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The Day the King Came By
by Rick Musick 
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The King was informed that the maiden was ready. He announced a celebration and the feast was prepared. Guest were invited from afar. Dignitaries were summoned. Hundreds gathered from near and far, curious about the mysterious woman who was to be the queen.
The King sat upon his throne. Next to him was a new throne that had never been sat upon; a queens throne.
Trumpets began to sound. Everyone stood as the throne room doors opened. Two male servants ran a silk runner to the Kings platform. Two maidens tossed red and yellow rose petals along the runner. As the King stood, the room became amazingly quiet.
Two maidens dressed in pink silk and lace entered the room, carrying beautiful bouquets of red and pink roses. Five paces behind them entered the mysterious woman, wearing a beautiful wedding gown made of fine silk and pearls. Her face was covered with a soft veil. Her hair was swept up. Flowers of red, yellow and lavender made a crown upon her head.
She walked with poise; erect, strong and confident. She slowly walked the silk runner that led to the King. Upon her approach, the King stepped from the platform to the floor. A huge smile was upon his face as he reached out and took her by the hand. It was now as soft as the rose petals that she glided upon.
The King slowly raised the veil that hid her face. He gently lifted it up and looked into the brightest, bluest eyes he had ever seen. She had long dark eyelashes and full lips. Her skin was copper tone and as smooth as the silk she wore.
The King reached behind him and a servant placed a ring in his hand. It was made of the finest gold with a diamond that made every woman in the room catch her breath. He took her hand and slowly slipped the ring upon her delicate finger.
With a sparkle in his eyes, with a blush on her cheeks, he leaned in tilting his head slightly to the side. She responded by taking a half step towards him. Their lips met. Slowly and gently, they kissed.
The King stepped back. Smiling, he led his bride up the steps of the platform, to her throne. They turned to face the audience and the King announced, “I give you your Queen!”
To look at her now you would think she had been raised in a palace. She exemplified grace and elegance. She was radiant, but who was this newlywed queen? Nobody in this part of the kingdom new her or had ever seen her. She had been brought in on a slave wagon with nine other female slaves. The other slaves had sold quickly. They seemed to have been well cared for. The older slaves would be purchased as house servants. The stronger ones, field workers, the younger slaves would become nannies.
She was the last one on the auction block. Standing just over five feet, she was skinny and frail. Her hair was matted and tangled and had not been washed for weeks, or even months. Her eyes were down cast and sunken into her head. Her jaw clenched as she shook uncontrollably in the cold morning breeze. She wore nothing but a thin robe that was tattered, torn, and filthy.
She stood on the auction block worth very little to anyone. She was too weak to work in the fields, too sickly to be a nanny, and too homely to be a house servant. She was, even as a slave worth nothing.
Without enthusiasm, the auctioneer tried to get a bid on this sick slave. No one was interested in buying somebody useless.
Suddenly, the crowd parted and knees bowed, as the King stepped from his ornate chariot. The King stared at the frightened maiden. She was now on her knees, her face almost touching the ground. To everyone’s amazement, the King stepped up on the auction block and knelt beside her. He gently touched her chin and lifted her face.
He said nothing for a moment. He just looked into her hollow eyes. Her eyes resisted his. After all, who was she to look upon the King? She an orphaned, sick, slave and he royalty in his majestic robe and fine jewels. He sits on a throne. She sits on dirt. He sleeps on goose down pillows and walks on marble floors. She sleeps in a stable with pigs and goats and walks through filth.
The King continued to look into her eyes. Suddenly the King smiled a comforting smile. He addressed the auctioneer without looking up.
“What has been bid for her?”
The auctioneer answered, “Sire, nothing has been bid. Seems that no one is willing to offer anything for her.”
The King said, “I will buy her.”
The auctioneer responded, “You may have her sire, at no price.”
The King stood and looked into the face of the auctioneer. He said firmly, “I will purchase her!”
He held out his hand and instantly his treasurer placed a bag in his hand. The King handed the bag over to the auctioneer. Inside the bag were gold coins; enough gold to purchase six strong healthy slaves.
The King motioned to his servants. Without hesitation, they brought the slave to her feet and gently walked her to the awaiting carriage. The crowd stood as the king made his way back to his chariot. They whispered among themselves as the possession left. Why would a king purchase something as useless as that slave?
When the King returned to his palace, he instructed his female servants that he wanted them to bathe her, feed her, and dress her in fine silk. “I want her treated with respect.” He instructed, “Teach her to walk with her head held high. I want you to dress her in beautiful gowns. Teach her to speak with confidence. I want you to teach her how to live like a queen, for she will be my bride!”
The king’s councilors asked him. “Why her? Why would you buy a slave to be your wife? You could have any woman in the region to be your wife.
The King answered, “I have seen in her what no other man has seen. I see a beauty that is buried under abuse.”

