Rosella's First Quest (a Sierra Interaction Magazine short story)

edited May 2012 in Kings Quest Game
Rosella's First Quest is a short story introduced as part of an official Mixed-Up Fairy Tales contest in Interaction Magazine, Fall 1991. The story was fractured into pieces, and the idea was that the readers of the magazine had to put it back together. The reconstructed story was featured in the next issue of Interaction Magazine, Spring 1992(along with the winners).

The story takes place when Rosella was a young girl, long before the destruction of Daventry by the great quakes, long before she was sent to be sacrificed to the three-headed dragon, long before she traveled to Tamir to save her father.

The story strangely includes the idea of a kind of "Sierra universe"/"Sierraville". But think of this as one of the more 'strange' additions to the KQ memorabilia.

The Complete Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, in the kingdom of Daventry, there lived a little princess named Rosella. She had a kind and loving father, King Graham, and a beautiful and good mother, Queen Valanice. Rosella had everything a little girl could want.

One day, Rosella was in the courtyard playing with a golden football. (she was a tough little girl even then.) She gave the ball a mighty kick and it flew over the wall.

Rosella walked all around the castle, but the golden football was nowhere in sight. Just then, Rosella saw a strange pair of pigs come wandering out of the woods.

"Have you seen my golden football, piggies?" Asked Rosella.

"We're not pigs, we're Two Guys from Andromeda. And we saw your football. It got stuck in a timepod that was flying past." They poitned toward the woods, then vanished.

Rosella shrugged, and went into the forest the way they had pointed. She came upon a man in white, lying on the ground clutching his head.

"Have you seen my football, god Sir?" she asked.

"I'm no sir, I'm Leisure Suit Larry. Your football fell off the timepod and hit me in the head. If I hadn't been wearing so much Dep, I would hav edied. Go away, kid."

Rosella looked around the man in white but her football was nowhere to be seen. She went further into the woods. Soon she saw a dragon, sitting on a hollow log and reading.

"Hello, dragon," said Rosella. "Have you seen my football?"

"I am the Bookwyrm," said the dragon. "And I did indeed see your football. The Bookend ran past carrying it. But then a tall blond man in green took it from him and ran away."

"Thank you," said Rosella. Soon, she found the man in green.

"Excuse me, forester, have you seen my football?" she asked.

"I am no forester, little maid, I am Robin Hood. I was going to give your football to the poor, but a little boy and a frog took it from me."

"Oh," said Rosella. She went to look for the little boy.

When she found himn, he was standing on a board, kicking the ground and saying words Rosella had never heard before. A green frog was sitting on his shoulder.

"Hi, my name's Willy," the boy said. "How do you skateboard around here?"

"Have you seen my ball? asked Rosella, petting the frog.

"Yea, I had it. But this lady with curly hair said it was evidence and ran off with it."

"Thank you," said Rosella. She kissed the frog. Nothing happened, but the frog grinned. Rosella journeyed on.

Soon she found a young woman with curly hair lurking behind a tree. "Have you seen my football?" Rosella asked.

"My name is Laura," said the young woman. "And I took your football as evidence in the bonking of one Larry Laffer. But a policeman took it away from me."

"Thank you," said Rosella. She wasn't sure what a policeman was, but she decided to set out to find one.

She came across a man in blue. "Have you seen my football, blue knight?" Rosella asked.

"I'm not a knight, I'm Sonny, a policeman. I took your football for an official investigation. But when we found out Larry Laffer was involved, we decided not to prosecute the bonker. Some guy in a white coat took your football."

"Thank you," said Rosella. She was getting tired. She trudged along, and finally found a man in a white coat writing furiously in a notebook."

"Are you related to that other man in white?" asked Rosella. "And have you seen my football?"

"I am Dr. Brain," he said, "and my genetics are entirely separate from Mr. Laffer's. I took your football, to conduct metallurgical tests on it. But when I tossed it into the air to test its aerodynamics, it got caught in some kind of timepod. It went that way." He pointed.

"Thank you," said Rosella wearily. She plodded off through the woods. Hours went by. The little princess was ready to give up. Then she came to a clearing and there was...the royal castle. With a sigh, Rosella headed home.

There was a loud humming noise, Rosella looked up, and a strange machien went zooming overhead. A smiling blond man leaned out the window and waved, and tossed the princess her golden football! Then he was gone.

Rosella and her football lived happily ever after. That is, until her father got terribly sick one day, then that's a whole other story...
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