This is a fairytale about a princess, who lived in a distant land, in a country named Illiac.
The tale begins on the day in which a great occasion came before the people living in this quaint and humble country land.
It was back in the year 4040 and only a handful of truly enlightened ones had premonitions of the coming of a special one.
The Birth of a Very Different Princess
It was on a beautiful spring day in April, when a delicate baby princess, whose forthcoming had not been foreseen by many was born.
Upon her arrival, many souls of the land looked at her as quite a foreigner. Why it appeared that she had odd little nubs on her backside that were aligned with her shoulders. As unusual as this was, many who cared for her wondered if this odd deformity could be the first sign that wings might eventually appear? Folklore told of such stories but no one had ever seen a winged one.
During her infancy and youth, those who cared for her loved her just the same (although it seemed that she was perhaps disfigured in some strange and misfortunate way). Up through the years of her childhood and adolescence, she pretty much kept to herself, for she really didn’t have any sense of belonging.
As The Years Passed
It wasn’t until many years passed by that the princess, who hadn’t any idea of her Angelic and Goddess qualities, eventually came to make a magical difference in the land of Illiac. And soon thereafter, it did not take long before the magic she possessed spread throughout the planet of Synphonacia, uplifting all who were touched by the love in her heart. So just how does the story unfold?
During the years of her youth, the Princess endured much loneliness. Year-after-year passed before her true identity would be realized and understood for all to see.
She concealed her loneliness by keeping to herself and hiding behind the castle’s walls. And very few folk in the community reached out to her because they had difficulty relating to her unusual looks and concealed nature. Most watched her from afar and their curiosity seemed to alienate them rather than drawing them closer to get to know her better. Although she glowed with a certain radiance that couldn’t go unnoticed, her unusual features seemed to separate her from others.
The years passed by and the young princess felt so very empty. You see, she became more isolated and was extremely lonely. She knew she was really in need of a loyal friend.
Then one day it was time. She got the courage to venture out into the country land in hopes that she may find a true friend and get a clue of her purpose along the way. Because of her isolation, few had witnessed her beauty and only a handful of souls had witnessed that the small nubs on her spine had grown into incredible wings of a great span which she was able to mostly conceal under her well-constructed gown.
It was time, the day came when a deep desire to travel outside the castle walls prompted her to leave. Her loneliness and isolation had to stop. She left to seek out a new friend that might accept her just how she was, wings and all. So, she got up enough courage and headed out the gates of the castle with her wings in view.
As she moved about the city, her presence seemed to spark fear in those who laid eyes upon her form. Nonetheless, she continued to walk through the city, and then out the gates into the country land. All the while people stopped what they were doing to only watch and stare. They did not understand that her wings had a use. For what was this burden attached to her body?
Eventually, she came upon a merchant selling herbs and butter bread aside a small creek. She smiled at him, thinking that this may just be her new friend. He lazily sat in the sand waiting for customers to show themselves.
He looked up and acknowledged her, “Where have you come from? You are such a sight to see, with those long heavy arms. How do you carry yourself for long? Here! you need some nourishment to make it to where you are going!” He handed her some buttered bread. “This is free of charge,” he exclaimed. He felt that she needed it more than he needed the money.
A tear fell from her cheek. She did not fully understand his response. His reaction seemed a bit strange to her, for deep inside she did not feel as though she was really that odd. She accepted the buttered bread from him but was filled with sadness in her heart. Yet, she couldn’t help but extend kindness through her gentle smile even though she felt misunderstood. The light softly shined through her eyes as she turned and smiled before she departed.
She continued her journey, passing soul after soul while looking into the eyes of those she passed. One rare occasion another’s eyes would pause to meet hers for a second or two, only to glance away with a peculiar look. It seemed that a true friend was nowhere to be found. So, she kept on with her journey still holding hope in her heart that a friend might appear.
The Boy on the Porch
After venturing a few more miles, she was getting a little tired and felt it was time to rest. She saw a small cottage just up ahead. It looked like it might be abandoned. What a perfect spot for her to take a break before she continued on her journey. Just as she approached the cottage she saw a small child who appeared to be sitting at a table on the porch. From this distance, it seemed he was making something. As she got closer she saw that he was making cookies with imaginary dough.
The child looked up at her in awe and giggled. “Where did you come from?” the boy asked while noting his eyes had never beheld such beauty. “Why, I have never felt such delight from anyone who passed by until now. But, I had an idea you were coming to play with me because I saw you in a dream! Do you think you could teach me how to be like you?” the young one exclaimed.
The princess smiled back at him. Just as she was sensing their connection, she felt a warmness flow through her heart. She knew she had met a dear friend. Then just as she felt this glow in her heart, a flash of knowingness filled all her senses. She suddenly remembered…
…She remembered that all she needed to do was focus her attention on love and all whom she touched would be uplifted. Yet, she was not quite sure what being uplifted really meant!
The boy grinned from ear to ear, as he reached out his hand to her. The two of them began to chuckle, and then a roar of laughter rumbled between them. The boy intuitively outstretched his arms as wide as he could. With the presence of their deep connection, he felt an intent to mirror her presence.
All of a sudden wings began to grow outward from his body! In less than a minute his newfound wings grew into a beauty so profound that if someone was secretly watching they couldn’t behold his image in a single glance.
The Whispering Wind
He began moving his wings back and forth and up and down with glee, flapping them while at the same time giggling with amazement. The princess was also struck with great excitement by what just happened.
Then, within an instant, the boy’s reflection sparked a remembrance in the Princess. A clear vision formed and completely filled her senses.
In that instant, she suddenly remembered she could fly!
The two of them began to laugh even louder. It seemed only natural for them to begin running. So, they ran, and ran…so fast that the whispering wind came up from behind them and swept them up into the air. Then the wind carried them as they ascended up into the sky with the birds and the butterflies. In fact, the wind and their wings eventually carried them back towards the city.
As they embraced the wind they couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. The wind seemed to tell them they would soon approach the city.
Somehow the fear of how their images would be received did not worry them. Up in the sky, they hadn’t a care in the world. They knew they had a formed very special friendship, and that the world would be enriched and uplifted by what these two winged ones had to share.
As they glided over the country land and flew into the city those who seemed to be asleep in their movements began to look up and stare in total amazement.
As the souls of the country land of Illiac fell into the shadow of the two-winged ones one-by-one they began to lose any sense of fear.
Within the shadow that the winged ones made the lingering essence of love swept the land and acceptance filled the air. The shadow glistened as light would that is filled with a peaceful luminescence. This heavenly aura grew and began to spread outward. In a very short time, it had extended to envelop the entire city.
What a sight to behold. The aura had such a contagious quality. Across the entire land, people stopped what they were doing and began looking up. They began to embrace each other while smiling and laughing.
Then, just as the last person in the land of Illiac laughed, the magic that the enlightened ones had known and felt in their hearts came to be…
… just as it should be so, the people in the city began to grow wings of their own!
And with love flowing through their hearts, they laughed and laughed.
And then…they all began to fly!
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