For What It’s Worth

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Once Upon a Time.”

There once was a kingdom called Alamery.  In this kingdom there was a king, but there was also a huge conglomeration of princes, knights, lords and all those in service to the lords.  There were just as many or more women, though most of them were ladies or their servants.

One of the lords decided one day to change his agreement with his servants.  You see, every year he sent his captains to evaluate his servants to see if they were keeping their part of the agreement.  However on this day, he told his captains a new way to evaluate the servants.  This new way was stricter than the old evaluation and would most likely mean the servants would have to offer more to the lord than they had prepared for because he had not told them he was changing the agreement.

One of the first servants to be evaluated was a red-haired commoner named Lily White who became angry when told of the new way of evaluation arguing it was unfair to change the agreement without letting them know to prepare because now she would have to dip into her winter reserves to pay her tribute and that would put she and her family in danger.

The captains paid her no heed.  They took what they said she owed and never looked back.

Lily was no stranger to the order of the kingdom having once been in service in the castle of the lord so she consulted an old friend of hers in the court.  When she told him what had happened, he was incensed!  How dare the lord rob the common folk!  He’s sworn to protect them!

Lily’s friend quickly rallied others in the court to her cause, especially the ladies of the court.  They petitioned the lord to stop his evaluations immediately, give back the extra goods he had taken in the name of the agreement and consult the court and representatives of the servants to make new arrangements for the next year after notifying the people of the agreed upon changes to the agreement.

The lord had no choice but to comply.  Too many had rallied to Lily’s cause.

Though she knew the lord, as was fitting to his station, was within his right to change the agreement without notice, she also knew as their lord he had sworn to protect them and had chosen not do so.

As her friend had quoted in the court, “Just because you can do a thing, doesn’t mean you should.”

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