"Oh father of mine,
you who are so pretty,
please give me some money
and don't do it out of pity"
"Oh my daughter,
don't you dare
to ask me again for money
it's the only thing I care"
"OK, dear father,
I have another plan,
with this little spell I learnt
I'll turn you into a flan.
I'll rule this castle now,
as we no long have a king,
I'll sit now on his throne
and, why not, I'll wear his ring"
But could she simply call her father, whom she hadn't seen for so long, to ask him for money? He probably wouldn't even take the call. Most likely he still believed that those handsets steal one's thoughts right through the ear. She had to pay him a visit.
The princess knew, however, that it wouldn't be easy. He had a habit of talking to his guests sitting nearby a wood stove. During those visits, he always saw to have a poker hot and handy and every time his guest said something the king didn't like, he grabbed the poker and started chasing the poor soul around the room. His court thought of it as one of those quirks that kings famously display but the fact was that this little habit of his cost him a war or two in the past.
- You took all my savings, you little rat! - shouted the princess.
For a moment Nature seemed taken aback, but soon regained his senses and became his usual self:
- What did you just say? - asked the squirrel piercing the princess with his dead eyes - I took your so-called savings to pay with them for a blueprint for this silly castle you wanted so much. I have my brother on the line, and so that you know - he is the best castle builder in the country. But since you're being such a hysterical witch I don't think I will follow with my plan.
- What do you mean a blueprint? With this money, I could build a whole castle, you thief!- Oh no, missy. I won't tolerate people talking to me like that. I'm moving out. And you grow up! - said the squirrel and jumped off the window right on a nearby tree before the princess could even understand what had happened. Now she was not only without a castle but penniless too.