This story has to begin long ago when wishing still wielded some result, in times of old when nature and humanity were on more favorable terms. In a realm where the subjects lived happily a kindly emporer held an enchanted sword. In a far, far distant land a power-hungry king wore an enchanted crown. Since there's every reason to believe the magical golden matter was interchangeable and equal in all directions like the sun's rays, it follows that, by head or by hand the regalia took on a reflection of their owner's heart. If merciful, the gold became inlaid with exquisite jewels. If cruel, the precious metal grew encrusted with sharp spines. And because fate is fond of irony, the transfiguring gold fraternal twin spectacles could be stolen, lost, forgotten in time waiting to be discovered once more.

King Dennison kept a towering fortress on top of a mountain high above a dystopian city in the midst of a haunted wood. One day, through a set of luckless circumstances two wandering vagabonds arrived announcing they were tailors who weaved the most splendid apparel imaginable. "If it pleases Your Majesty," said the couturiers, "then we will dress you in the new attire." The ruler stood and the animated costumiers placed themselves around him and put on each part of his new clothing.

"Such a long, big, beautiful suit!" The narcissistic king turned to admire his reflection in a large blown-glass bubble. "There has never been a time, with few exceptions, that a king ever looked this good," he proclaimed to his court of parasitic sycophants. Suddenly the heavy doors of the throne room opened. A farmer burst in accusing the tailors of stealing nosebags from his horses. The vulgar king looked down at the robe and realized what it was made of. The deceitful pair was roughly thrown into the dungeon.

The miscreant king sat for some time lost in thought. At last he said to his obsequious underlings, "What value is the finest robe if it can be destroyed by moths. I mean a lot of moths. I must have the partner of my mystic crown, its sword. Send my spies to find the enchanted brand and bring it to me. Then I shall be invincible for all times, period!"

After some length the bloviating king's agents found the revered emperor's fairy tale palace surrounded by lavish gardens and well-tended lawns. Then they waited until night. The dearly beloved sovereign put the sword inside its case and soon he was asleep. Imagine the ruler's despair when he woke and the sword was nowhere to be found! But by that time the mercenaries had disappeared with their golden prize. The emperor filled the palace with mournful lamentations.

Princess Sojourner heard the paroxysm of weeping and rushed to her father's chamber. The girl found councilors plunged into a sea of sorrow and almost immediately her resolution manifested in an epiphany. "Oh, do not be downcast," her expression hardened with an imbued sense of purpose and destiny. "I will regain the sword."

The advisers were unsure, but the princess was very clever and could do a good deal more than just ride about in a fancy coach seated on cushions. The emperor had great faith in his unconventional daughter and bestowed her with his ancestral suit of armor of consummate workmanship with a prominent crested helmet, a corselet and greaves of nearly impenetrable temper, all adapted perfectly to her form.

Rose of Sharon blooms in the garden

Home   Back   Next