Princess of Evil Tales
Summary: Series of oneshots during Karone's childhood being raised by Ecliptor. After all, even Evil Princesses need fairytales.
Based on the TV Trope: Alternative Aesop Interpretations.
Please note that this is a parody, and isn't supposed to be taken very seriously.
"Ecliptor, can you tell me a bedtime story?" An 8 year old Astronema asked.
Ecliptor glanced at the young Kerovian in his care and sighed. Damn those puppy-dog eyes.
"Alright, but remember this, every story has a lesson, and at the end of each story, you're going to have to tell me what the lesson is- understood?"
"Hm-hm..." She nodded happily.
"Let's see...There was once a young guard who was bored as he stood outside the gates, guarding a chest of gold. To amuse himself, he took a great breath and cried, Thief! Thief! Thieves are stealing the gold!
The Imperial Soldiers came running out to help the guard drive the thieves away. But when they arrived, they found no thieves. The young guard laughed at the sight of their angry faces. Don't cry 'thief' when there is no thief, boy! Said one of the Soldiers. They went grumbling back to their stations.
Later, the young guard shouted once again, Thief! Thief! Thieves are stealing the gold!" And to his delight, he watched the Soldiers run up to him, ready to drive the thieves again. When the Soldiers saw that there was no thief, the Captain took the young guard by his collar and slammed his against the wall, Save your cries for when there really is a thief! Don't shout out when there is NO thief!" He dropped the young guard and the rest marched back to their stations. But the guard wasn't fazed as a massive grin still etched upon his face.
A while later the guard saw REAL thieves attempted to pick the lock. Alarmed, he leapt to his feet and shouted as loudly as he could, THIEVES! THIEVES! Thieves in the castle!
But the Imperial Soldiers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they ignored his cries. By sunset the Captain headed to check on the young guard. But all he saw was the bloody body of the young guard and the chest of gold missing," Ecliptor finished, "So, what was the lesson? Or lessons, since there are two."
"Um..." Astronema thought for a moment, "Don't lie?"
"No," Ecliptor shook his head, "Try again."
"Uh...Don't tell the same lie twice?"
"Good," Ecliptor nodded, "And the other?"
"Um...I don't know," The young blond shrugged.
"Try, never give up like that. Think harder, why did the young guard die?" Ecliptor pressed.
"The Soldiers didn't help him," She said.
"Exactly, the second lesson is to never rely on others. Relying on someone else is weakness- if the guard had a weapon on him and tried fighting instead of waiting for the soldiers, he would still live."