Monday, August 13, 2012

'What if?' Blogfest

Today is the start of the "What if?" Fairy Tale Blogfest.  The rules are simple:

Think of your favorite "well known" fairytale and ask "What If…!"
Then, pick one of these four categories: (be sure to mention which category you're joining, during your blog post!)

·       Best Plot Twist
·       Best Love Story
·       Best Tragedy
·       Best Comic Relief
Finally, write a scene(s) illustrating a new detail of the fabled fairy tale that changes our perspective. (300 words or less)

Today, I'm all about Team Love story!


The lamp glowed gold in the scattered starlight. Aladdin tensed and covered his face as smoke billowed from the spout. A woman, dressed in draped silk and bound with chains, collapsed next to the ancient artifact.
Aladdin took a step back. “Where did you come from?”

“You summoned me,” she said, not meeting his gaze.

He crouched beside her and moved a lock of raven hair from her face. She flinched and held up her chains in defense.

“I’m not going to hurt you. Who did this to you?”

“Another man, not unlike yourself.”

Her eyes flicked to his. A breath caught in his chest at the sight of her purple irises. She looked broken. Aladdin wanted nothing more than to take her in his arms and save her from whoever did this.

“Can I help?”

“You are my master now. I’m bound to serve you until three wishes are made.” She stole another glance. “I see your clothes are tattered, I can give you wealth untold.”

“What’s your name?”

The girl looked up, curiosity lighting her face. “Genie.”  The name was spoken as a curse.

“Genie, I had wealth once. It never brought me happiness. Is there no one you can turn to for shelter?”

“I’m bound to you.”

Aladdin smiled. “As a free man, I don’t believe in bonds. Let’s find a blacksmith to remove your chains.”

“The only way these chains can be removed is if you wish me free.”

“Then I wish you free.”

“You want nothing for yourself?”

“I have made my choices.”

Genie gasped as the chains fell to the ground in a flash of dust and sparks. She took a step toward Aladdin. 

“Whoever you are, I owe you my life.”

With a longing look back, Genie was gone.
 What's your favorite fairy tale?

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fantastic twist! My favorite fairy tale? Hard to choose. Probably Sleeping Beauty - it's creepy and beautiful and sweet and sad, and leaves so much room for interpretation!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That was the best wish he could've made.

Cassie Mae said...

I watched Aladdin the other day and was like, hmm... he has some pretty hunky arms, haha!

I like this twist. It is romantic, a bit sad too. Why didn't she totally kiss him??? ;)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That was so sweet! I love the line "I made my choices." I fell in love, there! I am sad they're not together, but that longing... so good!

Morgan said...

Ohhhhh!!!!! Clever! And I loved the chemistry between the two... I totally felt it... and man, I could go for this version of Aladdin... can we say dreamy? He's got his priorities straight ;) I really loved this! <3

Anonymous said...

I like this. Like Morgan said, I could feel the chemistry. And I like what Aladdin said about not caring for wealth.

New follower, btw. :)

D. D. Falvo said...

So well-written and engaging! I LOVED the end-- it left me wanting more.

Hope Roberson said...

Certainly make me wish for more! Excellent twist, I love it!

Rena said...

Oh, I so wanted to read more of this. Great job!

Leigh Covington said...

Awww! I love it! Aladdin is a great choice! I love that story. I don't know if I can pick one favorite when it comes to fairy tales. I think I love them all!

Thanks for being part of the blogfest!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I love the raven hair and purple irises. ;) Great twist! I've enjoyed reading these today!

Aldrea Alien said...

Beautiful. Just ... beautiful.

Clare said...

Love the twist, and Aladdin was so awesome for freeing Genie. :)

Carrie Butler said...

Aww, I love Aladdin. :D Nice work!

Jenny Morris said...

Nice!!! I love Aladdin. My fav is probably Beauty and the Beast if we're talking movies.

Anonymous said...

I would have freed the genie with the firs wish, then used the other two in some way to beneft me and others. Nice twist.

Jennifer Young said...

What a sweet ending! Great job :)

The Golden Eagle said...

I love your twist! Definitely a good use of the wish. :)

Suzi said...

Ahhh. What a good man, that Aladdin.

Samantha said...

Aw this is sweet :) Aladdin was always one of my favorites!

Kathleen said...

What fun! I love the retelling of Aladdin=)

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I never felt like Princess Jasmin deserved him. I really want to read more about this purple eyed Genie! Way to go, lady!

Tara Tyler said...

be still my heart! you told that so well! bravo!

ilima said...

This was awesome. Nice twist. The purple eyes are cool.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Nice story. Alladin is very underutilized. My Entry

michelle said...

This was bittersweet! *sighs*
Great atmosphere and dialogue!
I'm popping in from the blogfest.

Mark Koopmans said...

Hey,

OK, so I'm a guy, but..give...me. a... moment...

(Removes ManCard and places on ground - for just a moment)

OMGosh, J.A., you left me hanging there!!!

Genie could have stayed and like chatted... sheez... but NICE! use of the Aladdin story :)

PS... Good luck with you being in near-baby stage :)

Nicole said...

Awww, I loved this! It reminded me of some old-world sweeping historical romance. :) Well done.

My fave fairytale? Disney's version of The Little Mermaid - NOT the original.

Lauren said...

So...she leaves Aladin trapped in the cave? Oops.

I liked it.

Oh, and Mark--Pick up your man-card. No littering here. :)

Cecilia Robert said...

Aw.. I love this ending!Aladdin is one of my favs So sad for Aladdin that she's gone, but maybe she'll come back? Great twist. :)

JennaQuentin said...

Awww, very sweet! Well written!

Mina Burrows said...

Can you blame her? Go Genie! Well done. :)

Mark Murata said...

I liked this. It could have gone cheesy in so many ways, but you kept it simple and direct.

Nick Wilford said...

What a nice guy. I like this version. I'd never have thought to make the genie a girl!

Madeleine Maddocks said...

What a kind gesture from Aladdin.
I'm dying to know what happened to Genie afterwards?

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, JA,

Nice to meet you. Hopping over from the blogfest.

Sad but nice twist at the end. Lovely writing.

Anonymous said...

I like the interaction between the two and I felt the longing and sadness. Great entry.

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

This is great. I haven't come across any Aladdin stories yet, and this was refreshing. And sad? But of course, where would the fun be if she had just stayed? Her bonds would have remained. Great piece and great to meet you in the What If blog fest! As the mother of 3, I wish you an easy and speedy delivery. :)
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