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Red

A Fucked Up Fairytale

By Sara FrederickPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 2 min read
Top Story - April 2024
15
Red
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She hung her hooded red cloak on the hook next to the bed, then lifted the heavy comforter, crawled under the covers, and snuggled into his soft, warm fur.

“Did you have trouble finding this place?” she asked, as she nuzzled her nose into his furry chest.

“No, it was easy to find,” his voice rough like gravel.

“Did she give you trouble?”

“No, she was easy, like you said she’d be.”

“The Huntsman is coming tomorrow afternoon, we need to be prepared."

“I know, my love.” His big legs and paws pulled her tight, as his tongue darted out to sweetly kiss her ear. “Now shhhh Blanchette, I’m full and tired, and need some sleep.”

***

The Huntsman opened the front door, slow and soft. Early morning light rolled into the one-room cabin, stopping short of the bed where his love and that mangy wolf lay. Excitement and satisfaction roiled in his chest in anticipation of what was coming next.

Blanchette’s eyes fluttered open to see her fiancé looming in the doorway, his axe glinting in the sun. She pressed her finger against pursed lips, and signaled to him for stealth, then removed herself from the bed without waking her slumbering companion, and donned her red riding hood.

With his love out of harm's way, he strode swift and sure towards the bed, his axe raised above his head ready to strike.

She let out a blood-curdling shriek waking the wolf.

The wolf leapt up as the axe came down. Its razor-sharpness sliced open his belly as he bounded over the huntsman. In turn, his large jaws clamped down on the huntsman’s head and neck, ripping his throat as he pulled him down to the floor with him. Both dealt mortal wounds, they lay there dying.

Blanchette tip-toed around the pools of blood to look into their dying eyes. “Grandmother was the worst, so thank you both." Then She smiled, "Yes Wolfie, I lied about when he'd be here,” in answer to his betrayed look. “Now YOU poor Wolfie will be the villain, and YOU Huntsman, the hero. Don't worry, they’ll be talking about this for years.”

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About the Creator

Sara Frederick

I often write about broken or damaged beings. But I love, love. I believe everyone, person or creature, deserves love and acceptance. Thank you for reading.

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    Original narrative & well developed characters

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  • Novel Allenabout a month ago

    Congrats on a splendid effed up story. Happy to see all the far fetched tales getting debunked. Good one,

  • The Writer about a month ago

    get prepared

  • Lily Séjorabout a month ago

    Blanchette sounds like a nasty, demented piece of work. Love it! 👍🏾

  • ROCK about a month ago

    Great entry!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Alexandria Stanwyckabout a month ago

    Holy crap, Little Red Riding Hood became the villain. What an amazing twist. Congrats on the Top Story!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is a great take on the challenge. Congrats on the TS.

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Oh wow oh wow. This was exceptional, Sara. Love the twistiness. I thought I had it figured out...but no! loved the pacing and descriptions within the constraints of such a low word count. Great entry and well done on Top Story!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Gotta love getting others to do your dirty work. But in this case, it's okay. We are still talking about it years later... LOL! Loved your take. A truly f'd up fairytale. :)

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oh wow, at first I though she was on the Wolf's side. Then the Huntsman’s. Then Wolf's again. Didn't expect her to betray both. Lol. Loved your story!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Now that is a great twist, and we thought her the innocent one.

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    I was thoroughly satisfied and entertained by this tale. Well done, Sara!

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