The King's Sheep
AJ, Age 12, Maryland, USA
Once, not long ago, there was a king. His name was King Roasty Marshmallow Jr. He was the son of King Ronny Marshmallow. He ruled the kingdom of Shepherdsville.
Every king in Shepherdsville was a shepherd of
extraordinary talent; this is how kings were first decided. Then their
sons were extraordinary shepherds as well. A king would own over
100 sheep. Handling them was not an easy job,
but with their skill, they were able to do it.
After many years they would become masters of
herding sheep. Ronny was a grand king. Every one loved the way he
ruled the land. He was fair and kind to everyone, but the best
thing about him was that he charged no taxes.
Everyone who lived in Shepherdsville was a
genius, scientist, or exceptional athlete. But one
Christmas Eve there was a new baby born, and this baby was a boy
of no talent or skill. And you could guess who
the father of this baby was: King Ronny
“But how will you do this? It seems almost impossible,” Miguel prompted him. “Do you have bright ideas? Maybe a vote of some kind?
“I was thinking you would have an idea. You are my smartest attendant,” the king said sheepishly. The king folded his hands together and was shaking them, as if he was begging one of his attendants.
“Actually, I do have an idea. I wasn’t going to tell, but now I can.” Miguel said proudly. “You convinced yourself that your son was not an untalented baby. So, you could do the same for the people, tell them some things and maybe they will think the same as you.”
“Well, what are you waiting for, get started on that grand
idea of yours. I will need to present it tomorrow whenever one
comes to insult my son.”
“You will read this at three o’clock, when every one gets off work and shouts at your balcony. Read fast, because people will start to leave after the first thirty minutes. And you will end with this quote, ‘I will train my son, I will teach my son, I will make him the best son ever.’ Or something like that,” Miguel said proudly, as if he were talking about his own son.
At 2:55 PM Ronny came out and sat on his golden chair on his balcony. Some people were already there, but they were just painting new picket signs. Five minutes later, some 200 people were yelling and chanting. This was the first time that Ronny had actually seen people there, and he was just stunned. It took some time just to calm everybody, and Ronny started his speech. The people started booing. Finally the king could not stand it and he shouted as loud as he could:
Everybody stopped and listened. Ronny
coughed and started again. By the time he
finished, like five o’clock, half the people were asleep. The few
people, who were still asleep, applauded quietly. Soon every!
one left and slumbered all the way home. The king thought the
speech had no effect whatsoever, but he
“It worked! It worked! Praise the Lord, for my son shall
be free from mistreatment!” Ronny came in running down the
stairs. “The speech that you wrote effected my
people, and they have come to have faith in my
son. Thank you sooooo much!” The king ran off
yelling and cheering. Miguel was not happy about the news, and
murmured under his breath, “I hate
“I will have a vote between two names I have come up with,” Ronny told his people. “The names are Joseph or Roasty!”
Now the people were not supporting him
completely, so most of them were
voting for Roasty. The vote was taken. First Ronny yelled out,
“If my son shall be called Joseph, shout out as loud as
you can.” No one shouted. The king didn’t look surprised. So he
asked for Roasty, everyone shouted! The king again didn’t seem so
surprised, and said “My son’s name
shall be ROASTY!” He seemed happy, he must
have been, he had never named a son before.
Roasty seemed to have a good time at the party, but the only people who showed came for the cake and left. After the party, the ceremony started, and Roasty was granted the power of a royal shepherd! The next day his father taught him how to be a great shepherd. For the next month he trained him well, and by the look of things he was going to be better than his father. Then he got his own flock of sheep and took just like his dad had taught him. It seemed too good to be true. And that it was too good to be true. As soon as Roasty was on his own, things started to get bad. He was not taking care of his sheep well. Ronny was shocked, his training was excellent, and he had passed with flying colors! There was no way something was wrong with Roasty. It had to be the sheep; maybe they were sick or something.
Ronny and his son made a plan. At night they would watch the sheep. If any one would come along and touch them or do anything, they would capture them. A net was waiting to drop if any one got near the sheep. After a few hours Ronny and Roasty had fallen asleep!
In the morning Ronny and Roasty woke to a big surprise, someone was in the net! But the most surprising thing was who was in the net. It was Ronny’s most faithful servant, MIGUEL!!! At first they thought it was a mistake, but then he admitted it, he had been poisoning the sheep’s food!
“I did it because I wanted to be the next king, and if Roasty wasn’t good enough, then maybe you would make me king!” Miguel said solemnly.
The next day Roasty was crowned king, and Miguel was banned from the kingdom forever.
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