The King woke late. The sun was well up. He stretched his hand out for his morning refreshment but it wasn’t there. Well, he would have the servant punished. He called for his servants to dress him. But was answered by silence. Something was wrong.
He pulled his robe around him and went out into his ante-room. The Chief of Spies was sitting there.
“What has happened?” the King asked.
“Somehow the truth got out. What we were doing. The people have walked away. The soldiers too. Even the police would not obey. The prison guards opened the prisons ….”
The spy chief looked stunned.
The King stared at him in disbelief. “It can’t be. It was the perfect system”.
The spy shrugged. “Agreed. They worked – and we would take everything that belonged to them. They were always in default of the laws because we kept changing the laws…
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