Once upon a time, there lived a king who was famous for his wisdom. There was almost nothing news that was unknown to him, as if news and secrets flowed through the air until it reached his ears.
The king has one strange habit. Every dinner, when the servant who served him left him alone, a waiter who was very trusted he would come bring one food that is placed on a plate. The food is always covered, even the servant who brought it, never knew what was in it, and the King never opened it unless he was actually in the room alone.
This lasted for quite a long time, until one day a young waiter, who was assigned to bring the food plate, became curious and brought the food to his room.
The young man locked the door to his room, then opened the lid to see its contents, and on the plate he saw a white snake. He could not help but try it. He cut a little part of the white snake and put it in his mouth.
It felt bad, but at that moment he could hear the sweet whispers from afar. He then went to the window and listened, and realized that the whisper came from a parrot outside. The parrots chatted with each other about the things that happened and what they saw or listened to in the forest. Apparently by eating white snake meat, providing miracles to the Youth to understand animal language.
On the same day, the Queen lost her precious ring. All suspicion is attributed to this young man, because he is a servant of trust who is free to go in and out of anywhere in the palace. The King also threatened to punish this young man if the missing ring was not found the next day.
In vain this young man defended himself, but no one believed him. In his sadness, he then walked to the palace garden and thought about how to get rid of this difficulty. At that time, a number of ducks who were swimming in a small river, conversing boisterously with each other.
The Youth listened to their conversation about their experiences in the morning, and one of the ducks said: “I accidentally swallowed the Queen’s ring this morning.”
This young servant immediately took the duck and brought it to the kitchen, then said to the cook there: “This is a fat duck, you should cut it to be eaten.”
“Of course,” said the cook. “This duck should have been roasted since before.”
The cook then cut it, and in his stomach was found the queen’s ring. That way, the young man was free from all charges, and the king who felt guilty for being unjust had done so, promised to give him a position in the palace if he wanted.
But the young man refused gently, and only asked for a horse, and some money to wander, because he only wanted to wander around to see the outside world.
His request was granted, and he began to wander.
One day, he arrived at the edge of the sea and there he saw three fish trapped in the roots of plants that grow by the sea. Because the young man has a good heart, he then descends from his horse, freeing the three fish. The fish swam happily, popped their heads out of the water and said, “We will always remember your good deeds, and will repay them with kindness.”
The young man resumed his journey and not long after, he heard a voice from the ground beneath his feet. He heard the ant king complain: “I hope humans and their animals do not pass through our streets. That horse just stepped on a lot of ants. ”
The young man immediately turned his horse so as not to step on the passing ants, and the ant king said: “We will remember your kindness and give you a reward in return.”
On the next trip, he passed through a forest, and saw a pair of crows standing in their nests and pushing out very young crows.
“Go now,” said a pair of crows, “We will not give you any more food, because you are old enough to look after yourself.”
The very young crows finally fell and lay on the ground because they were unable to fly. They tried to flap their wings in vain and said: “We, poor and helpless crows, have not been able to find food for ourselves, even we haven’t been able to fly! Soon we will starve to death. ”
The youth came down from his horse, looking for the worm on the ground to feed the crows. The crows all jumped up and said, “We will remember your kindness, and we will repay you accordingly.”
The youth then proceeded on his way and arrived in a large city. In one place he saw a crowd of people around him sitting on his horse and reciting a dance. “The king’s daughter will seek a husband, all the young men may attend the contest, but if the young man fails in the contest, he will receive the king’s punishment.”
Many young people participated in the event, but always failed and received punishment. When the youth saw the beauty of the king’s daughter, he was amazed and forgot all the dangers by registering himself as a contestant.
He was immediately taken to the sea for testing, and a gold ring was thrown into the sea. The king then ordered him to take him out of the deep sea and said, “If you return to land without carrying the ring, you will be punished and thrown back into the sea.”
Everyone who attended the event, mourned and pitied the young man. The youth then walked towards the sea while thinking of what he would do. At that moment he saw three fish swimming towards him. They are none other than the fish they once saved.
The fish, in the middle, bites an oyster skin and places it in the sand on the seashore near the foot of the Youth, who immediately grabs it and opens its contents. The young man found the ring that the king had thrown in the oyster skin.
Reluctant, she brought him before the king and hoped that the king would fulfill his promise. When the Princess heard that the young man who won the contest was from the ordinary, she asked the King to supplement it with another test.
Therefore, the youth was taken to a park for further testing. In the garden were planted ten sacks of wheat between the grass.
“She has to pick up everything before the sun rises tomorrow morning,” said the Princess, “and not a single thing is left.”
The youth sat sadly in the garden, thinking of doing such an impossible task. She just sat sadly in the morning. When the first light of the sun shone on the garden, he saw that it had already been ten bags of wheat without a single grain lost. Apparently at night, the ant king came with hundreds of thousands of other ants and helped him collect the grain.
The Princess who came to see for herself the result, was surprised and amazed at the success of the Youth in her task. But she was still stubborn and proudly said: “Even if she has completed two exams, she will not be my husband unless she can bring me the apple of the tree of life.”
The youth had no idea where he could get the tree of life. However, he left and walked aimlessly, hoping to find the tree.
When he had crossed three kingdoms, he came to a forest and lay under a shade tree to rest. Suddenly he heard a rustling sound on the tree and a golden apple fell into his hand. At the same time, three crows flew up and stood near his feet, saying: “We are the young crows you have saved. When we were growing up, we heard that you were looking for a golden apple, we crossed the ocean to the end of the world where the tree was, and brought you some apples growing on that tree. ”
The young man was very happy, and continued on his way home to give the apple to the princess. When she arrived at the destination and kept her promise to give the apples as a contest, the Princess became overwhelmed and had no further reason to reject the Youth.
The princess even shared the apple of life to eat with the youth. At that time their hearts were covered with joy, and they lived happily ever after.