Sunday, August 12, 2012

What if...? I Twisted a Fairy Tale?

This post was technically supposed to go up tomorrow, but Mondays are always crazy for me (and I don't trust blogger's post scheduling utility.) That means that I may, possibly, be the first person in this blogfest to post. :)

While stalking reading Morgan Shamy's blog, I came upon her announcement for the "What If? Fairytale Madness Blogfest," hosted by Morgan, Leigh Covington, Mark Koopmans, and Cassie Mae, and automatically had to sign up. I LOVE fairy tales, and love playing with these familiar characters.

WHAT IF?
Fairytale Madness BlogFest!

AUGUST 13th – 17th
Have you noticed that by changing one detail; one event, one character trait, one thought...you can completely alter the rest of the story?
Check out the links above for the rules.
Of course, thanks to hanging with so many romance writers, I just HAD to pick:



I was going to work with one of the obscure fairy tales, but then an idea popped into my head and I'm changing a tiny detail in one of my favorite fairy tales of all time, Beauty and the Beast. Note that I didn't use the Disneyfied version!

As the Beast raged on outside, I collapsed to the floor of my new prison and cried for the first time that night. I was trapped here. Forever.

I cried and felt the gentle arms of the wind wrap around me, pushing back the loose strands of my hair and drying my tears.

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Time had no meaning here except when it came to him. It passed in breaths, not hours. He began to speak to me, now and again breaking the rules and his silence. First, a whisper in my sleep.  A word of support as homesickness took hold. When the Beast was in a particular mood, my wind would be at my side, offering tendrils of supportive words.

As my friendship grew with the Beast, different feelings began to form in me for my wind, my silent footman.

I knew he felt the same. In the dark of the night when he must have thought I was sleeping, I could have sworn I heard the faintest of whispers—nothing more than a breath—say, “I love you” as it lingered across my cheek and over my brow. I smiled. Perhaps he guessed. But we didn’t speak of it.

Until I learned about the curse.

“But we can’t be together. You need to break the spell.” His voice barely made it to my ears but I could still hear the anguish tangled in it.

I slid my hands up invisible arms to his neck and pulled his head down toward mine. “Right now, I don’t care about breaking spells. All I care about is you.” Even though I couldn’t see him, I could feel the brush of his breath on my lips, the electric tingle of proximity. “I love you,” I whispered, and then there was no more distance between us.

Want to read more? Go here and click on some more of the participants' links!

16 comments:

  1. Ooo... I love the eerie feeling you've created here... and what an original take! Very fun, Isabel... I love the concept of time passing in breaths, not hours. I really enjoyed this! <3

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    1. Thank you! I wasn't planning on doing B&TB until that line beat me over the head :) I'm glad you liked it!

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    2. Oh! and thank you for hosting this blogfest, too!

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  2. Very romantic, the end gave me chills!

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    1. :) Thank you! It was fun to twist!

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  3. The last line was just perfect. Lovely tale. Beautifully executed.

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    1. :) I'm glad you liked it! You can't go wrong with B&TB-- there are so many awesome possibilities

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  4. Romance indeed! Beautiful writing!
    I loved it. Thanks for being part of the fest!

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    1. And thank you for also hosting the fest! This was a great idea and I had so much fun!

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  5. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorites. This was romantic and eerie and so good. Loved it. Nice job Issy!

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    1. Thank you, sweetie! B&TB is probably my fave fairy tale of all time, so it was fun to play with but killed me a little bit, too. Poor Beast, beaten out by an invisible guy!

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed working on this (300 word limit and all!)

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  7. I love the dreamy & ethereal quality of this piece... gave me goose-bumps... lovely!
    I'm popping in from the blogfest.

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait for free time this weekend to hop around to the other blogs (including yours!!!) This is a great blogfest!

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  8. This is so nicely done. Echoing other commenters, but I loved the dreamy quality to it! New follower from the blogfest. :)

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