The land that he was born in was a prosperous one. The land thrived, producing nutrients that humans needed and animals that they needed for clothing and meat alike. The castle in the land could be seen for miles, a single spire able to touch the clouds on almost every day of the year. The castle is located between a town and river which opens up to the ocean. The city itself is small, insignificant compared to the castle the towers ominously over it. Though there are many room within the castle, all floors above the second one were made off limit during the reign of the king and queen. Still, they cared for their people.
Whenever a house burned down or a family found themselves pour or unable to feed their children, they could come to the castle. All the king and queen needed was to know what their subjects needed, and they would not sleep until those needs were met. They could not do everything, of course, but took care of what they could.
So, it was only natural that the people were elated once it was announced that their queen was with child. Gifts were presented for the child, handmade cribs, knitted clothing and even a wife if the child was born male. Within a matter of nine months, the queen gave birth to a son, a little prince with the strangest color of hair and eyes (both of which were blue). From the minute that he was born, the prince was betrothed to a young woman that he would not see until the day it came for them to be wed.
Once he was able to stand on his feet, the young prince was made to study. He had to sit still and learn how to read and write before the age of five, history within a year, mathematics during the year after that one, and on and on. Everything needed to be learned and remembered, for at the end of each year his parents asked him questions on each subject that he was taught. By the age of sixteen, he was taught how to be a good husband for his fiancee.
At the age of sixteen, he met his wife. She was a few months older than him at the time, but it did not seem to matter to their parents. Him, he kept his head high and did what he was born to do. Still, when he lifted her veil, and looked into her eyes, he knew that everything would be alright. It was love at first sight.
It took weeks for them to have their first kiss, a year for them to sleep in the same bed, and six more months for the two of them to perform the act of coitus with one another.
So, the princess was pregnant, which was a mistake from the start. The woman grew ill and, as the pregnancy progressed, the worse she became. Months went by and then it was time for her to give birth. In a matter of hours, the prince's life was turned upside down as his wife perished and the child that she was pregnant with was a stillborn. His parents were unlucky that day as well, for it was winter, they slipped while walking down the steps hand-in-hand... and died.
The new king's parents and deceased newborn were both buried the next day. His wife, however, was not. Instead, word was sent to her family so that they might attend her funeral, which would be done however her parents wished. According to the customs of her people, the deceased princess was to be floated off into the sea, her small boat to be shot at with a flaming arrow. There was much grieving however, most of it from the blind sister of the corpse. The mourning princess cried longer than anybody else, even than the king. Actually, the king did not attend the funeral at all.
As soon as she found out about how the king did not attend her sister's funeral, the depressed teen stormed into his room. Though she found him grieving, the teen was blind and could not see that the death of his wife already began to affect the despondent king. In her blind rage, she cursed him to live always in loneliness, and to never see the love before him until he is without it. She had to be pulled out of his room, kicking and screaming in anger and distress as she yelled incoherently at the unmoving king.
The kingdom began to change almost instantly. Plants began to die as a frost came. The people tried to turn to their king for help as animals starved, food became scarce and the only thing that people soon had was warmth and roofs over their head. The king did nothing for them.
Instead, guards came into the town one day and stole away a girl who just turned seventeen. She was taken into the castle and never heard from again. This continued for two months until the men of the city grew angry and stormed the castle. Instead of finding their daughters killed, the men found them frozen like statutes in the main hall, the king just stared at them as though they were art sculptures made just for him.
The people were astounded when they saw their pale prince and the castle, now covered from floor to ceiling in ice. Instead of giving his people a much needed explaination, the king unfroze the different girls and began to change forms. Soon, instead of their king, the people were standing before a huge dragon.
And so, the legend of Charlie Chilly Bones began. He was a man shrouded in mystery. After he revealed himself as a dragon, the castle he lived in disappeared altogether. Nobody knew where to find it, no matter where they looked or where they went for that matter.
Of course, I know why that is. I am Casket, butler of the castle and a child of two different species. No man could tame me except for Charlie, and so I was forced to become his butler. Not to say that I dislike it. Of course, it is sad that I am left unable to feed any longer. There are others like myself whom roam the halls of King Bone's castle, shifters, demons, and even ghost. He keeps them all under check for as long as he can.
Once every month, the castle is moved to a different location in the world. A few years ago, during a trip to the Americas, the king adopted a youth. It was still a baby. The children of one of his maids found her and brought the baby to Charlie, who took the baby and brought her to the mother of the two children.
He took care of her as she grew and made everyone act like humans around her. He wanted to let her go out into the world once she was eighteen but, as the years went on, he knew it would be hard to let her go. So, the man continued to watch her as she grew into a young woman, wanting to treat her like a daughter... but, she could not fulfill such a role.