FC: a short story | A King's Lie A modern tale of Pinocchio By: Lauren Tobin Hour 5
1: Meet Sam | Once upon a time lived a boy named Sam, the son of a highly beloved king. Sam was a handsome, exceptionally bright young man. Only one flaw polluted him: his troubles with telling the truth. He relied on his dog Sasha, an intelligent, loyal pup, to give him much needed advice to maintain his responsibilities to the people.
2: As Sam grew up, he took his place in society as the new king. After making his first spirit-raising inaugural speech, Sam went back to his newly-appointed bedroom, flanked by Sasha. There he began to confide in Sasha, detailing his true motive- to gain as much power and territory as possible.
3: Sasha, however, did not like this plan. "Sam," she said, "you must keep your citizens in mind. They're counting on you to remember them along your journey." Sam disregarded this advice and shoved Sasha off the bed so he could sleep. Sasha settled at the foot of the bed and quickly fell asleep.
4: While everyone was fast asleep, a witch made her way into Sam's room. She had overheard his plan and was angered by his selfishness. She then put a spell on him, making it impossible for him to get away with lying ever again. Any time he would attempt to from now on, his nose would grow an inch. The only way it would get back to its original size would be for him to tell the truth. She hoped this would help him become a better, more trustworthy leader.
6: The next day, the king gave a very important speech. As he was in the midst of promising people economic growth and success, something odd occurred. Sam's nose actually began growing! It seemed to only grow more and more as his speech continued. As the audience let out several gasps, Sam ran off stage clutching his nose and his dignity.
7: Back home, he immediately started yelling at every person who crossed his path. He demanded to know why his nose had become abnormally large, but no one seemed to have an answer. After storming to his room, he began to have a have a conversation with Sasha.
8: "Sam," explained Sasha. "I honestly think that it is no conincidence that you just so happened to be giving your speech when this occurred. Maybe this is a sign." "A sign of what?" demanded Sam. "A sign to be more honest," replied Sasha. As usual, Sam ignored this decent advice and shoved Sasha off the bed.
9: As the days wore on, Sam continued to give speeches and visit cities, still sporting his long nose. Sam was extremely stubborn- he refused to believe his nose was a product of his lies. But as rumors began to swirl throughout the country of a possible impending impeachment, Sam realized it was time for drastic measures.
10: The next morning, with his nose still enlarged, Sam decided to give Sasha's theory a chance. He was going to hold another press conference, hoping to set the record straight for once and for all. There, Sam finally addressed the nation truthfully- that he was going to try and improve conditions, but that it wasn't going to be quick or easy.
11: As he finished, something remarkable happened. Sam had been expecting his citizens to be terribly angry with him for lying. But he realized two things- that people were happy he was being upfront and honest, and that his nose was back to its original size!
12: The End
13: As he rejoiced and waved to the crowd, Sam came to a consensus. His job would be easier if he actually did what he had promised he would do- work for the people! Since he had finally figured it out, Sam was able to achieve all of his goals for his country, and became a hero along the way. Sam (and Sasha) lived happily ever after!