The Emporium Gazette
Issue 45 -- January 2003

The Frog Prince
by Bob Nailor

Dear Diary: Today my parents met James' family. Let's just say that my father rolled his eyes like I've never seen before. Mom just cried when I said that I loved him. After two months of secretly meeting we thought it best our parents met. Father says I must talk to the minister about this matter.

Dear Diary: Just spoke with Rev Thadius Pole and told him all the details. He threw his hands into the air and croaked with his raspy voice that I shouldn't marry outside my faith. He said I should re-evaluate this misconstrued love affair and whatever I do, don't kiss him.

Dear Diary: James and I met under willow tree and even though I'm sure I love him; I truly don't think I can make the commitment or that our marriage could last. I see his parents in the distance. Yes, I understood the part about the curse; but would the curse also include his parents? A simple kiss he said. I just didn't feel comfortable; at least, not since he made that comment about how good my legs looked. I'm not sure what he had in mind, the cad.

Dear Diary: I told James to go his way and that we had no future together. I wasn't about to kiss him and change him back, no matter what he said. Father was right. I'm an attractive frog and there are some great bullfrogs in the pond. Why fall for a human?

Bob Nailor is author of "The Secret Voice," an Amish-Christian story, "Pangaea, Eden Lost," an adventure story, "Three Steps: The Journeys of Ayrold," a Celtic fantasy, and "2012: Timeline Apocalypse," an end-of-time tale. He is also included in several anthologies and collections. Check his website at

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