"Open your present"

Fairy tales

"Open your present," she said, whispered, from afar. For the princess was on her own, no one around but a sparrow perched on a nearby rock, and the wind, and the snow.

"Open your present," she whispered again, hoping he would hear.

And the prince heard. He sat, miles and miles away, in another forest, on a rock (as the sparrow) and held his present in his lap, and all the animals of the forest came around him, sat in a circle, and watched. They watched, for the princess could not watch. And the birds sang for the prince, once again a little boy with his present. And the birds sang for the princess, alone with the snow and the wind and the sparrow.

And the whole world waited.

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