Great story. I liked it a lot. Parabolical .
Missed opportunities can be a hard hindsight . Or perhaps not, depending on how one looks at what they want.
*Anyone *can steal that opportunity , if it was theirs to begin with, actually a hard working individual fits this perfectly.
What butcher wouldn’t want to BE a bit more royal. I imagine one that only lives to talk about it.
I say you lost a royal flush butcher boy.