Some magics are too powerful to be claimed, especially when their history is fraught with horror and fright, despite all the potential in them...
He was the prince of a kingdom constantly at war, fighting against another prince he had no quarrel against, and all he wanted remained far distant, his home in the heart of his true love.
There is an ancient story, of a sorceress who lived deep within the waters of an enchanted lake, and guarded with her presence a sword which Destiny had decreed would be used for the salvation of mankind, or for its downfall.
But the sword did not always live in the Waters...
And before it was struck in stone to await its fated bearer, the sorceress and her prince imbued the blade with its magic and its fortitude.
(Originally published as part of the "The Fountain" Anthology Collection.)