The Twelfth Knight

Roscoe sat on his bed, absentmindedly running his whetstone down the length of his sword. It seemed like all he did lately. Well, that and all the training exercises. The last time he saw any real action was years ago, when a group of sparkly vampires had taken over the Kingdom. The First Knight had defeated the threat, and, along with the Jester, made everything right in the Kingdom again.

Nowadays, the only thing that happened in the Kingdom were bar fights, and the local constables handled those. The Queen and the Jester were beloved by the people, so there weren’t any internal issues of Kingdom security. No external threats had made themselves known either. Or, if there were, they never made it down to him.

Anything like that would go through the First Knight before anyone else. If he wanted the assignment, he’d take it. If not, he’d hand it off to the next knight in line, who would decide whether or not to take it. And so on.

With how boring things had been in the Kingdom lately, even the most mundane assignments were being grabbed up long before they could get to him. That left him nothing but time to train and sharpen his sword. He may not need the weapon now, but that would change someday. Someday, the Kingdom would need his sword and his skills as sharp as they could be.

He was Roscoe, and he was the Twelfth Knight of the Kingdom.

24 comments on “The Twelfth Knight

  1. djmatticus says:

    Who are the other ten?

  2. rarasaur says:

    12th in line sounds rough. πŸ™‚

  3. A case of “They also serve who only stand and wait”?
    In the current era, he would be happy to wait, sharpening, training and then spending the rest of his time on Social Media or Netflix. (as long as he is getting paid.

    • Netflix is rather addicting. Although, personally, I’ll be on Amazon Prime more than Netflix for the next month. The new seasons of Jack Ryan and The Man in the High Castle come out in the next few weeks.

  4. It’s good he’ll be ready, with a sharpened sword…

  5. Carolyn R. Owens says:

    I do hope over the next few days we will learn more about Roscoe… Hmm, What does his future hold? πŸ™‚

    • That will depend entirely upon how much free time I have. Between work and spending time with my wife and daughter, it might be a bit before I’m able to add more to the story. I’m hoping to give Roscoe something to take his mind off sharpening his blade, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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