Thanks as always to Rochelle at Addicted to Purple
He sensed that the god’s offer to make him king for a thousand years was a trick, but it was his greed made him agree to the bargain. He’d been given a fortnight to think it through. He read the simple contract over and over and couldn’t find a flaw. Waiting till the last possible moment he signed the parchment.
I, king Bergamond, agree to surrender control over my kingdom to my brother if found unfit to rule. In exchange for this promise I will stand watch over my kingdom for 1,000 years.
Semantics had always been his brother’s forte.
This week’s photo prompt is compliments of Claire Fuller.
Thank you, Claire, it is lovely!
To see other great takes on this weeks prompt please look HERE
43 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: the contract”
And he took so much time to try to get it right!!! Well done and interesting take on the prompt. Cheers.
He was a little thick. 🙂
Thank you, Alicia, I loved your take on this and last weeks too!
How cunning his brother was! What an excellent story. It was well-written and thought out, and I suspect it didn’t take you nearly as long to draft it as it took the foolish King Bergamond!
God bless you,
Thank you, Cheryl, it did come together very quickly this time. I always have fun with these!
Thank you, Louise.
Ah, you’ve always got to be careful with those cleverly worded contracts! Nice story.
Thanks, Claire, it was fun!
Not perhaps the sharpest knife in the drawer… but nothing wrong with his ambition.
Exactly, Sandra! High ambition and dull wits will trick them every time. 🙂
No fine print in this contract – so it did not end up fine?
No, Randy, no fine print here. His failing was not reading between the lines! 😉
Ha! LOL, don’t think I’ll ever look at statuary quite the same way ever again…
Deb, I have a good friend who has a phobia of mannequins… is this the same thing?
Well, they are kinda creepy…
Where is this statue from anyway? He looks wonderfully ancient: )
I have been wondering that very thing, Deb.
I’m thinking that Claire must have taken this photo herself or there is more info available on the Main Page than on the Mobile…
Anyway, here’s her page (for your edification; )
Yes, this is Claire’s photo. Rochelle gets the prompts from the other participants on Friday Fictioneers.
There’s something about this fellow that makes me want/need to know more about him…
I understand. 😉
And with his luck, there are probably a whole lot of pigeons in his kingdom!
You know, Bill, another writer did mention that the bird [stuff] was a problem for Bergamond. 😉
It pays to read the fine print. Clever story.
Thank you, Rochelle! It was a fun prompt.
Clever! you are so good at this!
Thank you, Laurie! I do have fun, but wish I could respond to all the weekly prompts as many of the other writer’s do.
what a sneaky brother – I thought this was great 🙂
Thank you, Elappleby! I don’t normally call favorites, but I have to say that I loved yours the best of all I’ve read so far. 🙂
Wow, thank you, Barbara!
Lynda, Good, well written, and humorous story. Bergamond’s ambition overtook his knowledge of his brother. His brother certainly knew him. Well done. 🙂 —Susan
Thank you, Patricia Ruth Susan! Tis true that his ambition was blind where his brother was concerned!
Very clever, Lynda! That final line is a clincher. We are seeing so many sites that are 1,000 years… I wonder what happens at the end of the contract!
Hm… I hadn’t thought about it. Perhaps there should be another chapter, or an epilogue? ‘-)
Thank you for your comments; they are very encouraging!
I always enjoy your stories! 🙂
Outstanding and great blog!
Dear Lynda, That snake-in-the-grass brother and his contracts. Really, how did the king become king in the first place to fall for such a trick? Very, very good story – well done! Nan 🙂
Nan, It was simply a matter of being next in line. Being King is all about heritage and rarely to do with brains. History shows the dull ones are, usually, short lived…