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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)

TITLE: The Slave Prince
By Skittles .


Once there lived a prince who grew up in a strong castle. He had a large, shinning smile, perfect teeth, a shaggy head of brown hair, and wild brown eyes. His mother, Madam Queen Tina, and his mothers favorite maid, Mrs. Dust-The- Shelves, gave birth to their to sons on the same day within a couple of seconds of each other. Madam Queen Tina named he son His Royal Majesty Colonel Mustard, people called him ‘Must’ for short, the maid named her child Son of the Shelf Duster, people called him ‘Duster’ for short. Duster and Must grew up together, often times spending the night in the others quarters. It soon became apparent to the residents of the castle that if you saw one of the two, the other wasn’t far behind. Even when Must was in his late teens he would still help Duster with his chores, haling, mucking, dumping, all the dirty work. Nether was jealous of the other and they shared many memories together. Like the time when they berried six alive lizards in the potatoes his nasty aunt was eating.

Now his very fat father, the Royal Peabrain, as the servants call him, {his real name was Sir Upperlip} returned form his eleven year quest of ridding the eastern side of his realm from all seventy of the wild bingo balls. He was not happy to see that his son was acting like a servant, being treated like a servant, and doing servant chores. He screamed himself purple when Must marched into the dinning hall covered in mud and holding a long rake with twigs and leaves stuck to the end of it. Sir Upperlip demanded that Must never go and see his servant friend again. Must didn’t listen. He beat and threatened his son, nothing mattered. Finally his father thought of a solution to his problem. He announced at the dinner table that night the Must would marry. Must was disgusted until he saw the beautiful lady whom he was to marry walk through the castle doors. The began courting each other and soon fell in love. Must was careful to act and dress like a prince when she was around.

Duster didn’t mind.

He and Must still threw eggs at passing noble men in their fancy bright green robes when she wasn’t around.

But there came a day when she came over unexpectedly. As she wandered around the courtyard, she ran into two young servant boys tossing eggs at passing noble men in fancy bright green robes. She didn’t think much of it until she noticed that one of them looked like her prince. She watched them as they hurled live chickens at each other and mud balls.

“Come on Must, I know you can throw harder than that!” one yelled.

The girl screamed as she realized that it was her beloved. Must noticed that she was standing there and tried to explain.

But she exclaimed, “my father has been tricked! You r not a prince, you’re a liar! A lowly slave boy!”

Must told her that he was the prince and he loved her. He begged her to stay and marry him.

In tears she ran for her carriage, yelling over her shoulder, “yes you’re a prince! A slave prince! I will not marry you!”

Unhappy tears dripped down Must’s muddy face.

‘I guess I should have listened to my father.’

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Lyn Churchyard02/09/08
I like the way you've woven a fairy tale feel into this. It relates to the topic too, but I can't help but think the prince was better off without that snooty little madam.

Make sure you edit carefully, there were a couple of spelling mistakes.

You could easily expand on this story.
Laury Hubrich 02/10/08
This is a very good story. Great job staying on topic, too. Many failed in that area this week. Please get someone to proofread your work. Don't let your work be overlooked because of grammatical or spelling errors. Keep on writing!