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LIT - Retelling of Truong Chi's Story

posted Dec 28, 2011, 5:04 PM by Simon Nguyen   [ updated Apr 2, 2012, 12:14 AM ]
Story by Simon Nguyen

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. Not only she was beautiful, she was also a true lover of music. She could not eat, play, or sleep without someone standing besides her playing her favorite tunes.

When it was time for her to get married, the princess asked her father to organize a talent competition inviting the best and brightest musicians in the kingdom to come and compete. With the competition, she hoped to find her ideal husband-one that would enchant her with the most beautiful of music. Unfortunately, none of the competitors was able to impress her with his music. The princess was thoroughly disappointed; she would lock herself in her room for days, lamenting her fate.

On one starry night, she was sitting melancholy inside her private quarter when she heard a mysterious yet enchanting flute's sound. The music quickly conquered her heart. Regretfully, she was unable to identify the source of the music.

The music would return every night thereafter. Even though she still did not know who the flutist was, the princess' views on life took a dramatic turn. She started to enjoy life again. In fact, she was never happier than now. Her sudden change of attitude caught her parents' attention. Seeing how much the princess was deeply in love with the unknown musician, her parents decided to help make her dream come true by having guards hiding around the castle hoping to catch the mysterious musician. After much effort, the flutist was apprehended. When the musician was brought to the princess, he was wearing a ragged attire and his face was covered by a mask. 

The princess was ecstatic about seeing the person she had longed desired for the very first time. What she really wanted to see was his face, because it was the subject of her many beautiful dreams. When the flutist refused to remove his mask, the princess had no choice but to ask the guards to gently remove it.

Unfortunately, what she saw was totally opposite of what she had romanticized. The man's face was very repulsive. In fact, it was the most hideous thing the princess had ever witnessed. Disappointed, the princess had the guards sending the man away.

The next night, the beautiful music returned once again. But instead of bringing joys and happiness to the princess' heart like usual, the music absolutely infuriated her. In her rage, she had the man executed. She also convinced her father, the king, to ban all flutists from playing their music in his kingdom.