November 17, 2021 at 12:06 am #1490351
The villagers of Orrander stood in awe as they watched the sky turn red at night with blue comets flashing down the sky in full speed.
“It’s the curse. Our village has been cursed.”
Scared about the uncanny and peculiar colours and movement in the sky, the villagers wailed in awe.
The king’s royal announcer dashed his way into the King’s chamber and bowed his head immediately his eyes and the King’s eyes came into contact.
“Yes Cornelius and to what do I owe this rude visit, in the middle of the night?” The King stated adjusting his golden robe.
“Forgive me your majesty, but the villagers are in great dismay for the sudden misfortune that has fallen upon us.”
“A misfortune?” the king repeated standing up.
“Yes your majesty, for the sky is red and strange lines keeps passing by, your majesty this is exactly as the sibyl prophecied two full moons ago” The royal announcer Cornelius stated, his hands shaking in fear.
The king breathed out and tightened his robe on his body, he flounced out of his room and head to the royal planetarium.
“This is outrageous… This is blasphemy! We’re doomed!” the king breathed out shaking his head as he watched the sky.
Suddenly the door opened and the queen walked in with her dress sweeping the floor, her brows furrowed in worry.
“My lord.” she called running towards the king.
“Please be careful, my queen” The king sighed.
“What is the meaning of this!” The queen asked.
The king sighed and shook his head in melancholy.
“Answer me my lord!.” The queen yelled.
When she saw that the king wasn’t ready to tend to her question, she turned to the royal announcer.
“Cornelius what is going on? The sky is strange and I keep hearing about a curse… Is this something I don’t know of?”
Cornelius bowed. “Your highness, two full moons ago when you fell iill, a sybil visited Orrander and prophecied about a curse falling upon everyone that liveth in the village.”
“And what is this curse?” The queen’s eyebrow arched.
“The sybil stated that after the red turning of the sky and the strange passing lines, Orrander will forsee a great misfortune where once in every passing year, millions of children will be born but a child will bare a red marking on any part of his body, and that will serve as great misfortune because the sibyl announced that any child born with the red marking belongs to the beast of Orrander and should be annihilated immediately!”
The queen gasped.
“And I thought she was just being an imposter, I believed the sky can never turn red, but I spoke too soon!” The King sighed.
“Killing children because of a silly marking? I laugh not. This is outrageous” The queen scoffed.
The king turned to the queen. “My lady, I know you must feel vexed by this, but you’ve heard the stories about the beasts of Orrander, we should not make this a project of our smiles and put this into action.” The king explained and the queen shut her eyes in sadness.
“Cornelius” The king turned to the royal announcer.
“Yes, your majesty” Cornelius bowed.
“Make this known to everyone in Orrander, that every pregnant maiden must be watched from now and henceforth, to prevent malodorous and foul things from happening in Orrander, every new born child must be inspected and the one with any red marking, be brought to the castle and be put to exile, and to those who will not be able to coat with this law, may leave Orrander and never return and to those who will fail to offer their child, will be killed by force along with their child, if the child happens to posses the red marking”.
Cornelius bowed even lower. “For the people will hear this”.
Cornelius left the room in full speed and the Queen almost fell to her feet but luckily the king caught her.
“My lord” she cried. “This is too much to take in, killing innocent children, you’ll be staining your hands with blood”
“My queen, killing a single child and saving my people, or letting a child live and letting my people die…”
The queen wept even more and the king hugged her.
“We will get through this Adalind, just trust me” The king said and placed a small kiss on the queen’s forehead.
The Royal announcer passed the King’s New law to the people of Orrander and most of them were shocked by it, pregnant women wouldn’t sleep at night, for they would stay up all night praying to the gods of Orrander to keep their child away from the red marking.
Two years passed with the curse over Orrander but surprisingly, no child with a red marking was ever found, every new born child was inspected and so was pregnant maiden, but all gave birth to children without any marking on any parts of the body and the people starts to believe that the curse over Orrander was just a prevarication.
The Queen got pregnant with the years passed and with her royal physician visiting her every single day, told the queen she will be giving birth In a few days. the King couldn’t wait either.
But surprisingly the queen fell into labour two days before her due date and her royal physician was called into the castle along with some midwives to help deliver the child.
The delivery bell could be heard all over the small village of Orrander, as the people rejoiced with happiness of the Queen safe delivery of a male child.
“Finally an heir to the throne.”
“Wow, this is amazing, a crown prince is born”
“The king must be so happy.”
The village was filled with happy laughter and joy in air, all happy for the queen and her safe delivery of a male child.
