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Ensuring an air to the throne. We are here to address the issue of the princess's Lillys soon coming 18th birthday and the matters of marriage. for it was well known throughout the kingdom that any princess had to be married by her 18th birthday. Lilly had a bright spirit and she loved her subjects. One . How dare you!” The counselors seeing the king angered. where sits the throne of king. Also in the great hall is a huge oval meeting table where the 13 counselors and the king sit.THE PRINCESS AND THE RIDDLE Once upon a time in a land always on the others side of the world. and in Uris no one can change a law not even the king. “ No good King.” asks King Ferdinand. so as to insure that the princess would one day bear a child who would one day rule the kingdom. but princess Lilly has never even dated. As we have discussed amongst ourselves sire. there was the beautiful land of Uris. So 3 months later a meeting was called by all the kings counselors to address the issues of the princess's non-marriage.” So what solution do you propose. become nervous. After long deliberation what we have decided that there should a contest to win the hand of your lovely daughter. “Hear Ye. King Ferdinand lived in the great castle with his 17 year old daughter princess Lilly. His chief counselors Telling. We only suggest a contest of the highest order.” King Ferdinand frowns and says. Ruled by the wise and kind king Ferdinand. The counselors are gather in the great hall. As her 18th birthday approached in 6months a concern the welfare of the kingdom began arise. stands and says. addressing king Ferdinand. Counselor Telling interjects.” the meeting is now in session. Hear Ye. There was peace in the land and generally people we happy. King Ferdinand enters the great hall and sits at the head of the table. we mean no disrespect. the princess has no potentials and thus the prospects for her to meet the law that she must be married by her 18th birthday grow dimmer with each passing day. “How should I offer my only daughter's hand in marriage by a common contest as if she were a cow. and her people loved her. Talk spread throughout the kingdom however would the princess meet the law.
“What penalty?”. “What say you young counselor Newburn.” Counselors Newburn slightly smiles and then .” answers Newburn. “Him. “A death penalty.” “The riddle should be devised by your wisest of counselors Chief Telling. “I like it. “So be it. then so be it. we shall have a riddle unlike any riddle every written. Newburn continues. “I say a riddle” speaks counselor Newburn. well done.” “Silence” yells out the king. we haven't quite decided that yet. Tell me more. All the counselors bow as the kings leaves. and immediately everyone stops arguing. Counselors walks up to young counselors Newburn.” Telling smiles. “If you think it is right.” The king clams down a bit and asks. sire he is our newest member. “Surely for a prize so great as your daughter's hand there should be a penalty for those who fail to answer the question wrongly” states Newburn. The kings turns to see the fray.” All the counselors rise and begin to argue amongst themselves. He finally exits the great hall. It amuses him to see his counselors in such a state. but then he notices one of his counselors sitting quietly in the back.” “Speak up my boy!”.” reluctantly states the king Ferdinand. “But what about the penalty?” asks. and slowly so do all the counselors. “I am not pleased that you call this meeting and yet do not have the answer to our problem. “Well done young counselor. shall have his head cut off immediately thereafter. whomever fails to answer the riddle correctly. Not saying a word. a riddle it shall be. loudly. says the king.that would honor the great position of o the princess and her dignity. asks the king. “What type of contest?” Counselors Smith answers. he asks Telling. My time has been wasted. and smiles.” The king again walks toward the great doors of the hall. “Here. “What do you suggest?” ask counselor Smith. Speak on young counselor. The king is shocked by such a suggestion.” The counselors burst out in applause. counselor Newburn.” The king stands and walks toward the giant doors of the great hall. “A riddle I think. What type of contest shall it be?” Counselor Craven stands and answers softly. but Telling quickly agrees and begins to clap. Then the king says. they all explain. “Who is that young counselors sitting in the back?”. “The answer to the riddle should be only known to him and yourself your highness. he was elected by the good people Craven province. All the other counselors agree. pats him on his shoulder and says. Get right on counselors Telling. here!' “. counselor Newburn.
