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When the Heavenly Kingdom begins to act with unwarranted aggression towards its subject state at the hands of its regent, the desire for justice will arise from within the heart of the palace. Fantasy AU
Fingers smoother than, and as cold as, ice tug my face up by the chin. The Queen smiles at me, pressing her other hand into my chest. Lightning punches straight through my brain, vision cutting out into white light. Yet through it all, I can hear a laugh. Her laugh.
"Hello, little assassin. You made it quite far, didn't you?" The Queen purrs.
Technically speaking, choice is but only a fragile illusion when your options are to marry the tyrannical conqueror of the world or have everyone and your kingdom you know and love get reduced to bloody stains or rubble.
But on the bright side, there's some semblance of security in knowing that everything might be okay...
Or alternate description: How to maintain your sanity when your husband is a sadistic archmage overlord with a penchant for size-shifting to gigantic heights to level entire nations and could literally end your life with just a snap of his fingers. Probably harder than you could imagine.