Drab Problems

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
As some of my readers already know, I sometimes write stories or poem based on a picture that I have seen; this is one of those. --- I took one look at the Cover Picture (Painting) and I had to write a story about it. (I got it from a Free Picture sight so author was unknown, but if I knew the name of the painter I would certainly give them credit; it is a great vision.

Submitted: December 26, 2018

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Submitted: December 26, 2018



On the continent of Drab lived a large population of "Twain".

They were called "Twain" because on the bottoms of their bodies they looked like snow, and on the top they looked like they had been burnt in a fire, and wherever the Twain shall meet, it was just various shades of gray. If you will, just visualize dirty snow.

Now the Twain liked their bodies all snowy, and dark, so they petitioned their Ruler to make everything look Drab. And each Ruler did just that.

For five hundred years, Ruler after Ruler used their magic and cunning to keep the continent of Drab a very dreary place.

And for five hundred years the family of Twain ruled Drab without much interference from the rest of the population, known as "Others".

But on one unusually sunny day, a Good-Witch by the name of Sprin came to see the king on behalf of her people.

Her people were tired of the dark, cold, conditions that left them feeling sad all the time. She was the Ambassador for all the "Others".

In days of traveling across the drab and dark countryside Sprin finally arrived at the castle of King Twain, the fifth. And shortly thereafter she requested an audience.

The audience was granted only because the King was not very busy that day.

And I am sure that the fact that Lady Sprin was very beautiful to look at. Yes, well, that may have had something to do with it too.

Sprin entered "The Great Hall of Meetings" and when she had reach the bowing area she fell to the floor and stated, "Good King of Drab, do look kindly on me and hear my request."

The King looked down from his Black-Onyx throne and with a gleam in his eyes he stated, "When such beauty brings a request to the King, such beauty shall be heard! Stand so I may admire the Petitioner as the request is stated!"

Then Sprin rose from the floor, looking much like a flower opening to the morning sun, and she stated, "Good king, it is not I who should be admired. No, it is You, Oh mighty King, the most handsome in the entire kingdom."


What Sprin said was mostly true; the King was a very handsome Twain. He was rugged in appearance, and tall; with his snowy parts being as white as new fallen snow, and his darker parts looking much like fine polished Mahogany. Even the areas where the two opposites joined in the middle, even that area was a pleasing shade of gray.


Sprin continued by saying, "However, I am not here to flatter you, Oh Great King.

The "Others" have asked me to speak for them, for they are in awe of your majestic appearance and superior wisdom.

The "Others" have fallen into a state of unshakable depression and have need of color in their everyday world. That is why they have sent me to you with a proposition."

"A proposition?" the King stated in a questioning manner.

Then he went on to ask, "Is this a proposition that involves bargaining? 

Sprin cut into the King's questions and said, "Yes, of course, that is why I have come to you with this proposition. It is a deal only you and I could make, --- I speak of our Marriage."

The King jumped to his feet and glared down the throne's staircase at the Good-Witch.

He was in a state of astonishment when he asked, "What are you saying? I have no need of a wife! I have three wives already and am not in the market for another; even one as handsome as you."

Sprin smiled at the king with a smile that would woo any potential mate, then she replied, "It is true, Dear King, you do have three wives.

But does the King have any children? That is the question and the reason for the proposition that I am about to give to you. Marry me and you shall have an offspring.

But know this, dear King, the Stars have made it clear in my many readings of them, without me you will die without a child to take your place on your throne."


The King did not get angry with Sprin, as those in the Great Hall thought he would.

How could he get angry? Everything she said about having children was old news. The King's Stargazers and his Oracles had already told him that they saw no children in his future.

However, there was one dissenter among the King's Stargazers, a mystic by the name of Eye-Know.

Eye-Know told the King that the King's rising star sometimes appeared to twinkle in the heaven above. Other times the star looked as if it was not where it was supposed to be, at all.

So Eye-Know reached a conclusion to this Star Phenomenon. And the conclusion was that there were two paths that the King could take, one would give him a child, the twinkling star, and the other would leave him without a star at all.


King Twain slowly walked down the Throne's Staircase and took Sprin by the hand, and then he said, "You stated that this was to be a bargain, and in any good bargain both sides receive some or all of what they want.

Given that you are well suited to have almost any mate that you care to pursue, I must ask. What will you get from this arrangement?"

Sprin looked deep into the King's eyes and stated, "My reward in this agreement would be twofold.

First, and foremost, would be the honor of giving my husband a child to call his own. The second is to bring color back to Drab.

I feel, as do the "Others", that we must leave our birthplace. We can no longer live in a place without color, year after year."

King Twain sat down on the stairs and began pondering what was said.

This was not an easy thing to decide for some of those that kept the King in power did not like change, color, or compromise.

