The Chinchilla Princess was born
with a pelt of fur so soft it felt like a whispering afternoon breeze,
a glint in her eyes as wild and fresh as those moments at dusk when
cats go out to hunt with an electric dance in their step, and a
generous heart made of the purest, shining gold.
When she was placed in her mother’s
arms, she asked, "Where will my journey take me, Mama?"
and Mama replied, "As far as you care to travel, little
And the Chinchilla Princess smiled
as she dreamt of the theretofore undreamt of adventures that she
would have in exotic, undiscovered places full of luscious wonders
and magical surprises.
The Chinchilla Princess grew up,
as ordinary girls do… She asked a lot of questions, cried
when she hurt, laughed when she was delighted, and learned about
the world through taste, touch, sound, smell and heart.
She went to school and was a studious
child, excelling in her learning. When she finished school, her
Mama said to her, "So, little great one, now is the time
to choose what you will do in the world. What will it be?"
The Chinchilla Princess replied,
"I want to be a great and important person, Mama!"
"You are already great
and important, my child," said Mama. "But you
must choose a calling, for you will need a way to use your greatness
in the world. What will it be?"
The Chinchilla Princess thought
about this very seriously for a long moment, and then she said,
"I want to be a Rulebender, Mama. For then I can help people
when the Rules stop them from being all that they want to be."
"You have made a fine
choice, little great one." Mama (who was not at all surprised)
replied (for as you know, The Chinchilla Princess’s heart
was full of generosity and made of the purest gold).
And so The Chinchilla Princess
was admitted to The Grand Palace of Law, where she spent many years
learning the Rules of the Agreed World. (By that I mean, dear reader,
the world that we all agree upon, and if that is not clear, it surely
will be by the time I have finished this tale).
One fine, sparkling summer's day,
The Chinchilla Princess was walking in the soft, green forest near
her home when she met a handsome woodsman on her path.
Oh my, but he had a glowing smile
in his gentle eyes and a fine heart that seemed to beat in rhythm
with hers! And so, as is the way when a young woman hears the call,
she fell in love.
The Chinchilla Princess moved
into the forest to live with her beloved woodsman in his humble
By day she attended The Grand
Palace of Law, and by night, to the sound of the crickets wooing
eachother with their ancient songs, she curled up snug in the safe,
strong arms of her lover, and she was happy.
Some years later, The Chinchilla
Princess finished her studies and attended a fabulous ceremony at
The Grand Palace of Law (to which she wore a very nice looking and
important hat and a beautiful cape lined in fine satin), where The
Great Professor Bears of Law gave her a magnificent Magical Scroll.
The scroll was made of a soft,
cream parchment, and had handles of the finest silver, which had
been mined and spun by the ancient Salamander Fire Spirits who serve
the great Djinn in the Desert of Dreams.
(You know of the powerful race
of Djinn, do you not, dear reader? It is said that, if you can catch
a Djinn, it will grant you three wishes. So you can imgine just
how extraordinary and powerful the scroll truly was!)
The Chinchilla Princess was very
excited. Now she could go out into the world and bend the Rules
of the Agreed World with her Magical Scroll, and Make Things Happen!
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