Tale #91: The King’s Wives

The king kept his wives on an island from which none could escape. And every year he sent more wives to the island as new lands were conquered and became part of his kingdom.

One day, he decided to sail out alone to the island to spend some time with his women. But when he arrived, there were no wives to be seen.

“Where are you, my dears?” he called out into the silence, but there was no reply. And when he tried to leave he found the winds had fallen still and it was impossible for him to sail away on the becalmed seas.

He spent the night in his favourite chambers, but found it hard to sleep in the huge and empty bed. He woke twice to the sound of voices, but when he called out they fell silent, and there was no reply. The third time he woke there was nothing but silence, and when he tried to call out he found he could not.

The wives woke in the morning and were surprised to find the king’s boat moored at the shore. But of the king there was no sign, and though they called his name across the island they received no reply.

They sailed away without him, and where that island is now, none can say.

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Notes:

1. Written in July 2016

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Islands

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Notes:

1. Originally written on October 17th, 2012
2. This version was made on January 18th, 2013
3. For making into a little folded book from a single piece of card
4. That looked like this:

5. If you want to make your own one, please download the two images below, print them on opposite sides of the piece of card, and then fold them up like this.

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Islands

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Notes:

1. Written on 17 October, 2012
2. I’m sorry it is so charmlessly drawn
3. I later made a nicer version of this
4. On a single sheet of paper
5. Folded in 8
6. With some islands on one side
7. And a map on the other
8. And which was small enough to fit in your pocket

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