“It gets into eyes and nose, with various outcomes.”

“Why are you here, parrot?  Do you have a name?”

“I’m Paul-Henri Labaguette, Your Majesté, to better serve you.  We… I need some help, would you know where we are?”


“You and I, Majesté.”

“Welcome to my world.  You’re on my planet.  You’re my first servant.  You’re to obey me and pledge allegiance to me.  You may be knight or fool.  You must choose.  What will it be?”

“I’m a bird, Your Majesté, I—“

“—You’re a fool.  Now, entertain me, Labaguette.”

“I will do so, your Majesty, with my partner.  We’re a team.”

“I was right.  You’re a ‘we’.  You lied to me.  Why lie to a King?  Why did you lie to the King and me, bird?”

“I…  I…  The King and You are two different persons?”

“It depends.  Why did you lie to us?”

“Your Majesté, if I get caught by your army, then I beg you to let my partner free and let him escape.”

“My army, huh?  You saw our army when you landed here?”


“Would you fear us more if I had an army?”

“So, you don’t have…?”

“I didn’t say that.  Answer me.”

“Of course I would.”

“And if we didn’t have one at our command?”

“It depends, Your Majesté.”

“See now, parrot, it’s all relative, isn’t it?  I have an army that is just as real as the King and I are talking to you with one voice.”

“I see, your Majesté.”

“What do you see?”

“I know not, it’s just a way of speech,” Labaguette answers, lost in the meanders of the King’s ways.

To be continued…


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