(Not So) Sleeping Beauty

Hello all, and here is my entry for the WHAT IF? FAIRY TALE MADNESS BLOGFEST!

I *think* my entry goes along with Team Plot Twist, and I decided to go with my favorite ever fairy tale.


She tiptoes along the cold stone floor. No fires are lit. No warmth. Perfect.

She startles entering the farthest chamber, nearly dropping her candle and slapping a hand to her chest as if she can stop her heart.

“Did you find one?”

The old woman turns away from the window, and gestures to the wooden spinning wheel in the corner. Rose puzzles at the odd contraption, at why her father would rid the entire kingdom of them. But then, she knows why.

“You’ve no idea what I went through to get that up here,” the woman says, hand outstretched.

Rose tugs the heavy purse from her waist and hands it over. Then she sits at the wheel. The set up feels odd to her.

“Show me how it works,” she orders, rubbing a hand along the smooth wood.

The old woman looks uncertain. She wrings her hands. “You—you know what will happen should you prick your finger…”

“Why do you think I had you get one for me?” Rose snaps, angry at the reminder. Of course she knows. She is no fool. But one hundred years of sleep have got to be better than waking up tomorrow and having to marry him.

She’ll show her parents, her kingdom. They’ll all be sorry.

With a steady finger, she moves toward the spindle. The old woman opens her mouth, a hand held up in warning, but Rose pushes forward.

It hurts for only a moment. She sighs. Sinks back, ready for sleep to come.

“You’ll tell them where to find me?” she asks, but the woman doesn’t respond.

Rose finds her collapsed on the cold stone. In a panic, she rushes down through the castle, only to find that everyone along the way has also collapsed, including her parents, and her betrothed. Where sleep should have overtaken her, death found them instead.

Ta dum! Maybe it's more Team Tragedy? Oh well! So excited to see the rest of the entries, and thanks to Leigh, Cassie, Morgan, and Mark for this fun blogfest!!! :D

33 comments

Morgan said...

Holy crap, I looooooove this!!!!!! I love the eerie, old fairytale feeling to this. It's haunting and beautiful, and I love the tragic ending! Total plot twist. I think I'm going to go read it again...

Suzi said...

Now that's a nasty little surprise! Maybe marrying 'him' wouldn't have been so bad. :)

Jamie McHenry said...

Oh no! *gasps* Great twist on the plot--I love it. The fun thing about your piece is all the questions it inspires. You may be on to something there.

Kyra Lennon said...

Fantastic work, Cortney! What a clever twist!

Mark Koopmans said...

NICE!!!

Yeah, I would move this to tragedy :) That was an awesome twist, but what is she going to do now... all alone in the land... with no TV or Blogger.com?

Rena said...

Oh man, someone's going to have a guilty conscious...

Well done.

Carrie-Anne said...

I love the dark twist at the end!

Elizabeth Briggs said...

This is awesome!

ilima said...

She showed them all right, yikes. Great twist!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Definitely plot Twist. The most shocking one yet. Excellent Work. My Entry

Linda Jackson said...

Oh, wow! I didn't see THAT coming! Why didn't somebody tell that poor girl the truth????

D. D. Falvo said...

Yikes! You got me with that sad twist. Nice pacing! Very well done. :)

Leigh Covington said...

Oh wow! I didn't see that coming! So cool! Great twist - and yes, tragic too! So glad you participated! Love your entry!

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

That sent shivers through me.

Miranda Hardy said...

Very nicely done. I love the twist at the end. Great job! I wasn't expecting that.

Tara Tyler said...

love the twist! didnt think theyd all die!
great job!

Cassie Mae said...

At least she still won't have to marry the dude, right? Lol. I did not see it coming! Awesome twister :D

Jennifer Young said...

Ooo what a great twist. Love the ending.

Nicole said...

Ooh, it's like a double twist! Rose WANTS to prick her finger, and then it backfires royally. Nice!

michelle said...

I love the spin you put on the tale... it's like a double-whammy twist!
A great job!

Hope Roberson said...

Ooooooh! Chilling! Excellent twist!!!

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JennaQuentin said...

Didn't have any idea where that was going! Well done - tragic!

Samantha said...

I'd say that Sleeping Beauty causing her own demise is a pretty big twist! But it could certainly be seen as tragic, given the ending. Great job with this! I loved it :)

Samantha
Writing Through College

Nick Wilford said...

Awesome, a double twist! Her plan backfired just a little bit, didn't it?

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Oh no that is tragic! A fate worse than death to be alone forever...

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Clare said...

Oh no! Fantastic twist. I feel really bad for Sleeping Beauty, but it's also a lesson not to meddle in things you don't understand.

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Hello! Visiting from the What If? blog hop, and I loved your story. Excellent twist and one should always be careful for what one wishes, right? Great to meet you!
A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

Donna L Martin said...

Greetings!

I'm hopping over from GUTGAA and visiting some blogs before it begins. Nice to meet you...you have a lovely blog...

Donna L Martin
www.donnalmartin.com
www.donasdays.blogspot.com

C.M.Brown said...

Wow, a double twist!

Julia King said...

Wow. That's AMAZING! Well, done.

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