A Remixed Fairy Tale Ending!
Just Another Fairy Tale
There was once a woman who wished very much to have a little child, but she could not obtain her wish. At last she went to a witch, and said, "I should so very much like to have a little child; can you tell me where I can find one?"
"Oh, that can be easily
managed," said the witch. "Take this knife- here it is, see it is very sharp- onto the prince's royal ship. Before the sun rises
you must plunge it into the heart of the prince's new bride; when the warm
blood falls upon your feet, put it into a flower-pot, and see what will
All was joy and gayety on board the prince's ship till long after midnight when the woman climbed aboard. She entered the prince’s cabin, and beheld on the bed the fair bride with her head resting on the prince’s breast. She glanced at the sharp knife, and again fixed her eyes on the prince, who whispered the name of his bride in his dreams.
But the prince awoke before the woman could move. He pleaded, "I will marry you if you spare my bride's life."
The woman was appalled! Marry such an ugly monster? The prince was known across the kingdom as being one of the ugliest princes to have ever lived. She would rather die! The knife trembled in the hand of the woman: then she flung it far away from her into the waves and then threw herself from the ship into the sea.
The prince’s beautiful bride stirred. There she lay, so beautiful that he could not turn his eyes away, and he stooped down and gave her a kiss, glad to have saved her life. But as soon as he kissed her, she awoke and looked at him quite bitterly.
"I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what is in this bed. I seem to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue. Did you drop a pea under the mattress again? It is terrible!"
The prince turned from her and threw himself from the ship into the sea, and his body dissolved into foam. He saw the bright sun, and all around him floated hundreds of transparent beautiful beings, including the woman who wished very much to have a little child. Any fate, he decided, is better than a lifetime with a nagging woman who claims to be sleeping on a single pea.
There, that is a true story.
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