Preparations are underway at the castle in the Enchanted Kingdom. Today's graduate's include:
Lightning, heir to the Jellybean Jungle
Rudy, heir to Honey Pot Hollow
Oliver, heir to the Murky Marsh
Celeste, heiress to the Glittering Grotto
Molly, heiress to the Purrfect Plateau
Ruby, heiress to the Enchanted Kingdom
Penelope is a farmer and her Golden Carrot Cake Jellybean crops are in high demand from the Wild Woods to the Enchanted Castle. Penelope has been working very closely with Zigzag and Camille to make sure the newest harvest is packed and ready to be taken to the party.
Back at the castle in the Enchanted Kingdom.....
Ruby and the other girls are picking out dresses for the big day.
" Celeste, I love the green dress on you. It makes your eyes super bright."
"Thanks Ruby, should I wear the gold or silver tiara?"
"I think you should go with the silver one, along with the silver shoes."
Meanwhile, in the room next door Rudy, Oliver, and Lightning are also getting ready for the graduation festivities.
"Rudy, are you ready for this?"
"Yep, I'm so excited and can't wait. My parents are so happy for me."
Oliver notices Lightning sitting quietly.
"What's up Lightning?"
"I don't want to go through with this. I am not fit to be a king."
"What are you talking about? You will be a just and true leader."
"Maybe, but the truth is, I want a simple life. My cousin Penelope has a farm back in the Jellybean Jungle. Once she comes to deliver the food for the party I plan on traveling back to the Wild Woods with her."
Rudy and Oliver look at other, completely speechless. Back in Jellybean Jungle....
"Zigzag and Camille, I need you to make extra room in the wagon."
"Because, we will have an extra passenger on the way home."
With that, the three friends begin loading the cart with newly harvested Golden Carrot Cake jellybeans and other delicious party foods. Then they set off for the Enchanted Kingdom.
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They arrive at the castle in time to set up the food and high tail it to the ballroom for the ceremony.
"Lords and Ladies, please take your seats. We welcome you to the Enchanted Kingdom for this joyous day. My name is George and I will be your host for the evening."
George says, into the microphone
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*cheers from the audience*
"In just a few minutes I will be introducing or newest group of Princes and Princesses."
*clapping from the crowd*
"Oh my gosh, I'm so nervous. How do I look?"
"You look fantastic. I think the yellow dress was a perfect choice."
Celeste tells her
"Girls, girls....Have any of you seen Lightning?"
Oliver asks, out of breath from running
"Calm down Oliver. No we have not seen him. What's wrong?"
"Well, earlier he was talking about leaving to live with his cousin Penelope on her farm. Now we cannot find him."
"OK, well, he has to be here somewhere."
The girls and Oliver began searching everywhere backstage.
Lightning, however, has already snuck away from his classmates and joined Penelope, Zigzag and Camille in the crowd of guests.
"Lightning, you shouldn't be here. You at least need to go through with the ceremony before you sneak out."
"Won't your parents be upset in you are not on stage?"
"No, they died a long time ago. I live here in the castle with Ruby and her family."
From the stage....
"First up we have the ladies.... Princess Ruby, from the Enchanted Kingdom, Princess Celeste from the Glittering Grotto and of course, Princess Molly from the Purrfect Plateau."
The guests cheer and clap and the three lovely Princesses walk onto the stage and take their seats. George raises his hands to quiet the crowd...
"All right ladies and gentlemen, now for our fine young men. I present, Prince Oliver from the Murky Marsh, second only to his brother Danger of course. Next we have Prince Rudy from Honey Pot Hollow and finally Prince Lightning from the Jellybean Jungle."
George turns to present Lightning
Of course, Lightning is not on the stage and everyone looks around confused.
"Well, it looks like one of our graduates is missing."
From the back of the crowd Lightning stands up....
Everyone turns to look at him....
"I will not be graduating today. I have no plans to take the thrown and will be leaving with my cousin and her friends to return to the Jellybean Jungle."
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With that, Lightning and the others stand up and walk out of the ballroom.
As they walk back to the cart and prepare to leave, Penelope turns to Lightning and says
"There is still time to change your mind."
Lightning looks at her and replies....
"Thanks you cousin for helping me and teaching me that a simple life is exactly what I wanted."
They give each other a hug and climb on board the cart with Zigzag and Camille. As they leave the castle the four friends are happy. The ride home will be filled with stories and laughter.