Queen of Kings, Chapter 12
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Queen of Kings

Chapter 12 : Further surprises

Queen of Kings

Chapter 12 : Further surprises
As all of you know, the Queen had two healthy babies that day. You know that already. What you dont know is this - the Prince was not first born, as you have believed all these years... his sister was. ......... Guests flung their heads back and their arms up in sheer surprise, every one of them.

They looked at one another, startled, as though they had seen a thousand ghosts
"What sort of lame joke is this!" Grantley wailed, barely able to get his words out. "Move yourselves, out of my way" he barked as pushed through the crowd toward the podium, "let me up there, move!" There was great joy in the Palace over the birth, afterwards I gathered in the hallway with the other staff. All around me I saw cheerful happy faces, glad hearts, but not mine. All I could do was slump down on the nearest seat and bask in my misery about what had just happened "I set out in the snow and returned to my accommodation, feeling defeated" "I told my husband I needed some time to myself, I felt depressed. I needed to be left alone. I spent the night looking out my window at the snowfall and mourning my daughters dream" "As the hours passed however, to my surprise a little bit of hope began to creep in, little by little, slowly but surely. I had an idea and the more I thought of it the more plausible it seemed "Get down off this stage, you crazy old bird. I have never heard such garbage in my life!"

"I am not crazy, and you are not going to be King. Ask your Father, go on, ask him"
"Well? Father? Are you just going to stand there? Are you just going to let her say this stuff? Why are you just standing there looking at me like that? Say something!" "Alright, I will. I will say something. To all of you....this woman is not crazy, she speaks the truth and I must let her finish her story, for her tale must be heard" ".....Holy smokes" When the King returned from the North where he had been stranded I sent a message to him that I must see him immediately, we met in the library, a quiet place where I was free to talk without unwelcome ears listening in.

And then I did a rotten thing indeed- I claimed, yet again, to know the future. Here I was again, taking people for fools for my own gain. Oh I felt wretched, but my dream that my daughter would become Queen was as strong as an ox and I had held onto it for too long just to let it all go now
Im sorry to call you here, my Majesty, I know you are excited to have become a Father and are probably itching to get back to the nursery to see the babies again so I will not take up much of your time. Im sure you are dreadfully busy......what with having to send out the official birth announcement now that youre back, and....

Oh we havent sent it out yet, theres time for that tomorrow. What can I do for you Polly Sue?

You havent sent it out? I see. So the world doesnt know yet that a daughter was born to you, followed by a son, no? I said, trying desperately to sound as casual as I could, while inside my heart leapt for joy.

...No, we havent officially announced that....why do you ask?
Ah! Its not too late then! I declared, quite without thinking.

The King was confused, he demanded to know what I meant.
Deary me, I dont know how to tell you this, know how they call me the mystic midwife...

Of course, and a very good mystic you are too. In fact the best Ive met. What does this have to do with the birth of my children?

Thank you, yes I am, I am a good mystic. Do you know I have never been wrong? Not once. Never. Im always right, in fact, my insight is flawless I lied.

The King nodded in agreement.
How does this relate to your children, you ask? Sir, for months I have had the most dreadful dreams, dreams of the future. Of your......your daughter, some decades from now, a Queen, but not just any Queen... I said with the saddest expression I could muster up. Everyone stood in shock as it became clear where this tale was leading. Time stood still and nobody dared even to breathe. What do you mean? Why do you say that with such dread? Shell be a wonderful Queen, surely....wont she? he asked, I heard the first hint of doubt in his voice.

I wish I could tell you that would be so...

What? Tell me! Tell me what you have seen. What is it? he commanded, panic was now evident in his tone, along with doubt.

I see a traitor! A Queen as traitor! I shot out, Oh! I see her handing half of your Kingdom over to the South! ....I see her ....Oh! Oh I cant bear to know any more!" And then I said it: "You cannot let her be Queen! You cannot let her!!
What? What? What! No! No, not my daughter, not a traitor! Polly Sue, tell me you are wrong! Tell me you are wrong about this! Tell me you are wrong!

I cannot!! I yelled, I cannot!
"My goodness, I am seeing something else now. Oh no! She's scrapping the Monarchy. She wants Royalty to be no more! The Palace is being demolished"

"Tell me no more! I don't want to hear any more! Stop!"

"This is dreadful your Highness"
What shall I do then? What on earth shall I do? I cannot let a traitor take my Throne, that would be a disgrace. No King on earth wants that, throughout the generations that has been the most shameful form of treason there is. An embarrassment to any Royal. Are you sure you are not in error? Absolutely certain?

There is no error. She will be a traitor ...... if she is Queen....but, well, she doesnt have to be, does she?

Of course she has to be. She was born first, its her right"

"But you haven't officially told the world that, now have you?"

"Just what are you suggesting?"
"I encouraged the King to tell the world that the boy was the first born. I lied through my teeth for my own selfish desires. With the boy as heir my daughter once again had the chance to one day become a Queen! Right then, at that moment, that is all I cared about" "We burned the birth certificate in the fire and convinced everyone else in the Palace to go along with our plan. They, like the King, believed that I had foreseen a dark future if things were left as they were" "So now you know. I hold my hands up, I admit it, I lied.

I had a selfseeking motive that my daughter would marry the future King and I was willing to do anything to make that so.

Do not blame the King, for he has been good to you. I mislead him and he acted in his country's best interest. After all this time I am so glad to finally have this weight lifted off my shoulders"
"Good heavens!" Arbie shouted so loudly and so suddenly that every one turned to look at him.

"I know it's a shock, for everyone" Polly Sue said to him, "for you too Lord Arbington"

"No!" he objected "look out, there's a crazy bearded man in shaggy clothes climbing over the fence. An ambusher! He's going straight for Grantley. He looks furious and...and...well I never-"
"Man alive! It can't be!

That's MORRIS!"
"You! YOU did this to me. You took me away from the love of my life, from everything I had, you did this! Well now you're going to pay. Think you'd got away with it, did you? Think again"

To be continued...


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Love it!!! \:o

#3Lady ArielleVIPOct 31, 2012

WOW......can't wait for the next chapter! shame after you finish the story, you couldn't upload a zip file of the whole series to download...I would keep that on the hard drive to re-read again and again....

Keep up, the good work!!!


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