Beauty Is In the Eyes Of the Beholder By : Kiarra Bell Period 4 10-2-17
Once a upon a time, there was melancholy King named Cashembala who was conflicted between starving his subjects to death or being married because there was a famine in the land. The famine caused the economy to plummet and decreased the crown's wealth. Cashembala had no way to feed his people and did want to forge an alliance with the Wild Ones, who possessed a lot of food, but wanted him to make their leader Poppy queen.
He had heard Queen Poppy was a beast and quite ugly. They said her face was hell and her breath was a bath of dirty cat litter. It was was also rumored she ate her last husband after her coronation to be the sole ruler. But everyday he ignored the proposal, people died. He had tried growing more crops, but they all failed. He had tried asking other kingdoms, but they had shortages of their own. So,marriage was his only hope.
On the night before the wedding, the King refused to leave his bed chambers and begged his advisors to call off the wedding. But they reminded him that as King it is his duty to provide for the people no matter the cost and all the rumors he heard were probably lies. The King thought about what his father said to him as a child, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder". So he thought if she was willing to save his people, then she must be a good-hearted person.
The next day, the King's subjects praised him for his sacrifice and blessed him with many gifts. They prayed the new Queen blessed him with many kids and happiness. They shouted till he reached the wedding banquet "Long Live the King!" From their shouts and encouragements, the King Cashembala fears subsided and was content that he pleased his people and was loved for it. And the wedding began.
Queen Poppy awaited him at the alter with a radiant smile and King Cashembala smiled as well. She explained all the rumors were a hoax to see if he was truly a worthy King, who would not starve his people because he valued love more than them. As a gift to him, she granted him many golden jewels, so that the people would never go hunger again. And so they lived