Tickling Butterflies is an epic fantasy, containing 128 fairy tales that together create one huge story.
Here’s the story so far. The story continues:
The Wait for War
(Containing another ghastly tale of Little Soldier Blue.)
This ghastly tale will inform you of the further exploits of Little Soldier Blue.
Prince Charming the Fifth had amassed an army, as he had promised King John the Cute that he would. As promised, the army’s entire purpose was to kill King John the Cute.
Prince Charming the Fifth was convinced that he had trained his army to become the best army the Land of All Legends had ever seen. He was convinced that he would be successful, even though he himself was not aware of the prophecy guaranteeing the death of King John the Cute at the prince’s hands.
Although Prince Charming the Fifth was ready to go, and although the army was prepared for war, the prince’s friend and ally, Shadowy Secret, whispered in the prince’s ear that the time was not right.
Shadowy Secret, a cloud of fury and secrets and frustration that had been borne from King John the Cute’s mother, could always sense where King John the Cute was and what he was doing.
Shadowy Secret whispered in the prince’s ear that he had to wait just a little bit longer.
And so the prince bid his army to wait.
Little Soldier Blue and his soldier friends were not happy with the wait.
For months now, Little Soldier Blue was taught how to win a war and how to do battle. In his dreams, he won wars and did battles. During his waking hours, when he was not learning how to win wars and do battle, he was speaking to his soldier friends about winning wars and doing battle.
Winning wars and doing battle was something he ached to do now. Little Soldier Blue needed a war and a battle to feel good about himself, to feel that he had learned something, that he belonged.
Although the prince filled the soldiers’ time with words of winning wars and doing battle, there was nothing to do but talk and practice.
Little Soldier Blue and his soldier friends felt the need for war build up within them, until they could take no more.
One time, when Prince Charming the Fifth and Shadowy Secret went on an excursion for a day, Little Soldier Blue and the rest of the soldiers decided to attack the nearby town of Bambooville. They attacked at noon. They struck the innocent townspeople and did battle with all buildings, breaking glasses and stores and stealing many things from the stores. At the end of the day, they felt that had won a little war, and returned to their nearby camp.
When the prince and Shadowy Secret returned, the soldiers acted as if nothing had happened. But the truth was that they all felt much better. And yet, now that they have had their taste of shedding blood, they wanted to go to war and do battle even more than before.
This has been the disturbing tale that showed that some machines, once built, will be used no matter what.
(To be continued on Sunday.)
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