There once was a princess. One day she was walking along the woods just outside her family’s castle when she came across a lizard.

“Hello there, your majesty” said the lizard.

The princess was shocked for she had never seen a talking lizard before.

“How is it, Lizard,” the princess asked “that you are able to talk?”

“I was not always a lizard. I was once a prince from a faraway kingdom but an evil witch cast a spell on me. Since then, I have been roaming these woods in the hope that I can break the spell.”

The princess had an idea.

“My kingdom is closely allied with the kingdom of the Sea People. I have a friend who is a mermaid and she has magical powers. Perhaps she could break the spell?”

“It is worth a try.” responded the lizard, “Please lead the way.”


The princess and the lizard went on a long trek through the woods and towards the coast. Finally they arrived on the shore near the sea people’s kingdom.

Once there, the princess gave out a special high pitched squeal. This was a secret password that when uttered would send sound-waves down the ocean and alert her friend the mermaid. Hearing the signal, the mermaid swam towards the shore, perching herself on a rock within the sea.

“My dear friend the land princess, what brings you to the shore?” asked the Mermaid.

“I met this lizard, who has informed me that he was once a prince but has had a nasty curse put on him by an evil witch.” was the princess’s response. “Is there any way in which you can break this curse?”

“Alas, I cannot help you” replied the Mermaid gravely. “The evil witch of which you speak stole my magical necklace when I was resting on a rock. She flew down and grabbed it, and then flew away! As I am a mermaid and have no legs I am unable to go after her on land, and so sadly I am without any magical powers!”

To this the princess declared “What a horrible witch, to have caused such discomfort to two of my dear friends. I shall confront her and demand she return your necklace and break the evil curse!”

“Be careful,” warned the mermaid, “this witch is very dangerous. Be sure not to let her curse you, too!”


The princess and the lizard set off on their quest into the deep dark forest in search of the evil witch. However, the trek was long and the sun went down giving rise to the stars and the moon. The darkness made it difficult for the princess to navigate her way though the forest and soon they became hopelessly lost. Not knowing where she was walking the princess fell into a hole. There she was confronted by a large brown bear.

“What is a princess doing with a lizard and lying in a hole such as this one?” queried the bear.

The princess explained to the bear that the lizard was actually a price, put under a nasty spell by the evil witch.  The witch had also stolen her mermaid friend’s magical necklace so she needed to find the witch!

“The witch you speak of is nothing but trouble” advised the bear. “She has been ruling the forest through fear for a long time, using her magical powers against anyone who dares question her authority. You are a brave person  to confront her. If you and the lizard climb on my back I will take you to her house. But beware, she is a horrible creature and will not think twice in causing you harm!”.


So the princess and the lizard climbed on the bears back and he ran to where the witches house was. It was a small cottage, made from wood that was starting to rot from age.

The princess approached the front door. While knocking gently the door fell over on account of it being old and worn. The witch approached, looking especially ugly and aggravated.

“Who dares knock on my door?” she demanded.

“As princess of this land I demand you return the magical necklace you stole to its rightful owner, the mermaid!”

“Oh you do, do you?” teased the witch. “Well, I have another idea!” And with that, ZAP! The princess was turned to stone.

Fortunately the witch did not see the lizard. Knowing the magical powers stored within the necklace, he quickly slipped up behind her, yanked the necklace from her neck, and darted out the door.

“Come back with my necklace!” demanded the witch, but now that it was gone she had lost her magical power. She ran after the lizard. However, as she ran, she slipped and landed in a massive pool of mud. The mud surrounded her and soon dried up all around her like cement, leaving her stuck there for all eternity.

Meanwhile the lizard ran all the way back to the ocean. Swimming into the sea he found the mermaid and returned to her the magical necklace. The mermaid was so grateful; she then used the necklace to turn the lizard back into a prince, and the stone back into the princess.

The inhabitants of the deep dark forest were overjoyed by the departure of the evil witch and the end of her fearful rule. They installed the bear as their new leader and he ruled in a kind but just manner.

Meanwhile the princess married the prince and they lived happily ever after.

Published by Tomatrax