Zara was always told that she was the Princess of Everything. From the day she was born, her grandmother loved her unconditionally, like no one else ever would. She reminded Zara constantly that she was the Princess of Everything and she could do anything she wanted to do, be anything she wanted to be, and have anything she wanted to have. Her grandmother believed it, too!
When Zara was a little Princess, she believed this. Although most
people weren't very nice to Zara, she stayed calm, smiled, and
remembered that she was the Princess of Everything. It wasn't always
easy staying cheerful. Sometimes people hurt her. Both, physically
and verbally. It didn't matter, though, because she knew that one day
she'd have everything she ever wanted.
Also, since Zara knew she was the Princess of Everything, she
felt she was also responsible for taking care of everything. This
meant that she had to make everyone as happy as she was. She did what
she could to bring smiles, food, and love wherever she went. If
anyone needed help, she knew it was her job to help them.
As Zara got older, she began to notice that no one else thought
she was the Princess of Everything. Her grandmother still believed
it, but Zara felt she didn't have anything. She didn't have all the
toys or all the books or all the puppies, not even all the stickers.
Not to mention, even when she helped people, they didn't seem to
care. She knew this couldn't be how the Princess of Everything should
feel. Her grandmother kept reminding her that she was indeed the
Princess of Everything. She told her that even though it would take
lots of time and lots of tears, one day, everything would belong to
her. With this in mind, she fought on like a trooper. No matter how
angry or sad she got, she kept taking care of everything, making sure
everything was okay.
When Zara got very sick one day, no one came to make her better.
She didn't understand. When Tommy was sick, she got him soup. When
Tulip was sad, she hugged her. When Danny was scared, she protected
him. Now that she was sick, no one came to help her. Finally, her
grandmother came to make her better. Zara asked her grandmother what
she did wrong. She knew she must be such a bad Princess that no one
wanted to help her when she was sick. Her grandmother reminded her
that as the Princess of Everything, she would sometimes have to be a
little lonely. The boys and girls who weren't princes and princesses
didn't care as much as she did. She hugged her Princess and told her
it would be okay, in a few days she'd get all better, and one day she
would have everything.
Zara didn't get better, though. As a matter of fact, Zara got
worse. Much worse. When she woke up the next time, a part of her
heart had fallen off and turned black. Zara jumped up and grabbed the
piece of heart from the floor. Her breathing got faster and she
started to sweat. She did the one thing she knew to do when she was
scared, she called her grandmother. When her grandmother answered,
she sounded different. Her grandmother told her she too was sick.
However, instead of losing a piece of her heart, she lost a piece of
her stomach. A very large piece of her stomach had fallen to the
floor and turned black overnight. This terrified Zara. Something like
this had never happened before! In the past, she had control over
everything. She could make good things happen so easily. When she
tried to fix her grandmother's stomach, it didn't work. Just like the
piece of her own heart, it wouldn't glue back on.
Her grandmother was also upset, but reminded Zara that she was the
Princess of Everything. That meant that even if her grandmother's
entire stomach fell apart, Zara would still be a princess, she could
still have everything and be okay.
For the first time ever, her grandmother's words did not comfort
her. Zara couldn't find the strength to smile anymore. Each day, as
more of her heart fell off, she felt more and more sad. She kept
helping everyone, but she found it harder to smile, harder to laugh,
harder to do things she used to love to do. Instead, she stayed
inside all day. She didn't want to eat cookies or sing songs. She
didn't want to talk to friends or play with puppies. All she wanted
to do was sleep and, sometimes... sometimes she would even cry.
One day, when Zara's heart was nearly completely gone, she
decided to visit her grandmother. She was ready to feel better and
take over as the Princess of Everything finally. As Zara was going to
visit her grandmother at the doctor, she came across a doorway. The
door was white and brightly lit. It didn't seem to be attached to
anything. This confused Zara, but it was so beautiful that she
couldn't resist the urge to grab the handle, which was pleasantly
cold, and pull the door open. On the other side, it was so bright
that she couldn't see anything. It looked amazing, though! She knew
what she had to do. Even though it was a risk, she wanted nothing
more than to enter the door and find out what was on the other side.
Just in case anything went wrong, she took the juicy, ripe plum from
her pocket and ate it up.
When she lifted her foot, she ended up scratching her ankle on a
poorly-placed vine. Although the cut bled a bit, she ignored it, and
entered the door, with no doubts or fears. The last noise she made
while on the grassy ground was a gasp.