In a faraway land, there lived a King and his daughter. The King loved his daughter dearly, and as the years passed, it was time for her to wed. The King proclaimed that all eligible men in the Kingdom could compete for her hand in marriage. Thousands competed in grueling challenges, but when the results were tallied, two were tied: Sir Henry Bigshot and Tom Foolery. Sir Henry Bigshot was a dashing fellow, who came from a wealthy family. He was rather self-absorbed but he seemed to have it all. Looks, wealth, and a royal title. The townsfolk favored Sir Bigshot to win. Tom Foolery was a bit of a clumsy fool. It was rumored that he had conversations with himself, and even birds and bees. He was a painter but hadn’t sold any paintings, so the townsfolk assumed he must be a bad painter. It was pure luck that Tom Foolery was a finalist.
As a tiebreaker, there was one final challenge. In three days, they must present the King with a great treasure. Sir Bigshot smiled smugly, for he knew that Tom Foolery was a poor peasant who couldn’t afford a treasure worthy of the Princess.
Sir Bigshot haughtily declared, “You’re a fool to think that you can compete with me, for I shall easily win this challenge.”
Tom seemed unaffected by Sir Bigshot’s remarks and bounced jauntily towards home. On the way, Tom stopped by a pond to visit a family of ducks and commented on what exceptional swimmers the ducklings were. As he turned to leave, Tom spied Princess Giselle admiring some wildflowers and noticed how happy she looked. When she left, Mama Duck waddled up to Tom and quacked loudly as if she were speaking to him.
“Mama Duck! What a wonderful idea! That’s what I shall do,” he said cheerfully.
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Three days passed and King Godfrey summoned them.
Sir Henry Bigshot told the King that his servants had scoured the Kingdom gathering many valuables, and from these, he had chosen one priceless treasure. He placed an exquisite golden plate before the King.
Tom Foolery approached the King and admitted that he hadn’t searched for any treasures. The King was aghast at this statement. What foolishness is this? But then Tom told the King that he had created his own treasure. He carefully placed a painting before the King.
“Don’t you just love those flowers, sire?” Tom asked grinning, “Because the Princess sure liked them.”
The King looked at the painting and then at his daughter and smiled.
“Tom Foolery, this is indeed the best treasure. I decree that you have won my daughter’s hand in marriage,” the King announced. Sir Bigshot was outraged. His golden plate was far superior to Tom’s paltry painting. He should be the winner!
The King replied, quoting a proverb: ” ‘What is a treasure to one, may be worthless to another.’ Yes, Sir Bigshot, your golden plate is a more expensive treasure, but Tom Foolery painted his treasure “from the heart”. He carried the Princess’ image with him, from the pond to his home, until he captured her exact likeness with each brush stroke. Tom painted her as I know her, from her shy smile to the sparkle in her green eyes. This painting of my daughter is worth more to me than a thousand of those golden plates. My daughter is my most valuable treasure, and by painting her, Tom Foolery has truly given me the greatest treasure of all.”
Days later, Princess Giselle and Tom Foolery were married, and Tom was never called a fool again.
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Thank you to everyone for reading and voting for my story. I am so happy I won 1st place in the Veteran category for April 2019. All the short stories were so wonderful. This really made my day. I am so honored. Thanks so much again. SoulGal
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Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my short story submission. This is the first time I have entered The SimLit Short Story Contest. The theme for April was “Fools … Foolishness … Folly,” with a 600-word max. When I first saw the theme, I had a hard time with the topic. But, I did some research and read some fairy tales and was inspired by one in particular called Jack The Dullard by Hans Christian Andersen. I also wanted my story to have a “moral” so read some Aesop’s Fables. The most important thing I wanted to do was to make the fool the underdog of the story. I hope you enjoyed it.
If you’re interested in submitting a SimLit story or want more information, you can find info on thesims.com forums Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge and you can also read about it on the organizer’s website HERE. (our dear LisaBeeSims). She also has other links on her site, so check it out!
Thank you to the following simmers for creating these gorgeous builds. I added a few items to the Medieval Market Square lot, like enlarging the palomino pony toy and adding mannequin “sims” to the square. For the Medieval Throne Room, I added a few items to the room for the “gift” presentation. I also uploaded the characters for this story to the gallery, which were my own creations. All are no cc.