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a glimpse of the Frog Prince. To her great joy she saw him sunning himself on a lily pad. Excited, she couldn’t wait to talk to him again, assuring him she could help. Throwing back her blanket, she tidied up her hair and clothes then ran to where he was sitting. Surprised, the Frog Prince asked why she was still at the


pond. She explained her heroic plan. The Princess was puzzled and slightly offended when the frog wasn’t at all excited in return. “I’m not interested,” he told her bluntly, but then realising


she was pretty and he was alone, he backtracked, thinking, I could do with a friend at least, and who knows what might happen after that? And if she’s prepared to hang around at the pond, well, why should I try and stop her? Something in his heart told him this was not wise, but he


brushed it off as just another strange amphibian idea. He so desperately needed human friendship, especially at this time of forced pond dwelling.


Hopping over to her on


He brushed it off as just another strange amphibian idea.


the pond edge, he looked up, his eyes brimming with tears, and said, “I’m sorry for being rude. I would love to have your friendship, but I can’t promise to give you my heart, and I do actually enjoy my own


company most of the time.” If it wasn’t for the glimmer of prince in his eyes and his


openness and honesty, the Princess would have left the pond. She wanted to help and loved nothing more than a challenge.


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