” “Nay. Your father can do nothing. Why would you suggest such a horrible thing?” Lilly exclaims. That is how we met.” says Eric.” say Eric “Your highness.” “What that's horrible.” “What is the second part?” ask Lilly. ask the princess. “Whoa your crushing me. but I'm fine.. When gently she is awakened. as focuses her eyes she sees a dark figure leaning over her. “Oh sorry. Eric rise from the bed heads toward the balcony from which he came. It was actually Telling idea.” “Thanks.” “I dare not presume to over step my station your highness. and the counsel that there should be a penalty if a contestant fails to answer the riddle he will have head cut from immediately thereafter.” “How dare they. I was 8 years old. “It was about you and your required marriage by your next birthday.” Lilly looks surprised. this is only the first part of my plan.” exclaims Lilly. “Your father agreed.” says Eric. just Lilly.reverts to a worried look on his face. The counsel decided to hold a contest for your hand in marriage. not even the King.” “When my mother died. why?” ask Lilly.” “As I missed you Lilly. stupid. Lilly loosen her grip. “He past 3 years ago. I am so glad to see you. I reason that if the penalty is so great an none will dare try the riddle. I missed you so. Eric Newburn where have you been? It been 10 years since I last saw you. How is your father”.. “I did it for you my dear Lilly. “I told the king your father. I remember it like it was yesterday.” “I'm sorry you highness. “Last night there was very serious meeting in the Great Hall. I say thee.” “What was this meeting about?” asks Lilly. Still I will have to spend the rest of my life in a convent. “Eric.” Lilly excited. The night princes Lilly is in bed sound asleep.” “What do you mean?” Lilly ask. As you know Lilly no one is above the Law. “I'm so sorry. She starts to scream but a hard covers her mouth. A serious look grows on Erick's face. “Worried about me. why I will protest to my father and he will. your father was the funeral director. when have you ever called me your highness? It's me Lilly.and then suddenly and he puts a candle near his face and suddenly the princess's eyes light up.” Its you I am concerned about.” “So what if your right. I remember him being so kind to me. As you have said its been 10 years. It's that one principle that keeps our land free and safe. That is why I did what I did. She quickly rises and hugs the seeming thief with all her strength. He then looks back at .
” states Lilly. and East of Penny. “I always have and always will. Let the word be spread far and wide. The king looks one with a sadness in his face as he looks at . As everyone knows the princess by law must be married by her 18th birthday. Lilly quickly rises and runs to balcony. Then the princess. therefore if one fails to answers the riddle correctly. south of Nothingham. The royal callers yells out. there must be a cost equal to the prize. and west of Tilden that any man of noble birth be willing to enter the contest. “Why are you doing all this for me? We haven't seen each other since we were kids. why would you risk so much?” “Isn't it obvious your grace. Finally the king and princess enter the great hall. “What a wondrous night it is. the royal meeting is begun. Then stand Counselor Telling. and can answer the riddle correctly shall have the hand in marriage of princess Lilly. Goodnight my lady. By this time word about the contest had spread throughout the aristocracy. “I don't know yet. “The cost of anyone failing to answer the riddle correctly will be their head will be cut off immediately thereafter. Telling motions for the crowd to quiet down. All the kingdoms elite are gathered. A week later a royal gathering is called. today we are gathered here to announce a great and wonderful contest for the hand in marriage to princess Lilly. Telling continues.the princess.” Lilly frowns. Telling continues. and continues. Looking down at Eric she ask.” Eric exits the bedroom and starts to climb down the wall very carefully. but it will come to me. everyone is buzzing about the contest. send messengers to the north of Glasgow. dressed in their finest fashion.” Lilly smiles as Eric fades away in the darkness. “Hear ye. There will be silence in the great hall. I love you? Lilly looks very surprised.” There is once again silence in the room. but her highness having no sutiable suitors forces the need for an intervention. Everyone bows as the king takes his seat on the throne. “For such a prize as the potential to be come our king one day and issue an air to the throne. “At the behest of our great King Ferdinand we now issue this decree.” The crowd gasp in shock.” Every one grows very quiet. No one had heard of such a thing is their peaceful kingdom.” All in the great hall cheer. hear ye.
Each day the king would enter the great hall at 3pm. He did not care for Lilly. no one had entered the contest. Counselor Smith blesses all the riders and then Telling releases them. as knowledge of the contest became well known. “Are there any contestants today. He only cared for the money. if they were ready to begin the contest. but now being back in town. sit on his throne and ask. More than a 100 messengers speed out the courtyard on the finest and fastest horses in the kingdom. as they announce the contest. and smiles.Lilly he grabs her had squeezes it. Then 2 months before the princesses 18th birthday an old but well known man Duke Bridget. and everyone bows. Then he rises. Word spread like lighting that the duke had entered the contest and the people grew afraid. The next day the king entered the great hall as his normal time. He exits the great hall followed by Lilly. It was an awful possibility that no one wanted to see come to pass. became the first and only man of noble birth to sign-up for the contest. When he heard. but also very rich. He considered them a nuisance. for he had been away in a another country since the announcement went out. or the people of Uris. Duke Bridget was very well known because he was a hateful man and very greedy. Followed by Lilly. he immediately signed up for the contest. and gathering crowds of villages. He used his money not help people but to manipulate them He would have made a dreadful king. 2 weeks later.” asks . The argued amongst themselves what if Duke Bridget did answer the riddle and some day became king. That evening messengers are gathered in the courtyard. He dreamed of counting the royal treasurers as his own. The thunderous road of 100 horses is heard for miles around. Next we see messengers putting up posters. but Duke Bridget was full of confidence he had little doubt that he could answer the riddle correctly. but each day the counselor would inform the king that there were no contestants as yet. The seem excited to get on with their mission and spread the word about the contest. especially the king and Lilly.
