Dylan King is an epic fantasy author currently writing from a cave in the mountains of Scotland. Kept company by his brilliant fiancé and a far too energetic dog, he spends his time sending finished manuscripts to editors by raven and drinking copious amounts of Dr Pepper delivered to him on the backs of peculiar, robed creatures. His first published piece, ‘Duty’, was published in the January 2022 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, but if you wish to read more of his work, you can follow him on Twitter at @CAshenhand.
Power of any kind has its price, and the power of life and death bears the heaviest of all.
The women of the Dui, a secretive order of magical healers scattered across Doth Domhan, pay this price every single day to carry out their duty: to heal. Míanann has always done her duty, and each time she has paid the toll in full. Now there is nothing left of herself to sacrifice, no strength left with which to do her duty.
Nothing left, until a little girl comes through her door, dying in the arms of her terrified father, and Míanann feels the pull of her duty once more…
This short story was originally published in Bards and Sages Quarterly.