The Second Deconstruction of Hansel & Gretel (StoryADay)

We already saw the story about how Eugene and Lena McMillan escaped from the circus with the help of their friends Josie Salamati, Seth Burke, Moira Downing, and Trixie Salamati, but now let’s hear the story about how the Teen Rebels helped to get rid of an evil curse plaguing their town.

During the 1880s, a group of wicked magicians placed an evil curse on the city of Montagne Beach, California. That curse resulted in the deaths of any mentally handicapped person living in the city. (It should be noted that no handicapped person lived to see their 10th year.)

After learning about the death of Eugene and Lena’s older brother Carter, Josie was determined to find and end the curse plaguing the town.

“Are you sure this is a good idea, Jo?” said Josie’s best friend Jacey Mayford. “You should know that playing with magic is a dangerous thing. Someone will try to stop you if they find out that you’re trying to stop the curse.”

“But we don’t have a choice,” said Josie. “We can’t afford to have any more children die because we knew about the curse and did nothing. You saw how most people in this town didn’t seem to care that Carter McMillan was found dead, and we both knew him. They didn’t care that Sheila Baines had him killed because I refused to let her bully me. I can’t afford another death on my conscious.”

“So, what are we going to do about the curse?” said Jacey.

“I have a plan,” said Josie.

Well, it wasn’t easy dispelling the curse, as Josie and the Teen Rebels discovered.

The first time they tried to break the spell, Moira and Trixie tried to get their hands on a book at the magic store. But the store owner saw them and confiscated the book, telling them to “be like the other kids and stop sticking your noses in the grown folks’ business”. Needless to say, both girls left the store empty-handed.

“Well, it was a nice try, but you should have seen it coming,” said Seth when the group met to discuss their failure to get the book. “But we’ll try again next time.”

“But it won’t be easy, now that people know we’re onto them,” said Josie. “So we better be careful.”

The others nodded, knowing that they wouldn’t get off with a warning the next time they were caught.

Of course, the second time, Josie and Seth discovered a hidden room at the Montagne Beach Sanitarium, where the birth records every resident born in Montagne Beach from 1845 to the present were kept. They found their own birth records and those of Carter McMillan, but had to leave the hospital at the last second when they heard a strange noise in the halls.

“Well, at least we know who the people were and why they did the deed,” said Trixie as she read the files. “But that still doesn’t explain why Carter and hundreds of other children died.”

“Well, I heard a rumor that the spell used was in a grimoire hidden somewhere in the city,” said Jacey. “But we need to hurry, as I hear there’s going to be a magic show at the Halloween ball.”

“So we can’t waste any more time,” said Josie.

“What should we do now?” said Moira.

“We put our heads together and come up with a plan to stop those evil magicians from causing any more trouble,” said Trixie. “And I know the best way to find what we’re looking for without anyone seeing us.”

Several weeks later, it was the night of the citywide Halloween ball. As they watched the other people dancing, Josie said, “I think I saw someone with the grimoire we’ve been looking for!”

“Really? Where?” said Jacey.

“Connor won’t like it,” said Josie.

To make a long story short, Josie’s boyfriend Connor Finnegan’s older (adopted) brother John had the grimoire and was preparing to do some evil magic when Trixie threw a lantern at him. The lantern broke and burst into flames, burning both John and the book. As the Teen Rebels watched in shock, Seth said, “I think we may have ended the curse.”

“I wouldn’t be too sure about that,” said Josie.

“Why not?” said Moira.

“Because who knows what evils we might have unleashed the minute we destroyed that book,” said Trixie. “I’m scared to know what will happen to us if those magicians foudn out that we destroyed their book and got rid of the spell.”

To make a long story short, the spell was lifted, with the people of Montagne Beach learning about the spell that hovered over the city. As everyone came to grips about the spell, the Teen Rebels learned that even though they stopped an evil spell from controlling their town, they weren’t finished fighting against evil…


The Third Ugly Duckling (StoryADay)

Micah Collins knew from the beginning that he was nothing like the Collins family.

