The Mock Raven by N
There was this king known for his love of animals. His pet was a white bird he named, Teka. The bird was constantly at the king’s side, the other animals he kept always snarled at the bird and he thought they were jealous.
The bird sat on the head of a lion and whispered into it’s ear. “Lion, oh lion, the king plans to rid you tonight by stripping thy tail and cutting thy tongue”
In response the lion said, “Hush bird, you tell not the truth for the king loves all of us”
“Lion, oh lion, he loves me more than thee”
The lion refused to believe the bird. The more how he witnessed the king treating the bird better, He became jealous, seeing how jealous the lion was, the bird sat on the lion’s head once more And whispered, “lion, oh lion, I have something to tell. The King plans to sell you to a man in red”
Once again the lion did not believe the bird and said, “Hush bird, you tell not the truth for the king would not trade his loyal and fierce pet”
The bird laughed, “neither would he sell his most beautiful”
The lion scoffed at the bird’s obvious lies, but the bird kept trying. The more the lion looked at his king and watched how he treated the bird better than him; he attempted to kill the bird.
While the bird slept in It’s cage that was great enough for it to stretch It’s wings from bar to bar. The lion knocked the cage over and he split it open with his teeth and took the bird out, stepping on it with its claw. “Lion, oh lion, are you jealous of the love your king has for me? That even he takes heed to the lies I tell. I’ll work a deal… do me this favor and I’ll fly away for good”
The lion roared, “You tell nothing but lies! I do not believe you!”
“Oh?”, pronounced the bird, “I know how to make the king love you even more”
The lion squinted at the bird, he knew better than to believe it, but his desire for the king’s undying love. He worked against his own wishes and suspicions, “Ok, what will win me the King’s love?” He inquired.
The bird grinned, “At noon tomorrow, a black bird will take flight into the castle and poison the king. You will yield him the antidote, if you don’t give it to him, his heart will stop and he will be no more,” The lion didn’t question himself or the bird, when noon arrived, he looked out the windows to see the black bird fly into the castle, but the bird did not show, in fact the lion watched the windows for seven days and seven nights.. The king became concerned with the lion as his body thinned and eyes sullen.
He positioned his hand on the lion’s mane as he told the lion how much his loyalty meant to him; alas, these words did not reach the lion for it was too obsessed with finding the bird said to poison the king.
The lion kept watch for so long, it was skinny and frail. The king came to the lion, he said “lion, oh lion, a little bird told me of your deed”, the king withdrew the blade from his waist, “please tell me this is not true””
Upon his shoulder sat the white bird, the lion looked at the king, finding out his intent with his hands wrapped around his ebony blade. “I love my king with all my heart! It is the bird that spreads lies and trying to tear us apart!”, cried the lion. The king shook their head, “The bird said you’d say that”
The King drove his sword into the lion, he bled onto the floors. The bird laughed, it was very pleased with itself and the chaos it produced. The king then cut the lions head off and wore it around the kingdom, then the expected happened, it was the white bird disguised as the Black bird and killed the king and getting hold of his heart.
The white bird flew to the height of the kingdom and laughed, “Killing two birds with one lie”