It was now a delight to be in the presence of the newly perfumed King, in the Great Hall with its Great Walls and Great Columns and Great Roof and Great Gargoyles. Add to that the of the three most gorgeous babes they had ever seen, the stars of this epic tale were finally ready to take another step in the right direction.
“As I was saying before I was turned into a powder puff; what can I do for you lads?” repeated the King.
“Before we go any further, oh majestically scented one,” said Greg. “Before we get any further could you give us a proper introduction to your lusciously lovely assistants?”
“I’d should say so too, oh fragranced one that no longer smells!” added Peter.
“Sorry lads, quite remiss of me. These are my favourite handmaidens, good for all the jobs that need to be done by hand. Let me introduce you to Fairy Hanny, Fairy Nouf and the other one.”
“Well hello ladies,” chorused the hopeful duet, eyes dancing a quick step up and down the obvious protuberances of the scrumptious trio.
“Hello lads,” they shrilled in return.
“But tell me, oh father of all things that no longer smell of Dragon shite,” continued the perplexed Pixy, “why do you call this third fair maiden ‘the other one’?”
The King looked away, the anger dancing back up his trouser leg, out of his shirt and onto his Crimson face. Anger personified!
Peter was worried. Had he accidently stood in a social dog turd, a faux pas that could get him twenty years in the doghouse?
He turned to Hanny.
“Have I done something to offend, fair maiden?”
Hanny returned a gracious and condescending smile, like a Hollywood actor thanking a fan for pointing out what a great guy he was in his last movie.
“Not really,” said the buxom babe. “It’s just that the King sometimes has trouble in pronouncing certain names.”
“You mean like Siobhan, Niamh, Caoimhe and Aoife?” enquired Greg.
“Don´t be feckin ridiculous,” snorted Hanny. “Her name is Thanthat.”
“So it isn’t Beibhinn?”
“I can´t see how it could be any harder than those names!” stated Peter.
A glint of a memory came into Hanny´s eye. Had she travelled to the Emerald isle and the land of Faery? There was something troubling her, a memory that could not exist, a sense of déjà vu without a view. Her vision glazed temporarily. Who is Turenn she asked herself.
Peter and Greg just assumed she had wind.
Fairy Nouf took up the tale.
“As well as starting each day smelling like a teenage boys bedroom covered in monkey ordure, the King just struggles with some names. We try not to make too big a deal of it,” she whispered conspiratorially.
“So what is the problem with saying her name?” asked Greg.
“Can´t you see,” said Nouf, “he’s the King, the most wonderful being in this Universe, the most Majestic Majesty ever!”
“And he can’t say Fairy Thanthat.”
The King smiled, then expelled his angry look, along with a large amount of home grown methane.
“Get out and walk!” shouted the King as he airbrushed his recently changed underpants.
Peter and Greg, not being use to Royal Protocol, turned to leave the Great Hall.
Hanny and Nouf stopped them, while Thanthat giggled at their lack of sophistication.
The King chortled.
“Sorry lads,” he said, “ I didn’t mean you had to get out and walk away from here. It´s just a little encouragement for the Lean Bean Machine to leave the room! You don’t want them air biscuits hanging round too long.
The boys sort of felt chastened and embarrassed; fancy not understanding what to do in the case of a Royal Anal Foghorn.
King Innocent calmed his chortle to a snigger.
“So lads; what is the problem?” he asked. “ Why am I sitting here in my Great Hall waiting to listen to some petition from a hideous Goblin that is ugly as sin (no offence, and a Cardinal sin at that), and a Pixy that looks as though he has been riding a horse for the last fifty years and smells of part heated lard?”
Peter went simply red, then deep purple. The glow from his face began to light up the Great Hall and made the King even more Crimson. He tried to shift on his feet but each small movement told him that the lard was losing its effectiveness; the Dukes! were sending little spear parties deep into his jacksy. He looked lovingly into the eyes of Fairy Hanny; this was no time to beat about the bush, much as he would have enjoyed doing so; this was a time for action and honesty. And he was scared to fart.
Faint heart never won Fairy maiden.
Mind you in the annals of history a pile ridden Pixy never won a Fair maiden.
“Your Majesty, here I am in the court of the most munificent monarch on Uranus. I have a confession to make and a tale to tell, which might just explain the lardy smell.”
Greg nodded sagely; a decent rhyme was never a crime.
“Well hurry up lad, me dinners nearly ready!” said the King as he lifted his excess tummy flab.
“Sorry oh newly fragrant one. I stand before you, a poor humble Pixy, a forlorn hope for I have been stricken with a foul case of the Dukes!”
There was no reaction from the Fairies. They knew the implications of this confession. The dammed Pixy had been at the tarts. Fairy tarts at that. The Kings tarts, possibly. The King looked at his three lovelies. They shook their heads in denial.
No way would any of these three ever consort with a Pixy, letting him help himself to a tart. They were too loyal.
He looked at Thanthat. He couldn’t say it for certain with that one.
“How did a hairy arsed little scumbag like you get his hands on one of my tarts!” belched the King.
Peter began to shake violently. The rapidity of the shakiness caused the now partially melted lard to slip down and out of his chuff. The fear of the King outweighed the fear of losing the contents of his bottom, and slowly the life saving lard slid down his leg, like a sloppy turd escaping from the badly fitted nappy on a two year old.
