Archive for August 14th, 2011

14th August
written by amber

A Fairy Tale

But then things do not usually happen quite as one expects them to.

They thought they would live happily ever after.

She never got over being around so many people who were not made of stone.

He got a job at a stable and she worked in a garden, putting her knowledge of wild herbs to good use.

Because he’d failed at his task, he didn’t dare go back to his town, but they soon found a new town and settled in there as if they were man and wife.

He was not a prince, just a young man hired to take a horse from one place to another.

She didn’t tell him that she was a princess, but he seemed to love her anyhow.

She said she would marry him without her father’s consent.

She was afraid that he would turn to stone as everyone else she loved had done, so she refused.

He offered to take her back to her home; he said he would ask her father for her hand in marriage.

He woke and spit out the weeds and snails, and was about to push her away when he noticed how very beautiful she was.

She bathed his brow with cool clear water from a nearby stream, and offered him weeds and snails to eat.

There was no sign of his horse.

Halfway through the next day, she found a young man lying unconscious on the path.

She walked for a day and a night.

She followed the hoofprints for many a long mile.

On the path she saw hoofprints.

She ran through the enchanted woods until she came to a path.

One day she heard the sound of distant hoofbeats.

All she had to eat were weeds and snails.

No one ever visited her.

She lived alone in a castle full of stone people, stone horses, stone dogs and even stone chickens.

She was sad because her parents had been turned into stone.

She was very beautiful, but very sad.

Once upon a time there was a princess.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story posted every day on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

Thank you, Maria Weber, for suggesting this first line.