Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Toss a topic winner

This message board that I am a part of has a writting exersize/competition thing every week. this past weekthe topic was duality, and the story that I wrote won, so I am going ot post it here. Let me know what you think

Switched

Prince Henry sat listening to his tutor drag on and on about the ethics behind the art of war. He was bored. He hated his teacher, he hated school, and most of all he hated the pomp and circumstance of his life. That was why tonight he decided to implement his plan to escape his this life of educate and decorum, tonight

“Bullocks!” swore Harry as he splashed sewer water all over himself. He was checking his traps carefully for the large rats that roomed the sewer tunnels. It was not a job for the faint of heart, or the faint of nose. Lots of street kids hunted the sewers for rats to sell to the ripper, but very few were willing to brave this tunnel. Here, it was darker then most tunnels. By sunset, Harry crawled out of the sewers with three cages containing 5 large rats.

Finely, Henry thought, as the servant shut the door on his way out of Henry’s room. Henry flung the covers aside and carefully walked to the statue that stood near the full length mirror. He pushed the lever hidden in the folds of the statures clothing. The slide aside and revealed the tunnels which Henry had found several days ago. He closed the door behind him and went out into the city.

Harry walked with his friends down the road talking about this and that as they enjoyed their beer. After walking down several streets Henry said, “Good night gents.” Harry waved to his friends as he walked a crooked path down the street. Someone bumped in to him, “Watch where you’re going.” But then he saw the person, “Hey,” His words were slurred from drinking too much. “What are you doing with my face?”

Prince Henry found himself looking at a mirror, but before he could say anything an alarm went off from the castle, they had figured out that the prince was missing. Henry shoved the drunken Harry and ran. Harry didn’t get up and one of the solders found him. Thinking he was the prince, the solders took Harry back to the castle.

Henry found out about the switch the next day, it amused him that he was so lucky. Now he could live his life how he wanted and no one would be the wiser.

Harry was greatly confused and thought he had gone mad. Afraid for his life he tried to tell everyone that he wasn’t the prince. There were people in the castle that realized that Harry couldn’t be the prince but instead of exposing the charade, they made excuses for the behavior of the prince and eventually Harry became convinced that his former life had been a dream of some kinds. He went on to become one of the greatest kings who ever ruled.

As for Henry? He fell in with thieves and was killed two months after his grand escape. His body was left in a ditch on the side of the road.

1 comment:

glo said...

Novi’s Review the monitor of Toss a topic:
I laughed at the end-it was so matter of fact. I had a feeling that there would be a twist somewhere to make use of the topic, but I wasn’t quite expecting the body in the ditch. That was really good! I could see this told as a matter-of-fact story from a smart-aleck kid to a younger sibling. It just fits the tone and atmosphere perfectly. Well done! ^_^