The Three Butterflies
When they grew up, Neeli, Peeli and Lali decided to explore the world, just as every good fairytale character must do. So they set off, discovering wonders that they had never dreamed possible. Excited and laughing, they flew restlessly about as though there was no tomorrow.
Then a mean, black cloud spotted them and felt jealous of the fun that they were having. "Ha," he laughed to himself, "letís see how loyal they really are to each other. Iíll put them to the test."
He began to rain. Neeliís wings got wet, Peeliís wings got wet and Laliís wings got wet. Soon, it was difficult for them to fly with wet, heavy wings. "We must find some shelter before our wings get damaged," they cried.
A gulmohar tree sparkled with red flowers. "Oh good Gulmohar, please let us take shelter in your flowers until the rain cloud has passed."
"I can take Lali, the red butterfly," said the Gulmohar, "for my flowers are red. But I canít take the other two".
"If you will not take in my brothers, I will not take shelter here either," said Lali angrily. Peeli and Neeli tried to persuade Lali, but he would not agree.
Then they came upon the blue mauve flowers of the Kachnar tree. The rain came down a little harder now, for the black cloud was a little annoyed that his plan had not worked. "Beautiful Kachnar," the three pleaded," give us shelter until the rain has passedÖ"
"I can protect Neeli in my blue flowers," said the tree, "but I cannot take in the other two."
"Then I too will not take shelter here," cried Neeli. The rain drenched them as the cloud grew furious. "I will never desert my brothers."
The same thing happened when they came to the Amaltas tree, which dripped with a thousand yellow flowers. "If you will not help my brothers," said Peeli, "I too will do without your help."
And they flew away together. The cloud turned white with shame when he realized the love and loyalty the brothers shared.
Soon the Sun was shining through and Neeli, Peeli and Lali flew on happily, exploring the wide world once more.
The Three Butterflies [Stories for kids]
By Paro Anand; Illustrations by D. K. Sharma (First published in N.B.T.ís Bulletin, Dec 97)
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