Once upon a time on a winter’s eve, when nightfall had dropped a veil of darkness over the world and the ornate fireplace was spitting out embers, Queen Esmeralda sat by her window, which provided the most beautiful view in their Kingdom. The bright moon against the backdrop of the dark sky looked so beautiful that she thought to herself, “If only I had a child as dark as coal, as brave as a lion, and as wise as an owl.”
Not long afterward, her wish came true albeit partially. Queen Esmeralda gave birth to a baby girl. They called her Pitch Black. Her skin tone was the darkest and the most beautiful in the Kingdom and was the envy of all the pale, fair maidens in the Kingdom. Unfortunately, Queen Esmeralda died when Pitch Black was still far too young to remember her.
A year later, the King remarried. Queen Rowena, the new and second Queen, and Pitch Black’s stepmother was not a very beautiful woman with her fair skin, but she was very wise. She loved Pitch Black like her own daughter. Her biggest dream was to have a kingdom of wise people. She could not stand stupidity and foolishness. Queen Rowena had a magical mirror. Every morning she stood before it, looked at herself, and said:
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is wisest of all?
To this the magical mirror answered…
(To be continued… tomorrow)
This is Part 1 of 7. Stay tuned to explore Pitch Black’s story. The next part will be published tomorrow.
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