He was pushed!
by Ray Prew
I have held my silence for nearly a hundred and fifty years, but no
more! The truth must be told. My friend Humpty Dumpty was not an egg,
he was never an egg, and I can truthfully say he didn’t even like eggs.
Humpty, like his father Lumpy before him, and his grandfather Stumpy
before him, was made of fine and delicate glass.
The Dumpty’s owned and published a newspaper, the largest newspaper
in all of Wonderland. In fact, Wonderland Today had readers from one
end of the kingdom to the other. In a world of chaos and conspiracy
Wonderland Today was the voice for truth and accuracy for all the
citizens of Wonderland. My friend Humpty was an investigative reporter
for his family’s paper. His exposť of graft and corruption in the royal
family forced the queen of hearts to relinquish her throne to her
brother the knave of hearts. The knave was falsely accused by the queen
of stealing some tarts. It was Humpty’s story that proved his innocence
and the queen’s dirty dealings. That’s where he made his enemies in the
royal court. Many of the king’s men and various lords of the provinces
were loyal to the crown and the queen in particular. The knave wasn’t
so well liked; he had too many progressive ideas and sought too many
changes to the ways of life in Wonderland.
As a reporter, he was used to making enemies. Wonderland Today had
frequently cast a bright light on the royal family’s dealings and other
corruptions in the government or business world. The Dumpty family’s
charitable donations were legendary; the newspaper had built new
schools and even paid to retrofit a giant building shaped like a shoe
to be an orphanage for an elderly woman that dedicated her life to
caring for children. The Dumpty’s and Humpty in particular were very
popular with the citizens.
One day Humpty was visiting the neighboring kingdom of Neverland. He
had been asked to go there to investigate the attempted murder of a
young boy by a one handed pirate. As he walked back home, he decided to
take a seat on a low garden wall. It was a very hot day and his feet
hurt from all the walking. His glass body was sweaty and dusty from the
road. He never heard his attackers sneak up from behind.
The queen of hearts was a vindictive cold-hearted woman that would
order someone’s head cut off as soon as look at them. She might still
be royalty, but lost the ruling throne directly because of Humpty and
she had vowed her revenge. She engaged the services of the Tweedle
brothers, Dumm and Dee. The brothers were fiercely loyal to the queen
and not very bright. They were perfect assassins; they would kill at
her command and likely take the fall for it as well.
Humpty was well known in both Wonderland and Neverland so his trip
and purpose there was well known. There was really only one road
between the two kingdoms. All the brothers had to do was find the right
place to waylay him. As Humpty sat there on that wall wiping the dust
and sweat from his face and neck, the brothers snuck up on him from
With one hard shove, Humpty was forced off his perch and he fell the
three feet to the hard ground! His glass body shattered on impact. The
Tweedle brothers stood there and laughed as Humpty bled out on the
ground begging them to call for the king’s men to help him. They took a
few pieces of his shattered body with them to prove to the queen that
they had done the deed.
An hour later, the king’s men on patrol came upon the crime scene.
There was nothing they could do, Humpty had bled out and a few key
pieces of his body were missing, there was no way to reassemble him
The king knew news of Humpty’s death would send shock waves
throughout all of Wonderland as well as Neverland. Humpty was a voice
for truth and right. Later that day the prince of Wonderland was
speaking before the crowds trying to calm them. He tried to convince
them Dumpty’s death was accidental and the crown considered him to be
‘a good egg.’
Thus began the cover up, the cover up of the murder of one of the
greatest news reporters in both the lands. I’ve heard this lie even
made it to the world of the humans. The Tweedle brothers went
unpunished, they were never caught. I wrote this story to tell the
world the truth, Humpty Dumpty was pushed!
© 2021 Ray Prew
Ray Prew was originally from Rhode Island, but now lives in
Florida. He is a graduate of the New England Institute of Technology.
Ray has been a blue-collar worker all his life, and started writing as
a hobby. He spent nine enjoyable years as a phone psychic. Ray’s work has
been published in Spinetinglers magazine. One of the stories was used
in a trivia quiz. Two Spinetinglers stories are on You Tube, one story
called Some Monsters Are Real is narrated by someone, and the other was
made into a short video called 'Let Me Out by Ray Prew'. He has been
published in Blood Moon Rising, Aphelion, and several other magazines.
He has an anthology book of published and unpublished stories available
on Amazon called Delightful Nightmares. His work has also appeared in
the anthology Vicious Circle Season One put out by sinister grin, and
one poem in an anthology of vampire poetry called Vampoetry.
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