The Wishing Well
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The Wishing Well
Once upon a time, there lived a Prince in a small kingdom. The king was quite rich and saw that Prince Markus was well tutored and taught the best of manners.
He loved to go hunting in the forest, armed with a bow and arrow and a hawk, but he also loved nature. So he never killed any animals.
It happened on his twenty first birthday that his king summoned him and told him it was time to find a princess and get married. Prince Markus agreed and together they planned for a feast where the entire princesses in kingdoms around could come. Then the young handsome man went hunting.
And so it happened that for once he left his friends and took a different path in the forest. This led him to a glen where right in the middle of it was a well, a wishing well. Prince Markus did not care for wishes. He only wanted a drink. Still he felt he should ask someone for it.
“Any one here?” he shouted. Out of the woods came an old hag.
“So you are polite enough to ask, my Prince,” she said. “Have a drink and one wish. Only one, mind you.”
The Prince had his fill although there was still some water in the pail. Suddenly from out of the woods slinked a brown wolf with a white patch on its forehead. It looked as if it was dying.
“Oh, kill that beast,” cried the witch. But the Prince was too kind-hearted. He gave the wolf a drink. He was not afraid of the wild animal because everyone loved him, humans and beasts since he never killed any.
The wolf drew near the Prince and licked his hand, then ran into the woods. “Nasty beast! Once she was a woman and drank my water without permission. Now she will be a wolf. Serves her right.”
The Prince said nothing and returned to his palace.
Soon a feast was prepared and many Princesses were invited. The Prince would be a catch if he were to choose one of them. But his eyes feel on one Princess who, not only was lovely and comely, but because near her was the wolf. He fell in love with the Princess at first sight.
Soon a marriage was arranged, the cathedral was prepared and the Prince and the Princess were married. Afterwards they went to a huge banquet while the villagers of both kingdoms were invited to partake of the festivities.
Only one thing worried the princess. Her wolf lay at her feet, crying.
“We must do something for this wolf. That witch must grant me my wish.” Suddenly the witch appeared.
“What is your wish, o Prince?” she asked.
“Do something to help that wolf.” The witch was annoyed.
“Very well,” she said grudgingly. Suddenly the ugly woman disappeared and the wolf stood up a turned into a lovely maiden.
“Why, she’s my maid who always cared for me,” exclaimed the Princess. And everyone was happy and the Prince and the Princess lived happily ever after.
8 March 2017
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