Once upon a time, in a kingdom far away, a king and queen were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. They named her Aurora and decided to hold a grand celebration.
Festivities filled the castle, and they invited three good fairies to bestow gifts upon Aurora. Just as the first fairy was about to speak, the castle doors burst open, and the wicked fairy Maleficent entered.
“Why wasn’t I invited?” Maleficent sneered. Before anyone could reply, she cursed the baby. “On her sixteenth birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into a death-like sleep!”
The king and queen were horrified, but the third fairy, who hadn’t yet given her gift, said, “I cannot undo the entire curse, but I can soften it. Instead of dying, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep, only to be awakened by true love’s kiss.”
To protect Aurora, the fairies took her to a cottage in the woods, raising her as a peasant girl named Briar Rose. On her sixteenth birthday, despite the fairies’ efforts to keep her safe, Aurora, drawn by a mysterious force, found an old spinning wheel in the castle.
As predicted, she pricked her finger and fell into a deep sleep. The good fairies, unable to reverse the spell, put everyone in the castle to sleep as well, covering the castle in a thorny forest.
Years passed, and a prince from another land, Prince Phillip, heard tales of the sleeping princess. He ventured through the forest, guided by his love and the fairies’ light.
Reaching the castle, he found Aurora and, captivated by her beauty, bent down and kissed her. True love’s kiss broke the curse, awakening Aurora and the rest of the castle.
Aurora gazed into Phillip’s eyes. “Who are you?” she asked, a sense of familiarity in her heart.
“I am Phillip, but more importantly, I am yours,” he replied with a gentle smile.
The kingdom rejoiced, and Aurora and Phillip were soon married, promising a future of happiness and love.
Follow Up Questions
- How did the wicked fairy Maleficent’s curse affect Aurora, and what did the good fairies do to soften the curse?
- What did Aurora do on her sixteenth birthday that led to her falling into a deep sleep? How did she eventually wake up from the sleep?
- How did Aurora and Prince Phillip meet, and what did they promise each other at the end of the story?
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