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Short Stories of Love, Hope, and Laughter by Carlos Salinas EXCERPT
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Love in the Kingdom of Wales
In the Kingdom of Wales, in the 12
was a prince named Wolfgang and his sister, Diana,
around whom this tale centers around.
I am bored
, Wolfgang thought to himself. He
noticed the chambermaid, Clara, staring at the
messenger approaching the castle. Pressed against
the cold, dewy stone walls, he observed Clara, who
was watching the messenger, Octavio, draw closer to
the castle riding his horse.
-Oh, my—my Octavio, | she said quietly to
herself, believing no one to be around. Wolfgang had
to withhold his laughter for fear that she would hear
him, even though he was the prince. The
embarrassment alone would kill her.
As Octavio entered the main hall of the castle,
Clara feigned to be sweeping the hall‘s floor. She
swept side to side in a brisk motion keeping her sight
strictly on the path of the broom.
She was an attractive lady, middle -aged, and
infatuated with love. Before Octavio, she had been in
love with the lead chef of the castle and before that
she had even fallen in love with a gong-scourer.
Imagine that –falling in love with someone who had
the worst tasks, and the foulest stench, of everyone
in the castle. Clara was in love with being in love.
She would fall in love with anyone that was kind to
Idle hands truly are the Devil‘s play things, for
this is where Wolfgang saw his greatest opportunity:
to play a trick on the love -struck chambermaid.