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King of the jungle (standard:other, 549 words)
Author: Lev821Added: May 10 2013Views/Reads: 1818/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Is this really a perfect, idyllic journey?

I wonder where I will go. Where haven't I been? I've crossed the deserts
of the world and made many friends. I've explored the icy frozen lands 
at the poles, and seen lifeforms scientists can't even imagine, but now 
I am unsure. 

Where will I go? 

Although I've sailed the seas many times, there are still places I
haven't been. Islands to discover, territory yet to feel the tread of 
the human footprint, so I will commandeer a pirate ship, and as captain 
of a ragged bunch of worthy souls who could not wait to volunteer I set 

My journey is hazardous, but against all odds, against storms and a
giant sea creature trying to sink my boat, I finally make it to the 
island. An island I have discovered. An island without a name. 

My scoundrel crew are in constant states of deference to me. None of
them dare question what I have to say. They obey without hesitation, 
and congratulate me on having discovered new land. 

What shall I reward them with? 

As I'm feeling kind today, king of the lush jungle beyond the beach
before me, I hand them one gold coin each, each bowing in reverence. I 
can't help feeling proud of myself, proud of them. We shall feast well 
tonight, and in the morning, explore the jungle. 

The sun hangs in a cloudless sky, illuminating the beach, the cliffs and
the deep blue ocean. It's a nice day to explore, and I lead my 
deferential group into the green, luxuriant jungle, sunlight dappling 
us as we trek. 

Then I realise. It hits me in an instant. 

Have I discovered paradise? 

I think I have, because, with the exception of my crew, I see nothing
less than perfection. 

Further into the jungle we go, and then animals appear, animals known to
science but without any fear, without any hostility. There are apes in 
the trees. There are birds watching us. Tigers and Elks watch us 
silently, pacing around. I see a rhinoceros. 

I don't want to go home. How can I when everything I need is right here?
I wonder if they have been waiting for me all along. It certainly looks 
that way, because with my obedient assemblage behind, and all the 
animals looking at me, I know I am king. 

Then it happens, as it always does in my journeys, something always
sours the milk. My moments of glory are short-lived. Temporary. 

One of my crew screamed, and I turned to see why. They were pointing at
the animals. When I looked back at them, I screamed as well. 

My journeys often end in chaos, in disarray. Too much for me to cope
with, odds I cannot beat, so reality I must face, but I don't want to, 
I never want to. I cannot exist in a middle ground, between the 
physical and the imaginary. 

I can start again however. I can start another journey, and when I do, I
feel peace, but sometimes I have to face the harsh reality of who I am, 
and what I did. 

My screams always go ignored, sitting here against the wall, in my
straight-jacket, in my padded cell. I can imagine. I can go wherever I 
like, because in my mind, I am free. 


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