THE ANGRY KING
Story by Kene Anthony
Sometimes ago there lived a happy king. This king wanted to be the greatest king that lived, so he decided to visit some kings in their kingdoms to learn from them what he can do to be a great king. After the whole visit and tour he returned back to his kingdom.
The queen asked him “so what have you learnt that can make you a great king?” the king answered with a smile “I’ll be an angry king”.
And from that day the king decided to be a very, very, very, very, very angry king; he thought to himself, everyone will respect and obey me if I was more hard and tough and angry.
So he always got mad at everybody, every time over everything everywhere, even when there was no need to get angry, he got really angry. When he was supposed to smile, he got angry; when he was supposed to laugh, he got angry, when he was happy, he got angry; and when he was angry, he got really, really angry.
Soon the whole kingdom shivered at their king’s anger, from the queen to the peasants. They began to fear the angry king. The king became happy that people now feared him; indeed he’ll be a great king he thought to himself.
One day he sent his soldiers to battle and they came back wounded and scared. It was obvious that they had lost the battle. The king got angry and shouted at them and slapped and kicked them. He sent them out to battle again and they lost again. This time he became very angry, he slapped and kicked and shouted at the top of his voice; every day he repeated this vexation until the soldiers could not bear it anymore, so they decided to leave the kingdom at night, to other kingdoms.
By morning when the king came to his palace, he saw no security guard. He got angry;
“Where are the guards & soldiers?” he shouted at the servants. He won’t even allow them answer, he began slapping and kicking and shouting at the servants repeatedly till they could not bear it any longer, so the servants fearfully decided to leave the palace at night.
By then the kingdom was already in panic because the news had circulated that there was no single soldier left in the city, it was obvious that they’ve all abandoned the king.
By morning the king came into his palace, no soldiers, no servant. Which means no breakfast, he became angry, and turned to his wise men and elders.
“Where are my servants?” He asked them with an angry tone.
“We have not seen any servant since we came into the palace this morning” they answered.
Now this made the king seriously angry he slapped and kicked and shouted at the wise man.
“Where are my servants? He angrily shouted repeatedly at them and he won’t even allow them answer. He kept slapping them and shouting and throwing things at them angrily. By the time he was tired, all the wise men had incurred injuries all over their body and ran for their lives.
The wise men as well left the kingdom and deserted the king, each of them went their way to other cities.
When the king woke up the next morning, no soldiers, no servants, no wise men; the palace was empty.
He asked the queen, “where is everybody?” the queen frowned and did not answer. She wasn’t happy about how the king treated everybody so she never said a word to him.
The king became angry and bounced on the queen and kicked and slapped her till she ran off.
By now the king was the only one in the palace; all by himself with no one to be angry at; No soldiers, no servants, no wise-men, no queen, just him in the palace all by himself.
When the king got really hungry and also tired of boredom in his lonely palace he walked outside the palace to know where everybody went. By the time he opened the palace door he didn’t see anybody in front of the palace, he took a walk around the city and realised there was no one on the streets.
Soon he realized that, not only was he alone in the palace, but he was alone in the whole city. Everyone had left and deserted the angry king, from the queen to the peasant. The city was empty. And just then the king realized that being an angry king can’t make him a great king.
Lesson to learn:
Don’t be hot tempered, you need people around you. Controlling your temper shows strength not weakness.