“Well let the contestant enter.. you can't weigh it. and in walks Duke Bridget. “What so easy a riddle. What is love worth? You can't spend it. never would I do so. “What is love worth?” The duke looks at counselor and begins to crack a slight smile. Now enough of the childishness. it is worth. Ask me you silly riddle. Counselor Telling answered. and then lead me to the treasury. It's worth nothing. “Yes sire.. Lilly rises in her chair and grows extremely nervous. but sometimes logic cannot provide the correct answer. “No sire. you idiot. Guards!” The guards immediately to hold of the duke and escort him away. you can't even sell it at the market. “Father what will happen now to the duke.” states the king. Yes that's it. and it would be the greatest of honors to marry your lovely daughter her highness princess Lilly.” Telling upset with the Dukes rude behavior starts to respond. or my lovely daughter princess Lilly. “Duke Bridget.” “So be it. he was a dreadful old man. but the king interrupts. “Duke Bridget are you aware of the penalty for failing to answer the riddle correctly?” “Yes I am. but surely you will not. Duke.” The king rises and walks away without a word.” Before the princes can finish her question a scream is head coming from the tower followed by a great thud sound. The guards open the doors of the great hall. Where I can conduct a proper accounting. Let the riddle be read. Eric . how hard can it be if you thought it up. “That is not correct.” The duke turns to counselor Telling and asks.. lead me to the treasury. my counselor. for I would be greatly displeased if you were so. Now please have the riddle read to me that I may answer it. Counselor Telling ask. nothing. We have a contestant. for any school child could answer such an easy riddle.” “Yes it was. Telling now reads aloud for the first time the secret riddle.” The king and Lilly are shocked with surprise. I am sure you mean no disrespect to me your king.the King.” said the King. “ Lilly angrily turns and looks at Eric. King Ferdinand pats her hand. I am surprised. I'm sorry dear Duke. What is love worth?” He pauses and then continues. “What do you mean.” The duke turns and begins to walk toward the doors of the great hall. I have nothing by admiration for you and your counselors. protesting that the guards are walking to close to him. but counselor Telling states. that's not correct?” How could it be wrong My logic is flawless.” Duke realizes that he has angered King Ferdinand and that was not a wise move.
no one else had signed up for the contest. “If an old man like Duke Bridget were brave enough to try the riddle why not all the enlargeable nobles. 7 days after the execution of Duke bridge. and nap times. and the people remorse for the dead noblemen. and princess Lilly entered the great hall each day glad to hear that no one had date join in on the contest. So slowly at first more and more eligible noble born men began singing up to answer the riddle. but on the 7th day. As the days wore on King Ferdinand and princess Lilly both grew very depressed. tea breaks. As counselor Telling began to read the rules to the first contestant. Word spread like wildfire about the demise of Duke Bridget. restroom breaks. Within days the contest began to become a badge of shame for anyone not willing to join the contest. but to no avail. King Ferdinand began to stall the proceedings for any excuse he could think of. Some threw parties to celebrate. Men of all ages and stations were lining the road to the entrance to the castle. When the first contestant of the day failed to answer he was quickly escorted to the tower where his head was immediately cut off. Princes started a new habit of going the top to the great wall which surround the castle and seeing if the line looked any shorter. like lunch break. Dread of the following began to fill the kingdom.” The nobles knew what the people were saying amongst themselves and started to challenge each other to join in on the contest. and King Ferdinand. the kings heart sank for he knew there was little chance that anyone would successfully answer the riddle. long before the rise of the sun noble men started lining up. . By 3pm when the king and princess entered the great hall the line stretched as far as the eye could see. A new found joy and relief swept across the kingdom.just lowers head and walks away. Thankfully after all these breaks on 4 men per day actually lost their heads. People began to look at the other eligible men we as sense of disrespect after all the people thought. Depression set in the land. Each day she looked the line looked longer.
