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O Despot! My Despot!
Patrick Dacey

I listen from my room below, as my despot weeps in his above.

Such torture!

But what can I do for him? He does not respond well to leaving his comforts. Yet leave he must, or else be forced out, along with myself and the few loyal nationalists who remain in the Great House, who keep guard and order, though I suspect even these proud men and women will in short time dismiss their fidelity and make themselves subjects of documentaries, like so many before them, reclaiming their love of country in the face of our great despot’s fall from grace.

In the morning, he will address the nation one last time, and it has been my job these past few months to prepare him for this address. This, he’s been told, will be his best chance to revive his legacy, to prove that he is healthy and fit, and leaving of his own volition.

Oh, how did we get . . .

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