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24 May 2012 @ 05:22 pm
Original Fic Drabble: "Bedtime Stories" (G)  
Bedtime Stories
Original Fiction Drabble
Rating: G
Summary: There once was a wolf…
Author's Note: For jeza_jezaro, who requested Bedtime Stories and original fiction.


There once was a wolf, or a woodsman (or both), in a deep, dark forest where anything might happen…

But those are daytime stories, those witches and lost little girls, better suited to waking hours than the impressionable edge of sleep.

Instead, come close and we'll explore tales of adventurous mice, of frogs with motorcars—or modern stories with dancing alligators or neighborly robot families.

It isn't that there are no wolves (animal or otherwise), or misfortunes vast enough to seem a curse. It is that you are still so beautifully innocent.

For now, the wonder of imagination is enough.

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Saltandburnboyssaltandburnboys on May 25th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
That was wonderful! :-)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

When I got to thinking about traditional fairytales (what we think of as bedtime stories), it occurred to me that they're horribly ill-suited to that when children are very young.

But adventures? Wild imaginings and wonderful new places? Those are perfect. :)
Saltandburnboyssaltandburnboys on May 25th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Completely agree with you there. To be fair, I appreciate fairytales much more now that I'm an adult than I ever did as a kid 'cause I can understand all the different levels/interpretations/hidden meanings of the stories. I kind of love them actually but, yeah, most are definitely not suitable for children!

Thanks so much for sharing that!

jeza_jezaro: *squee*!jeza_jezaro on May 25th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
That was very nice! :) It's lovely! :)

And the differentiation between the stories made my brain stop and actually think about how different they should be :)

The ending was perfect! Thank you! ^.^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
So glad you liked it! All of the other set of stories are actual books, though I've never read Wind in the Willows to the kids (the language is dense and outdated).

But you do want happier thoughts before bedtime, and not nightmare-forming ones. Which is what almost all of Grimm or Anderson fairytales will get you. :0

Thanks for the prompt!
jeza_jezaro: *squee*!jeza_jezaro on May 25th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm glad u enjoyed writing as much as I did reading it :)

I recognized some themes, but haven't heard of Wind in the Willows...
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 25th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
this is totally the kind of thing you tell small children before bed. i mean, a lot of fairy tales are CREEPY AS SHIT if you think about them and not exactly what you want to freak out your small children with just as they're going to sleep in dark rooms.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on May 25th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
So many of those fairytales (at least, our traditional ones) are dark and disturbing. Can you imagine unleashing Hansel and Gretel on a small child just before bedtime? :0

The stories I read my kids were then were fun or quirky or adventurous, but not dangerous! Though I was careful not to read anything hysterically funny, or it would wind them up-- almost as bad as scaring them!