” ask Lilly.” says Telling.” ask the princess. that is why you must come away with me tonight. I don't think I will have much to fear. “It's the only way out. (crying) I can't bear it any longer.” shouts. the weight of it is killing me. grows angry. Telling. If I could change it somehow I would in a instant.” Suddenly as sound is heard in the hall next to Lillys chambers. “Of course. Not that Prince Regan. Lilly started at first.” A tear can be seen falling from Eric's eyes.” “What?” ask Lilly. “It is death to enter the Princess's Chamber without the kings permission my young counselor. Eric only wanted to stop the killing.” “We have to do something. I don't think you'll be going anywhere. As do we all. Lilly was sitting in lounge chair crying when Newburn slowly enters. “How dare you enter my Chambers uninvited. my darling Lilly.” commands Telling. That night Counselor Newburn again appeared in Princes Lilly's chambers.About a month later in the far away kingdom Loganberry. “Why are you doing this. “I'll have my father have your head for this. “I never foresaw this your highness. your grace. Immediately the prince and his squire set out for Uris. handsome prince named Regan. why didn't I think of that. why can't you see this. heard bout the evil that had beset the kingdom of Uris and upon hearing prince Regan decided that he must do whatever he could to end the misery of Uris. Well go to the mountains of the north” No one will look for us there. then there is no reason for the contest to continue.” yells Telling.” “Let highness do as she feels is right. The guards arrest Eric and carry him away. Lilly and Eric freeze.” Lilly leaps up with excitement. Counselor Telling leans over to Lilly . I wonder if I am the only uninvited guest here tonight? Arrest him. When suddenly the door burst open and several guards along with Counselor Telling enter the Princess's Chambers. and he and his faithful assistant squire Nook. “It is killing me also. lived a strong. we can't let this go on another day. well leaved immediately. if you leave with me. Guards stand guard over the princes see she does not leave this chamber. Eric. but when the kings hears the whole story. “What are doing here? What nerve you have after all the misery you've created. “ “From what I see here. knew anything about Uris except that it was known to have an honorable king. then realizing that it is Eric.
“Bring my daughter. but no one deserves to be king more than I. When all those cretins those so called nobles are dead then the kingdom will automatically fall to me. We arrested him and stopped the princess just as she was about to be persuaded. The sound of chains is heard dragging through the hall as Eric enters the great hall and thrown down before the king. at once. “You will never get away with this.” King Ferdinand falls back in his seat. He sits on his throne and looks around for his daughter. Lilly falls to her bed crying. treason of a most evil sort. my trusted counselor and friend.” the king says very angrily. heads will rolls'. and you shall bear me a son to rule after me.” states the king. I think not!” Telling quickly turns and walks out the princess's chambers.” “Treason. “I being the creator of the riddle cannot be eligible to answer the riddle of course. the princess to me. explain.” states Telling.” The princess is escorted into the great hall. The next day King Ferdinand enters the great hall at 3pm as usual. bring in this nave that insults the king and his daughter.” “Well done my noble counselor. what say you man.” “It pains me to say. “My Leigh the princes is safe but no thanks to the villainous counselors who would have sway her to run away with him and abandon her people and you my king. Stop the killing.” “What is it. The royal guards surround the king.” state the king. He is not followed by Princess Lilly. and he did this in the princess's own chamber last night alone. call you? Oh yes. “Are we ready to begin.and whispers in her ear. did he touch her. if any evil has befallen her. God only know what would have happened if we. which if left unchecked would have stolen away you only daughter and our princes Lilly. I mean I had not arrived to intervene. “No sire he was perceived in her chambers and alerted me. My darling Lilly. When she sees Eric in chains and on the floor . and I will once and fall all be king. What did Counselor Newburn. counselor Telling. Treason among our distinguished group of counselors. but first a grave matter has come to my attention. “ Yes.” ask the king.” “Yes we are your greatness. “Did he. that treason has been found in our midst.” King Ferdinand stands. “You are especially beautiful when your angry.” states Lilly. “By God and man where is my daughter.
