A few entries ago, I mentioned the story of The Princess Who Couldn't Laugh. And it bothers me a bit, because I can't remember how the story ends.
I remember the beginning of the story just fine. It goes like this:
Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a king and queen who were very concerned about their daughter. She was a good princess as far as princesses go, but the problem was that she never, ever laughed.
The king and queen were worried, because everyone should laugh at least once in a while, but the princess had never laughed once in her life. Even when they brought in the funniest court jesters and told her the latest knock-knock jokes, not a chuckle could be heard leaving her lips.
So one day, the king offered a reward throughout the kingdom: three hundred gold pieces to the person who could make the princess laugh. Many people came, but all of them failed. And so the years went on, and the princess got older, and she became sadder and sadder, because a life without laughter is an unhappy life indeed.
But one day, the hero of the story, whose name is Jack, appears. He does something to make the princess laugh, but I don't remember what he does! Maybe he shows her one of my videos or something. Anyway, I completely forget the end of the story, and it's been bugging me for a while.
I do remember the end to The Princess Who Couldn't Cry, which is a rather similiar story. It goes like this:
Once upon a time, in a far away land (but not the same land as the first story), there was a king and queen with an eleven-year-old daughter. She was a very nice little girl, and she was popular with everyone in the kingdom, but there was a problem: she never cried.
Now, I'm not saying that the king and queen wanted their daughter to be unhappy, but they knew that it's abnormal for someone to totally tearless in their life. Even as a baby, she never cried, and babies cry all the time. It was rather unsettling.
So the king and queen asked the three wise men of the court if they could make the princess cry. The first wise man said he could do it easily, and he marched right up to her room and broke all of her dolls. But she didn't cry; instead, she laughed, because those dolls were ugly and she wanted new ones anyway.
The second wise man tried to make her cry by making scary faces at her, but again, the princess laughed, because she thought they looked funny. And the third wise man said he could make her cry by giving her a really hard spanking, but the king and queen refused to let him try because it was a cruel idea.
And so, no one could make the princess cry, and that would have been the end of the story if it wasn't for a peasant girl named Danielle. Danielle was eleven years old, just like the princess, and when she was out buying food in the market with her mother, she heard about the princess' plight.
Danielle knew what to do, so she ran to the palace, which apparently had bad security, because she was able to meet the king and queen without any trouble whatsoever. She told them she could make the princess cry, because they were both the same age. The king and queen figured it couldn't hurt to let her try, so they sent Danielle to the princess' room.
About a half hour later, Danielle's mother came looking for her daughter. The king and queen said she was with the princess, and together, all three of them went to the princess' room. As they went down the hall, they could hear big sobs and sniffles. The crying became louder and louder as they got closer to the door, until they entered the room itself, where lo and behold! The princess was with Danielle, and they were both crying their eyes out.
They all asked Danielle how she made the princess cry, when no one else could. Danielle just smiled and pointed to the bag of food she had brought from the marketplace. Inside was a bunch of freshly-cut onions.
Everyone praised Danielle for her cleverness, and she and the princess became fast friends. They all lived happily ever after that, even if they were crying. The End.