Despite the village being joyful and happy for the queen, the castle was different.
It was quiet and gloomy, every maids, and eunuchs servants stood in front of the ball room, all heads bowed in sadness.
The midwives stood in shock in front of the queen who was lying on the floor looking very feeble and weak.
The Royal announcer Cornelius who delivered the news about the Queen giving birth to the villagers walked back into the castle to Recieve the sudden news.
“The queen’s baby just died, it died immediately it came out”.
Cornelius stood in shock as he watched the king took off his crown and rubbed his brows in sorrow.
“You already gave the villagers the happy news, how are we ever going to feed this to them” The King sighed.
Inside the delivery room the queen tears crawled down her eyes as she heard of the sudden news. But she suddenly start to groan in pain
“Midwives, back to your position” Her physician announced.
“There’s another baby coming out” the physician announced.
“Your majesty… Twins!! The queen just gave birth to another baby boy!” one of the servants who rushed into the King’s chamber stated and both the king and Cornelius dashed out of the room and to the delivery room.
Seeing the bloody baby in the queen’s arm and the queen drowning in her own tears, and the first dead baby lying beside the queen, the king fell to his knees and a single tear dropped from his eyes.
“The first one is gone… But I am okay with this one” The queen cried with joy.
The midwives wiped the bloody baby and it lets out its first cry, a cry that made the king and queen smile with teary eyes.
As the baby was being wrapped in a cotton fabric, one of the midwives noticed something on his back.
A big and bright red mark laying on his baby skin.
“The red marking!” the woman gasped..
The King’s head and everyone else’s head turned to the baby and the midwife holding the baby, turned the baby’s back to the king and queen revealing the bright red marking on his back.
“No…” The queen yelled “No…” she cried.
A heavy tear dropped from the King’s eyes as he turned to Cornelius.
“Cornelius” The King’s voice shook.
“Yes your majesty”.
“Tell the people of Orrander, that the queen had two babies and lost both of them”.
“I understand your majesty” Cornelius bowed and walked out of the room.
“No… Your majesty… No… Please” The queen cried taking her baby from the midwife and clutching it to her body.
The king stood up. “Leave us alone, I’ll end this baby myself.”
Immediately the king said that, the midwives, the royal physician and every other person in the delivery room left the Queen and King with their soon to be dead child.
As the king moved closer to the queen, she shook her head.
“Please don’t come any closer”
“My lady, if I enforce a law and do not go by it, what kind of king will the people call me. My first child who happened to be alive is cursed, to prevent any bad luck in Orrander, we need to destroy this baby” The king stated as a single tear left his eye.
“Then… Why don’t you destroy me too, kill me before killing our child, I don’t care about a silly red marking, children are born with marks on their bodies every once in a while” The queen cried.
“Marks that aren’t red! My queen I know your pain, but for the people of Orrander-
“I don’t care! If this baby dies, I die too, I lost the first one, you won’t do this to me..” the queen shook her head.
“But my queen…” The king was confused as ever, of course he wanted a child, but not the one with a curse.
The queen stood up, despite the pains she felt in her stomach, she moved closer to the wall where an emergency sword was hunged and she grabbed the sword immediately.
“My queen what are you doing?” The king asked.
“I’m ending my life, I can’t watch myself live and watch you kill my son” The queen replied breathing heavily.
The king rushed up to her but she pointed the sword at the king.
“Do not come any closer” The queen yelled. “Is there any reason to live if my child dies, tell me Archibald, is there any reason?”.
Seeing tears drop from the queen’s tired face, the king became weak in the knees.
He had no choice. Of course he loves the queen like he love his life.
“Then drop the sword my queen… For your child will live… Our child.” The king stated.
The queen clutched the baby into her hand and shut her eyes.
“You promise?” she sniffed.
“I swear on my parent’s grave, our child will live” The king sighed and the sword dropped from the queen’s hand, making some clashing sound as it collided with the floor.
The king quickly rushed up to the queen and held her hand, taking the baby from her.
“You’re weak… Please sit” The king stated making the queen sit.
“Our child will live, but he won’t be staying here, the people of Orrander believes our child Is dead, so he can’t live here, for he will live in the other castle outside Orrander, to prevent calamities, He will have enough food and enough servants to tend to him, you need not to worry anymore my queen, I will stand by my words” The king sighed.
“I don’t care where he goes, for he lives and breathe is all I care” The queen stated and her eyes went shut immediately.
The king quickly called for the royal physician who attended to the Queen immediately.
