This is the 127th in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Round and Round, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 6th April 2013
Word count: 1,000
“One day you’ll go too far with theses plots of yours, and I’ll have to execute you,” the the Queen said through the bars of a cell.
“Don’t you see? This is it,” the wiry man, dressed in fine robes from the other side of the bars. “Your reign is over, my brother will make himself king.”
“I’m sure he’ll make a fine king,” the Queen said, “Except my Kingdom has a Queen.”
“There’s no taking with you is there?”
“Reuben, did you expect different? You took my castle, you snuck men in under the promise of peace, and you took my castle. You didn’t take the kingdom, and so now you’re here to convince me give me up my rule, my authority, my reign,so that you can have my kingdom,” the Queen said sitting daintily down on a bench, as gracefully as if it were a throne.
“I’m here to argue for your life,” Reuben said, “You don’t have to die today. You can live, go into exile.”