The Legend of Banana

In a small peaceful kingdom down south, a beautiful princess lives. Near the kingdom’s castle is a small forest with beautiful flowers. The princess spends her time there picking the most exquisite and rare that she can find. Although she has her own piece of garden near the palace, the princess prefer visiting the strange forest during siesta time to take a peaceful stroll and enjoy the nature.

One day, she met a handsome man garbed in princely clothes. Although a stranger, the beautiful princess fell in love at first sight at the handsome gentleman. The stranger asked her name and introduced himself afterwards. He said, “I am Prince Aging, and I live in a nearby kingdom, Your Majesty. If it is not too much to ask, I would like to know thy name?”

The princess gave her hand for the prince to plant a kiss and gave her sweetest smile and replied, “I am Mariang Maganda, a princess of this kingdom. Where is this kingdom you are talking about, Prince Aging”. The prince replied sadly, “It is deep in the forest where no human can enter.”

A friendship immediately grew. Everyday, the princess would wait for the prince at the forest and they would spend long hours together. One day, the Prince confesses his love for the Princess. The prince holds her hand and said,” Oh, Princess Mariang Maganda, I love you so much”. The princess replied with the same emotion, “I love you too, my prince.” She was about to add that she has been smitten by the prince since the first time they met when the tears on the prince’s eyes dropped. The prince sadly bade her goodbye and started to leave. Confused, the princess asked him, “But why are you so sad, my love?” The prince voiced out a very sad reply, “I have to go now, my love. I have to go home before it’s too late. If I don’t make it to our kingdom, I won’t be able to go home forever.” As he turn his back, the princess shouted after him,” Are you going back to see me? Will I see you tonight? I will wait in my garden for your return, my prince.” The prince gave a nod and left hastily.

The prince came back before midnight. The happiness that the princess felt upon seeing her prince was priceless. They hold each other tightly and look into each others eyes. They talked about many things and told each other about their undying love. Time passed by so swiftly that the prince gave a start when he realized that it is near daybreak.

He hold the princess in his arms and told her that he is about to leave. The princess touches his arms and hold his hands tightly, “Are you coming back?” The prince replied gravely, “I don’t know, my love. But please, always remember that you are the only woman I will ever love.”

The princess tried to stop him from leaving by holding his hand firmly. The prince tried to let go of the hands that is grabbing him tightly when suddenly he was gone! All that was left are the prince’s hands that she was firmly holding. Frightened and shocked, she buried the two hands in her garden and retired for the night full of sorrow. Days passed, the princess waited for her prince charming to return. Then she noticed strange plant on her garden. The plant grew tall and bears fruits as she waited in vain. The fruits, to her surprise were very similar to the hands of the prince. It downed on her that the Prince Aging is not coming back. The fruit was later on called Banana.

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