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Pet Name: Knits
If there was one thing King Knits knew how to do, it was how to run a kingdom, or at least he thought so. He always managed to get the best deals when buying things from others, and he never lost out on an opportunity. The people of his Kingdom loved him for it and the people of other Kingdoms accepted this was how it was and looked up to him. Well, that was the impression he had anyway, though he was soon to realise that maybe this wasn't the case.
He'd just completed a successful trade with Faerieland, one of his best to date . He'd managed to secure a large amount of faerie food to be delivered regularly to Krawk Island for a fraction of the price it would usually cost and he was very happy with himself. That was his first mistake, not thinking through the deal quite as much as maybe he should have done. There was one slight problem with this deal. While they hadn't realised it at the time, this was a very bad deal for Faerieland, but Knits had shrugged; this was business after all and even if they were annoyed with him, it's not like faeries stood much of a chance against all of the pirates on Krawk Island. That had been his second mistake.
His third mistake came a week later when the faeries were delivering his first order, and one faerie in particular stood out to him. She looked familiar, rather like the water faerie, but there was something different about her, something he couldn't quite place; that was until she got a little closer to him and he noticed it. Her hair was full of different colours and changed every time it caught the light. Not that it mattered; none of the faeries had any particularly strong abilities. He had nothing to fear from her, so when she got closer still and he could see the frown on her face, it didn't bother him. But thinking back on it, maybe it should have done.
"Your delivery, King Knits," she said, gesturing to the piles of Faerieland goods behind her. Knits waited for her to say something else, but she didn't and he turned his back on her; mistake number three, you should never be rude to a faerie.
"Is that it?" she asked. "Nothing to say about the deal you made with that poor faerie? Nothing to apologise for?"
He turned back around to her then. She expected him to apologise for getting a good deal for his people? He may have had to outwit one little faerie to do it, but if she was that easily conned then she really was in the wrong line of business. In fact, he'd probably done the faeries a favour by making it obvious; at least then they could probably find someone more suitable for the job.
"What would you like me to say? " he enquired. "It's not my fault that you faeries have awful business sense, is it?" He looked her hard in the eyes and then slowly and deliberately turned his back on her once more, though this time when she started speaking to him, he ignored her and continued walking. His final mistake was that when she started shouting at him in some language he didn't understand, he probably should have done something, tried to stop her, apologised, something. But it didn't occur to him that there was anything this faerie could do to him.
That was until he fell on to the floor and then tried to stand back up again, only to find that he couldn't.
"What's going on?" he muttered to himself as he tried pushing himself up again but collapsed once more; it was as if his bones had turned to jelly. And it was at that moment that his eyes caught sight of his hands. If he didn't know better, he'd say that these were the hands of a plushie. Though of course that couldn't be true; he was a proud Royal Boy, King of Krawk Island. There was no way he was a plushie. The only faerie capable of changing his colour would be... the Fountain Faerie. He inwardly kicked himself. That hadn't been the water faerie, it had been the Fountain Faerie, and she'd succeeded where all else had failed and found a punishment to suit the crime.
He'd always been too proud about the way he ran his kingdom, and too proud to back down when he thought he could get a better deal. But now who would take him seriously as a king? He was a plushie, and there wasn't a pirate on earth who would fear him or listen to his orders now.
"Let's hope you learn your lesson this time, King Knits. We will be arriving with the next delivery in three months, and if you've changed by then, I may consider turning you back to your original form. If not, I may see fit to leave you as you are." And with that, she turned around and walked away from him.
It was just then that he realised something important. The Fountain Faerie couldn't paint pets Royal, could she?
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