A FAIRY TALE: THE STORY UNFOLDS
ONcE UpON A TImE there was a handsome young man
who was the prince in a kingdom far away.
He was looking for a princess to marry.
“She must be a real princess in all her qualities”, said the Queen.
The King agreed saying,
“She must be beautiful, clever and sensitive.
Yes, it is very important for her to be a true princess”.
The prince rode off on his horse and went around the world to find a princess to marry. He
stopped in every castle he came across on his travels. There were many princesses, some of
them beautiful and some of them clever. But he wasn’t sure whether they were real
princesses or not. A real princess is a very special person, and one who is not easy to find. He
came home sad and lonely because he had not found the person he was looking for. “I’ll never
find a real princess he thought.
There was a terrible storm. Lightning flashed, thunder
boomed and the rain poured down. It was a dreadful
Suddenly there was a knock on the castle door. All the
servants, scared to death, were hiding because of the
storm. The King went to see who was knocking on such
an awful night.
Somebody was standing outside.
It was a witch, the King was pleasantly surprised “What
are you doing here?” he asked.
“I know that your son is looking for a princess to
marry” the witch said.
“What do you want from me Golgona?” the king asked.
“I know a princess who is beautiful, clever and
sensitive” and one I can be sure she is telling the truth,
I am not a wicked witch any more, I only want the good
for the people, I regret for all the bad things I’ve done
in the past and I want to help you find a real princess
for your son.
“You really seem as if you have regretted, o.k. then, tell
me who is that
princess” the king said.
“The prince must take THREE TESTS first,
prove that he is worthy of a true princess “,
FIRSTLY, he must face a dragon to prove that he is strong
SEcONDLY, he must solve a puzzle to prove he is clever and
LAST bUT NOT LEAST, he must visit all the villages around the castle
to see how people live and take actions to help them.
bUT bE cAREFUL!
“If you give him instructions, he will not succeed and he will never find his princess”,
“ALL RIgHT, I’ll do as you say”,
the king said.
The next day, the King called his son Emilio, explained that he had found a princess
for him to marry, but before meeting her, he had do the three tasks Goglona
had asked for, to prove that he is
strong , clever and merciful.
The prince would do anything to find his princess and accepted the challenge. The
King explained the situation to the Queen mother. She was happy that there was a
true princess for her son.
The following day Emilio said goodbye to his parents,
took their blessing, and went to face
three months later, prince Emilio returned
to the castle victorious.
He had killed the Dragon
and saved the people of the realm
how were terrified by him.
The King and Queen were very happy
to see that their son was safe.
They explained of the second test he had to do,
solving a puzzle…
The puzzle says “Once I came across two friends who knew that one always tells
the truth and the other sometimes tells the truth and sometimes lies”…
But I didn’t know who was who, so I asked him. First if his friend always tells the truth and
he replied me with “yes” or “no”. Immediately I realized who was telling the truth and who
sometimes tells the truth and sometimes lies.
“What did you say?”
“If the first is always telling the truth he replied “no”, “If telling sometimes truth and
“He answered to you “yes” or “no”, we could conclude that, if that is the answer.
“He gave me “no”. I could find out who was who. But after I realized he should have replied
“yes”, which means that the first tells you when he tells the truth and lies and the second
“Perfect my son “, said the King “you solved the puzzle”.
“Now you must go through the last test, you must go to all the villages around the
castle, we will wait to see what you’ll have to say when you return”.
Prince Emilio left immediately,
it took him two months to visit the
of the realm but when he came back
he had some interesting things to say.
“Father, Mother I missed you so much,
what Golgona is doing here,
why she is with you? Some bad happened”?
“Don’t worry Emilio, Golgona is not wicked any
more; she ‘s waiting to see if you have taken any
decisions after seeing the way people live in the
villages”, said the King”.
“The lives of the people are difficult in the countryside Father”. Prince Emilio
started :“I decided that we must reduce the taxes for the poor. Every
month necessary goods, such as drugs and food must be given to the poorest of
them. Also a strong fortress must be built around the villages to protect
the people’s lives.
we must care more for our people!!!
at that very moment, there was a lightning and the ugly witch turned into a
beautiful, clever and sensitive princess.
The princess had a very hard heart and a curse
had been thrown on her to look ugly, until she finds
kindness in her heart and willingness to help people.
So she found a goodhearted Prince to marry and get
rid of the curse.
The prince fell in love with her instantly and
her to marry him.
The King and Queen arranged a wedding for the
EvErybody was thErE,
nonE was lEft uninvitEd.
thEy livEd happily EvEr aftEr
and thE pEoplE of thE rEalm livEd
Despoina Fanou: Story & Graphics,
Villy Saranti: Graphics