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The Noble Mr. Prickles


By Ardy

Published by Ardybooks at Smashwords

Copyright 2012


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CHAPTER ONE

Everybody in the Kingdom of Dargod knew that their once wise and powerful king was losing his mind. Few dared to say it, though. Everyone still called him King Orvan the Wise and Powerful, at least publicly. Behind closed doors he was referred to by some as King Orvan the Moron, King Orvan the Man with the Intelligence of a Demented Goat, or simply "that old fool."

So far, Orvan's mental degradation had not seriously harmed the Kingdom in any way except embarrassment. When he ordered a holiday in honor of his pet dog Burgy nobody complained. When he promoted Burgy to his panel of advisors and held barking conversations with the mutt in the presence of foreign dignitaries, people began to wonder about his sanity. That was the first indication for most that something was wrong with Orvan. After that he ordered the military uniform to be replaced with pink tunics and frilly yellow pants. Dargod's warriors were still the most vicious in the known world, a fact that kept most other kingdoms from ridiculing their new attire, but the soldiers who had previously paraded proudly through the Kingdom had remained out of sight in their fortresses and barracks.

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