Silver-tongue noticed the Princess stop giving in to his demands, even making some of her own. He watched her growing relationship with the Lord with calculating eyes. He got religion the year before, after the Princess stopped seeing him, telling him she wanted a man who was after the King’s heart.
The Princess had tried to give him the benefit of the doubt when he turned up at her door with a Bible. He had gone as far as to be baptised. “Who would do that?” she thought.
She disliked his handling of the King’s word, and took the matter to the Lord. “Silver-tongue said he has met you at a group of believers, and has received the great gift of your spirit, for he can now pray in tongues.” The King replied “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
His hand went over his heart. “I am jealous for you. Place me as a seal over your heart. My love is eternal and will protect you.”
Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.” Song of Songs 8:6
He stopped then and glowered as He said
If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. Song of Songs 8:7
“My words are not to be used for personal gain, or to gain power over others. A man named Simon the Sorcerer once approached my apostles wanting to buy the power I gave them. He was told my gift cannot be bought with money, and to repent of his wickedness.” Acts 8:18-23
The King asked; What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26
She thought about the King’s words, but kept them to herself. Silver-tongue promised that he was now a follower of the King. She was torn between reality and hope. What if his professed faith in the King proved to be genuine? If it was, he would change. She did not want to discourage a new believer. She ignored her feelings until the day her body spoke for her. She was working when Silver-tongue ran his hands down her back. Her whole body jerked and shuddered in revulsion as she moved away from his touch. The unconscious action spoke volumes. She knew he’d noticed. No words were said.
The King waited. He wanted her to trust her feelings and, now that she could control her anger, use it to get free of Silver-Tongue.
One night, the Princess had a vivid, unsettling dream. She could see two creatures on the white snow – a lynx cat, and a lamb. The lynx had the lamb by its neck. The lamb’s blood had spilt onto the snow, staining it red. The lynx cat did not relinquish its hold on the lamb’s throat, and it watched her with it golden eyes.
She felt a strong sense of warning. Creatures like this did not exist in her land, nor did it ever snow. What was the King saying?
For God does speak—now one way, now another—
though no one perceives it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
when deep sleep falls on people
as they slumber in their beds,
he may speak in their ears
and terrify them with warnings,
to turn them from wrongdoing
and keep them from pride,
to preserve them from the pit,
their lives from crossing the river. Job 33:14-18