from The Blue Goblet, by Cory Godbey.
Scene: The Horrible Goblet Theiving Beast of the Mountain has pilferd the young Queen's favorite Blue Goblet.
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"As swift as you might say, the beast was gone and with it Queen Julia's favorite blue goblet. It was not so particular a mug, no it was not; very plain in all respects and appearance but it belonged to Queen Julia and it was hers. It was this fact of belonging that moved her to action.
In a manner not the least bit removed from her austere regality, Queen Julia took up her traveling hat and cloak in one quick turn of the heel and leaped out the window after the beast."
Rough color concept watercolors for "the trek."