I’m serializing my fairy tale novel, Tickling Butterflies. A new fairy tale ‘episode’ is published every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Here’s the story so far.
Enjoy the latest fairy tale:
Tammy the Temptress
(Containing the alluring tale of John the Cute’s first encounter with temptation.)
Once upon a time in the big city of Living Out Loud, John the Cute saw a robbery.
This was during the days of John the Cute’s now legendary race with Death, a race that would determine the future of the Land of All Legends.
John the Cute entered the house that was being robbed and broken into, and saw beautiful woman grab jewelry from various boxes and put them in her big purse.
“Hello,” said John the Cute. “My name is John the Cute.”
The woman turned around, and John the Cute saw that she had the most beautiful face he had ever seen. “Hello,” answered the woman, her voice keen and soft. “My name is Tammy the Temptress.”
“Are you robbing this place?”
Tammy the Temptress smiled, and without knowing why, John the Cute smiled as well. “Yes and no,” she said. “The man who owns this house is a bad man. He has promised me many things, and then stole everything I had and then sold my sisters to evil witches.”
John the Cute nodded. He wasn’t sure what she was saying was the truth. But she looked honest.
“Now, instead of being helpless,” Tammy the Temptress explained, “I want to have my revenge and steal everything he has.”
“I don’t think you should do that,” John the Cute offered.
“You won’t tell on me, will you?” Tammy the Temptress put her hand on John the Cute’s shoulder. Her face was so beautiful and her touch was so soft that it caused John the Cute to want to help her.
“No, of course I won’t tell on you,” he said, softened. “But I think you should stop.”
“True. My arms are a bit tired, and all this jewelry is heavy. Maybe you can carry it for me?” As she said this, Tammy the Temptress put her hand on John the Cute’s other shoulder. Her face was so beautiful and her touch was so soft that it caused John the Cute to think she was helpless.
“Sure,” he said, taking the big purse. “I’ll carry it for you. But maybe we should go?”
“But I am so tired from all this work I’ve done, maybe you can finish it for me? Could you be a dear and put the rest of the jewelry in the purse for me? As soon as you’re done, we’ll go. I promise.”
As she said this, Tammy the Temptress put her hand on John the Cute’s cheek. And she was so beautiful and her touch was so soft, that John the Cute knew he was the one who had to help her.
“Sure,” he said. “It will take me just a few minutes to gather the rest of the jewelry.”
“Thanks,” Tammy the Temptress caressed his cheek again. She rested on the sofa, while John the Cute began to gather more jewelry.
By this time, a policeman had been called by the neighbors and was fast approaching the house that was being robbed.
Meanwhile, a shadow without a body walked by and saw the broken house. He looked into the house, and saw Tammy the Temptress tempt John the Cute. The shadow recognized John the Cute as the man who had freed him from the twins many years ago. And the shadow remembered that he owed John the Cute a favor.
When the policeman approached the house, the shadow acted immediately.
The shadow breathed in more and more air and grew to be twice as big as his original size. Then the shadow flexed all his muscles and grew to be even twice as big as that. Then the shadow bit his lips and thought very hard and grew even twice as big as that. By this time, the shadow had become as big as the shadow of a giant.
When the policeman saw the shadow of a giant near the house, he ran away, never to return. The shadow continued on his way, sad that John the Cute had turned to a life of crime.
When John the Cute gathered all the jewelry, Tammy the Temptress took her big purse, then hit John the Cute over the head with a big club. John the Cute fainted, and Tammy the Temptress put him on a carriage.
John the Cute woke up on a carriage a day later, and discovered that he was now further away from the palace than he had been before. He understood the wrong he had done and had learned about the dangers of temptation. But even though he had overcome temptation and survived, he was now certain that he was a few more days behind in his race with Death.
This has been the alluring tale of John the Cute’s first encounter with temptation.
(To be continued on Tuesday…)