Many years later, the prince who was destined to break the spell finally arrived. He had been exiled from his own kingdom and came seeking refuge. He saw immediately that the golden prince was trapped inside his self-made wall of thorns. He caught a glimpse of the real prince asleep inside and fell in love.
He determined that he must find a way past the wall of thorns or die trying. At first the thorns cut him and it seemed impossible to get through.
The golden prince’s loyal knight had been faithfully standing guard outside the wall for all the years that the prince had been asleep. He saw what the foreign prince was doing and tried to stop him.
At first it seemed that a duel would be fought, for the knight would stop at nothing to protect his lord and the foreign prince refused to yield. At the last moment, the knight realized that the foreign prince might be the one he had been watching for who would break the curse.
He told him that he would never get through the wall of thorns with force. The knight’s vows of loyalty kept him from saying anything more that might help the prince in solving the riddle, but he watched hopefully as the prince began his task.
The foreign prince began to care for the brambles, pruning and tending them carefully. Little by little, the hard, sharp limbs turns to flowers and opened a path. Inside lay the golden prince. The foreign prince had never seen anyone as beautiful.
Unable to stop himself, he leaned down and kissed the sleeping prince’s lips. At that moment, the spell was broken and the prince opened his eyes. “I dreamed that you would come,” he told the foreign prince, “I’ve been waiting a long time.”
Soon after that the two princes were married and lived happily to the end of their days.
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