Below is the fourth part of "King Midas."
Just then, the mysterious stranger returned and asked, "Aren't you pleased with all your gold, King Midas?"
"I was very foolish," King Midas answered. "I don't care about gold anymore.
I just want Marygold again. Please save her, and you can have all my gold."
"I do not want your gold, King Midas," the stranger said. "I just wanted to teach you a lesson. To get your daughter back, simply go to the river beyond the rose garden. Dive into its waters and bring back enough water to sprinkle over the things you have turned to gold. They will all return to normal."
At once King Midas called out to all the servants in the castle. "Gather every pail, bucket, bowl, and pitcher you can find," he shouted. "Then follow me to the river beyond the rose garden! I need your help to change Marygold and all the flowers back to normal." Without another word, Midas and the servants ran to the river's edge.
Midas leaped into the cold, rushing water of the river, and it instantly began to turn golden yellow. He and his servants quickly filled their pails and bowls before all the water completely changed to gold.
Just like the mysterious stranger told him to do, King Midas splashed water over Marygold. She instantly turned back into herself. King Midas' heart filled with joy.
"Marygold," he said, hugging her. "You are so much more important than gold."
King Midas and Marygold ran straight to the dining hall and splashed water over every golden object.
"Father, what about my flowers?" Marygold asked, looking sad.
"Don't worry," King Midas said. "We have plenty of water to turn them back to normal, too."
Together, he and Marygold went outside and changed all the golden flowers back into beautiful red roses. As the last one was turned back into a red rose, Marygold said, "Thank you, Father, for giving me back my flowers."
"I promise never to spend any more beautiful days counting my gold," King Midas said, giving Marygold another hug.
Marygold picked a beautiful red rose and handed it to her father. The
mysterious stranger had taught Midas that there are more important things in life than gold.
From that day on, King Midas was happier than he had ever been before. He no longer spent his days locked away in the vault. Instead, he spent time with Marygold in the garden.
Now Midas cared little for gold and riches. He saw the true beauty of flowers, butterflies, and his most valuable treasure, Marygold. The only gold that King Midas cared for now was the golden sunshine.