#9 Narcoleptic Princess

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“This is an outrage!” the prince shouted. “My army will answer to this!”

The king called out as the prince stormed out of the room, “Wait! You don’t understand!”

The door slammed shut behind the prince. The attendent next to it blinked.

The king looked over at his daughter, who sat slumped in her chair, fast asleep.

“Oh dear,” he said.

That was the third one this week.

* * * * *

Being a prince wasn’t what it used to be.

“Let me get this straight,” he asked. “Narcoleptic princess?”

The king nodded.

The prince looked over at the princess, who sat slumped in her chair, fast asleep. At least he didn’t have to take it personally.

“How often does that happen?” he asked.

“Pretty much all the time,” the king sighed.

The prince thought a moment. We all have our problems, don’t we? Himself included. The arrangement would work well enough: they’d met once before and liked one another.

“What the heck,” the prince said. “I agree.”

“Wonderful!” said the king. “I’ll send over the papers immediately.” Now those armies were the prince’s problem. The king wasn’t an evil man, but knew when to cut his losses.

And so they were wed, the narcoleptic princess and the insomniac prince.

* * * * *

Years later, towards the end of their lives, the prince spent his sleepless nights reflecting back on how much they had loved one another and how happy she’d made him.

When she was awake, that is.

The narcoleptic princess was responsible for starting at least four major wars, twelve skirmishes, twenty-seven personal duels, and no less than fourteen tavern brawls, in addition to inspiring a punk band by the same name centuries later.

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17 Responses to “#9 Narcoleptic Princess”

  1. Lila January 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Hee! This one made me giggle.

  2. Sara Halvorson January 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    awesome! I wish there was more! great concept!

  3. R Canepa January 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

    Thanks, you two. I am quite fond of this one.

  4. Jamie January 14, 2010 at 10:03 pm #

    This was fun, I enjoyed it hehe

  5. Marisa Birns January 15, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Very amusing and clever #fridayflash addition. Welcome!

  6. R Canepa January 15, 2010 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Marisa, thanks for reading. I’m looking forward to being a part of #flashfriday.

  7. David G Shrock January 15, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    Amusing, indeed. Busy princess she was inspiring skirmishes and a band. Welcome to #fridayflash.

  8. R Canepa January 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Thanks for the stopping by, David.

  9. mazzz_in_Leeds January 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Ha!
    I particularly appreciated the punk band mention :-)
    Welcome to #fridayflash

  10. J. M. Strother January 19, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    An odd couple, indeed. Makes for a funny story. Welcome to #fridayflash.
    ~jon

  11. Dana January 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Hee! Very cute and a nice laugh.

    Welcome to #fridayflash!

  12. danpowell January 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Great retelling of old tropes. Love the coda at the end. welcome to #fridayflash.

  13. CJ January 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Heh, reminds me of Jack Sprat and his wife. Very cool :)

  14. Chris Chartrand January 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    An amusing little tale. Nice yin and yang couple. Thanks for sharing it with #fridayflash.

  15. R Canepa January 25, 2010 at 12:07 pm #

    Thank you all for the comments and the warm #fridayflash welcome.

  16. a12yeartoast January 25, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    “The doom slammed shut behind the prince.” o_o Holy crap he was mad!

  17. R Canepa January 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Wow. If that doesn’t show that there’s always one more mistake, I’m not sure what does. I’ve read over this story countless times and never saw it. It’s supposed to be “door” 😉

    At the risk of it getting pushed to RSS twice, I’m going to edit that. Thank you.