“How slothful are my people. I try to encourage them into becoming lively and none have even bothered to move the rock I placed in their path. I don’t know what to do with these folks. Godforsaken, if some outlaws were to attack the kingdom, my people won’t be vigorous enough to escape, let alone defend themselves.”
“ Me lord! Me lord we have a slight issue.” “What is it Albert, doesn’t thee see that I talk about my country, and has thee forgotten that I do not like to be interrupted.” “But, Me lord though I present my meekest apologies and beg thy forgiveness, this matter is of utmost importance.”
“Well then speak of it; do not waste my time, for time is of the essence.” “Me lord, a group of merchants were passing through your kingdom, and when they saw the rock your highness had placed on the road was hindering everyone. They picked it up and as per your briefings to reward a bag of gold to the people who removed the rock; I was forced to give it to them.” “Ah! Once again my people have proven to be lazy, you may leave Albert.”
“Thank you Me lord. Sire, you need not worry, for I have just thought of a solution to your problem. I know a man who lives not far from here and is known for his sharp mindedness and trickery.”
“Okay then! Let us visit this man you speak of, for I believe this has been stretched enough and it is time we had some outcomes.”
So off the king went to meet Merlin the famed trickster and illusionist. Merlin lived on the steep slopes of a knoll. He had made his house inside the mount where he did all kinds of mystic and magical experimentations, Merlin had always wanted to be part of a kingdom but as a young man the cruelty of his people had made him leave his realm. But now it seemed he had received an opportunity and so afore the king had even arrived he was all-ready and waiting for him.
King Alexander arrived at his abode and after a few moments of words, Merlin said “Sire, I shall help you in your mission if you accept me as your royal advisor, I shall need assurance that you shall pay heed to every single one of my advice, in fact will find that it will all end in benefit to you.” “Well then! Looks like we have a deal”, replied the king in utter joy to have not even needed to make any perilous agreements. And so they took off back to their kingdom.
The next morning Merlin told his plans to the king. “I shall carry out a test which will god willingly change the nature of the people. The difference shall be that you came to think of it and I shall put it to action. For the chicanery I will require a few hundred of your guards and equipment.”
Once he had attained them he went to speak with them and told them about his simple plan. “You shall be secretly leaving the kingdom and create an illusion that the country is to be under attack.” And so after several preparations, that’s what they did, and when the people found out about it the king called out an assembly. ”My fellow men we are doomed, a vast army is approaching us from all sides,and are not accepting a white flag.And what is worse is that none of us have the métier and vitality to fight them, so my brothers, I believe death and imprisonment shall be our fate.”
Upon hearing the daunting things that could come about they stood up and pledged to do as the king commanded to defend themselves and their families. And so upon ensuring their trust and loyalty the king called upon Merlin to instruct them. “I shall train you to the very best and upon my life I promise you that that if thee work together and fast enough all shall be protected. First of all I would like all the men to come to a side, women in the center and children in the end. Now let us get to work.”
And so with fear in their hearts they started working. Merlin made them do all the things they were supposed to do, like helping build houses for others, labor work, learning to fight, cleaning their land, even building an arena for games and sports and what not. And that’s when Merlin’s trick showed its effect; as when at last they questioned why the army had not yet attacked, Merlin told them that the army had retreated, due to some unseen turn of events, but alas! The work they were doing had become their habit and they were enjoying it.
Thus, the laziest kingdom in the land turned into one of the mightiest and the strongest.
P.S Sorry for being so lazy myself, I think I’ve also learnt a lesson. 🙂