By Wingéd Chair
When eighteen-year-old Merry is attacked by nightmarish creatures and rescued by the vigilantes that fight them, she knows she has a responsibility to use her unique magical knowledge to help. But all Merry wants is to go to the University and prove that her disability has not made her useless, and joining a ragtag rebellion is not the way to get a recommendation. Not to mention, the outlaw mage that helped save her is too handsome and irritating for Merry's good. When she doesn't want to kiss him, she wants to run him over with her wheelchair. While she ignores her interest in the outlaw, she also avoids her responsibility, and it isn't until the monsters try to kill her family that Merry realizes proving herself won't mean anything if everyone she loves is dead.
By Wingéd Chair, a retelling of Robin Hood, is one of a series of fairytales that tell familiar stories from unfamiliar points of view, highlighting characters who aren't physically capable of swinging a sword but still manage to save the day.
First 150 Words:
The boy in the photograph was my age, young and optimistic, and certainly not a mass murderer. But that was what it said above the reward offering five thousand gold nickoli for his capture. "Robyn Hode: Dangerous mage wanted for the murder of five people". I studied the grainy, black and white picture again, looking for signs of madness in the boy's eyes and finding none. What had happened to him? How had he gone from this innocent school boy, flush with success, to a man capable of killing his entire family?
"Merry!" Madam Francine's sharp call broke through my reverie, and I dragged my eyes away from the wanted poster on the brick wall next to me. "Have you finished your sketch?" she asked. Her lips thinned and her eyes bulged as she glanced at my drawing pad, and I wondered if anyone had ever told her she looked like a squashed frog.