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Fairytales

Once upon a time there were fairytales. And a girl who believed them. And the girl who believed them would pray for her prince charming. And wouldn’t settle for anything less than the knight in shining armor.

Once upon a time life was simpler. The sun rose in the morning, and set at night, and that was enough. The flowers blossomed in spring and the snow fell in winter, and that was a miracle. To the girl who believed in fairytales, days were endless and time was eternal.

Once upon a time there was a girl who didn’t fit in. She fit the cliché of standing in a crowded room and feeling isolated. Feeling alone. The girl who believed in fairytales believed that her knight would take her from this place. That they would live happily ever after in a world that didn’t divide children and discriminate.

Once upon a time there was a piece of paper. And a pen. And the girl who believed in fairytales was fascinated by the words she could write without trying. And so she wrote. She wrote about fairytales and about clichés and dreaming of her knight.

Once upon a time there was this girl. This girl who lived life in the shadows because she didn’t think anyone else could help her. But her knight. She let others write in her journal and tell her what to think. What knights to chase after.

Once up on a time these words became trying because when the girl met that boy it was beyond fairytales. Beyond clichés. Beyond dreams. Once upon a time fairytales didn’t mean love. And being awake was better than dreaming.

Once upon a time a girl became friends with a boy. They both had their insecurities. They both had their feelings on lock. The boy saw her. But he didn’t see her. But she saw him. She saw him in every detail. Every emotion and word. Every smile. She saw him. And she loved him.

Once upon a time a girl fell in love with a boy. He wasn’t a knight in shining armor but he shined brighter than the sun that rose in the morning and set at night.

Once upon a time life was complicated. The girl thought she understood the world. Thought she understood herself. But this boy who never read fairytales swept her off her feet. And she didn’t know why.

Once upon a time this boy made this girl so happy. She realized she had never really been happy before. Before this boy. Before this boy she thought her heart only beated for her. Before this boy, her heart belonged only to herself.

Once upon a time a girl loved a boy. She wasn’t special. She wasn’t like a shiny new Christmas present, all wrapped up in foil. She was just her. And he liked her for that. But he didn’t love her.

Once upon a time a girl loved a boy. She tried not to. She tried to take her heart back. She tried to give it to other boys. But it never beated the same way it did with that boy.

Once upon a time there were fairytales. And a girl who believed in them. And a boy who didn’t understand them.

Once upon a time happily ever after didn’t exist.



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jeanjeaan said...
Nov. 12 at 6:16 am
THIS IS SO AMAZING! <3
 
nelehjr said...
Sept. 29, 2013 at 10:03 pm
Wow. I think you basically just told the story of my current romantic endevore! As you you can see I left you five stars. There where a few minor type-os I feel you should look into but other than that this was beautiful!
 
Fia-fia said...
Nov. 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

This is soo sad, but i can relate. I understand the message you are trying to get across, and it is really a beautiful piece! Thank you

:)

 
. said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 9:22 pm
it was beautiful but not story beautiful more of a poem beautiful i think you should work more im that field but otherwise keep up the good work
 
clairexaudrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 29, 2010 at 7:27 pm
I always enjoy constructive criticism because I don't believe that I'm an amazing writer and like to find ways to better myself. However, I'm not really sure what you are trying to say; is there any way you could rephrase it? (:
 
clairexaudrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 2:57 pm
Oh, I think I understand now. I clicked the wrong category when I posted this to the website, it's supposed to be under poetry. It's not fiction, I don't write stories I write poems and prose. Technically, this is prose.
 
Lovely:) said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Wow I loved it! It was amazing, it gives me a alot of things to think about
 
clairexaudrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Thanks (: I literally wrote by stream of consciousness just in third person. I never thought it would end up like this but I fell in love with it.
 
GracieLynn said...
Mar. 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm
this is great...well until the end. "once upon a time happily ever after didn't exist". isn't it the truth though. you wrote the real life fairytale to the exact dot
 
clairexaudrey This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm
Thanks (: This is actually part of a trilogy of prose that I wrote about a real conflict I have with a boy. The order is "Fairytales", "Sometimes", and "Girls and Boys". I'm still waiting for the others to get onto the website.
 
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