I decided I must rest for the day and prepare for tomorrow. Tomorrow was the big day. I was due to give the command that would change the world as we knew it. The light spoke to me and said my enemies were no longer within my view. They cannot touch me where I was in my high office. This place was lost on my predecessor, all he did was make promises and smile at the right events. There was nothing in what he did that we could remember him for. Nothing even sprung to mind now. He was a waste of time.
Everything changed once I ascended. I took to this place and brought my greatest in with me. I sat at my desk with my many important folders scattered about. My soda hissed away next to my selection of buttons. The three bits of pristine gold could signal everything that I could ever need during my work.
I grabbed the top folder and flicked lazily through it to pass the time. My glorious image shone out from the clippings. Displays of my wonder were recorded in high gloss print. My mark on this world as a true leader had been secured for centuries to come. Monuments were already being constructed in my honour, the greatest running completely across the bottom of my country. The boundaries of my domain had to be protected. Nothing outside other than the images in front of me floated in my vision. I had made my mark.
‘He needs to come here,’ I demanded of my aide. ‘I don’t care who he is. He comes to me. I don’t come to anyone.’
‘I’m sorry sir but that doesn’t look like it’s going to be possible,’ Richard replied. ‘Not within such a short time frame. They’re very busy people.’
‘I don’t care! Do they not know who I am? How dare they refuse my demands. I want that pope here now!’ I banged my fist on the desk for emphasis. I sensed fear coming from the aides in the room. One scuttled out of the room, quickly returning with a glass of soda. ‘You get his office on the phone and tell them they have to be here by tomorrow. No questions. Make it happen.’
I waved my hand at my aides. They shuffled out of the room, knowing their duty. They all knew their place in my world and what they needed to do. In a heartbeat I could replace them with truly loyal subjects. The moment they crossed me they would be done. No one in this country would hire them again and by Christ their passports would be blocked before they can step out of this office.
My vision honed in again, blurring anything outside of my scope that focused on the open folder. Inside a single formed lay. It was waiting for a stroke from my pen that would cement a permanent change in this world. Nothing would be the same after I stamped approval for my title to be corrected to who I truly was. This country was mine, soon the final institute would fall and my name placed at the head. This was the truth and my right.
‘Morning Dad,’ my daughter walked into my office with her brother in tow. He wasn’t the brightest spark but he heart was usually in the right place. ‘You’re looking good today Dad.’ She leaned in and gave me a kiss on my head. She was so beautiful. Through the fog I could always see her radiance. I squinted to see if anyone else was in the room but couldn’t focus on anything but the pride my children brought me.
‘Hey Dad,’ my son said as he slumped onto my office couch. He opened a container that had been sitting on the coffee table and started nibbling. I didn’t mind, he needed to be fed so he could take over my name and my place. I knew one day I would need to stop and let my bloodline succeed and continue my glory.
‘How have they been treating you Dad?’ my daughter asked. ‘They seem to have most things in order around here.’
‘Been alright. Not the best aides but they do their job.’
‘Yes aides. You’d think someone of my title would be guaranteed the best support but those small filthy people fail me over and over again.’
‘You’ve had the same help for a long time,’ my daughter squinted at me.
At that moment an aide scuttled into the room. His head was down as he passed me my folder for the day. Another signature was needed, this time to force out that swine who kept speaking out of order. My messages were pure and he couldn’t keep his words straight. He was a mistake.
‘Excuse me,’ my daughter whispered to my aide. ‘How has he been doing?’
‘Day to day he’s shifting quite quickly,’ the aide responded. I shut my eyes and focused on his words. I couldn’t let a betrayal occur right beneath my nose.
‘He called you aides again. When did that start?’
‘Yesterday. His vision seems to be taking a down turn as well. He kept talking about the eclipse and then started signing blank paper in his folders.’
‘Not this again,’ I heard my daughter’s voice soften. ‘What did the doctors say?’
‘We are looking at adjusting his medication again. He has started showing manic behaviours and talks about how he is in charge of the world.’
‘Okay, thank you nurse. I won’t hold you up any longer.’
‘Nurse!’ I bellowed, spotting the leaker in my office. ‘You’re fired.’