While Dexter, Chelsea, Kristopher, Drew, and Kaylee had brown eyes, brown hair, and brown skin, Micah had blue eyes, reddish-brown hair, and cream-colored skin. While he cared about his family, he was also a target for the bullies who ruthlessly reminded him about his differences and implied that his birth mother must have thrown him away, because who would want an ugly boy like him?

It seemed like every day, people would see him and say, “Look, it’s the little vanilla boy! Why is he living with the chocolate people?” The kids laughed at him and the adults glared at him, as if he was sullying their perfect world with his presence. Micah was upset about the bullying, but he tried to hide it for his family’s sake. They had already gotten enough flack for adopting him, and they didn’t need any more unnecessary drama.

One night, Micah looked into the mirror and said, “Why am I so different? Why am I not like everyone else in my family? What’s wrong with me?”

Just then, a fairy came through the window. The fairy was tall with fiery red hair and orange eyes. Micah saw him and said, “Can you help me?”

“Why should I help you?” said the fairy.

“Because I’m not like everyone else and I want to know why?” said Micah.

The fairy stared at him, saying, “So you’re not like everyone else, and you want to know why? Come, I’ll show you.”

He grabbed Micah’s hand and led him through the mirror to a strange world. Fairies were everywhere, laughing as they flitted through the air. Micah found himself laughing for a moment, realizing that he was happy among the fairies. But that didn’t bring him any comfort, as he knew he would have to return to a cruel world that wanted to punish him for not living with a family that looked like him.

Just as he prepared to go to him inevitable fate, a fairy saw him and said, “I know why you’re different from your family.”

“Why?” said Micah.

“It’s because you’re a fairy,” said the fairy. “OK, you’re only a half fairy, but that’s part of the story. Look in the mirror and see.”

Micah stared into the pond and gasped as he saw his reflection. Here he was, in his true form. He had blue, silver, and purple wings on his back. His eyes was purple and his hair was golden blond. For a moment, he felt as if he belonged.

He couldn’t wait to tell everyone about the fairies tomorrow.

The Third Cinderella Story (StoryADay)

Amy was a normal girl who wanted a better life, but her stepmother Charlize and stepsister Maritza prevented her from living that life. Of course, they didn’t like her or treat her well.

But Amy would never give up, not matter what the circumstances were.

She learned about an audition to be in a movie directed by a famous movie director. Amy loved to act and she often participated in her school’s plays. But this was the big league, and she would have to fight scores of other girls to get the coveted part.

That meant she had to squeeze past Maritza to get to her goal. It would not be easy, however.

When Charlize found out about Amy’s plans to audition for the movie role, so she spread dirt and sand all over the front hall, forcing Amy to clean up the mess without using a vacuum cleaner. Amy grumbled and went to get a broom to sweep up the mess, knowing that Charlize had planned to sabotage her audition so that Maritza could get the part. (I don’t have to tell you that Maritza was terrible at acting.)

Nonetheless, Amy finished cleaning the front hall and went to the audition, where the first group of girls were rejected. She knew she still had a chance.

Unfortunately, Charlize (furious that Amy managed to outsmart her and make the audition) spilled several bags of pasta on the countertop in the kitchen and told Amy that she couldn’t go to the audition until she organized every piece of pasta. As she picked up each piece of pasta and put it back into its proper container, Amy wondered what Charlize had against her. She knew Charlize wanted Maritza to win the part (as bad as she was at acting), but she wondered if her stepmother wanted her to fail the audition as well.

After the counter was clean and the pasta was put back into the pantry, Amy went to the audition, where she survived the second round of rejections. But she knew it wasn’t over yet, not as far as Maritza and Charlize were concerned.

Safe to say, Amy wasn’t so lucky the third time, as Charlize (angry that Amy outsmarted her and went to the audition) locked her up in her huge room-sized closet and told her never to come out until the auditions were over. As she fumed over her stepmother’s latest treatment, a small fairy named Snowglimmer came to her, saying, “Why are you angry?”

