Story of an Angel andPrincess

By Julia Fernandes

July 19, 2011


(This is a fictionalstory for all those who are rooted in reality while this is a true story forall those who believe in the power of love).


His name was Haziel, which meant visitor of God. He was oneof the gentlest Angels in God’s kingdom. One day God had assigned him the taskof taking away the life of a widow who was also a Queen on earth. Haziel sawthat the Queen had just one daughter who was wholly dependent on her. He couldnot understand why would God want to render the young daughter orphan? He feltpity on the young girl. So, he questioned God who in turn told him that thingsare not always what they seem and that not everything in life has to haveanswers.


As punishment, God sent Haziel to live as a human on earthand that his punishment would only end the day he realizes this important truth.Haziel quietly accepted God’s punishment and started living on earth as ahumble carpenter. Being hardworking, he would resolutely do all his work, notinteract much with anybody and usually lie low.


One day after a hard day’s work of cutting wood in the forest,Haziel was returning home when he noticed a young woman sitting in the hotscorching sun selling pretty sunflowers. Haziel noticed something unusual abouther. Although, she was plainly dressed there was a certain aura and charm thathe found very appealing. He was momentarily drawn towards her. He went up toher and purchased some flowers from her. She seemed very happy that her flowersgot sold. They both exchanged mysterious smiles and went their separate ways.


This trend continued for the next couple of months. Daily,Haziel would purchase sunflowers from the flower girl. Over the course helearnt that her name was Taisie, which means one who will rise again. Taisie,too, would eagerly wait for Haziel. They would now walk together to their respectivehomes, sharing moments of laughter and meaningful talk.


One fine day Taisie suddenly stopped coming to sellsunflowers. Haziel tried searching her everywhere, but he could not locate her.He was filled with sadness and disappointment. One day as he was walking home, a royal carriage drew up near him. Helooked up and was shocked to see Taisie -- not as a sunflower girl but as aroyal Princess. She gestured Haziel to join her in the carriage and they bothrode to the palace. 

When they reached the palace, Taisie revealed to Haziel thecruelty of her stepmother right from the time she was a little girl. The queenwanted the whole share of the kingdom. Unable to bear her stepmom’s torture andfearing for her life, she left the kingdom and began selling sunflowers tosustain herself. It is only after the queen’s death that she decided to comeback to the kingdom and take care of her subjects.


When Haziel saw the queen’s photo on the wall, he wasshocked. She was the same queen whose life he refused to take away when he was an Angel. He then remembered the words of God -- things are not always what theyseem. Had he obeyed God, Taisie would not have had to go through the pain and suffering. 

He said a tearful goodbye to Taisie and promised her that he will alwaysbe around her. Knowing that this was the last time he would see her, he quietlywalked away. As he was walking away, he realized he had grown fond of her andhad begun to love her. He missed her; he wondered why? And then he rememberedthe words of God again -- not everything in life has to have answers.


Lessons learnt; he became an Angel back again. It wasTaisie’s turn now to search for Haziel. She, too, loved and missed him a lot. Shesearched everywhere but could not find him. Taisie had a garden full ofsunflowers. Everyday, she would decorate her basket with the sunflowers and keepit next to her bed. By evening the flowers would become less. 

True to hiswords, Haziel, as an angel, was always around her protecting and guiding herand doing one more thing -- that of picking up from her basket his daily quotaof fresh sunflowers!