So, I wrote this a few months ago, but I had a friend recently edit it for me. When I was writing it, I was thinking at how dumb chick flicks are cuz they never happen. I myself was struggling with writing such a love story as my pen keeps wanting to write at times. But then I was made aware of all the love stories in the Bible, so finally I set out to write what turned into this fairytale. I wanted to cover some things that we don’t hear about in secular fairy tales. Here’s what came to be! Hope you like. =)^2 Anna
In a land far away, there lived a king and his queen who ruled the people with grace and justice. The people loved and respected their king and queen, who were interested in their people as much as their family. The two rulers lacked one thing: a child. They longed for a child desperately, and waited until their patience almost died, but they would not give up hope. And finally, through the queen was getting later in her years, it was announced to the kingdom that they would be having a baby. An heir to the throne! The whole kingdom rejoiced! But when it was time for the baby to be born, a stillborn took the place of the happy baby they had been expecting. Dare they wait for another? What was this hope they had been waiting for? And so patiently, they waited, until finally, the queen once again announced the coming of a child. The kingdom was happy, though it held its breath. And finally, a baby girl was born, healthy and happy. And they named her Princess Naava, for she was beautiful. A few days following her birth, the king and queen threw a party in rejoicing for their little girl, and the whole kingdom was invited! Everyone, that is, except for Wasaki, the king’s arch enemy. Always picking a fight, the king avoided Wasaki as much as possible, not that Wasaki would be avoided so easily. It was still surprising, however, when he showed up anyway.
“What are you doing here?” boomed the king. The guards positioned themselves to attack.
“I was just going to welcome your new little baby! I notice my invitation was lost in the mail.” Wasaki smiled, even as a darkness shadowed the sky and his eyes at the same time. The king knew of Wasaki’s jealousy and shuddered at his very presence in the room. “I even brought a gift.”
“No!” cried his queen, reaching forward as she fell out of her seat. The king drew her back. His wife sometimes knew better than he the danger that lurked nearby.
“What are you going to do to her?” he asked in a threatening voice. He kept his eyes focused on Wasaki, but felt his guards inch forward, readying their weapons.
Wasaki just smiled and started laughing cynically. The king felt his anger rising. “I said a gift, didn’t I? He continued, ignoring the king’s muttering. “My gift,” he proclaimed, “shall be your people’s first exposure to my world!”
The queen dashed to her feet, pulling away from her husband’s grasp. She ran toward the cradle where her baby lay, panic strewn on her face.
Wasaki raised his hand up, and, just as the queen saw baby Naava’s precious face, both the baby and Wasaki vanished.
The king lost no time in banishing Wasaki’s presence in his land ever. Wasaki probably had known it was coming, for he had established his world long ago. But his rules and his laws left no being any room for fulfillment; the king had tried to go down there, but it was no use. He could not get his daughter back. Soon, word spread throughout the kingdom. The king was willing to let anyone offer input if they thought it would help. Few came, for they were all as stumped as the king himself. All had heard about his failed attempts previously. One day, a young man, who was merely a shepherd, called on the king as he was in the throne room. The man expressed interest to the king in helping.
“Perhaps this will work,” said the young man as he presented his plan.
“You do know the cost of this plan?” the king asked the boy, hesitant.
“If it will save her, I will do it.”
“Why are you willing to do such a thing?” the king inquired.
“I have been hearing for years of this terrible thing that Wasaki has done. He must be stopped. And…I have not been able to stop thinking about the princess.”
The king nodded, comprehending what the young man was saying. “Well, my attempts thus far have failed. This you have no doubt heard. But come with me, my boy, and we will make this the best rescue mission in all of history.”
Josiah had been a shepherd all his life. It was pretty much all he knew. He used to go out and “help” his dad and older brothers, when he would actually be doing more harm than good. But he had learned the importance of keeping every one of his sheep safe. Even if only one wandered off, he would go and look for that very one. Josiah had been young when the princess had been taken, but it was talk for some time. He had learned of her, and seen pictures of her as a babe. He didn’t even know her. But he found he was willing to give his life for her. After consulting with his father, he knew what he must do. So he had brought his plan before the king. Since then, he had learned much and together, he and the king had indeed formed the rescue mission. And he, a shepherd, would save Princess Naava.
Wasaki’s land was one parallel opposite of that which was his home. Where goodness and grace reigned at home stood despair and dispute. The list of differences went on, and Josiah found himself wondering what he got himself into. The people were speaking, but no sense came from their mouths. “Teach them,” had been his king’s instruction. And so he did. He began to speak of the way he grew up knowing and understanding things—the way of his homeland. He found a group of friends who were happy to learn what he had to say. Not everybody liked his teachings, but some were intrigued. And one of those who was intrigued, Josiah eventually identified as Naava, although she didn’t know herself by that name. So Josiah kept teaching, aware that when his mission was complete, Naava would find a new identity that was hers all along and be reunited with her father, who loved her more than any love he could see here.
The time came when Josiah knew he must finish the final task of the mission. The act that would save not only Naava, but all who inhabited this land, from Wasaki and his evil ways. His friends disapproved of it, but it had already been decided. Once more, he checked in with his king, to ensure that this was the only way, for if another option had been found, he would prefer to take that instead.
The betrayal of one of his friends led to an arrest. The arrest produced a death sentence, but it was a death sentence for Naava and the others, that they might be free. And as J.C. hung on the cross, he cried, “It is finished!” And then he died. He was taken away and buried in a borrowed tomb. Naava was among the women who went back after a day or two to go and clean the body. She was also among one of the first to discover that he was no longer there! He had risen!
Josiah took Naava by the hand and brought her home. The kingdom was happy to have their princess back. They rejoiced with a party that is still going on today. Wasaki still has power over his land, but it won’t be long until the king will be back for an epic battle. People taken by Wasaki are being returned home all the time; ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They help missing sons and daughters find their true identity. And eventually they all find what Josiah and Naava found…their happily ever after.