The Queen Who Learned

 There was once a queen who sought to stop the hands of time, for she wanted her reign to go on forever. 

    For years she searched for the means by which she could end the ticking of the clock. Her quest carried her far and wide, in and out of magics and sorcery, around and about the edges of fate, and down and through the annals of the history of the world.

    She learned and learned, and the more she learned, the further she fell from her goal, until she learned so much that she knew, quite abruptly and all at once, that her search was futile.

    Sorrow did not claim her then.

    Only the memory of wistful longing.

    For though her pursuit had been in vein, she had spent a lifetime learning.

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