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Primavera lived with her three best friends Flora, Nocturna, and Aquatica, in a magical forest, where each of the four Princess Fairies was responsible for a different aspect of woodland life.
For Primavera, that meant making sure that the seasons changed on time. Since there are four season changes in a year, Primavera was always quite busy. But she enjoyed her job—except for the one time when it seemed that the magical forest would be stuck having winter forever!
Primavera had skin as golden as the summer sunshine, light hair that billowed around her head like new-fallen winter snow, eyes as green as springtime leaves, and ruby-red cheeks like autumn apples. She wore a lovely red dress made of rose petals, and she carried a small golden wand, which she used to change the seasons.
By the end of March, the winter was usually quite tired. The snow and the ice were eager to go into hiding for the next three-quarters of the year. But one year winter wanted to hang on. And winter itself was stronger than a Princess Fairy like Primavera. If the winter wouldn’t agree to budge, Primavera’s magic wand was no good!
“Why don’t you go talk to the moon?” Nocturna suggested when Primavera told her friends of the problem.
“He knows how to deal with stubborn creatures,” Aquatica added.
“That’s because he is a stubborn creature!” laughed Flora.
Primavera agreed that the moon was a good place to start. She told him how stubborn winter was being.
“Why don’t you threaten the winter?” the moon suggested.
“Threaten the winter?” Primavera repeated. “How?”
“I don’t know,” said the moon. “Tell it that, if it doesn’t go away, you’ll convince autumn to hold on next year so that winter will never come again. After all, these kinds of things work with me. You won’t believe some of the things Nocturna has had to threaten me with to get me to shine at night!” The moon yawned loudly, hinting to her to leave.
Primavera rolled her eyes, but she thanked the moon and hurried off to let him finish his daylong nap.
She returned to the forest, where she had a good long talk with the winter. “If you don’t go away for the year,” she told it, “I’ll make sure that autumn holds on extra-hard next time. Who knows; it may never be winter again!”
Alarmed by her words, the winter huffed, “Fine! Whatever you say!” And with that, the snow, ice, winds, and cold weather began to retreat! Primavera was overjoyed; the moon’s suggestion had worked! Now it was time for the fun part.
She waved her wand once, and watched the forest turn green and lacy-looking. With a little bit of help from Flora, beautiful flowers soon began to bloom.
“It’s finally spring!” croaked the frogs in the creek.
Another wave of Primavera’s wand, and birds returned from the south. Butterflies began to flutter from flower to flower.
“It’s finally spring!” shrilled the robins from their nests.
Next, Primavera noticed that it was quite sunny out. The sunshine was definitely needed—but it wouldn’t be spring without…
“April showers!” cried Aquatica. She snapped her fingers, and rain began to pour from the sky.
Primavera had left the sun shining, so a lovely rainbow wasn’t far behind.
“Oh, it’s beautiful, Primavera!” her friends exalted. “You’ve done a lovely job on this season change.”
“Thank you,” said Primavera, “but there wouldn’t be rain without Aquatica, or flowers without Flora.”
“Or cool spring nights without me!” added Nocturna, as the moon and stars came out and the sky grew dark around them.
Primavera laughed. “Absolutely not,” she agreed. Smiling around at her three best friends, she added, “We make a wonderful team, don’t we?”
“We definitely do!” the other Princess Fairies chorused. “It’s finally spring!”
“It’s finally spring,” Primavera said to herself that night. It was just before bedtime, and she was floating through the creek, enjoying an evening boat ride before settling into her fairy house for the night.
She glanced up at the round yellow moon above her, remembering his helpful advice to her earlier. “It worked!” Primavera whispered. “Thanks, Mr. Moon!”
And the moon winked brightly back.
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