This began from a story prompt many years ago. The prompt was “someone important goes missing”. The splat-draft of the story out-distanced the eligible word count limit so it couldn’t be entered in the prompt competition. Instead the rough-draft slept in a file on my computer for years (10-15 while I took a break from writing).
I had a lot of fun writing this story and although it is light-hearted and fun, the events do (surprisingly) impact the land of Alarel in important ways.