The Kingdom of Butterball:
The King, the Croc and the Minotaur
“Why, in my grandfather’s day, we had an allegiance with the Crocs!” the King spluttered. “We aided the other when they were in trouble. They protected Hockham from the dragons when they went out pillaging after someone stupidly raided their treasure cache, and we defeated the Leviathan who decided to take up residence in their swamp without their permission. And now they’ve gone and done the opposite! This is outrageous—“
While the King continued to rage, the Queen began to give out instructions. “Royal Servant, I think we’re done with our snack, please clear it away.” The Royal Servant piled the used dishes onto the silver tray and skipped quickly away. “Royal Page, call on Sir Zap and Sir Matt, bring them here at once, tell them its urgent,” The Royal Page bowed and fled the room.
“Why call on Sir Zap and Sir Matt?” the King asked, puzzled.
“Why, to rescue our daughters of course!”
“If anyone is doing any rescuing, it will be me,” the King announced. “What sort of king would I be sending others to fight my battles for me?”
“But this concerns all of us,” the Queen reasoned.
“But the Crocs have insulted me by taking my daughters! They obviously want to pick a fight with me—“
“But dear, you’re not young anymore. It has been at least twenty years since you have fought in battle, let alone a creature like a Croc. You will hurt yourself!”
At this instant, the Royal Page arrived, and announced Sir Zap and Sir Matt. Two tall, lean fellows entered, dressed in mail shirts covered with bright blue tunics bearing the emblem of Butterball—a bouquet of buttercups, with butter knives crossed below them. They bowed graciously. “You called for us, your Majesties?”
The King cleared his throat. “Actually, the Queen did. Our three daughters have been abducted by the Crocs of the Slimy Swamp in middle of the Perilous Forest.”
“This will never be stood for! What an outrage!” Sir Zap boomed.
“We shall go rescue them, my Liege!” Sir Matt drew his sword.
“Humph! I will be rescuing them,” the King stated
The Queen rolled her eyes.
“But I do need your help,” the King continued. “You will create a diversion.”