Monday, August 13, 2012

"What If?" Fairytale Blogfest Has Begun!



Yaaaaay! Welcome to the "What If?" Fairytale Blogfest! I'm so stoked to go read all the entries--not only Team Love Story's, but the Comics, Tragedy peeps, and Plot Twisters. (Especially since Mark Koopmans has thrown the gauntlet down. He and his little Scottish pony are going to be smothered in Team Love by the end of the week! Right, Cassie and Leigh?)

And it's not too late to sign up. The Blogfest runs all week. You can either click here to get the deets or scroll down where I'll post the Linky List below.

I of course chose to write for Team Love Story. So just for fun, here is my 300 word piece:


Four walls. Dirt floor. No light, save for the last thread of sunset angling through the barred window. Orange spills over masses of piled straw. Dried, cracked. Just like my future.


The spinning wheel sits in the far corner, mocking me. Taunting me. Its plain wooden wheel as useless as my own two hands.

Gold.

That’s what he wants. I raise my hands and marvel these two ordinary objects will be the cause of my death. As if they have the capability to spin straw into gold.

I drop to the ground, my hair a curtain over my face, covering the tears that drop to the ground. I dig my fingers into the cool dirt floor and let out a cry that no one will hear. I bang my fists, scream, plead. But it’s all in vain.

Tomorrow, I die.

I heard once that man’s strongest instinct is the will to live. If there is a god, I vow in this moment that whoever will spare me this fate will have my eternal love. Forever.

A tingle spreads over my skin as if sealing the promise and a rustle sounds from the corner. Like a creature birthing from the dark, a hunched figure unfolds, half of his face in shadow. Misshapen head. Flat nose. Teeth pointed like a canine’s.

He’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.

“What is your name?” I ask. “Tell me, take me away, and I’m yours forever.”

Glee lights up behind the gnarled face, and the small man does a little bow. “You and all your future children?”

The thought of carrying this man’s children is ambrosia for my soul. I truly love him.

“Well then, my dear. Then my name ye shall have. Rumpelstiltskin.”

And he holds out his hand and we disappear into the dark. Living happily ever after.

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And that is the story of how Rumpelstiltskin and the woodcutter's daughter run off together... It's how the story should've ended, right? Talk about true love... sigh... I'm kidding!

Alright! I'm off to go check out the other entries! Have fun!

Red. Head. Out. :D 





54 comments:

  1. Your writing is so freaking brilliant.
    Love :-D

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  2. Ooo, I completely forgot about this tale.
    Don't know about true love, but I think she got a better deal this way. ^_^

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  3. Glad to hear something turned out right for Rumpelstiltskin, especially after his downfall in Shrek IV! Oh, and I made the correction to your name on my blog. Still having trouble with the links. Stupid blogger. I'll figure it out.

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  4. Ooo, I love it! :) As usual, Morgan, you rock!

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  5. I agree with Stephen's comment. Rumpelstiltskin really got a bad deal in Shrek IV. Thanks for brightening up his situation, Morgan.

    My entry is up on my blog. :)

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  6. Nice, I like that he's not described as particularly handsome but she's willing to go with him. Shows just how much she wants to escape her current situation.

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  7. I love your writing so much! <3 Beautifully done!

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  8. Hey there,

    Less of the amazingly great writing. Please.

    I'm hoping for Comedy to run away with at least one prize this week :)

    PS... that was really good, and I haven't even seen Shrek IV (Why does he have a needle stuck in him?)

    Rock. ON. Shamy.

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  9. I love the short sentences and tight writing! Brill. Hilarious love story ;)Especially the children part (ewwww).

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  10. Ha! We picked the same one. Mine is a bit darker, but hey...great minds, right?!!!

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  11. She was desperate! Of course, the alternative was death...

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  12. you are a tru romantic! love happy endings!

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  13. Your writing is terrific. Rumpelstiltskin is a popular guy, he's already showed up in several other stories. These are so fun to read.

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  14. I liked your unique take on it, starting out dark and then ending with an unexpected love connection.

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  15. Creepy and lovely. Great story choice :)

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  16. LOL. Imagine being married to Rumple for forever :) Great job Morgan!

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  17. Lovely imagery-- a beautiful read. Well done.

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  18. I love it! Very cool twist, and the writing is fab, as usual!! :D

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  19. *giggles* Too funny! Love how she "loves" his gnarled face!

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  20. AHHHH!!!! She falls in love with... him?! Hehee, I love it :) Time to get my story together :)

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  21. Love your entry - and your new blog! :)

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  22. MORGAN I LOVE YOU.


    Did I just say that out loud?

    ...

    You are a fantastic writer, but I'm sure you knew that ;)

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  23. Awesome twist. That's the mark of true love right there! :D

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  24. Ooh this is so fun! I wish I had time to do this. Love your excerpt.

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  25. okay that was fun and a nice little twist ;)

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  26. There is a top for every pot. I love your version of the story.
    A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

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  27. That was a wonderful retelling. She made a good choice. :)

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  28. Rumpel is everywhere. He's even got a book out now called "Rump" written by someone. Plus he's in that Once Upon A Time show, etc.

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  29. Watch out, Morgan. Rumpel may be paying you a visit since you wrote out his name! Great story.

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  30. Oh my gosh! We both picked Rumplestiltskin! Your's is a great rendition, and the description was amazing. I could see everything!

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  31. Looooove it! And with a name like Rumpel... he has to be good! LOL!

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  32. Hi, Morgan,

    HOW on EARTH did I miss this blogfest?!!!! What fun. I must join in! I will have to create something marvelous to post for tomorrow.

    I LOVED your excerpt. You details so exquisitely well written. I thought I was the King of description, but now there is a QUEEN! Well done. Thanks for sharing and letting me know about the blogfest.

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  33. I would have had Beetlejuice show up in Rumplestiltskin's place. But, you know... whatever.

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  34. My "What If" is about these two as well but it ends badly.
    Great love story!

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  35. Such wonderful imagery! It's almost poetic. Loved it...even if my preconceived notions of Rumplestiltskin creep me out just a little. :)

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  36. Hehe! Cute story, even if the woodcutter's daughter needs glasses if she thinks Rumpelstiltskin is cute. ;)

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  37. I've probably said this before, but I could read anything you write, even if it was a text book on dirt or something :)

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  38. I love this twist on the classic Rumpelstilksin story! great job!

    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  39. Aww, it's like Rumpelstiltskin meets Beauty & the Beast. :)

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  40. Yeah, who'd want to marry such a cruel, greedy king?

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  41. Way to see beyond appearances! Nice :)

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  42. I can't remember how the original story ends, but I love yours! Great atmosphere created. "Like a creature birthing from the dark" - love that. :)

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  43. LOL! Oh to have those rose-tinted magical spectacles. Oh dear will she ever know the truth?

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  44. This was really fantastic! Loved it.

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  45. I don't doubt her desperation, and who knows? She just might end up happier. Great love story.

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  46. Wow, that put the ic in romantic.

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  47. Great writing and desriptions. Love it :)Wow, Rumpel is one lucky fellow. :D

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  48. Great twist. :) I would never think of putting the two together.

    I also picked this fairy tale.

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  49. Oh yeah; love of desperation. Way cool.

    .....dhole

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  50. I love this! Especially the hair curtain hiding the tears, awww, beautiful! Thanks for the fun read, you have a great writing style :)

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  51. Am I the only one who says, "Eeew?" because, eeewww!
    Great job, nonetheless.

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