Today I'd love to share a little fun story with you. I wrote it quite some time ago - it was inspired by two of my favorite movies: "One Night with the King", and "Hellboy 2 - The Golden Army" (both featuring awesome actor Luke Goss). Don't expect any deeper sense, but basically it proves three things:
a) The importance of a good hairstyle, especially when you have frizzy curls like me ...
b) that I have absolutely no idea how to use photo editing software (Thank God I found myself a great cover artist!) ... and
c) that I possibly had more than just one glass of wine before writing this, so please forgive me if it's somewhat silly.
Ok, here it is, enjoy. ;-)
One Night with the King's Hair
Once upon a time, there was a very handsome and powerful Persian king, Xerxes was his name. The king had everything a man could wish for – a kingdom bowing to his will, a palace, the most beautiful female slaves and concubines, well taught in the art of love, treasure chambers filled with silver, gold and the most precious gemstones.
But one thing he had not – a maiden so beautiful, so pure and able to bake raspberry cakes, that she was worthy to be his queen.
And what was even worse, he was in dire need of a good hairdresser. That’s why until the present day Persian people say “I have a Xerxes today”, when they really mean, “I have a bad hair day.” Despite his wealth and power, all the hairdressers he summoned to the royal palace weren’t able to tame his unruly curls, and none of his courtiers who had really good hairdressers would give him their phone numbers, even if he threatened them with penalty of death.
So the young king was very sad and lonely. He was standing on his balcony at night, looking up to the stars and asking himself when he would meet the girl of his dreams.
One day the king sent out his messengers through all the land to find the man with the best hairstyle so he should come forth and give the king his hairdresser’s phone number. This man would be called a hero of the kingdom, heaped with riches, and from this day on bear the title “The Savior of the King’s Hair”.
The king’s messengers rode out to find this hero, even in the most remote provinces. But their task was not easy to fulfill. There were many men with exquisite coiffures, but not one of them wanted to tell the messengers their hairdresser’s phone number.
Feeling somewhat better now, the king still was very lonely, even after spending a night with all of his 365 royal concubines (Despite his legendary stamina, this left him quite exhausted - usually there was one for every day of the year). But fate had a surprise in store for him. The very next evening, the king was sulking all alone on his balcony again, when suddenly …
Yes, yes, coming!” shouted the king, while he descended the 2568 steps leading down from his balcony to the palace gates, wondering what his late visitors wanted to sell this time. But when he opened the gates …
It was Prince Nuada from the elven lands, and he had come to teach the king how to wear his hair. King Xerxes was amazed about the prince’s unlimited variety of hairstyles …
So the king was merry and eager to learn how to do the new hairstyles himself. But the king’s hair was so curly and unruly that he still didn’t manage to tame it, no matter how hard he tried. He desperately needed professional help. But when he asked Nuada for his hairdresser’s phone number, the prince wouldn’t tell and could not be moved to change his mind.
This time, the king did not order to execute the stubborn prince. Instead he ordered his servants to take all the hair conditioner in the palace and give it to the poor, so not even a single bottle was left in the palace chambers where the prince dwelled. Nuada remained steadfast for a while, but soon his former silken tresses looked dry and frizzy. Finally, when none of the women at court could look at him without frowning anymore, he broke his silence.
Xerxes sent for the prince’s hairdresser at once, and to his utter astonishment …
The king was overcome with joy and instantly fell in love with the pretty little hairdresser. The very next day …