June 19, 2018 | Posted in The Mermaid & The WolF Adventures

Once upon a time, there was a Lady.

She was tall and dark, with skin of burnt ozone and hair crafted from flames. She lived in a kingdom that was as grand as it was hot; crafted from smouldering stones and smoke and embers. Very few dared to go there and so, for all of the Lady’s immense beauty, she was very much alone.

One day, the Lady decided that she could bare her loneliness no longer. She pulled on her traveling cloak and then, carefully, oh so carefully, climbed from her tower, and left her kingdom, and went in search of company.

Around her, the world went dark.

WooFZee pauses, one paw hovering in the middle of the air. “So, what? The whole sun went out just because she wasn’t there?”

“According to the stories,” says Prince Dorado, with a nod. “She wanted companionship so badly, but the act of leaving her kingdom sent the world into a panic. It’s said that she came upon a rabbit.”

“A rabbit,” echoes WooFZee, disbelieving.

MeaZea scolds, “let him finish! Go on, Prince Dorado. I would love to hear more about it. What happened when she found the rabbit?”

The rabbit was white as a fresh born star. Even in the darkness that had settled over the world, the rabbit was visible. It looked up at the Lady of the Sun and asked, “why did you leave your home?”

“I was lonely,” said the Lady.

The rabbit nibbled on a piece of black grass. “I know loneliness very well. It’s an awful thing.”

“It is,” agrees the Lady.

“The dark is an awful thing as well.”

“I don’t want to go back. My home is so empty.”

The rabbit, wisely, asks, “but are you less lonely here?”

“No,” admits the Lady. “The people here are mad at me for sending them into this eternal night. They want me to be lonely!”

“Everyone asks too much of their neighbours,” says the rabbit. “They are often unwilling to do the same for those they ask such things of. But there is something here you have yet to figure out.”

The Lady knelt beside the rabbit. “And what is that?”

“You cannot rely on other people to create your happiness,” says the rabbit. It’s ears twitch, and its tail twitches, and it looks at the Lady with star bright eyes. “You must find a way to be happy on your own. Only when you’re pleased with yourself will others be drawn to your light.”

“And then the rabbit vanished,” says Prince Dorado. “And the Lady went back to the sun, and the world was bright again.”

WooFZee shakes his head. “Rabbits are too stupid to give advice like that.”

“Perhaps,” says MeaZea. She strokes between WooFZee’s ears. “But I think it gives us a good idea about what sort of person we’re going to be dealing with.”

 

Katelynn E Koontz – Author