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The Sad Kingdom
By Frederick Baker, Irene Olds
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2013 Frederick Baker
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Once upon a time
There was a kingdom everyone in the kingdom was sad and very poor it was the poorest and the saddest kingdom in the world. And the saddest of them all was the king Himself he was so sad because he didn't know what to do to bring happiness to his people. Every night before the king went to bed he would pray then say to himself "I wish I had the riches kingdom in the world then I could make all the people in my kingdom happy" the king would say. In the sad kingdom lived a sad little girl name Marie. Little Marie was sad because she was an often and had no one that loved her she had no mother or father and no home Little Marie searched through out the kingdom for a home and someone to love her but everywhere she went nobody wanted her.
She went to the old lady house "may I live here with you?" she asked the old lady. "I'm sorry my child, but I'm just too old to raise children" the old lady answered. Little Marie went to the doctor house "may I live here with you?" she asked the doctor. "I'm sorry, but there are too many sick people here, it just wouldn't be good for a little girl to live here" the doctor said. Then little Marie went to the married couple house. "May I live here with you?" little Marie asked the married couple. "We are sorry but we already have too many children" the married couple said. While little Marie searched through out the kingdom for love and a home the king was searching and praying for away to make his people happy
One night while the king was in bed wishing and praying "I wish I had the riches kingdom in the world so that I could make all my people happy" the king said talking to himself. "I can make your wish come true" said a little voice. The king looked all around the room "I don't see anyone, who said that?" asked the king "I" answered the little voice. Again the king looked all around the room. "I don't see anyone, I must be dreaming" the king said. "No, you are not Dreaming" the little voice said. "Then where are you, how come I can't see you?" The king said. "You can see me, I'm right here beside you" the little voice said. Sitting on the bed beside the king was a little man about ten inches tall the little man was dressed in beautiful very strange looking close he had a beautiful flowing white beard "I can make your wish come true, but first you must give me what I want" said the little man. "YES, tell me what it is you want" the king said "if you will give me the key to happiness, then I will grant you your wish to have the riches and the happiest kingdom in the world" the little man said. "But I don't have the key to happiness" the king said. "Then find it, I will leave you now and return tomorrow night find me the key to happiness and I will grant you your wish" said the little man as he jumped down from the bed and disappeared. All that night the king stayed awake wondering to himself what or where was the key to happiness.
"Oh, Oh, I know, I will give the little man half the gold in my kingdom, surely that will be the key to happiness" the king said to himself. The next day the king gathered together half the gold in his kingdom that night when the little man returned "have you gotten the key to happiness for me?" the little man asked. "YES" answered the king "here take half the gold in my kingdom, Surely all that gold is the key to happiness" the king said. "I don't want or need any gold, I already have more gold then all kingdoms in the world put together, Gold isn't and can never be the key to happiness" the little man said "I will leave you now and return again tomorrow night, Find me the key to happiness and I will grant you your wish" the little man said as he disappeared.
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