King and I:

Rebecca Leonowens

Waves crashing against the ship, the sounds of the seagulls flying above us and all the men on board were working the day away. I stood at the front of the ship feeling the wind blowing in my face and through my long red hair and the smell of the sea filled my nostrils, my name is Rebecca Leonowens and in the year 1862 I took the journey of a lifetime along with my mother and twin brother Louis.

My tale begins when I was a young girl of 10, my family lived in London, my mother worked hard everyday as a school teacher since she had to provide for all three of us since my father passed away a few years ago, my mother was a wonderful teacher but we had no idea how highly recommended she was until a letter arrived one morning from a king in a far away country called Siam, the letter requested my mother to teach the royal children and offering a large sum of money and anything else we needed including our own house outside the palace. My mother couldn't resist so before I knew it we were packed within a few days and boarding a ship bound for Siam.


The journey took six weeks but we managed to pass the time, one day Louis and I would explore the ship and chat with members of the crew, the next I would be in our quarters with mother reading away until it was time to eat. Today though was the last day of the journey, I was dressed in my favourite yellow travel dress with white laced sleeves, a white bonnet and black travel boots, around my neck I wore my locket with a photograph of my family inside, any moment now I would see land in the distance and I knew it would be Siam, my new home for the time being. I was so focused on the horizon that I didn't hear Louis sneaking up behind me making my jump a bit "Can you believe it Beck, any moment and we'll be there" before I could answer a voice above us called "LAND HO!" and I turned my head quickly and just as the voice said I saw a small patch of land that would get bigger as we got closer. With all the excitement building up inside of us we ran to look for the captain but kept being bombarded by crew members preparing the ship for the dock, finally we found him while he was ordering men to bring up wooden crates and brown sacks from below,

"Is that it captain, are we here?" asked Louis

"Aye Laddie, Lassie that's Bangkok alright" said the captain

"OH LOUIS, REBECCA!" we heard our mother call and ran to her side.

"MOTHER!LOOK! There's Bangkok!"

"Isn't it beautiful?"

"Yes I know, isn't it exciting?"

Louis grabbed my hand and we ran and stood by our luggage, mother joined us moments later and checked everything was there "Will the King of Siam come down to the dock to meet us mother?" asked Louis "I hardly think so dear" I was hoping the king would meet us because I really wanted to see what he looked like. I guessed him to be a man with great strength, power and wisdom wearing the most expensive clothes there ever was covered in jewels. My thoughts were interrupted by members of the crew shouting and pointing at something out in the water, the captain silenced them and sent them back to work, we looked out and we saw a boat coming towards us being rowed by seven strong men with a man dressed in royal red and gold sitting at the far end with his legs crossed "It's the royal barge" said the captain, Louis and me stood up on a wooden crate for a better look "Oh mother, the king is coming out to meet us" I said "It's not the king it's the Kralohome" corrected the captain holding a telescope to his left eye, the Kralohome? Who's that? I wondered "Who is the Kralohome?" my mothered asked what I was thinking "A sort of a prime minister, the king's right hand man you might say" then Louis asked to look through the telescope, Louis being the gentlemen he was let me go first, when I looked through it I saw what i never expected to see for a very long time, the Kralohome was half naked from the waist up showing off a very tanned and toned chest, he sat up straight and he had black hair pulled up into a bun. I passed the telescope to Louis and almost instantly he shouts "MOTHER" LOOK! That prime minister is naked!" he shouted while handing mother the telescope, I bit my lower lip to keep myself from laughing, sometimes my dear brother spoke without thinking, "Oh don't be ridiculous Louis, he can't be naked, he's only half naked" mother put her arm around both of us and we watched as the royal barge got closer "They look so cruel mother, father wouldn't have wanted us to be afraid would he?" we all missed father very much it sometimes brought a tear to my eyes "No my darlings father wouldn't have wanted us to be afraid, not ever"

"That's right we have to keep our chins up and be brave just like he was" I said and received a kiss on the forehead from mother.

"That's right sweetheart"

"Doesn't anything frighten you mother?" asked Louis and I was curious too.

"Oh yes, sometime"

"Then what do you do?" we asked at the same time

"I WHISTLE"

"Oh that's why you whistle"

"Yes that's why I whistle"

Then we all sat down and mother began to sing to us,

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
I'm afraid

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows
I'm afraid

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev'ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm not afraid

Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

She took both our hand, stood up and we all whistled together.

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows,
I'm afraid

We whistled and danced around but stopped suddenly when six tall men appeared infront of us, they all wore the same blue trousers with golden dagger holsters hanging from their belts and blue helmets with a golden spike at the top, they must be the royal guards.

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well!

Louis and I link arms with mother, turned to the side and whistled as we walked away but stopped again when a very commanding man's voice called out.


This is my first published story, do you like the first chapter, I'm thinking of making it a romance between Chulalongkorn/OC, Please review and tell me if you like it or if I need to make changes, thank you : )