In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Cupid’s Arrow.”
Once Upon a Time in a land far far away and in a time that was filled with fairies and elves, dragons and knights, and one princess.
The princess lived with her mother queen and father king in a large castle with a moat surrounding it. The father King would only allow the bridge brought down for them to leave the castle when it was time to go grocery shopping. Once they had finished their grocery shopping, up went the bridge and no one could come to the castle.
Now the moat was filled with alligators and poisonous water snakes so no one would even dare to swim across the moat to the castle. Thus, leaving the beautiful princess very very lonely.
“Father,” pled the princess, “I want to have callers come see me so I will not feel alone anymore.”
“No princess, I don’t want callers to come see you because your mother and I want to keep you with us always.”
The beautiful princess would go to her room and cry, and cry, and cry.
This went on day, after day, after day. And still, the father king would not allow callers for his beautiful daughter.
One day all was quiet in the castle. The father king and mother queen were playing chess and the beautiful princess was in her room sad and alone.
Suddenly, she heard some pecking at her window. She went to the window and there was a bird standing there waiting for her to open the window. She hurriedly opened the window and the bird handed her a note. The note read:
“Dear beautiful princess,
I have wanted very much to come calling for you but they will not let down the bridge so that I can. I have a plan and if my plan works, I will come for you to marry me.”
The princess was so happy! Finally, she would have a gentleman caller to become her husband! She must not tell her father king or her mother queen.
The next morning they heard a scratching sound at their front door. This was highly unusual because they had no visitors because of the moat. The servant went and opened the door and standing there was a small puppy, wet and shaking. The princess hurriedly picked up the puppy and held it to her very tight. “Oh father and mother, may I keep this puppy?” The father king and mother queen agreed that she could keep the puppy.
The beautiful princess dried off the puppy and gave him something to eat. She told the puppy his name was Valentine. The puppy was very happy with his new name.
That night, the princess was tucking the puppy in his bed for the night and gave him a kiss on his cheek. Immediately, the puppy turned into a handsome prince.
“Oh! I thought you were a puppy but you are a handsome prince!?”
The prince took the hand of the beautiful princess and kissed her on the lips. This made the princess very happy.
“I have come for you to become my wife.” The prince answered.
Together they fled from the castle (and let down the bridge without the king and queen knowing), and ran to the village and eloped.
This was the day that became Valentine’s Day and is a national holiday in this land far far away.