Once, there was a magnificent kingdom named Admonia. Admonia was known for its unique palace and diverse wildlife. This land of rolling hills and colourful meadows was ruled by a very wise and generous king.
The King with no Heir Joanne Wang
Everything in Admonia was wonderful except for one thing: there was no heir! As the king grew older, the people grew more worried. As Admonia almost lost hope, they received letter solving the problem.
Word had spread that, whoever completed the challenges in the letter first would be named king! The next day, a humongous crowd had assembled in the town square.
Among this mass of people was a man named Alan. He was very determined and hopeful. He had wheat-blonde hair and sparkling clear blue eyes. A large straw hat rested on his head. He was leaning against a lion statue, hoping to get some shade.
After 5 hours, only a quarter of the crowd was left. Those still in the town square were grumbling as it was quite hot. Finally, the king arrived, “Congratulations to those who are still here, you have passed the test of patience!”
The men that left all bore the same face: eyes as big as saucers, jaws wide open. They were all astonished. Then, the shock quickly turned to happiness and they were ushered into the palace where the next task awaited them.
“Welcome to the Dizzy Drum!” the king announced. This challenge consisted of carrying a bunch of coffee beans while walking across round, turning platforms to the pot on the other side. Alan might have laughed, if he wasn't also thrown around like a sock in a washing machine!
After 10 minutes, the dizzy men stumbled out of the room. A few servants rushed in and took their bags out. The king weighed the pots and announced the top 10 contestants who would pass to the next stage. Alan had come in exactly 10 th place. Phew!
“Great job everyone!” congratulated King George. The rest of the men sadly trudged home.
“And now, the last challenge! I have tested your patience and resistance, now I shall test your intelligence! Here is a riddle to solve...
...An old king with no heir decides to give a seed to all the children in the kingdom. The children were to return a week later, and the king would pick the child with the biggest and most beautiful plant as the next ruler…
…A week later, all the children came back with gorgeous plants. All except one little girl. The king picked her as the next queen. “Why?” finished the king mysteriously. The participants were all extremely puzzled.
One hour passed, and no one looked like they were close to the answer. Suddenly, Alan's eyes brightened like an old candle reignited, “The king gave them fake seeds!” he exclaimed. And just like that, Alan, the most patient, strongest and most intelligent man, became the next King of Admonia.