|And there was much rejoicing
||[Aug. 25th, 2011|10:44 pm]
Once there was a beautiful Princess, who was the daughter of a beautiful and wise Queen. And the Princess grew until she was of age and began to learn the ways of adulthood, such as the Laundering of the Clothes and the Heating of the Soup. |
And it came to pass that the Princess desired to move about the Kingdom without accompaniment. So the Queen temporarily abdicated her throne and took the Princess to the Place of Testing, so that the Princess might be allowed to drive a chariot unaccompanied. There the Princess faced many challenges - the Standing in Line and the Completing of the Paperwork and the Scheduling of the Test.
And after many hours, the Time of Testing was upon the Princess. The Queen drew herself aside to read while the Princess went alone to the Testing, for none are permitted to assist in the Testing. And the Princess did the Blinkering and the Honking and the Shifting and the Forwards and the Backwards and the Turning of the Left and Right.
But alas, after a short time the Princess returned to the Queen with great sadness and said, "I have failed, for I was unable to position the chariot between the Parallel Poles of Despair." After which there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth and texting of friends and refusal of supper, and there was sadness in the kingdom, for the Princess still could not move about the Kingdom without accompaniment.
And the Queen returned to her throne the next day with sadness, and lamented to her court about the Princess' inability to position the chariot between the Parallel Poles of Despair.
One of the Queen's wizards, who was very wise indeed, offered counsel to the Queen.
"Perhaps" said the wizard, very wisely indeed, "the Queen might accompany the Princess to the Place of Testing after the Time of Testing for the day is complete, and thereby allow the Princess to practice the Positioning of the Chariot between the Parallel Poles of Despair, so that the familiarity of the Place of Testing will become a comfort to her in her Trials."
The Queen was delighted with this advice, and conveyed the Wizard's words to the Princess, which caused the Princess to laugh with delight. And the Queen took the Princess to the Place of Testing so she might follow the advice of the Wizard.
When they arrived at the Place of Testing, they found other chariots in a line, waiting to practice the Positioning of the chariot between the Parallel Poles of Despair. And the Queen noticed a rather large sign reading Practicing not permitted between the hours of 8:00 and 5:00, at which point the Queen began to feel a bit less wise, since she was apparently the only one in the Kingdom to which it had not occurred that practicing at the Place of Testing was a Logical Idea.
But the Queen put aside her feeling of foolishness and encouraged the Princess to practice many times, until the sun set and it became too dark to clearly see the Poles of Despair, and the Princess began to complain of hunger.
And the next morning, the Queen again abdicated her throne and took the Princess to the Place of Testing, and again the Princess bravely faced the Challenges of the Standing in Line and The Scheduling of the Test, and after many hours the Princess' Time of Testing was again upon her.
As before, the Queen drew aside to read, and as before the Princess went to face The Test alone, and as before the Princess returned so quickly that the Queen had not had time to finish even one story in her book. But this time the Princess was filled with gladness, and joyfully exclaimed "I passed!" before facing the final challenge of Standing in Line to Receive the Temporary License, which she did with a glad heart.
Then there was a time of Celebration, wherein the Queen and Princess partook of a feast, and then they returned home.
And the the Queen handed the keys of the chariot to the Princess and said, "Go pick up your brother." And then the Queen took a nap.