In a small kingdom surrounded by a dense forest, a king lived with his only daughter in a beautiful castle. Her full name was Jessica Madison Abigail Elizabeth, Princess of Woodland, but most people just called her “Jessie.”
Since Jessie was the king’s only daughter, and because he loved her more than anything in the world, he fulfilled her every wish. He was a good-natured king and he wanted his beloved child to grow up as happy as possible.
Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Princess Jessie became conceited and spoiled. She wasn’t happy unless she had everyone’s full attention. If her wishes were not immediately fulfilled, her mood instantly worsened.
She was rude to all of the servants, rarely even spoking to them in complete sentences. She was unreasonable too, like when she demanded ice cream with fresh strawberries in the dead of winter when there was no fresh fruit to be found.
Jessie was actually a sweet girl, but because she had always gotten everything she wanted, she had learned to expect the impossible and didn’t respect people’s work. One day she demanded a pink dress embroidered with yellow diamonds, and the very next day she found the color yellow unsatisfying and demanded they all be replaced with red gem stones.
Eventually, Princess Jessie became just plain bored. No one ever denied her a single wish. Jessie could think of nothing more to do with her time because the more things she wished for, the less fun it was to do anything with them.
When the king noticed that his daughter was becoming unhappy and spiritless, he ordered a golden carriage to drive her every day through the beautiful forest. He hoped this would excite her and keep her cheeks rosy from the fresh air, as befitted a princess.
One day, Jessie was particularly grumpy. Nothing pleased her: the food didn’t taste good, her beautiful pink dress suddenly scratched her neck, and even the golden carriage was not comfortable enough for the bumpy road through the forest.
She looked out of the carriage’s gold-framed window, dissatisfied and indifferent. Suddenly, something flashed past her window. It was a white creature that left a beautiful, glittering rainbow trail in its wake. It quickly dashed behind a tree. Jessie ordered the coachman to stop and ran towards the rainbow, but it dissipated by the time she reached it. Curious, she tiptoed further into the dense forest.
“What could that creature have been?” she wondered. Jessie had never seen anything so beautiful. “I want to see it again right now!” she said and she stamped her dainty foot on the forest floor. That’s how she always got things she wanted back at the castle.
She looked behind every tree, but found nothing. Not even a footprint in the mud. She walked a little more and caught sight of a clearing bathed in a wondrous, bright light. There, standing in the middle of the clearing, was the white creature.
Was it a horse? Jessie compared it to the royal horses pulling her carriage… No! It was no ordinary horse. It had a big white horn on its head that shone in the light like a crystal. The princess had never seen such a creature before, although she knew many animals of the forest quite well.
“Who are you?” Jessie called to the animal into the clearing.
“I am a unicorn,” said the creature. “And I’m lost! Your golden carriage shone so brightly in the sun that I followed it all the way here.”
Jessie noticed that the beautiful unicorn was sad.
“I am supposed to meet the other unicorns but I can’t find my way back,” the unicorn explained.
“What are you meeting for and where are you trying to go?” asked Princess Jessie.
“All unicorns meet regularly at a secret place that you humans don’t know about. There, young unicorns, like me, are taught by a great wizard. He teaches us how to be unicorns and how to get the power to shine and glow so beautifully. I really can’t be late!”
Jessie realized her mouth was open. She was dazzled by the beauty of this creature. She desperately wanted to pet the unicorn. But the unicorn refused her. Princess Jessie became annoyed.
“This forest belongs to my father, the King of Woodland! You are in our kingdom and you have to obey me!” she said forcefully.