‘Tickling Butterflies’ – Two Scarecrows in Love

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:

Two Scarecrows in Love

(Containing the memorable tale of a memorable marriage.)

Upon entering the Happily Ever After Home for the Married with its owner, Ronald the Romantic, King John the Cute saw two scarecrows holding hands in a corner. The scarecrows looked old and worn. They were the oldest creatures King John the Cute had ever seen.

“How long have they been here?” King John the Cute asked the owner, Ronald the Romantic. “They look old.”

“They have been here since the beginning,” answered Ronald the Romantic. “But they are much older than that. I believe they said once that they are over a thousand years old.”

King John the Cute went to the Scarecrow Man and the Scarecrow Woman and introduced himself. They bowed before their king.

“I am in a quest to learn the secrets of the Land of All Legends. I hear that you are over a thousand years old.” They both nodded at this. “Would you tell me please the secrets you know and the wonders you have seen?”

“To tell you what we know,” said the Scarecrow Man, “we must tell you our story.”

“I would love to hear it.”

Once upon a time, began the Scarecrow Man, when I was but a young lad, I liked to stand there in the garden and scare crows. Even then I realized that my brain was not like the brain of other people. I had very little room in it, and a brain made out of straw retains very little information.

When I met my beloved, Scarecrow Woman, we fell in love, got married, and spent a wonderful honeymoon together. But at the end of the honeymoon, we saw that our memories were almost full. That’s how little memory we have in our heads.

We had to come to a decision, because we wanted to live a long, full life together.

In the end, we decided that it was best to forget most of what we remember. Instead of remembering everything that happened, we would only remember how we felt about what happened. That way, we both remember that our honeymoon was great, but we do not remember what happened in it. But remembering that it was great is just as good as remembering everything about it, isn’t it?

We have lived for over a thousand years. Every week, we sit together, and decide what to forget, and how to remember what we forget. Every important thing that happened we remember with one word describing one feeling. That way we remember a thousand years’ worth of marriage: We remember that this was great, that that was lovely, that one year was particularly delightful, that another was pleasant, and that one vacation was gorgeous! In short, we remember our entire thousand year marriage as wonderful.

“This has been the story of our love and our lovely memories,” said the Scarecrow Man. “So you understand that we are not sure how much help we would be in deciphering secrets of the land.”

“Try us,” said the Scarecrow Woman.

“What do you know of the Fairy Tale Tree?” asked King John the Cute.

“Pretty,” they said together, and had nothing more to add.

“What do you know of the River Red Continent?”

“Strange,” they said together.

“What do you know of the Land of No Respect?”

“Funny,” they said together.

“What does that mean?” asked King John the Cute.

“I don’t know,” said the Scarecrow Man. “I don’t remember.”

“Me neither,” said the Scarecrow Woman.

King John the Cute continued his questions, “What do you know of prophecies?”

“Usually right.”

“Have you ever seen the Original Monster?”

“Twice.”

King John the Cute sat up. “How long ago?”

“We don’t remember,” they said together.

“What can you tell me of him?”

“Hairy,” they said together.

When King John the Cute asked for more, they shrugged. “That’s all we remember.”

“Have you ever heard of a radio?”

“No.”

“Have you heard of Panache?”

“Yes.”

“Where is it?”

“Far away.”

“What do you know of dreams?”

Both shook their heads. “What are dreams?”

“Have you ever seen anything strange or mysterious?”

“Many things.”

“Like what?”

They looked at each other. “I only actually remember one,” said Scarecrow Woman. “It was before I met you,” she told her husband.

“Please tell me about it,” said the king.

“There was a man,” she said, “who came from a place that did not exist.”

“What can you tell me about him?” asked King John the Cute.

“He said it was his second time in the Land of All Legends.”

“What does that mean?” King John the Cute was curious to know. “How can someone be outside the Land of All Legends?”

“I do not remember.”

“What else do you remember about him?”

“Friendly,” said Scarecrow Woman. “That’s all I remember.”

King John the Cute said, “Thank you for your time. I believe you may have helped somewhat. May you keep living happily ever after.”

Scarecrow Man looked at Scarecrow Woman. “How shall we remember him?”

The Scarecrow Woman thought for a second, as the king looked at her. “I know,” she said. “Cute.”

“Cute, indeed!” Scarecrow Man agreed.

King John the Cute smiled to himself and moved on.

This has been the memorable tale of the memorable Scarecrow marriage. This has also been the story of how King John the Cute was considered cute once more in the eyes of others, if only for a day.

(To be continued on Sunday…)
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