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The Story Fairy - A Dragon, A Mouse, And A Wizard’S Daughter Named Angelica
by Paula Ezop
TheSyndicatedNews columnist

Paula M. Ezop writes a weekly spiritual/commentary column for Blue Ridge Today, a South Carolina publication. Her most recent book, Spirituality for Mommies is soon to be released.

The Story Fairy

Why just the other day the story fairy came my way and she whispered a story in my ear. She truly did…a wonderful story just for you…it is all about a dragon, a mouse, and a wizard’s daughter named Angelica.

Once upon a time in the mythical land of Zigazag lived a dragon, a mouse and a wizard's daughter named Angelica. "Mr. Dragon, Mr. Mouse, do you think the children from the village will come to play in the forest today?" asked Angelica. The little mouse ran up to him and whispered, "Same question every day... What to say….” The dragon said to Angelica,” No, the children will not come to the forest to play today." Next the mouse said, "Some day soon…" "Oh I do hope it is soon. I've never played with children…" said Angelica. The old wizard was sitting in the garden reading. “Come Angelica, sit with me and I will read to you. You can play with your friends tomorrow,” said her father.

So, Mr. Dragon and Mr. Mouse headed off into the forest to nap in the shade of the tall trees. As they were walking Mr. Mouse said, "We must go now," "Must go where?" asked the dragon. "We must go to the village and get the children. Let's go," pleaded the mouse. With tears in his eyes Mr. Dragon took a deep breath and said, “Mr. Mouse, you must go alone. I can’t go.” “Alone…” said the mouse. “Too afraid…” he mumbled as he ran in a circle. “Yes, alone. I am the reason the children don't come to the forest to play; they are afraid of me," said the dragon.

Suddenly they heard the wizard’s voice calling out to them to listen to him; they couldn’t see him, they could only hear him. “Mr. Dragon you are my dearest friend please stop crying. You are not the reason the children no longer come into the forest to play. The people of the village are the reason. Long ago when the dragon came to live in the forest all of the villagers were afraid. I explained to them that Mr. Dragon wouldn’t hurt anyone and that he had a kind heart. But they did not believe me. They said that their children would never come back to the forest to play unless I got the dragon to leave. I couldn't ask Mr. Dragon to leave he had nowhere to go, he was my friend, and he had done nothing wrong. No one has ever stepped foot in this lovely forest again.” Then the wizard was silent.

“We’re going to the village,” said Mr. Dragon. Off they went through the forest on their way to the village. When they got to the village both Mr. Dragon and Mr. Mouse were very tired. The dragon laid down across the road and fell fast asleep. Mr. Mouse fell fast asleep too.

When the villagers awoke they found the huge dragon blocking the road; they didn't know what to do. Everyone was afraid; except one little boy who walked right up to the dragon and said, "Mr. Dragon, wake up. You are blocking the road." The dragon was sound asleep. The boy climbed up and said into the dragon's ear, "Mr. Dragon, wake up. You are blocking the road." The dragon woke up. Mr. Mouse woke up. The dragon seemed quite harmless. The little boy wasn't afraid. The tiny mouse wasn't afraid. Before anyone knew what was happening all the children were climbing all over the huge dragon. Mr. Mouse whispered to his dragon friend, “See…they aren’t afraid of you.”

Then the brave boy spoke again, “Tell us about the forest. We have never been in a forest. Would you take us there?” Mr. Mouse began telling everyone about the lovely forest and about Angelica and how lonely she was. "Hurry, scurry, don't delay…can't be lonely one more day…not one more day," he said. Everyone set off down the road to the forest.

“Father, I think I hear the dragon. And, it sounds like children…children laughing. Do you think that the children came to play in the forest today?” asked Angelica. Before the wizard could answer they saw the huge dragon with all the children on his back coming through the forest. “Father, look so many children I can’t even count them,” shouted Angelica.

“Hurry, scurry, don’t delay…Angelica is waiting…waiting to play…hurry…hurry,” shouted Mr. Mouse. “Hold on children,” said Mr. Dragon. Then he took one giant jump and landed in front of Angelica and the wizard. The villagers followed quickly behind the dragon. The brave little boy climbed down from Mr. Dragon and said, “Angelica, we have come to play with you in your forest. Will you play with us today?” “Yes, I’ll play with you. But, the forest belongs to everyone. And I do hope you will come here everyday,” she said. Children were everywhere and the forest came alive with their laughter. Mr. Mouse whispered to Mr. Dragon, “We did it…we did it my friend…” From that day forward in the mythical land of Zigazag children were always seen playing in the forest and no one ever judged anyone ever again without knowing them.

The End

Published: Jul 17,2008 10:08
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