John Burke @johnburke
If this was in the 1800's and you were invited to a royal banquet and the the ones in charge were trying as hard to get you to drink the wine as the current authorities are trying to get people to take the stabbie...
...you'd probably assume the wine was poisoned.
Instead it's like, "Drink this wonderful wine"
"No thank you"
"Be a good guest...drink the wine. We uncorked it especially. It's a beautiful and rare vintage."
"No thank you. I appreciate the offer though"
"Drink the wine. It's very expensive but you can have a glass for free, and we'll give you an extra plate of supper."
"No I'm fine as I am"
"Drink the wine and we'll feed your entire village for a week and reduce your taxes."
"Wow all that for wine? What's in it? Still, no thank you"
"We'll make you a Duke"
"Very generous but no thanks I'm content in my home."
"Drink the damn wine or we'll stop you working"
"Say what now?"
"We'll ban you from markets"
"Wow your tone just changed"
"Now you need to drink 3 glasses or we'll stop you riding your horse or seeing your family for the next year."
"Wait, what? 3 glasses? Can't see my family?"
"Did we say 3 glasses? We meant 3 bottles"
"3 bottles?"
"Yes...every few months we want you to drink 3 bottles of this particular wine we've prepared indefinitely for the next years"
"Years??"
Yes, or we'll try you for treason"
"Ok what is IN this damn wine that you are trying SO HARD to get everyone to drink it?"
"We can't tell you. Trade secret"
"It's poisoned isn't it?"
"No..it's...ummm...it's just really really good for you. It's errr special healing wine."
"Then why all the threats?"
"We just need you to...I mean we strongly encourage you to drink the wine so you don't miss out."
"But the Earl drank a glass and collapsed"
"Unrelated."
"No...like he was fine then had a glass then keeled over...he's still on the floor writhing. Look at him! His face is blue and he's clawing at his chest"
"Coincidence. Gaurds...please escort the Earl to his chambers. He's had too much wine."
"I knew it was the wine! What about the rest of the court? Half of them also collapsed after the wine"
"Those guests got ill from something else. Probably the chicken"
"All at the same time?"
"You sure do ask a lot of questions! Guards!Gaurds..get this man his wine."
"I don't want it"
"Look at these paintings of people drinking wine all over the gallery. Look how happy they look."
"Paintings? Look, I don't drink wine. I don't want the wine. Even the idea of drinking this wine leaves a bad taste in my mouth"
"Ah no matter if you don't want to drink it"
"Ok good. Let's drop the subject now"
"You don't have to drink it. We can pump it directly into your veins. You won't even have to taste it"
"Wait, into my veins? Are you serious? I don't want your damn wine!"
"TAKE THE DAMN WINE NOW! WE'VE ALREADY PAID FOR A WHOLE CRATE FOR EACH MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY! WE'VE SIGNED AN ONGOING CONTRACT WITH THE DISTILLARY! ANYONE WHO TALKS BADLY ABOUT THIS WI
03:03 PM - Dec 05, 2021
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