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He grinned widely as he unveiled his plans. The model was huge and incredibly detailed; every window and every door was clearly visible, the gardens were filled with intricately carved bushes and flowers and perfectly modelled people filled the streets. Most of the model was dominated by a large palace and its wide, open courtyards.

“Isn’t it marvellous?”

She blinked and cast her eyes across the model in disbelief. Here and there she could see recognisable landmarks, familiar bridges and buildings – but not many of them. Most of the buildings she was looking for were conspicuously absent.

“But this… Sire, to execute this plan we would need to demolish fully half of the city centre!”

He nodded. “Yes, all the old will be swept away to make room for the new!”

He strode across the room to look out of the window. “We will transform this ancient den of iniquity, these scum-ridden slums, these murderer’s alleyways, into a city worthy to be my capital!”

“And the people, sire?”

He shrugged. “The guard should be clearing them out already. I need you to bring in some more executioners, otherwise we won’t get through them all in time.”

She gritted her teeth and bowed. “As you command, Sire,” she said slowly.

She left him standing over his model, rubbing his hands with glee. A cold feeling sank to her stomach and settled there as she left the old palace.

A figure detached itself from the shadows to walk with her. “Have you made your resolution, then?”

She nodded. “I have. The emperor must die.”

© Kari Fay

(Author’s Note: The Three Word Wednesday prompt this week is the words Demolish, Resolution and Transform.)