Once upon a time, there was a prince of a faraway land.
The prince was a happy boy, who brought happiness into the lives of everyone he touched. The subjects loved him, and so did the royal family. Everyone did. The young prince believed that the happy years would go on forever.
But then there was an accident, and the young prince was asleep for a long time. The dreams he had there were nice, and he didn’t want to leave. But he was brought back into the waking world, and all that greeted him was pain. The Prince wasn’t well. His body wasn’t made right, and so he hurt.
For many years, the prince dealt with the pain, all while trying not to let the royal family or his subjects see how hard it was. It worked, for a while. However, as the years went on, the prince found a darkness inside of him. A dark passenger that he carries with him, to this day.
Once the pain in his body was gone, the prince tried to resume life as he had before the accident. But life had changed. Everyone in the prince’s life had become a different person. They weren’t waiting for the prince anymore. They had gone their own way. The prince was sad. He tried to bond with them again, but it didn’t work.
The prince left the kingdom, to go to a faraway school, which would prepare him to rule his kingdom, now that he was an adult. The prince decided he was going to meet new people here, and make lots of new friends. And so he did. More years went by, and life was good again.
But, one by one, the new friends left. Some hurt the prince in a way he couldn’t describe. It was making the prince’s dark passenger very powerful inside. The dark presence whispered things to him, about how everyone will hate him and how nobody really cares. The prince started to believe in it, after a while.
So the prince tried to hold on to the friends he had, but it just made things worse. He was so in need, and they couldn’t help him. After a while, the prince was alone in this faraway land, as lost as when he arrived. But all that is left for him in his kingdom is the royal family. He loves them with all his heart, but it isn’t enough for the his lost and wayward heart.
Now, the prince has hatched a plan. A plan to head away from this kingdom to one even farther away. But deep down, the prince doesn’t actually believe it will work. He just tells himself that it will, to try and fight his dark passenger. The prince hates the dark passenger, and wishes he would go away. But he never does.
There’s no happy ending to the prince’s story. It still continues. Perhaps one day, the prince will find a kingdom where he doesn’t have to hurt anymore. It’s a little dream.
Until next time, a quote,
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” – G.K. Chesterton