Peter S. Beagle. King Pelles the Sure. (Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009)

Originally in : Strange Roads.

King Pelles bemoans the quiet life of his kingdom, and the fact that he will be lost to history, with those kings who fought mighty battles being remembered by future generations. He seeks out war – something he rapidly regrets. Fleeing, he despairs of being able to atone for his actions. S’okay, but little beyond the ‘be careful what you wish for’ trope.

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