as a child at the funeral of your beloved queen. One day on my way home after playing with the princess in the royal gardens. She runs to her father and kneels. . I know this.” “The law is the law. “Tell me what has transpired my daughter. or even dare to touch me. So I did what I was told. So I ask you this. The young counselor was very foolish for all know that is it death for a man to enter the royal chamber of the princess unless he is her husband.”“Oh father do not harm this man. or they would see that my father would never work again in the kingdom and my family would starve. What compelled you to forfeit your life. but I have lived an honorable life. “My king.” “Is there any rule in the law which states who can answer the riddle?” “Yes there is sire. for the contestant must be of noble birth. As time passed I grew to love the princess. the princess and I. so tell me and I will believe you. my former counselor? Speak your peace. and no one is above the law. This is what makes our land great amongst the kingdoms of the the world. “For love a man will climb the highest mountain or swim the deepest sea. “ “Love. I called her my darling Lilly then. “Sire. my father was the funeral director. and says “Young Newburn. not even the king. with you head on the line. For from the first time I met your highness. It has always been so from the beginning. I may be a commoner. The king stands. takes Lilly’s hand and stands her up next to him. how so?” ask the king. some nobles stopped me. you have never lied to me. As you may remember he officiated the proceedings. I object you cannot asks him the riddle. that I have and always will love my darling Lilly. I must say you are an eloquent speaker. and still do today.” states Telling. Especially Lilly. for love a man may do all.before the kings.” A hush is heard over the crowd. he did once hurt me. We were both very young but we founded a great friendship. Everyone has tears in their eyes. That is were we met. and I am not ashamed to say before you all. what compelled me was love. and told how appalling is was that the young princess had befriend a commoner. WHAT IS LOVE WORTH?” Immediately counselor Telling interjects. for things look most dire for you!” commands the king. They told me that I must end my friendship with the princess and learn to keep my station.
She is of noble birth and Eric is her son. we have been here 25 years since. Where is he. please” interjects Regan. “Since Eric is of noble birth. but the king intervenes and says.” “ Good. where are you. “Its to cold. you know my father well. I can't take it so I moved.” Counselor Telling tells the guards to arrest the prince for interrupting the proceedings. IF so there will be war between our kingdoms” “Madison. What brings you to my kingdom unannounced?” “You highness.“ Regan now addresses the king Ferdinand. but what are you doing here.” Everyone stops arguing. I thought that I might be able to answer the riddle myself thus ending this nightmare. mother enters the great hall with a great clamor. but when I entered this great hall and watched all that has taken place. please excuse me sire. Who apparently prefers your climate to ours. addressing Eric.” Madison answers bluntly. Prince Regan turns to see who is making all the noises he see Erics mother.” Suddenly Eric. I am still king here. and there is no mistake for you are the spitting image of him. which is the same branding that I have on mine. what say you man. The guards surround him. but she pushes right through them.Then suddenly Prince Regan stands forward and says.” Madison interjects “And no one is going to cut off my sons head. sire. “ Leave him. Where did you get that branding?” Eric answers. “We live here Regan.” Telling answers reluctantly. Is this true counselor Telling? “ “Yes.” “We have looked everywhere in the kingdom for you. the guards surround her.” “Yes I do. “Great king. Telling begins to argue with Madison. It has always been there. In my fathers kingdom are of noble birth are branded with this brand within eight days of birth. King Lyres. May I inquire of you sir. and his 3rd cousin Madison. I heard about the evil that had beset your kingdom. “Madison. King Ferdinand speaks. now I asks you again. Why have you lived here and not your home. Eric. and who are you?” “I am prince Regan. As she enters the great hall. “Silence. and I came to stop. Eric.?” Madison answers. this is my long lost cousin Madison. where is my son. if he can. he may now legally answer the riddle. I hate cold weather and our land is cold 9 months of the year. “He is of noble birth. “ I do not know. I noticed that the counselor had a branding on the back of his hand. “He may answer the riddle. on .
to the same disease. Love is worth. “When princess Lilly and I both lost our mothers.” . we understood at that young age that we would have done anything to have our mothers back. and others the chains be removed. our darling Lilly. Let a celebration like no others be thrown immediately to celebrate the end of the riddle and the marriage of my daughter. announces Telling.” Lilly answers. and done anything to change what had happened.com . He smiles. and says. Risking and finally KEEPING.penalty of your very life. For we will always keep the love for our mothers in our hearts. seeking. We would have given. so loud that all the noble men who are standing in line to contest hear it and instantly understand that someone has answered the great riddle and they begin to shout in relief. King Ferdinand looks at counselor Telling and nods his head. WHAT IS LOVE WORTH?” Eric stands looks at his mother and then Princess Lilly. Once they have been the two hung and for the first of many. “Since this young man has correctly answered the riddle he will be the husband and to my daughter so the offenses prior are null and void. True Lilly?” “True. who has a deep frown on his face. risking. A great shout is erupts in the great hall.” Lilly runs up Eric. I can't speak for others but for me and I am sure Lilly would agree love is worth Seeking. and keeping. with in months of each other. it forced us to form a bond. King Ferdinand states. The End The Princess and the Riddleby Dwayne Ladd ublished for Media High Entertainment Los Angeles dwayneladd@gmail. “The answers is correct . risked. many times kiss.