The Swan Queen
There once lived a Swan Queen, whom you may know, for she is frequently seen gliding upon the waters of her enchanted Loch. She paddles around, minding her own business and dreaming the dreams only a Swan Queen can dream...dreams of love and freedom, of spells cast and curses broken, of her enemies vanquished and victory won.
The other birds often stare at her, wondering what her secret is, for surely all birds should quack and waddle and gossip in groups... shouldn't they? Yet the Swan Queen does none of this. She has her dreams and she knows what she must do to achieve them. So she continues to paddle hard, keeping herself moving steadily forward and serenely staying her course.
The other birds dislike her for it; for her independent spirit and the strange allure of her magic, so they often taunt her by pecking at her and gossiping about her whenever they can. All they see is a swan gliding effortlessly upon the water - they never look deeper to see all the hard work the swan is doing beneath the surface, to get to where she wants to be.
Occasionally it all gets too much and the Swan Queen is forced to retaliate by demonstrating her strength and power with a show of aggression, for she is no coward and her power is formidable. But then she is called a 'crazy bird' and renamed Trouble and the gossip continues on and on. It is always the ugliest ducks that quack the loudest and try to waddle their great weight around the most.
The Swan Queen understands; their spite is all they have to recommend them. They can't help being ducks anymore than she can help being a swan. But still, it irritates her from time to time and she would rather show her strength and get back to serenity than try to change the ducks into something else...something they were never meant to be. She cannot make them swans.
And so the Swan Queen continues to work hard at her dreams, paddling away beneath the surface where none can see, determined to one day leave the ducks far, far behind, flying away to freedom and taking her magical allure with her. It isn't always easy to be enchanted.
She bears it as gracefully as she can. She doesn't allow it to ruffle her feathers too much, for she is a Swan Queen and she can regally rise above it.
And for putting up with all that, the Swan Queen deserves a medal...for it would bring out the gold of her crown!