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King Shahzaman who loved nothing more than stay at home was on the road, for a day, traveling with a large retinue and baggage. He adored his elder brother while young and now his heart was in a whirl and was not sure how long absence would cause when they met. He was struck and realized he had left behind a gift a family heirloom that would bowl over his elder brother.
He stopped and cried ‘Halt!’
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He ordered his party to camp there while he rode back to fetch the item. Being a good rider he was sure to get back soon without disrupting their travel plan. He rode off.

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As soon as the escort party of King Shahryar was refreshed and ready to return King Shahzaman ordered his own party to pack necessary baggage for his convenience, presents for his brother, and the order of the long journey. Thereafter he went to his queen to take leave. The Queen shed tears and so did he. With a heavy heart he set out accompanied by the escort party sent from King Shahryar.

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The royal messenger from King Shahryar was quickly let in by the Keeper of the City Gates. With due solemnity he and his escort party were brought to the Court of King Shahzaman. In Samarkhand King Shahzaman never appeared in public but he had his body double who received the message from King Shahryar. Was he nervous to receive the letter? Nervously he read it and keeping a very kingly appearance ordered his Vazir to take the visitors to their quarters to await the kings reply. He straightaway went to the king who was in his chamber and he read out the message from his elder brother. The king was elated but also troubled. He doted on his young queen and he spent most of the time in her company. He was what one calls,- because of his excess fondness, as uxorious, and was loath to be away for long from her company. But his brother whom he worshiped and whom he had not seen for some 20 years he could not refuse. Having informed his queen he decided to accompany the escort party of his brother at the earliest.

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The royal messenger with an escort party set out that night; furiously they rode hard and they passed hostile and peaceable terrain and the royal insignia let them pass through unmolested. At last they reached the city gates of Samarkhand by dawn.

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King Shahryar dictated the letter to his Vazir who set a messenger to leave for Samarkhand the same night. The old Vazir knew the king’s order brooked no delay.

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I hope to post the well known stories from the Arabian Nights in a comic strip format. This is intended for all ages. Since I do not think time is on my side I shall clean up many details merely to keep the story moving without sacrificing main events. Speed is of essence.
Thus many centuries ago Sultan Shahryar of Idumenid family, having consolidated power sat on the throne, enjoying the splendor and riches of his empire. He was a monarch of immense power. But after 20 years felt he missed his younger brother Shahzaman who was given the charge of Samarkhand. More he thought of his youth he missed him all the more. So he called for his Vazir.

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