of the Red Death
response to Red Death exercise
by Carly Santos
…Prince Prospero threw away the key. The people
were happy to see the end of worrying and suffering. The new kingdom
was named “Utopia”, for the new paradise they lived in.
Everything was fine. The people were happy; there
was plenty of food and supplies. But as it happens, the population
rose quite dramatically in the few first months. Prince Prospero
didn’t quite prepare the trip entirely well. Food and fresh produce
started running out slowly, but if the population rate didn’t stay
stable they would be out of food in the next 3 months. There wasn’t
enough of anything growing to replace anything eaten.
The people were told. Anger raged throughout the
Utopia. People were terrified of losing this Utopia they were promised.
Why hadn’t their beloved Prince organised things properly? Now they
were locked in a gigantic castle with no was to get out and no food.
“I advise everyone not to panic, I have a plan.”
Prince Prospero proposed “I still have a key, 4 of my bravest knights
and I will go in search for the next kingdom, and get the supplies
The people of Utopia grew angrier, but more than
that, they lost all faith and trust in their prince. What prince
lies to his people?
“I did it for security reasons. What would happen
to our kingdom if I didn’t have the key? We’d all starve.” Prince
“If you had thought this out perfectly, we wouldn’t
be in this situation!!!” screamed an annoyed man in the crowd."
“But that’s it. I’m not perfect. I wanted to give
the people of my kingdom a chance to live away from the red death
and the pain it caused everyone. I just didn’t want people entering
and leaving this castle whenever they pleased. There’s more chance
of red death coming in that way.”
The people agreed. They can’t just starve themselves,
especially if there’s a way. The next few days included preparation
for the journey. Prince Prospero chose the 4 bravest, strongest
knights he had. Nothing could go wrong. His kingdom depended on
it, he’d already let them down before.
The prince and his knights travelled for five
days by horse and carriage. When they reached the next kingdom,
they saw the signs that Red Death had been there. The disease had
killed off the people of this realm. “Your Majesty, maybe we should
look for another empire that hasn’t been hit with this dreadful
"What if one of us gets it?” a knight says
“That’s a chance were going to have to take.
If one of us may get it we’ll burn them. Even if it’s me, I’m relying
on you all do the right thing and just burn me. We don’t have enough
time to go looking for another kingdom. We’ll get everything we
need and leave as soon as possible."
Prince Prospero and his knights went to a few
farms and took everything they needed. At one of the farms, while
looking through, what looked like an abandoned farmhouse, Prince
Prospero heard someone crying. What he found was a girl. Not just
any girl, the most stunning, gorgeous attractive girl he’d ever
“Why are you crying? There’s no need to cry”
the prince cooed while trying to comfort her.
“You know nothing of my life, how can you say
there’s no reason to cry my father and everyone I have ever cared
for has died of this horrific disease. And now you and your people
are robbing the only thing I have left. Please just leave me here
to die. That’s what I deserve” The beautiful girl sobbed.
“Please don’t cry. No one deserves this. I’m Prince
Prospero and I only took these things from your farm because I thought
it was deserted. I live in a kingdom called Utopia. I built it so
I could get people away from red death. Come with me and leave all
your sadness in this place Red Death has destroyed. You’ll live
in heaven at Utopia.”
The girl looked dazed. “Why would you want me
to go back with you?” “Because someone as beautiful as you shouldn’t
be in such an awful place like this, you deserve to be in Utopia
as much as the other people in Utopia do.”
So it was settled, Gwendolyn, as she called herself,
gathered her small satchel of things, then left for Utopia with
Prince Prospero and the four knights.
The kingdom rejoiced the return of their Prince.
Everyone was so pleased that they returned so soon with all the
goods. But who was the young girl Prince Prospero brought back with
him? No one questioned the Prince. He announced a masque ball that
night to celebrate the mark of their arrival and their defeat against
Red Death. They were in the castle with everything they could possibly
need and no sign of Red Death.
“A masque ball what we all need. To celebrate
everything we’ve achieved as a kingdom because we never lost hope.”
That night, at the palace, everyone dressed up,
drank, danced and ate except the prince. He was looking out for
Gwendolyn, but couldn’t find her. He couldn’t get her out of his
head. Where was she? Then all of a sudden everyone at the masque
ball turned and looked towards the entrance. There standing was
Gwendolyn in a beautiful red gown and the most exquisite red gem
on her neck.
The prince thought for a moment “Isn’t she just
a farm girl?” but that thought was pushed from his mind when she
started walking toward his table.
“Gwendolyn you look stunning.” gasped the prince.
“Why thank you, your Majesty”
“ Would you like to dance?” the Prince asked.
“I’d love to”
The rest of the guests watched the Prince and
Gwendolyn walk out onto the dance floor, then some couples decided
to join them.
“You know Gwendolyn, you haven’t really told me
much about your self.” “Well prince, what would you like to know?
I grew up on a farm, Red Death killed everyone I ever cared for,
and then you came and rescued me. That’s all I can really tell you
about my life.”
The prince was mesmerised by Gwendolyn. How could
anyone so beautiful have lived such an ugly life. Then he looked
at her neck. She was a farm girl, yet how did she have such a precious
stone in her possession? This stone was enormous; cut into a love
heart with a delicate gold chain holding it onto her neck. A cold
shiver ran down the Prince’s neck just thinking of the stone. Why
did it have such a bad vibes? It was quite peculiar that she had
Prince Prospero must have been staring obviously
because Gwendolyn looked down at her neck than gave the prince a
twisted smile back.
“That stone is breathtaking, where did you get
it from? It’s a ruby right? I prefer diamonds myself.” The prince
blushed, quite embarrassed that she’d notice he was staring.
“Actually it is a diamond. A very rare red diamond.
It’s called the “Hope” diamond. It was mined in India many years
ago. It’s apparently cursed though.”
“Cursed? What kind of curse? How did you get
hold of such a thing?” A million thoughts were going through the
Prince’s mind at once.
“Well it supposedly brings misfortune to those
close to its owner but never it’s actual owner. Its owner is thought
to lose all feelings of love, compassion, and happiness. It feeds
off other’s sorrow. It gets close to what it wants and snatches
it up. It kills people and kingdoms”
“Well this can’t be true now, can it?”
“I’ll tell you a secret adored Prince. You thought
you were so immortal and saintly because you thought you’d save
your people, you, and I from Red death. Well I am Red death.”
The Prince’s nose started bleeding.