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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Princess and the Frog - (Short Story)

Once upon a time there lived a prince named Nemo. He was a very handsome and generous prince.(His facebook profile picture had over a thousand 'likes'). The people of his kingdom loved him. He was raised in a luxurious castle with his every whim fulfilled. As he grew up, he remained as generous as ever (though he would never part with his ipad). He liked to go hunting on his horse often (and not just in The Age of Empires). He was a fine young man and was looking forward to succeeding his father as king. (He still had to beat his father at Mafia wars before he could become king.)

An evil witch lived in the jungle. She was very beautiful but also very evil.(She had evaded tax and had served two terms in prison for embezzlement of funds when she had worked for the king).
She was feared by the people of the kingdom and when her antics became too twisted and dark (hacking into paypal accounts, spamming the news feeds of people), news of her reached the palace. The King sent Nemo to hunt down the witch. 

Nemo went to the jungle along with his trusted soldiers (not just the ones he had in Call of Duty. real soldiers.). The witch was soon found. She cast strange spells that made the soldiers sleepy (An FBI enquiry later revealed that it was mainly induced by their diet. The witch had no such power). Nemo evaded her spells and took out his sword.  She drew her sword and they began to duel. The duel lasted for hours. Both were equally skilled at warfare (They had played Mortal Combat online under aliases in the past). The witch was cunning. She cast a spell on Nemo that made his muscles brittle. But before his muscled stiffened, he plunged the sword into the witch's stomach. The witch let out a shriek and all her spells broke (BOFH excuse #24: Tachyon emissions caused the system overload). Before dying she cursed him, "You shall turn into an ugly frog and lose all your beauty!"

Hearing this, the prince was alarmed and begged her to undo the curse. She laughed wickedly and said, "Sure, I will undo the curse. You will become a handsome young prince if any fair princess in the world kisses you. If such a thing does happen, you both will live happily ever after as a couple.(And get featured on    AFV).  I don't think there is much chance of that. Do you?" She mocked him and breathed her last.

The soldiers who had fallen under her spell began to wake up. Once they were fully conscious, they saw the witch's dead body and concluded that Nemo must have defeated and killed her. But the prince was nowhere to be found. They searched till dusk and returned to the palace with the news that the prince had gone missing. They even searched for him  on Google and were greeted with "Your search - prince Nemo - did not match any documents.)

The king sent out search parties to find Nemo.(They even used Yahoo! and Bing).The soldiers searched for him everywhere. No trace of his was ever found. Not even his digital fingerprint.(His twitter account was suspended sometime later). The king went into a severe depression and handed over the kingdom to his nephew. He spent the last of his days mourning the loss of his prince.

Meanwhile, the frog jumped from one pond to another. It thought, "The only way that a princess can kiss me is if I am near to her in the first place." The frog hopped and hopped till it reached the neighboring kingdom.
There it met an other frog which showed it the way to sneak into the palace through the firewall. Once our frog reached the palace, it needed a place to stay. It took shelter in the fountain that was in the princess' private lawn. The princess' chamber opened directly into the lawn. It waited for its chance.

One day, when the princess was walking alone a midst the plants, the frog hopped onto the rim of the fountain and spoke her name aloud. The princess was taken aback. (At first she thought it was some crazy stalker who had made his way into the lawn). Then, she leaned forward towards the frog. It said her name aloud again.

The beautiful princess was mesmerized by the talking frog. She asked it it's tale. Once the frog revealed what it really was, she was even more surprised. When it told her about the curse and that it would once again be a handsome prince if the lady kissed it, she wondered if it was trying to make out with her using false pretenses.

She asked a question to her followers on facebook if she should kiss the frog. The overwhelming majority of her friends and subscribers answered 'yes'. Others said 'no' and there were a few people who voted 'can't say' and there were a few who thought it was a joke and answered 'LOL'. She decided to go with the facebook poll on this situation and agreed to kiss the frog. But her father was a conservative and forbade her. She was a teenager. So she was determined to kiss the frog now that her parents disapproved.

One evening, when she was alone in the palace, she went to the fountain and called out, "Nemo. Come out. I want to kiss you.". Upon hearing this, Nemo leapt out of the water and dropped the food he was eating. He rinsed his mouth with the fountain's water and eagerly held out his face. The princess said, "No tongue."
Nemo reluctantly agreed. They kissed deeply.

And the curse was lifted. Nemo became a handsome young prince again. And Nemo and the princess got married after dating for a year. The prince and the princess then became king and queen and  they lived happily ever after in their little pond by the river.