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Aarav the prince and Kingdom of Moon – Toddler Story

It was early morning. Aarav, the prince was practicing his archery skills. A soldier came running towards the prince informing about a special messenger from the Kingdom of Moon. Aarav, the prince rushed to the palace, greeting the messenger.

Aarav

“Prince, we need your help. King of Moon had sent the message to ask your help”

Aarav  send the messenger back promising that he will reach Moon as early as possible. Aarav got into his horse speeding up towards the Kingdom of Moon. The hooves of the horse crushed the dried leaves in the forest to give a rhythmic sound.

“Prince, Devil of Zelo kidnapped my daughter Eva. He is fierce and I am afraid to send an army to combat. He might hurt my daughter. Please save her”

Devil of Zelo is one among the dangerous thieves of the age. He killed the king of Zelo and took over the reign of the kingdom years back. Since then he is a threat to the well-being of every other kingdom.

Aarav felt furious hearing it. “I will teach him a lesson”.

He called “Hero”, his black horse to give instructions and started his journey towards the Kingdom of Zelo. He traveled two days and three nights to reach the kingdom of Zelo.

There is a huge fort which restricts any human entry from outside world. He stayed near the fort looking for options to get into the palace. He saw an old man walking through the road. He was shivering due to cold. Aarav reached near him as if he is a merchant. After a short discussion, he understood that there is a market near City center of Zelo. Every day merchants will be allowed inside the fort for trade. They will be thoroughly checked before admitting inside the fort.

Aarav dressed as a merchant mixed and with the crowd who were walking towards the city center. Hero was following him and one leg of the horse is tied with sticks as if it is broken. Guards stopped the prince to do routine security checks.

“We haven’t seen you here. What are you selling”
“I am coming for the first time, my lord. I have few exclusive Diamonds for the King of Zelo. I hope I will get some good price for these”
Guards laughed. “Dumbo, our king never pay anyone. He just grabs what he needs”

Aarav pretended defending his wish and walked out of the arena.

“Wait there. Don’t dare to move”, A soldier yelled from the crowd. Aarav turned back.
“What happened to the horse legs”?
“He broke his leg, My Lord. You are kind to notice this animal’s pain. You are great”

The soldier seems elated for a moment smiling wide at his subordinates.
“Hmm, Go ahead” , the soldier did not object to taking it in. He seems flattered by the praise of Aarav.
He reached the highly secured Palace near the city center.
“I have some precious gems and stone for the king. Can I show that to him?”, He asked the guard. He stared rudely at the prince.
“Please, He will reward me with a lot of gold and I will give you few”, Aarav murmured in his ears.
“Don’t forget”. He walked in to meet the king. “Ok. You can go in, but don’t forget about the gold”

They checked the prince throughout and let him in. When he was entering, Hero fell down neighing as if in pain. Aarav and the soldiers rushed to the horse. While Aarav was pleading for help, he cunningly took the sword hidden inside the leg of Hero.

“You should go now, the king might be waiting”, the soldier ordered.

Aarav left hero to taken care by the soldiers and reached the chamber of the king.
Devil of Zelo was visibly cruel. He deep reddened eyes scared everyone around. When he was looking at the diamonds and precious stones, Aarav locked the doors as if to show rarest of the diamonds.

“Why are closing the door”, asked the Devil.
“You should see this stones, which sparkles in the dark”, Aarav explained.
When Aarav made sure no one was around. He started talking to Devil about Eva.
“O King, I heard you kidnapped a beautiful woman from the Kingdom of Moon, Did you”?
“Err, Kidnapped? What is that? She belongs to Zelo. I took her”, growled the King.
“Why do you show your strength to innocent people”, Aarav was aggressive in his reply.
“How dare you speak like that to me”, Devil took out his sword. “Soldiers..”. His voice echoed in the room.
“You should fight with real men, coward!”

Aarav drew his sword. They fought fiercely. By time soldiers started assembling in front of the chamber.

“King, King! “, they started shouting.

The fight was fierce and none of them were ready to accept defeat. Aarav flipped over the wall and jumped on his taking his crown down with the sword.

“Return the princess and I leave you alive”, Aarav kept the sword close to his throat. Soldiers outside the chamber started breaking the door and by then Aarav tied the Devil with a rope and kept under his sword.
“If any one of you advance near me, I will kill your King. Stay back”, ordered the Prince. “Get Eva now”
Soldiers brought Eva near him.
“Don’t worry Princess, you are safe. Stay close and follow me”, Aarav dragged the Devil outside the chamber and towards the door. He saw Hero waiting to fly.

“Hero..”, Hero neighed stamping his front feet on the floor and came towards Aarav. Aarav lifted the princess and started riding Hero while dragging the Devil in the pathways of the City Center. People were happy seeing their cruel ruler being dragged through the street. They started protecting Aarav from the soldiers.
King of the Moon was anxiously waiting for Aarav and Eva. He saw a crowd celebrating the victory of the prince nearing the palace.

“Thank you Aarav. We are indebted with your great deeds”.

“Its an honor and duty my lord. You are my father’s close friend and ally and I am really grateful for the opportunity to protect you. Long live, King”.

Aarav bid goodbye to the King, Eva, and Citizens of the kingdom of Moon. He winked at Hero on their successful adventure and started riding towards his palace.

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