Once upon a time, in a land far away and now forgotten, there lived a handsome Prince. He was beloved of all the land for this Prince was caring of all the people, the animals and even the land itself. Many maidens in the land wished each night for the heart of the Prince, yet his heart was set on one very special Princess. And a very worthy Princess she was for the heart of this Prince. She was kind, well-spoken and had beauty unsurpassed in anyone’s memory. And the people of the land rejoiced that such a couple could exist in their presence. Until one day when a maiden from a foreign land befriended the Prince. She spoke flowery words of praise and adoration. And the Prince, with his generous and goodly heart took these words at their face value, as the good Prince would. What the good Prince failed to see was the words of this new maiden were laced with deceit and venom towards anyone and everyone who loved the good Prince, including the fair and honest Princess. Soon the people of the land feared the new maiden. They knew if they didn’t support the Prince’s devotion to her they would suffer. And many did. The land grew dark with despair. People walked around with their heads lowered to not incur the anger of the Prince and his new friend. For to speak against her was to speak against the Prince. Even the Princess suffered the loss of her Prince. But the Prince never lost his love of the Princess. This his new friend knew and could not compete with. So, to keep the Prince in the illusion, the maiden from another land befriended the Princess also. And being a good hearted Princess, she too fell under the spell of the deceptive words. Both the Prince and Princess tried to come back together, only to find that this new friend they had made kept them apart in creative and subtle ways. For behind the scenes, when no one was looking, this foreign maiden spoke lies to each of them. If anyone questioned the words of this viperous friend, she would feign victim of jealousy and spite, requesting the Prince to banish them from his lands. And such he did when his subjects spoke out. Banished from the land and the Prince’s favor to wonder how and when such a travesty could have befallen them and how and when their Prince had become so blind to the vitriol of such a serpent of ill will. And so the land, once happy and full of life, fell to great despair. This was the way of things for many years. The Prince, once a good and kind hearted man, now was as mean and petty as his new advisor. The Princess, once a kind and soft spoken maiden, fell victim to the whims of another who despised her, yet kept her close with the illusion of friendship to keep her from her Prince. Until one day one very strong willed maiden of the court had had enough. She began to publicly speak up against the maiden from the foreign land. And as was expected, she was banished forever. But not before her message sunk in. The Prince was torn. He knew the person he had just banished only ever spoke the truth. He had known her a long time and she had never lied to him. But he was conflicted. How could someone he trusted for so long be so against this new friend and speak such hateful things? Could he have been so wrong all this time? To think about everything that had happened, the Prince took a sabbatical. He disappeared from the land for a time to think about all that had happened. And even though the land, for the moment, was silent, everyone waited with held breath for the Prince to reappear. For even though times had been difficult, they loved their Prince and wanted him back the way he used to be. One day, after many moons away, the Prince returned. The land rejoiced, but with trepidation in their hearts. Had he come back to continue as he had or had he used his time to reflect on all that had happened? The first thing the viper friend did was to talk to the Prince about all that she had observed while he was away, telling him lies about the people in his land to rid herself of those she thought was a threat to her hold on him. But this time she found no support. For the Prince had gone undercover in his own land to find the truth. And truth he did find. Truth about his so called new friend and the hate she truly had in her heart for anyone who didn’t think as she did. Hate for those who were truly close to the Prince and called him friend. Hate for the Princess that the Prince loved with all his heart and soul. And he was distraught that he had listened to it all. That he had hurt those who loved him as their Prince. That he had forsaken his Princess for the spiteful maiden who wished to own him all for herself. And so, with a renewed sense of kindness for his land he banished the vile maiden back to her own land vowing to never allow such a horrible person back into his graces. He called home the people he had banished due to the lies that were told to him, and he assured his people one such as the vile serpent would ever intrude on his land ever again. The land truly rejoiced that their Prince was back. And the people joined him in celebrating his marriage to the Princess they had all come to love as their own. For love wins every time. Truth will always trump the lies. Goodness will overcome the evil in the world. And no matter what, friendship, true friendship, never dies.
This is a work of fantasy fiction. Any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental and this is a unique story all my own. Enjoy as such. Thank you.