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The Question By: Terry D. Scheerer

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The Question
By: Terry D. Scheerer


The king was bored. He sat upon his throne and looked down from the high dias at the heads of the governing board as they shuffled through their endless piles of paperwork.

"Next," one of the board members finally said. The king sighed.

A filthy specimen was brought in to stand in front of the seven member governing board. The man stood trembling, eyes downcast, endlessly wringing some sort of soiled cap in his hands. His age was indeterminate, but he was well along the downhill side of life.

"Pose the question," the king said, waving a limp hand in the air.

One of the governing board stood and asked the pathetic creature, "And, what is it that you do to make the realm a better place?"

The man began to visibly shake as he looked up to the board and the king.

"Well, if yer lordships would give me but another month, I be sure I could find some gainful work and thus be a citizen worth yer notice."

"Peter Townsend, is that correct?" asked one of the board. The man nodded rapidly, his cap nearly shredded by his constant twisting of the material. "It is stated here that within the past two years, you have not held gainful employment for more than a fortnight at any one time. Is that correct?"

The man swallowed, hard. "Aye, yer lordship, that be true enough, but--"

"And, you have not been gainfully employed for over six months, is that not correct?" another member asked, looking down at his notes.

Townsend turned toward the direction the question had come from. "Well, aye, that's a fact yer lordship, but--"

"And, you have no skills by which to obtain long-term, gainful employment, is that not correct?" asked yet another board member.

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About the Author

A published writer since 2001, along with his work which has appeared in "The World of Myth," Terry D. Scheerer's short stories have appeared in such magazines as, "Dragonlaugh" and "Sword's Edge," and a book of his collected poetry and short stories was published by Gateway Press in August, 2005. Mr. Scheerer continues to work as an Editor and writer (as health permits) on a number of ongoing projects.
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