For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is Boyar.
Boyar: A member of the old aristocracy in Russia, next in line to a prince.
Mikhail moved along the palace walls, only thoughts of vengeance in his mind. His childhood friend had received the medals even though he, a lowly boyar, had defeated many more foes. Not to mention the fact the gallant prince had won the heart of Natasha, his childhood sweetheart.
The scene in the chamber made him gasp, first in shock, then in relief. Alexander had seen what a maggot he truly was and done the deed himself!
“Alexander!” Natasha rushed in and gaped first at the corpse and then at Mikhail. His grin turned to a grimace and he backed away.