A Story Told Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time, in the land of young and long ago, a girl met a boy. She had a prince and he a princess, yet they wondered what might be if they traveled far from home.
But wondering proved to be all they had courage for...so the girl stayed with her prince, and the boy with his princess.
They went on, attempting happily ever after, as princes and princesses are supposed to do.
The girl found her first prince to have a wandering eye...and he soon tired of her. He traveled to another palace and left the girl to search for another.
Her next prince proved to be a monster and tore her heart in two
So the girl went to a witch and asked the witch to turn her into a dragon
So she could live in a cave and all princes would fear her and stay away.
Meanwhile, the boy was happy enough with his princess.
But he heard about the girl he had always known that was now hiding behind the walls of a dragon's lair....
He longed to see the dragon that the other princes feared.
Because he remembered the girl that once was and it made him weep that she was no longer as she was in the world.... at least somewhere... happy.
So the boy traveled far to find the dragon and look to see if he could still find the girl that he once knew hiding inside.
To see if he could still find her in the dragon's eyes.
It did not take long to find the dragon. He seemed to know the way. He found and scaled the wall around the dragon easily. And though she at first smoldered in his presence, she suddenly recognized the boy she once knew.
She tried to breathe her fire upon him. And more than once she tried to attack. But the boy was not afraid as the others had been.
He kept coming closer.
Until he was able to touch the dragon's scales. The scales melted and fell away as each touch reminded the dragon of who she was, the girl that was asleep, and was now awakening
The boy stepped back for a moment and only saw the girl he had known, standing and weeping in front of him.
"What country will have us now? You have already a princess and me known to this land as a dragon?"she said
"We will find our own country" The boy said, "And we will live there in our souls, a perfect world it will be"
So the boy and the girl searched for a lifetime and beyond where they finally found their kingdom. It did not need to be happily ever after, for it was theirs.