The Crown

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A short story inspired by a One Word Prompt from the Imaginarium House.


 

 

 

The Crown

Morgan and Morgana, brother and sister. Prince and Princess! Which should take the crown?

They are twins, born two minutes apart. But there is no one left who will say which of the two is the oldest. With the death of their mother and father, the Queen and the King, if anyone does know they are choosing to stay silent.

Morgan is strong, powerful, with a commanding presence. He is a natural leader, not shy of giving out orders. He is tall, he is handsome; he is the stereotypical embodiment of what a Prince should be.

Morgana is small, shy, reluctant to take the limelight. She is not pretty but many have said that she is captivating, beautiful. Morgana is clever, and her quietness is her strength. There is little that goes on in the kingdom that escapes her notice.

Which of them should be crowned? This is a problem that troubles everyone, from the highest of the nobles to the lowest of the peasants, for each have their advantages. Both have their followers.

For those that want action, Morgan is their choice. He does not waste time in over-thinking; in fact, he tends to act first, think after.

Morgana is the opposite. She considers everything, from as many different perspectives as she is able. For those seeking advice, she is their choice.

The kingdom is split. They cannot decide. Should they be ruled by action, or by wisdom? Neither Princess possesThe subjects start to quarrel, to push for whichever best suits their own purposes. Families fall out with each other and society begins to crumble.

What to do? There is just one crown.

 

And then an outsider arrives, someone never seen before in the kingdom. He is cloaked and hooded, secretive almost. The people of the kingdom are suspicious. Who is this stranger? What does he want?

But he proves himself to be kind, trustworthy, seeming to not have his own hidden agenda. Apart from staying shadowed, concealed, he seems to be friendly.

Then one day the stranger just disappears. No one sees him leave. One moment he is there, the next he has gone. But he leaves something behind, a solution to the realm’s problem.

Where there had been one crown, now there are two. Both are identical, neither grander, nor more ornate, or of greater value than each other.

It is obvious, the solution. Both Morgan and Morgana will be crowned and will rule side by side. The kingdom will enjoy the benefits that they can both bring – that is until the next time. For who will be next in line to inherit that covetted crown?

 

 


Submitted: September 20, 2017

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Mike S.

A fine write, Hully, and, except for the handsome part, more like repulsive, and the fact he The Big Dump would never share, definitely not with a woman, this could be now!

Wed, September 20th, 2017 6:09pm

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Ha! Yep, you are right there, Mike! Thanks for reading!

Wed, September 20th, 2017 11:30am

jaylisbeth

Great story, Hully. I am quite fond of Royalty tales :)

Wed, September 20th, 2017 6:19pm

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Thanks, jaylisbeth. I thought I'd try something a bit different.

Wed, September 20th, 2017 11:31am

Vance Currie

An interesting story, Hully. The only problem with the dual rulership (I made that word up) is that Morgan will probably start World War III while Morgana is still thinking about it.

Wed, September 20th, 2017 11:46pm

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Ha! I'm wondering who might have prompted those thoughts?! And you know, Joe, I reckon that would be right although it could be done with role reversal too!
Thanks for reading.

Thu, September 21st, 2017 3:06am

moa rider

Now there's a dilemma Mama Hullabaloo, what would Solomon have done?

Thu, September 21st, 2017 5:18am

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Thanks for reading, Moa!

Thu, September 21st, 2017 3:07am

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