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To the Castle (flash fiction)

July 16, 2013

Castle by Alastair Forbes

“He’ll judge in my favor,” Erik said confidently as they walked the road to the castle. “You can be sure of that.”

“Hardly!” Rodney spat. “The king has more sense than that. Just because my chickens keep going to your yard doesn’t mean they now belong to you.”

“Where they choose to live should be their home.”

“Hardly! I need to build a better fence. Good fences are necessary for the order of things.”

Erik lifted his head to point at their destination. “I’d say the king would agree with you there.”

Rodney grinned a victorious grin. “Those walls are better than any fence.”

“But within them sits a man much wiser than you. You shall see.”

After a wait inside the castle, the two men were escorted to plead their cases in front of the king, who patiently listened to them.

The king then spoke: “Fix your fence, but give two chickens to your neighbor to keep goodwill. And to both of you: don’t forget to pay your taxes.”


Over the word limit again! Yug… 170 words

Photo prompt given by Alastair Forbes. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo copyright Alastair Forbes
Story copyright Dave Williams

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2013 7:10 am

    Wise, balanced and diplomatic judgement! And he has not forgotten his due. Nice story.

  2. July 16, 2013 7:30 am

    share the chicken and share your money… well done Zooky (love the YUG part too) think you’ll be forgiven.

  3. July 16, 2013 9:32 am

    Go over the limit every time if you have a wise pen!

  4. July 16, 2013 6:47 pm

    Love it!

  5. July 17, 2013 7:19 am

    This sounded like a fair judgement. a nice read

  6. July 17, 2013 2:08 pm

    The wisdom of (some) kings. Of course, he would have to get the line about his tax in. Really enjoyed the dialogue between Erik and Rodney.

  7. July 21, 2013 7:23 am

    Good fences are indeed necessary for the order of things…

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