This is a fictitious account of Michal, daughter of Saul and wife of David. It is based on the scripture, but quotes, timelines, and actions described are for reading pleasure and not meant to be scriptural interpretation.
David was the latest hero in Israel. He and Saul had been fighting for years,. Each knew the time would come with David would take over the throne.
By now Saul hated David. How could he stop fighting with David and protect his throne? Then he had an idea. He offered his daughter, Mereb as his wife. How could David fight against his father-in-law?
His youngest daughter, Michal was madly in love with David. She stood silently watching as as her father offered her sister to the man of her dreams. What could she do? How could she watch her sister marry the man she loved more than life itself?
Michal spent many nights crying as she believed her sister would spend the rest of her life with the man she loved.
Suddenly, Saul changed his mind. Mereb was given to another in marriage. Michal literally jumped for joy. She dreamed of David again. She dreamed of the beautiful wedding they could have. She knew she would love him forever. Surely one day he would love her.
One day Saul heard the castle gossip. Michal was in love with David. Immediately Saul's scheming brain went to work. Let Michal marry David. She would make him happy at home and maybe David would stop trying to take the kingdom.
"I can't let Michal marry David. I can't stand the thought of one of my daughters being married to that power hungry show off." Saul said. "I know. I'll put a price on her that he can't possibly meet. Maybe if he died trying to meet my challenge, Michal would never know that I planned the entire thing."
King Saul called David into the throne room. "I would like to offer my youngest daughter, Michal for marriage."
"I don't know. You already backed out on me once."
"I'm not going to back out. But there is a price."
"Okay. What is it?"
"You must bring me the foreskin of 100 Philistines"
"What? Are you crazy"?
"You cut of the head of the biggest one, surely you can cut off something they don't need anyway."
"You don't think I can do it, do you?" David asked.
"I'm sure you can. Now hurry." Saul would say anything to get David away from the kingdom.
David then left castle determined to prove he was worthy of this task. He wasn't in love with Michal, but he hated to lose to Saul.
After David left the castle, Saul and his men had a wonderful laugh over David's cockiness. He'd never make it out alive. Soon Saul's troubles would be over.
David wasn't in love with Michal, but she did give him an advantage in the fight for the kingdom. Michal thought she loved him enough for both of them. Someday he would love her.
The wedding went as planned and the newlyweds entered their marriage bed with much anticipation. Michal anticipating a happy life and David anticipating a take over of the throne. David had been promised the throne by God, but he seemed to prefer to do things on his own timeline rather than wait for God.
The happy home went well for a while until Saul decided to have David killed. As usual nothing stayed a secret in the castle for very long. Soon everyone was whispering, "Saul has ordered David killed." They were whispering, but David was very good at sneaking around and hiding in small places. He overheard a lot of good information this way.
One day he heard two men talking. One said that Saul had ordered David killed before midnight that night. As soon as the two men were gone, David ran back to his apartment. "Michal, Michal." He called as he ran in the front door.
"What in the world is going on? What is all the excitement?" She asked
"Do you know what your father has done now?"
"He has ordered me killed before midnight tonight."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, do you think I'd take something like this lightly. I think there is a reward on my head."
"Go in the other room and wait until dark. I'll help you escape. You go by yourself. It will be faster. Then you send for me when it is safe."
"I'll go in the other room." Funny, David didn't say anything about sending for Michal.
"That won't hold me."
"Yes it will. Now hurry."
David sat in the basket as Michal's tears began to fall. "I love you so much. Please send for me as soon as it is safe."
"Okay. We have to hurry now." Again David said nothing of sending for Michal.
"I'll miss you."
"You'll be fine. Later. Now let the basket down."
Michal did as she was told, sure in her heart that the separation would only be temporary. She knew she didn't have time to sit and cry over her husband. She stuffed the bed with family treasures. Then took some goat's hair and placed it at the head of the bed. Then she covered the entire creation with blankets. The shape looked like a man sleeping.
At precisely 11:30 p.m. the soldiers were beating on the front door. Opening the door, Michal said in her sternest voice, "What do you want?"
"The king sent us for David." The captain said.
"Well you tell the king that David is ill and not to be disturbed."
The soldiers reported to Saul what Michal had said.
"Well did you see him? How do you know he is sick? He's not sick. Go get him."
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