Once upon a time there lived a curious and happy princess. She lived in a distant land which was very large, very diverse, and very beautiful.
Her mother was Queen of the realm of Snow in northern most reaches of the land. The princess loved the realm of Snow, she loved the white, it was crisp and clear and made everything bright, She loved the sleighs and the sledding, the cocoa, the fluff-a- and the soft down bedding. She loved the people and she loved her mother.
And below the realm of snow was the duchy of Pine and then the center land counties with their hunting and fishing and great apple bounties. Still going down was the Parish of , widely renowned for its great opens spaces. then some more duchies and sands until getting to the southernmost country of the land.
And in the southern most reaches of the land reigned her father, King of the kingdom of Sun. The princess loved the kingdom of Sun, with the bold colored rainbows and indigo fruits, Lipizzaner lamas, and festival flutes. She loved the dancing and swimming the crafts and the sings. She loved the people and she loved her father.
She was princess in not just one, but two countries.
She would stay for a while in the realm of Snow with her mother. Then her father would fly to the realm of Snow on a Giant Eagle and bring his daughter to the kingdom of the Sun to live for a spell. The king promised, and he kept his word, that when she was big enough, he would teach her how to ride the Giant Eagle, all by herself.
If the princess ever wanted to share bits of her day with either her mother or father, she would write little notes and place them in the beaks of blue birds, who would carry them to her father or mother, wherever they might be in the land.
The smart and adventurous princess loved all the fun festivals of the Kingdom of Sun, not just a couple, she loved everyone. Anytime she saw a festival with a festival flute, you could bet all your buttons, she'd would give it toot. And the day she learned to lope a Lipizzaner Llama, oh what fun, the memory of that day could never be undone. What fun they would have as daughter and king, loping on llama's became their thing.
One day while the king and the princess were loping on their Lipizzaner Lamas around the castle, they came across another father with his daughter, who was little older than the princess herself, They were walking in the opposite direction. As the king approached them, he could hear they were in a very heated dispute, the father was yelling at his daughter. They were so angry with each other, they did not even notice the royal family riding by them.
It was such a beautiful day. The king and princess where having such fun on their Lama's that they decided to circle the castle again. Upon their second trip they crossed the same father and daughter, still fighting, the daughter now shouting at her father. The king wondered if the princess noticed.
Once they passed the heated pair, the princess turned to her father and emphatically stated: "As royal princess, I make a decree, that shall NEVER be you and me."
The king realized that decree or not, he and his daughter would certainly disagree, but still, it warmed his heart to hear her decree all the same.
Seasons passed, and one day as the king was holding court and about to adjourn, he summoned for his daughter to go on one their Lipizzaner loping adventures. The princess entered the court and addressed her father.
"Loping is quite disgraceful, all of that bouncing is so distasteful, and gallivanting about is really quite wasteful. Those creatures when trained, should use a trot more restrained, and in that way you travel with decorum maintained. That is the way to go place to place, without all that flouncing in everyone's face. And lazy , who only will walk, about such Lamas, I won't even talk. Yes lazy should not even exist, as far as I care, strike them off my list."
The king couldn't believe the words coming from his daughters mouth. "You've always loved every Llama in the stable, from the day you first rode, from the time you were able. And Lipizzaner Lamas, lethargic or leaping, all are delightful, ALL are worth keeping."
The serious and persistent princess rebuked her father. "My mother the Queen has stated its true, before she told me, I never knew. But, she's in agreement, with all her advisors, by them I'm instructed, and now I'm the wiser."
The king turned to his advisors who all took great pride in their own llamas. He knew from overhearing there whispers and observing there glances that they did not at all agree with the princess's words. "Member of my court you heard what she said, I'm afraid that the princess has been grossly misled."
The advisers looked at each other and looked down at the floor. Many would not respond at all, those that did respond to the princess used words like "Perhaps" and "Maybe".
The princess left the court unmoved and returned to her chambers. The king turned to his court: "Your council is eloquent on matters of state, yet when it comes to my daughter, it's not nearly as great."
"But your Grace!" they defended, "The princess by our rebuke would be offended, so better it is we remain in our place, you handle her alone face-to-face.
As the seasons passed the list of should and could from the North grew. No festival flutes, no indigo fruits, it seemed everything the King and Princess so enjoyed together was prohibited by some edict of the North. Still the king loved his daughter and the princess loved her father. They would sit in the same room and read together. Eventually, the princess began to spend less and less of her time in the Kingdom of the South.
Finally one day after a long spell the grown up fearful and somber princess came to see her father on the Giant Eagle.
She told her father that she could no longer come to the Kingdom of the South. She'd been cautioned repeatedly in the court of her mother that the Great Dragon was coming to devour and destroy all the countries of the land, except the realm of the North. To appease the Great Dragon, no one from the North could visit any other kingdom or partake in any other customs . The princess would not be permitted to go back and forth between kingdoms anymore for it would bring the anger of the Great Dragon on the kingdom of the North. If she was caught leaving to enter the lands of the south, she would be forbidden to return to the realm of Snow. Even to have this final good-bye, the princess felt she was at risk.
The king tried to explain that the great dragon had never even been seen, much less to say that there was any proof it would cause such targeted destruction to the kingdoms of the land. None of what the princess said made any sense with anything that they ever seen in their whole lives.
Still the tearful and resigned princess would not relent. "The Queen has commanded, her advisors implore it, the order is given, I cannot ignore it. "
So the princess flew away on the back of the Giant Eagle to the Realm of the Snow.
Everyday the King searches across the castle wall to see the Giant Eagle returning with his daughter, but the sky is empty. Every morning the king looks with hope to his windowsill, but there is no bluebird.