#FF — Once Upon a Time

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WARNING:  disturbing content, so please skip if you need to. 

 

 

Bel loved fairy tales as a child. She imagined herself The Woodsman instead of Red Riding Hood; the Prince, not Rapunzel; and the Witch, not a child baited by sweets.

As a scholar, her interest in myths and fantasies grew.

When her sister, Weena, fell while rock-climbing and became paraplegic, Bel knew what to do.

She followed the arcane book’s map until she was standing outside of a creaky, moss-covered cottage. Bel stated, “I ask for your assistance,” as she held out the required offering, still dripping, in a cloth sack.

Enter,” said a voice as old as time.

[100 words]

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66 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Good and evil are more tightly intertwined than we care to believe

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    1. msjadeli says:

      100% in agreement. Thank you.

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  2. Whoa. That’s a chilling ending. Reminds me a bit of Blair Witch. The thing unseen is much scarier.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Josh. Much appreciated.

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  3. Roshni says:

    Now I really want to know what happens next😊..enjoyed reading this tale👍

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Roshni. I’m not sure that I do!

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  4. That was so good! Li, you excel.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, thank you!

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      1. My pleasure, always.

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    A scary concept, Jade!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is! Thanks for reading and your comment, Penny.

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  6. Nobbinmaug says:

    Ooh! I love the throwback to the raw fairy tale before they were watered down “for modern audiences.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Nobbin. I call it “Disnified.”

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  7. A real dark fairy tale that leaves you yearning to know more. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Mason.

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  8. Dora says:

    Lisa,
    So chilling. Fairy tales are murkier than the children’s tales we think they are.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading, and yes, they are!

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  9. A beautiful image that works well with your post.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Gia.

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  10. trentpmcd says:

    I will not ask what is in that cloth sack…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Good because I will not tell you 🙂

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  11. There’s something so disconcerting about bloody cloth sacks. So many visions come to mind. Creepy, at best. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alicia, I never said blood 😉 Thank you so much for reading and hope I didn’t creep you out too much.

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      1. I know but that’s certainly where my mind went. So I stick by YUCK! In a good way.

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  12. Ah, then, that’s the path she’s taking, is it? Well done, you!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Na’ama thank you! She really loves her sister…

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      1. Yeah … sounds like …

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  13. A very chilling ending, Li. I wonder what happened after that!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading, Shweta. Maybe better not to know…

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      1. Maybe. You’re very welcome, Li

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  14. Tannille says:

    Enjoyed the throwback to the originals. This isn’t Disney. I saw fairy tales this week too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Tanille.

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  15. draliman says:

    It’s nice when you can put all your knowledge and research to good use! Shame about whatever was in the sack, though.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ali!

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  16. Sandra says:

    A gruesome prospect, that ending. The things you do for love…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your comment, Sandra.

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  17. memadtwo says:

    That photo begs for mystery, and you provided it. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does! Thank you, K.

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  18. Dear Lisa,

    Very disturbing. But well written. I love the background you gave Bel.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you very much. That image brought out the dark side.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is chilling. You’ve got us all wondering!;

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Keith!

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  20. Like Keith said, you have us all wondering. Gruesome images come to mind. Very well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Brenda!

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  21. James McEwan says:

    Sounds like a deal with the Devil, but at what price? A good take on the prompt, remind me to steer clear of small lonely huts in the wood.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh yes, there is always a price. Thank you very much, James.

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  22. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooo how creepy. I think this was well told.
    I wonder if her wish will be granted or if
    If she will be required to do more.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      My guess is “the first one is free…”

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  23. mjlstories says:

    Chilling! More like the original Grimm tales which were indeed grim. I both want to know and don’t want to know.

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  24. Dale says:

    I loved the Bel loved – like a play on beloved – which, we soon learn, she is not! So well done!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dale, glad you connected with the story 🙂

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  25. plaridel says:

    i wonder what happens next. then again, maybe i don’t want to know. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      You probably don’t, Plaridel 😉

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  26. budhathokiasmin997526 says:

    Nice

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  27. GHLearner says:

    Oh, so very well done. And it could go in so many directions. I love it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gah!

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  28. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I could take that different ways…one way that I don’t think is true…getting something to help her sister but I think it’s going to be dark and helping no one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think you are looking at it in the right way, Max. FYI I watched the TZ where the guy got the love potion last night. That twist is not one I considered! Wow! I think my story and that episode could be considered along the same lines. What do you think?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yes it could…I would say yes it’s on that thought.
        The first time I ever watched it I didn’t appreciate how dark it was… glove cleaner indeed.

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  29. notestowomen says:

    Creepy story to match with the prompt.

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