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:
The Forever Wedding
(Containing the blissful tale of a joyful wedding.)
During the days of King John the Cute’s visit to the Happily Ever After Home for the Married, and soon after his meeting with Loyal Luke, the king noticed a wedding take place at the north side of one of the homes.
King John the Cute approached the wedding.
“Who is getting married?” he asked one of the visitors.
“The woman is called Scarlett Red and the man is called Cherry Burgundy,” answered an old woman, sipping on a cup of wine.
“Isn’t it strange to have a wedding at the Happily Ever After Home for the Married?” asked King John the Cute. “I thought people came here only after they were married.”
“That is true,” answered the old woman. “But this couple is different.”
“How? What is their story?”
“Their story is simple,” answered the old woman. “They met and they fell in love. But they did not want to live happily ever after. They wanted to live joyfully ever after. They wanted to live the happiest day of their lives forever. And so they came here, where the romantic magnetic powers are strongest. And here they are holding their wedding. This is a wedding that lasts forever. It is a wedding that never stops. This is the simple story of how they choose to live joyfully ever after.”
King John the Cute looked at the happy couple, as all their friends began to stand in a line to hug them.
“That is a strange story,” he said. “I have never heard of a wedding that lasts forever.”
The old woman nodded. “I hear that the couple come from the River Red Continent. They do things differently over there.”
“The River Red Continent? Then they have seen many strange things. I must speak with them.”
And so King John the Cute approached the happy couple and began to ask a question.
“You must stand in line like everyone else,” he was told.
And so King John the Cute stood in line, and waited patiently until his came turn. When it came, he said, “Congratulations for your marriage. My name is King John the Cute, and I seek to solve the mysteries that plague the Land of All Legends.”
“That sounds depressing,” said the bride. “I will have no depressing talk on my wedding day! Begone!”
King John the Cute turned to the husband.
“Please,” said the husband. “I will answer no questions on my wedding day. When the wedding is over, then we will talk!”
“But your wedding will never be over!”
“I will hear none of what you have to say on my wedding day,” answered the husband without listening. “When the wedding is over, then we will talk!”
King John the Cute felt frustrated, and turned to the bride once more. The bride told him to be gone. King John the Cute turned to the husband, who promised once more to speak to him when the wedding was over.
From one to another he turned, never getting an answer. From one to another he kept on turning, until the bride’s happiness was wounded.
At that exact moment, Ronald the Romantic appeared behind him. “You have marred the happiness of the couples living happily ever after, my king. You are now banned from this place forever.”
Before King John the Cute knew what was happening, he found himself back in the forest. He looked back, and saw the Happily Ever After Home for the Married shimmer and then disappeared from view. He understood that he will never set foot again in the Happily Ever After Home for the Married.
King John the Cute assessed his situation. He had learned a few facts, but not enough. He had gathered a few clues, but not enough. His quest must continue elsewhere. He began to walk towards the clearing where he had left Chariot. Thus he walked, unaware of the frightening events that have transpired elsewhere, during his days at the Happily Ever After Home for the Married.
This has been the ruinous tale of how King John the Cute had been banned forever from the Happily Ever After Home for the Married.
Now read on to discover the frightening events that have transpired while King John the Cute roamed the halls of The Happily Ever After Home for the Married.
(To be continued on Thursday…)