Once upon a time

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a beautiful maiden…

I stop, look at the words and shake my head. No…, this is too obvious. It needs to be special, different or no one will read my work. Pressing delete until the page is blank again, my mind whirls with thoughts, ideas popping up. I discard one after the other until I find one that isn’t average.

I crack my fingers and start again.

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived an ugly maiden who wished to marry for love…

Hansel & Gretel

Written for a competition at The Cult of Me.

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Shuddering Gretel fixed her eyes on the witch. She cowered against the back wall, trying to stay as far away as possible. All the while the witch was hovering near the gaping hole, chuckling to herself and smacking her lips. “Come on, sweet children, there is nothing to be scared about”, she cooed, “it will be over in a flash, you’ll see.”

Gretel glanced at her brother Hansel, his face white, his fists clenched. He was shaking his head. “I don’t want to die…” Continue reading