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Seeking the Truth
There was once a land far, far away inhabited by brightly colored plants
and animals. All of the land's creatures roamed about in harmony. Dragonflies of
red, blue, and green flittered together with the colorful butterflies.
Creatures, never before seen by any human, resided in tall trees, wide plains of
tall grasses, and vast blue oceans that stretched endlessly. Indeed, it was a
realm of great wonders. It seemed as though rainbows floated down upon the
valleys, taking up permanent residence there. All of the creations, from the
tiniest molecule of air to the largest stars, seemed merry with their radiant
colors. Luminous sunrays accentuated the entire domain, creating a blinding
crystalline palace. Such was the dwelling place of never before known beings,
beings ever so delicate and mystical, like blowing winds. These creatures,
swifter than the swiftest hummingbird, cleverer than the sliest fox, flew,
danced, and strolled about freely. They, the size of lilacs, varied in colors,
ranging from glittering red to sparkling blue. They came out during the day,
working and frolicking; they came out during the night, making mischief with one
another. Since mankind had never seen these creatures, no names had been given
to them. But here, they shall be known as Tinklets.
"Lilia, where are you?" called one of these small beings, flying about in search of her. Using her little hand to shield her eyes from the blazing sun, this red-haired Tinklet searched the horizon.
"Has she gone away again?" asked an elderly Tinklet, squinting to see off in the distance.
"Yes, Elfon, we cannot find her," answered the red Tinklet.
"Well, then have a search party, Annalie," he ordered. "We'll have to find her. Prince Samorus wants to take her hand in marriage." He then opened his transparent wings and flew away, circling the treetops until he was out of sight. Annalie sighed. How was she going to assemble a search party? She wished that Lilia had not gone off like that, without telling anyone where she was going. But she knew that Lilia would not go far. She always had her own secret, secluded hiding places in which to think. Lilia loved to think. She wanted to probe all truths. And Annalie was correct: Lilia was humming a mellow tune as she hid inside a hollow tree.
"Does this prince love me with all his true heart? Is his love as honest as the twinkling stars above? Is it as ardent as the blazing sun? Will his love endure through time?" She asked these questions, wishing for answers. "I must find out. I shall not marry anyone whose love is untrue. He must not love me only for my beauty. He must not love me only for my powers."