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|The Crystal Dove (standard:fairy tales, 1084 words)|
|Author: kathyg||Added: Dec 07 2004||Views/Reads: 3132/1639||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|"Only the true of heart shall know the magic of the crystal dove..."|
There was once a glassmaker who crafted beauty in a crystal menagerie. He created lions, giraffes, eagles, fairies and angels. People visited his shop from miles around to admire the crystal animals. The most spectacular, was the crystal dove. It was quite unlike any of the others in the collection. Prisms, bright and beautiful, mixed together against the sunlight in a burst of colors. This is the story of how the crystal dove came to be and the one little girl who cherished it the most. The glassmaker had a daughter named Marina. Marina was a sweet child with bright eyes and a wide smile. She kept her smile until her seventh birthday, but suddenly she became very ill. Marina stopped smiling. The glassmaker loved Marina's smile and he took her to many doctors to find a cure. He decided to craft a crystal dove for Marina. The menagerie of crystal animals were also sparkling, but the crystal dove had magical powers. Powers kept secret by the glassmaker and his family. A close neighbor watched as strange things began to happen . The shop was doing very well because of the crystal dove. Many rumors and tales that were whispered came true. The crystal dove was becoming a precious secret to keep. "What is the secret? Let us know!", the angry crowd demanded. "The crystal dove is Marina's ! Get out!” He pushed the villagers as he could out of his shop and locked the door for the night. He did not know that Gregory, was hiding in the closet waiting to steal the crystal dove. "If I had the crystal dove", thought Gregory,"I could become a rich man." Gregory slipped out when he was sure everyone had left . He went up the stairs to Marina's bedroom and peered through a crack in the door. The crystal dove was set lovingly on a plate of glass by a window seat. " It is even more beautiful than I could have imagined!", Gregory thought. He went over to the window seat and took the crystal dove off the glass plate. The crystal dove became bright white . He dropped the crystal dove and found it by Marina's bed . As he reached for it , it burned his fingers. Gregory put the crystal dove into a cloth sack and left. He wandered to the Shimmering Lake to think. If he could harness all of the crystal dove's magical powers, he would become very rich. He believed this plan could work. Gregory fell asleep. In his dream, the crystal dove was alive and free. It was flying over the village skyline until it reached the glassmaker's shop. Gregory could hear someone crying and he could feel the same sadness inside of himself. A thick mist gathered and he could not see who was crying. When the mist lifted, he saw that it had been Marina crying for the crystal dove. As the dream continued, the crystal dove hovered over Marina and began to radiate a brilliant white light. Marina seemed to have been cured from her mysterious illness. Gregory could picture himself watching the whole scene from a window. He felt guilty for stealing the crystal dove. The crystal dove glowed like an ember inside the cloth sack and like a whisper in the wind said,"Only the true of heart shall know the magic of the dove." "Father! My crystal dove! It's gone!", Marina cried. "I was sure that I had locked all of the doors last night.", said the glassmaker. " Someone must have stolen the crystal dove . Always strive to be true of heart and you shall always find happiness.", said the glassmaker. It was morning. Gregory put his plan into action. He walked through the Village Square toward the merchant's shop. The merchant looked at Gregory as he entered the shop. Gregory announced that he was here to Click here to read the rest of this story (54 more lines)
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