The Man Who Would Not Be King

ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Man Who Would Not Be King" (Part 8 - Conclusion)

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PLEASE NOTE: This is the conclusion to the story. Part 1 is online here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-man-who-would-not-be-... and part 2 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-%E2%80%9C-man-who-wou... part 3 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-%E2%80%9C-man-who-wou... part 4 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-man-who-would-not-be-... part 5 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-man-who-would-not-be-... part 6 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-man-who-would-not-be-... and part 7 is here http://www.republibot.com/content/original-fiction-man-who-would-not-be-... .

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Aaron woke in a hospital room, with Roy Orbison, John Lennon, and Burt Reynolds sitting around staring at him. It was a bit disconcerting. Worse still, Orbison and Reynolds weren’t even paying attention to him, they were in the corner engrossed in a discussion about something called “Laminar Flow.” Lennon was reading a book.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Man Who Would Not Be King" (Part 7)

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He was wrong. Nothing was up, he was just being paranoid, and yet he couldn’t shake the feeling that something was up. He wandered around aimlessly through the theater complex for most of Orbison’s set, unable to concentrate. Eventually, he wandered backstage. No sooner there again, when Lennon the Brit came up to him.

“How the hell did I come to this,” he said out loud without realizing it.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Man Who Would Not Be King" (Part 6)

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PLEASE NOTE: This is part 4 of the story, part 1 is online here, part 2 is online here, and part 3 is online here part four is on line here and part 5 here
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Burt Reynolds was like royalty in Florida. He was born there - depending on who was telling the story - was a football hero, graduated from one of its state universities, and, in 1959, he’d become the first man in space.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Man Who Would Not Be King" (Part 4)

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Back in his dressing room, Aaron questioned Orbison again, but there wasn’t much information to be had.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: “The Man Who Would Not Be King” (Part 3)

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PLEASE NOTE: This is part 3 of the story. Part 1 is online here, and part 2 is here

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Aaron met Evans back at the security shack.

“Did you meet The Voice?” He asked.

“I did.”

“What was he like?”

“Class act all around. So what have you got for me out here?”

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ORIGINAL FICTION: “The Man Who Would Not Be King” (Part 2)

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Outside Dressing Room 17, the Security Chief straightened his tie and smoothed out the wrinkles in his pants as best he could. He was nervous. Summoning up some of his famous resolve, however, he reminded himself that “The King of Rock and Roll” was a man just like any other, and knocked on the door.

“Who is it?” The King asked, in his unmistakable West Texas drawl.

“Pressley. Aaron Pressley. From Pinkertons. I’m in charge of security here tonight,” the chief said.

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ORIGINAL FICTION: "The Man Who Would Not Be King" (Part 1)

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Stony Hill, Florida, 1964

The security chief stood in the dark and wondered how his life had come to this. Not that it was a bad life, mind you, but he’d aspired to much more once, and everything had seemed so plain and certain in front of him once, with the strange logic of dreams it had all made sense. Then things had changed - he was never quite sure how - and his grand design for larger things got derailed. Now, here he was, an anonymous joe working an anonymous job, standing all alone in the dark. And it wasn’t even a permanent job at that, just a temp gig providing overflow security for the great big dedication cavalcade. He wondered - not for the first time - how his life might have gone differently if the breaks had gone slightly different for him.

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