Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch9I was still reeling with fury as I walked out of the apartment. Seeing that the castle car Billy had taken home the night before was still parked in the lot, I decided to take it back instead of walking. As I suspected, the key was still in the ignition. Since he had gone off in a semi-fit last night I figured he would forget the little things. If he wanted to go somewhere, let him take his clunker car or walk! And hopefully, none of that until he was sober.It was growing dark by now and I wasn't going to be caught outside at night, being a young, single woman and Queen to boot. I also knew there were probably still people in this town who remembered me from childhood and would probably not be happy with the thought of me being Queen until I proved myself. I started the car and headed back to my new home.Billy was such a liar! I was sure he wasn't a virgin, he was just saying that to make himself look good. I was kicking myself for letting slip MY secret about it. Even if he was tell
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch8I saw dat me last comment had been taken de wrong way, so I decided to try and fix it. "Mandy, I meant simply dat seeing you in yer birthday suit makes Billy realize how much he loves you. Tink of it as de whole package kinda ting." All she did was glare, I was jus' makin' it worse!"PACKAGE!?" Mandy was livid! "Well, I certainly don't intent to be UNWRAPPED by the likes of him!"Ok, wrong word, but I'm certain Billy would never compare you to some streetwalker, and if you'd CALM DOWN, I'm sure you'd realize dat. Let's face it, da man would step in front of a train for you.""Either you LEAVE or teleport ME to Billy's!"Grim could see that Mandy had been spun up rather well, and it would be some time before she calmed down, so he relented."I tink...I'll leave. Dat way you can calm down a bit on yer way to Billy's. I suggest ya walk. Oh, and I am truly sorry for laughing at you. Choosing to remain an innocent in dis crazy day and age is morally commendable."I leaned in an' kissed her
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch7At 7:00 I was served a five course dinner, something that I wasn't used to, but certainly wasn't going to turn away. The chef had stayed on, since Mindy has expensive tastes (something she didn't allow the rest of Endsville to take advantage of..they still were confined to the fried burger and pizza joints) and I knew I was truly going to be eating like a Queen for once in my life. I made a mental note though to make sure that potential restaurant proprieters knew they could open up new places in the Endsville under my rule.It was wonderful...I could feel the power surging through my veins and the respect and love of my subjects. Granted it made me feel somewhat "superior" but I felt guilty for that and figured it would pass once I got used to things. The important thing is I was making a difference, and having my name and face in lights was just a nice side benefit of the job.I was cutting into my Chicken Cordon Bleu when Grim suddenly appeared in front of me."Ah, there you are. Ch
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch6I looked at Billy and just shook me bony head. Humans had a knack for entering self destructive spirals so easily. I'd seen it happen countless times, and I wasn't goin' to watch Billy do de same ting! At least, not without trying to help him."Billy, child! Don't be doing dis. Gettin' all wobbly wasted and feelin' sorry for yerself isn't the answer. Believe me, I've seen countless others before you try de same ting, and it jus' don't work, mon!" Deep down I knew there was nothing I could do unless Billy honestly wanted to listen, but I had to try."Grim, I'm a grown man now, and hardly a child!""Compared to me, you ARE a child. I've literally been around since Day 1, ya dig?" I crossed me arms and waited for Billy to answer."Fine, you got me there, now go away." I gave Billy a long look, and he stared blankly back with glassy, bloodshot eyes. I thought he might pass out for a moment, den he continued on, "Grim, it hurts to watch Mandy now. I know she'll change, I just know it...and
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch5By late afternoon, I was pretty happy with the way things were going. I had briefed the staff at the meeting on their duties and feel I was fair about it. I think the fact they would be getting salaries now gave them more incentive.I had also visited with Mrs. Butterbean. Even though she was 56, she looked about 10 years older, the black hair having turned completely grey and an excessive amount of wrinkles plaguing her face and making her glasses look almost like they were sunk into her cheeks. I figured that some of this was due to her incarceration. She seemed fearful at first when she saw me, remembering what a hellion I was as a child and thinking things wouldn't be much better for her under my rule.I assured her that I was going to put things right, and I started off by getting her a new apartment and a job teaching elementary school as long as she wanted to do it. I knew she'd probably retire in a few years, but at least it would give her some sort of normalcy again.
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch4The next morning Mandy slept in. After the Spider Pox incident her body had needed rest, and a good deal to be sure as it was nearly lunch time before she left her bed. When she awoke the first thing she did was summon Irwin. Before Irwin arrived she made a mental note to return to her parent's house for more clothes. The out of date business suit was still snappy and commanding, but she needed a larger wardrobe to be sure. She was browsing through Mindy's accounting ledger when there was a knock at the door."Come in."Irwin entered and bowed deeply, "Yes, your Majesty, how may I help you?"Mandy spun the ledger flat to a nearby desk, not in anger, but rather as a simple attention getting device. "OK, Irwin, listen please. You have got to stop over genuflecting around me. It makes me feel weird, we're not children anymore. Bowing is for the Japanese and the last time I looked we weren't in Tokyo."Irwin nodded and commented after a pause, "...Umm, old habits are hard to break I suppos
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch3I have to admit, seeing men squirm was something I relished. Men were pretty stupid as it was, but when you were actually able to point something out to them that even they realized was idiotic, it was all the more savoring.I could see both Irwin and Billy shifting back and forth on their heels, eyes focused down at the floor. I hoped Billy felt ashamed for his critical outburst...he was being really melodramatic and as much as we knew each other, he was kidding himself if he thought I'd regress back to some formerly tyrannical state I'd last demonstrated 25 years ago. I HAD changed and would be a mature and kind ruler. This newfound power was not going to corrupt me, he would see.After what seemed like an eternity of silence, Billy finally spoke up. "I'll give it a try, but if I see you moving toward the Dark Side, I'll wash my hands of it."Again, melodramatic and using ancient cultural references to express a concern that was unwarranted. But I wasn't going to point all that out..
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch2Grim spoke first, "I can come and go at me leisure?" He looked flabbergasted at that option. "None of dat, "I own you!" malarky!""Yes, yes, you can do what you will." I spoke and nodded. "No tricks, no ulterior motives, and I'll even put you on the city payroll. Although I don't think a being of your abilities would have any real use for money.""Well, Grims might not, but I sure do. How much ya paying me?" Billy spoke up, and it was apparent he was at least willing to consider me as Endsville's ruler instead of Mindy, or so I thought. I did a partial double take and faced Billy."Yeah, Mandy, I could use a new car. I might as well get something out of this cause I have a feeling it won't last long."Despite my seeming calm, I glared at him and asked, "Is that some kind of veiled threat?" Grim looked at us both, obviously interested and waiting for an answer."No, jus' an observation. I know you, you'll change. Oh, maybe not right away, but eventually you will, and Endsville will have
Prisons and Palaces Pt2 Ch1I was feeling wonderful, powerful again. I was in charge, just as it should have been from the very beginning. But I had time and experience on my side now, and wasn't the selfish child I once had been. Ruling Endsville now would not be a tyranny, it would be a democracy. I wanted my subjects to adore me, not hate and distrust me. And best of all, Mindy had fallen. Perhaps she would be redeemable into a decent human being...I'd give her that chance...but she'd never again be allowed any "leadership" role.In the back of my mind, I was still very concerned about the presence that I knew had been unleashed from the doll room at the Doolin place. It would have to be dealt with eventually, but for now I had more pressing matters.The crowd in the castle was now cheering around me. The television crew had stopped filming and were scurrying out of the castle to go edit and broadcast my speech. A few of the castle staff were saying goodbye to one other and leaving, it was apparent they had be