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:
Five Death Hill
(Containing the bloodcurdling story of Death’s encounter with other Deaths.)
Every time a story is told in our world, the real world, exactly one million and eleven times, it becomes real in the Land of All Legends.
It has always been so, ever since man began to tell stories.
Thus, Death, whose story has been told billions and billions of times, existed in the Land of All Legends and collected souls.
At the time of Death’s legendary race with John the Cute for the life of King Charming the Fourth and the future of the kingdom, four other Deaths existed in the kingdom, as well. These were: Hades, Satan, Kali, and Adroa.
In the time of Death’s race against John the Cute, Death came upon Five Corner Hill outside the big city of Green Is In. At the same time, at that same instance, to each of the remaining four corners of the hill, there came Hades, Satan, Kali, and Adroa. Each of them had come to collect the others’ souls.
All five Deaths climbed atop the hill. All five Deaths stared at each other. All five Deaths raised their hands.
And then a battle began, the likes of which had never been seen in the Land of All Legends.
For five days and five nights the five Deaths fought each other to a standstill. But after the fifth day, following the fifth night, four Deaths lay dead, and only Death had kept his soul.
While the other four Deaths lay dead atop the hill, Death, the victor, lay on his back. He was still alive, but only barely. Most of his life has been sucked away from him, and he did not have strength to move.
Over the next two days, cats began to gather atop the hill. Hungry, they began to nibble at the four Deaths.
Since each cat has nine souls, Death stole eight souls from each cat that came atop the hill. In this way, Death kept the cats alive – this was not their time to go – but strengthened his own strength with theirs.
After eight days of gathering the souls of eight hundred cats, Death stood once more.
His strength having returned, he continued his journey for the palace, fearing that John the Cute may have the advantage now.
This has been the blood-curdling tale of Death’s chilling battle with four other Deaths.
(To be continued on Thursday…)