The King’s Request

chair4Your view begins from a very high place and descends slowly over a town just after daybreak. There is a building with round windows in the attic and tall narrow ones further down, one of which becomes the gateway through which you peer and see an abandoned moving scene, covered in dust. Inside you know the place and have been here several times during your childhood… it was a place you loved but something happened in the building which shut the door suddenly to your potential and you frantically packed all those things away in boxes but they were never moved from the old mansion.

Today as you peer in you see that the entire place is now empty except for those boxes which were forgotten… and they occupy most of the second floor bedroom into which you are looking. As you watch, a demolition ball swings through and crushes one side of the house, destroying that side’s entire wall. You wave your arms to stop the operation but look around in wonder as you don’t see who is operating the wrecking ball.

Then freezing rain begins and covers everything in ice and the wrecking ball stops swinging. You move around the side and enter the building on the second floor to retrieve the boxes. When you try to lift one you discover they are immovable. It is like they are steel boxes welded to the floor. So you begin to open one and as you do you are startled by a loud noise coming from the inside of the box. When you stop, the sound stops. You continue and this time the noise returns with light coming from inside. When you finally open the box fully, something powerful and radiant rushes from the box and enters your chest, filling you up with confidence and removing fear. Looking around you pick out the next box you intend to open.

Then a King appears… but he is dressed in everyday clothes. He approaches you and requests that you locate a box marked “S13” and when you find it, remove it from the building and keep it for him to pick up later. He asks you not to open the box though. Then he disappears.

You rush around looking for the special package but cannot find it so you return to opening the ones there. Curiosity burns inside you though and you cannot stop thinking about “S13”. Each box you open opens with terrifying noises but also with brilliant light and each one releases something more powerful than the box before. Every one of them release their power into your core and with each experience, your ability to overcome the curiosity is increased. As you open the final box, there is no sound or light. Inside you find a smaller box, wrapped in brown paper, with a rubber stamped label that reads “S13, upon royal decree.”

You remove the box, look around the room and without so much as a thought of the contents of S13, you leave. You have rescued your inner strength and retrieved a treasure for the King and have quietly accepted the duty of guarding its contents without the need to know what is inside.

When the King finds you later, he is dressed regally and you present him with his box. He opens it, removes a crown and places it on his head. With his first decree, he places you in charge of his entire kingdom and then reaching back into the box, removes a signet ring and places it on your finger.