A king seated on his throne is contemplating about the future of his kingdom as he is growing very old.
His kingdom will be safe while the magical diamond is in the kingdom.
This decently size diamond is an ordinary looking diamond, but it possesses the mighty power to protect the people of the land where it resides.
The royal guards and army have foiled many attempts made in the past by other kingdoms and by thieves to steal this diamond.
The king devises a plan to keep the diamond safe in his kingdom for many years to come, even after his death …
One day, during the day-time, the king dresses up in disguise so that no one can identify him, and he uses the secret passage that leads out of the palace; the king returns back after some time through the same way.
After few days, he does the so again.
A few days later, he announces a royal banquet in his palace garden. Everyone in the kingdom, rich and poor, is invited.
The next day, in the middle of the night, the king disguises himself again but in a different costume; he takes the secrete passage, goes out of the palace, and returns after some time.
On the day of the royal feast, the king commands that the magical diamond be placed on a table next to his chair in the garden where the royal feast will be held (people had heard about the diamond but very few had seen it); he also posts four guards around that table for the diamond's safety.
During the feast, the people gathered are chatting, joking, eating, drinking and being entertained by the dances and musical performances.
The king gets up from his seat, leaving the diamond on its table; he takes a walk through the entire garden, stopping halfway for a chat with some of the guests.
When he returns to his chair, he tells the four guards around the diamond that “Someone just told me that a jeweller has a fool-proof plan to steal this diamond and that he will steal it before the feast ends.”
The king describes how the jeweller looks, what he is wearing and where he is seated. The king orders the guards to detain him, take him inside, ask once what his plan is and if he denies it, immediately kill him so that he cannot execute his plan before the feast gets over.
The four guards rush towards the jeweller, take him inside; they ask him how he will steal the diamond. The jeweller denies having made any plan to steal the diamond and the guards kill him on the spot as per their king's order and they come out of the palace to inform the king about it. The king says “Too late: he executed his plan successfully; the diamond was stolen,” sadly.
The horrified guards see that the table is empty, the diamond is not there.
Announcement is made that the diamond is stolen and the guards order everyone present to come to the king's table so that they can be checked. The diamond is not found on any of the guests and the feast is concluded.
Next morning, the butler carries a breakfast to the king's bedroom, where he finds the king lying alone in his bed, his wrists slashed and a blood soaked note in his hand; the note reads “without the diamond I am nothing”. The king is buried.
A few days pass. The royal family receives a message from the king of a neighboring kingdom. The message says “I stole your diamond, now I shall be invincible!”
What was the king's plan and did the king succeed in his plan? Where is the real magical diamond? Is it with the neighboring king?
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