This is a story I wrote and it’s a first draft and my own children told me it was too long and kind of “meh”. If you still want to read it after that winning endorsement than I just want you to know that I love you and will still love you even if you share the same feelings as my offspring. Enjoy…or not…
Once upon a time, in a land made entirely of vegetables, there lived a much loved Queen. Her name was Queen Kale and her best friend was a fluffy little dog named Princess Pepper. The Queen and the Princess loved to work together in the many vegetable gardens that grew in abundance throughout their kingdom.
One morning while Queen Kale and Princess Pepper where tending to a small garden of carrots, the Queen stumbled upon something strange poking out of the soil.
“Princess Pepper! What is that?” Queen Kale exclaimed as she pointed at a strange greenish object covered in dirt.
“I have no idea!” replied Princess Pepper, “shall I dig it out?”
“Yes, of course! Let me help you.” Queen Kale and Princess Pepper cautiously began to remove the mysterious green garden intruder from the ground.
When they were done, they took a step back and examined their find.
“What do you think?” asked Princess Pepper.
“Well, it’s very green” replied Queen Kale, “but not as green as broccoli or spinach or even Kale.”
“Or green pepper,” added Princess Pepper.
“Or green pepper,” agreed Queen Kale. “It is very round. Like a potato or an onion or a rutabaga,” continued the Queen.
“Or a green pepper,” added Princess Pepper.
“Or a green pepper,” agreed Queen Kale. “It is very big. Much larger than a squash or a cabbage or a cauliflower”.
“Or a green pepper,” added Princess Pepper.
“Or a green pepper,” agreed Queen Kale
The Queen and the Princess stared at the strange green, round, big thing quietly until the Queen got an idea.
“Princess Pepper,” she began, “If this green thing grew right here in the carrot garden, then it must be a vegetable,” said the Queen wisely. “And if it is a vegetable, then I suggest that we take a bite out of it and see how it tastes.”
Princess Pepper scrunched up her little dog nose, “I bet it tastes awful. It looks so different.”
“Yes, it does look different from any vegetable I’ve ever seen before, but different can be good,” said the Queen. “Maybe it’s a brand new kind of vegetable? Maybe it’s the most delicious vegetable you will ever taste? Maybe even more delicious than peppers?” said the Queen.
“Oh I don’t think so!” answered Princess Pepper.
“Well you’ll never know unless you give it a try. How about I taste it first?” asked Queen Kale.
“Be my guest, but I will not try a single bite!” replied Princess Pepper as she crossed her paws.
Queen Kale slowly reached out and touched the mysterious green, round, big thing and noticed that it was very smooth and quite hard. She tapped on it gently with her knuckles. It made a knocking sound, like someone tapping on her front door.
“Oh dear,” said Queen Kale, “it’s quite solid. I don’t think my teeth are strong enough to bite through.”
“Then how will you taste it?” asked Princess Pepper.
“I’m not sure,” replied Queen Kale. The Queen and the Princess pondered silently until the Queen came up with a plan.
“Princess Pepper,” she began, “you know how you love to nibble on the seeds that grow inside of bell peppers?”
“Yes, of course. They’re my favourite!” said Princess Pepper.
“Maybe, the hard green outside of this new vegetable is protecting something delicious on the inside!” said the cleaver Queen.
“As delicious as pepper seeds?” asked the Princess.
“I don’t know, but let’s open it up and find out!” The Queen ran over to her gardening tools and grabbed a trowel. She immediately began to poke and tap at the mysterious green, round, big, hard, smooth, solid, new vegetable but nothing happened. Then she got a better idea. She turned the trowel on its side and using it like a knife, slowly began to cut back and forth, back and forth, until the mystery vegetable split in half. The Queen picked up one of the halves and noticed that the inside was a beautiful soft shade of pink, like the sunset.
“Pepper, look!” exclaimed the Queen, “seeds!” Princess Pepper quickly counted at least a dozen black seeds, about the size of a single kernel of corn each.
“I’m still not sure I want a taste,” said Princess Pepper.
“I can’t wait to try it!” The Queen picked up her trowel and dug a small piece of the mysterious pink stuff out and then slid it from the trowel into her hand. It was very light. It weighed about the same as a handful of peas. Without hesitation, the Queen bravely popped it in her mouth. Princess Pepper watched nervously.
“How is it, Queen Kale?” asked the Princess anxiously. The Queen had her eyes closed as she savored the new vegetable.
“Oh, Pepper. You must give it a try! It’s sweet and juicy and like nothing I’ve ever tasted! It’s delicious!” said the Queen as she dug out another chunk and offered it to her best friend. Princess Pepper decided to be brave. She slowly stuck out her tongue and flicked the small piece of new vegetable into her mouth.