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Richard McCaw 16 Dec 2015
Good writing with spiritual insight. Suggestions and comments in numbered paragraphs. Obviously you changed some of the opening sentences. This critique was done before your changes. Hope this helps. 1 weeks, it was matted...should be “her hair, matted and tangled, had not been brushed for weeks etc.” down cast ...this is one word “downcast.” into her head...omit this, since the eyes could not be anywhere else. Clinched...I believe this is spelled “clenched.” thin robe that was tattered...say “thin, tattered and filthy robe” Torn...omit this word, since a tattered robe is torn. Her lack of food and the need for a bath...Perhaps you could say “Since she had hardly been eating and needed a bath, she seemed etc.” 2 auction block. Not worth much...COMMA after block, not period. No period after “much” but continue into the next sentence as below. She was too weak ...Continue with “and she was etc.” Or simply “too weak to etc.” to ...this is spelled “too.” to homely ...as above. Include “and” before “too.” not worth anything ...Omit this, since said before. 4 beside slave...insert “the.” 5 moment he just...Perhaps begin “For a moment he said nothing but looked etc.” Her eyes resisted his. Begin “But her eyes.” ***After all ...She is thinking...This interior monologue requires a new paragraph here. King, in … Omit COMMA AFTER “King” and after “robe.” Her… Should be “She”...to compliment “He.” abandoned sick, slave ..COMMA after “abandoned,” none after “sick.” He royalty...COMMA after “He.” There she is barefoot...Perhaps “There she stood etc.” Without so much as looking up...Omit “so much as.” New paragraph at “Without,” since someone is about to speak. for this lady… Would the king refer to her as a “lady” or as a “slave.” At this point she was a slave The auctioneer answers...New paragraph every time a new person speaks. seems that ...New sentence here….”It seems that…” ***The King said...New paragraph here. ***The auctioneer responded...New paragraph. at no price… Perhaps “without price” or “for nothing” might be better. ***The King stood...New paragraph...he is about to speak. He held out his hand...New action...new paragraph. well, and strong, healthy slaves. Omit either “well” or “healthy” since both mean the same thing. 6 ***The king motioned ...New action...new paragraph. without hesitation ...Say “immediately.” there feet ...Spelling error….”their.” There points to a place. “Their” refers to ownership. The crowd owns the feet. something as useless as that woman? ...Perhaps “a woman so useless.” 7 that He wanted them to bathe her, feed her and dress her ...Instead “to bathe, feed and dress etc.; ***“I want her treated…New paragraph, since king speaks. dignity.” He instructed...COMMA after “dignity,” he instructed. Lowercase “h” for “instructed.” I want you to teach her...Omit “I want.” Simply say “Teach her to etc” I want you ...Omit this each time. Simply “Furnish her etc.” teach her ...Say this once, omit every other time. Say “Teach her to dress etc, to talk with etc., to live with etc.” Kings councilor’s...these are “counselors” OF the king. If you can use the word “of” then an apostrophe is necessary. Therefore “king’s,” since they belong to the king. The king does not belong to the counselors. Check the spelling for counselors as well. why her...Omit this since the following sentence suggests this. He could have ...Begin “Since the king could have etc., his counselors asked him, “Why buy a slave etc.” Out of respect they would not use the word “you.” Kings answer ...Again it is the answer OF the king, therefore “king’s.” was simply...Or perhaps say “The king answered simply.” I saw ...Omit this, since he said “I have seen.” No semicolon after “seen,” but COMMA. 8 feast, a celebration….Insert “and.” Guest….”GUESTS.” summoned in...Omit “in.” the mystery woman….”mystery” is too strong a word, perhaps “strange.” Or better “the slave,” since she was bought as a slave, 9 The time came and …”came when.” Trumpets began to sound…”trumpets sounded COMMA. and the throne room doors ...Omit “and” a silk runner …”Was this a special carpet?” directly behind them ...This is a new sentence. Amazingly…Watch your use of this word. Perhaps “very” would be better. When you use it this often, it becomes “overdone” and meaningless. 10 silk, and lace ...no COMMA “silk” since silk and lace go together. entered into the ball room...Omit “in.” five paces . Omit this, since it does not add to the narrative. gown made of silk ...Omit “made.” flowers of various colors made a crown ...Say “Her hair was crowned with flowers of various colors.” No need to say “on her head,” since her hair could only have been on her head. She slowly walked ...The sentence before says she walked, therefore do not repeat that she walked. Say “She slowly walked with poise, erect and strong, the path etc. End sentence there. Then say “Then the king stepped from etc.” ground floor...this is incorrect. This sounds like a two-storey building and the king is like SpiderMan who moves from one floor to the lower floor or storey. Omit this completely. Simply “stepped from the platform” (or from his throne...which is better) Everybody knows that a throne is on a different level. This term refers to a building with more than one “storey” or “floor.” huge smile...huge is the wrong word. Perhaps “The king smiled brightly (or widely), or simply “smiled.” Do not overdo anything. upon his face ...Omit, since the smile could not be anywhere else. took her by the hand…”took her hand.” as delicate as the rose pedals she walked upon.,..Better to say “took her soft and delicate hand.” Omit this phrase. It is far too mushy, overdone. he slowly lifted it up...Omit “he” and “up.” biggest, brightest, blue eyes… “her big, bright blue eyes.” he had ever seen...Omit this. Again the emotion is too extreme. Be moderate. an amazing smile...Omit this. Perhaps say, “Then her smile melted etc.” ***The King reached ...New paragraph. upon her delicate finger…. Watch your adjectives...Omit “delicate.” It becomes too “mushy” or sounds like overdone romanticism. he leaned in...Omit “in.’ slightly to the side...Omit this. “Tilted” is enough. she responded by taking a half step towards him….Simply “She approached him and etc.’ there lips ...This would be “their” since they owned the lips. But this is saying that they kissed. Therefore omit this. Softly, slowly, and gently they kissed. This is enough, therefore the above is unnecessary. upon the platform, towards her throne...Omit “upon the platform.” “led his bride to her throne” is sufficient. they turned to face the audience. Begin with “Then they turned etc.” New paragraph here. Keep writing. Improvement only comes with persistence, patience and a critical eye. Blessings!
Rick King  14 Jun 2011
Wow..you are a great writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the message along with it. I hope that you are or will be writing books. You have an amazing talent in my opinion. Thanks so much. Rick K.


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