The Prophecy|| The Inkwell Writing Prompt

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King Darius called his wise men in private, he has had visions about him been dethroned by a child.
"What does the documentary on the prophecy of a child say?", He enquired.
" That at this time during the appearance of a full moon, a child will arise from one of the Southern kingdoms to reign", the eldest among the wise men said.
King Darius paced around his chamber troubled by the prophecy as it was three weeks to the full moon.
"What can I do to avert or delay this prophecy?" He asked.
" At the cave of Amaddon, there the moon is birth. If you can distract the gods who rule the moon from worshipping it for 7 days, the season will be passed and the child will not be born" the sorcerer replied.
He made some enchantments throwing dice on a map that directed him to where the cave is located.
" Take this", he said handing out a compass to him " This compass will guide you, beware of the hungry creatures that feed at moonlight".

He watched the vineyards he had planted, the gold he had accumulated, and the name he had made for himself, he wasn't ready to lose it to a lineage that never existed from his loins.
" I shall be away for some weeks and while I'm away, watch the kingdom with utmost interest," he said to his eldest sons. " I'm doing this for you". He added while wrapping the materials he had been given to assist him through the journey.

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King Darius took with him 50 guards, all armed against the pestilence that flies by night. The path to the cave of Amaddon was full of twists and tricks, there was no day, the compass became their only guide. The howling of owls and vampires became their nightmare. However, there was a little torment compare to that of losing his kingdom to a child. After seven days of walking through the forest, he got to the cave, all crested with the shape of a moon. The moon was their only source of light and power. The cave was full of weird-looking creatures, all busy to keep the moon shining for their survival.
"What has brought you to Amaddon?" A voice echoed from the wall of the cave. The king shrieked in fear.
"I'm king Darius..." he started,
"Yes I know, what has brought you to Amaddon I asked?, Interrupting.
He wondered ways to distract the gods when they were invisible.
"I need your help," he said.
The invisible creature laughed indistinctively. "What possible help can I offer, I only rule the moon"
" Yes, yes, that's it" king Darius exclaimed." I want you to skip the season, stop the moon from growing fully".

There was silence for about 10 minutes. "It comes with a price," the voice said. King Darius listened carefully, "You will either choose to go blind your entire life, or lose your linage and live alone". King Darius pondered on the options, they were much of a sacrifice for him to give. In disappointment, he turned and left.



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For a moment I thought he wouldn't return that way the prophecy would be fulfilled. Oh well, the prophecy is fulfilled either ways.

There are things we want but we can't pay the price. Nice story

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Rightly said.
Sometimes the sacrifice is too heavy to bear

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Stop the moon from growing to stop a child from growing!
This is a great adventure. Unfortunately the king gives up on the first try, @dwixer. The prophecy will be fulfilled!

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Yeah, stopping the moon seem to have come with a great sacrifice

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I think it is a wise king that turns from the cave. After all, it is only vanity that makes him fear the child. He wishes to have a successor who is of his own lineage. That's pure pride. At the last moment he realizes that the price he is asked to pay for this vanity is much too high. I like that choice :) Nicely told

No vote because my VP is low. Tomorrow I return, my friend. Now I leave a small tip.

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Thank You friend.
You're right, the sacrifice was too high a price

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This is like a fable, where character is tested. How far will the king go to save his throne? Obviously, not too far.

A good story @dwixer because it presents a problem to which there is no easy solution. Thank you for engaging with other community members.

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Wow, this is one of your most imaginative stories ever, @dwixer. I really enjoyed it.

In the end, the king is presented with two choices, which are added to the one he already has from the prophecy. And he sees the prophecy as the best option, compared to going blind or losing his lineage and living alone. At least it will take the child a lifetime to grow up and overthrow Darius from the throne!

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Yeah, I believe he made the right choice, one only pays a huge price to avert what's destined

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This was an excellent story. The myths seem very believable.

"At the cave of Amaddon, there the moon is birth. If you can distract the gods who rule the moon from worshipping it for 7 days, the season will be passed and the child will not be born" the sorcerer replied.

This is a great hook that makes you want to keep reading. Well done.

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You're welcome, just unfortunately, the price was too high to pay

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Most times, when we know about a prophecy, our action to avert it from happening will be what will make it happen.

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True, I agree with you on this

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What a funny king! That which he sought to prevent would eventually happen! What a imaginative and gripping story. Well written too. 😊

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Yeah, he couldn't avert prophecy except if he is ready to pay the ultimate price.
I get inspired by your kind of writing

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I didn't think I was going to make that decision. However, the story is good, you see a narrative growth in this story. Very rich in descriptions, as well as in details.

Regards

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Prophesies are hardly averted. In some cases, paying the ultimate prize doesn't prevent it from fulfillment. King Darius must be a wise king, for giving up on his quest of preventing the prophesy from fulfillment. Nicely written. Well done!

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I agree with you. Most often prophecy cannot be averted

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He made the right decision. What use is an empire if you are miserable?

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No use, he resolved to let the prophecy come to fulfilment

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