Her people believe her to be a goddess, the benevolent Golden Queen who guards them from her portrait over the throne. But Kenrick knows the truth--every ten years, Queen Orla comes to life.
As chieftain, Kenrick's sworn duty is to protect both her and her land while she sleeps. As a man? He'll do anything in his power to keep her awake once and for all.
"The Golden Queen" is a stand-alone short story around 6,500 words long.