The Scroll: A Short Story

Once upon a time, there lived a princess in a far away castle. The princess had a younger sister who was loved by everyone. Unlike the princess, her sister was beautiful, smart, and admired by everyone. Because of this the princess felt alone and unloved. She was jealous that all the attention was given to her sister. She did everything that her sister does thinking that if she will do the same, then everyone would love her. But they didn’t. She grew up being unnoticed, she felt invisible. Years passed, her hatred grew and grew.

One night, a fairy visited her dream and told her about the scroll to which she was told it contained magic.

“Only write your heart’s desire and it will come true. Once written, can’t be removed. But once destroyed, all that is written is lost.”

“Think wisely, for when it’s destroyed, the one who used it will forever be gone, and forgotten.”, the fairy said.

The princess woke up the next day and found the scroll beside her. She was astonished at first, it was too hard to believe that her dream was real. She sat down and thought about it carefully.

“But it’s impossible. I must be imagining things!”

She hid the scroll under her bed and went on with her day.

The next day, the sisters heard the news about a young prince visiting their kingdom. When the prince came, his eyes was only fixed on her sister. The princess was so jealous that she wished her sister was gone.

That night she thought about her dream and started writing on the scroll. She did not think of anything, she wrote and wrote and wrote until she felt contented.

The next morning, everything changed. All that she wrote on her scroll did came true. People started liking her. Her parents attention was on her. Her sister’s friends started talking to her. Everyone liked her! even the prince who was supposed to marry her sister.

The princess was so happy that she got all the attention she was longing to have. She was happy to see her sister suffer. With no friends to talk to, no family to care for her, no one noticing her, it’s as if she was invisible.

Days passed and it was like nothing had happened. The princess was enjoying everyone’s company while her sister became an outcast. Her sister felt exhausted that she wished to die.

It wasn’t long enough when the princess felt unhappy with what she did. She didn’t have privacy because everyone doesn’t want to leave her. They want to be with her wherever she goes. She is tired of them clinging to her all the time. And maybe deep inside she knows all of this wasn’t real at all. It wasn’t genuine nor true. It was all fake…but what could she do? It was her only way.

It was too late when she realized it was all wrong. One night, she saw her sister who was about to jump off the balcony. This was not what she wanted. She hurriedly went to her and left the swarming people around her.

“What are you doing up there?!”, the princess said.

Her sister looked at her with hatred.

“It was you, wasn’t it?”, She uttered with despair.

“Come down, I didn’t mea— “

“Are you happy now? Taking everything away from me.”

“I’m not. I’m sorry.”

“If you’re sorry, then bring everything back to how it was before.”

“I can’—“

“You can’t right? You can’t because you don’t want to.”

The princess doesn’t know what to say. Her sister came down with disgust on her face.

She walked passed by the princess and said, “I wish you’re gone. You disgust me.”

The princess suddenly felt heavy. She doesn’t know what to do. Everyone came and swarmed around her. She wanted everyone gone. She want it to stop.

She grabbed her pen and the scroll. But it was too late before she could write something. Everyone swarmed and pushed themselves around her. She dropped the scroll on the floor and it came near the fireplace.

Her heart dropped as she saw the scroll was about to get destroyed.

“No! This can’t be! Nooooooooo!”

But it was too late. As they walked towards her, their feet shoved the scroll until it caught the fire.

The princess horridly watch her scroll get eaten by the fire and her life, Gone. Forever.


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    1. That’s very true. Instead of focusing on ourselves to be better, what we do is wasting it on someone else’s life. I do hope we start loving ourselves moreπŸ’–. Btw, thank you for sharing your thoughts, really appreciate itπŸ˜ŠπŸ’– Stay safe!πŸ’•

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    1. Thank youuu!!! I really made the story related to the people in my life whom I know had these negative traits and hopefully if they could read it someday, they could reflect and change(for the better). πŸ’– Thank you for sharing your thoughts!πŸ’–πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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      1. Oh wow! Hopefully they’ll be able to read it.😊 I really like your stories, since the last one. Hoping to hear more from you soon! Thank youπŸ€—

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    1. Are you sure? It seems the princess thought this too, when she wrote out her wishes on the scroll. Are we not reaping the same karma when we think it our place to enlighten others to their failures? In so doing, we have now cast ourselves in the princess’ role. Did I just do this same act to myself? Blessings!

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      1. I can’t know fore sure, but isn’t it the way you felt when you wrote the words and what you intended? Otherwise you give the words more power than they have. What would happen to someone who never wrote a single word?
        If otherwise I would have written “Our story would end like this as well.” Then I for my part would have written it out of dispair and an hopeless acceptance. Thinking that I will never deserve a different ending. But how should I know? There never are only two ways. Otherwise I could say “I will get cancer” and then either believe it and actually get cancer or believe that I because of this won’t get it, but then still get it, since my body didn’t care about what I wrote or said.
        I for my part have a feeling that I usually do things wrong, am in the way or shouldn’t be. But at least I can dream and hope. And you are only getting the role of the princess, if you act or wish out of egoistic reasons. But because you questioned yourself and also my words, it seems more that you feel trapped or lost. Not to say scared to end up like the princess. But if you ask me, you won’t. The story is about caring for others and not just yourself because only caring for yourself will make you end up alone, at least inside. It is a horrible thing to be alone, so why not take the loneliness of someone else and with it your own? The story is a reminder, that things could be better together, wouldn’t we not only think about our own loss or gain and instead see what we could accomplish together. Instead of writing on a scroll she also could have sworn or used a spell or other things. ❀ I hope you understood what I meant, I know, I am very complicated and confusing from time to time. Not to say crazy.

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      2. Yes, I understood what you have said. I just tend to see both sides of things; thus, I bring them out for people to think and grow. I am sorry you usually feel you do things wrong. What is right for one person may be wrong for another, but that does not mean it is wrong for both. I would encourage you to never second guess your reasoning behind any story, just look at it thoroughly–because there in lies your own personal growth! If I caused you undue discomfort, I apologize. That was never my reason for saying what I said. I would challenge you to think about what will happen if those you hope see it and recognize themselves not only do not see these things but do the opposite of what you wish. Write about that! You have a talent in your short story writing. Don’t call names, but describe what you see happening if people do not learn what you would have them learn. It will give you a better understanding of the other side maybe. Blessings; be safe!

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      1. That is basically what I was saying, but it is usually negative Karma that comes back because we are not suppose to judge others or determine what they should or should not be doing. Thus, you are right, we should always be careful of our actions! πŸ–€


      1. Thank You, Christine! I am glad you followed my site too! I appreciate your appraisal of my poems. When I get feedback on them, it helps me to know what others like. Some of my writings, I do because I want to try what others want me to write. Some, I do just because. So, I always appreciate the Follows and the Comments! They mean much to me! Thank You so much for the Follow and for the Comments. πŸ’žπŸ’–


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