“My stepmother has locked me up in her huge closet and won’t let me come out until the audition is over,” said Amy. “How will I get myself out of this situation?”

“Don’t worry,” said Snowglimmer. “I have a plan. We’ll disguise you. No one will know it’s you, not even your stepmother.”

“Are you sure this will work?” said Amy.

“Certainly,” said Snowglimmer. “Now, let’s see what your stepmother has for you to wear.”

Within a few hours, Amy stepped into the movie studio wearing a pair of knee-high boots, a short sleeveless dress, and a long coat. She also wore a choker, a shawl, and a brooch. She certainly looked the part of the character she was auditioning for.

As she performed, she barely noticed the audience and judges watching her. Even her stepmother and stepsister were watching her, not knowing who she was. But she remembered that Snowglimmer had told her to leave the studio by 3 o’clock or her disguise would fade.

While she was talking to the lead star of the movie, Amy heard her watch chime 2 o’clock. So to make a long story short, she fled from the studio, dropping her phone on the floor as she ran. Yet she was found in the closet when Charlize and Maritza came home from the studio. Maritza had been cut from the lineup, and the studio was raving about a mysterious girl who came to the studio and left without a trace, but left her cell phone on the floor.

I’m not going to bother you with details, so here’s the thing: the director and the lead actor showed up at Amy’s house with Amy’s cell phone. Yet Maritza tried to claim the phone as hers when Amy showed up and took it back, thus revealing herself as the mysterious actress.

As Charlize and Maritza protested, Amy said to them, “Oh, give it up, you two! The phone is mine, and so is the part.”

And that’s how this story ends.

Always Listen to Your Grandparents

It’s only in the night that the fairies come out.

All my life, my grandparents had warned me to never go outside at night, as the fairies who lurk around would find me and carry me off to fairyland, where I would never be able to leave. At first I laughed, knowing that my grandparents could tell a joke better than my parents. But they told me that they were warned by their grandparents to never go outside because the fairies would snatch them too, and their grandparents had warned them as well.

Now I’m getting suspicious, seeing as I have never seen an actual fairy, or proof that fairies had kidnapped children. But then I remember hearing about how my older sister was kidnapped by fairies when she was 12 years old. I laughed, knowing I never had an older sister.

But I was wrong, as I saw her footprints at the edge of the garden, where she was last seen. I laughed as I stared at the footprints, thinking to myself no fairy was ever going to catch me. I’m 13 years old, and what 13-year-old girl actually believes in fairies, anyway?

Well, I should have listened to my grandparents, as I felt the cold clammy hands of a fairy wrapping itself around my shoulders. I gasped in horror, for I knew what would happen next…

Prompt #24. A story that ends on a cliffhanger.

Lost (StoryADay)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Faerie Tale Th...
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Faerie Tale Theatre) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You think you know the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but that’s not all there is to the story.

As you can see, Goldilocks got lost in the woods after wolves attacked her traveling caravan and killed her family. She ran away to avoid the wolves and got lost.

At the same time, the three bears left their home to go to market, with baby bear not behaving himself. Mama Bear was at her wits’ end and papa bear was the same. They wondered if they could send baby bear to school, maybe he wouldn’t cause so much trouble.

Goldilocks reached the house where the three bears and ran inside, hoping that the wolves wouldn’t find her. She was safe…for now.

She looked around the place and saw three bowls on the kitchen table. The first bowl was too hot and the second bowl was too cold, but the third bowl was just right, so she ate the porridge all up.

After eating, Goldilocks wanted to sit in the chairs. The first chair was too hard and the second chair was too soft. But when she sat in the third chair, it broke. (Baby Bear kicked over the chair during one of his tantrums.)

Shaking her head, Goldilocks was tired and wanted to go to bed. The first bed was too had and the second bed was too soft. But as soon as she found the third bed, she fell asleep.

