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Cloud Princess

  1. 1. The Story of the Cloud Princess
  2. 2. A long time ago…And very high up in the sky…There was a Cloud Kingdom... 2
  3. 3. Old clouds are slow and satisfied, and driftalong on their own fluffy satisfaction.And the most drifty and satisfied of all werethe Cloud King and Cloud Queen. 3
  4. 4. They floated high up in the stratospherethinking deep, slow thoughts about the natureof wind and weather, of earth and sky. 4
  5. 5. They contemplated the joyful life of theplatypus. They observed the deliberatecalm of the sloth. And they evendiscussed the elemental nature of thekumquat. 5
  6. 6. But far beneath them, storms werebrewing, like coffee in a cauldron. 6
  7. 7. Because young clouds are fierce andwillful, full of storm and light.And the fiercest and most willful cloud ofall was the Cloud Princess. 7
  8. 8. The Cloud Princess and her CumulusCrowd stormed around the Earth, like amad pack of rainfaces. 8
  9. 9. In Ireland, they flashed lightning down onthe earth, terrifying all the people andtheir potatoes. 9
  10. 10. In Iowa, they wound up tornadoes andwatched them spin trailers and terriersaround and around. 10
  11. 11. In India, they rained so long and so hardthat the people gave this terrifying storma terrifying name: “The Monsoon”. 11
  12. 12. The rampage and ruckus of the CloudPrincess and her Cumulus Crowd got sofrightful that the rest of the Clouds finallygathered together, and demanded thatthe Cloud King and Cloud Queen “Dosomething about all these drattedrainfaces!” 12
  13. 13. The Cloud King took the lead, as he had adeep and booming voice (when he choseto use it, instead of quietly contemplatingkumquats).He boomed out: 13
  14. 14. “Harken to me, all you cumulus girls andstratus boys!The storms will stop!The lightning will cease!The tornadoes will spin no more!” 14
  15. 15. And then the Cloud King took in a deepbreath, and blew out a massive breeze, awild wind that scattered the CumulusCrowd around the world, tumbling andterrified. 15
  16. 16. When each of them finally came to ashuddering stop, they fearfully kept closeto the ground for a very long time,pretending to be the meekest kind of fog. 16
  17. 17. (No, no, even meeker than that!) 17
  18. 18. Except for the Cloud Princess, whocontinued her stormy ways. 18
  19. 19. Her father the Cloud King spun her aboutthe world,and she came dark and storming back. 19
  20. 20. Her father the Cloud King shouted andboomed,and she replied with lightning laughterand defiant hail. 20
  21. 21. Until finally her mother the Cloud Queenproclaimed: “Banished.” 21
  22. 22. “You are banished from the stratosphere!Linger near the surface, with the fog andthe mist, until your mend your rainfaceways!” 22
  23. 23. And so began the long banishment of theCloud Princess. 23
  24. 24. She continued to storm and hail and flashlightning, but whenever she floated toohigh in the Troposhere, the big old bulls ofthe Cumulo-Nimbus Guard blocked herway. 24
  25. 25. “The Queen has banished you, andbanished you remain!” 25
  26. 26. After a very, very, very long time, thisbegan to weary the Cloud Princess,though she was too proud to show it. 26
  27. 27. Even so, she wandered slowly near thesurface, seldom storming, only makingshapes to entertain herself (as clouds do,even today). 27
  28. 28. She wandered this way for a very, very, verylong time. Because while she wished toreturn to the Stratosphere, she did not wantto give her mother the satisfaction -- verymuch like human mothers and daughters! 28
  29. 29. Finally, one spring day, she cameupon shepherd, dozing on a hill. 29
  30. 30. Though she did not know enough torecognize what had happened, she fellinstantly in love. 30
  31. 31. For days, all she could do was watch theshepherd as he went about his work.Herding the sheep out for the day, takinglong naps, then herding the sheep back. 31
  32. 32. Many of those days, when he wasn’tnapping or herding, the shepherd wouldlean back on his hill, and try to pick outwhat shape the single cloud above himseemed to be making. 32
  33. 33. One day: “That looks like a heart!”One day: “That looks like two holdinghands!”One day: “That looks like a wedding cake!” 33
  34. 34. (You can probably see what the CloudPrincess was up to. But don’t think toharshly of the Shepherd! It is quite asurprising thing to have a cloud trying tocommunicate with you.) 34
  35. 35. (You can probably see what the CloudPrincess was up to. But don’t think toharshly of the Shepherd! It is quite asurprising thing to have a cloud trying tocommunicate with you.) 35
  36. 36. Until one day, the Shepherd dozed off intohis midday nap, and the Cloud Princess justtried to talk directly to him.“Hello,” she said. 36
  37. 37. “Hello,” murmured the drowsy shepherd. 37
  38. 38. The Cloud Princess was so shocked, shenearly fell out of the sky like an infantmist, too wobbly to fly.He had heard her! 38
  39. 39. “I have been watching you for days,” theCloud Princess said. “I think you are themost beautiful thing I have ever seen.”“Well, thank you,” the Shepherd said.“Where are you?” 39
  40. 40. “I am the cloud up in the sky,” the CloudPrincess whispered. “Wouldn’t you like tojoin me?” 40
  41. 41. “Yes, I would,” theShepherd said, for hehad immediately fallenin love with the CloudPrincess, just by thesound of her voice.“But how?” 41
  42. 42. She said: “Just dream about drifting away,up and up, expanding and getting thinnerand wider until you are lighter than the airitself. I will pull you along.” 42
  43. 43. And so the Shepherddid. He drifted off,and drifted up, anddrifted away. And theCloud Princess pulledand dragged him upand up, as best shecouldWhen he awoke, he 43
  44. 44. When he awoke, hediscovered that he wasa cloud. 44
  45. 45. The Cloud Princess and he spent the rest pftheir days together. 45
  46. 46. The Cloud Princess and he spent the rest oftheir days together. The Cloud Shepherdcalmed her stormy rainface, and eventuallythe Cloud Queen raised the banishment. 46
  47. 47. The Cloud Princess showed the CloudShepherd the wonders of thestratosphere, up and up and up, untilfinally they could reach to the edge ofspace. (Though young clouds cannot staythere long.) 47
  48. 48. And in due course, when the Cloud Kingand Queen slowed to philosophical depthsof thoughts that could only be thought atthe highest heights, and given thedeepest slowest considerations… 48
  49. 49. …the Cloud Princess became the newCloud Queen.But her Shepherd always stayed herShepherd, never a King, and he continuedto calm her stormy rainface. 49
  50. 50. And they floated, happily.If not forever, then for a very long timeindeed. 50
  51. 51. C’est tout! 51