Lavender Scar: Part I

Updated: Sep 13

Impartial Choice


Once upon a time, there lived a young king called Impartial, he was six feet tall with dusky skin, black silky hair, and brown eyes. Though he was well known for his strategies and wars, King Impartial was a scholar who insisted on maintaining good relations with his neighbouring kingdoms. He, however, earned his reputation while avenging his father’s death by killing the traitors in his council. For this, King Impartial heavily relied upon his best friend General Fair who stood loyal unlike many others when it mattered the most.


Fair’s father started as a soldier and grew up in the ranks. He eventually even fought the traitors alongside King Impartial. However, during the second battle, he lost his life and his son took over his father’s duty.


Just like his father, General Fair stood by King Impartial with blind loyalty. Fortunately, Impartial was exceptional in his administration and his subjects loved him for providing employment and sanitation. A few of them even called him the true son of Primrose for doing what none of his predecessors ever tried to do.


Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Lavender, there lived a princess named Elegant. She is one of the most beautiful princesses in the world with golden hair, black eyebrows, emerald green eyes, and an oval face with glowing skin. Her compassionate nature and fluent words made many men desire her. Though many of them knew about her not many knew about her sister.


Called by many as Gentle, the young princess had gorgeous long black hair, grey eyes, and eyebrows like a rainbow. She was as simple as a commoner and spent most of her time in art school, painting. She knew most of them found it to be unbelievable that she was the younger sister of Elegant. However, in her support, there were a few who couldn’t appreciate her sister’s presence too.


Located adjacent to each other, the kingdoms of Lavender and Primrose shared many trade deals, especially fish from Primrose and grain from Lavender. The forest of Arax which spread between the kingdoms acted as a natural border and caravans had to pass through it every day.


However, for the past two years, traders and their men had been attacked consistently by tribes after they have united as one. Unable to lose men every passing day, the traders pleaded for help from their kings and a meeting was held by King Sacred of Lavender. Though King Impartial intended to attend, due to a natural calamity in his province, he sent General Fair to attend the meeting.


During their meeting, General Fair met both the princesses of Lavender. Though he heard about Princess Elegant’s beauty, he never witnessed it in person and was amazed when he did. As soon as he returned, he informed King Impartial, “I’ve found a perfect queen for you my king! I did not believe when others praised her but I must tell you that she lives up to every word used to describe her. She is gracious, a rare beauty, a worthy partner, and a perfect choice!”


Listening to his friend, Impartial was surprised. It was rare for Fair to pay anyone compliments. He was one of those people who would avoid giving a compliment even when the other person deserved one. After a moment of silence, Impartial said, “If she is willing to meet me, I would like to consider this proposal.”


Fair smiled before leaving. Later that night, he sent a letter to King Sacred proposing a bond in marriage. Within the next few days, they heard back asking to select a day for the meeting.


Days passed by and the night before the meeting, Princess Gentle stood before the mirror in her cosy chamber trying different dresses. After a couple of tries, she asked, “Tell me, Lulu. Should I dress in a special way as my sister has requested or should I be myself?”


Observing the princess striving hard, Lulu, the pale green parrot replied, “Wasn’t it you who told me that the most beautiful things are often simple?”


Dropping the garment in her hand, Gentle protested, “I don’t want the maids whispering about how I have embarrassed my sister.”


Lulu stayed silent and the princess just smiled looking at her friend. The next day, Lulu was impressed to see that the princess did not wear any special dress or jewels. She just dressed as she always did, which was quite casual.


King Impartial was adorned in crimson armour & jewels. He sat in his chair waiting for Princess Elegant while listening to the maids whispering and looking around to see the palace filled with flowers, mirrors to reflect sunlight, golden pillars, and royal guards.


As the young king observed all around, Princess Elegant and Gentle arrived before settling in the chairs facing him. Looking at them, the young King was amazed. Turning to Fair, Impartial whispered, “She looks blissful.”


Fair was glad that Impartial liked the princess. Turning towards the King of Lavender, Impartial said, “Your daughter is as beautiful as the full moon King Sacred. If you agree, I would like to marry her.”


After obtaining his consent through a nod, King Impartial walked towards the princess and offered his hand to Princess Gentle. While everyone stood shocked, Lulu thought, “So this one appreciates beauty too.”

 

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Credits

This contribution is edited by Edlyn ​D’souza, & Manognya Bethapudi & illustrated by Sravani Dhulipala.

 

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This short story is available as paperback & ebook.




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