Fairy Tale {part 3}

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Fairy Tale {part 3}

January 31, 2012 Writing 21

You may want to read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this piece so it makes more sense.

The next morning, a piercing scream woke the entire kingdom. The king and queen rushed to the princess’s bedchamber only to be refused entry. Distraught, they summoned the healer.

“You did this!” The queen accused, her soft voice laced with fear. “Why?”

“Her beauty is one dimensional. She mayn’t be pleased with what she saw in the mirror this morning.” The healer agreed.

Their eyes widened and their jaw slacked in horror. “Are you not distressed in the least?”

“I’m not. You needn’t worry. All is well.”

“That remains to be seen. The princess must present herself to the people this morning, yet she won’t leave her room. We must prepare another to stand in her place.” The red carpet under the king’s feet showed evidence of his pacing.  His fingers stroked his beard. “The guards were already sent out. When they return, you will accompany her, Healer. It’s to your benefit that you go along. No one must know the truth. Can you be discreet?” He demanded, his finger pointing at the Healer.

“This is madness. I didn’t come all this way to escort a fake princess. I came to heal a real one.”

“No matter. The people know you are here. Your appearance is demanded.”

“As you wish, but I request you to present me as I am, or I‘ll leave your kingdom at once.” The healer produced a small flute from his pouch. The king laughed when he saw it. “You laugh, yet one breath and the whole pirate fleet would be upon you. Yes, the very same that reduced your fleet to a single ship. We’ll see who laughs last.”

The king dismissed him with a wave, a smile still playing on his lips. A girl entered the room, escorted by a guard. She was dressed in emerald, with green silk covering her face, a shimmering image of the princess. Her eyes weren’t the same shade, but it wouldn’t matter. She would fill in nicely.

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It’s another Trifecta Writing Challenge answered. Every week we are given 1 word that we must use the 3rd definition of to write a story of no less than 33 and no more than 333 words. This week word was image noun ˈi-mij:

This also fit a Story Dam prompt we were issued as the monthly prompt. It was “The Substitute.” I didn’t get the idea for this until it was too late, but I wanted to share what great prompts we are doing on Story Dam too. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you really should. There’s weekly and monthly prompts, a weekly free link up to share your stuff, and sooooo much more going on. You really need to check it out for yourself.
As always I am looking for feedback. Feedback helps me grow. Thank you for reading and commenting. It means a lot to me.

 

21 Responses

  1. Sam, this is wonderful. Nice story writing. I am new to “Trifecta”. It is very nice to meet you.

    Pamela

  2. shah wharton says:

    Thanks for your visit and comment on my blog the other day Sam. I do appreciate it. And I appreciate pt there of this great story you’re writing. You really do put my right on in there. I love how you manage to do two in one regarding writing challenges. I barely have the time to do one. And if I can’t do them justice I feel bad. You never have these issues, clearly. 🙂

  3. Angelia Sims says:

    I am caught up on 1,2, & 3. I have missed your stories sooooo much. Work and home life are insane. Really happy for the small break today. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what happens to the princess!!

  4. Carrie says:

    the last version hits all the marks 🙂 Kudos to your editor (LOL)

  5. Brandon says:

    Interesting… although calling down a pirate fleet with a flute? You couldn’t come up with something a little more manly? lol (kidding)

    Thanks for sharing this. Interested to see where it goes.

  6. Satu says:

    Had to catch up on 1 and 2 first. I’m curious what will happen. The princess is a right brat. 😀

  7. jesterqueen1 says:

    Oh my! I wondered where this would go after the last time! I can’t wait to find out what she actually looks like.

    • SAM says:

      You mean I have to describe her?!? ACK! (Lol. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think you will like the direction the story goes though.)

  8. I just caught up, I’d read the first but had missed the second. This is gooood. I will certainly be on the look out for the next installment.

  9. trifecta says:

    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Trifecta Challenge. I’m impressed with your use of dialogue in this piece. Nothing about it seems extraneous at all–you’ve managed to tell important parts of the story through your characters’ words without it feeling the slightest bit deliberate. Very nicely done. The final sentence was especially good. Hope you’ll come back for our weekend challenge.

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