Standing in the ball room with half of the servants in the castle, the king clutched the baby in his hand very tight. His royal guard standing beside him.
“To every servants here, you have been picked to serve the crown prince!” The King’s voice spread out through the whole place and little wave of mumur filled the whole ball room.
“Silence!” The king ordered.
“Yes! My first son died and the second one was born with the curse mark of the beast of Orrander. For he still carries the royal blood, my blood, he cannot be dead. But he will live in a faraway place, a castle outside Orrander and the servants present here will serve him till we see the outcome of his growth, by dawn tomorrow the crown prince will leave for the castle and so will the servants here, and let this been known as a secret for if anyone happens to be a tattle tale, will have their head cut off at all cost!” The king stated and left the ball room, leaving the servants to murmur all they want.
And just At the cry of the morning rooster, hundreds of Servants, hundreds of guards, two royal physician, and four midwives, set out on the journey to the other castle with the crown prince in the Royal carriage.
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Three years passed with the people of Orrander living in peace.
No one had the slightest idea of what happened with the King’s son. And no one ever gave birth to children with the red marking.
And every Crescent moon the king and queen managed to receive letters which contained information on how the young crown prince was living. He was growing up to be a charmer, he was just a boy but yet, when he speaks his words were clear and strong, two scholars were recently sent to the other castle to educate the crown prince of how to read and write, and the Queen was satisfied with it, and the king made a fine deal with her, allowing her to see her son every day of the full moon. .
The first time the queen laid eyes on her three year old son, she watched him from afar being impacted by the scholar beside him, she couldn’t be more touched seeing how he was concentrated on learning so much, his bright emerald eyes danced around in excitement and his small hands tried to scribble something down.
The queen had no choice but to approach him.
It was the first time seeing his mother and the scholar couldn’t help but excuse them.
Looking both at the Queen and the Crown prince, their beauty and resemblance were impeccable.
The Queen smiled at the crown prince and he smiled back not knowing why.
He had no clue it was his mother he was looking at, for the midwives brought him up to be the young boy he is now.
“How are you doing young lad.?” The queen smiled.
“I am fine.” The crown prince replied and the queen smiled even more.
“Do you know who I am?” The queen asked.
The crown prince shook his head Negatively.
“Well, I’m your mother” The queen smiled.
“My mother?” The crown prince asked making the queen nod.
The crown prince said nothing and just watched his mother for a while…
And he finally spoke. “Are you here to take me with you.?”
“You do not like it here?” The queen had ask and the little lad shook his head.
The queen was heartbroken hearing that and she promised they would be together someday.
And every day of a full moon the queen would visit her son who seemed clearly normal that she started to doubt if the so called curse of Orrander was real.
The Queen would watch her son from afar before approaching him, though he had no one but he always talked to himself and kept himself busy with his unique way of playing.
The crown prince always welcomed his mother every time she visited and he would spend the whole day with his mother and the queen still promised him they were going to be together someday.
Ten years passed and the king and queen agreed to bring the crown prince back to the castle of Orrander, because clearly he didn’t exhibit or cause any catastrophe like they said the bearer of the cursed mark will.
Two days before bringing back the crown prince to Orrander, the king recieved a letter from the other castle from the Royal reporter informing of what had happened the previous night with the crown prince.
It reported that the crown prince had gone berserk and pushed one of the servants off the window from his room due to extreme anger and that the servant falling from such high distance, died immediately.
He didn’t do just that, that same night, he had requested for a hot bath and when the servant prepared the water to be hot enough and compatible for the human skin, the crown prince requested it wasn’t hot enough, the servant had to boil the water to extreme hotness that was dangerous to the human skin, but surprisingly the crown prince walked into the bath and didn’t even flinch and then got angry again saying the water wasn’t hot enough, when the servant tried to convince him it was the hottest, he dipped her hand into the water telling her to feel it and causing her skin to react and burn. And after that night it was like a strange switch in him because he never smiled again.
He became aggressive and gets angry at the Littlest thing.
When the king read the letter he head to the queen’s Chambers to share the news to her but when Queen decided to read the letter herself, she disagreed with everything.
“So what is the Royal reporter trying to say? That my son is a beast for getting angry?” The queen scoffed walking back her forth in her room, her dress sweeping the floor.
“He’s saying we should be careful!” The king stated.
“Careful? Of my own son? I laugh not”.
“Adalind Don’t let your emotions sweep you off, he’s my son too and the character he’s exhibiting is just plethoric, he is just a twelve years old lad” The king sighed.
“So you’re saying my son can’t get angry? Like every body else. You just don’t want him back In Orrander” The queen yelled.
