Merida ran out of (跑出) the castle. Sobbing, she jumped on her horse and raced into the forest.
Soon she arrived at the mysterious Ring of Stones (巨石圈，由高大直立的石头组成的一片圆形场地). Tiny blue lights appeared, forming a trail. They seemed to beckon Merida deeper into the forest.
The blue lights were will o’ the wisps (鬼火，本文中指蓝色的小精灵), known for leading people either to treasure (宝藏)—or to doom (厄运)! Merida followed the wisps to a small cottage where an old woman lived. Believing the woman was a witch, Merida asked her for a spell to change her mother!
“Long ago, I met a prince,” the Witch told Merida. The prince had given the Witch a ring engraved (雕刻) with two axes in exchange for a spell to give him the strength of ten men.
The Witch set to work making the spell. When she was done, she pulled a cake from her cauldron (大锅) and gave it to Merida. Clearly, the Witch was finished, for Merida soon found (发现) herself heading for home.
At the castle, Elinor was happy and relieved to see Merida. But the lords still expected an answer. Whom would the princess marry?
Merida handed her mother the cake. “I made it,” she fibbed (撒小谎). “For you!”
After one bite of cake, the queen set down her fork. She suggested they go and settle things with the lords.
But soon the queen began to feel ill. Was the spell taking effect (作用)? Dodging King Fergus and the lords, Merida led her mother up to her room.
Queen Elinor went straight (直接) to bed.
After a few minutes, a giant bear rose from the sheets. The queen had been transformed!
“That scaffy witch gave me a gammy (蹩脚的) spell!” Merida cried.
Elinor the bear let out an angry roar!
Downstairs, King Fergus heard the bear roar.
Long ago, an evil bear called Mor’du (魔度) had eaten one of the king’s legs. Ever since, the king had hunted down every bear he’d come across.
And now there was a bear in his castle! King Fergus quickly gathered all the clans for a hunt.
Merida knew she had to find the Witch so she could undo (解除) the spell. She asked her brothers to distract (分散) the king so she and her mother could slip out of the castle.
The triplets used a chicken to cast the shadow (影子) of a bear on the wall! When the king saw it, he took off after the bear, leading the hunting party in the wrong (错误的) direction (方向). Merida and her mother quickly headed for the woods.