Short Story: King Father
The day Liam turned 25 was the day of his crowning ceremony, his father’s abdication ceremony, and his grandfather’s retirement party. Between the three of them, it was easy to see who had looked forward to the day the most.
“You’ll be fine. We will only be away for two weeks and your grandfather will be around if you want any advice,” his father said happily three days later as the palace staff transported the luggage of everyone in Liam’s immediate family but Liam.
For the rest of the world, the king had the position of absolute power that was held for as long as possible before being passed down in death.
In Kemch, however, the country was ruled by the king, advised by the king father while grooming the king heir. Officially, the king was the head of the country. Unofficially, the king father retained a lot of his power and authority without any of the work involved in ruling a country.
His peers were envious of his rise to the thrown, but really, the one they should be envious of was his father. Liam was looking forward to becoming a king father, and he had only just become king!
His father laughed.
“If you want to be a king father you need an heir first.”
“I’m working on it.”
“Good man.” His father clapped him on the shoulder. “I’ll bring something nice for her when I come back. Have fun!”
“Have fun!” his twin younger sisters echoed with identical gleeful hops.
“Safe travels,” Liam said and tried not to be too jealous.
One day, Liam would be king father too, and it would be him who gleefully abandoned the king for a family holiday.
He was looking forward to it already.
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