“Of course I do, but with what he did, he killed somebody Adalind, you read what the letter said, he pushed a servant off a window” The king sighed.
The queen paused and let’s out a sigh.
“He’s exhibiting extreme anger and that is manacing” The king added taking his wife’s hand.
“I want to see him myself, I won’t be waiting for a full moon, tomorrow morning I’ll be leaving the castle, he’s my son, I have to see to believe” The Queen upbraided before flouncing out of the room leaving the king in a confused state.
Immediately the sun rose, the next day, the queen set off on a journey to the other castle to see her son, she couldn’t wait to prove to the king how the Royal reporters were wrong about her son.
The Queen fell to her feet as she stood in front of her son in his room and watch him stab his own royal scholar with a sharp stake.
Splattered blood laid on his shirtless body and white britches.
The young lad turned to his mother with his eyes red in colour, his eyes were no longer emerald but red.
“And why are you here mother?” The young lad asked giving his scholar a final stab.
The queen couldn’t find her words as tears fell from her eyes, This person wasn’t her son.
“My teacher was being a bit annoying, I had to make him quiet” The crown prince stated.
“This… This… This isn’t right.” The queen shook her head.
“Does this frighten you mother? Because it sure is a wonderful sight” The crown prince smiled.
The queen stood up and shut her eyes, it was definitely the curse mark. He’s just twelve years old but yet he has killed two innocent people.
“We can’t bring him back, I’m afraid to say our son isn’t our son right now” The queen said to the king after returning to the castle of Orrander.
“I’m sorry” The king said as he watched his wife eyes gather so many tears.
“Why us? Why my son? Why him?” The queen cried.
“I can’t guarantee anything about him getting better or the curse leaving him but I hope he gets better” The king said embracing his wife.
Getting better was an overstatement as to say, because as days passed the king and queen recieved letters containing horrid stories from what was happening with their son and how he’s slowly becoming more of a murder and a beast.
He lets his anger take over him and does the most impudent thing ever.
The queen never failed to pray to the god of Orrander for the betterment of her son.
But her prayers felt like pins in water, as years passed.
The Queen never wanted to lose hope on her son returning back to Orrander, but with the information she everyday recieved from the Royal spy sent to watch the crown prince secretly, the Queen knew, it was it for her son.
At eighteen the crown prince was already at a height that was intimidating and many servants had fled the castle because of the ruthlessness of the crown prince…
“He never wears a shirt, he only leaves his pants on saying he would burn if he puts on a shirt, he gets angry when things doesn’t go his way, he locks himself in his room and only comes out at night, I never stood before him, but the servants who did all testified that, if you stand too close to him, you will definitely feel the heat coming from his body, his eyes are not the eyes of a human, your majesty for i have not seen the crown prince in person, but was told his eyes were red and thicker than blood. For this is the beast of Orrander taking over the crown prince. I am just a gardener at the other castle, but your majesty I want to live, I shamelessly fled the other castle to live, please spare me for doing something so foolish, I am just a lowly gardener and have no right to flee, but your majesty, I wish to see the sun rise every morning and if I keep staying at the other castle, I don’t know what the crown prince might do to me, for the other castle is empty, all servants had fled the castle, leaving the crown prince alone. Have mercy on all of us your majesty…” The cry of a lowly gardener made the queen shut her eyes as the man bowed very low to the ground.
“You fled the castle without the King’s permission and for that, you shall be punished, but for reporting all this instead of fleeing, you shall be banished, and as for the rest of the servants who fled without my royal consent, death awaits them.!” The king ordered in rage.
The gardener was taken away and the Queen fell to her knees crying.
“My queen, do not cry!” The queen consoled.
“He’s all alone, there’s no one at the castle to take care of him, my lord he’s all alone, we should send more servants to him, he shouldn’t be alone”
“And let him kill them? Adalind I understand where you are coming from but that boy is no longer who we call our son… The beast of Orrander has taken over him and there is no way we can Break that curse!” The king sighed.
“You want him to be all alone?” The queen sniffed.
“For lonliess is what awaits the beast!”.
“My son, is not a beast! Please!” The queen cried. “He doesn’t deserve what is happening right now, even it’s just one, just a single servant to attend to him, then I will learn how to breathe properly!”
The king sighed not knowing what to say.
He pulled his wife in a big embrace and while stroking her hair he said.
“For everyone lives matter, and so does our son’s life, I can’t guarantee the life of that servant going over to him, but our son deserves to live too. Adalind for everything will be fine… I hope.”
T. B. C