Once upon a time, a young Princess lived in a vast kingdom and her home was the mighty castle that stood at the heart of the country.
She lived with her parents; the King and Queen, nine siblings, many uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, other relatives and an army servants. The family were extreme close and enjoy being together.
One early autumn day, the young Princess and some of the other children were playing outside in the castle’s huge maze of gardens. The girls were catching butterflies and dragonflies whilst the boys hunted for beetles, worms and bugs.
The young Princess caught a very pretty butterfly that had many different reds, oranges and yellows on the wings.
‘I wish I could be like you, butterfly and know what it’s like the fly,’ the Princess whispered.
When the Princess went to bed that evening, her back hurt and she couldn’t settle to sleep. Her skin felt itchy and burning. She called for her Nanny – who was one of many in the castle- by ringing the bell by her bed.
Nanny came at once and looked at the Princess’ back.
‘Nettle rash? Or ivy? Perhaps something else?’ Nanny pondered, ‘well, whatever it is, here is some of Nanny’s magic lotion. It will cool and soothe and make that rash gone!’
The Princess nodded and let Nanny cover her upper back in a sweet smelling lotion.
That night the Princess hardly slept. She tossed and turned, not able to get comfy because her back hurt too much. She felt like her skin was on fire and began crying. The Princess rang the bell for Nanny and a maid then sat wailing till they arrived.
Nanny came and looked again at the Princess back. The skin was bright red and looked like it was bubbling.
‘Not a rash then. Sunburn?’ Nanny wondered, ‘don’t worry, Princess! Nanny has something for everything.’
Turning to the maid, Nanny asked for, ‘cold water, clean cloths and some warm milk.’
They washed the Princess back, put on a different lotion then wrapped her up. The princess sipped the warm milk then lay on her stomach and finally fell to sleep.
In the morning, the young Princess was running a fever and her back was worse. The King and Queen came to see her then sent for a doctor- the best in the kingdom. When he arrived, he was puzzled and declared that the Princess must have sat too close to a fire and had burnt her back.
Nanny disagreed with him but what else could it be?
The doctor give some medicines, instructions and left to see the King’s father who had come down with a bad cold.
By that night the Princess felt little better but her back was still bad and she couldn’t lay down on it. As she tried to get some rest, she felt something moving over her shoulder blades.
Ringing for Nanny, the Princess crawled out of bed and made it across her bedroom to a big mirror. She looked at her back but it was wrapped up and she couldn’t see it.
When Nanny arrived, the Princess told her but Nanny thought she was still feverish.
However, when the Princess awoke in the morning, her back felt like someone was cutting into it and she took the bandages off to see.
There on her back, growing out of her shoulder blades were a tiny pair of black wings!
The Princess gasped and called for Nanny and maid.
‘Look at my back!’ the Princess cried to them, ‘I have wings!’
‘Go and get the King and Queen at once!’ Nanny snapped at the maid, who hurried off to do so.
‘They are real!’ the Princess cried and she tried to move them.
‘How did this happened?’ Nanny muttered.
The King and Queen came and when they saw the wings they wondered if their daughter had been cursed by an evil witch. They decided they would have to seek magical help and the Princess would have to stay in her bedroom and no one would be allowed near her.
The Princess wasn’t happy but no one would listen to her.
Over the next few days and nights the wings carried on growing until they were almost as tall as the Princess was. They were very pretty and brightly coloured in reds, oranges and yellows.
Lonely and bored, the Princess learned how to control the wings and when Nanny and maid were not around, the Princess would try to fly!
This took a lot of time but she began to get the hang of the wings.
Then one beautiful, full moon lit night, the princess decided she wanted to go and fly outside. She crept through the castle using many secret passages and servant corridors. Finally, she made it out into the kitchen gardens and without looked back, she hurried to one of the other gardens furthest from the castle.
There she felt the breeze tug on her wings and she knew what to do.
The Princess stepped up onto a stone bench, she fluttered her wings, closed her eyes, concentrated and jumped into the air.
She opened her eyes and looked down, her feet were off the ground!
She flapped the wings and rose higher and higher! Soon she was flying over the gardens then over the castle, over the city and towards the moon.
The Princess felt thrilled, she had gotten her wish to fly!
She yawed and decided it was time to return to bed. The Princess flew back to the castle, landed in a garden and sneaked back to her bedroom. No one could ever know what she had just done!
For the first night in a month the Princess slept well.
When she woke in the morning, her back felt different, lighter. The Princess looked down and saw on either side her butterfly wings! They had fallen off in the night. She was a normal girl again.