Fable of The Emperor and The Wall

The magic of Fata Morgana

Once upon a time…in an ancient kingdom…

While the Courtiers were squabbling over what kind of wall should be constructed,

A herald entered and announced that the Emperor was grieving because

His eldest son was suffering from many ailments, but mostly from 

Gremlins and Trolls who had entered the Castle illegally 

Because the border was unprotected.

(The Emperor was also saddened because the Empress would not let him 

Touch her hand).

The Emperor ordered ThreePence, one of the Court Jesters, to construct a Wall of 

Emeralds and Rubies that would not only block the Trolls and Gremlins,

But blind them with brilliant shine (The Emperor loved shiny things).

ThreePence ordered the demonic Fata Morgana to come up with a scheme

To build and pay for The Wall.  Fata suggested (really hypnotized) the Emperor

To order that no one in the Kingdom be paid till The Wall was built. 

The Emperor, his son and ThreePence cheered…till they realized 

That if no one was paid, no one would work, no one would eat

(Except, of course, for The Emperor, The Empress, their son

And the Courtiers).  This saddened all.

Then Fata Morgana conjured a Mirage of The Wall that was reflected in the River

And the Sky, high above it.  The Courtiers rejoiced.  The son of The Emperor

Was no longer plagued by Gremlins and Trolls.  The son realized

That he could seek friends right here at home in the Castle

And not halfway around the world.

And to the amazement of all, the Demon, Fata Morgana, was transformed into

Princess Pellagrino, the most beautiful of Princesses.

(And The Empress even relented, and let The Emperor touch her hand).

By Bernard Block

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