Abigail, Queen of Natronia: A Fairy Tale
Abigail Queen of Natronia Adelaide Voices Literary Award for Short Story FINALIST for 2018
From the moment Abigail is born, it is clear that any beauty she possesses must be on the inside. Abigail's face and body are deformed, so much so that the nurses cover her so she won't frighten the other patients. Bullied in school and shunned by the people of her village, Abigail nevertheless sees the good in life. Alone and isolated in her room, she anonymously writes tales of love and compassion. Despite being denied happiness because of her appearance, Abigail finds a special joy through her writing. Natronia's King Billwick is distressed. His son, Prince Phillip refuses to take his proper place in the kingdom. Hoping it will inspire the young prince, King Billick leaves a book of Abigail's fairy tales on the saddle of Phillip's favorite steed. Mesmerized by Abigail's writing, Phillip gains confidence and begins to take his rightful place as heir to the throne. Believing the unknown author of such wonderful books must be a beautiful lady, he commands the Royal Mandarin to find her. When the official fails in his quest, Philip undertakes his own search. In a twist of fate, Prince Phillip and Abigail discover each other. Their story is written in the chronicles of Natronia.