King of Kandeek
By: A.J. Lawdring

During the Watermelon Moons, King Kandeek decided he needed more money so he put a tax on potatoes, corn and turnips.

Each evening the villagers gathered at the square and dropped their coins in a bucket. Trilgeboll wrote down their names and the number of coins collected. Then he would trudge to the castle and give the money to the guard at the castle gate.

One evening Trilgeboll arrived at the square with a letter from the king, about a dream the king had dreamed.

"From this evening forward there shall be a tax on all wishes wished in the kingdom of Kandeek."

"What?" they cried.

Boron, one of the heftier villagers, shouted, "I wish King Kandeek would die!"

Trilgeboll wrote fifteen pence next to Boron’s name.

By the next day not much had changed.

"I wish my soup was hotter." Three pence.

"I wish it was cooler at night." Four pence.

"I wish Carmondie would love me." Ten pence.

The peasants could not stop wishing. Each evening they came to the square with their coins and dropped them in the bucket.

Trilgeboll could not sleep. He went to see Ravondorf, a wise old peasant, who only ate peas, which were not taxed.

"Ravondorf, I wish I could do something about this tax the king has put on wishes."

"You must distract the king so he forgets about the things he’s taxed."

Trilgeboll went home thinking about what he could do to distract the king. Trigeboll thought and tinkered until he hit upon a plan he believed would work.

He went about the kingdom gathering this thing and that thing until he had everything he needed.

The next evening he went to see the guard at the gate. "I would like to have a moment of council with the king."

"The tax collector would like to hold council with the king!" The announcement echoed down the line until the announcement reached the king in his counting house.

"Send in the tax collector!" the king bellowed and the king’s announcement echoed back down the line.

Trilgeboll entered the counting house and sank to one knee. "Sire, I beseech thee. I have brought the tax the peasants have paid for potatoes, corn, turnips and their wishes. But I must admit—I made a wish which I have no pence to pay."

"You have no pence to pay? Off with your head!"

"Please take my gift in lieu of what I cannot pay. If you don’t like it then I gladly offer my head."

"A gift?"

Trilgeboll leaned in. "No one in any kingdom has anything like it. It is one of a kind." Trilgeboll handed the package to the king.

King Kandeek opened the package. "What is it?"

"A game."

"How do I play?"

"You match colors and crowns and kings and coins. The matches are endless. But you have to match them before the sand runs out of this hourglass."

"What is it called?"

"Kandeek Rush."

The king began playing and no one has seen him since.


THE END

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