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Fairy tale in less than 200 words

At the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour, the princess, whose physical beauty had been widely-known and had already broken many hearts, was, most fortunately, rescued by a prince who would admit, even if only to himself, that he had only managed to bring off the amazing feat by the skin of his teeth, and further that, had he been called upon to do it again, he might have had second thoughts.  The danger he had rescued her from was not publicised but everybody was certain that it was something really terrible – easily worse than going to the dentist.  Noble families dressed in silks and ermine, servants with steaming platters of food and jugs overflowing with drink, soldiers in newly-polished armour, peasants with regrettably poor clothing and unsightly hair, and incredibly tame birds and woodland mammals all gathered at the castle to celebrate the nuptials which followed, as night follows day, from the prince having rescued the princess.  When it was all over, and the two celebrities were finally alone, they regarded each other and each thought, ‘Do I really have to go through with this?’


2 responses to “Fairy tale in less than 200 words

  1. molly February 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    What’s the name of this

    • wthirskgaskill February 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      I call it “Fairy-tale in less than 200 words”. I wrote it while I was studying with the Open University. It is partly an exercise in emulating the style of the late Austrian writer, Thomas Bernhard (a reference to whom appears in the bibliography tab of this website). The piece is short, but the sentences are long, like much of Bernhard’s work.

      Why do you ask?

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