved, and I wanted to do the same for him,” Ciara said.
“But he didn't run away,” Brigit said, and now there was a note of challenge to Brigit's tone.  It was the same tone that Connor always got once he made up his mind about something.
“It never crossed his mind.  Even when I begged him to turn back, he kept going,” Ciara said.
“Then maybe you and Mom are both right,” Brigit said.
“Maybe so.  Fithir's a pretty smart vixen, you know.  I think that's what Dad liked about her,” Ciara said.
“Would he have loved me?” Brigit said.
Ciara looked at her little sister as Brigit looked up at her.  Brigit was Connor's fifth daughter and the only one, besides herself, to live past infancy.  The child looked more like their father than she could know, and Ciara had always wished Connor could see what a fine fox his youngest child had become.
“He would have loved you very much, and he'd have been very proud of you.  Every bit as much as I am,” she said.
She led Brigit up the steps into the castle and she thought that, this time, it wouldn't do any harm to stay for three months.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A little while ago, I commissioned someone to draw a picture of my vixen Ciara and her baby sister, Brigit. When she sent me the WIP sketch I decided it would be fun to write a little bit of flavor text for the image, as I sometimes do. Given that Brigit was only a year old in her last appearance, I've been itching to flesh her out a little bit more. However, I wanted to keep it as short as possible, as a sort of challenge to myself. I've always been interested in flash fiction, but I've never been much good at it. So I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I don't know how well it works, but I think it's kind of a cute story nevertheless.

All characters belong to me.

Keywords
female 505,325, fox 132,650, hybrid 35,872, vulpine 20,096, princess 4,185, child 4,042, kid 4,014, red fox 3,760, family 3,260, city 2,419, sisters 1,509, swift fox 849, royalty 824, medieval 785, affection 643, little sister 68, promise 51, big sister 28, city-state 10, heir 8, baby sister 5, bastard child 2
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Type: Writing - Document
Published: 5 years, 1 month ago
Rating: General

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NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 1 month ago
such a sweet story Megan, I really wouldn't have minded reading it if it was 20+ pages long like some of
Jacinth
Jacinth
's stories, it was so well written, and like I said, a really sweet story :)
MeganBryar
5 years, 1 month ago
Thanks so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed the story, and I appreciate the kind words. Most of mine do tend to be considerably longer than this one, too. The last story these two were in topped out at about ninety pages. The project before that was better than 300 pages long. But every once in a while I like to try to challenge myself to do something different.
NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 1 month ago
good grief girl...I honestly doubt I could keep attention that long ^^;  20-30 pages are plenty for a story for here, but needless to say, keep up the good work.
MeganBryar
5 years, 1 month ago
Neither could I, to be honest. That's why I usually post my longer stories in chapters, so I don't drive my readers nuts. Though I've posted a couple of them in their entirety on FA, as some people asked me to.

And thanks!
NikkiBoundWolf
5 years, 1 month ago
makes sense, now that I know how good of a writer you are, I'll read more stories that you post in the future :)
MeganBryar
5 years, 1 month ago
Thanks so much!
D4488
5 years, 1 month ago
Very cute story and as was said well written :3 though some do like long stories I was reading some that were multi-200 page posts :P the swiss mix I think it was? And to dream of darkness was another lol :3 need to read the rest of thief stories if they are good like this one lol
MeganBryar
5 years, 1 month ago
Thank you! I appreciate your taking the time to read, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hope you'll like the rest of my work as well.

As for long stories, I like those as well, and most of my work does tend to be significantly longer than this. I'm primarily a novelist, in fact. But I've always been fascinated by flash fiction, and it's a form I'd love to master.
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