The tyrant king

has been killed by choking on a hambone and in gratitude, the head chef has been elevated to the regal position. His first act as beneficent ruler is to lead out a mighty host of courtiers to lavish his riches across the realm: custards, cakes, spinach puffs and shepherd's pie. Delicate deviled eggs glittering with paprika dust and gold flake. The Walrus' bacon fried in his own blubber. Bottles of wine with little red cherries floating inside, small and tart. He gives it to the starving poor and lets them stuff themselves until they're fat and miserable.


Part of an ongoing personal series involving three world-hopping kids.