John Mark Miller is the winner of Vol 2 – 25. He has been passionate about storytelling for as long as he can remember. In elementary school his teacher asked him to write a weekly short story that used that week’s spelling words, and he has been actively writing ever since. His first novel, The Legend of Dahlia, won 1st Place in the Avari Press Young Adult Fantasy Fiction Contest in 2006, and his articles have been published by magazines such as Devo’Zine and Christianity Today.
John Mark currently serves as Minister of Music for the First Baptist Church of Sunset, Texas and as an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Dallas Baptist University. He, his wife Janelle, and their two beautiful children, Kristen and Jaxson, reside in Weatherford, Texas.
Vol 2 – 25: The Sorcerer’s Daughter
The royal guards shriveled back as they entered the throne room. The dark magic of this place was known to scorch all who lingered.
Kass squared her shoulders, unafraid. “Hello, Father.”
The torchlight set his simmering face ablaze. But even in his anger, he offered his daughter a cursory kiss. “You are not to marry this peasant, Kass. He is beneath you.”
“He has stolen my heart, Father. It cannot be undone.”
His obsidian eyes were sorrowful, but determined. After a long moment, he broke her stubborn gaze. “Never underestimate the power of a sorcerer’s kiss, my darling,” he whispered.
Already her ivory skin was darkening, crumbling away into common sod. “Wise words, Father. Remember them… always.”
They later found the gnarled tree fashioned in her likeness. Now her beauty shone eternal, eyes forever closed in quiet submission. And in her palm lay an obsidian pebble, frozen in a silent scream.