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Chapter 14 The Flight of the Rulers

  • Now it seems that when Queen Cor fled from her island to Regos, she had wi_nough, although greatly frightened, to make a stop at the royal dairy, whic_as near to the bridge, and to drag poor Queen Garee from the butter-house an_cross to Regos with her. The warriors of King Gos had never before seen th_errible Queen Cor frightened, and therefore when she came running across th_ridge of boats, dragging the Queen of Pingaree after her by one arm, th_oman's great fright had the effect of terrifying the waiting warriors.
  • "Quick!" cried Cor. "Destroy the bridge, or we are lost."
  • While the men were tearing away the bridge of boats the Queen ran up to th_alace of Gos, where she met her husband.
  • "That boy is a wizard!" she gasped. "There is no standing against him."
  • "Oh, have you discovered his magic at last?" replied Gos, laughing in he_ace. "Who, now, is the coward?"
  • "Don't laugh!" cried Queen Cor. "It is no laughing matter. Both our island_re as good as conquered, this very minute. What shall we do, Gos?"
  • "Come in," he said, growing serious, "and let us talk it over."
  • So they went into a room of the palace and talked long and earnestly.
  • "The boy intends to liberate his father and mother, and all the people o_ingaree, and to take them back to their island," said Cor. "He may als_estroy our palaces and make us his slaves. I can see but one way, Gos, t_revent him from doing all this, and whatever else he pleases to do."
  • "What way is that?" asked King Gos.
  • "We must take the boy's parents away from here as quickly as possible. I hav_ith me the Queen of Pingaree, and you can run up to the mines and get th_ing. Then we will carry them away in a boat and hide them where the bo_annot find them, with all his magic. We will use the King and Queen o_ingaree as hostages, and send word to the boy wizard that if he does not g_way from our islands and allow us to rule them undisturbed, in our own way,
  • we will put his father and mother to death. Also we will say that as long a_e are let alone his parents will be safe, although still safely hidden. _elieve, Gos, that in this way we can compel Prince Ingato obey us, for h_eems very fond of his parents."
  • "It isn't a bad idea," said Gos, reflectively; "but where can we hide the Kin_nd Queen, so that the boy cannot find them?"
  • "In the country of the Nome King, on the mainland away at the south," sh_eplied. "The nomes are our friends, and they possess magic powers that wil_nable them to protect the prisoners from discovery. If we can manage to ge_he King and Queen of Pingaree to the Nome Kingdom before the boy knows wha_e are doing, I am sure our plot will succeed."
  • Gos gave the plan considerable thought in the next five minutes, and the mor_e thought about it the more clever and reasonable it seemed. So he agreed t_o as Queen Cor suggested and at once hurried away to the mines, where h_rrived before Prince Inga did. The next morning he carried King Kitticut bac_o Regos.
  • While Gos was gone, Queen Cor busied herself in preparing a large and swif_oat for the journey. She placed in it several bags of gold and jewels wit_hich to bribe the nomes, and selected forty of the strongest oarsmen in Rego_o row the boat. The instant King Gos returned with his royal prisoner all wa_eady for departure. They quickly entered the boat with their two importan_aptives and without a word of explanation to any of their people the_ommanded the oarsmen to start, and were soon out of sight upon the broa_xpanse of the Nonestic Ocean.
  • Inga arrived at the city some hours later and was much distressed when h_earned that his father and mother had been spirited away from the islands.
  • "I shall follow them, of course," said the boy to Rinkitink, "and if I canno_vertake them on the ocean I will search the world over until I find them. Bu_efore I leave here I must arrange to send our people back to Pingaree."