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The rule of Sabagus in Atlantis
Zebaya and Nisreen were living happily in the continent of Atlantis after getting married. The population was also happy as they could see the future King in the form of Zebaya. In this regard, people knew that after Sabagus, Zebaya will take charge of the Kingdom. After a few years of Zebaya and Nisreen’s marriage, King Sabagus’s health started deteriorating, the age factor came into play, and it seemed as if his days were numbered. The population of the kingdom was worried as they loved their King, and did not want to lose him. Also, Zebaya treated Sabagus, but chances of his recovery were bleak. The people started praying for the speedy recovery of King, but he did not recover, and one day he passed away.
The whole Atlantis was mourning; all of them were shocked. Before dying, Kind Sabagus advised Zebaya to take care of the people of Kingdom, treat them like your children, and their welfare should be the priority always. Zebaya assured the ailing King that he would try to keep the population happy, and he would live up to their expectations. Furthermore, Zebaya committed that he would rule the Kingdom the way King Sabagus did. King knew that everything would go fine under the kingship of Zebaya. Almost every single individual of the Kingdom attended the funeral of King, and it was a big loss for them. Deceased King had made a strong impression in the hearts and minds of the whole population. Everyone in the Kingdom was praying for the departed soul of their King. After three days of mourning, Zebaya was crowned officially, and everyone wished him good luck.
The population of the Kingdom had drawn plenty of expectations from their new King. On the other hand, Zebaya was committed that he would o an extra mile for his people as he wanted prosperity and peace in the Kingdom. As expected, Zebaya began to rule the country intelligently. Like Sabagus, he ensured all the facilities for his people. The people of Atlantis had all the necessities of life. There was no poverty, people continued to live happily, and they know that there was peace, justice, and harmony in the country. After a few years, Zebaya and Nisreen became parents of a baby name who they named Sandaus. The birth of Sandaus created a festivity in the whole kingdom; everyone was happy to get a new Prince. Both King Zebaya and Queen Nisreen were paying special attention to the overall upbringing of their newly born Prince. They wanted to see him as a good child who could continue the legacy of his father and the deceased King Sabagus.
When Sandaus turned six, everyone could observe that he was a bit stubborn. Even in childhood, he was a bit rude to the other people in the palace, and in the kingdom. His parents got a bit worried having seen this kind of attitude, but they were complacent that he would improve with time; unfortunately, it wasn't the case. When Sandaus grew, he became more stubborn, rude, and merciless. His treatment with senior ministers, employees and common people was not good at all. Both King and Queen were apprehensive having seen the overall behavior of their son. They decided to send their son to another continent for a better education. They thought probably change of environment will work for him, and he may reform. Sandaus went to another continent for two years, and once he returned, he became more impolite and uncouth.
One day, Sandaus asked his father Zebaya to handover Kingship to him as he is young and can rule with enthusiasm while Zebaya was aging and he needed some rest. This was so shocking for Zebaya and Nisreen; they never expected this from their son. Sandaus became power hungry, and that is why he wanted to be in charge. The whole situation was quite unpleasant for everyone. Parents of Sandaus knew the ambitions of his son; they had an idea that if Sandaus comes in power, he will make the lives of the people of Atlantis miserable. One day, he abducted a girl from the Kingdom, who was the daughter of a farmer. Everyone was shocked, and when King and Queen learned about the incident, they were hugely disappointed and angry. Immediately, they had the girl released and asked imprisoned their son for this heinous crime. In addition, they formally apologized to the parents of the abducted girl.
During imprisonment, Sandaus became more furious; he wanted to avenge for his humiliation that he was facing as everyone knew that King’s son was in prison. King Zebaya and Queen Nisreen wanted their son to change his habits. For this purpose, they both decided to perform a pilgrim, and the holy place was outside the continent, and they had to travel a long distance, but they decided to go there and pray for their son. Before going, they advised their son with affection to be kind and polite with other people and do not tease the people of the kingdom. He falsely assured his parents that he would follow their instructions. However, deep down him, he was waiting for their parents’ departure. When his parents left, he got an opportunity to live life freely according to his own desires. He began to spend a lot of money, and ignored the needs of people; he was only concerned about him.
Overall, the kingdom was not happy as they were suffering because King’s son was not paying attention to the needs of people. Moreover, Sandaus invited his friends from other kingdom and started spending a lot of money on them, and their illicit activities. The friends of Sandaus were like him, and one of them advised him to control the kingdom by sidelining King and Queen. This suggestion inspired Sandaus as he already wanted to take reign. For this purpose, he plotted against his own parents and bribed some of the ministers of the palace. Those who were loyalists of Zebaya, they did not side with Sandaus. However, some greedy people became part of the conspiracy.
The overall situation became dangerous for the kingdom. When common people got to know about the conspiracy, they strictly opposed Sandaus and protested against him. This was not acceptable for Sandaus, he did not want to face any opposition, and Sandaus could have gone to any extent to crush the opposition. Therefore, he ordered the killing of people who opposed him. The situation got worse as twenty people were killed on the instruction of Sandaus. For the first time, the kingdom saw the bloodshed. People desperately wanted King Zebaya back in the Kingdom. Eventually, both King Zebaya and Queen Nisreen returned from the pilgrims. Having seen the overall situation of the kingdom, they both were aggrieved. Besides, they saw their son sitting on the throne, and he said to his parents that I am the new King, and you both take rest as I am fit enough to run the kingdom.
The loyalists of Zebaya came forward and said that they could not accept any ruler except Zebaya. The whole situation was confrontational for the kingdom. Zebaya's loyalists were brave, and they were ready to spill their blood for their King. Also, the people of Atlantis were also supporting Zebaya. After a bloody fight, King Zebaya's loyalists won and he got his throne back but the whole situation was disastrous for the king because he won against his son, and no father wanted to see his son like this. Sandaus was imprisoned. People of the kingdom were happy for having their King back. When Zebaya was informed regarding the bloodshed that the kingdom underwent during his absence, he was distraught. The people of Atlantis demanded justice from their King. Zebaya recalled to his memory the commitment which he made with the deceased king Sabagus that he will treat the people of Atlantis like his children. It was the testing time for him.
According to the law of the kingdom, anyone who commits murder must be sentenced to death. This was the tough decision for Zebaya as no father could award the death penalty to his own son. Zebaya felt as if someone broke him from inside. If he forgives his son, it won't be justice as Sandaus conspired against the whole kingdom and killed so many people. Finally, with the heavy heart, King Zebaya did not influence the judge instead instructed him to take decision according to the true spirit of the law. The judge sentenced Sandaus to death. However, as a King, Zebaya could have overruled the decision, but he did not and ordered to implement the verdict of the judge. Sandaus received the death penalty. Although the decision was extremely harsh for King Zebaya and Queen Nisreen, they set an example of justice. Everyone in the kingdom appreciated the King for ensuring law and order. Zebaya and Nisreen lost their son but fulfilled their obligations and won the ultimate trust and love of people.
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