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A Royal Bedtime Story MAG

By Anonymous

     No one really liked Princess Missi. She was bossy and spoiled and an all-around brat. The castle servants all agreed that she would benefit from a good grounding.

King Axter and Queen Lila gave Princess Missi everything she wanted, never made her eat vegetables, and never, ever sent her near a sewing needle.

They knew about the curse.

Since Princess Missi was royalty, at her birth, the fairies of the kingdom had come to give her presents.

After cooing and calling her “sweetie” and “cutsie-poo,” they lined up in the classic order.

Adele gave Princess Missi acute vision. Barina gave beauty. Clia gave charisma. Danielle gave dancing skills. Elle gave energy. And so on and so on.

Lastly came Zyphera, puffing as she flew in.

“Sorry!” she gasped. “Absolutely terrible headwinds! Is it my turn? Um ...”

Yami sighed. Zypera was not very creative. Of course, Z gifts posed a problem. (Xera felt rather proud of “not xenophobic.”)

Suddenly, Princess Missi started crying. Loudly. Zyphera frowned. How could she concentrate? Shushing the baby did not work. A puppy appeared, but then Princess Missi began screaming. Zyphera grimaced. Then she lost her temper.

“Go sit on a needle for a century!”

Zyphera gasped and clamped her jaw shut as the other fairies grew pale.

“What? What happened?” demanded King Axter.

The fairies all burst into tears.

“I’m sorry! I’m so terribly sorry!” sobbed Zyphera. “You see, magic is tricky, and when I yelled at the baby, it came out as a curse! I didn’t mean it!”

King Axter’s face drained. “What? You put a curse on my daughter?”

Zyphera sniffled and nodded. “I don’t know exactly how. The safe thing would be to keep Princess Missi away from all sewing implements. Who knows what might happen?” And with that, she and the rest of the fairies flew off.

It really was no excuse, but after that Queen Lila and King Axter tried to make Princess Missi’s life as pleasant as possible. Who knew when she might meet some terrible fate?

The other inhabitants of the castle, who did not know about the fairies, just tried to ignore Princess Missi.

“Cook! I want cake!” Princess Missi burst into the kitchen. Cook, who baked several cakes at a time for just this reason, cut a generous slice and handed it to the 18-year-old girl. Princess Missi snatched the plate and stomped (gracefully) off.

Rain poured down, making the castle dark and damp. Princess Missi decided that she hated rain. That settled, Missi flounced up to her room and looked at her closet, which always made her feel better. It was such a terrible day that Princess Missi could not keep still. Now seemed a good time for hot cocoa. But no one walked in the hall to fetch it for her. Princess Missi scowled. How dare they! Someone needed to be sacked. But first, she would have her drink.

Princess Missi started up toward the servants’ quarters. She kicked open a door, but the room looked empty. Her eyes narrowed. Two sackings. Princess Missi pouted and plopped down on the bed. It was a very small room. A bit of mending lay on a stool.

Hmmph, she thought. Ugly weave, and worse color.

When she tried to fling it across the room, her finger caught on the needle. A spot of blood appeared. She gasped, then (gracefully) sank onto the bed.

Immediately, the entire castle fell asleep.

A hundred years passed. No one visited the castle. The surrounding forest grew wild. A few woodcutters glanced at the ruins, but never thought to explore.

Except one man.

His name was Prince Robert Edward Alexander Henry Charles. Everyone just called him Bob. Prince Bob fit his longer name, though. He talked all the time. For hours, nonstop, hardly pausing for breath.

Finally sick of him, King Jacobson kicked him out of the castle to “go on a quest or something.”

So he rode off, with many speeches and farewells. He rode for days, looking for adventure and talking to his horse. Blackie soon bucked him off and galloped home. Then Prince Bob walked and chatted to the plants.

When he came across the castle, his face lit up. “Aha! Adventure fit for a king! Or a prince, anyway. How can I leave this mystery unsolved? I must go forth and plumb the depths of this crumbling ruin. Who knows what I may find? Treasure, maybe. Or monsters to slay.” Bob strode across the drawbridge and through the door. He gasped when he saw the people lying asleep. Then he grew even more excited. “Come! Let me discover who caused this! Do not despair if I never come out again, bright world, for I will never stop adventuring.”

He climbed winding stairs up to the attic. A door was ajar, so he peeked inside. There lay a beautiful princess! If I must do anything, I must rescue her, he decided. So he walked up to her.

“Princess, wake up, please. You mustn’t sleep. I am here, and I long to talk to you. Please, arise from your slumber and tell me your name.” Bob grew tired and frustrated, but tried to speak kindly. Then, finally, he cracked. “Why won’t you wake up?” he shouted. “You lazy girl! Get up!” Bob leaned in closer and bellowed right in her ear, “Wake up!”

Princess Missi was never scolded.

She woke up.

“You’re awake!” cheered Bob. “It’s amazing! Oh, beautiful princess, I now see that you are even lovelier awake! No other woman or girl can compare to you! No flower on earth ...”

Princess Missi smiled. She liked compliments. Then King Axter and Queen Lila walked in. Bob wheeled and knelt at their feet. “Oh, mighty rulers! I beg you that I may marry your daughter, whose beauty outshines the sun! Please let me marry this pearl among pearls, this rose among roses, this-”

“Does she agree?” asked Queen Lila.

“Uh ...” Price Bob turned red. He had not asked her. “D’you wanna?” Princess Missi nodded happily. Prince Bob sighed in relief. She could get used to a lifetime of fawning.

