(In response to today’s Daily Post Prompt.)
They told her she was frail, fragile, easy to hurt.
They told her she would never be a great leader. That she was too young, too weak, too feminine.
They told her that nobody would fear her. That no man worth his pay as a soldier would take her as their leader.
They called her “The Glass Princess” behind her back. Her spies and servants reported the whispers.
She’s no good even for diplomacy. She’s too transparent, too obvious, too readable.
Who would want her for a bride? She’d die if the wind blew on the wrong side of her face.
She’s so small, so pale… Are we certain she’s not a changeling? She certainly is a strange one.
She paid off the spies and the servants, fed them false information, kept up her image. The Glass Princess certainly was strange, but she was no fool.
They had forgotten that glass, when it shattered, could kill.