Once Upon a Time, Wait, That’s Not On The Bucket List

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Once Upon a Time.”


Once upon a time in a land that is the hub of the world for entertainment, in a quiet glen not far from the lights lived a faery queen. Her cottage appeared small to those with eyes that could see beyond the stables where it stands, but the inside was grand with art and hounds and collections from her long years of being in the world.

On this particular morning in preparation before attending the Faire beyond the Glen with the Princess she checked on the Royal Mares in the stables. She found the eldest of the Mares in distress and summoned the Queen, the Royal Stable Mistress and the Mare’s Royal Doctor and Owie Fixer.

She haltered the mare and calmed her with precious Faery energies and potions, and sang to her while waiting for help to arrive. It worked wonders for a time until waves of pain made the mare snort and paw and toss her head violently. She hit the Faery Queen above her left eye with the same sound a bat makes as it strikes a ball.  The small Queen stumbled but did not fall or see stars as she closed the stall door and made her unsteady way back to the cottage for a bag of frozen peas for her head.

She sat upon a bale of straw outside the stall door with the bag of peas on her head feeling a bit helpless as the mare thrashed about inside, but then all carriages of help arrived. They each checked her eyes finding the pupils normal. The Doctor attended the mare and fixed her owie’s straight away.

The Princess took her to lunch and they stayed until day’s end in her craft room watching humorous entertainment and trading out a bag of thawed peas for a bag of frozen peas. The next day the Faery Queen experienced her first black eye ever. It was not mentioned on her bucket list so she wrote it in beneath the rest and scratched it off.

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6 Responses to Once Upon a Time, Wait, That’s Not On The Bucket List

  1. Janet says:

    I can picture it all!

  2. Now why do I think this completely true, and one of your mares gave you your first black eye ever? If it’s not true, it’s certainly well written and rings true. 🙂

  3. pamtanzey says:

    Yep, completely true as told in the form of a fairy tale. Still have a small bump, partial black eye and the bruise from last week that covered my cheek drained down to my neck and looked like someone attempted to strangle me. Feel more back to normal now. Plan to wear helmet around fussy horses and learn to leap aside faster.

  4. You have such a way with words, and art, and animal lovery (I made that word up). Such talent!

  5. pamtanzey says:

    Thank you Margie!

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