You can lose your head for that.

This post is submitted to Friday Fictioneers.

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No trees grew in this desolate part of the country. He knew this area well. Every year he made this trip to collect taxes due the King.

“You know this place?” his companion whispered.

“Oh, aye, I know most places through this part of the Highlands. Wouldn’t wander here cept tis’ the King’s brother-in-law who needs to pay his share.” 

“ What fate awaits him if he refuses?” his companion asked.

“His Majesty has a wee bit of a temper and doesn’t take well with those who displease him. One Royal Lady lost her head when she offended.”



11 thoughts on “You can lose your head for that.

  1. Ritika September 16, 2017 / 5:57 am

    With an employer with such temper, i wonder he thinks of resigning and cant… Anyways, the brother-in-law seems thrifty enough not be an alternative employer….Who would want to tread those paths..

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  2. Sandra September 10, 2017 / 3:14 am

    A nasty job, but someone has to do it. Maybe a change of employment might suit.

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  3. Christine Goodnough September 8, 2017 / 12:16 am

    And what fate awaits tax collectors who come back empty handed? That’s what would be on my mind if I were him!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Danny James September 8, 2017 / 5:43 am

      I’m sure the thought crosses his mind.Thanks for stopping by!



  4. draliman September 7, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I reckon the tax collector is secretly hoping the king’s brother in law can’t pay…

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  5. Iain Kelly September 7, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Definitely a brother-in-law to keep on the right side of. Would certainly put a stop to tax evasion these days too.

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