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?
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