King of Darkness, Queen of Light

Written by A.G.Munroe

Chapter 1

I looked down the paths. One to my left one to my right.

I had no idea which way to go. Which way would lead me home.

I searched my mind for an answer, nothing came. I looked down the paths. One was covered in footsteps the other had just one set.

More people had gone left then right.

I made my decision. I turned down the left path.

Something in my mind tried to tell me to stop. But I had already made my decision. And I turned down the path of many footsteps.

Chapter 2

After walking for what seemed like miles I came across a village.

It was small, but otherwise normal.

But as I walked towards it I failed to notice one important detail.

I trudged through the village not noticing the strange attributes the town held.

I couldn’t figure out why but everyone I saw was giving me mean looks, and expressions of scorn.

Something hit my arm. “We don’t want your kind here.” A voice yelled, followed by a couple jeers and cries, I looked up to see a group of villager sporting rocks.

Spooked, I turned around and ran out of the village. Blood dripping from my arm.

When I arrived at the outskirts of the forest I plopped onto the ground, breathing hard.

And that’s when I noticed, everything in the town was black. Black houses, black roads, black clothing, there was absolutely no color.

After figuring out that disturbing fact I tried to figure out the reason they had sent me away, I was still wearing my mourning clothes (which were of course black) I couldn’t think of any reason why they had sent me away.

I looked the same as them, I was wearing dark clothes…

After exhausting the possibilities I noticed the sun was going down so I curled up and fell asleep.


When I woke up it was almost midday.

Surprised I had slept so late I jerked up worried I would be in trouble.

Then I remembered I was far from home.

I sighed, hungry and thirsty, still trying to figure out why the villagers where so hostile.

I thought about the stories my father used to tell me of the land of Gloom.

One went like this:


The Gloom

In the land of Gloom there is no colors only black the color of night.

It’s ruled by the king of darkness who’s name is known to none.

He rules in a castle shrouded by fog which no one dare approach.

He sits on a black throne of thorns only comfortable to him.

The villages are weak and poor, and always unhappy.

And feel as if they are missing an important piece.

The one thing they are missing, something lost long ago, the gift of children.

Now they live in old run down houses everything black and unattractive and they shun children thinking they are evil, when that’s really what there missing.


That’s when it hit me.

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Trisha – 10 July 2021

I loved your story, it was interesting and I would truly like to know where your character will go from there. Like what was down the right path?

Faith – 2 June 2020


Reihaneh – 31 May 2020

Goood keep it

Emily – 30 May 2020

I love the storyline and your vocabulary is incredible,I can just picture this world of yours. Cornelia would be proud, I’d love to see more of your stories too xxx.

Ingrid S. – 17 March 2020

I loved it so much, please write more!

Melissa – 4 December 2018

The story is spooky as well as mysterious. Keep it up!

Livi – 5 June 2016

Though this book is a slightly spooky, I agree that it could be a good read of a chapter book if, maybe, it could be longer. I would like to know more, for I cannot digest the knowledge properly, due to my curiosity but I do like this. -Livi Shira Kaylan

Zoe Davad – 31 March 2016

The story is very mysterious and I was on the edge of my seat while reading. It goes without saying that I may be seeing it on a bookshelf someday.

Ella Rose – 7 November 2014

This is a great story but how did she get there?

A.G. – 13 December 2013

Thanks! Your comments always brighten my day!

Francisca – 12 December 2013

Even though this story is mostly about gloom and darkness, it actually brightened my day. The mystery in it is really good. I also liked the incorporation of the gloom story in it too, which really added to the story. Overall, I immensely enjoyed reading this and hope you write more!

haelyn fitz – 26 November 2013

That is very well done you inspire me thanks for the good read good luck with the next chapter!!

A.G. – 22 November 2013

I am working on the second chapter.

Lia Hope – 23 October 2013

Is there more to this? I would love that to read more.

hampton – 14 October 2013

I love that this is very mysterious and it made me wonder is it a journey to find your destiny?