Amazing Kids! Magazine

Tigerlily’s Secret

By Julissa Diaz, age 15, California


There once was a teenage girl, named Tigerlily, who had been living in a cabin in an enchanted forest. She absolutely loved nature, but was kept in her home, stuck doing nothing all day. She needed adventure, but was scared. She lived on her own, and was extremely different. She had something no one else in the world had. Tigerlily was special and definitely one of a kind. However, she wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it.

She kept it a secret from everyone, and decided to live in the wilderness to prevent anyone from finding out. This secret was so fascinating. However, she didn’t want to be called crazy. She had the ability… to transform ugly into beautiful. Although it was pretty ironic, considering she wasn’t the prettiest of them all. She had only tried it once before, but then ran away and kept herself locked in her home.

Until one day, she decided it was finally time to take a stroll around the forest. She came across a trail, one that she’d never seen before, despite her never going out, she knew exactly where to go. It was as if her mind was 10 steps ahead of her, she couldn’t control her body. Her feet came to an abrupt stop after 15 minutes of walking around… she looked at her surroundings, and saw a rather dull environment.

“Oh no, why on earth is this place so… ugly,” she said, her voice trailing off in a whisper.

She continued to wander around, seeing what else she could find. As she was in her own world, she then froze after hearing a rustle behind her.

“H-Hello? Is anyone there?”

There was a silence, a bitter silence. She spun around and yelped at the sight of a boy, who was around her age.

“SHH. I DIDN’T MEAN TO SCARE YOU, I’M SO SORRY.” He said, putting a hand on her shoulder.

“Who are you and why are you here?” Tigerlily asked harshly.

“Why, my name is Jasper, and I need your help. I sensed you from a mile away and ran as fast as I could to speak to you.”

Jasper was rather attractive. He was tall, had dark scruffy hair, and a bright smile. Out of embarrassment, Tigerlily swept her messy hair out of her face, showed no smile, but a concerned expression.

“What do you mean my help? You sensed me? How? You don’t know me. Get away, you freak.”

“Freak? Ouch. If anything, we’re BOTH freaks. Listen, uh…”

“Tigerlily, my name is Tigerlily.”

“Ah, right, pretty name for a pretty girl. Tigerlily. You have a power, and you know it.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said, “but whatever you think you know, well you’re wrong. I’m normal. Completely normal. Goodbye now.”

“Wait. Come back. You can deny it all you want, but you know I’m right. Listen, I really need your help. This isn’t a scheme. I’m a nice guy. C’mon look at me.” He smiled widely, causing her to blush.

“What’s in it for me?” she spoke, once again, harshly.

“Well, if you help me, I can help you. We’re both freaks.”

“Wait a sec… how do you know about…” she then whispered, “my power.”

“I just knew. Now c’mon, follow me!” He grabbed ahold of her hand and started running, knowing she’d follow along.

They ended up in a very abandoned part of the forest. Dirt everywhere, there were trees, but dead, not even a single leaf was left to trickle at the edge of a branch. It was depressing really, it caused Tigerlily to frown.

“What happened here?” she looked down and kicked the dirt off the ground.

“Not so long ago, there were these happy, VERY happy, fuzzy creatures. They lived here, and it was absolutely b-e-a-u-tiful. Until someone came, a person obviously, and cut down the largest tree here, that tree kept their whole kingdom together. After that, the trees started to die, one by one, and eventually the creatures did too.”

“I can’t bring them back to life Jasper, that’s not my power. I’m so sorry, I wish I could help.” She frowned, ashamed.

“BUT YOU CAN! You have the power to… not bring people back to life, but nature back to life! You can definitely fix an ol’ dump like this, you just have to let yourself. Please try. I’m begging.”

Tigerlily walked around for a bit, looked at the palm of her left hand, rubbed it gently with the fingertips of her right hand, and closed her eyes softly.

“Uh.. Tigerlily?” Jasper asked confusingly.

“Shh. I’m helping. Stay quiet.”

She then raised her left palm to the bright sun, and whispered something, a sort of spell.

“Let beauty come, for there will be fun. Eliminate the ugly, for beauty is hungry.” She repeated this over and over.

In a sudden moment, the dead trees rose, flowers bloomed, and creatures peeped behind bushes. Tigerlily opened her eyes, looked around and smiled.

Jasper ran to her, embracing her in a giant hug. He kept thanking her, and kissed her cheek.

“Now, my turn.” Jasper said. He sat on the fresh, green grass and patted it, encouraging her to do the same. He held her hand, and rose it up as high as he could, shut his eyes tightly, and said the same exact spell. Tigerlily looked confused, and was rather offended. She became drowsy, and within the second she fell.

“Tigerlily, Tigerlily?” WAKE UP!”

“Huh? What?” She rose up and rubbed her head, squinting.

He reached for his pocket, took out a piece of broken glass, like a mirror, and handed it to her.

“Uh… what?” Tigerlily tilted her head, furrowing her eyebrows. He placed the piece of glass carefully on her hand, as she looked into it, she gasped.

“I’m… I’m…” She became teary-eyed.

“You’re beautiful.” He then added, “Wait. Please understand that I’m not calling you ugly. You’re genuinely beautiful, but you didn’t see it. Now, you can.”

She looked up, and hugged him oh so tightly. She then thanked him, and pecked his cheek just as he did earlier.

Standing up, Tigerlily pulled Jasper off his feet and they walked hand in hand, fingers intertwined, and wandered the enchanted forest, turning anything and anyone ugly into beautiful, together.


  1. Rosemary /

    A spectacular story. You have a really good imagination!

  2. Payton Jane /

    I love this story. It teaches an amazing story about a girl that has a powers and that she is beautiful. I would love to have that power

  3. Rabeca Jane /

    I LOVE this story it teaches an amazing lesson that everyone should learn. Everyone is beautiful in there own special way. Well done!!:)