There was a darkness that crept across the
Kingdom of Roses, the good King and Queen had remained childless
for such a very long time. It was their heart's desire to have a
baby to raise and someday to name heir of the throne. Try as they
might the couple remained barren until one day the three fairies
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather presented the Queen with an elixir
that would help the royals to bring forth a child. The Queen
drank the magic potion and sure enough she became pregnant within
a week's time.
Nine months later the King and Queen were
blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She had hair the color of the
spun sunlight and her eyes were bright robin's egg blue. The
joyous parents opted to name her Aurora, because the beauty she
displayed was that of the dawn's aurora. A great celebration took
place in honor of the little princess' birth and invitations were
sent to all the people and fairies in the land. All were invited
to share in the festive event save one lone fairy whose name was
Maleficent. She unlike the other fairies had a cruel and vicious
nature, because of this she was left off the guest list.
Maleficent was very angry for this slight and vowed her revenge
against the entire kingdom.
The celebration day came and each of the three
fairies arrived and blessed Aurora with special gifts. Flora
presented Aurora with the gift of rare beauty and Fauna gave her
the gift of song, but before Merryweather could offer up her gift
Maleficent appeared uninvited. Anger was written on the evil
fairy's face and she cursed the little
"My gift," she crooned staring at Aurora, "is
this. Before her sixteenth birthday your child will prick her
finger on a spinning wheel spindle and die. I give her this gift
to repay the injury you have done to me."
With this the hostile uninvited guest fled
before the King's guards could apprehend and detain
All seemed lost and the King and Queen wept over
the princess' cradle. Flora having remembered that Merryweather
had not yet given her gift to the child whispered in
"You can help," Flora whispered to Merryweather,
"you have not given your gift yet."
Merryweather shook her head in acknowledgement
and then stood thinking for awhile how she might undo the spell
Maleficent had cast.
"I have it!" she cried to the crowd of people,
"I cannot undo her wicked spell but I can keep the princess from
dying. My gift to you Aurora is simply this, if you do prick your
finger before your sixteenth birthday you will not die, but sleep
instead as will all the Kingdom of Roses. You will not awaken
until you are kissed by your true love."
With the blessing of three fairies and the curse
of Maleficent the celebration continued. The King however decreed
that all spinning wheels in the kingdom be destroyed so there
would be no chance of Aurora ever being exposed to the
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather had plans of
their own to keep the prophecy from occurring. They spoke with
the King and Queen and told them of an idea which might protect
the princess from potential danger.
"Let us have the babe," Flora said to the King
and Queen, "and we will raise her in safety until the day after
her sixteenth birthday. We will live as humans with her and guard
her from any harm that might befall her."
The King and Queen consented and soon Princess
Aurora was whisked away by the three kind fairies. They would
live in quiet seclusion just outside the kingdom and live as
humans. Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather renamed the princess and
called her Briar Rose, because she was as beautiful as that
Briar Rose grew more beautiful each day and her
voice could be heard ringing through the forest as she sang her
happy songs. She was never told of the danger surrounding her
existence, because her fairy overseers did not want to worry her
as she grew up.
One day as she was singing and picking berries
near the forest a single traveler on horseback heard the song and
followed it to her side. The traveler's name was
Phillip and he found Briar Rose's voice
"Hello," Prince Phillip said to Briar Rose
tipping his hat slightly.
"Oh! Hello," Briar Rose
"You have such a beautiful voice," he said
smiling radiantly at her.
"Thank you," she answered a glint of red blush
appearing on her white translucent skin.
"Well I must be off," he said flashing a smile,
"but I hope to see you again. My name is Phillip. Could I ask you
what your name is?"
"My name is Briar Rose," she replied curtseying,
"the pleasure was all mine."
Prince Phillip rode away humming as he went. It
seemed his trip had not been a total waste after
Maleficent realizing that the princess'
sixteenth birthday was fast approaching decided to check on her.
When she saw that all the spinning wheels had been destroyed and
the babe had up and disappeared, darkness overcame her. Anger
rose in her throat like foul undigested food. She sent her evil
minions out to find where the princess was
"Go!" she screamed at her winged spies, "Go and
find where she is hiding!"
Within two days her accomplices came back with
news of the princess. Maleficent flashed an evil smile and
plotted her revenge. Maleficent had hidden away an old spinning
wheel just in case of such an emergency. She immediately pulled
it from its hiding place and clapped her hands in
The three fairies unknowingly made a trip to
town the next day leaving strict instructions that Briar Rose was
not to open the door for any reason until they returned from
"I promise," she replied to her three guardians,
"I will not open the door to anyone."
Soon after the three fairies departed Maleficent
disguised as a humble saleswoman knocked on the cottage's
"Who is it?" Briar Rose called through the
"I am a humble saleswoman," Maleficent answered,
"I have something very unique I am selling today. I am sure you
will be interested in it."
Briar Rose being young and full of innocent
curiosity opened the door. There stood an elder ill clad woman
with a device she had never seen before. She allowed the woman to
enter the cottage even though she had promised just the opposite
to her guardians.
"How wonderful," Briar Rose exclaimed, "whatever
Maleficent explained to her how the spinning
wheel worked and what it could do. She then encouraged Briar Rose
to sit on the stool and give it a try. Briar Rose completely
enchanted by the new found instrument did just that. All went
well until Briar Rose pricked her finger on the spindle and
immediately fell into a deep sleep. Maleficent still not
satisfied that her plan would go as outlined carried the sleeping
Aurora back to the castle.
The whole Kingdom of Roses froze as well, for
the prophecy had indeed been fulfilled as it had been foretold.
Time stood still for the princess and the entire empire. Large
vines broke through the earth. They were no ordinary vines but
rather the vines from briar roses. Each long runner had razor
sharp thorns that ran the length of the vines. No one could enter
the kingdom and all seemed lost.
Stories drifted to other kingdoms of what had
happened to the Kingdom of Roses and soon Prince Phillip learned
of the strange occurrence. He also discovered the girl he had
met, Briar Rose, was really the Princess Aurora. He would have to
go and try to save her. He traveled for days until he arrived at
the kingdom's edge. Just as he had been told briar vines had
encompassed all of the structures, the castle, and all the
people. Valiantly Phillip chopped and hacked his way through the
tangled mass of shrubbery and found his sweet lady sleeping.
Maleficent was there waiting as well. She cried out in anger to
the Prince and transformed herself into a dragon. Phillip took
his sword and drove it deep into her evil heart. Having slain
Maleficent the Prince went to Aurora's
He wept as he took Aurora's hand, for try as he
might he could not awaken his little princess. Feeling as if
there was no hope he stooped down and kissed her cold lifeless
lips. As he kissed her he could detect warmth flowing to her soft
red lips. Aurora's eyes fluttered open as Prince Phillip stood in
wonder watching the transformation.
"I had the nicest dream," Aurora said smiling at
"Oh," Phillip replied smiling, "what was it
"I dreamed you came to save me," she replied,
"and asked me to be your wife."
Hearing these words Phillip picked Aurora up in
his arms and kissed her once again.
"That was no dream," he
Needless to say our two young lovers became
engaged and pardon me for saying this, lived happily ever