Her food escaped, she missed.
One would never doubt Kim Taeyeon’s aim, it was bad luck. However, there were times when she doubted herself and that was right now. Her arms were strained after hours of hunting in the woods, hours of carrying food down the hills, goddamn it burned so bad. The mighty bow she equipped exceeded her size in length. Carved out of bamboo, carefully stringed, it was the best there was out there; well, at least Taeyeon was of the opinion that it was. Hopefully it would be enough.
“Look at what we have here.”
The tree that Taeyeon was on hid her perfectly from the bandits scavenging the palanquin.
“Boss, look at what we have here,” one of the men said, forcefully dragging out a girl.
The princess. Taeyeon gasped.
“You and dirty old bunch of crap will never-“
She got slapped.
“Cut your crap, who the hell believes in what the king says are as dumb as a cockroach.” The man addressed as ‘boss’ spat on her face. He approached the princess and with his begrimed fingers he lifted her chin. “But you don’t look young at all to be that dumb.”
“Don’t talk like that about my father!”
He made an overtly shocked face and stepped back, hands over his chest. His minion held back the flailing little girl. “Father?!” He breathed dramatically and swung his arms apart emphasizing its mock importance. “Father.”
His minions laughed.
“Father? Father! What kind of father would let their daughter out into the woods in the middle of the night.” His voice was of deliberate disrespect.
She gritted her teeth. “My guards will kill you!”
“Hmmm, they are not really of any use right now.” He mocked, “all lying down like bugs, squished.”
“They will kill you!”
Taeyeon wasn’t a guard and had only killed animals in her life, but she loaded her bow and prayed she wouldn’t miss like last time.