The Sultan and His Sons

The Sultan’s two young sons came to him one day as he sat on his throne and asked him a question.

“Father, is it lonelier to be outside on the inside or inside on the outside?”

And the Sultan had them both whipped, for he was a cruel ruler.

But that night he came into their bedroom to rub salve into their wounds and read to them from The Great Book of Tales, for though he was a cruel ruler, he was a loving father.

And although the young princes did not love being whipped, they did love bedtime stories.

So every day, they’d come to their father on the throne and ask an idle question and take their lashes and then at night listen to their father regal them with tales of battles won and lost.

It was what we in the business call “a totally fucked up family dynamic.”

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