Nine days.

That was how long she sat on the throne she’d been forced into, how long she had held all the power and none of it. Each night she had woken in a sweat, knowing that it could all only end one way.

There had been one moment, sitting beside her husband, when it all felt real. For an instant, Jane Grey had imagined her England, an England ruled with kindness and justice. She imagined children, grandchildren, a future.

And then they came, Mary and her supporters, and Jane was thrown in the Tower, staring at grey stone. Each day she felt the shadow of the axe over her. Each day she waited for it to fall.

Wyatt’s Rebellion was the death sentence. Mary knew she could be lenient no longer. She could permit no other queen to live, not even a Nine Day Queen.

They brought Jane out into the green and she felt sunlight on her face even as she saw it glinting on the axe. She bowed her head and remembered that moment when she thought she’d have it all: family, throne, future.

She was seventeen years old.

The axe fell.

Word Count: 195

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction! Thanks to A Mixed Bag for the photo prompt!

  1. This is a beautiful telling of history. Well written!

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  2. EagleAye says:

    A very nice historical piece!

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Beautifully done.

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  4. James says:

    Another noble Queen meets her end.

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  5. This is a very poignant story that you have written masterfully.

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  6. michael1148humphris says:

    So many reach the gates of power, but very few can keep power. You illustrated that very well.

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  7. Susan says:

    I think all little girls dream of being a queen or princess. Little do we know how brutal that life can be. Well done!

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  8. afairymind says:

    Very nicely told. 🙂

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  9. Jade M. Wong says:

    Gripping snippet of history here. Great perspective, you did a great job telling the story from young Jane’s point of view.

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  10. History from Lady Jane Gray’s point of view. I like it. Seventeen years old, married and queen. The puppeteers behind the scenes didn’t do their homework properly on their enemy.

    Good story.

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