Sleeping Beauty – A Fractured Fairy-Tale – April 23, 2015


Painted by Jennie Harbour

In a dark and grim forest, where wolves howled and the wind blew, I saw a flickering light and so I bounced down the path seeking out that light and after a time I came upon a crystal coffin; within the crystal coffin surrounded by perpetual candles slept a very handsome princely man with a magnificent beard. His head lay upon a silk pillow, his pelvis was bound in a gorgeous red damask codpiece. (I just mention this in passing.)

I thought I’d smother from the internal flame that flowed instantly into my … uhm … heart. Sublimating my thoughts of love by thinking about this month’s syzgy of the moon, sun and earth, I emitted a sigh.
“Never-mind the codpiece!” I said to myself, as a heroine one really must overcome this incessant inner chaos. Anyway, at this point I noticed a note attached to the clasp that held the coffin closed it read:

Open carefully and if you kiss the prince upon his lips he will awaken.

“Ah,” I thought, “a male sleeping beauty! Now this could get interesting”
In wonderment I carefully opened the lid of the coffin and caressed his soft uhm … beard with reverence then kissed his ripe lips.
His eyes flew open and he gasped:
“My lands woman! Just how old are you?”

© G.s.k. ‘15

This post was written for Mindlovemisery’s Mengerie’s Monday Wordle and Thursday Tale Weaver Post – Be a Bad Writer (I did my best) where we were to pick a genre and open our story with the worst possible beginning sentence, possibly with not more than 58 words. … I went way over the 150 word limit and before submitting this to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.  

  1. Emit
  2. Pillow
  3. Pelvis
  4. Bounce
  5. Heroine
  6. Intern
  7. Incessant
  8. Smother
  9. Sublimation  (Psychology. the diversion of the energy of a sexual or other biological impulsefrom its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social,moral, or aesthetic nature oruse.)
  10. Gorgeous
  11. Nevermind
  12. Syzygy (any two related things, either alike or opposite. Astronomy. an alignment of threecelestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet: Syzygy in the sun-earth-moon system occurs at the time of full moon and new moon.)

29 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauty – A Fractured Fairy-Tale – April 23, 2015

  1. This is laugh out loud hilarious, the whole bit with that magnificent codpiece lol

    his pelvis was bound in a gorgeous red damask codpiece. (I just mention this in passing.)

    I thought I’d smother from the internal flame that flowed instantly into my … uhm … heart.


  2. I have always loved fractured fairy-tales – as my father was infamous for them. And then we watched the same entitled segment on ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’. I love your ‘um’ whimsy in regards to certain male dress. Excellent.

    I had fun with this prompt, but the wordle list I used was from a different prompt.
    Thanks for putting a (um) smile on my face this morning. Well told.


    • I know what you mean … and Rocky and Bullwinkle fractured fairy-tales are part of my childhood memories as well. It was a cool prompt … and you’re welcome for the smile … now, I’m going to go and see what you put up!

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    • Ah .. the young … I’ve often wondered what Sleeping Beauty would have said if some old decrepit, pot bellied prince had given her that awakening kiss … of course, I think they solved the problem in the original f.t. stating that only true love would allow the prince to open the casket. 😉

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  3. This is a riot, Bastet — SO MUCH FUN!!!!
    See what comes from following the flame in your … uhm … heart?!
    (But hey. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!) 😉


  4. *snorting* with absolute laughter at how well you managed this – totally awesome in writing – er – in a form that is better left alone, although it does teach us valuable lessons XD


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