Once upon a time in a faraway land, there lived a beautiful girl called Daisy.
Daisy's family was very poor, and so their house was very small, and their clothes were torn. Although Daisy had long blonde hair and sparkling blue eyes, her hair was always tied back in a bun on her head, and her eyes were always smudged with dirt.
To try to help support her parents, Daisy worked as a maid for the royal family. There were four members in the family – the King and the Queen, along with their two children, Prince Lucas, and Princess Laverna. The Princess was the same age as Daisy, and the Prince was a couple of years older.
The King, the Queen, and the Prince were very busy people. They were always traveling around to carry out royal duties, leaving Princess Laverna in charge of the royal palace.
Each morning, Daisy would arrive at the palace, ready to get to work. Princess Laverna hated Daisy. She was so jealous of the girl's stunning beauty and would do everything she could to give Daisy the dirtiest jobs around the palace.
“Go and clean the toilet, Dreadful Daisy” Princess Laverna would order. “And then sweep the chimney. And then do all of the dusting. And then clean all of the floors and carpets by hand.”
Daisy would quietly say, “Yes, Princess Laverna, right away,” and get to work.
When Prince Lucas was around, Princess Laverna wasn't quite so bad. The Prince liked Daisy and would stand up for her, saying,
“The chimney doesn't need to be swept today, Laverna. Why doesn't Daisy spend some time outside in the sunshine picking some flowers for the palace instead?” The Prince always suggested fun jobs for Daisy to do.
Unfortunately, the Prince wasn't around very often...
One morning, when Daisy arrived at the palace, she could hear Princess Laverna upstairs. The Princess was shouting and she sounded very angry.
Daisy went to see what was wrong.
“What's the matter, Princess Laverna?” Daisy asked.
“It's this stupid musical jewelry box,” said Princess Laverna, holding a beautifully carved wooden box in her hand. “Look, there's a key here, and each time the key is turned, the box is meant to play music. But it doesn't work!”
The Princess threw the box on the carpet by Daisy's feet.
“I don't want that stupid thing in here,” the Princess said. “Throw it away and then go and scrub the floors.”
“Yes, Princess Laverna, right away,” Daisy replied.
That evening, after work, Daisy returned home. Rather than throwing the musical box away, she brought it home.
“This is a beautiful box,” she said to herself. “I don't have any jewelry or treasures to store inside it, but it will look so pretty in my bedroom.”
She entered her tiny bedroom and, before placing the box up onto a shelf, she said, “let me try turning the key first. I wonder if it will work...”
Daisy turned the key in the box, and, all of a sudden, the top of the box popped open and the most beautiful tune that Daisy had ever heard started playing. She listened in delight. Then, when the music stopped, a gold coin appeared in the box!
“Wow!” Gasped Daisy. “This is enough gold to buy food for myself and my parents for tonight! Finally, we don't have to go to bed hungry!”
The girl rushed out to the nearby market and bought some vegetables to cook a tasty meal for her parents.
Daisy couldn't believe her good luck. Every evening, when she returned home from the palace, she would turn the key, listen to the music, take her gold coin, and buy food for her family.
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