“Well ...” mumbled King Axter.

“Um ...” mumbled Queen Lila.

“Take her!” shouted all the nobles, cooks, servants, jesters, scribes and gardeners lined up in the hall.

“All right!” he cheered. Off went Prince Bob and Princess Missi.

King Axter and Queen Lila’s realm soon grew more peaceful after that.

King Jacobson’s grew a bit louder.

And Zephyr? She never could make good spells. Her next subject ended up a frog.

Oh, well!

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Twins BRONZE said...
on Dec. 7 2010 at 6:41 pm
Twins BRONZE, Fairfield, Connecticut
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I like the piece a lot but I think that maybe you can delvop the characters a little bit more so it can flow better! But its a great piece and a great childhood story. 

Keeta BRONZE said...
on Nov. 8 2010 at 7:07 am
Keeta BRONZE, Lehigh, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
the past cant be changed so live in the present.

i agree with mudpuppy it would make a great DreamWorks movie

Dayne22 SILVER said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 7:52 pm
Dayne22 SILVER, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"- Leonardo DaVinci "Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are" -Markus Zusak "I'm just trying to be me... Whoever that is" Unknown

Wow really cute...It reminds me of Brothers Grimm sleeping beauty!!


on Oct. 4 2010 at 7:36 pm
mudpuppy BRONZE, Orangeburg, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Life is like a box of cheese and flower petal sometimes it's soft and sweet, sometimes it just plain stinks. - M.J.

This is so funny! I think it would be really cool as a DreamWorks movie or something. :)

on Oct. 2 2010 at 10:36 am
ThatClarinetPerson SILVER, Tequesta, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"Life. Don't talk to me about life."
~Marvin the Paranoid Android (from the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series)
Statistical analysis suggests that i am probably in tune with someone
(hahahahaha! I love this cause i'm never ever ever in tune >o

hahahaha. this is cute. it's a really good idea, but one suggestion. it's kind of short. no, i guess not. it seemed kind of rushed. that's what i'm saying.


i really like Zephyr. she's so funny.

coly33 BRONZE said...
on Aug. 4 2010 at 1:08 pm
coly33 BRONZE, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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the begining remeinds me of ella enchanted were the faire's spell turned out bad and stuff

but i liked it it was goodand the story was well put together and fasinated me


on Aug. 2 2010 at 7:17 pm
DiamondsIntheGrass GOLD, Martinsville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Worry is simply a misuse of the imagination.

i love the comical twist on an old classic! somewhat over-dramatized though. if you could make this sound more relatable nd more detailed... that would be awesome! (but dont change the characters =P  [=   )

on Jul. 3 2010 at 10:37 pm
RFrocker23 PLATINUM, Ballwin, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

This is basically the story of Sleeping Beauty just with a comical twist...

on Jun. 18 2010 at 9:58 am
Dragonboy BRONZE, Somewheresburg, North Dakota
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Great story, somewhat ridiculous, but I really enjoyed that.

on Jun. 14 2010 at 10:19 pm
treeclimber SILVER, Los Angeles, California
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REminded me of Sleeping Beauty with a new and improved twist!

Pedobear said...
on May. 19 2010 at 2:36 pm
Pedobear, Arlington, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
Chris hansen should die

Great for little kids, puts 'em to sleep real nice...

on May. 15 2010 at 2:05 pm
TeamTamani SILVER, Adams, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"I don't need a cloak to become invisible."-Albus Dumbledore
"Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself."-Albus Dumbledore
"By all means continue destroying my possessions. I daresay I have too many."-Albus Dumbledore

It was very intreting and quite funny  at some points I think you should keep writing

_NoAir_ BRONZE said...
on Apr. 14 2010 at 4:31 pm
_NoAir_ BRONZE, Toronto, Other
4 articles 1 photo 463 comments

Favorite Quote:
There are as many ways to live as there are people in this world. Each one deserves a closer look.

–Golly (Harriet The Spy)

Wow! I really enjoyed this! You have a real talent!

on Apr. 12 2010 at 10:47 pm
poisonivy BRONZE, Chandler, Arizona
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You're just as talented as Gail Carson Levine...you change fairytales and interpret them in your own unique way...fantastic!

on Dec. 20 2009 at 8:48 pm
...PensiveGurl... PLATINUM, Aurora, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it- Neil Gaiman.
Who are you to be who you are?-Le'Na Pernell

It was really entertaining and funny! Loved it! >.<

MadHater said...
on Nov. 29 2009 at 4:41 pm
MadHater, Trophy Club, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
-Abraham Lincoln


"The price of success is responsibility."
-Winston Churchill

aww, i loved it :D

it was so cute!!! you should write childrens books one day!! ^^

Thunderfirst said...
on Nov. 22 2009 at 9:23 pm
I loved it!!! It's fun and creative, and I love the sarcasm in it! The name Bob added an extra touch of silliness, which is the way a bedtime story is supposed to be and I loved what his dad said to him! Great job!!!

hawkfire said...
on Nov. 6 2009 at 3:17 pm
i like it

do you have any tips

Saudade said...
on Oct. 15 2009 at 10:12 pm
Saudade, Dallas, Texas
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I enjoyed the sarcasm in this and all the little twists from fairy tales. excellent.

on Sep. 22 2009 at 9:28 pm
elvinchangling55 SILVER, Malverne, New York
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i love the perspective and interesting take on sleeping beauty. i especially love the "just go on a quest or something" part. great work!