Once upon a time, in a far away land, there lived a king and queen. Unfortunately for the royal couple, they had no children. Because of this, they were very sad.
One day, when the queen was walking back to the palace from the nearby river, the queen saw a fish which was struggling to swim. The fish had made its way to the shallow waters and was finding it difficult to swim there. The kind hearted queen took pity on the fish and scooped the fish and threw it in deeper waters.
Sighing, the queen turned and was about to walk back to the palace, when she heard a voice.
“Kind Lady, your wish will come true!”
The words were coming from the water and the queen was slightly shocked as she turned and saw nothing.
Puzzled the queen was about to again start when she was amazed and saw the nose of the tiny fish poking out of water. That was the very fish, the queen had just saved.
The queen did not know what to say as the fish continued. “Go home and be in peace. Your wish shall be granted.”
With that the fish disappeared from her view.
The queen was stunned for a whole of a second and stared at the water. And suddenly there was a beautiful smile on her face as the lady slowly walked back to her palace.
The queen could not stop smiling as she told the king all that had happened.
And just like the fish had promised, nine months later, the queen gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was very beautiful and they had decided to name the girl Briar Rose.
And the parents felt that the child was very special, the king and the queen decided to hold a special party during the christening of the child. They decided to invite all the fairies of the realms for the christening of the child so that the fairies would bless the child.
The king and the queen made a list of the fairies and totally figured that there were seven fairies in the kingdom who were to be invited.
“We shall make all the seven fairies her godmothers!” the king told the queen. “That way she shall always have their blessings.”
The queen enthusiastically nodded her head and then frowned. “Isn’t there another fairy?” the queen asked studying the list. “She lived in the tall tower....”
“There has been no news of her.” The king said shaking his head. “That fairy is probably no more.”
The queen looked doubtful but she eventually nodded her head.
So it was decided that the seven fairies would be invited to the christening and all the seven of them would be presented with golden plates and ornate drinking cups.
Soon the big day came and the seven fairies came. The king and the queen proudly presented the fairies with the gifts and then they presented their baby girl to them.
The fairies were really happy on seeing the child. Each one of the fairy blessed the child.
“I bless her with beauty!” the first fairy said.
“Wit!” said the second one.
“I bless her with dance!” the fourth one said.
“Song!” the next one complimented.
“Goodness!” the sixth fairy said softly.
The king and the queen were unable to stop smiling. This was the best christening ever. The child was given so many gifts and it promised to look like a....
The castle doors opened with a thud and the king and queen looked around. And they were shocked. Standing before them and looking very furious, was a fairy. That was the eighth fairy, the one whom almost everyone believed was dead.
And the eighth fairy saw the proceedings before her, her face turning ugly as she watched them. “Why was I not invited?” the fairy asked as she saw the golden plates and the cups in the hands of the other fairies.
“We....we thought....” The king stammered and he was frankly not able to say anything. The queen tried to come forward and pacify the fairy, but to no avail.
“There was a christening going on here and I was not invited. I received no gifts!” the fairy said her eyes glittering dangerously. “But I am here!” the fairy said viciously. “And I shall bless the child!” she said watching the king and the queen dangerously.
“Please my Lady!” the queen said in a pleading voice. “Do not say anything...”
“One day this child shall prick herself on a spindle and die!” the eighth fairy intoned.
There was a shock. Complete and utter shock, all over and no one spoke. No one looked capable of speaking and suddenly a melancholy air filled the castle. What had been a happy occasion suddenly turned into an unmitigated disaster.
“Please....” The king stammered finding his words.
But the eighth fairy turned and walked away from the palace without a second glance.
The queen hugged her child as she wept.
But all was not yet lost. Not completely.
The seventh fairy came forward. “I have not yet given my gift!” she told the couple kindly.
“Can you reverse the curse?” the queen asked urgently, unable to stop crying.
“No!” The fairy said shaking her head. “I cannot do that.”
The shoulders of the queen drooped in despair as the seventh fairy continued. “I shall however modify the curse.” the seventh fairy said. “When the princess pricks herself on the spindle, princess shall not die but she will fall asleep for a hundred years!” the seventh fairy said. “And she will wake up on being kissed by a King’s son.”
“Burn it all!” the king said savagely as he saw the spindles which had been thrown before him.
Following the day of the christening, the king had ordered his people to bring in all the spindles from all over the kingdom and had them all dumped in the courtyard. The king had them all burnt. The king was sure that he had missed nothing and that the curse of the eighth fairy would never come to pass.
Briar Rose was walking through the palace rooms. She was a bright and sunny girl and tried helping out all the people in her kingdom. And the people loved her. Today, however, her parents were out of town and she was exploring her palace.
As she was opening the older rooms of the palace, she came across a very old room, which had never been used. There she saw an old woman spinning what seemed to be a very strange device.
“What is this?” Briar Rose asked confused, as she came near the device.
“Come! I will show you!” the old lady said giving Briar Rose, the device.
“This is an old spindle!” the woman continued as Briar Rose touched it.
The prophecy came to pass and Briar Rose was pricked by the needle and because of the modified curse she fell into a deep sleep.
The king and the queen did not know what to do. They summoned the seventh fairy when they saw Briar Rose lying unconscious.
“I shall put the entire kingdom to sleep!” the fairy said on coming to the kingdom. “So that when she wakes up, she will not be distraught.”
The entire kingdom accepted the wise words of the fairy.
“And I shall ask the trees from the forest to shield the palace so that the Princess will not be harmed during her sleep.” the fairy continued.
The Prince was galloping through the forest and was very surprised when he saw the strange formation of the trees right in the middle of the forest.
“What is that?” the Prince asked confused.
“No one knows, your majesty!” One of the servants said.
“Probably the place is haunted!” Another said.
“Probably, there are demons there!” The third one said.
“No! There is a beautiful princess lying asleep there!” a wise old man said finally.
“What?” the Prince asked surprised.
“I have heard stories from long back. Stories which are at least a hundred years old.” the old man continued. “There are stories that a princess whose beauty cannot be compared, lies sleeping in there.”
On hearing that the Prince just could not sleep. He felt that the old man was right. He could not explain it. Not even to himself. But there was something...Something powerful.
And so the young Prince hacked through the dense covering of trees. It was a difficult and exhausting work, but the Prince never gave up. As he continued hacking through the forest he saw the outside wall of the castle. Letting out a hoarse shout, the prince continued his work.
After working for a long time, the Prince finally found himself inside the castle. He saw the people there who looked like they were working and were frozen in time, just like that.
His heart soaring, the Prince entered the innermost chamber.
And there the Prince was shocked.
Lying on the bed there was the most beautiful girl that the prince had ever seen. She was just asleep, the Prince saw. And on seeing her, the Prince just could not help himself as he kissed her.
The Prince was shocked when he felt the spell around the castle break.
People in and around the place, went about their daily work as if nothing was wrong.
And the words of the seventh fairy had come to pass....
Thereafter Briar Rose and the Prince were married in a ceremony and they lived happily ever after.