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A Mynah for the King by Ahmed A. Khan

A Mynah for the King

by Ahmed A. Khan
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King’s court was in session. The problem under discussion was a border dispute with the neighboring kingdom. The king was in a dilemma: Whether to respond with force or try to negotiate.

During a lull in the discussion, one of the nobles presented the king with a mynah in a cage.

The king was surprised. Is this a good occasion for a trivial present? his expression seemed to ask.

“This is a special bird, Sire,” the noble responded to the unasked question.

“What’s special about it?” asked the King.

“This bird tells stories.”

The king’s face turned stony.

“And the strange thing is,” continued the noble, “each and every one of the stories that the bird has narrated to me somehow helped me solve a problem at hand.”

“So you think this mynah will now tell me a story and I will have an answer to my dilemma?”

“It is possible,” said the noble.


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About the Author

Ahmed A. Khan

Ahmed A. Khan is a Canadian writer whose works have appeared in Strange Horizons, Interzone, Anotherealm and many other venues. He has edited anthologies like SF Waxes Philosophical and A Mosque Among the Stars He maintains an irregular blog at ahmedakhan.livejournal.com.

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“Yes, sir.”

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“Yes, sir.”

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The captain pulled out his sword.

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