So a few weeks ago, I saw one of those annoying writing prompts where it invited you to imagine a boy and a girl taking oaths that they would be together when they got older and the boy sabotages all of the relationships she has (the prompt portrayed it as romantic). And a really great response completely annihilated the response by portraying a story where the man keeps on being possessive and clingy, ruining her life when she doesn’t go with him, until everyone realizes what a jerk he is.

And I really liked that.

And that inspired a story idea of my own.

So, hear me out…

I love stories where a person enters a magical world, meets a love interest (whether platonic or romantic), and then goes back to their normal life but reunites with said love interest later on and they still share that bond.

Heck, that’s basically one of the subplots of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up which. you. should. all. read. now. seriously: x

But I also love destroying tropes.

So how about a novelette where a young girl enters this magical land. And she meets a charming boy who is the typical prince in the castle. And she just has such a wonderful time and wants to stay there forever but she eventually must go. And the boy makes her vow to return so that they can live happily ever after. And she’s like ten so of course, she agrees.

Fast forward twenty years later and she’s all set to be married to this nerdy accountant (not exactly fairy tale material) and she loves him profusely and he loves her profusely and everything is great.

Until the prince, also grown, bursts into the real world and starts trying to woo his brief childhood sweetheart and she’s having none of it. And he keeps on trying to do all of these really corny fairy tale prince things (think of the prince from Enchanted) and she’s just not interested and he slowly turns darker and more sinister as she continues to refuse him and soon it becomes clear that she’s going to be his princess no matter what. And he just doesn’t get it. 

So it’s both a parody and a semi-uncomfortable look into the way that entitled men think that they own women. But it never goes too far. It’ll have that upbeat quirkiness that something like Men in Tights or Princess Bride or Enchanted would have.

And I actually have a hilarious, albeit anticlimactic, idea for the ending. I’ll put it below the cut.


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Fairy marginalia graphic by Arthur Rackham - Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) by Beth Timken

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<br />Arthur Rackham [English Golden Age Illustrator, 1867-1939]

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) Illustrator: Arthur Rackham Published 1906

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MYTHOLOGY: mermaids

  I am a creature of the Fey
Prepare to give your soul away
My spell is passion and it is art
My song can bind a human heart
And if you chance to know my face
My hold shall be your last embrace.

I shall be thy lover…

I am unlike a mortal lass
From dreams of longing I have passed
I came upon your lonely cries
Revealed beauty to your eyes
So shun the world that you have known
And spend your nights within my own.

I shall be thy lover…

You shall be known by other men
For your great works of voice and pen
Yet inspiration has a cost
For with me know your soul is lost
I’ll take your passion and your skill
I’ll take your young life quicker still.

I shall be thy lover…

Through the kisses that I give
I draw from you that I will live
And though you think this weakness grand
The touch of death your lover’s hand
Your will to live has come too late
Come to my arms and love this fate

I shall be thy lover…

I am a creature of the Fey
Prepare to give your soul away
My spell is passion and it is art
My song can bind a human heart
And if you chance to know my face
My hold shall be your last embrace.

— Heather Alexander