By Rhys Hughes
Kissing frogs is sometimes a wise thing to do but mostly no, it’s not. They may turn into a prince, true, or they may turn into something different, a thing that will make you wince. Who knows? I don’t. A romantically inclined girl with amorous curls tumbling over her shoulders was picking her way one day along a narrow track liberally strewn with boulders. Unhappy was she with her family and desperate to move out of her home and so she liked to roam while daydreaming of magical encounters. On the rim of a pool she spied a frog sitting on a log and she said to herself, “If I kiss his lips maybe my wish will be granted.” With excitement she panted and supposed that this amphibian had been sent by a god slanted in her favour so right on the meridian of his mouth she planted a smacker with a passionate flavour. Oh dear! Expectations are often thwarted and when all the mistakes of humankind are sorted and noted down the assumption that a kissed frog will always turn into a prince must certainly be somewhere on the list. It was the girl who changed! Her personality remained the same, yes, but her outer form became perfectly frog-like and now the frog on the log who had long been alone had a female to call his own and he kissed her lips to express his amorous nature. But the lips of a frog have a magical force and no sooner had the kiss been delivered than his bright green darling turned into a handsome prince. He winced if frogs can be said to wince at all and his disappointment was evinced by the fact he hopped away. What use is a prince to a frog? Let’s take this absurdity no further. The prince turned on his heel and went back along the difficult track to reconcile himself with a very surprised mother and father.
Rhys Hughes has lived in many countries. He graduated as an engineer but currently works as a tutor of mathematics. Since his first book was published in 1995 he has had fifty other books published and his work has been translated into ten languages.
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