A short story (4 short story slam)

Supported by twin brother,

Cared for by widowed mother,

Ben has achieved the highest education,

And married princess Quinn of the nation.


Ben and Quinn are a perfect pair,

while Ben worked as an officer.

Together their happiness grow,

The expression on their faces always glow.


Their magical marriage lasted only three months long,

Before Ben accidentally fell off a hot air balloon and gone.

To keep fame and money from vanishing,

Dan is encouraged to be Ben, how astonishing.


Dan does not have the intelligence Ben has had,

But he looks exactly like Ben as sons of their Dad.

Dan and Quinn eventually fall in love,

Life seems as innocent as a dove.


Three years later comes a surprise,

Things become touchy as truth rise:

Ben did not die,

His coming home makes everyone cry.


Mother is excited with fears,

Dan is shocked with tears,

Quinn is showered with guilt,

Ben is swept by insult.


Each member begins self-blaming,

Nobody knows the solution.

Ben has lost everything,

Part of him still wants back his official position.


The incident is passed to the Queen,

Princess Quinn wants both Ben and Dan to win.

But family taboo only permits ONE single man,

Sadness towers Quinn like a sharp pin.


The Queen is determined to cover the truth,

and she managed to sentence Ben to death.

Ben’s mother killed herself in deep grief,

leaving Dan and Quinn alive in disbelief.


PS:this is a sad story, handsome and intelligent Ben has changed his fate with the support of his twin brother and widowed mother, and married the fairest girl, Princess Quinn, yet, an accident has everything changed for good, he fell off the hot air balloon during a family vacation, and considered dead by his loving family.

Quinn wants to be rich and wealthy as usual, she came up the idea of making a false announcement that it is Dan who is dead, her hubby Ben is still alive, thus she begins to live with Dan, the pretending “Ben”, and their faked marriage actually flourished, they fall in love and behave like a real couple, a baby is on the way, as the family celebrate and enjoy life’s sunshine, Ben suddenly appeared.

Ben did not die, he survived and was sentenced to the jail for three years for claiming himself as Ben the son in law of the King  at a locale state, because everyone knows that  “Ben” is in the capital city doing his duty happily. His homecoming did not increase joy to the family, fears, sadness, and guilt mixed with love, it is hard to choose what to do next, until the Queen decides to save the FACE of her royal family and make the real prince Ben die …

Ben is innocent, but truth does not serve/save him, even his best friend has to tell lies in the court to protect himself, POWER wins over justice…

This is part of life!



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17 thoughts on “A short story (4 short story slam)

  1. “POWER wins over justice…

    This is part of life!”

    In the short term, maybe. But in the long run, power loses it’s energy and justice can prevail. We just need enough people to demand justice instead of moaning and groaning that “that’s just the way it is.” Ask Nelson Mandela.

    1. We have entire populations of countries overthrowing their dictator governments right now. Those societies are saying “no more.” We have people who put everything on the line to start a new life in a new country, correct?

      The statement Power wins over justice…this is a part of life…is only true because people want to benefit and profit for themselves.

      Why do people feel they must win? If Quinn had been honest in the first place, instead of being greedy, perhaps the story could have a different ending.

  2. Thank you so much for supporting this new meme. Hopefully it’ll turn out to be a huge success. I enjoyed reading your contribution!

  3. Astonishing is right! Wow, what a story. Sometimes power does seem to win over justice but still I believe in the ultimate justice of karma–what you put out will come back to you–good or bad.

  4. Until 6th para, I thought we are going in for “Pearl Harbor” kind of story.
    Even though Ben did not die, but I guess the phrase holds true “Don’t return from dead, otherwise there will be consequences”.

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