Princess Peapher was a beautiful princess. Whenever she went down into the village she would always boast about how beautiful she was and all the townsfolk rightly agreed. "There is no one who is as beautiful as i am" she would say "I bet not even the gods can compete with me!"
Suddenly an old woman walked through the crowd and spoke in a small voice "you should be more careful when speaking of the gods." Princess Peapher scorned the old woman and said in a loud voice "why, I bet the goddess Aphrodite herself isn't as beautiful as me!" With that there was a deathly silence and all of a sudden the old woman who had spoke changed into an absolutely breath taking young woman. Her hair was a dazzling gold sea of curls and ringlets and her eyes shone a beautiful deep blue.
The whole village was silent in wonder but Princess Peapher wasn't even the slight bit surprised.
"Do you dare repeat that to my face?" asked Aphrodite. Princess Peapher looked her straight in the eye and said in a strong voice "Why, I bet the goddess Aphrodite herself isn't as beautiful as me!"
With that the goddess turned purple and green. She seized the young girl by her neck and hoisted her off of the ground. The princess turned blue and begged her to let her go but the goddess stated "If you dare make another insult to the gods you shall pay with your life" She let the young girl go and carried on. "You shall still remain beautiful but shall not be able to boast."
With that the princess started to shrink. She started to grow snow white feathers all over her body, her mouth replaced with a small beak and out of her back started growing long beautiful feathers that reached higher than her head. They were bright white and had small bits of fur around them. Her arms turned into wings and she finally stopped shrinking and looked around. The villagers were amazed to see that Aphrodite had turned her into a bird. "From now on you shall remain as this animal and shall never be able to boast about your beauty again!" and with that the goddess flew off.
The princess ran into the woods and was never seen again but to this day she still remains in the form of the bird and is now known as a peacock, an animal of true beauty.