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The Emperor's New Clothes (a little retelling of an old tale) 
2nd-Dec-2012 11:01 pm [prose]
We all have heard of the story of the emperor's new clothes - and that it was a child who pointed out that the emperor wore no clothes. Now, let me tell you, that was not the end of the story. They didn't tell you the whole story, because it was difficult to tell.

The emperor did not continue marching to the end of his procession, he ordered for those who cried out that he wore no clothes to be arrested, even the little child. And he ordered their execution to silence them, and decreed that any person who said that the emperor wore no clothes would be executed as well. The few rounded out were swiftly put to the guillotine, and the rest were quickly silenced, for they feared for their own lives.

And so it was, the emperor continued living the lie, thinking that if he admitted that he couldn't see his own clothes, everyone would think that he was unfit for his office or he was unpardonably stupid, because the swindlers told him that those who were unfit for office or unpardonably stupid could not see the garments.

It had been 25 years since, and the emperor decided again to hold another procession to celebrate his rule.
The people, living in fear all these years, pretended to see the emperor's clothes, afraid that they would suffer the fate of the guillotine should they speak otherwise. But there was a generation who grew up not knowing of the procession and the executions 25 years ago, and many started to laugh at the emperor's nakedness.

In rage, the emperor again ordered for them to be rounded up and executed. But this time, something different happened. Instead of being cowed by fear, many stood forward - standing with those who were being rounded up. "Cut us down and more will stand in our place!" they cried, and more and more joined their ranks.

The revolution was swift - the emperor was swiftly overthrown, and there was much rejoicing amongst the people.
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