Esmeralda Wants To Be a Princess
By: Steve Mathisen
Esmeralda sat on the floor in her room and looked at the drawings hanging on her wall. Each one was a princess from a book she had read. She drew each one as she read the story and then hung them on her wall when she was done with the book. Each drawing gave her such vivid memories that she could tell each story just from looking at them.
Esmeralda wanted to be a real, live princess more than anything in the whole wide world so she would draw what she imagined.
“Ezmie!” Her mother called from downstairs.
“Yes mother, I’m coming. I was just … um … straightening up my room.”
“Your breakfast is ready, and it won’t stay hot forever.”
“Yes, mother, I’ll reheat it myself if it gets cold.”
Esmeralda stood up, looked at her posters again and then hurried down the stairs to the kitchen.
Things started bouncing around in the kitchen, and her mother had to grab the dishes to keep them from falling on the floor,
“Ezmie! Stop bouncing on the stairway. You’re rattling the whole house again.”
“Sorry mother, I forgot.”
As she was eating her breakfast, her mother asked, “What do you have planned today?”
“I am going to practice my waltzing, so I can be graceful at a ball.”
Her mother hesitated for a moment and then said, “Being graceful is … is … always a good idea. Where are going to do this?”
“I was thinking about the living room.”
“Um … can I suggest that you do it outside? I am going to be busy straightening up in the house. We’re having company for dinner tonight.”
Crestfallen, Esmeralda said, “Ok, that will give me room to move about more freely.”
“Yes! Yes, it will. That’s a good plan sweetheart.”
Outside, Esmeralda found a spot among some trees where she could dance around all she wanted without bumping into anything or breaking any dishes. So she bounced and flounced and waltzed to her heart’s content.
“I love this practice!” She said to herself as she executed another pirouette, “I am becoming as graceful as a swan.”
Suddenly there was a racket coming from up in one of the trees. Esmeralda looked to see where it was coming from and there were two squirrels chattering at her from one of the branches.
She stopped to listen, and to her surprise, she could understand them!
“Will you please stop that infernal jumping around! You’ve woken up my babies and broken half my furniture!”
“I … I’m sorry. I had no idea. I was just doing my waltzing practice. I’m going to be a princess someday!”
The squirrel stared at her for just a moment and then began laughing uncontrollably.
“You … you … you’re going to be a princess?”
Then the squirrel laughed so hard she almost fell out of the tree.
“Why yes,” Esmeralda responded. “Why not?”
“Have you ever looked in a mirror sweetie,” the squirrel said still laughing.
“Haven’t you ever noticed that you were a little large … ha ha … and green…ha ha ha … and scaly to be a princess? Dearie, you are a dragon and dragons can’t be princesses!”
“Hmmpph! That shows what you know. My Mom told me I could be anything I want as long as I study and work hard. That’s what I am doing out here today. I am practicing my waltzing so I will be the best dancer at the royal ball.”
“Royal ball? Haha! It … ha ha …it … ha ha … it will be a long time before you get invited to a royal ball.”
Just then there was a thrup-thrup, thrup-thrup, thrup-thrup sound coming from the sky. Both Esmeralda and the squirrel looked up to see another dragon flapping its wings and landing right in front of them.
Both Esmeralda and the squirrel were speechless at the sight of what looked like a boy dragon dressed up like a prince.
“Hello,” the prince said.
The prince rushed to her side and picked her up in his arms, “Oh no, I seem to have scared her.”
“You think?” said the squirrel.
“I just wanted to ask her to the Royal Dragon Ball.” said the prince.
Esmeralda woke up suddenly, “Did you say Royal Dragon Ball?”
The prince replied, “I sure did. We only hold one every hundred years, and we are doing so this year. I have been hunting far and wide for someone to invite, and I was told about you by your mother. She told me where I could find you. And when I saw you dancing … I … uh … you … were … spectacular!”
The prince helped Esmeralda to her feet, “Please say you will come with me!”
Then he bowed to her.
Esmeralda looked at the prince, then she looked at the squirrel and then back at the prince and said, “I will have to ask my mother and father but, YES!”
The prince looked up at her and said, “You make my heart glad. Let us go and ask immediately.”
With that, he took her arm, and they walked Esmeralda’s home.
Esmeralda turned and looked back at the squirrel over her shoulder, just ever so slightly stuck out her tongue and smiled.