With a wave of his wrist the guards grab the arms of the men and begin to escort them away.
“Wait! Please! A sacrifice! A sacrifice must be given! Ple
ne of the men callsout.
“Stop!” Vortigern calls t
o the guards and motions for them to bring the man forth.
“A sacrifice you say? What sort of sacrifice?”
“A… a fatherless boy S
That is what you must sacrifice,” the man says
Vortigern asks and the man nods meekly. King Vortigern looks to the rest of the men being restrained by the guards.
“Is this the solution that you all agree upon?” he asks
, and they all bow their heads inagreement. King Vortigern blows out a breath and turns his back on the men.
“What must be done in order to complete the sacrifice?”
“The boy must be brought here. Once the sacrifice is complete, his blood must be
sprinkled on the ground where the tower is to be built,
” one of
the men answers. King Vortigern pauses for a moment to consider this, and with a sharp nod of his head he agrees.
Then let it be done. Guards, release these men. Go out into the villages and find me a boy. A fatherless boy. Bring him here and t
he sacrifice will be completed.”
The guardsimmediately comply and the sages rush
to the King’s side.“Sire, this is what must be done. Once this is completed, you will have the most glorious
tower ever built! You will rule here in majesty for many years to come,
he men croon inassurance. Vortigern waves them away wearily and goes to stand by the ruins of yet another failed attempt at building his fortress.*****
“Please Sire, you must believe us!” cries
one of the guards in a falsetto voice. They aresitting on a grassy ridge just outside a small village. They had been searching for the fatherless boy for days without a sign that such a boy existed.
“Do you think they know what they are doing this time?” a
nother guard asks, picking atthe grass beneath his feet.
“One cannot be certain. But King Vortigern seems to trust them
another pipes up.
“He may seem to trust them, but if he is truly the tyrant king that he is believed to be, we
can be certain that he only trusts th
em as long as they are useful to him.”