The King grew more crimson as rage took the stage and treachery superceded lechery.
“Majesty! It is your munificence to forgive and forget. It is obvious that our sore bottomed friend has suffered. But, on the positive side, he has proved to us that the old prophecy is true. This will be a good advert for the Kingdom. We won’t see many other reprobates wanting to suffer this type of anal embarrassment!”
The King subsided and released his pent up anger by peppering the air with a staccato burst of trouser trumpets.
“True enough love; true enough,” said the King as he frowned upon his handmaidens clutching their noses. “In fact you really have done us a favour here young sore b
um. I apologise for my harsh words but you have to admit, if you thought someone had had your tart you’d be nonplussed!”
Peter cast himself on the floor. He was filled with a mixture of shame for his
actions and the pain in his arse. The tears began to flow. A shiny brownish white puddle also began to flow from the bottom of his trousers.
Greg looked to the King.
“Oh sweet-smelling sovereign! Please show forgiveness on your humble subject. Forgive him his trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us. Your tarts probably led him into temptation; now deliver him from the evil that resides in his jacksy.”
King Innocent allowed his eyes to do a little jig; there is nothing quite so fetching as a cross-eyed Fairy. Alas Innocent wasn’t particularly handsome. Never mind. He had a decision to make.
The King was far from displaying nominative determinism. When it came to temptation he gave in to his urges. He had a penchant for tarts, despite the warnings of revenge from his Queen. In the history of the Kings of Setebos, Innocent was the fattest bastard who had ever attempted to sit on the throne. His predecessors had taken care to diet properly, taking pride in their food intake. They loved fairy cakes and angel delight but knew when to stop. They understood the food pyramid, the importance of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the correct proportions. It was the Age of the Thin Kings and all was well on Uranus.
Those days had long gone and now we have King Innocent the Salad Dodger.
He knew what is like to be tempted by a strawberry tart on a sleepy afternoon. He had his own little stick of Blackpool rock, and liked to have a nibble on it now and again.
“You’re right,” said the King, “the Pixy has suffered and will continue to suffer in his secret parts unless we can find a cure. You Goblin! Get some fresh lard up his chod bin before he starts screaming like a banshee.”
The Goblin rapidly got to work, pondering the origin of purified pig fat. Who first thought of that? Mind you who first thought of mixing hops and barley with water to make beer? And who thought reality TV would be a good thing? And who thought putting six hundred and thirty five cheats and liars in a building would lead to good government?
There are stranger things in heaven and Earth than you would ever find on Uranus.
Hanny, Nouf and Thanthat watched in disbelief. They were used to unsoiling a fat Ruler but cramming a bum with lard was a new experience for them all.
“Can I have a go?” asked Hanny.
The remnants of Peters dignity careered out of control. How weird to have the girl of your dreams cramming a medicine up your troublesome chuffer. Should he be pleased with the intimacy or horrified at the loss of self-esteem? It was hard to work out. Would it be ok to ask her for a quiet drink that evening knowing that she had spent time stuffing his donk with lard?
The butt packing was soon done and Greg looked for a place to put the empty wrappers.
Time appeared to stand still for a few moments.
The six of them sat or stood in the Great Hall, with its walls and roof, not to mention its columns and windows, pondering. Each pondered in his or her own way, remembering previous times when pondering was less of a challenge.
The King intervened.
“I was just wondering as I was pondering,” he said, “as to why a Pixy and a Goblin should come in here as though they have been best friends forever. I just don´t get it. Pixies are fine enough creatures, with their little hats and pointy toed shoes, even if they do nick tarts and get the Dukes! But Goblins! Scum personified. Scum! I would not trust one as far as I could throw him!”
Greg looked at the fat bastard and realised the King probably couldn’t even throw a sprout at a Christmas Turkey.
Fairy Thanthat tried to pacify the King.
“My lord, don’t you remember you said you wanted to be more accessible to everyone on the planet. That you want to be seen as The Monarch of The Many. The King of the Kindred. The Leader of The Lowly. A friendly Fairy King with his beautiful Fairy Queen.”
“Fat chance of that, considering the bag of spanners I’m married to!”
Fairy Thanthat was taken aback; then she was taken a-sideways and a-down.
“Unfair my Lord. Queen Dillberry is one of the bestest Fairies ever. She is popular with all, even the Imps and Gremlins love her.”
“Do the Trolls love her?”
“Majesty the Trolls don’t love anyone since you sent Fub to crush their revolution.”
The pondering continued, before turning into deliberating; after a while the pondering returned.
“You’re right as always, the other one. Why even my daughter Princess Layer says she likes Goblin friends. Bless me with the sign of Titania but you’re right! Sorry disgusting Goblin scum; didn’t mean to offend.”
“I’m not offended boss. I’m used to being at the foot of the tree. However I am a really useful Goblin when you get to know me.”
The panel continued to ponderously ponder possibilities. Was there a way to help the petrified Pixy in his quest for a cure? Would he be forever reliant on lard? Would he ever manage to pull Fairy Hanny?
“Queen Dillberry could probably help,” said Fairy Nouf.
“Fair enough,” said the King. “Let’s go and ask her.”