Written by Nomaan Sarkar

(Translated by Nuren Noorain)

‘Papa look it’s raining!’, said the princess. The king looked through the window. He said, `How beautiful the surrounding looks when it rains!’Princess looked at her mother. The queen smiled. She ran towards the large balcony that was beautifully decorated by plants. She extended her hand off the balcony. She wondered how does it rain? ’The plants were looking so lively! She closed her eyes and felt every drop of the rain. It felt like every drop was not just water droplets buttons of happiness. She turned her face looking at the king and laughed. The sound of her laugh melted his heart. To him, it was more beautiful than the rain. She ran to him and jumped on his lap. She said,` I love my family. I love it when we three are together.’ Her curious little eyes were looking at the king. The king said,` Do you want to ask me something?’

The princess said `Is it true that the fairies come in the forest when it rains? Once you said that fairies come in the forest near the eastern sea while narrating a story. Can we visit them, please?’

The king laughed and said, `That was just a story, my dear.’

No! I believe in them. Let’s go and find if they are really there now.’

The king said, `As you wish, my princess.’

The king and queen along with the princess started for the garden. They traveled by the royal horses. The princess was traveling on her favorite black horse. She named it Hexie. Her eyes were sparkling. She was wondering if the fairies to love rain just like her. A cool breeze was blowing when all of a sudden a strong wind threw her off the horse. The queen and the king ran to her. The queen said,` You’ve been hurt badly. Moreover, it’s raining, you may catch a cold. Let’s just go back home. We’ll come here some other day.’ But she wasn’t an easy one either.     ` Mom, I’m a princess and papa said that princesses are never afraid of anything. They fight in the darkest times. And it’s just rain. Like a true princess, I mustn’t stop here. Now hurry up! The sun is about to set.’ At last, they reached the forest. The princess looked at the sea. She never came out of the castle at the time of rain. She was surprised looking at the beauty of nature. At the same time, she was astonished to see the large blue sea. The forest was full of beautiful plants and colorful flowers. She saw a plant from far away. She asked the king if she can go there. The king said, ’Well it’s your day. So enjoy it!’ When the princess went near, she saw the plant was full of blueberries. The queen stood beside her. She said,` You wanna have some?’

‘Yes but…….”

‘But what?’

`You said that everything should be eaten only after its washed well. The queen smiled and said,’ Rainwater is purer than any water in the world. The berries are washed by it. So you can have these.’ As soon as she ate one, she shouted,` These are the best berries I have ever eaten.’

All of a sudden she remembered the fairies. She ran to the king and said where are the fairies?’ The king said you may look for them. She looked around but found none. She came to her father and said ‘Maybe they are not coming out because of the rain. Can we wait till the rain stops? Please… ’

The king couldn’t refuse her. The rain stopped but she didn’t. At last, she returned back to the king. The king asked, ’What happened dear?’

She said that she didn’t find any fairy. The king said, `Well, I found one.”

Her dull face turned merry. She was on the ninth cloud. There was a sparkle in her eyes. She was so excited!

She asked,’ Where is the fairy?’

Are you ready to see her?’ asked the king.

`Born ready!’ said the princess

He took her near the sea and pointed at her reflection and said,` There she is!’

The princess said,` But….but  that’s just my reflection.’

Well, it’s just a reflection as you see. But look deeper, its a lot more than that. The girl in the water is you with all your strength and flaws.’

My child, nobody is flawless. But there is magic inside every one of us. I can see that in you too.’

She was surprised and asked,`Do I have a superpower?’

The king laughed and said,‘ Well, kind of.’

What kind?’ She asked.

King said, ’The power of goodness.’

Everyone has it but not everybody chooses to use it. But I know that my princess will use it and grow it more and more.’

The princess understood the king’s message. She said, ‘Yes papa, I will use and grow it more, it’s my promise. I will become your proud daughter and a wise queen.’ The king was pleased and said, Always remember have faith in yourself. Only then you will be able to use the magic.’

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