They had never experienced color in their lifetimes and from their parents they had only heard lies and made up rumors about what color would do to the continent.

To their minds, compromise brings on change and change generates new ideas, colorful ideas.

So as long as the King kept the Continent the same, they were happy and free from the fear of the unknown.

But on the other hand, the King might appeal to a larger amount of the population if he had an "Other" Wife and a child that represented all of the population of Drab.

Days passed by, more thinking, then weeks, more consultations and dinner meetings with the Good-Witch. And still more consultations with advisors.


Finally, the King went to the Good-Witch and said, "I long to have a child to call my own, and you have touched my heart with your honesty and your words of caring. But the fact still remains, if I was to turn from the ways of the Twain, there might be war. And no-one wants war. So you see, my love, the Deal that you propose is not acceptable.

But I do have a counter offer."

Sprin was surprised and somewhat disappointed.

But she was there for a purpose, and by the heavens she was determined to listen to any proposal that the King might want to make; after all, she had fallen in love.


The King seated Sprin and then sat beside her. That is when he said, "This is my proposition to you, My Love.

I ask you to marry me and have my child. And for the first four years of the child's life, stay with me so that I may bond with the child and so I may grow deeper in love with you.

At the end of the four years, during my busy times of the year when matters of state occupy much of my time, then take the child and vacation in brighter places of our planet; make those places her classrooms too.

My dearest, teach our child of those things bright, colorful, and full of other wonderful ideas. And when you return home, I will teach her of the ways of the Twain, and what it means to be Drab.

Together, My Love, we will prepare her for the throne that she will someday sit upon; a throne for an experienced queen. After all, she should be a queen who will know what her continent should look like and how much color it's people will need to live happily.

Now, brighten my life, dear Sprin, and say that you will marry me."


Sprin was overwhelmed, this was a proposal that she could live with and might someday lead to the joining of the kingdom's peoples. So she accepted with love and said yes with hope in her heart.

One year to the day of the wedding, a girl child was born to the Royal couple; she looked much like her mother, but had her father's deep dark eyes, with that star-like sparkle.

And as soon as the child could walk she would follow after her Daddy to see what he was doing and to find out where he was going. Her questions were endless and the King was full of pride because of it. In fact, the King appointed a team of “Question Answer-ers" just in case the King did not have an answer that satisfied the little princess; there seemed to be a lot of those.

Now the princess's education continued, while with her mother too, especially when they were in other nations, other continents, and on other islands around the globe.

The Princess was like a sponge, soaking up everything she heard and evaluating every ounce of it.

In addition, Sprin taught her child all the magic she knew, and her father, the King, taught her all the magic he had acquired.

So you see, the child was ready for almost anything.


On the Princess's ninth birthday, a big deal in Drab, the Queen organized a big party; inviting royalty and dignitaries from all areas of the globe.

And during the Giving of the Gifts, the Queen of Stone Island, Shelling the Mysterious, gave the Princess a Wishing Basket.

"What does it do?" asked the Birthday girl.

Shelling replied with a chuckle, "It makes wishes come true. Give it a try."

The Princess looked at the basket for a very long time, and then asked Shelling a question, "How many wishes can the basket give?"

The Queen of Stone Island chuckled again and replied, "You are a wise child and you have asked the right question before you made a wish, so I will tell you.

The basket holds two wishes, one for yourself and one for your nation. Choose wisely."

Princess Twain replied, "The wish for me is this: May the Spirit that bonds kingdoms together reside with my family forever."

"Oh how wonderful," Queen Twain said as she looked at her husband, the King.

Then she said to the King, "We have raised a wise and thoughtful daughter. Don't you agree?"

King Twain just smiled with an element of pride showing brightly.

Then the Queen of Stone Island asked, "And what will be the wish for your nation?"

Then Princess Twain replied, "Everyone will know in the morning."

No one knew what the child was saying and many just thought that it was a childhood riddle, so they passed it off.

But the Princess had a plan.


The very next morning Princess Twain got up early and she dressed in her favorite "Going on a Picnic" Dress. Then she left the castle and made her way to the village road.

When she reached the road she made her wish over the Wishing Basket and then began skipping down the road, leaving color and flowers everywhere.

For you see, as soon as the wish was made, flowers and colors began spilling from the basket and they spread all across the landscape.

The Princess called it Spring, her Mother's name with a "G" added, just for the Goodness of it all.

Yes, "Spring" had finally come to the land of Drab, when the Princess proclaimed, "I love my Father and his Drab, Twain, ways, but I love my Mother and share her longing for the colors that are in the world.

So, from now on there shall be a partial year of color and a partial year of Drab.

Then everyone will have a season to call their own.



D. Thurmond / JEFalcon


Rew. 12-2019

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