The Unexpected Journey is the story of a young woman who sets out on a mission and finds a surprising, royal, detour. I began writing this story on Tumblr and followed a suggestion to post it here. It's a tad fluffy, a dash dramatic, but a lot of fun. One small Author's Note: Because I am not sure I can write about another country with authority without knowing more about it, I am creating a country-for storytelling purposes. It is in Southern Africa. It has a rich cultural history with proud, wonderful people but it has also been host to poverty and famine and more recent outbursts of violence and trauma. The country will be known as Bendal and has absolutely NOT been modeled after any one particular country. I hope you will allow me these small creativities.