When the bears got back home, they found out that someone had been in their house. Their food was eaten and the chairs were disturbed. But it was their beds that suffered the most.

“Well, this is interesting,” said Papa Bear as he noticed that someone was in Baby Bear’s bed.

“Interesting indeed,” said Mama Bear. “How did a human girl get into our house?”

Goldilocks woke up and saw the bears. She screamed as she curled up in a ball, crying out, “Don’t eat me!”

“Why would we want to eat you?” said Baby Bear. “Humans don’t taste very good.”

“And why are you here?” said Papa Bear.

“The wolves attacked my caravan and killed my family,” said Goldilocks. “They’re going to eat me too.”

“Not on our watch,” said Papa Bear. “Don’t worry, we’ll keep you safe.”

As this story goes, Goldilocks ended up staying with the three bears. The wolves came to the house several times asking for Goldilocks, but the bears chased them off every time. Goldilocks was happy that she got a new family to protect her from danger.

So the next time someone asks you if you know the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you can tell them this one.

Not the DaVinci Code (StoryADay post)

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by...
Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What on earth is that?” Shara said as she and her friends stared at a painting that was on the wall of Mr. Duffy’s art classroom. The painting was called “Reincarnated Larque” by Razahr. It contained a small girl sitting on her front porch playing with what appeared to be several fairies. The background was a dark sky with a bright full moon and many stars shining everywhere. The girl appeared to have a happy, contented look on her face, the typical look of childhood innocence.

“And what’s so special about that painting?” said Mara.

“Who’s Razahr?” said Irene.

“Who knows?” said Stuart as the kids wrote down their observations. “I bet what the artist was trying to convey is that childhood should be a time of pure innocence and wonder, not us playing with our cellphones and tablets and whatnot.”

“But I see something else,” said Pearl as she pointed to the lower left hand corner of the painting. There, a creature that appeared to be a malevolent fairy was lurking in the background, just inches of snatching the little girl.

Irene also saw the painting. She said, “I bet that that creature there represents death, or possibly the death of the little girl.”

“Why must all your observations begin with death?” said Mara. “As far as I know, that fairy means the cruel reality of the little girl having to grow up and leave the innocence behind.”

While the others spoke, Shara saw what appeared to be a piece of paper sticking out from behind the painting. She reached out and carefully grabbed the note, not knowing that she and her friends were about to go on another adventure…

A dark, messed-up fairy tale (StoryADay Post)

English: A Fairy Tale by Dorothy M.Wheeler
English: A Fairy Tale by Dorothy M.Wheeler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was said that for every child that has a good life, there are two children whose lives are filled with nothing but misery.

And the lives of Colleen and Alvin Jaworski are filled with more misery than a sad story.

They had lost their father in a terrible house fire and their mother vanished without a trace. They were shipped off to stay with a cruel grandfather, who saw fit to separate the two children from each other by sending Colleen (along with her brother Hayden and sister Jennie) to stay with a cousin named Petrel, who lived in a small cabin in the woods while Alvin remained with his grandfather.

While Alvin seemed to enjoy a better life with the old man, Colleen suffered the indignity of having to be an orphan. And not only that, she and her older siblings were mistreated by their guardian, not being allowed to leave the cabin at all, not even to go to town.

But one day, the three siblings slipped out of the cabin and went into the woods, where all sorts of dangerous creatures lived. Not only that, but there lived a giant that ruled over the woods and everyone who lived in it. The giant king was a cruel and horrible man who was known to eat people who walked in the woods by his castle.

Colleen knew that she was in trouble when she noticed the giant and went to warn her siblings. Together, they fought the cruel giant and defeated him, but Hayden and Jennie died of their injuries soon after the fight.

After the giant’s death, the woods healed and Petrel was crushed to death by a newly planted tree that grew in the cabin. Colleen decided to spend the rest of her life repairing the woods and helping the creatures that lived in it.