Long, long ago there lived a king named Gibbulet and his queen whose name was Violet. The King and Queen had two children, Prince Grenadere and Princess Leena. They lived in a kingdom far away in the land of Ammarilia. For thousands of years, the kingdom existed in total peace and harmony with nearby kingdoms.
A wicked, old sorcerer also lived in Ammarilia and had fallen madly in love with Princess Leena. His name was Immoralis. Immoralis was a lot older than the princess and had watched her grow up into a beautiful, young woman. He knew the king would not allow him to have the princess’ hand in marriage, so he devised a way to have both the princess and the Kingdom of Ammarilia for himself.
When Princess Leena was 16 years old, Immoralis cast a spell on the princess that on her twentieth birthday, she would behold his painting on the castle wall and fall in love with him. What Immoralis did not know was that the Princess was already in love with another and had planned to be married on her twentieth birthday. Her true love was to become heir to the throne in the nearby land of Provencia. She would be his queen.
Prince Grenadere had grown up to be tall and exceptionally handsome. He was two years older than his sister and was heir to the throne of Ammarilia. Every maiden in the kingdom dreamed of becoming the bride of the prince. No one knew, not even the queen and king, that the prince was also in love with a beautiful princess whose name was Daphne from a far away land. The two fell in love at first sight and had vowed to spend their lives together. This princess had a very special gift that Prince Grenadere did not want anyone to know, which was why he kept his love for her a secret.
Both the King and Queen were plump and jolly without a care in the world. The King completely trusted Immoralis and was oblivious to the plot that was already being formed against him to rid him of his throne and eliminate his heir, Prince Grenadere.
Immoralis’s plan to conquer the kingdom would require assistance. He solicited the help of four witch sisters from the nearby land of Satanica by promising them the souls of the king, queen and prince.
The day came when Princess Leena was one week from her twentieth birthday. She was extremely excited about her upcoming wedding and a bit nervous too. Immoralis noticed and asked her why there was such a change in her behavior.
“Why, I’m preparing for my wedding on my birthday next week!”
At first Immoralis was furious, but then thought that the wedding arrangements could work for his benefit instead. On her twentieth birthday, she would not marry her true love but him instead, and all the arrangements for the wedding would have already been made. He congratulated the princess as she went on her merry way.
That night Immoralis met with the four witch sisters. He was sure to meet them outside the borders of Ammarilia so there would not be a chance of his being overheard. It took him all afternoon to travel to his destination.
“Time is of the essence! We must act soon to conquer the kingdom,” he told the witches.
“Don’t worry, Immoralis,” the oldest of the witches said in a witchy tone of voice. “The witches of Satanica have it all under control. A week from today at sunrise, we will stand at the four corners of the kingdom and chant and cast our spells. The kingdom will be yours by nightfall.”
“After the princess sees my picture, and I am married to her, I will slay the king, queen and prince.”
“If you don’t keep your promise to give us their souls, we will take yours instead,” the oldest witch said.
“You will have them that night. There’s no need to worry, my dear witch ladies.”
Little did Immoralis know, but he was in the kingdom of Prince Grenadere’s love, Daphne. She had been unable to sleep that night and had decided to take a walk through the royal gardens. As she neared the wall, she heard voices and crept closer to listen. What she heard startled her, for it was the voices of Immoralis and the witch sisters. Daphne slipped away quietly and mounted her horse and rode like the wind to the Kingdom of Ammarilia.
When King Gibbulet, Queen Violet, Prince Grenadere and Princess Leena heard what Immoralis was plotting, they were very angry and began to prepare a plan of their own. It was then that Princess Daphne revealed her secret. When she was born, she had been blessed by the fairies with special powers. These powers were stronger than any witch or sorcerer’s power, but they had to be used for good only. She had never used her powers before, but they all agreed that it was the time to put them to good use.
Finally Princess Leena’s twentieth birthday and wedding day arrived. The palace was beautifully decorated, and Leena’s love had arrived and his party brought gifts of gold and perfume. The banquet hall had been prepared for a feast and all in the kingdom were invited to the banquet. Immoralis arose at sunrise and dressed himself as a groom. He looked out of his chamber window and saw the four witch sisters in disguise as they made their way to the four corners of the kingdom.
Immoralis placed a painting of himself outside the princess’ chamber door. “When she opens the door, she will fall in love with me and me only,” said Immoralis. He walked to the end of the hall and waited. After a few minutes, the princess opened her door and beheld the painting of Immoralis and only pretended to fall in love with him, as a spell from Daphne had reversed Immoralis’ hex. Immoralis was elated and ran to the princess and bowed before her and kissed her hand.
“Let us be married today!” exclaimed Princess Leena.
“We will, my Love. We will!”
“Meet me in the throne room at nine o’clock sharp”, said the princess. “And we will be married then.”
“I will be there, my Love!”
The four witch sisters had reached the four corners of the kingdom and were beginning their chants. Suddenly Princess Daphne appeared before one witch and cast her own spell and banished the witch. She appeared at each corner of the kingdom vanquishing each witch. She then hurried back to the palace for the wedding.
Leena’s true love had been told to come at ten o’clock for the wedding and was unaware of what was happening at nine o’clock.
Sharply at nine o’clock, Immoralis appeared, ready to marry the princess. He carried a sword at his side with the intent to kill the king, queen and prince with it. Princess Leena stood at the throne before the King, Queen and Prince. She looked beautiful. Immoralis’ mouth watered at the thought of his marriage to the princess and his taking over the throne of the king. He walked proudly down the aisle toward the princess. Just before he reached her, Princess Daphne stepped between Leena and him.
“To all, hear my story!” Daphne announced. “I overheard Immoralis a week ago plotting to marry the princess and to kill the King, Queen and Prince of Ammarilia.” The crowd gasped.
Immoralis began to get nervous. “Liar!” he cried.
“I am no liar,” said Daphne. “The four witches you solicited to help you in your evil plot have been defeated. Now you will join them in eternal doom!” Daphne clapped her hands. A thunderbolt came out of the blue and struck Immoralis, and he disappeared.
When Immoralis opened his eyes, he was with the four witches in a place that reeked with fire and brimstone.
“You failed!” the witches screamed. “Now you are ours!” Immoralis began screaming and running with the witches not far off his heels and he was never heard from again.
At ten o’clock sharp the wedding proceeded as planned and Princess Leena became Queen of Provencia. A few months later, Prince Grenadere married Princess Daphne, and they all lived happily ever after.