A Faerie Tale
Princess Coral had been told it was time for her to marry but she was less than enchanted by the stream of would be suitors who called on her almost daily.
" I couldn't imagine loving any of them ". She wearily told her god mother who happened to be a very powerful fairy. " Father tells me a Princess should n't marry for love, but I couldn't promise myself to someone for the rest of my life without feeling........At least affection ".
In exasperation she threw a pebble in to the nearby stream, rippling the clear water.
Her Benevolent Guardian smiled. " Come down here at dusk every evening and if you see a particular face at least 3 times then that will be the man you are to marry when you meet him. "
Coral thanked her and that very evening came back and looked into the water.
For a week she saw a different handsome yet character less visage each time. Then for the next 3 nights a much more pleasing sight met her eyes.
He too was handsome , yet there was such warmth, wit and intelligence behind those blue blue eyes. His hair was a dark chestnut brown, his mouth looked made for smiling ( and kissing ) and that aquiline nose was perfection.
She hoped and prayed all night long to see him again.
Sure enough for the rest of the month, his was the face she saw each evening. Now she had to find this man and more importantly win his heart.
Now it so happened that Princess Coral had to journey to visit a Kingdom ruled by the a girl hood friend of her Mother.
Her heart leapt. She had a feeling that she would be meeting her man there.
Suddenly her carriage stopped with a jerk. They were stuck fast in a mud pool. Coral looked
out and her heart both skipped and fell for there was her dream man..........
A shepherd had come from a nearby field to offer his help and was Him to the last detail.
Coral watched strong muscles ripple as he pushed and pulled in his turn until the carriage was freed.
The Princess thanked the Shepherd and rode off towards.......yet another unsuitable suitor she supposed.
The Queen was delighted to welcome her friends lovely daughter and promised that her son would join them at dinner that evening...............
Coral listened without interest as the herald announced " His Royal highness Prince John"........
Then she looked up into the soft warm eyes of...........The shepherd from earlier.
" I..I...don't understand ". She stammered. The Queen looked puzzled too so the Prince explained how he had helped to free Coral's carriage.
" You see My Dear". The Queen told Coral, " my son believes that before he becomes King he must find out about the lives of our subjects by living in their shoes for a month at a time.
This month he is a shepherd. "
Coral's face split into a smile that Prince John returned beautifully. " The life of a shepherd can be lonely My Lady ". He told her.
" Perhaps tomorrow you could accompany me ? And we can get to know each other better ".
Coral felt a spark of connection between them already. " Thank you My Lord ". She replied. " I should like that very much".