From the diary of Ann Kerwin (heroine in A Royal Engagement):
Okay, so I’m not at all excited about this prospect of being the queen. Queens can face danger at every turn. You might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. I was minding my own business, going to college and all, when Hathor came to get me. I didn’t ask to be the queen of Raz. He just told me I was going to be one and whisked me away from Earth. And what has it been ever since? Dodging one life threatening situation after another. There was the crazy cave on planet Red then the dragon on planet Forestaria. But I have to say dodging bullets on planet Pale took the cake. That’s been the worst by far, and as you can see, I’m not in any shape for this kind of thing. (By the way, the Zeus mentioned below is the god from Greek mythology.)
“Follow me,” Zeus said.
He didn’t need to tell her twice! She bolted with him across the open field, if white sand could be considered a field. Behind them, the guards were shooting at her, and for reasons she couldn’t explain, she managed to dodge each bullet. Either they were lousy shots or she was incredibly lucky. Whatever the case, she wasn’t going to complain.
By the time they reached the nearest building, she thought she was going to pass out. No wonder she didn’t do so hot in gym class. She wasn’t cut out for this kind of thing. When they got into the building, Zeus locked the door and she collapsed against it.
She glanced at Zeus and saw that he was breathing normally. No one would guess he’d just been in the same perilous race that she had been in. He hadn’t even broken into a sweat! She told herself it was because he was immortal, but that did little to make her feel better. She was supposed to be the queen of Raz. Surely, the queen should be able to manage a run across a vacant field while nearly being shot without feeling like she was going to pass out.
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