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Poor Lord Ritchie's (Answer to a Question he Knever Knew)

The full title is: "Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer to a Question He Knever Knew (on the Night that the Knight Lost All)” and includes a suggestion for music (Henry Purcell's Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary, made famous in Stanley Kubrick's, "Clockwork Orange"), was chosen by actor Rutger Hauer (as the “Replicant Roy Batty” in the Ridley Scott film, “BladeRunner” and so many other films) as a winner in his International Short Story contest that he ran for two years back in the late 1990s. I entered it because I just knew that he would like this story most out of all of my stories. It is a surreal tale of a confused Medieval Lord who has been abused by genetics and his position. It is about a man lost and his descent into either temporal displacement, or madness; in the end, let it be your decision.

When Rutger read the story, it had only three acts. It now has more, neatly wrapping up the ending that I could never quite figure out back then. After my University Professor read it, he had wanted to do it as a one man stage show, and he would have been brilliant in it, too. But I was never able to get the play just right and then I graduated and it simply never came to be.

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