Tuesday, January 11, 2011

King of the Secret Forest

In the whole country, there is a secret place, hidden away from the masses and only known to certain people in the Government. It was a place where a King still rules over his subject and despite living within a very modern country; lifestyle of people remains ancient to the time of Romans.

The kingdom lies within a large area of forest and treacherous mountains and no one is allowed to enter the forest without special permission from the highest level in the Government. The only sense of modernization in the kingdom is a lonely railway track that passes through the edge of the kingdom. The train however does not stop any where in this kingdom.

Otto II.Image via WikipediaThe palace where the Great King (in my dream, looked like this guy, ha ha) stays is within a large stony mountain and most of the King’s subjects live in the other side of the forest where it is not assessable from the railway tracks.

They worked as hunters, loggers, miners and farmers. It is a self sustaining kingdom without any need from outside help and it has remained so for hundred of years. 

It was a fine day when the King and his trusted men adorned full body armor and shiny swords, took ride in their mighty horses towards the edge of the forest for their routine patrol against any intruders and also keep tab of anyone that might be trying to find the secret of the forest.

They rode their horses in silent and remained hidden from any spying eyes. They reached the peak of a small hill overlooking the railway track. It was time for the morning express to travel through, for a short moment, the kingdom and the King likes to watch the train in the morning. The Morning Express was fast and it has been instructed to pass through the Kingdom in the shortest period possible. The Government certainly did not want to be in the Kingdom for long.

But something was not right that morning. The Morning Express was late, something that never happened in the past. The King looked at his men and wondered the same. Then there was a sound of a train but it was loud and slow. The King and his men saw the train from far and immediately knew something had gone wrong.

The train was moving slow and there were a couple of men in the front and at the back. They seem to be stealing something from the train. By the time, the train had reached the small hill where the King and his men been watching, a couple of the men had moved to the first coach whilst the others remained at the last coach where the loot has been stacked away.

The train passed the hill and immediately the King chased the train, galloping his horse closely followed by his men. The men in the train remained unaware of the King and caught off guard when a large man with a full body armor were standing at the back door with a large shiny sword in his hands. The men who had firearm remained shocked by this picture until it was too late.

The King and his men managed to apprehend all the men in the last coach and recover the loot. Unfortunately the gang leader was in the front coach and they were heavily armed. The King decided not to risk attacking the front coach, so he uncoupled the front coach, leaving the back coach away from the front coach.

He knew that it will not be long before the gang leader realized that he has lost the loot and his men in the back coach. He also knew that it won’t be long before the gang leader gather his remaining men and try to recover the loot.

The good thing is more of the King’s men had arrived at the railway track and they managed to sneak back to the safety of the forest with the caught men and the loot. The King instructed his men to prepare the defenses as he rode back to the palace for rest and lunch. He knows that he needs to be at the frontline once the battle starts. He had to pass through a huge gate before he will reach his palace. All the way, the path is heavily guarded by his men who remained hidden.

When he reached the main entrance of the palace, he was confronted by his people who had heard the news of the train being robbed and how their King had captured the criminals. They wanted to be with the King now if the gang leader and his men decides to attack the Kingdom. The King, now taken his meal and rested, walked to the balcony and sees his subject armed to the teeth, waiting at the below. The King waved at them and walked towards his advisers who had interrogated the criminals caught by the King and his men earlier. The loot turned out to be precious metals which included gold. There was more gold in the Kingdom than one can imagine.

The criminals were indeed dangerous and will not stop at anything to recover the loot which they had worked hard to rob. They did not expect that their plans would be foiled by unknown men in the forest, for all the while, had thought that the forest was empty of people.

Meantime the gang leader and his men have not been quiet – they were furious on the loss of the men and the loot. They knew that someone in the forest has stopped his men, recovered the loot and uncoupled the back coach from the rest. They were determined to recover the loot, no matter what are the odds. No matter how many enemies they need to face. They were preparing for a showdown. The sun was setting down in the horizon and the King was preparing for a battle.

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