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Part 5: Why do the Stars Twinkle?

: Why do the Stars Twinkle?

Without the knowledge of King Pardus and Queen Bella, the village doctor packed a bag of witchery and traveled down to the palace of King Leo. In the royal nursery, he found Baby Boy Bar jar in the royal crib and turned him into a little black leopard.
The next morning Bar jar’s four older sisters came to admire their darling little baby brother. You can imagine the surprise on their small sweet faces when they saw the runty Black Panther in Bar jar’s Crib. What is this? Nine year old old Parthia shrieked. It’s a little black panther, squawked seven year old Regale! Can we keep it? Can we keep it? He is beautiful remarked five year old Malaria. Little two years old Carman eyeballed speechlessly. The three older girls were in a fit of delirium over the cute little black panther. They were so amazed over the little black panther; they totally forgot why they had come to the crib in the first place. Then, Parthia reminded them they had to find their baby brother. Then they could ask their parents if they could keep the cute little panther later. They knew the panther could not have done their brother any harm. It was much too small
The royal cook summoned the girls for their morning meal. They each apologized and made excuses. They each begged the cook to keep their meal warm and promised to come with great haste as quickly as possible. Time pass and it was time for the palace tutor to begin his indoctrination on the ways of royalty. The girls declined his invitation for schooling. They each politely begged his pardon and said they would come to class later. Meanwhile, each girl took turns watching the crib and looking for their baby brother. When the royal nurse came to feed or change the baby, the nurse was told to leave his bottle they would feed and change him. Parthia insisted the nurse leave the care of the baby to them. The nurse knew how the King felt about his girls. No one dared contradict Parthia. Therefore, while the Queen rested form the festive event, thinking her little baby boy was in good care, the girls continued to hide the fact the baby was missing. Carman spent most of the day with the little black panther. When it was time for her nap, she went to sleep. To the horror of her three older sisters, Carman said she dreamed the mother of the panther said she had Bar jar and it was a fair exchange. She would have our baby and we could have her baby.
After a long day of hunting, the King came by the nursery to visit his son. The girls had never lied to their father before. He knew them too well for any of them to fib to him. When the King asked to see his heir to the throne, all four of the girls burst out in tears. Parthia, Regale and Malaria were crying because they knew their baby brother was missing. Carman was crying because because she thought her father would make her give away her knew pet that she had grown to love. After listening to the girls, the King sent for the Queen.
The Queen entered the room unaware of the day’s event. She was told how the girls diligently watched the crib throughout the day and of their desperate search for their brother to no avail. The Queen fainted away in a fit of terror. What on earth happened to her baby boy! The royal physician said she was not capable of having another child. If this baby could not be found, King Leo would have no heir to the throne.
The royal family decided to keep the disappearance of Little Baby Bar jar a secret. They did not want it to get out there may be no heir to the throne. It could start a mutiny within the Kingdom.
to be continued