Silent Princess, A Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, there lived a pretty little princess in a small castle in the middle of a silent forest.

The princess had everything she could ever want in her castle, except for a friend to talk to.

Every day the pretty little princess looked out of her bedroom window, seeing past the forest to a road. And every day, the pretty little princess saw many people walk up and down this road.

But no matter how many people she saw, the pretty little princess was sad that no one ever came to visit her. She had never heard someone knock on her door.

One day, a stranger noticed the castle in the forest from the road. Curious, the stranger approached the castle door and knocked.

However, no one answered. Confused, the stranger left. From her bedroom window, the pretty little princess watched the stranger go.

The next day, the stranger returned. Again the stranger knocked on the door, but again no one answered. Confused, but still curious, the stranger once again left. And again the pretty little princess watched the stranger go.

On the third day, the stranger approached the castle for the last time. The stranger knocked on the door, but again no one answered.

Wanting to know who lived in the castle, the stranger forced open the door, which had been locked from the outside all this time.

“Hello?” The stranger called out. “Is there anyone here?”

But no one answered the stranger’s call.

Still curious, the stranger explored the rest of the small castle. The stranger found a messy kitchen, an untidy dining hall, and a cluttered hallway. Eventually, the stranger found a closed bedroom door.

“Hello?” The stranger called out. “Is there anyone here?”

But no one answered the stranger’s call.

Without hesitation, the stranger opened the bedroom door. Inside, he found the messy room of the pretty little princess. Surprised at the sudden company, the pretty little princess approached the stranger.

“Excuse me,” the stranger said. “I was knocking on your door, but you never answered.”

The pretty little princess said nothing. She had seen the stranger before from her bedroom window.

“Are you okay?” The stranger asked. “Why are you living all alone in this castle?”

The pretty little princess said nothing. She could tell the stranger was saying something, but could not hear what it was.

Finally, the stranger asked, “What’s your name?”

The pretty little princess recognized the phrase. Not from the sound, but from the movement of the stranger’s lips. The pretty little princess at last answered: she put her hands to her ears and began to cry.

The stranger finally understood what was wrong.

“You don’t have to be alone anymore,” the stranger said. “You can come with me.”

The pretty little princess did not hear what the stranger said. But when she saw the stranger’s hand, she understood as well. She took the stranger’s hand, and together they walked out of the castle.

The pretty little princess was no longer alone, and no longer afraid of what she couldn’t hear.

Silent Princess, A Fairy Tale