CHOOSING A PATH
It was a hot summer day in the land of Rosemar. Daniel was sitting in
the kitchen helping to make lunch for the people of the palace. Daniel
was a handsome young man of all most seventeen, a bit stocky with black
hair and fiery blue eyes. His job, like all the jobs in the kingdom, was
assigned by the king. King Zimri was a good king. He had his heart in
the right place and tried to take care off all the people in Rosemar.
Daniel felt lucky to even be working in the kitchen. Although he was a
mere kitchen boy, he was still contributing to the kingdom; even if it
was looked down upon by others who thought it to be a duty assigned to
Daniel also like the fact that working in the kitchen during the rainy
season meant that he had a place to keep dry, and during the cold and
bitter months of winter he was warm and toasty next to the fires in the
kitchen, Today was the beginning of the summer, and Daniel dreaded the
heat that came with it. And, truth be told, Daniel didn’t like the
thought of cleaning up after all of the animals. The few times that
Daniel had been in the barns he could hardly stand the smells, and the
barns would surely reek of manure with the rising heat and moisture that
had begun to fill the air. He tried not to think about the stables that
would be a duty he would save for later.
Many times he often wondered what his path in life would be. He had
hoped for a life filled with adventures, like his father who had served
in the Royal Guard. Daniel wished that his father was there to provide
guidance in the right direction, but that could never be, as his father
had died in the last war.
Daniel’s mother on the other hand, was a maid for one of the
princesses in the palace. Daniel didn’t see her very often; in fact he
missed having her around to talk to. Although it had only been two years
since she had started working in the palace, to Daniel it felt like an
In three months time Daniel would have to make up his mind about what he
wanted to do with his life in King Zimri’s kingdom. The time of the
turning was quickly approaching, and as with all the men of his age he
must choose a trade in the kingdom. Should he be a solider, or work with
the Dragon Riders, or perhaps he could be an apprentice to the mage.
Perhaps he should just stay in the kitchens, where he was safe and
content? After an hour he had become frustrated. Finally he thought to
himself, why am I worrying, I have three months to figure it out.
Maggie abruptly walked into the kitchen and shouted in her usual squeaky
voice, “Daniel what are you doing? I asked you to watch the bread!”
Daniel jumped off of the table and opened the oven. He quickly pulled
out the bread.
Maggie said, “It’s a good thing I came back or the bread would be
“Sorry Maggie,” Daniel said.
Maggie asked, “Have you had your head in the clouds again boy?”
Her short plump body stood in front of Daniel as she stared
disapprovingly at him with her evergreen eyes, while tapping a rolling
pin between her hands. Maggie had been head of the kitchen for many
years, and she looked it. Anyone could tell this by looking at her
stubby arms that were covered with many scars that were once burns.
Nevertheless she was proud of her ‘battle scars’, as she liked to
call them. She usually worked in front of the hot stove from, sunup to
Maggie was more like Daniel’s mom than his boss. She always seemed to
know when Daniel was thinking too much.
Daniel turned to Maggie, “What should I do?”
Maggie looked at Daniel and said, “Get off the table and get to
Daniel smiled and said, “No Maggie, I mean about my future.”
“Daniel you will not have a future if you don’t get your work
done.” Maggie replied, not taking her eyes off the food she was
Daniel reluctantly got off of the table and started to cut up some
vegetables, as it was time to prepare lunch for the people of the
Maggie smiled as she watched him. “Daniel you must follow your heart.
What ever makes you happy will be the right choice.”
“But Maggie…” Daniel’s voice trailed off. “I’m not sure what
will make me happy.”
Maggie thought about this for a moment and then said, “Well why
don’t you go and explore your options. You already know all the
people you could work for Daniel.” She paused before listing off his
options. “There is Sagar, the Captain of the Royal Guard. You could
ask him if you could watch his troops train. Or you could go see
Wyndham, the head of the Dragon Riders. He is fond of you Daniel. You
could also talk with the Mage, Gunther Stormcloud. Just go talk to them,
see what they have to offer you. Then you can make your decision.”
Maggie then softly added in a hopeful tone, “Or you could just stay
here in the kitchen with me.” She tried to force a smile, although the
thought of him leaving saddened her.
Daniel smiled at her; it would be hard to leave her behind as he sought
out his own path in life. Nevertheless, Daniel knew he had to move on
to something else. He knew that his destiny did not revolve around
scrubbing pots and cooking, this is something he felt very strongly
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