Lantern Tales by Moonlight: Extract from Kekere, an Interesting fairy tale Published by Lantern Books (Continued from last week)

Kekere

“Don’t make such a noise or you will wake her up, “the mother toad said to him. Then she told him of her plans. “While we prepare for the wedding, we will place her on a water lily leaf in the middle of the river so that she cannot escape,” said the mother toad and they did just that. When Kekere woke up and saw where she was, she began to cry. She was in the middle of the stream and there was no way she could get to the land. The old toad who took her was not there; she was busy decorating a room for her soon-to-be daughter-in-law. When she was through with the decoration, she and her son swam out to the lily leaf.

Untitled-2 copy.jpgu2“You will be married to my son, my dear. The two of you will live happily under the mud. I have prepared a beautiful room for both of you. There’s nothing to be afraid of and you won’t need this anymore,” said mother toad, and she carried Kekere’s cradle and swam away with it. Kekere was crushed. She sat on the green leaf and wept. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine marrying a toad, or living under the mud.

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As she cried, little fish in the stream who had heard all that the ugly toad had said decided to come up to see the doomed damsel for themselves. When they put up their heads, they saw pretty little Kekere, and they felt sorry for her. They could only imagine what sadness awaited her if she marries the ugly toad. So they decided to help her.

They all gathered around the green stem that held the leaf on which Kekere was sitting and chewed at it. Soon enough the stem was cut and the lily leaf that held Kekere was free and she floated away.

Kekere floated far down the river, far away from the mother toad and her son. The sun shone on the water and made it sparkle like the brightest silver. Even though Kekere was still a little frightened, she was happy that she was away from the toads.

To be continued next week.

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