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27 July 2014 @ 02:37 pm
LJ Idol Season Nine: "The Certainty Of Thorns"  
The Certainty Of Thorns
lj idol season nine | week 15 | 918 words
Chekhov's gun.

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It is not easy to live under a curse. The threat of tragedy looms overhead, never forgotten. The sweetest moments of childhood are muted when one knows the future that awaits, and every happy thought or feeling must be stored in memory against the terrible day when it all becomes for naught.

I was that cursed child, a king's daughter in a lovely, lesser-known realm near the outermost edge of the Dark Forest. My days were spent in the palace gardens amid the grass and flowers, or down at the stables where the horses soon learned the sound of my voice. My mother was kind and beautiful, my father wise, and they watched me with melancholy smiles and embraced me as often with hesitation as with almost-suffocating adoration.

They had no other children, and they had yearned many years for me with a mixture of fervor and obsession.

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A Karmic Sandbox: Shadows of the Dungeonkarmasoup on July 30th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ironic that I should happen to read this tonight, as I went to see Maleficent with Minion last night. Interesting twist, this!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen that-- but turning fairytales inside-out, or recharacterizing them, or exploiting their holes is just fascinating to me. :D
lriG rorriMlrig_rorrim on July 30th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
<3 This is awesome. I love how tired she sounds.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Can you imagine sixteen years of this, with your awareness of your prison growing with each passing year? The strain of it all would just become exhausting.
shimmerdreamshimmerdream on July 31st, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Great take on Sleeping Beauty. I've also thought she pricks her finger willingly - it just seemed so coincidental that she happened to stumble across this woman with a spindle at exactly the right time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
it just seemed so coincidental that she happened to stumble across this woman with a spindle at exactly the right time.

In the original French story, the woman is supposed to be a servant who is innocent in what happens to Sleeping Beauty. Which is not invalid-- Fate is sneaky that way. But it has always seemed suspect, and given what it would be like to wait for that impending doom to happen... I can understand just wanting it over with.
Direst Ryl: Tactical Misdirectionryl on July 31st, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
I always had a feeling that Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on purpose out of sheer perversity if nothing else. "Oh, you're telling me not to do something? Well watch me do that thing!" It's the teenager mindset.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's what someone else said!

It is very much something teenagers (and toddlers!) do. Adults also, though. How many Death Row inmates try to commit suicide, just to end the waiting and to make the direst, most uncontrollable thing in their lives be within their control?

It seems perverse logic, but it's very human.
D.binaryorchid on July 31st, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
What an interesting prequel! (may it be called like that?) And it is more focused on the main character's inner feelings than fairytales usually are (in my opinion:))
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
We usually get the full story of Sleeping Beauty, but her part suddenly falls away until the end (magic happily-ever-after!) But the pyschology of the characters inside fairytales is so interesting to explore-- the fairytales gloss over it, but that leaves much to interpret in different ways!
Kellykajel on July 31st, 2014 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was so well done. What a terribly suffocating way to live.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on July 31st, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I would hate it, myself, and yet you know it's her parents' love for her that makes them do it. The prison is still a prison to her, all the same.