“Well,” asked Queen Kale, “what do you think?”
Princess Pepper burst out in a fit of giggles. “It’s so yummy! And juicy! And delicious! I want more!” said the Princess as she gobbled up another bite, this time with seeds. “YACK! The seeds are hard and bitter and they get stuck in my teeth,” continued the Princess. “Perhaps these seeds aren’t for eating?”
“Perhaps,” said the Queen. “I think we should keep them so we can plant more of this incredible new vegetable.”
“Great idea!” said the Princess.
The two friends laughed some more and gobbled up an entire half of the green, round, big, hard, smooth, solid new vegetable.
The Queen took one last bite and then turned to Princess Pepper, “We must tell all the people of the Kingdom about this delicious new vegetable.” The Princess agreed as she licked some leftovers off of her paws.
“But first, we should give this new vegetable a proper name,” said the Queen. The two friends thought seriously.
“How about Pink Pepper?” said Princess Pepper.
“Well it’s not a pepper,” said the Queen. “How about Pink Surprise? You know because it’s a surprise that the inside is pink?”
“I don’t know.” said Princess Pepper. “What about Black Seed Pepper?”
“It’s not a pepper, you silly!” laughed the Queen. “How about a Giggle Pop?”
“A Giggle Pop? That’s a funny name,” chuckled Princess Pepper.
“Well it made me giggle when I ate it because the sweet, juicy pink part popped in my mouth,” explained Queen Kale.
“Giggle Pop,” repeated the Princess, “I love it!”
“Then this new vegetable shall hereby be named, the Giggle Pop,” announced the Queen proudly.
Later that afternoon, the Queen revealed the remaining half of the Giggle Pop to her entire kingdom. Everyone was delighted by the discovery of the new vegetable. Sadly, there wasn’t enough Giggle Pop left for the entire kingdom to try. This motivated the two friends to get right to work planting the remaining Giggle Pop seeds.
Several weeks went by. Queen Kale and Princess Pepper waited patiently until one day, dozens of green, round, big, hard, smooth and solid new vegetables appeared in the Giggle Pop garden.
“Giggle Pops for everyone!” declared the Queen as she used her trowel to scoop out bites of Giggle Pop for all to taste. A feeling of joy spread throughout the kingdom. People were laughing and dancing and having a wonderful time.
Once the celebration was over, Queen Kale and Princess Pepper went to work planting more Giggle Pop seeds.
“Queen Kale, ” asked Princess Pepper as she dug a hole in the garden, “do you ever wonder where the first Giggle Pop came from?”
“It came from the carrot garden, you silly,” answered the Queen with a chuckle.
“I know that, but how did it get there? Where did it come from? What if it’s not even a vegetable at all?” asked Princess Pepper thoughtfully.
The Queen pondered for a moment and then began to laugh so hard that she snorted. “Not a vegetable? That is just plain silly, Princess Pepper.”
The Princess crossed her paws. “It’s not silly. Maybe somewhere outside of our Kingdom food exists that is not a vegetable?”
“No way,” said the Queen, “vegetables are the only food in the whole wide world and the Giggle Pop is definitely a vegetable.” The Queen tickled her friend playfully under her fluffy chin.
“I guess you’re right.” said Princess Pepper as she jumped up and gave her best friend a big, sloppy lick on the cheek. The Queen squealed with delight and the two friends spent the rest of the day playing silly games and planting Giggle Pop seeds.
Little did the friends know, they were not alone. A tiny little fruit fairy named Lady Lime had been watching them from behind a blade of grass. When the Queen and the Princess weren’t looking, Lady Lime quickly flew out from her hiding spot and tossed three apple seeds into the Giggle Pop garden. Satisfied with her work, the fruit fairy flew with great speed all the way to her home.
“Was the mission a success,” demanded Queen Kumquat upon Lady Lime’s return.
“Yes, your highness. The people of the Vegetable Kingdom are eating watermelon,” answered Lady Lime.
“And phase two is in effect?” asked the Queen.
“Yes, your highness. The apple seeds have been scattered,” answered the tiny fruit fairy nervously.
“Excellent work, Lady Lime. Once we get the Vegetable Kingdom eating our delicious fruit, they will forget all about their precious vegetables. And then our kingdom will be the most powerful in all the land!” shouted the evil Queen as she took a large bite out of a slice of watermelon and cackled wildly as she spat the seeds on the ground.
Are you SO CURIOUS to see what happens next?
Stay tuned for the next epic adventure of Queen Kale and Princess Pepper.
P.S. I have never eaten Kale, thus no Kale was harmed in the writing of this story.