I walked outside and saw the three boys in the rear of the house staring at us. On an impulse, I walked to the rear of the cottage and greeted the boys. The youngest looked at me dumbly. The middle child was shy and I could not hear what he said in response to my greeting. The oldest boy was bolder.
“Are you really the king?” he asked.
“Yes, my name is Dexter Davin. What’s your name?”
“Stel Tern. What happened to King Ardwulf?”
“He died. I’m the new king.”
I saw a garden planted behind the house. There were common garden plants such as tomatoes, eggplants, strawberries, and beans. But the garden was mostly made up of flowers, lovely flowers of every variety an...
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